Putin’s Russia: Russian Mentality and Sophisticated Imperialism in Military Policies


  • Lieutenant-Colonel Endre Szénási Hungarian Armed Forces


Imperialism, Mentality, Russia, United States of America, West


According to my experiences, the Western world hopelessly fails to understand Russian mentality, or misinterprets it. During my analysis of the Russian way of thinking I devoted special attention to the examination of military mentality. I have connected the issue of the Russian way of thinking to the contemporary imperial policies of Putin’s Russia.  I have also attempted to prove the level of sophistication of both. I hope that a better understanding of both the Russian mentality and imperialism could contribute to avoiding conceptual mistakes in many fields of Western-Russian relations.