“Like all those who suffer from persecution mania, Stalin dreamed up imaginary enemies and threats and then directed” his police force to go after those he suspected. “If the NKVD leaders couldn’t confirm his fantasies, he has them cruelly punished.” Such maniacs, Eidman says, are also especially angry at those who case doubt on what they only imagine.
Putin spreads his notions about conspiracies via state television, the commentator continues. “Putin’s bureaucrats just like Stalin’s understand that if they do not indulge the foolish fantasies of their chief, they will not remain in their own positions very long,” although he suggests, in his view, “not so very many of them sincerely believe all this nonsense.”
And the longer this goes on, the more dangerous the fantasies of the leader become for him, for the country and for the world. It is thus a very bad sign that Putin is now “promising his minions a warm place in paradise in the event of a nuclear war.”