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February 28, 2015

Vladimir Putin: Cynical Prophet

Filed under: Politics,Russia — The Professor @ 12:22 pm

In 2012, Putin said this:

In 2012, Nemtsov spoke to Foreign Policy, calling for sanctions against officials in Putin’s government for human rights violations.

That year, Putin warned during a speech that a leader of the opposition might be targeted for assassination. “They are looking for a so-called sacrificial victim among some prominent figures,” Putin said. “They will knock him off, I beg your pardon, and then blame the authorities for that.”

This was the line Putin’s creature Peskov was peddling immediately after Nemtsov was murdered, and of course it will be the primary argument made to defend Putin, attack critics, and to justify the mass targeting of the opposition. A very flexible weapon, that: useful in both defense and offense.

So interesting to know that it had been prepared in advance, ready to be whipped out at the appropriate moment.

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  1. What should our strategy with Putin? Obama apparently has the genuflect to NATO and human rights, but let Putin occupy whomever strategy. Merkel seems to have about the same strategy as well, but worsened by Germany’s reliance on Putin’s natural gas.

    I personally hate both of these strategies. I think NATO should get involved in Ukraine and adopt an active strategy of undermining Putin. The reset Obama tried has been totally trashed by Putin. It’s time to stand up to him and treat him like the malevolent dictator he is.

    What should we do?

    Comment by Lyle — February 28, 2015 @ 12:42 pm

  2. March 1 is also 20 years since the murder of Vlad Listyev, the beginning of turning Russian TV into the murderous brainwashing machine it is now.

    Comment by Ivan — February 28, 2015 @ 2:07 pm

  3. > What should we do?

    Listen to McCain. Arming Ukraine and imposing real sanctions on Russia can still do the job today. Tomorrow, the price may be incomparably higher.

    Comment by Ivan — February 28, 2015 @ 2:11 pm

  4. Clear case of suicide. Be a loud and prominent critic of Putin; start a protest against Putin’s non-war to reassemble the Soviet Union; and walk the streets near the Kremlin after dark, you’re asking for it. The only possible bit of better evidence is if he wore a Press badge.

    Comment by The Pilot — February 28, 2015 @ 4:40 pm

  5. Well zerohedge and Russia today solved it: Cia-ISIS plot to destabilize Russia and help Jew-Fascists of Kyiv. Next case.

    Comment by d — February 28, 2015 @ 9:50 pm

  6. @d-It’s like Murder on the Orient Express. Everybody did it. Except Putin.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — February 28, 2015 @ 11:34 pm

  7. In unrelated development, Lithuania has signed a deal with Cheniere to start LNG imports in 2016. Will we see little green men roaming Lithuania by that time?

    Comment by Ivan — March 1, 2015 @ 5:37 am

  8. Here are some pictures from memorial marches in Maskva and Peter (St. Petersburg – Russians shorten it)

    Crowd estimates range from 50,000 to 100,000 – Maskva issued a permit for up to 50,000.

    One of the signs says “we won’t forget, we won’t forgive”

    Comment by elmer — March 1, 2015 @ 8:18 am

  9. Here is a live feed of the memorial march for Nemtsov

    also, people are chanting “Russia without Putin”


    “Putin is war”

    “Heroes don’t die”

    Comment by elmer — March 1, 2015 @ 8:26 am

  10. @Ivan-Saw that. I think there are very good odds of that, LNG or no LNG.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — March 1, 2015 @ 10:20 am

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