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The war between Israel and Hamas is the latest proof that Russia is a global agent of chaos

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Russian leaders do not even adhere to a set of stable, non-contradictory principles or values, and their mix of narratives shows that they are trying to fuel every possible conflict, all in an effort to carve out an empire. Aleksandar Đokić writes.

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It is not unusual that in times of major crisis, analogies are often imposed on us to better accept and understand the political reality in which we live.

As the world has been hit by one shock after another in recent years, it is also not surprising to see some drawing parallels with the period leading up to World War II.

Yet the period that most closely resembles our own could instead be compared to the early stages of the Cold War.

And this time, Russia, as the only player on the global geopolitical stage completely devoid of any true beliefs, is an even greater agent of chaos than it has ever been in the past.

A threat in a world of partial disorder

The structure of the world order is collapsing, not because the democracies of Europe and North America are weaker or less economically influential than they were, but because other regional actors are have been developed in the meantime.

At the same time, the institutional framework of the world order is outdated but remains rigid in relation to our contemporary needs due to divergent visions on the world stage, while no clear winner has yet emerged from the fray.

Some of the major players outside the Western democratic world are more rational, desiring economic growth rather than waging wars, and not all adhere to an ideological system antagonistic to the West as a whole.

Russia, unfortunately for all of us, is the exact opposite.

This places the concept of state power ahead of the well-being of its citizens; view victory from the perspective of war rather than economic development; while supporting his authoritarian rule with an eclectic ideological mix linked only by the belief that Russia is the opposite of the imagined and imagined West.

Although other Russias have existed, like liberal thought in Russian culture dating back to the 18th century, we are dealing with a particular version of Russia, very meticulous in a world of partial disorder.

Disputed areas depicting the shadow of the Kremlin

Over the past two years, there have been three flashpoints involving Russia: its invasion of Ukraine, the latest conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, and the bloody incursion of Hamas’ military wing into Israel.

Russia plays different roles in these three areas. In Ukraine, it is the invader, in Nagorno-Karabakh, it is the (intentionally) failed blue helmet.

As for Israel, it is a weak partner that has colluded with the Iranian regime as well as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while acting as an interference in the balance of power in the Middle East.

Yet it was Vladimir Putin with whom Netanyahu officially spoke on the phone after the attack, at the same time refusing an offer from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for a state visit to Israel if necessary.

This may seem puzzling, considering that the USSR armed the forces ready to destroy Israel on the two occasions when its very existence was at stake – the Six Day War in 1967 and the Yom Kippur War in 1973 – in as a Cold War tactic to undermine the United States.

But this time, Russia is not the USSR, especially not in terms of ideology, although it is ready to play with this idea whenever it deems it useful.

Questions about Russia’s involvement in bloodshed

At the same time, Iran is leading the charge by now demanding war against Israel – an aggressive stance that most Arab countries have since renounced due to its futility and high cost.

Meanwhile, Russia is unquestionably buying weapons from Iran for its war against Ukraine, while forging a fragile alliance with Tehran in Syria, where Moscow has intervened to keep the authoritarian regime of Bashar al-Assad in power through all necessary means.

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Naturally, questions have arisen about Russia’s possible role in the October 7 Hamas attack.

Recently, it was discovered that Palestinian militants had partially financed their operations by purchasing cryptocurrency in Russia, prior to last Saturday’s incursion and resulting atrocities.

Millions of dollars were funneled through Garantex, a Moscow-based crypto exchange, to various extremist groups linked to Hamas.

Beyond that, there is no evidence that the Kremlin actually supplied weapons to Hamas or any other extremist group in Palestine, or participated in the planning of any of their operations.

Bullets for Kalashnikov and conflicting accounts

Moscow, however, maintains close political ties with Hamas, as was seen again last Saturday when its leaders publicly waxed lyrical about Putin, saying that they “appreciate the position of Russian President Vladimir Putin… and do that he does not accept the Hamas blockade.” Gaza strip.”

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“We also affirm that we welcome Russia’s tireless efforts to end the systematic and barbaric Zionist aggression against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip,” they said in a statement.

In another Arabic-language interview with Russian public broadcaster RT, a senior Hamas official said that “Hamas has a license from Russia to locally produce bullets for Kalashnikovs, that Russia sympathizes with Hamas and that it “is happy with the war because it eases American pressure on her over the war in Ukraine.”

For their part, Russian officials, state propagandists, and organized bots peddle various narratives, some contradicting each other.

Kremlin officials blamed the Hamas attack on the United States, but stopped short of condemning the militants’ incursion, especially not in such explicit terms. In fact, Putin himself called it a “failure of US policy in the Middle East”, while the increasingly toxic former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev said it was part of “the “Washington’s maniacal obsession with inciting conflict.”

State propagandists have maintained the same narrative and also added a new one: Russia’s war against Ukraine is much more benign than Israel’s reaction to Gaza.

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Russian bots, on many social platforms, did not hesitate to support Hamas and accuse Ukraine of supporting the “fascists” in the conflict, that is to say Israel.

Carving out an empire in meaningless blood

Yet on a much larger scale, Moscow’s mix of narratives shows it for what it really is: an agent of chaos, trying to fuel any conflict in the democratic world’s borderlands, all with the aim of share a regional empire.

Russian leaders are not interested in peace and do not work for it.

Its social media bots and online influencers tell us the story of the lowest common denominator in Russian society: a vengeful, disgruntled anti-Semite who has given up on his own life and wants to see the entire world collapse to his level.

The most striking thing about all of this is that Russian leaders do not even adhere to a set of stable, non-contradictory principles or values.

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Building an empire in blood makes absolutely no sense when you lack a higher cause to aspire to, much less a coherent narrative. The Kremlin, however, has demonstrated time and time again that it is completely devoid of this, completely visionless, and ultimately devoid of any semblance of soul or empathy for others.

And that’s what makes it more dangerous and unpredictable than ever – to its neighbors and to the rest of the world.

Aleksandar Đokić is a Serbian political scientist and analyst whose byline is published in Novaya Gazeta. He was previously a lecturer at RUDN University in Moscow.

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