Paul Goble and The Interpreter are antagonists of the Putin regime, but occasionally come up with some things that are interesting. I think this may be some of the story behind the creation of a Russian National Guard that reports to the Kremlin, in addition to the officially announced reasons of fighting corruption and crime, terrorism, and foreign manufactured color revolution.
The first piece is about Chechnya and the second about harnessing the oligarchs.
The political advantages of such a strategy, the commentator suggests, are obvious. Russia will not only be “a world capital of sport, a protector of ‘the Russian world,’ and the defender of the planet against global terrorism.” It will become “the world capital of social justice.”The horror of it.
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