In Russia we trust: the Russian origin of the War on Terror

“Crime in full glory consolidates authority by the sacred fear it inspires.” – E.M. Cioran Putin’s allegiance to the War on Terror When Al-Qaeda terrorists attacked the WTC-towers on 9/11 Vladimir Putin was the first foreign head of state to respond to the tragedy. He proclaimed Russia’s solidarity to the War on Terror. He remarked…

Putin and Nashi: towards a politics of the streets

“After Ukraine, the authorities understood that in a crisis situation, one must rely not on the apparatus, but on the masses. Police measures are also important, but they are limited in application: the police are not needed on political territory, where the healthy forces of society can operate.”~ Gleb Pavlovskii, 1 March 2005[1] During the…

Biopower and homophobia in Russia

“Men accept servility in order to acquire wealth; as if they could acquire anything of their own when they cannot even assert that they belong to themselves.” – Etienne De La Boétie Gays not allowed Gay people no longer seem welcomed even in the West. On the one hand, far right politicians like Geert Wilders…