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"Post-Soviet area is similar to the solar system, the center of which is the Russian Federation. The other countries rotate around it. Belarus is somewhere very close, on the orbit of Mercury. Armenia with its artificial satellite as Nagorno-Karabakh is more remote, just like Venus. Then Kazakhstan goes. And the most distant orbits in this post-Soviet solar system belong to Ukraine and Turkmenistan," wrote Pavlo Kazarin for Krym.realiyi.
Each political planet is preparing to move to the neighboring solar systems. Ukraine plans to move to the European system, while Turkmenistan – to Chinese.
Some 25 years ago, the same centrifugal process caused the Warsaw Pact planets to move to the nearby orbits. Russian Federation makes a lot of efforts not to let the states go away. And there is nothing surprising that the main idea of Russia’s last twenty-five years politics was reduced to the idea of conservation.
This conservation of evolutionary process has been put at the forefront. All the "traditional practices" are born in this way, from spiritual forces to the pro-Soviet nostalgia. First of all, this is the idea that the planets cannot move to the other systems.
Yes indeed, the Baltic States pretended to have an exclusive role in the Soviet Union. A special European atmosphere has fascinated an inexperienced tourist from the Soviet Union. Fleur of otherness and something bohemian forced many to dream about moving to Riga or Tallinn.
After changing the orbits, the Baltic States became the usual European provinces. Their architectural and civilizational benefits were lost against the background of a new "hostel." Barcelona and Bruges, instead of Sochi and Yaroslavl, became its competitors.
But this transition from a role of front man to a role of provincial is another proof of the correctness of the choice. Just because it illustrates the gap between the solar systems. It is like a gap between the classes with different standards, values, and norms. This comparison is hardly in favor of the system.
The same fate expects Ukraine. Russian spokespersons use to remind about the exclusive role of Kyiv in the role Soviet "solar system." They underline that switching to another orbit is something dangerous, epitomizing the Baltics states and the outsider’s role. And this is good.
After the skipping the orbit, Ukraine would become one of the peripheral planets. Whatever British autonomists think, in today's world, the most effective systems of interdependencies do win. It is best to be at the periphery of the successful system than a frontier of the degrading one.
After twenty years of intensive evolution, Ukraine might be similar to Romania. However, there is an alternative – go back to the USSR. The choice is yours.