Since I don't believe that literally everyone involved in these decisions has a medical condition limiting their cognitive functions, I assume that there must be *some* practical dimension to this. Do NATO bases boost the host economy somehow? Do NATO troops pay rent?
No serious person can think that Russia has any interest in attacking non-NATO Sweden or Finland. A lot of smart people predicted a Russian-Ukrainian war since like 1998 and since 2014 it was obvious to everyone that it's a matter of time. But Sweden???
I still don't understand what Sweden & Finland get out of the whole NATO thing except being put on the WW3 nuke map. Does it come with free weapons or military-industrial investments or something? What am I missing?
❗️According to TASS, the city of Privolye in the north-west of Lisichansk, where the Armed Forces of Ukraine previously equipped ammunition depots and a stronghold, came under the control of the People's Militia of the LPR.
So we've decided to make a comprehensive review of the current political system and the history behind its creation. In-depth Putin's biography, KGB years, weird ascension to power, disillusionment and reorganization of the former (world) order. New episode soon!
But i'm being too harsh on you guys. Most Russians don't understand this system either. Putinism is exceptional at depoliticization. One is encouraged not to think about politics at all
It's a curious system - far from populism. We're ruled by a powerful clandestine entity...
Modern Russia is terra incognita. Anti-russians by and large still are cold war warriors. Most of the active supporters (kudos) are misguided communists. Some neurodivergents fell for "surkov's hypernormalisation"
But in the end Russia remains the "riddle wrapped in a mystery"