Russia has a place in the history of the Marxist ideal, for the simple reason that it was there that the “experiment” took place at the beginning of the 20th century. The experiment that applied the theory that Karl Marx had delivered to the world. Although the ideal of Marxism was aimed at industrialised and productive societies such as Germany, France and England. But, as fate would have it, it was Russia.
A peasant Russia, almost entirely rural and quite backward in technology, commerce and science, was the setting; indeed full of misfortune and inclemency, in which communism emerges as a historical change. Marx’s dream came to life not in the richest country in Europe, far from it, but the opposite.
After the rise of Bolshevism, the October Revolution, the rule of Lenin, then Stalin, Russia’s victory in World War II, the Berlin Wall, the “iron curtain”, the missile crisis and the Cold War, finally, the transition from communism to capitalism (i.e. who won?) Russia became from that moment and apparently until then the promoter and sustainer of Marxism-Leninism, etc., worldwide.
It would be understood that Putin has nothing to do with socialism, nor with communism, much less with Marxism. Rather, that Russia today is a country in which capitalism has triumphed, but also that it only recently ceased to be a satellite of the USSR.
Putin, just as Nicholas I did in his time, faithfully follows the “testament of Peter the Great”, which states and begs the Russian leadership to control the Crimean peninsula without fail, among other things.
Geopolitics is changeable, though not much in Russia’s case. Russia remains static over time and its new tsar, Vladimir by name, now claims not just a peninsula but an entire nation. Even countries that would seem to have no connection with Ukraine are preparing to receive the eventual new exiles, such as Israel, which would open its doors to almost 50,000 Ukrainian Jews.
An exodus of Ukrainians, a possible new war, which, although it would not have to become the third world war, would cause a great deal of unrest in a world that has not yet overcome its greatest crisis, in this case a global one, the pandemic.
Also, as Russia still plans to expand as the empire it once was, already having control over Belarus, Crimea, Serbia, etc., there is also a remnant of communism, especially Marxist-Leninist communism.
It is no coincidence that Russia supports all left-wing regimes in the world. Beyond that, totalitarian regimes such as Maduro’s in Venezuela or Ortega’s in Nicaragua.
It is not for nothing that Alberto Fernández openly and amicably offers Putin that Argentina should be “his gateway to Latin America”.
Putin currently supports Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad, which is why, together with Lukashenko of Belarus, Putin hopes to send at least 200 of his men to restore al Assad’s men in Syria.
Cuba has never stopped being supported by Russia. Neither have the FARC guerrillas, and neither have so many other criminal institutions and illegitimate governments. Just as leftist political parties and candidates receive perhaps permanent support from the distant Slavic nation.