Robert O said, ‘Look Again’

Lately many of us want to be Putin fans. He seems so sensible. He’s had enough of Isis and is turning them into mince meat. Of course he has his good reasons.

One interpretation of Putin is that he is “The King (or Prince) of the North” the adversary that launches World War III and turns the USA into a heap of ashes. Another is that he’s going to rescue the world and allow us all democratic freedoms to think for ourselves and direct our lives.

So one day I was happy to see Mr. Putin’s Russian Federation air force and special forces people gave the Iranian’s the kick in the butt they really deserve but my fb friend Robert O told me “He’s a killer” and reminded me that I should not become a fan of the man too quickly.

I know Putin’s history, and even some that is no longer published. I know he denounced his college friends and got them thrown into prison giving himself some credit and moving him into the KGB. 

He has his friends and his sensitivities, and he has his darker side which is unforgiving and brutal. Who he helps and whom he double crosses makes the intrigue all the more interesting. It’s interesting for politics

It’s also interesting related to money.

This is a money/economics blog. But to study money in a vacuum is ridiculous. Money moves based upon what happens with geo-politics and all of geo-politics is tied in some way to Biblical Prophecy.

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn is expecting a monumental economic collapse in the middle of April 2016. I think he’s stretching prophecy too far. Something can happen on that Jewish Holy Day, but a collapse now is I think too soon. What might happen could be a decision taken in Washington or at the Federal Reserve, or among those who decide who is running for the next President of the United States.

How will Putin fit into this, with a man like Donald Trump? Trump negotiates with basically honest people. He has never dealt with people who have lived their lives as spy and counter spy. That is a dark world seen only through a fogged glass.

The Kremlin and Chechnya: A Cruel Irony

Of all the historical ironies, the one surrounding the Kremlin’s relationship with Chechnya must surely be one of the cruelest. 

When Chechens fell victim to Moscow’s heavy-handed campaign of force to reestablish control over the restive region, it was Russian democrats who protested the loudest against large-scale human rights abuses that accompanied the “counterterrorist operation.” Yegor Gaidar and Grigory Yavlinsky, the leaders of the rival liberal parties in Russia’s parliament, who agreed on little else, stood side by side in their opposition to the first Chechen war in the mid-1990s. In January 1996, Boris Nemtsov, the newly reelected governor of Nizhny Novgorod, collected 1 million signatures (in a region of 3 million) under a petition against the war in Chechnya and brought them to President Yeltsin’s desk in the Kremlin. “Are these signatures for or against me?” an irritated Yeltsin asked Nemtsov. “That depends on what you do, Mr. President,” the governor replied audaciously. “If you continue the war, they are against you. If you end it, they are for you.

Boris Yeltsin chose to end the war. But three years later, his designated successor, Vladimir Putin, who needed to cultivate a strongman image, revived Chechnya as a convenient “counterterrorist” target in his campaign for the Kremlin. As Putin rose in the polls against the backdrop of carpet bombings in Chechnya, it was, once again, Russian democrats who stood in opposition to the war. Yavlinsky was denounced as a “traitor” for criticizing Putin’s military campaign. Nemtsov was angrily told to resign his parliamentary seat after he called for peace talks between the Kremlin and Chechen leaders.

On February 27, 2015, Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was killed by four bullets in the back as he waked home over the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge, two hundred yards from the Kremlin wall. A week later, five suspected perpetrators were arrested and charged with his murder. All of them were from Chechnya. As was the presumed organizer, Ruslan Geremeyev (whom Russian Investigative Committee chief Alexander Bastrykin did not allow to be named in the official indictment.) Chechnya’s Kremlin-backed leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, who once called for imprisoning Nemtsov, praised his suspected killer, Chechen police officer Zaur Dadayev, as “a true patriot of Russia.” In spite of this—and in spite of repeated requests by lawyers representing Nemtsov’s children—Kadyrov was not even formally questioned by investigators. Instead, Putin awarded him with a medal and publicly thankedhim for his “effective work.”

In recent weeks, Kadyrov and his henchmen have emerged as the lead attack dogs against Russia’s democratic opposition. The Chechen leader described Kremlin opponents as “enemies of the people” and “traitors” who should be prosecuted for their  “subversive activities.” A mass official rally was organized in the center of Grozny, with participants displaying preprinted placards denouncing “the fifth column.” Kadyrov’s parliament speaker, Magomed Daudov, railed against “paid puppets like [Alexei] Navalny and [Mikhail] Khodorkovsky” whom he accused of “plain treason against the interests of the state.” On his Instagram page, Daudov posted a photo of Kadyrov holding—quite literally—an aggressive attack dog, whose “teeth are really itching.” “We can hardly restrain him,” Daudov wrote.

Kadyrov himself—also an avid Instagram user—went further. On February 1, he posted a video (later removed by Instagram for violating its rules) showing former Russian prime minister and opposition leader Mikhail Kasyanov and the author of this blog in the crosshairs of a sniper rifle. “Those who have not understood, will understand,” read the accompanying comment.

Ramzan Kadyrov likes to talk about “traitors.” It is he, however, who is really betraying his people and their historical memory by positioning Chechnya in the avant-garde of the Kremlin’s attack against those who strive for a democratic Russia.

12 February 2016.

When war breaks out across Europe, Turkey and the rest of the middle east, gold and silver will shoot up in price right through the top of the history charts.

That is why I say, to preserve your wealth and hope for a decent future you should move more of your cash into REAL MONEY and the how, why and with whom will be apparent soon on my new website which will open very soon — I think by Monday February 22 or sooner. I’ll teach you much more at no cost from there.

 

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