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putinism and islamism - Ilya Shlyakhter (notestaff) - letters to editors
March 18th, 2015
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putinism and islamism
Keep the Pressure on Putin

Mr. Putin’s brand of nationalism has eerie similarities to radical Islamism. He animates followers by promising to reconquer lost lands and restore past glory. He gives them an instant sense of purpose as guardians of their tribe’s power vis-à-vis the West. He makes clear that tribal interests trump international norms. Chillingly but predictably, this leads to a “loose army of avengers” similar to the self-styled defenders of the Prophet Muhammad. Having suffered firsthand from radical Islamism, Russians should be wary of adopting its playbook.

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