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Nuclear Armed Russia In Internal Turmoil

Putin is not the only one looking for a scapegoat.

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The Byzantine politics of the Kremlin are on full display to the world. Putin looks for moles and scapegoats while he purges the military and security services. The military and security services are starting to fight back and blame him for the Ukrainian debacle. A nuclear armed nation in domestic turmoil does not bode well for geopolitical stability. A Russian analyst fills in the details for us.

FNC: “The West got it so right and Russia got it so wrong when it came to intelligence before the war in Ukraine. Now, according to an expert on Russian intelligence services, President Vladimir Putin is looking for the spy who shafted him.”

“We hear some new rumors and more information about an apparent hunt for a traitor inside the FSB, Russia’s federal security service, because lots of people are asking themselves right now in Moscow, why is it that US intelligence was so exact, so precise before the invasion,” said Andrei Soldatov, Russian expert and international security analyst.

“It’s a very Russian way to work on your problems, like if something went really, really wrong. It’s always good to blame a traitor because in this case, you are fine. You did nothing wrong. It’s all about some traitor.”

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Former Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is kept under wraps. “The Russian prison system is very corrupt. So once you are inside, you can find a way to communicate with the outside world. You can get your iPhone and you can make a call. So everything, almost everything is possible, but not in Lefortovo. In Lefortovo people might be kept completely incommunicado. And as far as I know, basically he’s kept there under false name, and there will be no option for him to communicate with the outside world,” says Soldatov. It also looks like a “heart attack” could be blamed for his expected upcoming death. A further 20 generals have been arrested, charged in a massive embezzlement of military funds. Those charges are said to be accurate.

“In 2014 when we had the first stage of the invasion of Ukraine, everybody was happy with the way it was going…happy with Putin and on the same page.” Now  “they blame Putin and the Fifth Service specifically for doing it in a way that caused so much problem and damage and casualties.” Does that mean, I ask, that they are ready to turn on Putin? “Right now, they’re building this distance between them and him. But it doesn’t mean that they’re ready to do something about him because there are so many things are against that. The lack of tradition. The KGB was never really good at plotting and conspiring. The only time they tried in 1991, it ended up with a disaster because the middle level officers didn’t support the leadership of the KGB to get rid of Gorbachev. For the army, it’s even worse,” Soldatov says.

“The most surprising thing is that Putin decided to attack his own people. He trusted these people for 20 years. Even before the war, he started by attacking and humiliating the chief of his foreign intelligence agency. Two weeks later, he attacked the FSB. Three weeks later, he attacked the National Guard. This is something completely unprecedented.”

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 month ago

Itchy finger on missile button???

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T.Dayton
T.Dayton
1 month ago

It is a worrisome and frightening situation, not sure how good their command and control is and in the current state what latitude local commanders may have. In the meantime THEIR propaganda machine is feeding disinformation about the war to their citizens. Hopefully, some truth gets through.

CARL
CARL
1 month ago

Putin is being demonized. It is a necessary step being taken by the Global Elite. Because assassination is too overt a more covert play is afoot. Putin knows he, personally, is in the crosshairs of this most Satanic cabal and believed that taking “the Ukrainian step” would provide an avenue of escape. But the Globalists will not stop. Like the cyborg in The Terminator, they are hellbent at any cost to get their way. The issue is the timetable. Every day, more and more people are awakening to the demonic Globalist plot. This evil cabal is accelerating their takeover plan. Putin knows this.

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