Russian President Vladimir Putin had three main tasks within the framework of national leader’s mission. He had a lot of time and inexhaustible resources of the country to fulfill his task:
1. Conduct a large-scale restructuring of the economy, politics and social life in Russia. He should do something Gorbachev could not handle;
2. To unite the "whites" and "reds" for the first time in 100 years in the new national-state idea - the building of civilized Russia headed by the Russian people;
3. To create a full-fledged Eurasian analogue of the EU on the basis of all former CIS countries with the center in Kyiv.
But Russian President Putin did not solve any of these tasks that would prepare Russia for the 21st century and guide it to the role of the leading geopolitical player of the world. Instead, by November 7, 2017, he had achieved quite another:
1. Russia has become a Eurasian raw material appendage of the West and China with a developed authoritarian-oligarchic regime of personal power of the rapidly aging President Putin. Over the past 20 years, the world has realized with horror that Russia has become the epicenter of international corruption and behaves extremely aggressively and unpredictably. Therefore, for sure, Russia is waiting for another "abortive restructuring" and its new "1991" year. But already without Ukraine and other countries. And maybe there will be "two in one."
2. In recent years, the gap in the mass media and the mass consciousness of Russians between "tsarist Russia" and "the Soviet Union" has only increased. Despite a powerful propaganda machine, the Kremlin was unable to reconcile the "reds" and "whites" neither in ideology nor in ordinary consciousness. The official Kremlin mass media, which are professional exclusively in the production of the image of "enemies of Russia" and the stimulation of social hatred (rotten West, Ukraine, Islamists, arrogant America, foul Chinese, etc.) did not form unifying values and images. Therefore, Russian President Putin was never able to explain to the Russians, by the centenary of the October Revolution on November 7, 2017, what unites Russia over these hundred years, from 1917 to 2017, in addition to the eternal conflict between the authorities and the people, as well as self-colonization.
Now everything in Russia is based on the combination of hatred towards "enemies of Russia", the fear of power and Russians’ personal loyalty, trust and charisma of Russian President Putin, and not on the nationwide state ideology and value system. As a result, by 2017, liberal and democratic, monarchist, and Soviet-Stalinist values were discredited in Russia. At the same time, the monstrous gap between rich and poor Russians only strengthens this contradiction and will subsequently lead to serious social and political consequences for "post-Putin Russia."
3. Russia, along with a friendly and democratic Ukraine, had a historic chance to become a motor of Eurasian integration on the basis of the former CIS and successfully prepare for the 21st century. Instead, Putin's Russia chose the path of imperialist aggression, trying to bring the former republics of the USSR back under their control. At first, the Kremlin for many years successfully corrupted the political and economic elite of Ukraine, allowing to power in Kyiv some criminalized, greedy, controlled, or sick, weak presidents and prime ministers.
Then Russia treacherously attacked friendly Ukraine and took away Donbas and the Crimea, which caused the sharpest since the Cold War international crisis around the world. With its imperialist policies, the Kremlin has spawned one of the most violent conflicts on the territory of the former USSR since the 1941s. And now, in 2017, Putin's Russia is hovering between the politics of the occupation of Ukrainian Donbas, Crimea, the violation of all international norms, nuclear blackmail and an awkward attempt at international self-isolation. And the endless sanctions and humiliations that the West regularly exposes to Russia will only intensify this contradiction. Thus ends the longest Russian century: 1917-2017.