Ruský ekonomický imperialismus

Ruské využití zemního plynu k vyvinutí hospodářského a politického tlaku na Ukrajinu vyvolalo na Západě hluboké znepokojení. Ruský tlak na Gruzii je však ještě silnější – a téměř se mu nedostává pozornosti.

V Gruzii, stejně jako na Ukrajině, se ruský prezident Vladimir Putin snaží uskutečnit doktrínu „liberálního impéria“, navrženou v říjnu 2003 Anatolijem Čubajsem, předsedou Jednotného energetického systému (RAO JES), ruského energetického monopolu. Podle Čubajse se pro Rusko nikdy nenajde místo ani v NATO, ani v Evropské unii, takže si musí vytvořit alternativu k oběma, své vlastní nové impérium.

To se mu může zdařit, když využije svých ohromných a bohatých veřejno-soukromých monopolů k převzetí klíčových průmyslových oblastí a hospodářských institucí v bývalých sovětských republikách, čímž položí základy pro politickou nadvládu. Vzniklé impérium bude podle Čubajsovy definice liberální, neboť se vybuduje penězi, a nikoli tanky.

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