What is going on in Vladimir Putin’s head?

On the morning of February 24, 2022, Russia’s attack on Ukraine suddenly pushed us into a reality we didn’t realize until then. Since then, we have been forced to let go of the state of self-deception that we have cultivated, which we obviously find difficult.

In the meantime, other points of view have become familiar to us. We are learning to see Vladimir Putin differently and we have to understand that he didn’t just lie. He has always denied murders, poisonous attacks and numerous attacks on our value system, for which he uses treacherous subversive strategies. In addition, it has given us opportunities to find out the truth about it over many years.

Its truth is coherent in itself: Russia is always innocent of everything that the West attributes to that country. Putin’s mission is to save Russia and the Russian people from destruction because the West wants to destroy Russia. The world of Putin’s ideas is being formed in a spiritual poison kitchen, to which he had been invited by the world he had long wanted to know. It is clear that the political and social elites of the Western world did not accept the invitation.

Philosopher Evan Eileen as a formative figure

French philosopher Michel Elchaninov with a Russian immigrant background gives us insight into “Putin’s head”. As for Ukraine, Putin always believed that the “brotherhood” between Ukraine and Russia was a “historical fact,” and he said this to anyone who might want to know what happened in 2001. He was clearly saying that he would not accept Ukraine’s position. independent development.

He systematically surrounded himself with the people who supplied the ingredients for his mental poison kitchen, and the main resource is said to be the Russian philosopher Ivan Ilyin (1883-1954), who shaped the anti-democratic, anti-Western paradigms of the Russian elite surrounding Putin.

After Elchtnanioff, Ilyin’s What Does the Partition of Russia Promise for the World is Putin’s most valuable work. Eileen believes that the West wants to break up Russia and thus destroy it. This becomes clear when Ukraine, the Baltic states, the Caucasus and Central Asia want independence. This will lead to the destruction of Russia because it is a “historically developed and culturally justified being” to which these countries belong.

It’s not about what NATO does or doesn’t do

Freedom is a “hypocritical value” that the West uses to help break through to individuality. “Individuality is corrupt, impermanent, and only the divine omnipotence matters… Because the world is sinful, the agent must come from a world without sin beyond history. Strength comes to the strong man without him doing… It comes out of nowhere… and the Russians will confess With him as the savior … the savior goes out of his mind, ignoring the realities of the world and surrounding himself with legend. He bears the burden of Russian passion, directs the “evil nature of sensuality” … The leader will be masculine, like Mussolini, he will become ruthless in the just and masculine service … Inspired by the spirit of college… he stands alone, knows what to do, and will bring Russians to their knees “for Russia has become a body, and the instrument of its self-liberation.” (Quoted from Snyder, T. 2019)

So it wasn’t about what NATO does or doesn’t do, it was about the fact that the West cannot be trusted in principle and how Putin and the Russian elite could implant themselves in the heart of the Western world with disruptive strategies, what to save Russia and destroy the West.

In addition to Eltchaninoff, American historian Timothy Snyder cited the development of Putin’s kitchen of mental toxins in extensive historical research well before February 24, 2022, and its findings were met with only marginal interest until the outbreak of war.

It greatly influenced the 2016 US election

Snyder offers insight into Putin’s “success story” in implementing his disruptive strategy. Putin was able to influence US elections and was instrumental in electing Trump as US president in 2016. Putin strengthened the European political right, and financed the French National Front, however, about 43 percent of French voters voted, even after the outbreak of war and crimes Putin’s Proven War in Ukraine, by Mrs. Le Pen.

Putin participated very successfully in Brexit, according to Snyder Nigel Farage (the founder of the Brexit Party) was a regular guest in the Russian state media, which Putin uses as a propaganda machine for his purposes. Europe has been significantly weakened by Britain’s exit from the European Union. Although Boris Johnson is now a staunch supporter of Ukraine’s victory and an opponent of Putin, he has helped weaken Europe and the West with Putin’s help. The systematic weakness of the West and the European Union in particular was a strategic precondition for Russia’s “Ukraine mission”.

