The Russian population will be severely demoralised and militarised as a result of the prolonged Russian aggression against Ukraine. The Russian people will suffer far more from the long duration of the war than from losing and retreating from Ukraine.
Russians have been subjected to horrific and shameless propaganda for the past 2 years, which, in terms of cruelty, surpasses that of the USSR era, even when it was a matter of aggressive narratives regarding the West.
Vladimir Putin will be gone someday, one way or another, but his hazardous impact on the Russian people will endure for much longer.
Given the way Putin's propaganda has twisted the Russian people's mindset, there is a good chance that they could elect similar deviants to rule Russia in the future, having lost their moral compass in the process.
The Russian people failed to embrace freedom and liberty during the reforms of the 1980s and the 1990s
The Russian people failed to embrace freedom and liberty during the reforms of the 1980s and the 1990s.
They had a 70-year-long communist heritage behind them, which made the Russian majority subject to rule by the Kremlin, which desires global hegemony.
Putin’s quarter of a century-long presidential rule and his additional and forthcoming 6-year term will add up to those 70 years of the despotic communist regime, making it nearly a century of lies, fakes, subversion, indoctrination, incarceration and humiliation of the Russian people.
The Kremlin used the 70 years of the USSR and nearly 3 decades of Putin’s regime to cultivate the people in Russia who could not be responsible for their own lives, the people who needed a shepherd and a master, and the people who rejected freedom because they did not know how to live in a free society.
Cheating, lying and stealing - national sports
People in Moscow today are scared, not of the war itself or the consequences of the war, but of displeasing the Kremlin.
They want the war to end, but on Russian terms, simply because they cannot wish and desire something different from the Kremlin.
The situation is much different in the regions. Surviving misery and poverty has made the Russian provincials embrace the war because joining the so-called contract armed forces has proved to be the only meaningful way to make significant amounts of money.
While provincials have been joining the war physically, the people of Moscow and other large cities have been assisting the Kremlin in fighting sanctions.
Russia has produced numerous anti-sanctions schemes. Most restricted goods have been pouring into Russia from Armenia, Georgia, and central Asian republics, and some even from the Baltic States.
Cheating, stealing and lying were the methods used to survive during the USSR days. Putin’s Russia has extended this Soviet cheating tradition to a country-wide level.
The entire country is now involved in cheating, stealing, and lying. Cheating sanctions and/or seizing Western property has become a national sport in Russia, played with significant enthusiasm.
Various Russian businesses (small, medium and large) have been trying to figure out how to take advantage of the sanctions. Some specialised in helping large Russian corporations avoid restrictions imposed by Western governments.
Not only does Putin seem to enjoy allowing Russian companies to take over facilities and property of Western companies leaving Russia, but the entire Russian population enjoys following this process.
Brainwashed and subverted Russian people believe that such redistribution of assets, including the seizure and renaming of McDonald's restaurants all across Russia, is a legitimate act and will bring Russia prosperity in future.
Are the Russians becoming the new North Koreans?
Russian people will continue worshipping Putin’s regime, even if they were forced once again, as during the Soviet days, to stand in long lines to buy essential foods and toilet paper.
Russian people cannot stop admiring strong leaders not only because they are afraid but also because it is a long-established Russian tradition to worship despotic aggressors.
If this cancerous impact continues long enough, even after Putin, Russians will require decades of rehabilitation before entering a period in which they will not be detached from reality.
The more Putin is in control of Russia, the more people approach a point of being similar to the people of North Korea
The more Putin is in control of Russia, the more people approach a point of being similar to the people of North Korea, after which it will take several generations to develop the essential characteristics required to blend with a free and democratic world.
If this is not the case, Russia will continue producing deviant people with destructive global ambitions, such as Lenin, Stalin or Putin.