Mystikken om Putin

Mystikken om Putin The Putin Mystique Takes The Reader On A Journey Through The Russia Of Vladimir Putin, Named By Forbes Magazine In 2013 As The Most Powerful Man In The World It Is A Neo Feudal World Where IPads, WTO Membership, And Brioni Business Suits Conceal A Power Structure Straight Out Of The Middle Ages, Where The Sovereign Is Perceived As Both Divine And Demonic, Where A Man S Riches Are Determined By His Proximity To The Kremlin, And Where Large Swathes Of The Populace Live In Precarious Complacency Interrupted By Bouts Of Revolt Where Does That Kind Of Power Come From The Answer Lies Not In The Leader, But In The People From The Impoverished Worker Who Appeals Directly To Putin For Aid, To The Businessmen, Security Officers And Officials In Putin S Often Dysfunctional Government Who Look To Their Leader For Instruction And Protection About The Author Anna Arutunyan S Work Has Appeared In USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, The Nation, Foreign Policy In Focus, And The Moscow News, Where She Is An Editor And Senior Correspondent She Is Author Of The Media In Russia McGraw Hill, 2009 , And Is The Co Author With Vladimir Shlapentokh Of Freedom, Repression And Private Property In Russia Cambridge University Press, 2013 She Has Lectured On Russian Power, Politics And Media At Tampere University In Finland And At Michigan State University A Bilingual Russian American, She Was Born In The Soviet Union In 1980 But Grew Up And Received Her Education In The United States In 2002 She Returned To Moscow To Write About Russia Anna Arutunyan Lives In Moscow With Her Husband And Daughter. Arutunyan writes not from a Western worldview, not mirroring, when she analyzes Russia s relationship with Vladimir Putin Amen She does not instinctively deride him as we do in the West where his style repels most of us paying attention Although we have no use for him here, it seems they do there She is intimidated by Putin, wary, yet resigned to his fit with Russia at this point in time Russia is a vast continent of isolated, rather than communal, people which can and does result in authoritarianism in leadership She also moves along her thesis that Russians get what they want deserve in leadership as painful as it may seem to us on the outside Arutunyan describes a feudal, fragmented land reliant upon an ages old tradition of vassals offering themselves up to God and Tsar not necessarily in that order This book advanced my understanding of Putin, who wields power in some sort o
A manager at work we were doing some idiotic back and forth trash talk shushed me in public Teasing him, I had said that the island of Malta had been first settled by English retards He was Maltese These days, no one likes to hear the word retard It was lame, I know, but I retorted with a shout, Shut up, this ain t Russia And standing directly behind me was a Russian emigrant, new to the country, who took offence at my reckless clich However, whether naive or not, he knew exactly to what I referred, that by worldwide reputation alone, even from the old USSR days, you couldn t any voice your opinion in Russia than get a fresh loaf of bread from a government grocery store I immediately apologized for my deleterious remark and offered my hand Which he took He seemed placated, if not bemused no, I m not saying he was an idiot, but the truth is, in Russia today, it is as dangerous to speak your mind as it was back in the USSR, maybe even so, certainly tricky Where did he get the idea that I was misrepresenting the reputation of Russia s culture Freedom of the press, the right to assembly, the liberty to political free speech and individual property rights are all gone And my very own angry Rus
En mycket intressant bok av en rysk journalist, Anna Arutunyan Den st rsta majoriteten av h ndelserna som Arutunyan beskriver i hennes bok, gde rum under Putins epoken Om ven boken heter Tsar Putin, r Putin inte ett huvud mne i boken Den viktigaste fr gan i boken r den ok nda ryska mentaliteten, korruption och symboliska r dslan f r en h rskare som historiskt utvecklades sedan Ivan den F rskr ckligares tider Hon dyker djupt i s dana mnen som ryska traditioner, historiska attityden till makten och geopolitiska situationen av det st rsta landet p jordklotet Jag var redan i Sverige n r dem st rsta politiska h ndelserna skedde, som r tteg ngar mot Chodorkovskij, demonstrationer inf r valet 2012, f ngslandet av Navalnij, etc fram till annekteringen av Krim i 2014 Eftersom i stort s tt l ste jag om ryska politiken i v steuropeiska median, som alltid f rgade Ryssland svart, ville jag h ra ryska r ster och l sa beskrivningen om dem ovan n mnda h delserna fr n den ryska in
