Ukrainian view of the future of Russia

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Aug 31, 2018

Meanwhile Russian propaganda is portraying Muscovy as the millenary 'Third Rome', the tricks of the heir to the throne lead us to being sceptical about even the immediate future of that country. The two weeks' absence of the key political figure during the period of fierce debates over most pivotal matters of inside politics is an offbeat happening, yet quite capable of explanation from the point of view of Russian history. Try to recall who was Putin's predecessor. Try to recall many other governors of Russia. If you do that, you will see that the present-day head of the Cabinet of Ministers (tomorrow, Tsar of all Rus') does not much differentiate himself from others. A lot has been told about the personality of Medvedev and his role in the system of the state governing of the Russian Federation. But recent escapades of the second person of the state are forcing us to give another reflection upon who is the real head of the government of the nuclear-armed power that lays claim to noticeable international role.

iPhone, Twitter and burger

Like an exotic bright bird, the Kremlin False Dmitry is fond of demonstrating his gaudy plumage, which is non-existing merits, to general public. He has an account in every social network and uses them to indefatigably tell his astonished followers about the hard work of the government and his personal efforts in making everyone's living better. In real life, making major inside policy decisions and, consequently, being in charge of them is not what Medvedev is good at and he is not even trying to. But he is not unique in that! Going on the two weeks' booze when the debate about the pension reform is on, the head of the Cabinet of Ministers simply restored the tradition of Russian governors to flee from their duties to the Alexandrov Kremlin, Foros, Barvikha, etc., in the face of slightest threat to their well-being. Apparently, the fear of unpopular measures and subsequent inevitable disaffection of the electorate (and/or political sponsors) was so great that Dmitry Medvedev even gave up his favorite pastime of twitting. It looked like the Prime Minister vanished and decided to give no touch to his iPhone and to keep his head down. Until the moment when somebody else assumes responsibility. He had to wait long, for two full weeks. And here it was - the long-expected video message by Vladimir Putin upon the pension reform.

Right after the speech of the Moscow 'superman', an unemotional post appeared on Medvedev's Facebook account saying, "The President speaks about the forthcoming pension system changes..." That was a very clever trick to shift the responsibility and the demand for decision making from his feeble shoulders on his principal, who would treat him like a petted son and absolve all his faults. Indeed, why reflecting? Stand aloof while other people do your job and make decisions for you, then go back to cutting ribbons, eating burgers from hands of yet another Obama like a fawning calf, then sharing your impressions on social networks. A fairytale life.

What you say about that?

Russian Prime Minister's desire to stay clean and not to be involved in making hard and unpopular decisions can be quite understandable and forgivable if only he were a head of a shop or, in the worst case scenario, of a poultry farm. But in big politics, there is no escaping. When chairman of the government acts like an ostrich, that questions his competency. No doubt, that had to be Medvedev's long face that Russians had to be watching in the video appeal concerning the necessity for the pension reform. However, that is yet more proof that Medvedev is a temporizer and is able to play false with everyone who placed confidence in him in order to remain unspotted. He is occupying a most important position in Russian political structure only pro forma. He systematically wriggles out of his direct functions. He is not the second person in the state, not even the twentieth. And still, it would be nice to hear the hero of the day himself. Who knows, maybe he will say something intelligible in his fright to excuse himself.

So, what's the profit for Ukraine?

We may leave moskals alone with all that dishonor, but for Medvedev's political survivance that offers serious changes in Russia after year 2024. We will have to expend no serious effort to get back the occupied territories and obtain sound compensation from Moscow. Do you remember how Medvedev yielded up Libya (from the point of view of Moscow, of course)? And this is how he will change the mantra 'The Crimea is ours' for 'take whatever you like, we don't need it!' Meanwhile Putin is spending the last resources of that state trying to grasp the phantom of great power ambitions, his successor is only about quaffing. But then he will urgently have to make up with the whole world and be repenting on end for himself and his predecessors. And we'll have to see about that, whether forgive him or not. So let him keep doing the drink thing, like they all have been doing for centuries. That's for the benefit of Russia's neighbors!