Monday, October 22, 2018

Putin Friend has Set Up ‘Underground Special Service’ to Kill His Enemies, Gudkov Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, October 22 – There are at least two kinds of criminal cases, those in which the action is relatively simple and those responsible are easily tracked and those in which the action is extraordinarily and intentionally complicated so that those responsible can evade responsibility for what they are doing.

            The Putin regime and its leading cadres are specialists in the the second kind of criminal action, something that has allowed them to cast enough doubt on their complicity that some in both Russia and the West are still inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt because it serves their own interest to avoid doing the tough work needed to keep track of what Putin’s men do.

            Today, Novaya gazeta has published a 4,000-word article by Denis Korotkov on the activities of Yevgeny Prigorzhin, a Putin intimate known as “the chef” whose enemies and opponents have repeatedly suffered misfortunes or even death in ostensibly obscure circumstances (

            The article deserves attention and translation so that all those who still fail or refuse to recognize that the Putin regime is not only criminal in and of itself but is now spawning criminal groups of various kinds among those who are what might be called its “co-conspirators,” groups that may allow it to survive for some time but that will ultimately destroy it.

            Opposition politician Dmitry Gudkov cuts to the chase of this article and says that it demonstrates that in Russia today, “an underground special service is operating, in the interests of which a narrow group has seized power by killing people” and whose actions make what happened in Salisbury look like child’s play (

            A close reading of Korotkov’s article fully confirms Gudkov’s damning conclusions.

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