End of the Empires
01 September, 2011
End of the Empires

The Romanoff Empire was obsessed with the ideology, based on its ‘divine mission’ before the mankind; Stalin’s main bait for his people were bolshevism and his austere personal way of life; Putin who is corrupt himself wants to live like a capitalist but rule like Stalin. Professor Simon Maskharashvili has more.

GJ – How did the events develop in the Soviet Union after the hijack incident in Georgia?

SM – The incident took place in 1984. Shevardnadze and his administration had clearly demonstrated that nothing had changed between 1922 and 1985. In January of 1982 secretary of the Soviet Union communist party central committee for ideology Mikhail Suslov passed away; a little earlier, in 1980 died prime-minister Kosygin; in November of 1982 expired general secretary of the party Leonid Brezhnev. All of them were the Stalinist cadres. After Brezhnev, Andropov was elected the general secretary who was succeeded by Chernenko in a year’s time, who practically was a dummy. Andropov and his successor Chernenko as well as the author of Perestroika Gorbachev, they all knew very well that the Soviet system needed some change to survive. Of course none of them wanted to lose power and to let genuine democracy be celebrated in the USSR or to liberate the Soviet republics from the fetters of the Soviet regime, but it was also evident that they loathed Stalinism too. The hatred for Stalin’s legacy became particularly obvious when the last Stalinist cadres left the Soviet political arena and passed away. As soon as this had happened the system, created by Stalin, started decaying forthwith. This means that in the years between 1982 and 1992 there was left nothing like a classic socialism in the Soviet Union. People’s self-government was dead and gone either.

GJ – What kind of a country were we living in then?

SM – This was a personality-oriented Stalinist regime – a totally unnatural regime which could not exist as a system without the presence of personalities.  For example, the Roman Empire is no longer around, but there is a system called Roman law. George Washington has long been dead, but what he had created is still in place; same about Lincoln. America continues living without them. The history of Russia knows three different kinds of empires: the first one was the Romanoff empire which had used the Orthodox faith (Pravoslavie) as main bait, the key ideological platform; the second one was the Stalinist empire which masterfully attached religion to bolshevism in 1934 when they needed to; and then came the Putinist empire whose main ideology is Gazprom and skilful manipulations thereby. The Romanoff Empire was obsessed with the ideology, based on its ‘divine mission’ before the mankind; Stalin’s main bait for his people were bolshevism and his austere personal way of life; Putin who is corrupt himself wants to live like a capitalist but rule like Stalin. Interestingly enough, the three cases have something mutual in common – all of them have the features of absolutely tyrannical empires, they are known as the prison of the peoples and as the most destructive force in the international political family of nations.