Russian Politics, & Personalities

Bonapartism & Putin

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I have a confession: I hate it when people compare Putin to historical figures.  I understand the need for a frame of reference, but I think it is a cop out, and only shows part of the picture.  Putin has been compared to Charles de Gaulle, Ataturk, Pyotr Stolypin, Franco, just to name a few.  But while he, and his leadership style, may have characteristics of those individuals and their regimes, Putin is his own person who was created in the context of Brezhnevism, and the break-up of the Soviet Union (among other things).  This is something I think that people tend to forget when talking of Putin, and Putinism.

All that to say, Paul Goble has translated/summarised a piece by Yury Girenko comparing what Putin is trying to do to Bonapartism.  Girenko seems to think that Putin is failing at it, but that he could still succeed if he wanted to.  It is an interesting analysis of the current situation, though like I said, I am not the biggest fan of historical comparisons.


Written by Nina Jobe

January 9, 2010 at 8:39 AM

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