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Is Putin 'Rebuilding Russia' According To Solzhenitsyn's Design?

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

During an informal question-and-answer session at the pro-Kremlin Seliger youth camp on August 29, a young woman expressed concernabout the "growth of nationalism" in Kazakhstan.

The woman wondered if a "Ukraine scenario" was possible there if longtime Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev left office -- and asked what the Kremlin's strategy was for dealing with this eventuality.

"What are the chances of Eurasian integration?" she asked.

Putin stressed Kazakhstan's importance as an ally and lavishly praised Nazarbaev as a wise leader dedicated to the welfare of his country. He said Nazarbaev was perhaps the most capable of all the leaders of post-Soviet countries.

However, part of his answer raised alarm bells in the Central Asian country.

Nazarbaev "accomplished a completely unique thing," Putin said. "He created a state on a territory where no state had ever been. The Kazakhs never had their own state. He created it. In this sense he is, in the post-Soviet space, a unique person."

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Is Putin 'Rebuilding Russia' According To Solzhenitsyn's Design?

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