In contrast to his gaze on Lenin, Putin sees Stalin as a nation builder. And nation-building is Country Email List something for which Putin has enormous sympathy. He feels that he is dedicated to it. He thinks of his own role as that of the Country Email List man who is on a mission to build a nation after strong upheaval that has produced great erosion and unrest within Country Email List society.
It is in this sense that he admires Stalin. Several scholars have Country Email List suggested that, on issues such as the treatment of Ukraine, Putin traces his perspective back to the time of the 18th- Country Email List century consolidation of Russian control over those then-Russian lands that are now part of Ukraine. Simon Montefiore Country Email List claims that Putin has read his book on Catherine the Great and the creation of Great.
Russia5and that he would like to place himself in the tradition of the Russian nation and empire builders, starting with Peter the Great and going through Catherine. I am open to that point of view, but I have Country Email List not seen any concrete evidence to convince me that this is more important to Putin than the Soviet aspect, which is, after all, closer to him. But it is certainly a quite plausible hypothesis. What aspects of Russian history give us clues to analyze the invasion Country Email Listof Ukraine? Putin himself has given us a clue in his comments about the historical inseparability of Russia and Country Email List Ukraine. He considers the origins of the current Ukrainian state to be in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, formed as a founding member of the ussr in the 1920s. This implies that a close relationship with Russia (in Soviet times, the Soviet Federative Socialist Republic of Russia) is embedded in the Ukrainian identity. The question of Ukraine's fate within the USSR is complicated. is the ussrthe one that recognized Ukraine as a national entity in the early 1920s, in contrast to the Western Allies after World War I, who refused to do so.