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If anything, the Russian system should be characterized as proto-fascist – tamer than European fascist states during the 1920s and 1930s, but still featuring key elements of those regimes. These include the structure of Russia's political economy; the idealization of the state as a source of moral authority; and Russia's particular brand of international relations.First, fascist elements in Russia did not emerge organically as they did in Europe in the early twentieth century. Rather, they are being imposed on Russian society by the state, whose leader enjoys far-reaching power under the 1993 constitution. Second, Russia is a multiethnic country that for centuries developed as an empire, not as a nation-state. Russia's current geopolitical neighborhood is far less tolerant of totalitarian ideologies than it was 90 years ago. Western powers need not undermine or destroy Putin's Russia; they simply need to outlive it.
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