A new article by the former aide to the President of the Russian Federation Vladislav Surkov entitled “Where has the chaos gone? Unpacking stability “.
Surkov, in particular, writes that Russia, he believes, has received “twenty years of stability, which Stolypin lacked” and even more. “Verticality, order and braces are guaranteed. These years, for sure, will someday be remembered as the golden age, ”says Surkov.
“When the order was restored, what happened to the disorder?” – the former adviser to the President of the Russian Federation asks the question and comes to the conclusion that “chaos goes into the blind zones of public life.”
“People don’t want to be against it. People want to be in parallel, without interfering with the system unless absolutely necessary, ”he said. For such “parallel people”, writes Surkov, “going to the polls or carrying the correct poster is nothing more than a way to quickly give Caesar what was Caesar’s, so that later they can return back to their personal universes, where they live in complete inconsistency with spirit and letter. this poster. “
“It is not what people say that matters, but what they are silent about,” Surkov writes, adding that “in a sense, silence is becoming an alternative ideology.”
Such a “regime of silence” does not pose a direct threat, he believes, pointing out that “the system is more durable than ever, thank God.” And yet, he believes, one should not ignore the “ideology of silence”. At the same time, he warns that “opening the system and letting off steam” is a deceptively simple solution that can lead “to uncontrolled emissions of civil irritation and irreversible destabilization – see examples from the 1980s and 1990s.”
Social entropy, he argues, should be “exported for disposal on foreign soil.” “For centuries, the Russian state with its austere and sedentary political interior was preserved solely thanks to the relentless striving to go beyond its own limits,” writes Surkov, adding that “the state has not lost its imperial instincts,” and citing Crimea as an example.
Surkov concludes his article with the statement that “Russia will expand not because it is good, and not because it is bad, but because it is physics.”
Vladislav Surkov worked in the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation from 1999 to 2011. Then he served as deputy prime minister of the government. In 2013, he returned to the presidential administration and became the curator of the department for cooperation with the CIS, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. It was this department that dealt with the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. At the beginning of 2020, Surkov left the civil service. The reasons for his departure were called, among other things, “a change of course in the Ukrainian direction.”