The Future of the Russian World

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


Two and a half years ago, when Crimea had just returned to Russia, I once had the opportunity in Yalta to participate in the conference devoted to prospects of the Russian world. At this time I was surprised at the limited approach to the issue by the majority of the participants in the discussion.

One thought that the Russian world is Russia within its existing borders. Particularly it was Crimeans who, at this moment, insisted on such a definition, having recently acquired the borders. Another one identified the Russian world as the territory of the former USSR. Those with an affinity to the monarchy had were replacing the USSR with the Russian Empire. At the same time, most of them agreed with the fact that Alaska is definitely the Russian world, but Poland is not Russian, opinions diverged about Finland. Finally, another group believed that the Russian world extends to the Western borders of the States that once were members of the Warsaw Treaty Organization (WTO).

As you can see, independently from how far the representatives of one or another group can re-push the borders of the Russian world, all of them stem from the fact that the Russian world is only part of the known world, and that it is relatively small in comparison with the non-Russian world. No one was able to answer my question, what exactly makes Yakuts and Kamchadals so different from French or Germans, that Kamchadals without reservations are allowed in the Russian world, but the French and Germans are not allowed at all? Even though a part of the Germans (GDR) was contained in the boundaries of the WTO and, probably, could also qualify for entry into the Russian world.

This (restrictive) approach has another vulnerability. Absolutely all the supporters of the Russian world (in whatever borders they were squeezed into) state that in order to take place, the Russian world must give to the world some indication of the direction of development.

But how can “to give the idea of the” Russian world to those who we prevent from belonging to it?

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For comparison, when we defined the modern world as Pax Americana, we understand that we are talking about a global world, not about the world within the borders of the United States, not about the Anglo-Saxon world, and not about the North Atlantic world. Borders of ideas coincide with the borders of the planet, and if mankind lived outside the Planet, in this case Pax Americana would go with him beyond the planetary limits.

And the issue here is not about Anglo-Saxon expansionism and not about Russian peacefulness. Russia also has a sufficient number of supporters of solutions to complex international problems with military force. The most interesting is that the Russian expansionists see their ideal in the tricolor over the White House and dozens of aircraft carrier battle groups under the St. Andrew’s flag sailing the seas and oceans of the planet, however, at the same time their peace-loving opponents separate the “true” Russian world from the rest of the world. They believe ¾ of the earth’s landmass as something foreign, something that is necessary to defeat with military force, which can be remotely controlled, but is not subject to integration.


The meeting of Defense Ministers of States participating in the Warsaw Pact. 1968

It is characteristic that both of these ideas enter into contradiction with Russian history and the practice of building the Russian State, be it in the form of the Kingdom, Empire, or Union. If the Tsars, Emperors and General Secretaries thought about the boundaries of the Russian/Soviet world, the state would not have gone beyond the borders of the time of Ivan III. And even at these borders of time, there was a mass of foreigners.

If the United States created a melting pot in which all (even the British) dissolved without a trace, transforming into a new nation of Americans, Russia always was building common living, all joined were living comfortably and where national identity did not prevent common Russianness.

Our enemies understood this. Breaching our place with weapons, they were well versed in our national diversity and always sought to use any differences to set one on the other. But identifying us from the outside, they were always speaking about the whole mass of the people as Russians.

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Essentially, this is indeed the idea of the Russian world, which opposes the idea of Pax Americana. The American world is a world median. In its ideal expression, all nations and races must melt, mix, and give as the result some common race. The two genders must merge into a certain common “third gender”. Over-tolerance ideally should reach a certain level in order to artificially limit the abilities of intellectuals, because it is unfair to idiots and prevents the discovery of the median in the sphere of intelligence.

For its part, the Russian world offers unity, which does not encroach on diversity. As in a family where everyone is different (in the family there is no direct degree of lineage), but all are united by common goals and interests.

That’s why the United States opposed Russia from the moment when, in the mid-20th century, the ideals of the Pax Americana were formulated, because Russia is an example of an alternative world order. And this alternative is prosperous and sustainable.

The Russian world appeared in its main features at the beginning of the 16th century, when the United States was not even a project. Having not lost any people, without colliding with anything even remotely resembling the genocide of Indians, the Russian world lived for half a millennium, and is constantly expanding.

Our opposition to the US is not ideological, economic, or financial (these are the only forms in which the opposition expresses itself). It is opposition of systems – even not so much of worldviews, but of perception of the world.


The participants of the festive events dedicated to the anniversary of the “Crimean spring”

We live on the same planet but in different worlds. These worlds can come close to each other, but can’t mix.

In this way the Russian world can coexist with the American, but the American with Russian – no. This impossibility is determined at the level of basic values. For the Russian world there is nothing extraordinary in recognising the right to existence of another, alternative world. From the point of view of the United States, the American world is the only correct one – the only possible ideal form of human existence. Everything else should be eliminated.

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Here we come to some simple conclusions:

Firstly, Russia cannot artificially limit the border of the Russian world, because the decision on entry into the Russian world, every nation receives its own. Russia can neither allow, prohibit, nor order. It would be contrary to the basic principles of the Russian world.

Secondly, because Pax Americana claims exclusivity and uniqueness, it will always carry a threat to the Russian world. The American idea does not provide for its existence. Because an aggressive attempt to eliminate the danger of America is contrary to the basic values of the Russian world, which involves coexistence, but not aggression, its extension is possible only by protecting those who come to the Russian world, escaping from American values.

It is especially this policy that Russia is currently conducing in Syria. And Russian attempts to not strangle the opposition but to force the sides of the civil war to come to an agreement simply relies on the basic values of the Russian world, involving not the destruction of those who are different, but coexistence with them.

Thirdly, regarding the fact of an alternative to the American global idea, the Russian world itself is a global idea – an ideal form of organization of planetary common living nations. It is clear that at the center of this world, which Russia is, the responsibility will lie for maintaining order in this world, like the United States is responsible for the maintenance of Pax Americana.

And here it is extremely important not to succumb to the temptation of simple and quick decisions and not to go the way of the US, which refused the role of arbiter, who is subject to the same rules as the whole community, in favor of the Sheriff from the Wild West, whose Colt is an absolute law.

If the Russian global judicial institution will become the same as the modern American one, in this case the Russian world will become American, only with a different name. But there is no interest in shedding blood and sweating for a change of signage on the jail of nations of the world.

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