This article was written for the Unz Review: http://www.unz.com/tsaker/is-putin-preparing-a-governmental-purge/
As he does once a year, last week President Putin spend over three and a half hours answering 80 questions out of the 3+ million questions which were received. The show, which was aired live on Channel One, Rossiya-1 and Rossiya-24 TV channels, and the Mayak, Vesti FM and Radio Rossii was an unprecedented success which was watched and commented upon by millions of Russians. You can read the full transcript of the show by clicking here, and the transcript of a conversation between Putin and the journalist corps following the show here.
The main Russian TV channel, Rossia-1, also aired not one, but two special talk-shows (see here and here) solely dedicated to a discussion of Putin’s performance. These talk-shows are the famous “Evening with Vladimir Soloviev” – by far the highest visibility talk-show on Russian TV. Just for the record, Rossia-1 is the crown-jewel of the powerful and state-controlled All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) media holding. Between the call-in show with Putin (3 hours and 40 minutes), the first talk show (2 hours and 12 minutes) and the second talk show (1 hour 44 minutes) the Russian public was exposed to a stunning seven and a half hours of discussion. Some will call it “propaganda”, which can be viewed as negative or as positive, but which changes little. The main issue here is that this was a major, huge, public-communications effort. So what was the overall message which was conveyed by all this? Let me summarize it for you:
First, Putin is the unchallenged and beloved leader of all the Russian people, he is an extremely effective manager, a defender of the simple Russian people everywhere and he is the last recourse for those who have been wronged by the authorities. Let me add here that all the opposition party heads fully agreed with this. Right now, nobody in Russia dares to criticize Putin personally, not because some KGB goons are going to come in the night and drag you away to a concentration camp, not at all, but simply because bad mouthing Putin is now tantamout to political suicide. Even some members of the non-system political opposition (aka 5th columnists) are realizing this now.
Second, a lot of Russian people are hurting, badly. Not because of sanctions or the drop in the prices of gas and oil, but because of the corruption, incompetence and ideological blindness of the “economic block of the Russian government”. The economy is a mess due to corrupt governors, lazy government bureaucrats and outright sabotage by a quasi-universally hated “economic block of the government”. Sanctions (especially the denial of credits) and the fall in the price of oil do make things worse, but they are not the real problem or even a major part of the problem.
Third, the individuals responsible for this mess are regularly mentioned by name. This hatred for the “economic block of the government” is never openly encouraged by Putin himself who, when directly asked, praises the work of the government’s ministers. Everybody else, however, including all the opposition figures and even the host Vladimir Soloviev, is now openly calling not only for resignations but even for jail terms for the guilty governors and even ministers. While Medvedev himself is rarely the personal target of such denunciations, Arkadii Dvorkovich (Deputy Prime Minister), Igor Shuvalov (First Deputy Prime Minister), Alexei Uliukaev (Minister of Economic Development) and Anton Siluanov (Minister of Finance) are now “openly hated” on Russian TV.
For example, when a woman calls in to denounce the horrible condition on the main road of her city and Putin promises to take action, all the commentators agree that it is a crying shame and a disgrace that only the President is willing to listen to such concerns, while all those who are directly responsible for such matters are indifferent, are doing nothing or, even worse, corrupt to the bone. Another example: workers treated like slaves by a gang of thugs on an island of the Russian Far East have complained to the local police and prosecutors and were completely ignored. One call to the President, and the Russian Investigative Committee (roughly the equivalent of the US FBI) will now investigate not only the mobsters involved, but also the local police forces and regional prosecutor himself. As for Putin, he personally apologized to these workers in the name of the entire Russian government. By the way, it is well known in Russia that the local bureaucrats are absolutely terrified by these call-in shows with the President, as they never know who might call. What they do know is that the investigation and sanctions “from above” will be swift and merciless. As for the Russian general public – he absolutely love it.
Still, there is a strong sense that as soon as the call-in show is over, all those who did not get caught this time are breathing a huge sigh of relief and are immediately returning to their (bad) old ways. The truth is that there is only that much that such an event can deal with and that it is, alas, very much in the Russian mentality to hope that “maybe” (авось) the next again “another guy will be caught but not me”. And thus very little changes in reality.
I should add that some Ministers receive extremely high praise on Russian TV. These are Foreign Minister Lavrov, Defense Minister Shoigu, Lieutenant-General Vladimir Puchkov (Minister of Emergency Situations), Dmitri Rogozin (Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, in charge of defense industry, a ministerial-level rank) and a few others. Notice an interesting pattern here?
All the the “Putin allies” (I call them “Eurasian Sovereignists”) are getting high marks. All the “Medvedev allies” (whom I call “Atlantic Integrationists”) are getting all the blame. Not only that, but the worse the economic situation becomes, the better Putin and “his” men look and the worse all the “westernizers” in power look. In fact, the latter now are openly blamed for it all.
Trust me, seven and a half hours of Atlantic Integrationists bashing on Russian TV did not “just happen” by some coincidence. In Russian way would say that Putin is clearly “digging under” (which could be translated as “scheming against”) the 5th columnists in power.
And now let’s look again at the nomination of Viktor Zolotov as the new Commander-in-Chief of the Russian National Guard. As I wrote in my initial commentary about this, I do not think that Putin needs any Praetorian Guard to protect himself, not with the Military and Special Services solidly behind him, not to mention some 85% plus popularity rating. However, I do think that the position is Commander in Chief is important enough to make the person holding it a member of the Russian Security Council. And, in fact, Putin did make Zolotov member of this body which gives the “Putin camp” a very powerful ally in a top position. True, Putin did remove another powerful ally from the Security Council, Boris Gryzlov, the Speaker of Russia’s State Duma and Chairman of the Supreme Council of the United Russia Party, but he did so to have him in charge of the “Ukrainian policy” of Russia (Gryzlov will now represent Russia at the Contact Group on the Ukraine). But that is an advantageous trade for Putin, because even of both Gryzlov and Zolotov are equally loyal to him, Zolotov bring a lot more “muscle” to the table. Besides, with the Ukraine now clearly in its death throes, a real Putin-man needs to be on top of the situation as things are about to get very serious there.
There is another most interesting development taking place: the meteoritic rise of Putin’s “All-Russia People’s Front” or “ONF” which is, by itself, quite an amazing organization. Let’s look into this unique phenomenon.
The ONF and its role in Russian politics
The ONF is not a political party, at least not officially, but a movement of “like-minded political forces”. Still, Putin is the official leader of the ONF. His co-chair and, I would say, acting leader is Stanislav Govorukhin, a very talented and popular film director who is very ideologically close to Putin (and to the late Alexander Solzhenitsyn, would I add). The ONF is an immense patchwork of private individuals, social and political organizations, entire corporations, unions, clubs, social organizations, government agencies (such as the Russian Post Office or Rail Service) and many other entities. Officially, the ONF shares the strategic and tactical goals of the President’s “United Russia” Party, so this begs the question of what the main difference between the two is?
The answer is simple: United Russia was founded by a group of individuals which included Sergei Shoigu, but also the late Boris Berezovskii and its purpose was to promote the “Putin+Medvedev” tandem. The ONF was created by Putin himself. You could say that the ONF is Putin’s personal “political Praetorian guard” without being wrong. In fact, the ONF serves a number of very important political functions for Putin:
1) This is the main non-governmental “organizational tool” Putin has to know what is really going on in the country. The ONF is always at the forefront of all the denunciations about corruption, nepotism, bureaucratic abuse, administrative incompetence, etc. The ONF creates special investigative groups which put a great deal of effort into finding and reporting what is really going on in the country. Recently, ONF activist made a survey of over 65’000km or roads in Russia and reported to the President and the general public a rating of each and every one of these roads thereby exposing the governments, cities and towns who let the road infrastructure decay to public criticism. In fact, the ONF plays a key role in Russia as a type of “watchdog for the President” and the ONF is regularly featured in Russian TV and its leaders are often guests on Russian talk-shows.
2) The ONF also makes it possible for Putin to completely bypass the United Russia party apparatus and deal with the Russian public directly. More relevantly, the ONF could be turned into a “regular” political party literally overnight. Thus, if there was an attempt inside the United Party to somehow weaken Putin or to otherwise take action against him, Putin would have the option to create a nation-wide “Putin Party” almost instantly.
3) The ONF is extremely dangerous for the local mobsters and the corrupt politicians who cannot dare to use their usual intimidation tactics against the ONF least they get a visit from an FSB SWAT team acting directly on the order of the ONF Chairman, Vladimir Putin himself. Precisely because the ONF is clearly Putin’s personal and much beloved creation, nobody in his/her right might would dare challenge or, even less so, threaten it.
4) The ONF is a big pain in the rear for all the government agencies who are supposed to be responsible for overseeing the situation inside Russia. When the ONF unveils a case of the corruption of a local governor or the plight of factory workers who don’t get their salaries for months, this begs the question of what the responsible government agencies paid to monitor such situations are doing. Each government agency and minister know that they are in direct competition with the ONF. Worse, the ONF might even begin investigating them. A very scary thought.
