Putin publishes strategy paper against “Westernization”
Russia’s president is positioning himself against the West with a new strategy paper. Critics see the document as an attempt at authoritarian tutelage and a new step in turning away from the values of Western democracies.
RUssian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new strategy for the national security of his country to protect against the influence of the USA and other Western countries. “The” westernization “of culture increases the risk that the Russian Federation will lose its cultural sovereignty,” says the 44-page document published on Saturday. Critics see the strategy paper as an attempt at authoritarian tutelage and as a new step in turning away from the values of Western democracies.
“The traditional Russian intellectual-moral and cultural-historical values are exposed to active attacks on the part of the USA and its allies – also on the part of transnational corporations and foreign non-commercial organizations,” the authors continue. Above all, the thesis, which Putin has repeatedly advocated, is anchored in the paper that the model of liberal democracies is in crisis.
“Personal freedoms are made absolute; there is active propaganda of freedom of movement, immorality and selfishness; a cult of violence, consumption and pleasure is enforced; the use of drugs is legalized and a society is formed that negates the natural life cycle. ”According to the document, the pressure of the West on Russia is growing – and with it the danger of a division in society.
The West, it goes on to say, is trying to use the social and economic problems in Russia to destabilize society and radicalize protest. The US and EU sanctions against Russia are also criticized. In addition, military tensions are increasing – above all as a result of NATO’s rapprochement with Russia’s borders. The country therefore wants to turn more towards China and India. The last national security strategy was dated December 31, 2015.