Anton Shekhovtsov: Moscow’s friendship with the European far right testifies to the Kremlin’s slave mentality
Why did the Kremlin invited European far right “monitors” to “observe” the Crimean “referendum” via its puppet Eurasian Observatory for Democracy & Elections (EODE) led by neo-Nazi Luc Michel?
Obviously, European right-wing extremists are natural allies of Russia’s current president Vladimir Putin who is increasingly – and rightfully – perceived as a far right politician. But why did Moscow invite European rather than South American or Asian or African “monitors”? After all, the majority of the countries that voted against the UN resolution, which declared the Crimean “referendum” invalid, – Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, North Korea, Nicaragua, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Zimbabwe – are coming from the non-European parts of the world. The overwhelming majority of the countries which abstained from or did not take part in the vote are also non-European.
The truth is that the Kremlin needed to legitimise its invasion in the Crimea, but, in Putin‘s infinitely racist, far right view, South American, Asian or African “observers” cannot provide legitimacy to the Kremlin’s actions. Putin needs white, European people to say “Yes” to his criminal, fascistoid gamble. South American, Asian or African pro-Russian voices are fine for the Kremlin in the virtual world of the UN, but Putin despises them in the real world – they mean nothing to him.
Yet this is not only about Putin‘s racist worldview as such. By hating the “White West” and at the same time relying on it for the justification of its own actions, the Kremlin reveals its slave mentality. Putin is behaving like a slave who loathes his “racial masters”, but is unable to do anything without their consent.