Siloviki Corruption Means Putin Power Vertical Not as Firm as Kremlin Suggests, Kanyev Says
October 16 – Competition, corruption and degradation among officers of Russia’s
security services means that “the existing power vertical is not as firm as the
Kremlin tries to present it,” Sergey Kanyev says.“A single spark is all that will be needed to
change the situation in a significant way and in the end to blow it up.”
a result, the entire situation is becoming more explosive because now as
opposed to a few years ago, Kanyev says, Putin feels he has “nothing to lose”
and therefore would give the order to the siloviki to fire on demonstrators.
The question now is whether they would obey it or make their own calculations
about the future.
who are around the Kremlin leader, the 500 or so people who form “’the
collective Putin’” will remain on his side to the end because they know that if
Putin is overthrown, they will have no future either.But beyond their ranks, the situation is
changing and, in Kanyev’s view, changing fast.
this, the Dossier Center journalist continues, “the majority of GRU officers
approve the aggressive foreign policy of the Kremlin” and are likely to
continue to do so whatever their attitudes are toward their bosses and the
corruption they see all around them.” Moreover, they are seldom asked to commit
murder; that is contracted out.
many respects, he says, the Russian intelligence agencies continue to function
as they did in Soviet times, seeking to compromise and recruit foreign visitors
to Moscow; but increasingly their efforts in that regard are failing: Those
found to be homosexuals don’t agree to cooperate but point out that in their
countries such relationships are entirely legal.
means that the Russian intelligence services are not nearly as successful as
they used to be. But another cause for failures is the massive corruption among
the upper ranks of the GRU, the FSB and so on. The commanders are more
concerned about making money than they are about carrying out their tasks,
what must be especially disturbing to Putin who began his career in the KGB is
that the intelligence agencies today leak like a sieve. Kanyev says he was
warned by one officer who had been his source in the past that the organs were
coming after the journalist. That officer then lost his job, but the more
important fact is that he warned the journalist first.