弗拉季米尔·普京德波将金国度

莫斯科--“形象即一切”可能对于Gucci这样的时尚大牌或T型台上的模特而言是个不错的信条,但作为一种国家战略它肯定是不合适的。然而,普京在位十年所一手缔造的俄罗斯统治思想“普京主义”却是一切以形象为中心--一个重返世界舞台的再造大国的形象。

问题是,和一个把自己饿得半死来保持薄如纸片般削瘦身材的时装模特不同,普京试图塑造的形象完全是虚构的。俄罗斯的经济一团糟,而其强大的军事机器在2008年必须竭尽全力来击败弹丸之地格鲁吉亚。

当然,俄罗斯的统治者们历来喜欢神话多于现实。毕竟,“波将金村”是在叶卡捷琳娜大帝统治时期发明的。在女皇巡游全国之时,这些村落以色彩明快的外立面掩盖了叶卡捷琳娜的农奴们污秽的生活。

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