Экономический империализм России

Использование Россией природного газа с целью оказать экономическое и политическое давление на Украину вызвало глубокую озабоченность на Западе. Но давление России на Грузию еще сильнее – и оно остается почти незамеченным.

В Грузии, как и на Украине, российский президент Владимир Путин стремится привести в исполнение доктрину “либеральной империи”, предложенную в октябре 2003 г. Анатолием Чубайсом, председателем Объединенной Энергетической Системы (РАО ЕЭС), российской энергетической монополии. Согласно Чубайсу, для России никогда не будет места ни в НАТО, ни в Европейском Союзе, таким образом, она должна создать альтернативу обоим, свою собственную новую империю.

Она может это сделать, используя свои огромные и богатые государственно-частные монополии для того, чтобы контролировать ключевые отрасли промышленности и экономические учреждения бывших советских республик, тем самым закладывая основу для политического господства. Возникшая в результате этого империя будет либеральной, согласно определению Чубайса, потому что ее можно построить с помощью денег, а не танков.

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