Putin believes only annexing Ukraine will allow Russia to be a superpower without harm to its ethnic Russian core, Eidman says.

When Vladimir Putin said during his “Direct Line” broadcast that his “main achievement” lies ahead, he provided a clue to this thinking about what he wants and what his policies will be in the remaining years of his time in power, according to Russian sociologist Igor Eidman.

Putin’s comments show that he is convinced that “only the seizure of Ukraine will permit the enormous territorial growth [needed for the growth of Russian power] and restore to it the status of ‘a superpower,’ without having changed while doing so the ethnic Russian character of Russia,” something a restoration of the USSR could in fact threaten.

That that means that when Putin talks about “a main achievement” in the future, he has in mind the seizure of Ukraine, “an idee fixe he is not able to conceal” because such an action would allow him to become “a great ruler” who added land and power to his country.

And that means, Eidman argues, that Putin will never give up his plans to seize not just part of Ukraine but all of it and will not be distracted by the pursuit of the restoration of the entire USSR because that would harm the ethnic Russian core of the state on which he has placed his bets.

Belarus is simply not big enough to provide the great achievement he seeks, and absorbing other parts of the former Soviet Union into an expanded Russian Federation could and indeed almost certainly would dilute the ethnic Russian nature of that state, a prospect Putin abhors.

Read More:

Ukraine needs independent journalism. And we need you. Join our community on Patreon and help us better connect Ukraine to the world. We’ll use your contribution to attract new authors, upgrade our website, and optimize its SEO. For as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

Related

Tags: , , ,

Euromaidan Press

News and Opinion from Ukraine and Europe on Military and Political Developments.

http://euromaidanpress.com/

Related news

Putinism is the post-industrial form of fascism, Skobov says.

Putin’s attention to and approval of ever more distant if equally odious figures from Russia’s medieval past show that he is committed to the idea that “mass repressions and terror are no more and no less than ‘the secret code of the Russian natio...

Euromaidan Press

Murder conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Noor overturned.

Murder conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Noor overturned.

ABC News' Kyra Phillips speaks with ABC News contributor Chana Lloyd on the Minnesota Supreme court's decision to overturn the third-degree murder conviction of a Minneapolis police officer. ABC News Live Prime, Weekdays at 7EST & 9EST WATCH the A...

Rose McGowan reveals when she knew everybody was in on Weinstein's crimes.

Rose McGowan reveals when she knew everybody was in on Weinstein's crimes.

Actress who began the uncovering of Harvey Weinstein tells her story on 'Tucker Carlson Today' #FoxNews #Tucker Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing new...

North, South Korea test missiles amid rising tensions - DW News.

North, South Korea test missiles amid rising tensions - DW News.

North Korea on Wednesday fired two ballistic missiles into the sea, according to the South Korean military. Hours later, South Korea said President Moon Jae-in observed Seoul's first underwater-launched missile test on Wednesday afternoon. The Sou...

More than just her words, Amanda Gorman uses fashion to make bold statements: Part 3.

More than just her words, Amanda Gorman uses fashion to make bold statements: Part 3.

As a Black woman, Gorman said it was important to her to showcase her natural hair while on the national stage. Since then, she has stride into the fashion world, including co-chairing the Met Gala.

Amanda Gorman fell in love with writing while growing up in West Los Angeles: Part 2.

Amanda Gorman fell in love with writing while growing up in West Los Angeles: Part 2.

Famous for speaking in front of millions, Gorman said she overcame a childhood speech impediment and learned how to amplify her voice. In 2017, she was named the nation’s 1st youth Poet Laureate.

Amanda Gorman becomes an overnight success after inaugural poem: Part 1.

Amanda Gorman becomes an overnight success after inaugural poem: Part 1.

Gorman said she drew motivation from the Jan. 6 Capitol riots to write her renowned inaugural poem. Following her performance, the young writer stepped into the spotlight as a national icon.