by Lucio Caracciolo for Heartland: Eurasian Review of Geopolitics
Russia cannot be a democracy since if it were, it would not exist.
It is a multi-ethnic empire almost sixty times the size of Italy. Its population equals that of all Italians and Germans together, three-quarters of which concentrated in its European provinces and with immense and almost uninhabited Siberia neighbouring the hyper-populated Chinese colossus. It can exist only if governed from the centre with an iron fist. The application of a Western-styled liberal-democratic system would mean sparking geopolitical disputes and a series of armed secessions in the shadows of …read more