Russian president Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin put the world on notice: Russia has always been paranoid, and it sees no reason to change her ways.
Putin spent more than four hours answering questions from journalists from all over Russia, and from all over the world. It was sabre-rattling at its best.
Radio Sputnik provided the main feed of the question-and-answer session, including a running translation into English. A number of other broadcasters picked up the signal and broadcast it on their own channels. Radio Sputnik is funded by the Russian government.
While praising what he described as Russia’s successful re-entry into the arms race, Putin said his country didn’t really want to do it, but it had to. The Americans forced Mama Rossiya into it, he explained, using the time-worn would-be proofs of Russia’s Nr. 1 foe’s perfidy.
And while trying to avoid mentioning his name, Putin had to answer questions about Alexei Anatolievich Navalny (Алексей Анатольевич Навальный), a Russian opposition leader.
Navalny, a 44-year-old avid anti-corruption activist, claims that if anyone enriched himself using ways beyond the limits of existing laws and decency, it was Putin. And he’s perfectly prepared to supply documents to prove his accusations.
Understandably, the Russian president isn’t too pleased. And the fact that Navalny felt ill, allegedly poisoned by Russian intelligence on Putin’s personal orders, using Novichok (новичок), a special killing substance, created headlines all over the world.
When Putin was defending his annoyance with all things Navalny, he luckily couldn’t be aware what his opponent will say during his final speech before a Russian court.
Apparently, the poison was put into Navalny’s shorts (трусы in Russian, read troosee), and Navalny said that Putin was a coward, a word that, in Russian, sounds very similar to shorts (трус, read troos).
Anyhow, Navalny would get his three-and-a-half-year sentence for violating his parole conditions a couple of weeks after the Putin year-end news conference was over, so, that line of questioning was out.
In any case, Putin told the journalists, mostly gathered in a few locations and linked to him via internet technology, that he didn’t own such opulent palaces in the sub-tropics as the no-name Navalny had charged, and you better take my word for it.
That, of course, is an internal matter and Russia’s official view has always been that foreigners should not be putting their dirty noses into things that are none of their bloody business.
Armed and dangerous
Putin spread himself rather intensively on the topic of international affairs, a most current theme since the change of administrations in the United States.
His reading of history was coming from Russia’s point of view. Not too surprising, really. If you compare individual nations’ history textbooks, you won’t believe how differently they view the same events. The Spanish armada completely destroyed the British navy in Spanish history classes, while British kids read that their navy obliterated the Spanish like nobody’s business.
Except, such grossly biased view of history becomes somewhat troubling when presented by the president of one of the two remaining superpowers (the other is the People’s Republic of China, the U.S. has been out of the race since November 3, 2020).
It can hardly be a coincidence when RT News, a state-controlled international television network funded by the federal tax budget of the Russian government, follows up with stories about top Russian military commanders outlining their country’s war with NATO. It can hardly be described as a leak by an independent journalist, fed by an independent assistant to a U.S. Congress member, as had been the case on so many occasions in Washington, D.C.
Putin, in his news conference, went into great detail describing his country military’s newest toys, mentioning their names, descriptions and technical data. On each occasion, he would stress that the U.S. is far behind Mother Russia, thanks to the inventiveness, talent, imagination and, generally, better all-round education of his country’s scientists.
Of course, what else could one expect from him, once he got on the path of making sure everybody knows that Russia is simply the best.
Our spies are better than yours
But, and that is rather ominous, during the last few years, a number of Russian production houses have flooded numerous social media, YouTube in particular, with all kinds of shows claiming to have been taken from archives (special file, or особая папка in Russian) that used to be marked as completely secret (совершенно секретно in Russian).
Some of them deal with the backgrounds of a variety of puzzling moves within Soviet leadership in the past. Many of those used to keep the so-called Kremlinologists awake, as they tried to decipher the relative positions of strength in Moscow. What does it mean that so-and-so used to be in this position and this distance to the leader in a photo issued during last week’s Red Square parade, but today, that same person is positioned elsewhere, and the distance between him and the leader has changed?
Soviet propagandists had tons of fun with this, manipulating official photos any way they thought would puzzle the Kremlinologists the most.
But most of the 35-to-45-minute long Russian shows on YouTube deal with military matters and with espionage in general, and counter-espionage in particular. So far as they are concerned, defectors to the West who claimed that hatred toward the communist system was their reason were bloody liars. They had no reason to hate the perfectly fair system. And those who tried to spy against the Soviets, especially those who tried it while in Soviet territory, would be inevitably caught and punished.
These shows go into incredible detail when describing counter-intelligence activities of Soviet secret services, from the good old Cheka, through GPU, NKVD, MGB, KGB, all the way to today’s FSB.
And, of course, all of those production houses are paid by the government of Russia.
Those detailed descriptions are a part of a disinformation campaign: some of the details may be true, but the whole isn’t. But they also show that Russian leadership is growing increasingly paranoid.
The World Economic Forum threatens us with its Great Reset, or fourth industrial revolution, also described as feudalist socialism by Armstrong Economics. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation threatens us with implementing its Malthusian visions, covered under the guise of saving the world from over-population and devastating climate changes, that, by definition, sounds like genocide and nothing else. The George Soros-run Open Society demands a world government run by the United Nations. All this sounds like trouble enough.
Throw the People’s Republic of China into the mix. It watches the new U.S. administration with glee, as the new White House crew has enthusiastically returned to the old swamp ways of devastating the country’s national economy, dividing the population along racial and class lines along the way.
All we needed was Russia jumping into the fray.
Shame on you, Mother Russia. Как не стыдно, Мама Россия!