Moreover, Eidman says, in Putin’s mind, “this hallucinogenic Russia has created super weapons of unbelievable power and holds the entire planet by the throat.” And “even on the personal front, everything is remarkable with Putin: As a normal man, he will sometime marry someone, and it isn’t important when or whom. One can congratulate him already now.”
“Even Brezhnev was less cut off from reality and periodically allowed himself some criticism of the situation in the country,” the commentator continues. “But Putin in recent years isn’t prepared to admit that anything is fundamentally wrong. Instead, he exists “in a permanent maniacal euphoria and doesn’t want to leave that state.”
Indeed, his press conferences now appear to be less about communicating his views to others than about reassuring himself that “everything is going well and that he is a remarkable and successful ruler,” although “in the depths of his soul, he cannot fail to understand” that his rule has brought “complete failure on all fronts, decline and isolation.”
All of Putin’s proclaimed achievements are “fake,” Eidman says. They could all collapse “in a single day.” The pacification of Chechnya has left Russia paying tribute to “Kadyrov’s bandit regime.” Economic stability rests on the price of oil. The annexation of Crimea has left Russia isolated and sanctioned.
And that is not to mention the complete failure “of all attempts to shift the economy onto innovative rails, to catch up with European countries, and so on.”
According to Eidman, “the Putin regime, like a rotten tree, awaits a good kick which will leave it in rotten shards. But the dictator himself is in euphoria. Apparently from the embassy in Columbia a new shipment of coke has arrived.” How long that and the inactions of others will allow that to shape his mental state remains to be seen.