Bringing it all together
Let’s bring it all together now. The worse the economic situation in Russia is, the stronger Putin becomes and the weaker the Atlantic Integrationists are. Therefore, far from trying to conceal the economic problems in Russia, Putin and his supporters are constantly and publicly speaking about them. Putin is now clearly using the ONF as a tool to take action against the corrupt local authorities. Furthermore, Putin is also using the ONF as a way to denounce the various forms of sabotage committed by the 5th columnists while deflecting any criticisms from himself. At the same time there is a massive media ongoing PR campaign directed directly at the “economic block” of the government who, it so happens, is composed solely of “Atlantic Integrationists” and Medvedev allies. And just to make sure that all his bases are covered, Putin bring an ally with a lot of “muscle” into the Security Council.
Does this indicate that Putin is preparing purge of the 5th columnists?
I am neither a prophet nor a mind reader. I cannot tell what Putin is planning or what the future holds. But I think that when we look at all the facts listed above we can say that they certainly seem to point in that direction. And if we look at the way Putin deal with similar challenges in the past we also can observe a pattern.
Putin has a history of deliberately letting a situation rot before taking action.
In 1999 Putin did wait for the invasion of Dagestan and the Moscow city bombings before ordering the a Russian counter-attack which developed into what became known as the 2nd Chechen War.
In the Ukraine Putin let the Ukronazis lead a massive attack on Novorussia not once, but twice, before allowing the Novorussian to successfully counter-attack and force the junta to sign Minsk-1 and Minsk-2 agreements.
In Syria Putin waited until Daesh was threatening Damascus before ordering a very limited but most effective Russian military intervention.
Putin haters will say that the man is weak and indecisive and that in each situation he should have taken action much earlier. Maybe. But my sense is that Putin likes to take action only once he let a situation become so bad that his action seem like an already unhoped for miracle. This kind of “psychological preparation of the battlefield” would be, I think, very typical of how the Russian secret services operate. I also believe that this approach is the key to the entire Russian policy towards what is left of the Ukraine today.
In theory, instead of Putin, it could also be a “deep insider” like Sergei Ivanov, Chief of the Presidential Administration of Russia, who could be coordinating such a pre-purge campaign, especially if there are reasons to avoid having untrusted members of the Security Council in the loop. But my gut feeling is that Putin likes to be in control, especially of crucial developments.
Whatever may be Putin’s final goal, what is certain is that no government can indefinitely survive the kind of constant political thrashing the Medvedev government has been increasingly subjected to in the Russia media. Again, I should immediately add here that we are not talking about a situation where the media criticizes “the government” in the sense of “those in power”. In the Russian case, the media is heaping praise on the President and the Ministers which are associated with him, while very deliberately targeting either the so-called “economic block” or the government (as opposed to the Presidential Administration). It is all very carefully focused.
On one hand, 2016 will be an important elections year in which the Russian people will elect a new Parliament. Furthermore, the risks of yet another, desperate, Urkonazi attack on Novorussia is very real, if only to distract the public from the apocalyptic domestic situation in the Ukraine. On the other hand, the Russia economy might well come out of its slight, but real, recession and the inflation numbers are steadily getting better. Is that a good time to initiate the purge of the government? Maybe.
One possible scenario would be that the opposition parties (Communists, the Liberal-Democrats of Zhirinovsky and the Fair Russia Party) would do better than expected in the next elections. That could give Putin a pretext to get rid of the “economic block” and replace these Ministers with members of the Communist Party (believe it or not, even if Ziuganov looks like an old Brezhnev era figure, there are quite a few very sharp and interesting young(er) leaders in the CP). One way or another, I have a strong feeling that the “economic block” of the Medvedev government will not last to the end of the year.
A timely and very interesting analysis
Dear The Saker,
Thank you for an important piece.
I am glad you posted the RT video of the 5th columnists being taken to task too (I put the video in MFC the other day and it ties in with Scott’s earlier translation in February) as it shows Putin is making his feelings and contempt of these traitors public too.
What is your view of the election of the new Russian Human Rights ombudsman – Leftist MP and police general Tatyana Moskalkova?
Does her election tie in with your above comment on Putin putting good opposition party candidates into important positions?
While you have kept us well informed about what’s happening in Russian politics, society, economy currently, this is a bit different one where you are casting a long shadow and trying to guess how Putin might take future steps for rejuvenation of Russian economy (and hence, well being of the population) … May I ask few questions:
(1) Will the All-Russia Peoples Front finally decide to ‘officially’ identify any/few ideology as its guiding principle ?
(2) Can it happen that Putin or Ivanov or Shoigu (as the party may decide) represent the All-Russia Peoples Front party in the presidential election slated for 2018 ?
(3) Will the Communist Party of Russia join All-Russia Peoples Front as a united political front in 2017 itself ?
(1) Will the All-Russia Peoples Front finally decide to ‘officially’ identify any/few ideology as its guiding principle ?
As of right now the ONF supports the goals of the United Russia party. I think that this is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future.
(2) Can it happen that Putin or Ivanov or Shoigu (as the party may decide) represent the All-Russia Peoples Front party in the presidential election slated for 2018 ?
Remember, the ONF is not a party (yet?). I don’t think that Ivanov or Shoigu will run, much less so against Putin. As for Putin, he will run as a person “above parties” which is what the Russian President ought to be.
(3) Will the Communist Party of Russia join All-Russia Peoples Front as a united political front in 2017 itself ?
Again, one is a party the other a movement. But I see what you are saying and, yes, I think that the CP does have a potentially interesting political future, especially if the 5th columnists are given the boot.
Thank you for providing quite logical answer to the points.
Agree, a ‘movement’ can not be mixed up with a ‘party’. My point is, if you look into the final outcome of the political movements in many countries in twentieth century (including USA), you will conclude that most of those movements could not bring out permanent change in their respective societies – I felt, most of those movements either missed out completely to identify guiding ideologies or could not localize such ideology suitable to their socio-political and socio-cultural state. ONF need to identify such principles/ideologies and orient its members towards it – else, the excellent ‘social’ work this entity is carrying out for many years will finally fall short of resisting the onslaught of AngloZionist traitors (local oligarchy) in 2017 and 2018 as Russia will select its President for next term. And, if 5th column is booted out from power in near future, Russian Communists should actually come forward and try to enter into a sort of political alliance with ONF !
Surely, if Putin stands again in presidential election, Shoigu or Ivanaov will not fight in that election – we don’t know from outside what is there in average Russians’ mind, but being an Asian, I can say, under no circumstances Putin (and Xi, and Nazarbaev) should even think of retirement before 2025. The Hegemon will keep no stone unturned to wreck economy of Russia (and China, and Iran, and Kazakhstan) using its 5th column: local oligarchy and banking elites, and then, based on popular discontent they will stage colour revolutions to install AngloZionist stooges in these historic Eurasian countries. In case, the Hegemon fails in that target, by 2020 we can really witness the horror of WW III.
you are so right.
putin must run for president again in 2018 and stay the course for his 4th 6 year term.
Very good analysis. Thank you.
On the short notice, here the vid about Putin and 5th column discussion:
I will repost it, thanks.
Know you don’t like Dugin, but he has a strong point, concerning the principle importance of ideology (length 05:30min):
On a lighter vein, I am unable to resist adding this one from last month:
Putin: “Russia is not the kind of country that expels fighters for human rights”
Putin has a very dry sense of humour.
Remember, Putin is not a comedian. Besides, eastern humor is always based on some kind of philosophy, their comedy hardly ever uses “slap stick comedy” and caries deeper social meaning, which is often misunderstood by anglo’s.
I could be wrong but, on the contrary, I think I understand his usually understated humour very well.
It resonates well with me as did this less than subtle speech with his audience -who must be largely Russian as I believe this session was in St. Petersburg? Correct? Germans have a reputation of having no sense of humour but Russians certainly have one.
The ‘bold’ second line above is the title of the Youtube video and has no other relevance other than it was spoken by Putin.
I can’t say much about German sense of humor. In this case you have to think about an attempt to nail someone to the wall with a subtle insult without making it look like you are doing so, yet the subject feels it and everyone else is watching the reaction of the subject.
Besides, I just thought about something to underline what I said earlier and this is what came to my mind: a saying “oh yet another Polish joke” used to be very popular in the States “eons ago, maybe not that long ago” because nobody could get the Polish jokes while “Polaks” would laugh their heart out.
It’s a great video, all the more for being direct and true [as far as I can judge] in its translation. Putins’ scatalogical reference at the end – in mixed company at the dinner table – gives a clear indication of his disgust and fury at those 5th columnists. It isn’t so conveyed in the other version of this , which chose to translate his final sentence as “you throw mud at me”.
Not only does this not convey fully his true feelings, it’s terribly “twee” and PC, and worse leaves us unable to deduce his true awareness of the 5th column, and loathing and contempt for it. We are, I think, all adult enough to handle the reality and truth.
You predicted this last year. It is coming to past this year yet you say you are not a prophet nor a mind reader?
Socialism failed my country Brazil, Communist failed the Russian Empire, how can people in 21th century believe in this stupidity?
