America’s Cycles of Change

Russia is Burying the Bolshevik Revolution

Tue, 14 February 2017

This year marks the centennial anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution and the birth of the Soviet Union. If Russian President Vladimir Putin has spent the past 17 years since being appointed president as Boris Yeltsin’s heir on December 31, 1999 we should expect to see an enormous, endless series of parades, celebrations, regrets and pageantry to engulf the largest country on earth.

In reality, of course, no such thing is happening. The celebration of the Bolshevik Revolution is not happening at all. It is, to quote from the famous Sherlock Holmes story Silver Blaze, the curious incident of the dog that did not bark in the night when by every expectation it should have. What is really going on?

The facts are straightforward and there has been no secret about them. As Ivan Krastev and Stephen Holmes noted in their article published in Foreign Policy magazine on February 13, 2017, the Russian government decided well in advance that it was not going to celebrate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution.

Krastev and Holmes then made another interesting observation that again ought to be common knowledge throughout the West but is not: The current Russian government is opposed to violent, revolutionary regime change both at home and around the world.

This policy should hardly be seen as subversive to international law and order: On the contrary, throughout the 44 years of the Cold War, it was the key strategic policy consistently followed by every US government of Republican and Democratic presidents alike.