Staunton, April 3 – Many in the West following the decision of more than 20 countries to expel Russian diplomats to show solidarity with the British think that Vladimir Putin has been driven into an untenable position and soon will be forced to back down in the face of this Western resolve, Irina Pavlova says.
But that is not how Putin views things, the US-based Russian historian says He doesn’t feel he “trapped” but rather in a position to intensify his attacks on the West because he “considers himself smarter” that his Western counterparts and thus is “raising the stakes” in ways that the West has forgotten how to counter (ivpavlova.blogspot.com/2018/04/blog-post.html#more
Instead, the West must face up to the challenge of how to “force Russia forever to stop falling for the temptations of Stalinist great power notions.” And to do that, it must start with an understanding of what it means that Putin has chosen Stalin and Stalinism as his models for emulation and legitimation.
“It is possible,” Pavlova says, “that “’the key’ to the resolution of the world problem known as ‘Russia’ should be sought precisely here.” What must happen, she argues, is that the Nuremburg tribunal must be reconstituted to render judgment on the other totalitarian system of the 20th century, Soviet communism.
“Only by depriving present-day Stalinism of its foundation can one hope for a normal relationship with Russia in a globalized world.”