While I cannot speak for Brazil, it was Bolshevism that brought Russia around once Stalin had the “Atlantic Integrationists” in the form of Trotskyists and Zionists routed. Your corollary question simply shows that the powers that be in Brazil are too weak to resist the Zionazis. Moreover, present-day Russia doesn’t claim to be socialist, so your “point” is indeed moot.
New Zealand was a very socialist country. Not entirely, but close. We thrived then. Not anymore under free market neo liberal policies. Not really that stupid.
Because the reality in Russian and Brazilian history is not as simple as you are, Leo.
Others are more cognizant and appreciative of complexity and nuance than your comment is.
And the lack of any positive program or alternative coming from you is quite telling in that regard.
How can people sign up for that big fat cynical nothing and not be imbecillic???
You probably think Bernie Sanders is a “socialist”? Seems your thinking is muddled as to what “works” and what is actually “working” now.
Have you asked the people of Flint, MI lately? or those poor folks in small town Mississippi who are facing a budget crunch because there are not enough prisoners in their “for profit” jails.
Maybe you should watch populist democracy in action when the exploited fishwomen of Sakhalin Island started asking him questions on National TV? Where is that model happening anywhere else?
Bernie Sanders can’t even get equal time on national corporate owned TV — so plutocracy is a model that “works” in your opinion. Sure for the 1%.
I feel like saying like Putin, How can you be so St-pid.?
Capitalism and democracy failed every single country too.
Yet people still believe in it.
Hope dies last
and people learn from their mistakes
ideas also progress
19th century socialism is not 21st century
any more than
19th century medicine is 21st century medicine
Capitalism has many forms. Some work very well others not at all. What we have in the west is a mixture of crony and financial capitalism. Not really capitalist at all. For a great read I recommend “Tragedy & Hope – A history of the world in our time”. It was published in the early 1960’s but after 5+ decades you can still see “the plan” in action.
“The powers of financial capitalism had a far-reaching plan, nothing less than to to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole.”
Could you enlighten us with details of ” Capitalism has many forms. Some work very well ” please ?
After observing the current world and doing a bit of study of past millennium, i understood that capitalism must function in a “crony” mode and must mature into “financialisation” as well as “imperialism”.
Since you are countering such understanding, it may be worthwhile to take a look into new info/knowledge provided by you !
The first few chapters of T&H cover it much better than I ever could. The PDF is a free download.
You can not nit pick, there is no such a thing as “financial capitalism”. There is capitalism. Capitalism is about private ownership and money, hence “Das Capital” as Marx put6 it.
Socialism is about public ownership.
Real socialism never existed, because even the so called “Socialist” countries had hybrid systems.
Lenin said in one of his articles, that the real Socialism will exist only when people’s mentality grows to the level “higher level of intelligence as he put it” when people will not need money to be motivated to perform.
capitalism has never worked, not for the people at any rate. You really need to look up Richard Wolff tor a better understanding of capitliam and how it failed.
I do not necessarily equate “democracy” with “good”. I think “democracy” can be “evil”, as evil as “non-democracy”. That does not mean that it can never be good, but it can be and in most cases has been very evil. Practically all of the British colonialism and its barbarism occurred and is occurring while it was a so called “democracy”. We all know what USA can do- all in name of prostituted word democracy used by the anglosaxons. prostitutes.
Though personally I like democracy (for the reason mentioned at the end) I want to be a devil’s advocate for a change-let us see.
What is so great about democracy anyway? Most of the mass murderers of last 300 years have been so called democratic nations especially those English 5 eyes.
I do not necessarily equate “democracy” with “good”. I think “democracy” can be “evil”, as evil as “non-democracy”. That does not mean that it can never be good, but it can be and in most cases has been very evil. Practically all of the British colonialism and its barbarism occurred and is occurring while it was a so called “democracy”. We all know what USA can do- all in name of prostituted word democracy used by the anglosaxons.
Mass killing of red Indians in the usa, mass imposed starvation of rich and ordinary people inside India –all done by so called democratic nations. Even Hitler and Stalin did not kill so many as did the angloamericans in last one hundred years through their wars and destabilisation-which is still going on in the middle east and other places.
If they don’t like the result of free election in other countries they declare the winner a dictator though they are in love with Saudi and Bahrain democrats!
“Practically all of the British colonialism and its barbarism occurred and is occurring while it was a so called “democracy”.
History does not bear that out. Britain became a parliamentary democracy with universal franchise only in the 20th century, following WWI — in 1928, in fact. Less than 20 years later, a nano-blink in historical terms, and its empire was gone. The truth is that “all of the British colonialism and its barbarism occurred” well Before it became a democracy.
Leo, William Blum long ago in 2007 answered your statement. http://williamblum.org/aer/read/41
Man shall never fly
The Cold War is still with us. Because the ideological conflict that was the basis for it has not gone away. Because it can’t go away. As long as capitalism exists, as long as it puts profit before people, as it must, as long as it puts profit before the environment, as it must, those on the receiving end of its sharp pointed stick must look for a better way.
Thus it is that when Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced a few days ago that he plans to nationalize telephone and electric utility companies to accelerate his “socialist revolution”, the spokesperson for Capitalism Central, White House press secretary Tony Snow, was quick to the attack: “Nationalization has a long and inglorious history of failure around the world,” Snow declared. “We support the Venezuelan people and think this is an unhappy day for them.”
Snow presumably buys into the belief that capitalism defeated socialism in the Cold War. A victory for a superior idea. The boys of Capital chortle in their martinis about the death of socialism. The word has been banned from polite conversation. And they hope that no one will notice that every socialist experiment of any significance in the past century has either been corrupted, subverted, perverted, or destabilized … or crushed, overthrown, bombed, or invaded … or otherwise had life made impossible for it, by the United States.
Not one socialist government or movement – from the Russian Revolution to Cuba, the Sandinistas in Nicaragua and the FMLN in Salvador, from Communist China to Grenada, Chile and Vietnam – not one was permitted to rise or fall solely on its own merits; not one was left secure enough to drop its guard against the all-powerful enemy abroad and freely and fully relax control at home. Even many plain old social democracies – such as in Guatemala, Iran, British Guiana, Serbia and Haiti, which were not in love with capitalism and were looking for another path – even these too were made to bite the dust by Uncle Sam.
It’s as if the Wright brothers’ first experiments with flying machines all failed because the automobile interests sabotaged each test flight. And then the good and god-fearing folk of America looked upon this, took notice of the consequences, nodded their collective heads wisely, and intoned solemnly: Man shall never fly.
Mr Blum forgets to mention one very brief, if successful socialist experiment… National SOCIALIST Germany.
In just a few years, this experiment produced a nationwide highway network well ahead of its time, free health care, advanced hospitals, free education and massive leaps forward in technological prowess. The economic system set up by this experiment produced incredible abundance and showed the world what could be done when the power to print money was taken out of the bankster’s hands and given back to the people. Until Germany too “were (sic) made to bite the dust by Uncle Sam”
Nazi Germany was entirely ruled by its domestic Big Capital; its — very real — social concessions were put in place to stave off the growing tide of communist support among the people. However, with the imperialist bourgeoisie still in charge, the only way Nazi Germany’s ‘glorious prosperity’ could be maintained was the good old Western one. To wit: Conquest, rape, enslavement, and genocide abroad.
It’s always fascinating to listen to Westerners pondering over 20th century subject matters. Stalin’s USSR achieved in 30 years’ time of ferocious struggle what took the bloody West half a millennium of plunder and murder across the globe to accomplish for its home constituencies. Yet Stalin and the USSR that he led pass for “socialist failure” according to these folks?
MOSCOW, April 21. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has demanded tough measures against corruption, in particular during state defense order fulfillment.
“It’s important to toughly stop corruption in bodies of power, embezzlement or misuse of budget funds, especially during fulfillment of the state defense order,” Putin said while speaking of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) activity at a meeting with officers appointed to senior command positions.
Plus VP has ordered that “snap drills” be higher standards/qualities
Thank you, Saker, for a brief, yet full spectrum analysis. It feels like an impressionist painting, capturing Russian life in Spring of 2016, with few sharp details (like ONF) that accentuate reality.
It seems to me that Putin and those that share his vision are truly getting ready for a hybrid warfare, since both ONF and National guard are outstanding means for assessing and dealing with a variety of domestic diversions/disruptions, regardless of its sources. They seem ready to “cauldron” it any time and place.
Perhaps I am missing the most important one, namely a structure for economic and financial warfare, as I am not aware that something like that exists yet. Do you have any info on that?
I am also interested, in case you or the readers of this blog, have any info or pointers in two other structures, the one resisting agricultural and pharmaceutical onslaught of contaminated food/seeds and medications, and the other defending against rewriting/whitewashing historical and cultural truth.
Best regards, Spiral
Diagnosis of the “Professional” system, by M. Kryzhanovsky.
Navalny — schizophrenic. Symptoms: incoherent, illogical speech, a “glass” eye expression. A socially dangerous moron calling to down police helicopters.
Nemtsov — schizophrenic. Symptoms: delusions of grandeur, narcissism, is a pathological liar, often uncessarily.
Udaltsov — an imbecile, can barely form sentences from words.
