Virgin Western “Russia expert” ranting about Putler suppressing the democratic opposition vs. the Chad loremaster of the most obscure and esoteric metapolitical sects.
There is unironically more value in this one meme by /u/roastedfroggo than in dozens of Western political science/”transitionology” books and articles, which are in net terms negative value added. (That is, you come out knowing fewer correct things about Russia after consuming them).
Not much I’d change about it.
I’d combine the Sovok Boomer with the Batya, they’re essentially the same, ultimately quite herbivorous creature. Replace Boomer with the Soviet Nationalist, like Prokhanov, or Israel Shamir.
Replace monarcho-Stalinist with the better known Eurasianist.
Putinist conspiracy theorist is basically a sub-species of conspiracy orienated ultra-Putlerists, which would also include NOD and Starikov, as well as the various “Russia as US/British/ZOG crypto-colony” theorists.
Ordinary guy should just be a “vatnik” / Uralvagonzavod worker. His archetype is the single most numerous one. Don’t care much for politics, vote Putler, make the non-adjacent Wojaks cry.
Kholmogorov is Conservative Priest/Monarchist.
Prosvirnin (former Sputnik & Pogrom) is Zoomer Nationalist/Self-Loathing Lib.
But most zoomer nationalists are actually quite OK, and some of the most memetically powerful (or cringe?) … incidentally, I even covered the Empress Tessa a few months ago. So you know where that’s coming from.
The libertarian fuhrer is ofc a pedophile ephebophile. How could it be otherwise – the memes never lie.
Anyhow, study this meme carefully, and grow wiser. /u/roastedfroggo helpfully included some clarification of terms:
- Batya is a coloquial term for dad in Russian.
- The Nazbol spits out the typical nazbol slogans from the 2000s.
- Monarcho-stalinists do exists, but most of them wouldn’t identify themselvs like that. They just share the common way of thinking represented in the meme.
- Kulich is a slavic orthodox dish served during Easter.
- Shashlik is a meat dish, which originated from Central Asia and Caucuses, but got popularized in Russia and it’s kind of part of Russian celebration diet right now.
- Vanga is a Bylgarian mystic and prophetess, who has gained traction in Russia for some reason.
- Churka is an ethnic slur for people from Central Asia (sometimes from Caucasus). The are basically an analogue for Mexicans in Russia.
- Fyodorov is a representetive, who serves in Duma and is leader of the NOD (National Liberetion Movement) movement. They are weird guys, who think that Russian officials are responsible to the American government and FRS and that nothing can be done here without American permission. According to them, Putin tries to resist it and make Russia independent, but the whole state machinery is against him.
- The priest words refer to a statement by Dmitry Smirnov. He was answering congregation’s questions when one of the women asked what percent of her salsry she should grant to the church. He answered that she should donate all her salary, because she has some food (like cereals) at home and that’s enough for living.
- Tessa Violet was a meme among Russian zoomer nationalists because of her “Crush” video, where her haircolour looked similar to the Russian imperial flag. The proclaimed her the empress of the future Russian National State and were memeing hard about it.
- The old liberals are those, who were part of the dissedent movement in the USSR or those who later took part in building new Russia in the 90s. Some notable examples: Boris Nemtsov, Yulia Latynina, Valeriya Novodvorskaya.
- Yes, there were left wing dissedents in the Soviet union. Some notable examples: Boris Kagarlitsky, Alexander Tarasov.
- Navalny is the biggest and the most prominent member of opposition right now in Russia.
- Higher School of Economics is one of the best universities in Russia known for its free market stances.
- The Private Security Compony employee description refers to the recent protests against dump of waste in Russia (Protests in Shiyes).
- Mihail Svetov is a prominent member of the Russian Libertarian Party, who almost single-handedly made it relevant.
- The anarchist description refers to the recent government’s crackdown on anarchist organizations and anarchists in Russia. You might want to look up the Network case and …. Shit, I can’t find any info in English about others, so that’s it.