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Why Do Russians Still Love Communism?

In recent years, many people cannot understand why masses of people in Russia, regardless of age, gender and education, feel so happy about the annexation of Crimea and the idea of a revival of the USSR.

Soviet symbols, patriotic songs of the Soviet period, portraits of Stalin, Lenin, the protection of monuments to them, and St. George's ribbons all give grounds for speaking about the revival of the Soviet Union with its ideas of world domination and gradual accession of the neighboring countries as its republics. Not as parts of Russia, but as republics of the Soviet Union, where "friend or foe" was determined not by nationality, but by ideological principle.

It would seem that the motivation is obvious: revenge for the collapse of the Soviet Union and defeat in the Cold War. But the SU was not defeated by enemies in war, like Germany in the First World War. On the contrary, it defeated Germany in 1945. And it collapsed by itself, simply because the system proved to be unviable. But to miss the arms race and the huge costs of the military-industrial complex instead of the social sphere, (houses, cars, and even food) is, at the very least, strange.

Nostalgia for the Soviet Union is in part sincere, but also largely artificially fueled by the Russian authorities. There are several reasons for such sentiments: the very nature of the socialist/communist ideology; the mentality of the “Soviet people” who are now called “Russians”; and the policy of the present-day Russian authorities.

The Soviet socialist/communist ideology was actually a kind of religion. As a religion, it negated any criticism of its ideas, since religions do not aim at studying the world. They are a kind of psychological support, they give consolation, hope. That is exactly the case with the Soviet Union, and in all totalitarian regimes, such as North Korea. Dissent and knowledge are punished, only dogmas are allowed. Books, movies, and any kind of free communication is prohibited. In recent years the Russian authorities have been trying hard to control the Internet too.

It is well-known that every new cult is based on an old one. And the Bolsheviks did not invent the wheel. Their teaching is almost identical with Christianity. This is why communist ideas stuck to the well-trained souls of the people so quickly. Consider it yourself, every aspect of Christianity was mirrored by the Bolsheviks: Jesus Christ the Messiah corresponded to Lenin, Jesus resurrected and “Lenin lives forever”. The Holy Trinity was Marx, Engels, and Lenin, they were almost always depicted together.

The Holy Scripture was “The Communist Manifesto” by Marx and Engels. The priests were the NKVD/KGB commissars. Paradise was the “bright future”, the communism, it was officially proclaimed in the 1970s that “the present generation will live in communism”. The churches were “the red corners” that existed in every factory or office, decorated with “icons”, the portraits of the Communist Party leaders. Instead of the cross, the red five-pointed star was used, and even now it is the emblem of the Russian Army, only in the initial Bolshevik years the star was turned one point down, like a pentacle, the symbol of the modern-day Satanists. The Order of the Red Banner, the first Soviet military decoration, was the highest award of Soviet Russia, and subsequently the Soviet Union, from 1918 to 1930.

This list can be continued, including the “crusades” called “republics voluntarily joining the USSR”, the party conferences which were analogs to the church councils, the pectoral cross substituted by the red scarf of the Young Pioneers, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcrz_VZ5S_Q Video: Russian school children join the Young Pioneer organization, Moscow, Russia. The ceremony is held in the “sacred place”, Red Square, near the zikkurat-like Lenin Mausoleum housing Lenin’s mummified body.

The Bolsheviks turned their teaching into a religion, but what of it? Why do not most other countries, although they also have religions, indulge in dreams about “the great past which has to be brought back”?

The answer to this lies in the very nature of the Russian people, in their habits, likes and dislikes, that is in their mental paradigm. All the features of the Russian national character can hardly be enumerated here, but let us have a look at some of the most characteristic ones.

Russians are very aggressive. Even according to the official Russian statistics (which are definitely censored), in Russia, there are 10 times more intentional homicides per 100,000 people than in the neighboring European Union.

Russians are stuck in slavery. They are totally dependent on their master, (barin in Russian). They would lie in his favor, they would die for him. Submission and unconditional acceptance of the position of the authorities is a characteristic feature of Russians. Nobody held a referendum whether Russia needed Crimea. Three days before the Olympics, no Russian considered the absence of Crimea in Russia as a significant problem. But the barin woke up in the morning and decided that Russia needed Crimea, and his loyal servants unanimously supported that decision. All the major businesses in Russia sooner or later become the possession of the barin (NTV, Yukos, Euroset, Vkontakte, Bashneft). Russians do not resist because from an early age they learn how to be helpless.