Bykov — schizophrenic. Symptoms: uncontrolled flow of speech.
Venediktov — schizophrenic. Symptoms: aggressive, uncontrolled negativism.
Gelman — schizophrenic. Symptoms: illogic judgments.
Gudkov — chronic alcoholic, schizophrenic. Symptoms: unmotivated aggressiveness.
Kasparov — violent schizophrenic. Symptoms: uncontrolled aggression, negativism, narcissism.
Ryzhkov — a moron, can hardly construct phrases.
L.Ponomaryov — a moron, a chronic alcoholic (explicit degenerative heredity judging by appearance).
Khodorkovsky — schizophrenic. Symptoms: lethargic behavior, lack of logic and consistency instatements, detached.
Chirikova — violent, socially dangerous schizophrenic. Symptoms: uncontrolled behavior. Chirikova herself does not know what to do next. Needs urgent hospitalization in a psychiatric clinic.
Shenderovich — schizophrenic. Symptoms: extreme, unexplained negativism towards surrounding reality.
Kasyanov — schizophrenic. Symptoms: delusions of grandeur.
Latynina — a lunatic. Symptoms: pathological lying.
I.Ponomarev — a chronic alcoholic, imbecile, difficulty articulating thoughts.
Sobchak — violent schizophrenic, exhibitionist, is suffering from an inferiority complex in relation to external deformity, can hardly form sentences from words.
Tolokonnikova — retarded person, a prostitute, a social nonentity.
Yashin — schizophrenic. Symptoms: lethargic psyche.
Albats — schizophrenic. Symptoms: futility and illogical statements and words.
Gessen — schizophrenia, caused most likely by an addiction to drugs.
Kuritsyna (Bozena Rynska) — violent schizophrenic, suffering from an inferiority complex. Famously devoid of any sense and logic, with statements like “willing to sell themselves to a millionaire to be free.”
Akunin — schizophrenic. Symptoms: delusions of grandeur.
Mikhail Kryzhanovsky is a former intelligence officer of the KGB, illegal immigrant of the SBU, the CIA, and the FBI.
pictures of these on original link………………
Very true. And it firmly corroborates the fact the Soviets were 100% on point about bourgeois ideology being a form of mental illness.
Presenting all “other thinking” people as mentally deranged is a very very dangerous thing. I categorically reject that kind of thinking.
You do, but most socialists are comfortable pathologising those who oppose them. I will continue to call such people as dangerously mad without fear of contradiction, for the madness I’m talking about is willful, not pathological and can be cured by a simple remedy: honesty. When they, and anyone for that matter, can apply rigorous honesty and logic to their arguments, then voilà, the dream of Utopia disappears and the cold light of day brings them to a less hopeful, but more realistic appraisal of reality.
The technocratic road the corporate elite are taking us down is frightening, but so is any red future.
Saker, I’m not impressed with Gryzlov at all, what has he done to make things better in the Donbass? In fact, it has got somewhat worse while he has been there. Obviously he has a very hard job to do, but how has he made any positive moves compared to his predecessor?
I would like to believe that, but I have been reading predictions like that since Putin got to power, since he cleared out the most obvious pro-NATO oligarchs, pro-Putin people including myself dream of him finishing the job, but instead he and his friends get richer and richer as the years pass by and nothing much happens. Sometimes it even goes backwards, like when Russia stop the sell of S-300 missiles to Iran.. That was pretty serious, Iran could have been invaded due to Russia cancling that sale, millions of Iranians could have died.
Hopefully the economic war from USA and the situation in Ukraine and Syria is either forcing Putin to finish the job or leaving him no other opinion then finishing the job.
It was Medvedev who stopped the sale of the S-300 to Iran. Not Mr Putin.
the S-300 have been delivered.
check the news
I see in the Iranian military parade that they had received missile tubes and a radar but much of the system was missing. Also aircraft to Iraq have been slow on delivery.
There seems to be a problem within Russia that is causing holdups, rather than geo-political.
Is it manufacturing unable to process domestic orders plus export, or deliberate holdups down along the chain of command? I suspect manufacturing is the holdup.
With so huge landmass to be protected by S300 and S400 batteries (across Eurasia), the numbers are huge. I can understand how difficult it will be for the manufacturing plant managers to complete the complex manufacturing processes and deliver those on time.
Some delay can happen even if the manufacturing plant performs extremely efficiently!
but it was putin who was already delaying the action on delivery of s300 before medvedev came to presidency. lavrov was already lecturing iran to make reforms and accomodate weastern demand on nukes and human rights.
this is what i wrote about it back then
Iran and russia.
If russia foolishly stop busher plant work or does not support Iran verses the west then russia will be doomed as well because then resurgent west ,which has ben plotting against russia too, will have encircled and weakened russia. And russia will have no friend to look to when it is under pressure from the west.
therefore russia must support all the countries who have stood against angloamerican evil -only by this method russia and other countries can maintain their independence.
Could you point us to some evidence that he is getting richer and richer?
Top post Saker.
Soloviov got more direct and more and more anti-econ block by the year (the Peskov interview did show that Putin still prefers to work with familiar faces instead of firing them – what he should have done imo). One thing though, that you just cannot miss, is that all the criticism bursts out, after Putin paves the way for public persons to speak out. They rarely do it on their own.
Sergey Mikheev f.e. is a very sharp guy, who is defending Russian statehood every week (zheleznaya logika) and even he, who usually refrains from directly criticizing government members, directly criticized the econ-block for their failed policies.
Hope your gut feeling is right.
This is a very good piece, I will keep it – Thank you !
Fantastic article, thank you Saker. Especially for me, as this is the first I knew of the ONF. However, this does tie into thoughts I’ve been having myself.
. Firstly, I dont know that Putin necessarily “lets a situation rot”. I am thinking here of the comments made to Sharon Tennyson which she reported shortly after Putin was first elected President. She had met him in St. Petersberg, and thought him far too quiet and mild a man to be able to run Russia, and asked a friend of hers who was a Clinical Psychologist what her opinion of him was. This was especially useful, as this woman had known Putin from schooldays – they went to the same school together. What, asked Tennyson, would Putin do about the Oligarchs meddling in government?. “If he is true to form” her friend replied “he will sit quiet and just watch, possibly for some time. Then he will send up a few flares. Anywhere they don’t work, he will call a few people in for a quiet talk, to fix their ways”. “And if they still take no notice”? asked Sharon, “then some people will be going to jail” was the reply. And – as we saw – that’s exactly what happened.
The thing is – we dont get to see the time spent “watching”, nor the “flares going up” nor the quiet talks. It’s the last stage we see. Putin is acting, all the time, just in his quiet, steady, controlled way.
I always did feel this was how he was handling the Atlanticist 5th column. I’ve never harboured any doubts about the fact that he would “get them” one day.
Now – couple of other observations which give much support to Sakers’ theses here.
 If you watch that last Q & A, towards the end, someone asks Putin if he is hampered by having a “weak” government?. He replied slowly at first, that he didn’t think it was “weak” as such. But, gathering in passion he said the trouble is, they aren’t working cohesively; there is no set tasks; no identified responsible person; no end point for task completion. Now – we all know by now that this is how he works himself, and always has. His St. Petersberg secretary said “He didn’t care what problems you had doing a set task, what issues; the job had to be done, and that was that”.
He has seen where they are falling down – and that no-one there is taking direction on how to fix it.
 In the same session, a little girl video-d in asking if a women could ever be president, as he was the only person who could “handle America”. His response was that America wasn’t Russia’s major problem. If they could fix their problems of economy, roads, self sufficiency, production etc, then they wouldn’t have any issues with America.
So – again – he is seeing the domestic scene the PM and the government are primarily responsible for as Russia’s major problem.
He may well be past “sending up flares and having a few quiet talks”. Now some people are going to get busted, and some may even go to jail.
I would like to add, I’ve been saying for a while now that I think those who rely on Putin running for President should be prepared for the fact that he might not. It would not surprise me if he didn’t.
Lots of what he does is purely formalised Representative stuff: receiving new ambassadors, pinning on medals, meeting routinely with various governors. It must, I’ve often thought, be very frustrating to him to be doing this knowing how much essential work needs doing at a parliamentary level, and here he is, pinning on medals while it goes undone and Russians suffer.
I have also thought he would possibly prefer a situation in which he not only can use his incredible skills, training and experience to best advantage, [which he isn’t doing now except in behind the scenes manoeuvring and Syria like issues] but which would give him a freer hand, and more privacy. Something with power, but Behind the scenes. He isn’t a publicity seeker nor attention lover. He does it because it’s his job.
Everything you have said, coupled with those observations, gives me a stronger sense of this being possible. After all, if the ONF is formalised in some way, and he could spend all his time running it – it would put him in a great position to “get things done” which is his primary motivation, plus take him out of the spotlight and give him some private life freedom.
I do hope, as I have never hoped anything political, that President Putin is about to wipe out the 5th columnists – who on earth was ever so dense as to think he was taken in by them?? – plus the Atlanticists mob and then start to really set in concrete the vision he has been slowly working towards for over 15 yrs.
