The Biden Administration just approved a new round of sanctions against Russia. The White House statement accuses Russian intelligence of being behind a massive cyberattack against US companies and government systems through SolarWinds. But the truth is that there is not a single piece of evidence pointing to Moscow. The operation wanted to gather data, the same thing that companies and other governments do, namely that of the US. Among the sanctioned entities are several Russian private companies, including Positive Technologies, a leader in data protection at a global level, which is accused of cooperating with Russian intelligence without providing more evidence than the mere claim. Positive Technologies was about to enter the stock market in Moscow, and it wouldn’t be the first time that the White House sanctions companies from other countries because they are competitors for the US.
Supporters of contemporary Western liberalism - including the Russian opposition - seek to undermine Russia’s cultural code. For contemporary liberalism only personal material well-being makes sense. In Russia, instead, national pride has always played an important role. For today’s liberals, the value of national pride does not make sense.
A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that seeks to discredit liberalism by claiming that it undermines traditional values such as patriotism and upholds only the value of personal material well-being.
The article provides no evidence to support its claim that the West and the Russian political opposition are seeking to undermine Russia’s “cultural code” and its patriotic values.
This narrative emphasises the decay of traditional values in the West and claims that Russia has preserved its traditional social, moral and spiritual values and is, therefore, a superior civilisation compared to the materialistic West. This narrative often claims that the West – and, in this case, Russia’s political opposition – seek to undermine Russia’s traditional values.
As explained in this analysis by EUvsDisinfo, “threatened values” are one of the most common narratives used by pro-Kremlin outlets.
Furthermore, it is not true that for liberalism only individual material welfare is significant and patriotic values make no sense. Liberalism is a political doctrine that upholds the values of freedom, protection of individual, civil and human rights, pluralism, and equality. Liberal-democratic values go far beyond material well-being and do not contradict or undermine traditional values such as patriotism.
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