Any doubt that the Kremlin ordered the liquidation of Zakharchenko, the head of the DNR, has disappeared, Eidman says. That action fits into the general scheme that Moscow has applied again and again against its agents abroad, people who resemble their bosses in the Kremlin but at a much lower level.
From the perspective of the criminal bosses in Moscow, the criminals in places like the Donbass have to be eliminated periodically to remind everyone that the latter must recognize their place and not steal more than those above them see as appropriate, the commentator continues. When they violate the unspoken rules, they have to be eliminated.
The accusations against such people have become “standard” – stealing from business and from the budget – “in general all that the Putin brotherhood does but on an incomparably greater scale. And the methods of the two groups are “similar: murders, torture, and prisons for the intractable.” In short, the same Putin “systm” at home and abroad.
There are many in Moscow who behave just as its clients do in the Donbass, Eidman says. But “they steal not from coal trucks but billions from the budget, they take not from stores but from oil companies, they torture not in basements but in an enormous modernized GULAG, and they sent terrorists out to kill not in a neighboring village but to the ends of the earth.”