Staunton, April 1 – Many analysts want to fit Vladimir Putin into the mold of Stalin or to suggest that his regime is “fascism of a Russian type,” Artem Kruglov says; but in fact, Putin’s modus operandi is based on “the ideology of a third world dictator” like Mobuto or Papa Doc Duvalier.
Kruglov, who has been responsible for the Radio Svoboda site “Putinism as It Is” since 2015, says that becomes obvious if one compares Putin with ether of these dictators: “the very same power without limits, the unrestrained enrichment of himself and his clan,” and the claim that the regime reflects “the special path” of his people (svoboda.org/a/29134143.html
“In 1964,” Kruglov says, “the dictator Duvalier known as Papa Doc conducted a referendum on recognizing him as president for life. On the ballots was only one question: ‘Do you agree?’ With what, everyone understood, and there was only one answer available ‘yes.’” And he used his death squadrons, the tonton macoutes, to ensure that everyone behaved.
Putin’s Russia is just the same: everyone knows how he or she is expected to behave and vote, and the FSB serves as a kind of tontons macoutes “in uniform” or not to make sure, the Radio Svoboda analyst continues. Moreover, it claims just as Duvalier and Mobutu did that it is based on a special national tradition.
Such systems work for a long time, Kruglov says; indeed, they work until they don’t, until people wise up and realize what has been going on. The Putin regime is the same in that regard too. “Yes, it is building a Bantustan. Russia today is a country where the average pay is lower than that in Romania.”