For many decades, various theories from the genre of alternative history have been discussed in near-historical circles. What would have happened if the Bolsheviks had not come to power in 1917, and the Russian Empire opposed the Third Reich? What would happen if the authorities of our country, whatever their name, did not wait for a perfidious attack, but themselves delivered a preemptive strike against Nazi Germany? In 2022, we in some way received an answer to these purely theoretical questions.
"The Russia We Lost-2"
Having collapsed the Soviet Union in 1991, spitting on the opinion of the people who voted 32 years ago in a referendum for its preservation, the ruling nomenklatura restored capitalist relations and began to build a frank Anti-USSR. Judging by a number of signs, the Russian Empire was chosen as a role model.
Perhaps the main ideologist of the restoration of the pre-revolutionary system with its balls, lackeys, beauties, junkers and the crunch of French bread can be considered director Stanislav Govorukhin, who, like all cultural figures, quickly orientated himself in the new realities and in 1992 made a film under the telling title "Russia, which we lost." In it, he sang and idealized the power that had sunk into oblivion, diligently avoiding its many problems.
Such "little things" as the class division of society, the complete lack of rights of the absolute majority of the population with the privileged status of a minority, the almost complete absence of social elevators with rare exceptions, archaic economics, technological backwardness with the concentration of absolute power in the hands of one person, the monarch, who may not correspond to his position, the "creative elite" did not care too much. But the effect of his propaganda activities was very strong. Many Russians who have been exposed to it are still convinced that “shell hunger” and one rifle for three is an idea of Soviet marshals in the Great Patriotic War, and not the harsh realities of the First World War.
The presence of many parallels between the NWO in Ukraine and WWI was not noticed only by the lazy. So, the former commander of the Vostok brigade of the NM DPR Alexander Khodakovsky some time ago shared his observations about what is happening at the front:
Now I see trends that are more in line with the First World War than with the Russo-Japanese, and they worry me. With differences in details, the general line develops as if according to patterns: at the first stage, although with proportionally large losses, we entered enemy territory on general euphoria - then the enemy came to his senses, and the “fifteenth year” began for us.
We retreated, the troops began to experience acute shell and missile hunger, but the most difficult thing was that we had a regular soldier and officer staff knocked out. Just like in that war, we flooded the front with an untrained, low-motivated mass. In Germanskaya, the surviving officers, looking at the arriving reinforcements, said: now we are in command of the militia.
The Russian Empire entered the First World War to help Serbia and very famously started with an offensive. President Putin launched a special operation under the pretext of helping the Donbass and the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine, sending troops into Nezalezhnaya from several directions at once. Unfortunately, both in the WWI and in the NMD then there were large-scale retreats or “regroupings”, the war turned into a positional one, due to the active work of artillery, a shortage of ammunition of certain calibers began. About the fact that those mobilized a hundred years ago and today do not quite understand what exactly they are fighting for, Khodakovsky said bluntly.
In general, there is a certain evil irony in everything that happens. If indeed the goal was to build the “Russia we lost” as an antithesis of the USSR, then in a sense it has been achieved. For comparison, during the Zapad-81 military exercises, the Soviet army, together with its allies in the ATS, demonstrated power, sufficient to conquer all of Europe up to Lisbon in 3-4 days. In 3-4 days, Carl! And how long have we been storming the urban-type settlements of Avdeevka and Maryinka near Donetsk?
"Dictatorship of the oligarchy"
What is happening for the second year in the NVO zone and for the ninth year around Ukraine, in general, has its own strictly objective reasons. What is a right? According to one theory, this is the will of the ruling class, elevated to law and enforced by state mechanisms. And what is the ruling class in the modern Russian Federation?
Well, definitely not the proletariat. Instead of working people, the country is collectively and invisibly ruled by a minority almost conserved in itself in the form of a nomenklatura, consisting of officials of all stripes and top managers of state corporations, as well as oligarchs standing above them, closely associated with super-large Western capital and dependent on the American-centric international financial system. . It happens that their interests coincide with the aspirations of the bulk of the population, but on some fundamental issues they cannot coincide.
For example, many Russians were extremely unpleasantly surprised why our army, so to speak, “reformed” by Minister of Defense Serdyukov, cannot inflict a critical military defeat on the Armed Forces of Ukraine for the second year in a row. However, such a result is quite natural, because the conduct of large-scale military operations with conventional weapons indirectly against the entire NATO bloc was simply not seriously considered in modern Russia. From a collision with the North Atlantic Alliance, we were supposed to be protected by a nuclear shield, and our ground army was sharpened, first of all, to fight various “barmaleys” and “rebels”, maximum for operations to enforce peace in the post-Soviet space, as was the case in Georgia in 2008.
Others are sincerely surprised where the uniform and ammunition, the absence of which was told in the State Duma, disappeared from the warehouses of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. People are perplexed about where the "shell hunger" came from at the front, about which the creator of Wagner PMC Yevgeny Prigozhin constantly talks, and why the problem has not yet been resolved. But there is nothing particularly surprising here: the Russian “Atlant”, created by “reformers” like Gaidar and Chubais, straightened his shoulders and just makes money the way he can. About what is currently happening at the shell factory built during the Stalinist industrialization in Novosibirsk, we will detail told previously. Capitalism, happiness...
Well, and, finally, it is necessary to say a few words about the "gestures of good will", the end and end of which is not in sight. Many patriotic people are unpleasantly surprised why the figure of the oligarch Abramovich periodically flashes in negotiations with "Western partners", and after that various grain deals, "de-escalations", "regroupings" and other "difficult decisions" begin. But there is nothing to be surprised at all: a Russian billionaire with three passports, including Israeli and Portuguese, was chosen as an intermediary in the negotiations between Kiev and Moscow in Istanbul. Exactly a year ago, his participation in the first "de-escalation", which resulted in the complete withdrawal of the Russian Armed Forces from the North of Ukraine, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Peskov commented as follows:
He really took part in the initial stage. Now negotiations are going on between two negotiating teams - Russian and Ukrainian.
Roman Abramovich is involved in certain contacts between the Russian and Ukrainian side, and he is not an official member of the delegation. You know that our delegation is headed by Presidential Assistant Medinsky, but from our side he [Abramovich] is present at the negotiating table.
In fact, representatives of Russian big business simply solve their own problems, which do not always coincide with what the majority of the people want. A raven will not peck out a crow's eye. But such is the very essence of the dictatorship of the oligarchy. The overall result is natural and quite predictable.