Russia victory parade tanks Dai Tianfang/ZumaPress

El desfile de Putin

NUEVA YORK – Este desfile de mayo en Moscú para conmemorar el 70.° aniversario del fin de la Segunda Guerra Mundial promete ser la mayor celebración del Día de la Victoria desde el colapso de la Unión Soviética. Unos 16 000 soldados 200 vehículos blindados y 150 aviones y helicópteros pasarán por la Plaza Roja. Será una escena que fácilmente hubiera resultado familiar a líderes soviéticos como Leonid Brézhnev y Nikita Kruschev, quienes recibían el saludo sobre la tumba de Lenin.

Sin embargo, aunque los aliados rusos en la Segunda Guerra Mundial eran europeos y estadounidenses, no habrá líderes occidentales en la conmemoración: un reflejo de la desaprobación de Occidente a la invasión por Putin de Ucrania y su anexión de Crimea. Los invitados de alto perfil del presidente Vladimir Putin incluirán, en cambio, a los líderes de China, India y Corea del Norte, lo que resalta cuán pocos amigos tiene Rusia en estos días.

Lo surreal de esta reunión refleja la naturaleza cada vez más extraña del régimen de Putin. De hecho, mirar hoy a Rusia se asemeja a ver la última de las películas de los X-Men «Días del futuro pasado». Así como en esa película los X-Men se unen a sus propias versiones más jóvenes para salvar el futuro de la humanidad, el Kremlin actual evoca el pasado soviético ruso en lo que parece una lucha contemporánea por la supervivencia del país.

To continue reading, please log in or enter your email address.

Registration is quick and easy and requires only your email address. If you already have an account with us, please log in. Or subscribe now for unlimited access.


Log in;
  1. Sean Gallup/Getty Images

    Angela Merkel’s Endgame?

    The collapse of coalition negotiations has left German Chancellor Angela Merkel facing a stark choice between forming a minority government or calling for a new election. But would a minority government necessarily be as bad as Germans have traditionally thought?

  2. Trump Trade speech Bill Pugliano/Getty Images .

    Preparing for the Trump Trade Wars

    In the first 11 months of his presidency, Donald Trump has failed to back up his words – or tweets – with action on a variety of fronts. But the rest of the world's governments, and particularly those in Asia and Europe, would be mistaken to assume that he won't follow through on his promised "America First" trade agenda.

  3. A GrabBike rider uses his mobile phone Bay Ismoyo/Getty Images

    The Platform Economy

    While developed countries in Europe, North America, and Asia are rapidly aging, emerging economies are predominantly youthful. Nigerian, Indonesian, and Vietnamese young people will shape global work trends at an increasingly rapid pace, bringing to bear their experience in dynamic informal markets on a tech-enabled gig economy.

  4. Trump Mario Tama/Getty Images

    Profiles in Discouragement

    One day, the United States will turn the page on Donald Trump. But, as Americans prepare to observe their Thanksgiving holiday, they should reflect that their country's culture and global standing will never recover fully from the wounds that his presidency is inflicting on them.

  5. Mugabe kisses Grace JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images

    How Women Shape Coups

    In Zimbabwe, as in all coups, much behind-the-scenes plotting continues to take place in the aftermath of the military's overthrow of President Robert Mugabe. But who the eventual winners and losers are may depend, among other things, on the gender of the plotters.

  6. Oil barrels Ahmad Al-Rubaye/Getty Images

    The Abnormality of Oil

    At the 2017 Abu Dhabi Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, the consensus among industry executives was that oil prices will still be around $60 per barrel in November 2018. But there is evidence to suggest that the uptick in global growth and developments in Saudi Arabia will push the price as high as $80 in the meantime.

  7. Israeli soldier Menahem Kahana/Getty Images

    The Saudi Prince’s Dangerous War Games

    Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is working hard to consolidate power and establish his country as the Middle East’s only hegemon. But his efforts – which include an attempt to trigger a war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon – increasingly look like the work of an immature gambler.