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Lionel Baland
Lionel Baland

Location: Belgium

Specialization: Euroscepticism, Patriotic parties of Europe

The French conservative political figure Ivan Blot tries to spread some realities about Russia

Some people in France are thinking that Russia is still communist but this idea is in his view a total nonsense.

Ivan Blot, a French conservative political figure, published a book about Russia to explain to the French people how Russia is in the 21 century. The French press often presents Russia in a bad way or spreads false ideas about this country. However, some French people who are in touch with Russia decided to inform about the reality of this major country. Famous examples of this trend are the movie actor Gérard Depardieu or the ex-alpine ski racer Jean-Claude Killy.

Former Gaullist MP, nationalist MEP, and civil servant Ivan Blot teaches in French and Russian universities. Travelling between the two countries, he can compare and explain the differences in his 204 pages book: “La Russie de Poutine” (Putin’s Russia) (1). The foreword is from Philippe de Villiers (2). The book will be published in Russia in Russian too (3). In this publication, different ideas are developed about Russia in different areas: economy, demography, defence, domestic and foreign policy, influences of the Orthodox Church, and others.

For Ivan Blot, the evolution of Russia and its comeback are linked to the personality of Vladimir Putin.

Following the French writer, the return of Russia happened because the oligarchs, who were very strong at the time of Boris Yeltsin, were replaced in Putin’s era by patriotic officers. Meanwhile, in the West, the army is marginalized and high-finance leads the countries.

Some people in France are thinking that Russia is still communist but this idea is in his view a total nonsense. He adds that since when Vladimir Putin came to power in 2000, the economy has grown a lot.

Following him, the public opinion in France thinks that the leadership in Russia is close to what in France is situated near or at the “far-right”. But, for the Russians who are now patriots, Vladimir Putin is in the centre and one half of the population of the country is more nationalist and traditionalist than Putin’s political line.

A common idea in France is that Russia is a dictatorship. The Western press tends to present Russia as a country where there is a big lack of democracy and Western Europe as the paradise of democracy. But Ivan Blot writes that in Russia a lot of people are in favour of president Vladimir Putin and that in France only around 20 % support president François Hollande. In Russia as in Western Europe there are elections, but in the West, the politicians don’t work for the people but for the oligarchies (finance, trade-union, media, technocracy, associations). According to Ivan Blot, in Russia the politicians are whom the people want while in France the politicians don’t do what the people need. This situation leads in France to a lack of confidence in the political leaders and systems, for example with immigration, security, and unemployment. Ivan Blot has had to face the censorship in France but never in Russia where he is teaching in Novgorod and Moscow about direct democracy. This topic he is teaching interests the leaders of Russia because they want more participation of the people in the decision-making process.

According to Ivan Blot, the western political elites and media are against Russia for two reasons: one geopolitical and one quasi-spiritual. Russians wants a big Europe, but the US, following the Zbigniew Brzezinski theories (4), wants for geopolitical grounds to avoid this situation. The States is the leading country in the world but not in Eurasia where Europe, Russia (5), China and India are. To maintain its leadership, the US has to divide the world: Europe is under its control, China has to be watched and the enemy number one is Russia, because it’s an Empire that has a lot of nuclear weapons and is the link between Europe and China. If they work together, Europe-Russia-China will be very strong. The US is trying to detach Ukraine from Russia. There are 40 millions of inhabitants in Ukraine and if they are not anymore in the sphere of Russia, this country will be impaired. The other reason is the ideological evolution of Russia and its president: Vladimir Putin affirms his Orthodox Christian faith and these values are not seen very well by the western elites.

In Russia, different measures were taken to boost the birthrate while in the West nothing is done.

At the beginning of the comeback of Russia, this country thought that it can have a good relationship with the West but it took a lot of time before it realized that it’s not possible.  NATO, in contradiction to what was said to Mikhail Gorbachev, has extended itself to the Eastern part of Europe.

Ivan Blot adds that an other issue is that USA, that was in the past a slave-owner state and killed a lot of its indigenous people, has no problems in the Western media, and Russia, that didn’t do these kind of things, has a bad reputation.

He explains too that the Western politicians have problems to understand who Vladimir Putin is because he is not like them: he is a man of meditation and reflection who reads a lot of books.
 

 

(1) BLOT Ivan, La Russie de Poutine, Editions Bernard Giovanangeli, Paris, 2016.

(2) http://gianalytics.org/en/98-philippe-de-villiers-it-s-time-to-say-what-i-saw

(3) by Rethinking Russia

(4) BRZEZINSKI Zbigniew, The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives. Basic Books. 1997.

(5) It is common in France to difference Europe from Russia although everybody know that Russia is an European country.

 

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