Monday, September 10, 2018

‘Putin’s Criminal Regime Reproduces Itself Wherever Russian Forces Go,' Eidman Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, September 10 – The recent use of violence by and then against the leaders of the DNR and LNR calls attention to a development many have preferred to ignore: “Putin’s criminal regime reproduces itself everywhere the boot of a Russian society, a chekist, or a mercenary comes down,” Igor Eidman says.

            “’The Russian world’ is marching across the world,” the Russian commentator continues. “It is not simply an invented political technology simulacrum: it is ‘a new order’ which the Kremlin is seeking to impose on other countries. Its basis is systemic corruption, terror against those who disagree, and all power to the bureaucrats and special services” (

            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.”

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