More than a hundred years ago, after the Bolshevik revolution, Russia stopped any attempts of modernization. It stopped its transformation into a democratic liberal state of the Western model.
And from that moment Russia's confrontation with the West and the values of freedom that it embodied, began.
The West's attempt to prevent the establishment of a Bolshevik regime in the former Russian Empire failed in the early 1920s. This happened in particular, because of Europe's wrong bet on the so-called Russian white movement as its main ally.
"Another Russia" was unable to stop the Bolsheviks.
The West's lack of attention to national movements, especially the Ukrainian one, prevented attempts to destroy the USSR.
Therefore, the West was forced to accept the existence of this state in the beginning. And then it had to recognize it. The West established economic relations, despite the available information about the crimes of the Bolsheviks against the population of the USSR and especially against Ukrainians.
Eventually, the West even turned to military cooperation with the Kremlin to fight another totalitarianism, Nazi, which is considered more dangerous.
This cooperation allowed Russia to extend its influence to half of Europe after the victory over Germany.
It was only after that that the West, now led by the United States, changed its policy toward the USSR, launching the so-called Cold War.
This war ended with the defeat of the Soviets, unable to withstand economic, political, and military pressure from the West. But 1991 was not the end of the history of the confrontation. The weakened Russian empire has been imitating Western policy standards for a decade, receiving Western help, and has survived the crisis of the 1990s.
From the early 2000s, Russia began to regain its influence in the post-Soviet space. It gradually strengthed financially. First, it tried to regain its influence by political means through pro-Russian political forces. After their defeat in Georgia and Ukraine, Russia began threatening to use force and eventually used it.
This transition to military scenarios coincided with Russia's rejection of mimicry of Western policy and openly challenging it.
For a long time, the West did not want to notice the changes in Russia, trying to treat it as a state with problems inherent in the period of transformation.
And even the beginning of the wars of aggression against Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014 did not significantly affect the attitude of the West.
Active economic, political and cultural cooperation with Russia continued.
The situation has only just begun to change.
First of all, it changed thanks to the persistent resistance of Ukrainians. Ukrainians demonstrated that the values of freedom are not only good words frozen on library shelves, but truly mobilizing factors that can keep the people in opposition to the allegedly stronger military power.
In the end, the success of the Ukrainian army demonstrated how exaggerated the fear of the "second army of the world" prompted the West not to notice Russia's aggressive policy.
Finally, the West began an active struggle with Russia.
So far, by economic methods and military assistance to Ukrainians. This is a lot, but it is not enough to defeat Putin. Putin still has an advantage over the West, precisely because he clearly understands that he is already at war with the world, albeit on Ukrainian territory.
All his steps in Ukraine and the world take it into account.
The West can level this advantage by ceasing to hide behind the backs of Ukrainians.
And then the world of freedom, stronger materially and spiritually, will overcome the world of captivity.
It will happen now, which did not happen over a hundred years ago after the Bolshevik coup in Russia. The West will defeat the Russian Empire, relying on Ukrainians. As Ukrainians have excellent experience in effectively fighting Russians.