Diptych: Adolf Hitler (1938) vs. Vladimir Putin (2014).
Anton Shekhvostov analyses the comparison and pleads for the ideological similarity of the two regimes, as well as reflects on the contemporary European sentiments towards Russian “cult person.” Regardless of the radical anti-Russian mood of the post coupled with labeling 2008 Georgia events as mere “testing” before Crimean invasion, Shekhvostov post deserves closer attention since it brings focus on the crucial issue in this dispute: strong support and approval of Putin's actions by European far right activists, including Nick Griffin (British National Party), Gábor Vona (Hungarian nationalist political party Jobbik), Marine Le Pen (French National Front). This remark must definitely ring a bell for reluctant Western community. As well this post helps to clarify the picture of Russian-Ukrainian confrontation flooded with fascist rhetorics on both sides.
Let's assume that historical summary, personality sketch and ideology review are convincing enough to say that Putin/Hitler analogy is justified. It's also necessary to admit that Putin's autocracy is comparable to Hitler's dictatorship, but on much smaller scale. Where's the catch? The catch is “yet”. Recent surveys reported that after significant downfall in 2013 Putin's political rating boosted after Olympiad and Crimean invasion higher than ever before. And that disturbs me a lot: since when military aggression is welcomed by population of a de jure democratic society?