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Ran Halevi: "The Willful Blindness of Vladimir Putin's Western Fellow Travelers"


TRIBUNE - The historian analyzes the springs which, according to him, pushed some on the right, in Western democracies, and in particular the Trumpian right in the United States, to indulgence, even to complacency towards the autocrat of the Kremlin .

Ran Halevi is research director at the CNRS and professor at the Raymond-Aron Center for Sociological and Political Studies.

He believes that the rejection of wokism and the fear of decadence led them to deny the reality of the Russian regime.

If he never dared to parade as a paragon of democracy, Vladimir Putin strove, not without success, to pose as a moral sentinel of tradition, family values, the Christian religion.

His regime offers a very personal version of the principle of the division of labour.

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On the one hand, a legal autocracy (he at least dispenses with using the flawed oxymoron of

"illiberal democracy"

), rigged elections, a Constitution bent on the imperative of perpetuating the presidential mandate, a systemic kleptocracy, assassinations of opponents, repeated violations of international law, outlaw annexations, mass killings, deportations, war crimes.

Not to mention the cult of personality, the millions pocketed in...

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Source: lefigaro

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