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Why Russia Wants To Be An Empire Again

Why Russia Wants To Be An Empire Again

In July 2019, mass demonstrations of citizens for fair elections were held in Moscow. According to various estimates, from 15 to 50 thousand people attended a rally on August 10 at A. Sakharov Square in the Russian Capital. They walked under the banner of liberal parties, communist and anarchist movements, as well as LGBT people. The protesters were united by disagreement with the refusal of the Moscow authorities to register opposition candidates in the local elections. Typically, this affected mainly liberal representatives, the Communists and the other representatives of the left movement, in general, received registration without any problems.

The protest posed several questions for observers, namely:

  • Why the Russian nationalists didn’t take part in the rally?
  • If the Russian opposition is sufficiently politicized and ideologized, then what kind of ideological views do those more than 70 percent of the population who support Putin have? In other words, what is the ideological platform of the pro-government regime?
In order to answer these questions, we need to delve deeper into the history.

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