1. Meet Alexander Prokhanov. He has been writing books and editing newspapers since the Soviet era, serving the Kremlin with passion and aplomb.
Prokhanov was at the margins of Russian intellectual life for years, but is enjoying a resurgence under the Kremlin’s new patriotism drive over Ukraine. Some of his writings are about Lenin or Stalin coming back from the dead. Literally coming back from the dead to walk the earth.
14. “This can shock you,” Prokhanov says. “It can surprise you. It can cause protest. But,” Prokhanov says, “don’t rush with that.” Because, you see, the North Korean regime does it all for a reason.
“The North Korean authorities are very pragmatic. They’re very careful. They have created a regime of extremely strict custody.”
16. “It’s very important for us to understand this country, understand its people, understand the psychology of the authorities, understand its mysterious philosophy.”
What follows is a long description of the North Korean ideology of Juche, the important role of the dictator, and North Korea’s militarism, what Prokhanov likens to a “religion of victory.”