Staunton, December 12 – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plans to re-integrate the former Soviet space not only will fail because integration presupposes “a unity of culture, economics and culture rather than seeking to seize the most territory” but will undermine the possibilities for Russia’s own development, according to Vladislav Inozemtsev.
In an article in today’s “Vedomosti,” the economist and director of the Center for Research on Post-Industrial Society, says that most discussions of immigration in Russia fail to consider the political subtext which informs the Kremlin’s support for increased immigration (vedomosti.ru/opinion/news/20055511/bezumie-imperskoj-integracii?full#cut
It should be clear, he argues, that “immigration from the countries of the eastern and southern parts of the post-Soviet space will not be able to solve any of the problems confronting Russia.” Unfortunately, Putin and his regime do not understand this, although ever more Russians do.
“Not understanding the difference between the construction of an empire and free integration, not being able to modernize the country by means of increasing economic effectiveness and fearing the loss of support from the Europeanizing middle class of the major cities, this group is now prepared to sacrifice the country in order to remain in power.”
Once that is recognized, Inozemtsev concludes, it becomes obvious that it is Putin and his regime “rather than the unhappy exiles from the Central Asian republics who overwhelmingly are simply trying to lift themselves out of poverty, which is responsible for the intensification of the problems of [Russia].”