Crussialism, or the Eternal Fall

Russia & the West.

Pt. II: Crussialism, or the Eternal Fall.

Bearly on top
Bearly on top

Strikingly, Europe does not like us and it has never liked us: it has viewed us not as its own, as Europeans, but always as nettlesome outlanders. That is why Europe likes to console itself occasionally with the thought that Russia is somehow “yet powerless”.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, A Writer’s Diary, April 1876.


I wrote a draft post in late October 2015 on the specific form of Western view of Russia which combines essentialism with realism – Russialism. I didn’t have enough time to finish my post due to lack of time: trips to YaroslavlCheboksaryUlyanovsk/Simbirsk and very busy working schedule in general. The job of a certified Kremlin troll is time consuming, you know.


In Western mainstream political discourse there’s one concept that remains no matter what. The eternal return of this concept can be witnessed in news programmes, talk shows, newspapers and films over and over again. I’m talking here about the ‘Fall of Russia’. The Eternal Fall.

1000 Rubles

The idea of Russia as a country in terminal state has a long history behind it. The image of Russia as a ‘collossus on clay legs’ was popular way before the 1917 coup, then after the Soviet Union was established, then after the fall of the USSR in 1991, then – during the Yeltsin’s turbulent 90s and finally – fast-forward to Putin’s Russia of nowadays.

Russian bear Punch caricature. Running Away? Not a bit of it! I'm luring 'em on!
Punch caricature. Running Away? Not a bit of it! I’m luring ’em on!

Don’t get it twisted – Russia has many serious economic and social problems. I know it much better than any BBCNN ‘Russia watcher’ because I’m a common Russian living in Russia, so I see the signs of crisis every day. But ‘crisis’ doesn’t mean it will necessarily result in a revolution/regime change (we had enough), and even the latter isn’t equal to ‘collapse’.

Russian lubok. The Hunter stabs a bear and dogs bite him.
Russian lubok. The Hunter stabs a bear and dogs bite him.

Thus, these real Russia’s problems do exist and they serve as the realistic basis for the mythology of ‘imminent Russian collapse’. This Western ‘collapsophilia’ can be referred to as crussialism (from crush + Russia + [certain amount of] realism). Crushialism has been an inseparable part of Western master discourse of Russia for years, just like, for example, Russian mainstream media recently exploits the migrant crisis in Europe. The plot is simple: ‘we’ are not as f*cked as ‘we’ are – look – ‘they’ have so many problems in Russia/Europe. If we adopt this collapsophilic vision, then Russia is in the mode of Eternal Fall, yet it is always reintepreting itself and coming back to normal like nevalyashka (Russian for roly-poly toy).

Roly poly bear

To be continued.


Read also: Deconstrucracy, or Imaginary Fall of the Imaginary West.


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  8. Though born in England, I somehow escaped being properly “Westernized” and by 19-20 (I am now 72) I got infected with Russophilia … too complicated to explain, so instead I’ll tell you of some “Western” silliness.

    Well I migrated to Western and “Western” Australia in 1971 – yes Australia IS a “Western” country and a de facto member of NATO, though half the World away … very silly, but it has been that way for a long while.

    For fifteen years I lived in Albany – which is on the Southern-most tip of Western Australia (next stop Antarctica) – and there there are some fortifications built in the late 19th Century to protect against Russian invasion … it does not get sillier than that, other than for the fact that Australian governments have been obeying London, then Washington orders from when founded/invaded over 200 years ago, though getting “independence” a bit over 100 years ago from overt colonial status.

    I will say that not all of “the public” in Australia, nor England, nor Europe, nor even the US are anti-Russian and especially not now … we are not all silly, but too many are still.

    Best wishes, Gerry.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your story, Gerry! I think that the line between Russia & the West is an imaginary one. Of course, there are borders but culturally Russia – from the historical perspective – is a Western country (at least since Peter I), yet with its own peculiar identity. This division is made & used on both sides for political reasons (btw Russia wanted to join EU & NATO:, etc. I’ll devote my next post to this imaginary Russia/West division.

      P.S. Sorry for late response. It was a very busy week for me, so I needed some rest.

      Best wishes from Moscow,

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