For today's Russia it is simply "one of C Level Contact List many neighbors, part of a greater Eurasia that stretches from Ireland to Japan." The strategic goal of developing close cooperation and political alliance with Europe – an idea that still fascinated the minds of liberal intellectuals and politicians in Russia during the 1990s – is now seen as impractical, if not harmful. Russia's progress is no longer connected to its European roots. Timofei Bordashev, a C Level Contact List leading Moscow analyst, believes that "it is impossible to move forward without moving away from an essential part of [our] own heritage, including perhaps its core: the European character C Level Contact List of the Russian state"6.
Europe as a source of innovation is C Level Contact List considered exhausted . “We got everything we needed from Europe a long time ago,” Karaganov and other like-minded political analysts soberly and coolly observe. “Everything else”, they say, “either we already have it or it is simply unattainable because we cannot handle it: from a historical C Level Contact List point of view, Russia is an authoritarian state. (...) It is time to stop being ashamed of the C Level Contact List fact that historically we are linked to an authoritarian system of government and not to liberal democracy»7. Ultimately, it is about that.
What worries the angry men in the C Level Contact List Kremlin is not 'Gayropa' – a bogeyman produced for domestic consumption – but the core political ideals and values of the European Union: human dignity and freedom, the rule of law, democracy and tolerance. It is these aspects of Europe's heritage that the Kremlin rulers, presiding over C Level Contact List an increasingly repressive authoritarian regime, cannot handle. But these "European values" are already universal. The younger generations understood. They take to the streets across the vast country to C Level Contact List challenge the elites in power.