NEWSWATCH Der Spiegel: Fortress of Nationalism: Russia Is Losing Its Political Morals
[“Fortress of Nationalism: Russia Is Losing Its Political Morals” – Der Spiegel – Christian Neff – March 31, 2015]
Der Spiegel addresses the evolution of political values in Russia, amidst the Nemtsov assassination and a gathering of nationalists in St. Petersburg that included far-right elements.
The murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov reveals that Russia has become morally unhinged. The country is transforming into a nationalist fortress and the powers that be are happy to ignore the potentially dangerous implications.
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The Nemtsov murder and the gathering in St. Petersburg are an indication that the mania of political revanchism has infected Russia’s political elite. It is a mania that finds resonance with all those Russians who either are uninterested in established a normal life within the country’s current borders or who are unable to do so, wrote a journalist with the Moscow-based website gazeta.ru. That, the journalist continued, can only end ‘in a huge, national catastrophe.’