Back in 2005 Putin said: "..the demise of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century."
He stated this in relation to the peoples of the former Soviet Union, but he understands very well that it was also a terrible historical defeat for *all* those subjected to imperialist domination, the collapse of the USSR and East Euro Socialist countries in 1989-1991 meant the mammoth support financially, exile space, free education, free military training and weapons for nearly *all* the worlds anti-imperialist struggles lost out that back up.
What followed the collapse was an empire orgy of looting and war which started to be turned back in 2000 with the Second Intifada, start of the development of Chavez, Lula and others.
This trend of growing victories of the GlobalSouth led by Russia and China was sabotaged in late 2010 with the Arab Sting, but the victory-oriented trajectory started up again in 2013 with the victories in Syria against empire and the death squads, Egypt's shot towards Russia and defending Syria from the 'west', DPRK's (Socialist Korea's) missile launch and audacious defiance of the "pivot to Asia" and seemingly with the push back of Russia against the 'west' on Ukraine.
Trickery clinton in 2008 stated in response to Putin: “There is a move to re-Sovietise the region ... It’s not going to be called that. It’s going to be called a customs union, it will be called Eurasian Union and all of that ... But let's make no mistake about it. We know what the goal is and we are trying to figure out effective ways to slow down or prevent it.”
This reflected the fears of white supremacy and empire that their plans to bring the leadership of the world revolution - the USSR / Easter Socialist Bloc - to its knees and under total domination and subservience to the 'west' had failed with the end of the era of that drunken sell-out Boris Yelstin, and the political takeover of Putin etc.
Putin said in response to trickery clinton: “There is no talk of reforming the USSR in some form ... It would be naive to restore or copy what has been abandoned in the past but close integration – on the basis of new values, politics and economy is the order of the day.”
These are imho wise words and strategy from Putin: there's no point trying to resuscitate that which is dead, but construct anew inspired from before in new conditions. Putin and the Russian leadership are basically hardcore Soviet-era anti-imperialists trying to clean up internally in difficult circumstances and also rebuild the world anti-imperialist movement, but unlike the USSR era we have still yet to recover ideologically in terms of leadership, and modern Russia is not the economic-military powerhouse of the USSR.
What we are seeing in Ukraine is an attempt by empire to contain the leadership of Russia in Asia and as an anti-imperialist world leader. Putin was taught hardcore anti-imperialism, and was a middle ranking Soviet intelligence officer, so he understands the enemy well and how to outflank it, out swagger it, out strategise it. While there are limitations to Putin's leadership compared to the USSR, there is no doubt that he and his colleagues are single minded and unswerving in pushing forward GlobalSouth military-politico-economic capacity against imperialism. The 'west' are foolishly showing the world how weak and terrified they are (reflective of the growing crisis of their system) against a solid GlobalSouth approach.
Ukraine is a battle for Humanity versus the biggest purveyors of violence in the world, this confrontation is manifest in Libya, China, Venezuela, Brazil, DPRK, Zimbabwe, South Africa etc etc, is is ONE SINGLE struggle, our leadership treats it that way, our *enemies* treat it that way, we just gotta make sure those who don't in the 'snakes, fakes, fools and tools of empire' around us are increasingly politically liquidated. Gulags later for them, now we defeat them in ideological warfare.
- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm