Realism is an ideology upheld by leaders in Russia since the times of the cold war. There were other many countries upholding that ideology but gradually moved into the idea of liberal governments. The realism ideology leads to somehow an authoritarian style of leadership. The citizens’ rights to contribute to the decisions concerning their country are suppressed. This ideology has created a sense of suspicion in the leaders of Russia towards any dealing with other countries. They suspect an ill motive towards them behind almost all interactions with other countries. This is not healthy for the economy of the country.
Scholars have criticised the realism upheld by Russia. Firstly because they feel that the citizens’ rights to participation in matters concerning their country are continuously violated. The president views any suggestion from his subjects as having an outside force. This ideology has also greatly affected the relationships between Russia and other countries and especially the US. Realism policies paint Russia as a self-sufficient country that is not true. They somehow pull away from unions with other countries because of fear of exploitation by the more powerful nations. The question is what should be given more consideration when deciding whether to unite with other countries or not. Is it the benefits to the citizens as a result of the relationships or the fame as a country that uphold realism? Critics argue that there can never be a genuine bilateral relationship between a country that upholds liberal ideology and another that hold realism ideology. Poor relationships with other countries have had a negative impact on the economy of Russia.
With the current campaign for liberalism, the stability of the Russian government is at stake. It is obvious that people would like to be heard and involved in matters concerning their country. There is an easy flow of global information which enlightens Russian citizens on the benefits of other ideologies. The more Russian citizens are exposed to the idea of liberalism, the more they desire that to be implemented in their country. Lack of this may cause unrest. Russian leaders should be cautious of the fact that citizens are aware of their rights as well as the cost of authoritarian leadership. It is the time that the Russian president stopped ignoring the power of united citizens and started involving them in decision-making.
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