Putin Outlines Military Strategy As Two Competing Putin Documentaries Are Released

In a new document outlining the nation’s interests and strategic priorities, Russian President Vladimir Putin pointed to NATO expansion as a threat to the country.

The strategy, which is updated every six years, says Russia is strengthening its military “on the background of new threats to national security that have a complicated and interlinked character”.

The paper says NATO’s recent build-up of military potential around Russia’s borders constitute “violations of norms of international law”.

In what could presage a further crackdown on nongovernmental organizations, Putin said “radical social groups which use nationalist and religious extremist ideologies, foreign and international NGOs, and also private citizens” also posed a concern for his government, according to Russia Today (RT).

As Putin focuses on threats to Russia (or to his own rule), a new documentary tracks the Russian president’s rise from St. Petersburg mayor to the role of president, and is released amid fresh reports detailing allegations of corruption and links to organized crime.

On the flip side, a state-produced film sheds light on what the world looks like from the vantage point of Russia and is not-so-veiled in its anti-Americanism, writes Jeffrey Tayler in The Atlantic.

According to Tayler, the “upshot” of the film, World Order, Putin considers it a possibility to renew relations with Europe, but no such détente with the US – a view not so different from the one in Washington.

“Indeed, as the film tells it, the root of all international evils is the American penchant for democracy-spreading, both subtle (via U.S. support for ‘color revolutions’ in the post-Soviet sphere) and overt (as in overthrowing Saddam Hussein). Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declares that the Arab Spring was fomented from abroad, disregarding the Middle Eastern region’s widespread popular discontent with official corruption, political stasis, and lack of job opportunities. The United States intervenes despite bitter experience within living memory,” reports Tayler.


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