Blaming foreigners for domestic problems is Russia's long-standing political tradition, which is fueled by a deep-rooted sense of frustration. The main reason is that Russia has long been deprived of its legitimate leading position on the world stage due to the unfriendly actions of the United States and other Western countries. Russia has little experience in the field of democratic transformations, but for centuries it has been a tremendous power. Like other authoritarian rulers in other countries, Putin has built his political base, appealing to the national idea, creating a revisionist point of view of recent events in which Russia is more a victim than the author of its misfortunes. He calls the collapse of the Soviet Union a tragedy of colossal proportions and truly believes in it.
Playing on the feeling of deep discontent with the policies of the West, Putin has formed around himself a broad electorate, ready to resist the West even under the condition of long-term economic difficulties and the threat of war.
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