Cover Osteuropa 8-9/2021

In Osteuropa 8-9/2021

In the Cycle of History
Power and Its Adversaries in Russia

Dietrich Beyrau

Deutsche Fassung


The Putin regime is expanding its power, suppressing opposition and society’s autonomy. The situation is reminiscent of earlier eras. Andrei Sakharov and Alexei Naval’nyi, their reference to law, yesterday’s Chronicle of Current Events, and today’s social media with its documentary power are parallels. It seems that Russia’s historical development is caught in a cycle. Society’s considerable creativity and mobilizing power faces the leadership’s equally remarkable destructive potential. Power triumphs at the expense of society.

(Osteuropa 8-9/2021, pp. 113–137)