Putin seems to have great respect for traditional/official ceremony. Whether it’s Russian or foreign.
Perhaps as a means of remembering or being proud of heritage.
I agree. P. Putin has enormous respect for the rites of tradition, especially those that pay respect to highly regarded individuals. I believe if such activities did not exist, he would put them in place himself.
However, I also think that, although it’s clear the President must perform these functions, they are not intellectually demanding, and I would think that Putin must sometimes think that, whilst he would insist the formalities are observed, be would rather someone else was actually pinning on the medal, while he sorts out some of Russia’s more pressing problems.
I could of course be wrong. I’m not him, nor privy to his thoughts. It was a “second guess” of my own, is all.
Tradition – yet another curse of mankind http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36093306
Please don’t conflate traditions with this nonsense.
and don’t quote the BBC if you can avoid it :-)
“Please don’t conflate traditions with this nonsense.”
Tradition seems mostly to elevate (and thereby create pride) in those things that divide mankind and create conflict – chief amongst these divisions are nationalism and religion.
I detest pride and conflict I therefore detest most tradition.
“Tradition seems mostly to elevate (and thereby create pride) in those things that divide mankind and create conflict ”
Sorry but you are talking academic nonsense here.
When I was a child, there was a tradition among we country folk of the May Day Fairs. On the 1st May, there would be a “fair” in a local farmers field. Stalls selling handmade items, fun games – “the Bran Tub” was a great favourite – that had been a “tradition” (sic) for years and years, the MayPole dance, the Morris Dancers – now still going, but barely – and the races: egg and spoon, pancake and so on.
Everyone went – no-one would have missed it. Chats were had about local issues, major problems aired, anyone who badly needed community help got a mention, the vicar attended and brought pressing social problems to the fore, kids ran wild, and ate too many sweet things….and so forth.
Now – all gone.
Nothing but lonely people in isolated rooms watching TV and kids on their damned iPhones.
That, my friend, is tradition, which does none of the things you are claiming, and which did so much good.
I am sorry to rain on your disinfo, tradition is the essence of the society, without which you are nothing but a “cattle head”. Even the communism, which you always paddle has some tradition, but you do not see it. It’s called Christianity with god and all goodies that come with Him removed.
Tradition “a curse of mankind”
I could not disagree with you more. Tradition forms an incredibly strong binding tie for people which informs their sense of identity and social support. It reminds us of who we are, where we came from and also imparts a sense of continuity. It does depend on the value of what you are honouring when you carry on a tradition – but most are good ones. In the destruction of the culture that once was – the collapse of the AngloSaxonCeltic cultures – I have seen in my lifetime good, warm, loving traditions that belonged to the country people of England and had for years – destroyed and lost, and with them the nihilism and destruction of a people has increased apace.
On your first point, it was evident at the time of the Ukraine coup that the West was acting with extreme provocation in order to have Russia respond in kind. Then the negative propaganda would have retained some credibility – it came anyway but was widely perceived as a lie to those of us far outside the sphere of action. The value of that attitude, coupled with Lavrov’s pronouncements, is huge, I think. It may very well have saved both Russia itself and Syria from the fate of countries like Ukraine and Libya.
When Putin and Lavrov speak of countries adhering to international norms of relationship with one another, they have credibility because that is what they do.
“He didn’t care what problems you had doing a set task, what issues; the job had to be done, and that was that”. – this style remind’s me at the so-called “Auftragstaktik” which translated sounds like once the target has been defined and ordered to achieve it,the subordinates have the freedom to chose freely the way on how to achieve that target (objective)
“subordinates have the freedom to chose freely”
Perhaps the best example of that was shortly after the shootdown of the SU-24 when the S-400 system was moved to Syria, Putin let the world know that the commanders on the ground had the authority to destroy any target that was deemed a threat to the Russian forces in Syria. A miss-judgment on the part of the commanders could have had huge geo-political ramifications.
It shows how far Russia has come since the second Chechen war, when because of the total corruption in the military, Putin had to simply move the officers around – move them off their own dunghill so to speak.
Yes, “his style remind’s me at the so-called “Auftragstaktik” – it is, although I had not heard this word nor it’s definition. Thanks for that.
I have a friend who worked in Australia’s mining industries as a Project Manager, who worked the same way. It’s giving workers autonomy to do a job as they see fit, provided they dont’ overstep boundaries or break the law, and get the job done on time and properly. It’s the exact opposite of “micromanagement” and it works superbly.
He always had a que of guys lined up to be on his team, he always got the project done on time and never, once, had an accident occur.
Trained, intelligent people relish being left alone and trusted to do their job – something lacking throughout most management structures today, which Putin understands and puts very successfully into practice as far as I can see.
I wouldnt say rot. We both understand there is no room for error. It is a fastidious approach that will win the day. He has one shot at picking the fruit. After that there is no going back. It is best to make sure it is ripe.
Thanks so much for this analysis. I found myself crying at the raw truth of it, some combination of fear and relief.
This is a drama fraught with danger and opportunity. I feel like my own personal fate is being decided by these great movements. “When elephants fight the grass suffers.”
It’s Homer and Shakespeare holding a mirror to the catharsis of collapse. I fear being crushed but is that worse than enduring a lingering death by machine?
I’m somewhere between Caspar Milquetoast and Walter Mitty. I like to put myself down so I don’t have to stand up. Too many times when I stood up the parental and public authorities told me to sit down.
Strange, talk of purges reminds me of Stalin. I skipped over Jimmy Moglia’s article. Have to go back and read it.
I love Putin. He appears to be everything I want to be but am not. Sorry for turning this into a crying room. This blogging mode is not a living room. In the former an irritating teenager can simply be ignored while in the latter s/he has to physically be dealt with.
In the meantime, I’m sitting on pins and needles as events unfold on the world stage. The vineyard with all its sources and contacts, truth seekers and commenters, gives me a front row cafe seat to laugh and cry at the unfolding comedy and tragedy in this dinner theater.
10,000 likes for your comment.^^^^
dear saker, i sent you an email a while ago on gmail but i never heard back from you;it relates to have you as an honourd guest to be interviewed by a fellow russian on a russian related site. much respect to you; p.s im an avid follower here on this space; regards to all of you here fellow commenters
please resend your invite. cheers!
Is he planning? Duh! A sambo master uses his opponent’s power and aggression to defeat him…there’s a war…he has a duty…he is (I argue) a Marxist and a Patriot, and a lawyer…and a KGB officer who understands the power of the people in consensus – can he possibly do otherwise?
Lot’s of great info, especially for non Russian speakers.
Thank you Saker.
I find it scary that everything is dependant on this one man. Even avoidance of WWlll seems dependant on Putin. It’s hard to believe that the west couldn’t take him out. I remember when he disappeared for several days last year, my emotional reaction was one of panic and grief. Perhaps that’s a bit extreme, but he seems to be the only head of state fighting the good fight.
“everything is dependant on this one man”
that’s a bit like saying corporations don’t run Governments.
But if they get rid of Putin they would probably get stuck dealing with Ivanov. There is no improvement there and most certainly a lot of payback. Fear is one thing that the western banker oligarch’s understand.
It’s a really promising sign that the West’s filthy rats inside Russia are being subjected to this total trashing in public. I’m absolutely positive that it won’t be long before the Ziomedia will go apeshit proclaiming “New Stalin show trials” and “Stalin terror — Putin terror“. And from their point of view they will be absolutely right! The similarities betwen today and the 1930s are so glaringly obvious that they could only escape the wilfully blind. Once the 5th column gets routed, Russia can — with overwhelming popular support — fortify her society at every level. The significance here is that the popular mood at long last is allowed to trump the concerns of the country’s so-called “Western partners” who are rightfully understood, identified, and cursed as Russia’s mortal enemies; the horror of Yeltsin’s reign having driven the message home to boot.
Que “la fête” commence!
Let us pray Putin does this very thing and soon.
Putin has a history of deliberately letting a situation rot before taking action.
I ‘m not sure “letting a situation rot” is the right term.
He seems to wait for a natural separation to occur, perhaps helping the separation process a little before action.
Chechnya – traditional Islam vs Wahhabi. Donbass – when only those that would fight to the bitter end were left, they received everything needed to defeat Ukraine forces. Same in Syria – when defections had stopped and only those that would fight to the end were left, they received everything they needed for survival.
Russia? Going off your article it seems the separation process is being pushed along, making everybody choose which side they wish to be on, so there is then a clear enemy within to fight.
Putin has been clear from the start of the sanctions that Russia must get its own house in order before worrying about the US. I think at the start of the Q&A Putin said he had read a lot of the questions that had been sent in to get an understanding of what domestic problems concerned people the most.
Russia, politically, domestically as well as militarily, is being transformed into an A2/AD zone that the US cannot penetrate.
“Russia? Going off your article it seems the separation process is being pushed along, making everybody choose which side they wish to be on, so there is then a clear enemy within to fight.”
This is a very good observation,not just for Russia but for the whole world.The time of separation is we just live in.
feel good factor?
“The Russian MICEX index has set a new record high reaching 1971 points at the opening of trade on Thursday. The index nudged ahead of the previous 2007 record of 1,970.50.
