Ragozin accidentally gives up the game played by most of Russia's liberals. It's not about opposing imperialism or the BS great game thinking- it's the presentation.
They don't want to be associated with Stalin and the USSR. They want to be embraced by the Europeans they admire while being insanely racist toward non-Russians in what they see as their natural sphere of influence.
Think conservatives who don't like being associated with Trump and his ilk.

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