Staunton, November 16 – Having gelded the Russian Constitutional Court (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2020/10/new-putin-draft-law-gelds.html), Vladimir Putin has introduced and the Duma passed on first meeting a new law that will abolish analogous courts in the 13 federal subjects that have them at present (https://tass.ru/obschestvo/10017407).
These courts were symbolically important especially in the republics; and on occasion, they took decisions that neither Moscow nor its agents there liked, most prominently in the case of Ingushetia whose Constitutional Court ruled against the Yevkurov-Kadyrov land deal that cost the republic 10 percent of its territory.
Why then has the Kremlin taken this step, “especially now when protest attitudes even without it are growing?” The answer is simple but has no rational basis. It is “simply the habit” among the powers that be “to tighten the screws,” first by provoking the population and then sending in its siloviki to control the situation.
Putin’s system is so arranged that it cannot stay in a quiet position for long. “It creates enemies with whom it then begins to fight.” That is how it retains power.