The last month of the outgoing year turned out to be very rich. The Russian media, for example, very readily recalled the anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union. The tone was different, but still nostalgic prevailed. Leonid Brezhnev was recalled with the same nostalgia with his notorious “Brezhnev era”. It is difficult to say how sincere it all was. “Dear Leonid Ilyich” may not have been a bad person in life, but middle-aged people remember that time perfectly well. Personally, I absolutely would not want to "get through to pull" certain goods, but one could forget about services altogether. I also would not like to read TE newspapers and watch THAT TV.
It is true that the history is spiraling and the tone of the media in this regard can probably be explained, if not by direct indication from above, then by the government’s tacit approval. Moreover, even now there are only a few of truly independent media left, and even electronic ones.
And everything is interconnected here. The definitions of “sovereign democracy” and “soft Brezhnev totalitarianism” are smoothly projected onto the countries of Central Asia. And now “analysts” and “experts” recall the “soft totalitarianism” of the recently deceased Turkmenbashi with regret and fear for stability in the country. Yes, they are not concerned about the stability, but a stable supply of Turkmen raw materials, which were bought cheaply by Russian companies. And in general, interestingly, the totalitarian regime can be "soft"?
Also the “soft” regime of Islam Karimov is also friendly to Russia. Of course, Russian business intends to seize the best pieces here too. At the same time, without much competition, since the regimes are ready to lobby their interests in order to remain “friends”. The Russian media, all the more toothless and obedient, with a common tone and memories of the times of the Soviet Union, as if encouraging these regimes, they say, and we are the same and we are fine.
Of course, each country should protect its own interests, but, probably, there should be some general rules for all. The United States, considering itself to be the main defenders of world democracy, in fact gave its consent to the execution of Saddam Hussein, and this all steadily went. Of course, the former dictator is not the executed residents of Uzbek Andijan. But since Karimov calls it an anti-government rebellion, he has every reason to recall the American “double standards”, and this will already be the reason for changing the vector of the country's foreign policy.