A view shows the Kremlin wall, with the Moscow International Business Center also known as Russia regains foreign investor interest
The dollar-backed RTS index also climbed to a new high for the year at 944.82.
Foreign portfolio investment in Russian equities has been on the rise this year, and Russian stocks have outperformed other developing economies.
The Russian stock market now offers “the bargain of the century,” according to leading investor Mark Mobius from Templeton Emerging Markets.
Last week Credit Suisse raised its outlook on Russia, citing the market valuation, and advised investors to switch into Russian equities.
“Undervalued equities are like having money in the pocket,” Anna Vaananen, a money manager at Credit Suisse Asset Management in Zurich told Bloomberg.
Boosted by rising crude prices, the ruble was also trading at year highs of 64.65 per dollar and 73.03 against the euro.
© Anton Golubev Russian economy to return to growth by year-end – Finance Minister
Oil prices rose to their highest level in five months on Thursday, reversing earlier declines after the International Energy Agency (IEA) said 2016 would see the biggest decline in non-OPEC production in 25 years.”
shoigu is a part of the atlantic if you follow closely russian politics. shoigu troops put down the protests in 1990.
Shoigu was not even in the military in 1990 (he was with the State Architecture and Construction Committee of the Russian Federation)
and it was not 1990 anyway
you probably mean 1993 (but then Shoigu was in the Emergency Ministry)
russia since the times of andropov has been in the hands of the elite. how could reformers come to power from gorbachev to yeltsin without it being a script being played. there is no way putin is for russia he is part of the elite. finally what master plan could putin be having if the russia govt wants to sell russia helicopters to airbus and russia strategicindustry to private people. get over it putin is not a hero
“get over it Putin is not a hero.” What????!!!!!! Is this for real? Is this what trolling has come to these days? “Get over it.” Get over what? “Putin is not a hero.” Oh my God. What a revelation. I thought he was Christ incarnate. I guess I’ll just have to “get over it.” Try again Kippatooroorooroo. And try some humor next time man, we all need a good laugh once in a while. How about it Kip?
russians always get timing very wrong and they really donto know wgho their enemy are-england really-and whom to counter and when.
privatisation at wrong time is their forte.
ive been having doubts about putin for some time. i went back and looked at what yakunin was doing and surprise surprise he was saying that the thirld world war will be against the world financial oligarchy. if putin can dismiss someone like yakunin this clearly shows what side putin is
Having read and viewed everything I can about Putin I’m so amazed that I had not ever heard of the ONF.
Is there any good source you could direct me to in order to find out more about it?
It doesn’t seem to rate a mention anywhere in the “Russia sympathetic” media.
you can also try the various Wikipedia articles
but 99.9999999999% of all the info in the West about the ONF is extremely biased and hostile.
You may also look at the kind of discussion Putin has with the ONF by doing a search on the kremlin website.
For instance, this meeting on the ONF scope and aims: http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/18328;
Or the discussion about Lenin’s “time bomb”: http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/51206
Here the discussion centred on Building Social Justice – with interesting thoughts history’s teaching and significance, etc.: http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/17767
Thanks for that Saker – also thanks to RMM.
I was wanting to avoid Western sources :-)
Russia only I think.
From oldest to newest all events that have brought together the ONF and President Putin since its foundation:
Founding congress of the Russian Popular Front
Meeting with core members of the Russian Popular Front
Russian Popular Front conference
Meeting with core members of the Russian Popular Front
Conference of the Russian Popular Front
Russian Popular Front (ONF) Forum Quality Education for the Country’s Good
Russian Popular Front’s Action Forum
Russian Popular Front forum For Quality and Affordable Medicine!
Meeting with Russian Popular Front members
Meeting of the Russian Popular Front’s (ONF) interregional forum
Thank you elsi, much appreciated.
go to redifininggod.com. it will paint the real picture the way things have been put into place
Reader may wish to read https://www.sonshi.com/original-the-art-of-war-translation-not-giles.html and see how Comrade President fights the war, and also how his opponents fight him, and then judge what the outcome must be…
Thanks. I had not read it before.
One does not have to be a Putin hater to be criticial of Putin. Putin is an absolute angel compared to US leaders, as far as I can tell. He’s still a ruthless power-seeker though, as far as I can tell. He seems to have no political faith at all. His routine seems to be to allow a situation to run amock so that he can step in as the savior. That’s maybe good for his political fortunes, but bad policy. Horrendous policy. He allows the US and its allies to do their will and then later complains abuot it. Again, good for his political status but bad policy.
Nonsense. The man is a product of his parents and his youth and his environment – read his early history… He is simply doing what these things require him to do, and he’s good at it.
You, Brother, serve on a Soviet submarine in the 1930’s and see what his father was made of!
You, Brother, survive the nazi siege and see what his mother was made of.
He keeps his Oath, and his Marxist Science, and, he tells us, also his CP membership card!
“the man is a product of his parents and his youth and his environment – ”
Disagree most heartily with your qualification; you imply that President Putin – and indeed all of us – are no more than programmed machines.
You overlook the decisions he made for himself – even going against his strong minded Father – read his early history – his own personal Moral Code and his internal strength to follow it even at extreme personal risk. Many people came of parents who fought and served during those terrible War years.
None of them are Putin!
Some time ago, in a meeting with Russian businessmen with business interests in Ukraine who were thinking of pulling out, Putin suggested they hold on a little longer (~ 3 months?) as things may get better. Zakharchenko has had direct and open discussions with people in Kharkov, again suggesting that if they react against the NeoNazi occupiers, Novorossia will be behind them. Givi (or possibly Motorola) have also said that the people of Novorossia should hang on as things are likely to change soon. They are just itching to be let off the leash and take out the NeoNazi rabble. Transnistria has asked Russia for assistance in upgrading its military helicopter fleet. Crimea should be largely independent of Ukraine by then (excluding the bridge ?). So maybe big changes are afoot timed for this summer.
Geez, it would be fantastic to have the NeoNazis and their NATO enablers trashed.
First the neo-Nazi will eat each other, then when the people are ready to finish off the rest, the leash will come off.
Another great post from you, Saker.
This analysis shows why Putin is the Prince of world leaders! Able to play the government instruments in a virtuoso manner. Multi-talented in so many ways. An extraordinary composer who touches the hearts of people everywhere. Wise beyond his years, yet modest and kind always.
‘Gave the best he had to give
How much we’ll never know we’ll never know’
“Not because of sanctions or the drop in the prices of gas and oil, but because of the corruption, incompetence and ideological blindness of the “economic block of the Russian government”. Sorry to say but I think you are confusing issues. The day to day management of the country doesn’t depend on the economic block but on the bureaucratic structure of the government (governors, agencies, etc) The economic block has to be judged by the macroeconomic performance which has been quite remarkable. Thanks to that Russia has avoided collapse although the economic storm was terrible: more than 60% reduction in oil price, sanctions, giant money flow going out of the country. Last year top officials of the USA were happy because the Russian economy was destroyed and now to their surprise they see a country with a very solid economic foundation. I missed a serious economic analysis from your side to support your views of the economic team. For sure Putin has a better information. Russia now cannot be attacked on the economic and financial front.
Saker who is and what happened to this guyÉ He sounds much like the non party party you mentioned.
Published on May 31, 2014
A coup d´état under the guise of an ‘Orange Revolution’ is being prepared in Russia. The big picture and the details are given by Evgeny Fedorov, a deputy in the Russian parliament, and coordinator of the People’s Liberation Movement. The coup facilitator is the fifth column, which dominates the mass-media and public servants all the way up to government ministers, a point barely known within Russia, never mind outside. However, the people’s insurrection in Ukraine could wake up enough people in Russia to restore national sovereignty. In the next few years it will come to a head, with only two possible outcomes : the destruction of Russian civilization or the collapse of the American empire.
0:19:51 Washington’s mechanisms of control via the fifth column in Ukraine (coup launched) and Russia (coup in preparation).
0:47:03 Novorossia could mobilize an army big enough to liberate all Ukraine.
0:55:34 The armed coup was launched even though Yanukovych was capitulating, in order to establish conditions for terror and massacres.
1:03:46 Novorossia has eliminated the fifth column. This will be emulated in neighboring territories.
1:08:57 The foreign ‘mercenaries’ are likely equipment operators (tanks, planes,..).
1:25:31 Fifth column agitators will try to get Putin overthrown for his “inaction” over Ukraine.
1:30:00 Mechanisms for construction of the fifth column.
1:39:19 The global crusade of the Anglo-Saxons — banditry & exploitation, obscured by style, finesse and copious marketing.
1:45:18 Parallels between the German and American invasions of USSR/Russia (then and now).
Putin has popularity more than 80%.He has people s power.He must to ask from people to change with referendum the colonial Jeltsin s constitution wroten from americans lawmakers to one Russian constitution for Russians needs!Until now Russia economy is dependent from RCB and traitors ,who support USA s economy forcing to buy americans bonds and sabotage the Russian development with high rates in order Russia to be dependent only for the export of natural resources which manipulating from the West financial system.Some fifth column inside Russian government want Russia in its knees and USAs vassal.Do it Putin !Clean up the traitors,otherwise will have the Milosevic or Gandafis,Sandam Hussain destiny.
