Putin’s Russia has a Social Pyramid like the Oriental Despotism It Is, Eidman Says
August 7 – Russia under Vladimir Putin resembles an oriental despotism in that
all property belongs to the ruler and all people are dependent on him, Igor
Eidman says. As a result, it is no surprise that the country’s social pyramid
corresponds to that reality from top to bottom.
the original oriental despotisms, the Russian commentator for Deutsche Welle says, the ruler owned all
the land because land was the basis of wealth. In Putin’s Russia, the Kremlin
leader controls all the major corporations and banks and thus controls the
property they have and the incomes they make (aboutru.com/2018/08/45911/).
this, it follows, Eidman continues, that “all the residents of the country are
vassals subordinate to the president. Regardless of their social status, they
must serve their sovereign,” with each paying tribute to those above him or her
and ultimately this wealth passing up to the Kremlin leader personally.
Just below the
president in this social hierarchy is “the close circle of the ruler,” most of
whose members are present or “former” officers of the special services.They are “personally devoted to the first
person and connected with him by years of service. They control the work of the
government and represent the interests of the president in business.”
them, Eidman says, are Sechin, Patrushev, Miller, Shoygu, Rotenberg, Timchenko,
Bortnikov and so on.”
lower stage includes the oligarchs “who are not directly connected with the
chekist circles” and who in most cases arose under Yeltsin.” They are like the
boyars at the time of Ivan the Terrible. “They are richer than many of the oprichniki but are completely depend on
them and pay them tribute. The guarantor of their existence is the president.”
down are “the oprichnik squads – the
special services, the judges, procurators, the leadership of the police, and
army officers. And below them are the ordinary officials who “just like the
oligarchs are completely dependent on the oprichniki
and pay them tribute.”When they lose
their protection, they are ousted from this circle.
these are the entertainers who amuse the rulers and stupefy the population,
“the qualified slaves of mental work and the creative class of the big cities,”
lower level bureaucrats, workers in key extractive industries, and “below them
are the ordinary slaves, the run of the mill intelligentsia, including the
majority of doctors, teachers, workers and peasants.
lower down, Eidman concludes, are “the poor, including the majority of
pensioners, invalids, and the unemployed.” The powers that be sometimes give
them a few kopecks but then periodically attempt to take even that back for
those above them and ultimately for the