Sunday, July 24, 2022

‘Half of Russian Government Ready at Any Moment to Betray Putin and Back the Americans,’ Markov Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, July 1 – ‘In our government, approximately half of the people are capable at any moment of betraying Putin and running over to the side of the Americans,” Sergey Markov says, arguing that their continued presence is a sign of weakness and keeps Moscow from doing what it needs to do and that if Russia is to be strong, they must be replaced.

            Markov, a Moscow political scientist and politician who earlier served as an advisor to Vladimir Putin, makes that remark in the course of discussing how other countries now view the Russian government in the course of a wide-ranging 7,000-word interview posted on Kazan’s Business Gazeta portal (

            He says pointedly that “radical Westernizers and false loyalists must be obscured from the elite,” a call for a far broader purge of the Putin regime than any of those who have declared their undying loyalty to it up to now and words that, given Russia’s past, are certain to strike fear in the hearts and minds of many.

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