Sad but true.
I only wonder why this hasn’t happened already …
Can anybody find an answer?
For example, instead of being __afaraid__ of Putin, the 5th column bastards in http://thesaker.is/putin-blasts-5th-columnists-archive-video/ are almost laughing straight into his face.
How can that be?
Why have Gulags been outlawed?
Try that Freedom of Press in any of the 5 eyes nations or even Europe. You will lose your career if not your life.
It’s a wonder how Russia allows the terrorist organisation that is the CIA to continue to fund organizations in Russia. I’m hoping that the problem will be fixed.
Sorry, forgot to sign my name to the reply to MEB’s post.
There is no doubt in what Putin will be doing and why.
In order to leave behind a Russia that is strong and long-lasting for the People, he must do more than win wars and outfox NATO and the Hegemon (huge accomplishments). He must construct the 21st Century Russian economy so that all his efforts last for generations. Russia was crippled by the West and by criminals and Liberals. He is bringing back a well, if not strong Russia.
His final domestic effort must result in a powerful, creative, innovative, self-sustaining and growing economy. The Russian people possess the gifts and energy. They perform in the MIC sector, and somewhat in other sectors or industries. He must leave a mechanism (governmental) that does not hamper or corrupt the development of Russia and its leadership in Eurasia.
That will be the Putin imprint for a hundred years. It is a necessity. He will do it.
“And what is good, Phaedrus,
And what is not good—
Need we ask anyone to tell us these things?”
When the Soviet State lapsed through both treason and corruption – arguably as a result of permitting itself to exchange a protean and adaptable Marxist Science for a brittle dogma that only mimicked Marxism – when that tragedy occurred, History and the gods offered Man a lesson.
Comrade President learned the lesson… He seeks the good. Nobody has to tell us what that is. Everyone knows the good when they see it. All life knows the good from the bad…
Some, however, though they see the good, seek to obscure it and then replace good with evil…
Such people are enemies of Man…
All the surviving scriptures, 10,000 + years of folk-stories from all civilisations, tell us these things. Comrade President is one of many Heroic figures.
He may fail. If so, then it may be a very long dark age…
Are you learning Systema by any chance?
Be careful, you could be accused as belonging to Putin´s sleeping army….OH.. my… God….
Soon, maybe, they will go after those learning Russian language too….
Ridiculous and pathetic propaganda in the German press: “Putin is forming a sleeping army in Europe”
“Russian President Vladimir Putin, could be behind the formation of secret “battle groups” in Western countries, including Germany, ready to act at any time, according to his biographer.
The German Boris Reitschuster, Putin´s biographer says in his new book “Putin´s Hidden War” that this “sleeping army” is trained with the technique of martial arts ‘Systema’ martial and fighting with knife as the special forces units of his country are taught.
“This fighting force in enemy territory is a fundamental element in Putin´s hidden war against the West” said Boris Reitschuster, biographer of Putin.
Reitschuster ensures that this disclosure is based on reports – seen by himself- of an intelligence service in Western Europe detailing secret groups scattered throughout the old continent.
“This means that the Kremlin leader and former head of intelligence, Putin, has direct access to a network of elite combat in the West,” he says the German newspaper Bild before the publication of Reitschuster´s book, scheduled for next Friday, he published Monday the British newspaper daily Mail in its digital version.
Reitschuster argues that the heads of the secret Army have been part of the Russian Military Intelligence Service (GRU) or the Airborne Troops (WDW).
According to Reitschuster, schools teaching the technique of Russian self-defense ‘Systema’ in Germany act as “camouflage for agents meetings” and ” are centers for recruiting new fighters in favor of the Kremlin”.
European intelligence services, adds the author, identified last year about 300 men in Germany who are actively involved in the education network of ‘Systema’.
Among the recruits, some have received special training in Moscow, Russian capital, and are soldiers, policemen, court employees and also include former agents of German security services, accurate Reitschuster, to then indicate that they perform “real maneuvers in the Swiss mountains, operate across borders and are particularly strong in the Czech Republic. (…) “.
Reitschuster ensures that this disclosure is based on reports – seen by himself- of an intelligence service in Western Europe detailing secret groups scattered throughout the old continent.
Because Putin’s popularity among Europeans couldn’t be down to the sheeple waking up..
Hysterical, both literally and figuratively.
It’s ‘reds-under-the-bed’ redux folks!!
I do not learn Systema, Sister. And of course the story about a sleeping army is silly – but there’s a truth floating over the idea itself.
If Comrade President succeeds it will be because he will have been with all the people. In such a sense he is building an army. Nothing secret about it though…
But…considering that there is a secret army trying to ruin Russia, how can anyone imagine that Comrade President does not have the option of doing the same?
I myself never advocate, only study.
At most, it is the supply of intelligence to select targets intended challenge their perceptions/beliefs/fed narratives.
That I would believe, as this is an information war ,truth v lies, first and foremost.
Enlightenment #2 perhaps..
This is only a smokescreen for hidding what matters most….
“Tens of thousands protest in Germany against TTIP a few hours before Obama’s visit”
“US President will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday. Both leaders aspire to relaunch the transatlantic trade deal despite growing political and social rejection it generates(…)
(…) The meeting of the two biggest proponents of the agreement in two sides of the Atlantic, which also address issues such as Syria, jihadist terrorism and the crisis of the refugees, will be preceded by up to eight protests against the TTIP.”
“In images, Germany protest against TTIP”:
“Barcelona lights the fuse of rebellion of cities against TTIP”:
“Grenoble pick up the baton of the Catalan capital at the end of the year. Until then, 1,300 European municipalities will pressure their governments to reject the EU-US trade deal and its ‘Trojan horse’, the agreement with Canada that is awaiting ratification(…)
(…) The first meeting of European municipalities which opposite the controversial TTIP closed its doors on Friday near the Arc de Triomf of Barcelona, at the rhythm of the music of Manu Chao and Che Sudaka, and with a renewed sheet of route to stand up to the new free trade agreement Brussels negotiates.
Mayors and councilors from 40 cities in a dozen European countries have gathered between Thursday and Friday in Barcelona in various talks and workshops to forge this strategy, which is to increase the pressure on their respective state governments to speak out against the TTIP. Also to prevent or delay the ratification of CETA -provided for autumn, the trade agreement with Canada, which for hundreds of social organizations, political parties and unions is a sort of “Trojan horse” of TTIP..(…)
(…) To date, 1,300 European cities, including 140 Spanish municipalities, 300 German and 350 French have passed motions of rebellion against the trade agreement. The municipal movement against TTIP came alive in Germany in 2014, but now, when Grenoble sounds like candidate to pick up the baton of Barcelona as the scene of the second assault, when really light the fuse of the municipalist fight against treaties that Brussels is still negotiating stealthily.”
I don’t see a few demonstrations stopping the elites, if they want to sign the pact. If Europeans want to save themselves from becoming more of a victim of the US through this trade pact. They will need to come out in their millions. And not just “demonstrate”. But total civil disobedience. And be willing to go “toe to toe” with the police that try to beat them down.Only a show of force like that will stop the EU from surrendering all of their economy (actually “your” economies) to the US corporate masters. If Europeans aren’t willing to go “all the way”,don’t bother “play acting” with it. The regimes will just laugh at you.
Putin is a great man, of truly historical proportions. A man for his times. But he is not god, and nor is he infallible. I only hope the foundation he has helped create is carried on by people hard and uncompromising with evil, because by then Russia will be more powerful, her allies stronger, and her enemies much weaker. Then we will have a better world.
Neoliberalism will one day go down in history as the ideology of evil it truly is. Darkness masquerading as light.
Adoption of leftist ideas in economy – and their economic basics will certainly be some kind of Keynesian charlatanism (despite being masquerading as Liberal, Keynes is the most beloved “economist” for both left and right side Etatists, his books had received open high-prize by no other than Benito Mussolini) – will be a fatal mistake for long-term sustainable development of RF. Keynesian view of capitalism is plain wrong on many accounts, and, just as Marxism, it’s simply non-scientific. Liberal-Democrats has very solid political points, but they are lost economically – I never herd of Zhirinovsky mentioning the Father of the science of Liberal Capitalism – Carl Menger. Without scientific basis, Liberal Democrats have no advantage in arguments for promoting Liberal capitalistic decisions. There are too books are strongly recommended for rethinking the LDPR economic agenda – “The principles of Economics” by Carl Menger and and “The Dao of Capitalism” by Mark Spitznagel. If LDPR would took ideas from these two pillars of economic wisdom, they would won any economic argument with a scientific precision, debunking both CP’s and Sislib’s BS, for the joint benefit of all russian citizens.
Economic theories are not based in any scientific experiments. Real world has nothing in common with what the textbooks describe. Economy is a chaotic system with so many different (known and unknown ) parameters.
Also, the modern economic financial system has no relation to what the textbooks describe.
There is no free market and there cannot be perfect competition in the markets. A few interconnected multinational megacorporations (with hundreds subsidiaries) control the vast majority of world production, trade and distribution of products.