The next feature follows from the previous one: Russians are infantile, and they do not know how to be responsible and how to make decisions without the barin giving them a good kick. If you ask a Russian why Russia is having war in Ukraine, you will hear that the US is at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in Europe they had crusades, so why cannot we have a war? Exactly like a child says there is no more jam because “the cat ate it.” Russians like to obey, naturally, their barin. They never feel guilty, because the barin says they are not, and he is always right. They would never believe there are countries where the state of things is better than in Russia. They would never believe there is real justice somewhere in the world.

Russians need an enemy. The existence of an enemy is both a stimulus and a justification for all their crimes. Russians live from war to war, and the wars are a great justification for the poverty they live in. It is a paradox, but Russians love those who killed the most Russians. The greatest tyrants like Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Lenin, and Stalin are all-time favorites of the Russian people. Russians hate all their neighbors. For every nation Russia borders on, they have derisive nicknames, hatred is the national idea of Russians.

It is this highly flammable mixture of loyalty to every tyrant, infantilism, the macabre alloy of Marxism and Christianity, the lack of self-criticism, all of that multiplied by the earlier unseen scale of propaganda which cultivates the stone-age ignorance that the Russian authorities have always relied on.

Since the Russian authorities have succeeded in creating the illusion of Russia being a besieged fortress, located in the surrounding of enemies like the US and European Union, the majority of population supported the idea of "Russia restoring its influence" on the territory of the former USSR. People sincerely believe that the vital "buffer zone", a protective belt between Russia and its hostile environment, is badly needed. That is why Russian people do not protest against constantly increasing budgets spent on army, traditional and even exotic weapons like computer viruses.

This revokes the Soviet-era state of things when the USSR was perceived by the Soviet people as a side in the Cold War, which became, actually, irrelevant during the Yeltsin’s presidency with its liberal views of Western countries in the 90s.

In addition, modern authorities with all their totalitarian and aggressive attempts to regulate all aspects of society have offered neither any desired model of the society in the future nor any adequate development plan. A distinctive feature of modern Russian ideology is the lack of specific content. The ideologically saturated concepts like "Russian world", "Russian civilization", and "special path of development" have no specific content behind them. Perhaps we are witnessing such a phenomenon for the first time in world history — the emergence of a kind of farcical ideology, quasi-ideology, consisting only of superficial declarative elements. In this vacuum of explicit ideology, the people who lived in the ideology-flooded society all their lives tend to return to the only ideology that explained both future plans and what to do now, that is to socialism/communism.

The authorities only replaced the Soviet myth of a "bright future" for an idealized past. The object of this idealization was the image of the Soviet Union. The idealized image of the USSR gives people hope for the security not only in the field of foreign and domestic policy: a guaranteed workplace, social security, albeit of low quality, wages, though small — in short, the social "ration", which does not depend on personal effort, abilities and achievements. In fact, in Russia today, many people have manifested a nostalgia for this “ration”.

You cannot also ignore the historical imperial complexes of Russians. Russian history is the history of an Empire with a predominance of Russian culture and, especially in the times of fifteen republics of the USSR, with the suppression of the national identity of members of the Union republics. It almost always was characterized by collectivism, the search for "special path" and isolation from the rest of the world, and the weak development of individual consciousness, etc. Therefore, the collapse of the empire and the refusal of its member nations to acknowledge the dominant Russian influence was perceived really painfully by many Russians.

In connection with all the above mentioned, there is a difficult question: will the Russians be able to overcome all these features of their mentality in the foreseeable future? The unequivocal answer is No. On the one hand, some features of the Soviet way of thinking are so ingrained in the minds of people from the Soviet era that eradication is likely to take decades, if not centuries. On the other hand, if we eradicate actively pumped illusions of confrontation with the United States in recent years (and it is the global confrontation, aimed at total destruction, as it is inspired by Russian propaganda), if they do not repeatedly propagate the idea of the impossibility of Russia to survive and defend itself without those "zones of influence", (you can remember that just a few years after the collapse of the Soviet Union most Russians fully reconciled with the existing boundaries of the country). This means that at least a cause of desire for territorial expansion can be easily removed by the mere cessation of propaganda and brainwashing.