Any Russian living abroad will deal with the “Russians are drunks” remarks, whether or not the local populace is known to partake in a binge drinking culture (certainly true for the South Pacific of Australia and New Zealand where I grew up), but little do people know that alcohol, tobacco and narcotics are a tool of global governance. I had some trouble finding the actual date of the Federal Security Bureau (FSB) lecture that took place (it is between 2005 and 2008), where Member of Parliament, Victor Efimov, explains the way that common bad habits are actually a part of genetic warfare.
Nobody has been able to conquer Russia in a military sense; not Hitler and not Napoleon if we don’t go back too far in recent history. But what has been achieved successfully is a cultural ‘norm’ of drunkness, whether or not its worse than other places in the world. This kind of ‘genetic warfare’, akin to 4th generation warfare (a documented, CIA weapon of media warfare) weakens a particular genetic pool, substituting a superior trait with a weaker one as if it was tradition all along.
Vladimir Putin, is a phenomenon in Russian modern history, in that he does not drink. His New Year’s toasts are made without a champagne glass in hand, because even a glass of champagne is not harmless in the grand scheme of things. Alcohol and tobacco are tools used to subdue a populace, one that could render great things – and this doesn’t just go for just Russia.