Furthermore, the total value of global production of real products/services is also dwarfed by the value of the virtual financial markets which produce and sell thin air. There is a huge bubble in the global economy by derivatives , loans , unsustainable public and private debt .
Because of various reasons, the global economic system has transformed into a neoliberal globalised system . National sovereignty is diminishing, jobs are outsourced, debt slavery of nations is common.
Russia has to abandon neoliberalism and disconnect with the global economy. Currency nationalization , Re – industrialisation and creation of a self sufficient economy is essential (and a possibility because of Russian vast resources and labour force, research and technological capabilities etc ). Nationalization of strategic sectors of the economy is also of great importance.
Therefore, a modernized neo soviet approach to economy is a must.
Otherwise , Russia will become subservient to the NWO and Russian people will suffer like they did in the 1990s .
Obviously the US led NWO most likely is not going to happen, Russia prevented the invasion of Syria and delt intelligently with the Ucraine provocation. However, what I like to know, and millions arround the world I sure, is wheather Putin is simply going to be the Rotschild cabal next commander in chief, we know old Jacob, Evelyn and the rest of the family have moved far away from the dollar. The Rothschild’s banking&industrial empire is neo-colonialism, it’s origin, a few white man owning the vast mineral&oil recources, precious metals, diamonds?? the cabal owning all major central banks?? I would really watch my back if I was Putin. What I would like to know is whether there exist a alternative NWO plan which includes the Rothschilds arrest, return of all the recources to it’s native people and disclosure of their banking sceme, a world devided in five or six geo-political spheres equally represented in a world government with the right to issue their own debtfree currencies. I know what Putin’s up to and understand he has to move extremely carefully, but still I know millions arround the world would like to know— Love
I was born an Atheist and Socialist. Socialism cannot survive without good oversight!!! because ppl are greedy, if there are no guide lines and OVERSIGHT… (in ‘murikkka the oversight is Wall St and K-Street) and the Stock Market. What Putin and the Russian people are developing is a “Quality of Life” Index; something not available to the worldwide worker. Voting could be that but the 4th estate is Corrupt to the core in ‘murikkka ~ if i were President Putin this is where i’d begin my purge!
I guess there’s a rhetorical question: Would you rather a benevolent Dictator or Anarchy? i’d sooo opt for the good dictator in today’s world.
i’m impressed to the core by Vladimir Putin… i’d move to Russia in a heartbeat were it not for the G-kdz in murikkka.
I must add in my analysis of our good friend and investigative journalist Saker’s work; He did’t insinuate that world politics, nor the polictx in any one or many countries is like a ‘Chess Game’… it is not. Some would say it is so. If it were, Putin would be putting out little fires everywhere and soon detritus would be everywhere… Vlad chooses his battles well. whereas, on a chessboard a chess player parry’s every challenge generally ~ ‘Chess’ is not a political quintessence ~
My best to the Russian people, President Putin and our beacon of light on Russia, Saker.
I can appreciate your choice of a benevolent dictator, although analyst Alexander Mercouris once compared Putin’s power as similar to a chairman of a board of directors. He suggested that reports of Putin’s tsar quality are overstated. (Don’t have the link right now.)
Even with extreme corruption, can’t we attempt meaningful reforms of our institutions? Maybe a handful of truly inspired, motivated and empowered people can make change as likely as a dictator. Isn’t this the path that Putin is trying to follow?
Mark Sleboda sees it more as the economic bloc is gaining ground.
This is wonderful, clear as a bell. I wrote a suggestion in Russian Insider recently that Greek Veroufakis as a brilliant financial, plain spoken, fighter might be of great interest to President Putin and Sergie Glazyev talking about changing the Main Russian bank still giving Russia problems with it’s ingrained insiders from the times of the ending of the Soviet Union.
Since my computer use has been corrupted for so long, I never know when or if those I sent to get anything, or, what their answers are.
Maybe 7-8 months ago I recommended Strauss-Khan as a naturally brilliant economist, but see now after being in Russia he has joined with an enemy of Russia. I watched every minute off his US humiliation and he was quite targeted. They tried to viciously, publicly, gut him into shamed retirement.
“Greek Veroufakis as a brilliant financial, plain spoker might be of great interest to President Putin and Sergie Glazyev ….”
Varoufakis is a clown, a narcissistic liar
and a traitor to the Greek national interests.
No one should believe his lies and all the bullshit about his so called “anti-austerity” pseudo-fight that mass media like to publish so as to disinform the public and to sell more books.
Varoufakis main role is to disinform the people about the crisis real causes.
The real causes are neoliberal globalization and financialization and austerity is just a symptom. But Varoufakis never questioned globalization , euro and EU. He told lies about reversing austerity inside EU EUROZONE, something impossible. Without national and economic sovereignty , it is impossible for a country to implement it’s own economic policies.
All of Varoufakis proposals are suspiciously pro EU. According to him, there is no life outside EU and eurozone, so only solution could be made by EU ! This is not based in any economic science, it is just a “theological” ideological dogmatic approach.
Varoufakis is also against national sovereignty. He opposes the introduction of national currencies. He believes that EURO is the future.
Yanis Varoufakis as a finance minister was totally incompetent and caused irreparable damage to the Greek economy with the imposition of capital controls. In addition , he bankrupt numerous local governments / pension funds / universities as he illegally confiscated their funds and used them to repay the IMF.
Varoufakis also had a plan (together with Scheuble) to introduce a parallel currency into Greece. Greek people would get paid in a devalued pseudo currency while the country will be forced to repay the debt in euros. For unknown reasons, the plan of the parallel currency was postponed by Germany.
In general, Varoufakis so called tactic of negotiations was a total failure and led to the
implementation of new harsh austerity measures after the pseudo referendum of July 2015.
But who is this guy really ?
He is a member of the Greek oligarch elite, married to a heiress of a corrupt industrialist, and close friend of the Papandreou family (e.g he was advisor to ex prime minister George papandreou , the guy who made the deal with the IMF in 2009). There are also rumours that he has contacts with George Soros .
The promotion of Varoufakis by western media is highly suspicious and everyone should be very careful about endorsing this charlatan.
Surely we are but weeks away from actual engagement of Russian and NATO forces when one considers the Baltic buzzing and the Romanian Raptor emplacement.?
How long do we have before actual war is realised.?
How will this play out.?
Will the US demur or will it seek conflict.? Will another incident light the fuse and what sort of fuse will it be.? A quick burn or a slow but relentless build up culminating in a wall of iron by years end all ready for bloodshed in the spring of ’17.?
The latter seems most likely to me.
But if that is so then that would mean that Ukraine is where one of the battles will take place and to get to this point surely huge NATO troop positioning or at least firepower positioning in Ukraine would be in place by this year’s end.?
Perhaps the safety power extension lead run through from Europe to the ageing power stations on the Dniepner will keep things within bounds but mayhap despite the effort things go awry big time. After all why fight when one can poison.? Stretch everything to billy-oh with a crisis like that and then lance in so to speak on humanistic ground – if at all.?
We are all too close to the apocalypse aren’t we Saker
I don’t know whether to post this in response to Paul Craig Roberts article on Zero Hedge or vice versa..so I’ll let the reader find the way…
A very interesting article by Paul Craig Roberts
“World War III has begun”
“To destablilze Russia, Washington needs a firmer hold inside Russia. In order to gain a firmer hold, Washington worked with the New York mega-banks and the Saudis to drive down the oil price from over $100 per barrel to $30. This has put pressure on Russian finances and the ruble. In response to Russia’s budgetary needs, Washington’s allies inside Russia are pushing President Putin to privatize important Russian economic sectors in order to raise foreign capital to cover the budget deficit and support the ruble. If Putin gives in, important Russian assets will move from Russian control to Washington’s control.
In my opinion, those who are pushing privatization are either traitors or completely stupid. Whichever it is, they are a danger to Russia’s independence.”
Thx to author for this article, pretty accurately describing what’s going on in Russia’ internal discussion, and for clarify what “ONF” is. Indeed, this “economic bloc” question is one who gave a birth to countless conspiracy theories, let’s look for outcome…
Putin authorized a massive document dump, coming soon 1930-1989 , there’s lots of commies that want him dead in Russia.
……and soon NY and DC
He’d be dead already if the alternative wasn’t worse.
There is no worse enemy to a commie than an ex-commie because they know all the commie tricks, lies, bullshit and playbook. Putin literally wrote the commie playbook, he knows their next move before they know their next move.
Is Kudrin appointment the governamental reshuffle?
Well it IS a reshuffle, though not a purge. And it’s not as if there was no previous warning about it: Kremlin hints at Kudrin return (https://www.rt.com/business/339305-kudrin-russia-putin-economy/)
So there you have it people, your beloved neo-Czar was just another public distraction specialist while the ancient global establishment continues to deny the plebs a place under the sun. Enjoy your 3rd World War, everyone!
Didn’t a famous Bulgarian seer say that Russia would lose its “head” (in 2015), but that would actually be good for Russia, or something like that? That could’ve, and probably was, interpreted as referring to the head of state (the president, Putin), but government is also a country’s “head” in a way…