Elucidating the behavior


Russian society is in transition - from pure form of totalitarianism to something new.This conservative moment in this transition represents more a rethinking of what the end of this transition will be rather than a refusal to change anything at all.Russian domestic politics, like much politics in the Rest of the world, does not easily or naturally match up into the normal political right-left axis of Western politics.In Russia conservatives tend to favor Left-ish, state-centric, economic models.Russia cannot return to the old Soviet model – the premises for it are totally lacking in Russian society.It is possible only on the symbolic level – such as accent on Soviet patriotic themes like return to the Soviet anthem or socialist rhetoric.But the triumph of conservative ideas in Russia is in large part due to their inherent populairy in Russia itself, and unique and puzzling (to foreigners) relationship of Russian masses to their leaders.The fundamental axiom of Russian conservatism can be traced to the time of the monarchy and is known by a simple formula: “Good tsar – bad elites”.



Modern Russian conservatism is both anti-communist and anti-liberal at the same time.Putin’s conservative ideas by and large do not transgress the limits of the moderate form of Western type state or nation building.This kind of the conservative is not too radical, nor excessive.It is not the same as American conservativism, which sees a value in a small state.