Understanding Putin is easy – Unless you like to make things hard
by Phil Butler on 31 Aug 2018 4 Comments

Russian President Vladimir Putin dances at a lady’s wedding in Austria, and European media goes nuts. America’s President Donald Trump meets with Russia’s leader, and all of Washington cries out for a coup d’état and a public hanging. Meanwhile, the people of the world wait for solutions to their real problems. Here’s a look at why those solutions will probably never come.


How do we explain all the rage from western politicians, bankers, generals, and the technocrats toward Vladimir Putin? The answer is a lot simpler than your average geo-policy expert will ever elucidate. The Russian leader stood (stands) in the way of the privateers who intended to carve up the world’s most resource-rich country. Crimea, the whole election meddling mess, spy poisonings, all these lesser events were anticipated, planned, contrived as a contingency strategy against all those opposed to the “wrong” one world government. End of story.


Almost everyone knows by now that media is controlled by the monied elite. Even the least educated person in America or the UK understands the cardinal rule – that THE MAN runs the business, our lives, and the big game show that life has become in the 21st century. What most people do not seem to care to know are the organizations and people who do the bidding of THE MAN. One institution, the Council on Foreign Relations, has slithered back into my research path with successive reports targeting Putin. At the CFR attacking Russia’s president has become a form of “clocking into work” for the fellows there, for no other business seems nearly as important as Putin.


Take an article by Carnegie Endowment fellow Andrei Kolesnikov entitled “Why Putin’s Approval Ratings Are Declining Sharply,” for instance. The short report is not even based on facts. CFR is using anti-Putin fill from the Russian president’s hater pool just to keep the ball rolling. The biographer of Russia’s infamous Anatoly Chubais, Kolesnikov has spent a good portion of his adult life prophesying who will take Putin’s place. Looking back at his stories on open Democracy, we find a depth of hatred that must be fueled by more than idealism. Andrei Kolesnikov emerged out of media nowhere to co-author a profile of President Putin.


Later, during the Kursk submarine catastrophe back in 2000, the journalist who admittedly begun pursuing the “real” Vladimir Putin told the world of an angry leader’s attacks on media over the whole submarine disaster. During the time of the Kursk media frenzy, Vladimir Putin said oligarch owned Russian media were trying to “exploit this misfortune… to gain political capital.” Clearly, in cases like that of Kolesnikov, Russia’s leader was correct. For an army of relative nobodys emerged at western think tanks and media outlets. One look at his Twitter follows puts the journalist smack in the camp of all those Washington think tanks and sellout globalist writers like Neil MacFarquhar, Joshua Yaffa, and Putin advisor turned traitor Gleb Pavlovsky.


There it is again, I’ve fallen into and taken you into the same trap international policy study always snares us with. Over-complicating the truth behind is a natural stumbling block since new names seem to pop up in our daily research. The names and faces intrigue us, I guess. The motivations of men like Andrei Kolesnikov for aiding and abetting the rape of Russia is just a point of interest. But, I cannot believe that money or ego can be the sole motivational factor. I guess we all want more than the simple truth. Putin versus the destroyers is only a thick drama if the forces he faces are unimaginable. Maybe the world does not want to accept the fact there is a conspiracy to destroy Russia for profit. People seem to need the Hollywood version thick with the lives of all the soldiers and their deeper motivations?


Which version do you prefer?


Phil Butler, is a policy investigator and analyst, a political scientist and expert on Eastern Europe, he’s an author of the recent bestseller “Putin’s Praetorians” and other books. He writes exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.” Courtesy


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