I’ve written about the military establishment in Russia before, but it’s worth bringing up again. There are or rather, there were nationalist political groups in Russian politics, but they were either assimilated, like Dmitri Rogozin’s "Rodina” party, which basically faded into irrelevance once Rogozin himself was offered a position in the government, or they folded like the internet journal
At the end of the day, the question will be whether Russia will have suficient POLITICAL backing, within whatever Ukraine becomes, to prevent NATO from installing missile launchers in state hostile to Russia, no matter how small a remnant. How this endgame will be played is what will be important, not how well some "shock-and-awe" show will appeal the masses. One can argue that a slow measured approach will leave more badly-needed friends in a conquered land than a quick brutal victory.
From my distance, it appears to me that Russia did need some time to prepare itself for this confrontation, and judging by the financial outcome, the geopolitical conservatives spent their time well. But only at the very end will we be able to tell whose instincts, Strelkov's or Lavrov's, were the sounder.
The home front is important. Rolo has done a good service in highlighting this aspect.
Read anti-empire.com for the real doomer perspective. 😁
You realize that the Moskva and Admiral Kuznetsov are not the same ship right? Because it sounds like you don't.
Not sure what to think of the writings by Rolo, however, I do find the perspective he offers very different and interesting.
Good insights as usual. Thanks for posting.