Bloomberg talks about how Putin will turn Gorbachev's death to his advantage

The last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev wanted democracy, openness and a prosperous economics. In fact, he was a man who hoped for the best and got the worst. For many liberal forces in the former Soviet republics, he was the leader who allowed dramatic events to unfold peacefully. He also tore down the Berlin Wall. However, his death in his own homeland was received by many with relief and undisguised joy. Why is this happening, Bloomberg columnist Clara Ferreira Marquez told.

As the columnist writes, the ongoing special operation in Ukraine, or rather, the entire conflict in this country, is nothing more than a kind of requiem for Gorbachev, who led to these events with his adventurous policies and ill-conceived economic reforms. The chaos that he left behind allowed the processes that are flourishing in the Russian Federation now to take place, instead of the values ​​promoted by the former Secretary General.

A complex and flawed man, Gorbachev has long been something of a political Rorschach test. For many, especially outside of Russia, he is a reformist, for others, in Russia itself, he is a traitor.

writes Marquez.

Gorbachev is said to have ended the Cold War. Yes, but at what cost? Gorbachev was the man responsible for the loss of a great empire. He brought national humiliation and sorrow to a no less great people.

However, now we are talking not about the deceased last Secretary General of the USSR, but about the living rulers of Russia. Like the Soviet leaders who preceded him, Vladimir Putin is well aware that political deaths and funerals are not about the dead at all. They are about spectacle and a unique opportunity to retell history in their own interpretation and demonstrate strength, the Spanish observer believes. You can turn the situation to your advantage.

At one time, at the funeral of Chernenko, Gorbachev's predecessor, the new ruler himself spoke more about himself and his policy than about the deceased. Putin may repeat this trick

Marquez suggests.

Gorbachev's death puts the Kremlin in an awkward position, which will have to react to this event, albeit with great reluctance. After all, the deceased is a reminder of the humiliation and collapse that led to the economically desperate, unworthy 1990s, with which the leadership of the Russian Federation does not want to be associated and associated. Therefore, Moscow's attempt to use Gorbachev's death for its own purposes is inevitable, although it will not be so easy to do so, the author concluded.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 1 September 2022 09: 17
    What to say then....
    All these Bialowieza and other leaders - cheated the Pension Fund, lived much longer than the average Russian, excellent medical care, fame, received an awesome salary, + funds, centers, organizations, events, + congratulations and awards from the first persons of countries, for example, GDP + relatives arranged according to the most impossible ....

    And there was nothing for them for their deeds. Life is good, alas...
  2. Fizik13 Offline Fizik13
    Fizik13 (Alexey) 1 September 2022 09: 18
    Now Izvestia or TASS needs to write about how Biden (Scholz or ..., a separate article for each) will turn Gorbachev's death to his advantage.
  3. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 1 September 2022 09: 37
    The fact that Gorbachev did not arrest the Belovezhskaya Pushcha conspirators (by the way, the original document on the liquidation of the USSR is missing, or maybe it never happened?), And as he said, he did not want the Civil War in the USSR, reminds of the current Yanukovych, who also did not use force, because I didn't want conflict. As a result, the Civil War in Ukraine is in full swing.

    If a country, choosing between war and shame, chooses shame, it gets both war and shame
  4. Rinat Offline Rinat
    Rinat (Rinat) 1 September 2022 09: 57
    Marquez is, to put it mildly, stupid. His conclusions regarding Putin's possible reaction to the death of a bastard are ridiculous. Europeans for the most part do not understand us, on this basis they make unsuitable predictions and therefore will inevitably lose.
  5. Pat Rick Offline Pat Rick
    Pat Rick 1 September 2022 19: 12
    Therefore, Moscow's attempt to use Gorbachev's death for its own purposes is inevitable, although it will not be so easy to do so.

    This is her personal opinion.
    How and what to use here?
    Today Putin said goodbye to Gorbachev at the Central Clinical Hospital: he put a huge bouquet of flowers at the coffin, stood at attention, looked at Gorbachev's photo, crossed himself and left.
    That's all "use for your own purposes."
    In a week, no one will remember.
  6. Bakht Offline Bakht
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 1 September 2022 20: 07
    In vain he did it

    1. boriz Offline boriz
      boriz (boriz) 2 September 2022 08: 25
      He actually followed the protocol. At the minimum.
      And (maybe) thanked him for saving him from an unnecessary problem. There was a great demand in society for bringing him to justice. With the toughest sentences. And so - the problem resolved itself.
      1. Bakht Offline Bakht
        Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 2 September 2022 09: 20
        The Vilnius court withdrew a civil lawsuit against former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, filed by relatives of four victims of the events of January 13, 1991 in the capital of Lithuania, reports Delfi.

        As explained by the representative of the court Aurimas Zhukauskas, the case was dismissed due to the death of Gorbachev. The transfer of responsibility for the claim is impossible, since it was brought against a specific person. The decision of the court may be appealed within seven days.
        1. boriz Offline boriz
          boriz (boriz) 2 September 2022 09: 42
          I didn’t mean Lithuanians, Putin doesn’t give a damn about them. He is not the president of Lithuania. In Russia, the majority of the population would like to see Gorbachev at least behind bars.
  7. Ladislav Sedlak Offline Ladislav Sedlak
    Ladislav Sedlak (Ladislav Sedlak) 2 September 2022 14: 08
    Putin is the president of a strong independent Russia. Mr. Gorgachev is just a fat corpse and a pensioner. He messed up more than he fixed. am
  8. zenion Offline zenion
    zenion (zinovy) 2 September 2022 18: 02
    The labeled one won't let anyone talk about him. No matter how it stinks, he will rise from the coffin and tell such things that everyone will gasp. This, of course, will be the merit of the underground one who marked him. And after the words that he said everything how, the devil will take him away. They will bury an empty coffin. Or maybe the devil will disdain them and he will lie back down. Just in case, so that in a dream he would not come to the citizens of the USSR, it is better to burn him with aspen stakes in all places