Since the 13th century, Russia has stood for certain principles. Ours is a country of culture, of family, and of morality. It was October of 1917 when the Bolshevics rose up against an oppressive monarchy and established a government by and for the people. This was a natural progression of Russia’s founding principles--but over the course of this century, we have strayed from these ideals. As the Bolshevic Revolution progressed, and other areas throughout Eastern Europe and Central Asia embraced Marxist Socialism, the resulting Union of Soviet Socialist Republics became an increasingly diverse territory, to which Russia’s fundamental principles are not scalable. 

Russia is not Ukraine, or Georgia, or Belarus, or any of the Union Republics which make up the USSR. We are culturally incompatable. The Russian people have a duty to our culture, our government, and our interests--and nothing else. Our country is our own, and our people are our own. As long as the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic remains in the Soviet Union, our values are compromised.

This philosophy of nationalism and traditional values, Smena vekh, is rooted in fundamental human truth. In 1921, the writings of Nikolay Vasilyevich Ustryalov, the pioneer of Smena vekh, predicted the rise of nationalist groups and the subsequent fall of the Soviet Union. Dissatisfaction with the Soviet Union is a constant among its membership. Conflicting interests with a Russian-dominated government system caused ethnic minorities to be satisfied with the USSR. Stalinist agricultural policy called for the shock industrialization of grain farming. Agricultural collectivization, the rapid and mismanaged transition from individual to collective farms, caused widespread famine. This famine, and the subsequent outrage from agricultural workers, was exacerbated by the continuation of grain taxes and export demands for urban worker. As the Soviet economy fails, it is these political and cultural divisions that will organically progress into separation. Nationalist movements are on the rise throughout the USSR. The Baltic states are clamoring for independence. For too long, Russia has had to juggle glasnost--freedom of speech--and perestroika--economic reform--against the maintenace of the USSR and its sattelite states. It is time for Russia to accept the natural fall of the Soviet Union and instead focus on its own interests.