Policy of Russia on Post-communist Era - Dictionary of Arguments
Krastev I 86
Post-communist era/Policy of Russia/Krastev: Unlike East Europeans, Russians could not reconcile themselves to their system's collapse by portraying communist authority as a foreign occupation.
For them, communism was not rule from abroad. Adding to the strangeness of the USSR's break-up was the fact that it involved the victory of one group of ex-communists over another. The leader of the Revolution, Boris Yeltsin, had been, until quite recently, a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party. Although almost everything else began to change in Russia after 1991, the ruling class remained more or less the same. Not the anti-communists but the ex-communists were the ones who profited most conspicuously from the end of the communist system.
Krastev I 120
Post-communist era/Policiy of Russia/Krastev: One of the principal forces that corroded the legitimacy of communism was the limited extent to which Soviet elites could transmit their privileges to their own children. To be sure, nomenklatura children were zolotaya molodyozh (gilded youth), and everyone knew just how privileged they were. But they could not legally inherit their parents' status. Having finally escaped these constraints in 1991 , Russia's post-communist
Krastev I 121
elites threw themselves enthusiastically into giving their own children a leg-up in the social competition for power, wealth and prestige. They often did so by sending them to study abroad. The problem was, many of these lucky kids decided never to return. And those who did came back with very different, non-Russian habits and beliefs.
Krastev I 122
Nationalism/ethno-nationalism: (...) for someone who came of age in the Soviet Union, ethno-nationalism cannot possibly be such a decisive factor as many commentators allege. And although
he used nationalistic rhetoric in justifying the annexation of Crimea, he is too acutely aware that nationalism destroyed the Soviet Union to be serious about celebrating the kind of ethnic homogeneity which would explode the multi-ethnic Russian Federation too.
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