Rift emerging between Putin and his circle — Russian analyst

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In Russia there is a growing rift between Vladimir Putin and the ruling elite that will bring about changes in the Russian presidency, says Russian scientist Andrey Piontkovksy. The political analysts and senior researcher at the Institute of System Analysis at the Russian Academy of Sciences shared his views at a round table meeting in Kyiv on Thursday, February 5, as reported by Ukrinform.

“There are interests here of the ruling corporation, the thieving, Chekist corporation, and then there are the personal interests of Mr. Putin. With increasing pressure a very significant gap is appearing here: Putin is interested in his personal power and his inner circle is not. And at some point, it (the inner circle) inevitably will conclude that Putin is hurting the corporation,” Piontkovsky said. He noted that the Russian elite is not interested in a total rupture with the West, where it has assets and a certain lifestyle, and does not want the total isolation of Russia and its leader.

According to Piontkovksy , when a split takes place between the interests of Putin and those of the ruling elite, new people will somehow come to power. They will “not be Sakharovs or Mandelas but rather some post-Putin Ivanov-Sechenovs.”

He also believes they will be “forced to distance their policies from the fiasco brought about by Putin and, especially,  to fully review their relations with the West.”


Andrey Piontkovksy

When it comes to relations with Ukraine, he thinks that during this period the “desperate residents of Luhandosiya” will disappear immediately,  and “the new government will begin some serious negotiations with Ukraine on the issue of Crimea. At that point it will be possible to speak about a new stage of Russian-Ukrainian relations.”

At present there is a war between Ukraine and Russia, where the positions of the two parties are absolutely irreconcilable, Piontkovksy said.

“Moscow cannot continue to advance, occupy Ukraine, and create a corridor to Crimea through purely military means because this will bring about much harsher sanctions by the West and inevitably high casualties among Russia’s military,” he said.

He added that current losses among Russian soldiers are unacceptable for Russian society, and this is why the burials of Russian military are being conducted with such secrecy.

He believes that given the scope of the conflict, as well as the increasing involvement of the West, “we can conclude that Putin is doomed. But as long as he remains in power, this war will not end.”

Piontkovksy also expressed confidence that eventually the conflict will end in victory for Ukraine, which will become an integral part of the European world.

Translated by: Anna Mostovych
Source: Ukrinform

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  • Milton Devonair

    so the ruling criminals of russia want to save russia….only so they can keep on stealing more and more money from the russians trying to make a meager living there, only to die an early death of alcoholism and drugs/HIV.

    Why don’t the every day russians do what the Proud People of Ukraine did…Have your own Maidan and take back your country from the criminals that are stealing from you, killing from you?

    • richaelmivero

      It’s high time that all the financial control and power be taken out of
      the hands of the kleptocrats and put in the hands of the unaccountable unelected
      technocrats and world financial elite.

      • Milton Devonair

        Just don’t know how to address that

      • Michel Cloarec

        Do you mean those figures ?

        • Milton Devonair

          I know who the top two criminals are, but who is the bottom one?

          • Michel Cloarec

            SEMION MOGILOVICH Boss of the bosses (mafia)

          • Milton Devonair

            It’s so funny how the primitive russian creatures so adore their country, a geography built upon lies that is ran by a criminal mafiya, from moskow all the way down to their local drunken, raping policeman.

            And they so love it, once they had a moment of freedom, they couldn’t handle it and went right back to being governed by them.
            What apes.

  • StumpedNoMore2

    The Sochi Olympics was a grand success for some in Russia but it also points to the interesting dynamics between Putin and his oligarchs. An article just came out and it stated, “Two key investors have unloaded properties built for the Olympics at a combined cost of $3 billion.” So the Russian people are on the hook for $3 Billion dollars and counting while their government tell them to eat less. Eat less for who? The Oligarchs?

    In addition, food prices have skyrocketed and the government is not doing anything to help the ordinary citizens. I hope the people of Russia see the robbery that have gone on with Putin and his oligarchs. You don’t have to eat less, you don’t need to substitute beets for lipstick, lose your life saving, etc. I hope the Russian people wake up before Putin take them on a ride that they will regret. How many neighbors do you want to have an irreconcilable relationship with? The list is growing: Finland, Sweden, Poland, Baltic States, Ukraine, Georgia, etc. Even Belarus and Armenia are starting to noticed.

    Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/oligarchs-unload-sochi-olympics-assets-recoup-investment-111512223–finance.html

    Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/russians-instagram-food-inflation-2015-2

  • Mephisto

    The “chessmaster” Putin drove himself into the corner and a gave a checkmate to himself. He is definitely doomed. It is only a question of how many human lifes this imbecile will yet take.

  • DejaVu

    I don’t see a rift emerging but rather two blocs or sides that want war on either side. You have the oligarchs and the hard-liners. One side wants a more open and expanded military conflict and the other wants the war to continue.