Milk river – jelly shores. The controversies around milk and sausage: what stories lie behind them

Friction over “strange” milk and sausage issues has begun between Moscow and Bishkek, which reminded many expats of moments in Russia’s relations with Georgia. Such a policy from the Kremlin turned out to be more effective than the phenomenon known as the “gas blackmail of Europe”. And it is not surprising: one thing is to impose the purchase of a product on a region that, thanks to a fleet of millennia, built the stability of its economic system on import diversification, and another is to accustom a compact country to income from supplies to huge cities, whose consumer level is maintained by sales of energy resources, and then threaten the stability of its social system with the sudden cancellation of such supplies.

Illustration depicts neural network fantasies about Kyrgyz kefir. Polyptych.

On this background, it has been noticed that the police authorities in Kyrgyzstan are demonstratively oppressing the most vulnerable part of the relokants, justifying it with nothing else but their cooperation with the Moscow embassy. Hence, those who doubt the imagined “absolute safety” have concerns – can the relokants or some of them be used in any trade with Moscow?

Last week we had some extremely unpleasant incidents happen to us. Just as we were recovering from the first detention, our friends were met by the police in an unexpected location in the city center and taken to the 10th precinct. This leads us to a simple conclusion about surveillance.

They were questioned about “Red Roof.” Additionally, they were shown a huge dossier of information on “Red Roof.” And separate folders on all people, including photos of children.

Before releasing them a few hours later, they were told: “We are closely working with the Russian Embassy. It said to deport everyone who hung colorful ribbons.” And on behalf of the department, they added that they would not do this until the first “violation.”

In addition, the local police officer came to inform us about something ‘very important’.

“Red Roof” (shelter for unplaced relokanats)

And the conclusions here are not comforting, but inspiring in their courage.

By the nature of politics as such, of course, relokants can be used. The art of the possible.

I believe you are referring to recent changes in the conscription system in Russia, which can be described as a “reform of the moral nature of masculinity”. In the past, male society in classic bureaucracies was structured around the question of receiving conscription notices and deciding how to respond – whether to be afraid, brave, which direction to take, whether one has the ability to navigate personal situations, or whether they possess more stubbornness and determination. It involved believing in the power of paperwork, how to approach acquired experience, and whether one has the courage not to rationalize evil and stupidity.

The line of applying the population control systems borrowed from China (and the supply of corresponding equipment to Russia was clearly one of the main results of the recent “high-level visit”) will lead to the fact that courage in the male society of Russia should turn only into forms of service, without questions about whether the policy is correct, or “break and turn into fear” (from here there will be a huge replenishment of current and future informers on each other, and in the future, settlers of various infogulags of “re-education”), or openly criminalize (and according to the bureaucracy’s thinking, become a resource for Wagner-like phenomena). Such segmentation trivializes the very nature of ambitions in Russian culture (“once again, alas, alas”). Society, which makes tactical decisions by “local managers” of the appropriate level, will become simply ridiculous. When and if its politicians can reach these lands in substance, the “likelihood of plans implementation” will dramatically decrease.

Obviously, people like the general staff officers who are “catching up” on real or imaginary historical repeats could not overlook the history of Kokand, over which the Russian Empire came to Central Asia in a characteristic way. On the other hand, what these guys could design for themselves in relation to the North Black Sea coast, and what is happening in practice, is a telling topic. The ratio of quasi-historical fantasies of a pop nature and the real course of a large historical mechanism are two universes, sometimes literally mocking each other.

As time goes on, the “personal class” of those outside of Russia will likely be higher than those within it, except for a narrow layer of the bureaucracy activated by the current struggle for survival in their environment. Against this backdrop, the uncertain part of the relocator population will begin to look back towards the “Moscow-type state,” but others, due to the logic of the times, self-realization in the economy, and the accumulation of positive historical experience, will form new interesting communities that are independent and more beneficial to the local population. The behavior of the government apparatus in Asia, since the days of the glorious Persian Empire, is “15% simulation and 85% sabotage against the backdrop of assurances of loyalty” – this has been the case for millennia. The question is how to work effectively with this situation for the benefit of the local society – there are methods. Regarding the relocation court’s conduct, this habit means that there is no enthusiastic enforcement, except for point actions for show. However, organizing point actions against you personally is not more likely than the background level of risk in any part of the world, at the level that insurance companies consider it – in the range of “fractions of a percent.”

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