Putin’s close ties with Berlusconi continue to influence the Italian media today. On the evening of May 1, Berlusconi’s Rete 4 channel offered the Russian foreign minister a 42-minute opportunity of hybrid warfare. He was able to spread his lies without questions or temporary comments. In Italy, support for Ukraine is the lowest in the European Union.

War crimes in Syria

Do not forget Putin’s successes in spreading his ideas in the context of the rule of law, human rights, refugee assistance, diversity and women’s rights.

Prior to the invasion of Ukraine, many Eastern European member states of the European Union were ardent supporters of this very part of Putin’s mind. Homophobia, xenophobia, abortion bans and the collapse of the rule of law found an echo, and the ruling party PIS in Poland and Orbán in Hungary emerged in this regard.

AP / Alexei Druzhinin / Sputnik / Kremlin Pool Photo

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Damascus in January 2020.

At the end of September 2015, Putin began his war crimes mission in Syria. Just a few days ago, the plight of those fleeing war zones (and other parts of the world in need) exposed Europe to its greatest stress test yet. Eastern European countries refused any support and it was clear that Europe was about to undergo a critical test. What could be more meaningful than pouring more fuel on the fire to get closer to your goals? Putin bombed the civilian population of Syria and led to an influx of more refugees.

141 UN member states condemned the Russian war against Ukraine, that is, the majority of the world’s countries. However, the countries with the largest population are included in the list of countries that abstained. The countries of Africa and Asia are no longer in the western boat.

Of course, for this success story, Putin needed “fertile ground”, which he found in the West due to the internal weakness of Western regimes. Important political and economic decisions along with globalization and the influence of liberal economic schools of thought in the United States made a small number of the super-rich increasingly wealthy, many people became poorer and entire regions descended into poverty. In Europe, too, the ground has been prepared for the success of disruptive strategies due to growing inequality.

Needs make people vulnerable to disruptive strategies

What shaped West Germany’s economic success story after World War II was the concept of a social market economy. Avoiding major inequalities and maintaining social peace are essential elements of this concept. However, in implementing the necessary reforms, neoliberal economic concepts gained influence in Germany and ultimately determined policy decisions.

Among other things, this has led to the removal of nearly three million social housing units from public ownership, which today contributes to the fact that many low-income people face problems when searching for housing, which are sometimes of an existential nature. Such hardships make people vulnerable to Putin’s disruptive strategies.

So we had the opportunity to prepare for what started on February 24, 2022. We didn’t listen and we didn’t take what came to us from the toxic kitchen seriously. That’s why so many wrong decisions were made, our economy and prosperity were built on feet of mud (gas) and today we are trapped.

The West has decided to impose large-scale sanctions on Russia, but Russian raw materials have long found buyers in very energy-hungry countries and do not participate in sanctions because of their own interests. The ruble is stabilizing and the economy of all Western countries threatens to slip into recession. Our tools are no longer working as usual.

Karaganov, a Kremlin strategist, sees only one winner: China!

In the prevailing view, responsibility for the disaster is attributed to politically responsible. We can’t make it that easy on ourselves. We have to ask ourselves whether we as a society are willing to step out of our comfort zone.

Prosperity and democracy cannot be kept in a hammock. We have to fight for it, and the Ukrainians can’t do it for us. What if we woke up one day and realized that the strategy of keeping NATO forces out of the war didn’t work?

Finally, let’s hear how Sergei Karaganov, the strategic architect of the Kremlin, sees the situation: the war in Ukraine is a “proxy war between the West and the rest of the world.” Russia is “the head of the rest for a future world order”. That is why the dangers of the Russian elite are so great – “for them it is an existential war”.

Western arms shipments are seen as an escalation, and Karaganov suspects that the Poles, “always ready to fight,” will be the first to be seen active in the war. This shows him the additional levels of escalation. He sees responsibility for the use of nuclear weapons in the United States. Russia does not expect the United States to attack a “nuclear-armed nation,” just as it expects the United States not to send its forces into battle.

The author is a retired professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Erfurt, specializing in NGO management, diversity and biographical research.

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