Staunton, December 22 – As angry as many in Russia’s regions and republics are about the absence of federalism and the injustices of the Putin system, they are much more interested in trying to change Russia than in leaving it, according to Pavel Luzin, a longtime advocate of restoring federalism.
Because that is the attitude of most Russians outside of Moscow, he argues, talk about “a Urals Republic, a Siberian Republic, a free Koenigsberg and the like” may be a useful intellectual game “in a narrow circle,” but for better or worse, such ideas “are cut off from objective reality” (region.expert/after_russia/
“In other words,” the regionalist writer says, “if we see the disintegration of Russia as the only possible variant of its decolonization, where are the economic and political factors for this? There aren’t any.” And with rare exceptions, “there isn’t any cultural or demographic development which could form these factors in the future.”
Despite that, however, “the present-day Russian political-economic system which remains essentially colonial is viewed by us as unjust. In the eyes of the Russian elite, we are aborigines … or plebs … and in their view, we are not capable of talking serous decisions.” Instead, for them, “we are destructive and need constant supervision.”
Those who care about Russia’s regions and their future should be focusing on changing the Russian system after Putin so that they can achieve justice rather than spending their time talking about what kind of a world would exist if Russia fell apart and ceased to exist, Luzin suggests.