A Moscow based Russian born journalist who was raised and educated in the States, Anna Arutunyan seems unusually well placed to interpret Putin s mystique in a way that Western readers can readily grasp Although this book contains some fascinating information if you are prepared to make the effort to glean it, I was disappointed to find that the disjointed journalese makes for an often confusing and laborious read.We are familiar with photographs of a macho Putin displaying his muscular torso as he rides on horseback through the wilderness, or wades in a river to catch salmon, of him diving in the Black Sea to retrieve ancient Greek urns in what proved to be a staged stunt, or co piloting a plane to dump gallons of water to extinguish a forest fire This personality cult which began in around 2001 is partly a top down process of which Anna Arutanin provides further examples Kremlin ideologist Surkov s organised demonstrations of support by the activist youth group Nashi whose members were rewarded with payment or career opportunities the elaborate charade in which Putin showed his concern for alumina factory workers demanding their pay by berating on film the oligarch Deripaska who had halted production at their workplace This included forcing him to sign a probably fake contract and even throwing a pen at him, for which humiliation Deripaska was com
Wasn t exactly what I had thought it would be about, but it was an interesting read I wish it had focused on Putin himself, instead of the people in the FSB and commoners Surkov was the only staff from Putin s administration that it really mentioned in depth I did enjoy the insight into Putin s personality, I liked how they described the scenes of seeing Putin in person, and Putin s reactions to different events The last sentence made me snort, The
Deras verkliga besvikelse tycktes vara misslyckandet att knyta an till andra ryssar, att bygga den typ av samh llen som de har sett i Europa, och likt dekabristerna i sitt uppror mot tsaren 1825, riktade de sin frustration mot Putin Ryssland st lldes terigen inf r samma pl gsamma val despotism eller revolution och varken suver nen eller folket verkade ha styrkan att leta efter alternativ Hade f ga f rhoppningar att denna bok skulle leda n gonstans efter att ha l st den f rsta delen N r vi n tt mitten och slutligen gick in i tredje avsnittet blev den riktigt intressant Aruntunyan tar sig an Ryssland ur en vinkel som nnu var outforskad f r min egen del, n mligen myten om Ryssland som ett tsard me ven i modern tid Att Putin r att se som en suver n och n got jag sj lv har utforskat, huruvida denna legitimitet karakt riseras av det personliga styret.Det som var framf rallt intressant r dels de diskussioner som tas upp g llande korruptionen och huruvida de
Bottoms Up The fault, dear Brutus is not in the stars but in ourselves Julius CaesarAnna Arutunyan s Putin Mystique is unusual because it does not dwell on top down stories of Putin s actions, but on bottom up historical and cultural pressures that explain the underlying affection of Russians for Putin and other authoritarian leaders Combining journalism contemporary with historical and cultural analysis makes this book accessible, unusual and involving It takes a few chapters to hit stride, but once you get where she is coming from the ride becomes worth the read Once you see how the actions taken at the top reflect needs within the Russian people, you realise she is on to something big.It seems the Russians are so divided by the size of their land, and disparate personal objectives, that the move to authoritarianism and collectivism becomes inevitable There is no law by contract, but only submission There is freedom to roam but no obligation from the powerful to reciprocate So different from Europe as Marx contended , Ru
Time has come to read up, fast, about Russia, her ruler and her politics And try to make some sense of all things that are going on for some months and went for years before many of as started paying any attention Putin Mystique is useful and good read in at least two senses at the same time First it is quite recent, with present edition finished in November of last year.Second and important it is its idea and scope Call it woman approach, intuition or simply thoughtfulness Arutunyan put affairs, scandals and crimes of Putin era into much needed context of deeper ideas, often unreflected by actors themselves, which forms the very ideas of power, rule, state and forms of government in Russia It seems that especially in Russia strictly and exclusively rational analysis of political developments take
It was well thought out book I really enjoyed reading it as in my opinion the writing is a mix of publicistic and academic style and the writer took the best parts of both approaches Although some people may find lack of theory based
If Arutunyan is anywhere near right about the near current state of Russian politics, economy and culture especially religious , this assessment should give the rest of the world reason to step back and reconsider That is, reconsider before it tries to even comprehend, much less respond to