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Putin Regime Now ‘One Grandiose Fake’ from Top to Bottom, Eidman Says

Igor Eidman. Photo: Facebook

After staring at Russia for much of the last 27 years, I assess Russia’s credibility to be zero.  Before that, I grouped the Soviet Union into a group of potential adversaries, but my time in Special Forces brought me a much-deserved detestation of Soviet Spetsnaz, who I observed on a number of occasions. I held out hope, however, that Russia had unlimited good potential.

The period since late 2013 has been a time, for me, of ever-increasing loss of respect for anything coming from the Russian government. The lies, the fabrications, the obfuscation, the deliberate denials of Russian responsibility for anything is overwhelming, yet, like a child, they refuse to admit any fault. As a result, the trustworthiness of Russia and the Russian government, epitomized by Putin, Lavrov, and Peskov, is pegged at empty and is seeking to dig deeper. 

For Russia to recover any reputation it must stop all belligerence, stop regarding the rest of the world as adversaries, and take actions to repair what damage it has done to the nations of the world.  No words are necessary, only actions. 

Russia, the future is yours. You are increasingly near to the edge of a bottomless precipice. Only you can save yourselves. Move forward at your own peril.

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June 23, 2017 – 15:30

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia

Vladimir Putin’s use of a video showing American planes to impress Oliver Stone of the power of Russian ones “is not simply a curiosity,” Igor Eidman says, but rather “a diagnosis” because “the entire Putin regime is a grandiose fake,” with fake news, statistics, sociology, politics, power, parliament and a fake president at the top.

On his Facebook page, the Russian commentator, who works for Deutsche Welle, says that in Putin’s Russia “everything is a lie from top to bottom” because officials constantly try to deceive and shift responsibility confident that only appearances matter and that no one will check (facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1525648010831506&id=100001589654713).

The Kremlin leader is trapped by this set of attitudes and arrangements, Eidman continues. Putin “tries to deceive his foreign partners, but his own subordinate crudely deceive him” at one and the same time because when he asks for something they deliver what they think he wants regardless of whether it is true.

This story illustrates that perfectly. Putin wanted something to intimidate the Americans. Defense Minister Shoygu passed his order on. Finally, it reached someone in the bowels of the bureaucracy who had to respond – and who passed back up the line what he felt he could get away with, in this case, a film of American planes that Putin could say were Russian.

As a result, Eidman says, “a perfectly Kafkaesque situation occurred: Putin in Stone’s film attempted to frighten the Americans with the power of their own military.” But in today’s information society, “everything secret sooner or later becomes known.” And that means that Putin’s regime “which is based on lies is condemned” as a result.

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia


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