Chekist regime and criminal world in Russia now ‘completely coincide,’ Portnikov says


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Those Russian officials who came out of the KGB have not struggled with the criminal world as they did with the Communist Party apparatus in the past, Vitaly Portnikov says. Instead, “they have preferred to become part of this criminal world because the main goals of the Chekists and the criminals – power and money – completely coincide.”

As a result, the Ukrainian commentator says, “all the rest — the slogans about ‘the Third Rome,’ rising from one’s knees, ‘sacred Crimea,’ and ‘Ukrainian fascists,’ all the adventures in Georgia, the Donbas or in Syria — are only a smokescreen designed to conceal from Russians and the rest of the world the simple and boring truth – Russia is ruled by bandits.”

Vitaly Portnikov, Ukrainian political analyst and writer

Vitaly Portnikov, Ukrainian political analyst and writer

And “not in the figurative and offensive meaning of this word,” Portnikov continues, but in actual fact, because Russians and others need to understand who specifically — not by name but by social origin — has driven Russia into collapse.

Indicative of the importance of this question are the appearance of new reports that cast doubt on the comfortable assumption that “power in Russia is in the hands of Chekists, people from the force structures, who were able to monopolize positions and money after the retirement of Boris Yeltsin.”

In fact, Portnikov says, Aleksey Navalny’s investigation of the criminal business ties of Russia’s Prosecutor General Yury Chaika show, the Chekist world and the criminal world are not at odds as many have thought but rather have become fused in a single grouping based on common values.

Navalny’s research reaches the same conclusion that two Spanish prosecutors, Jose Grindi and Juan Corrau, do about the fusion of power and crime in Russia. They report that this fusion began even before Putin came to power, and they name those who straddle what many had supposed was a divide.

On the basis of these findings, Portnikov says, one must conclude that “the Chekists did not begin to struggle with the criminal world as they had for years with the party apparatus.” Instead, those who came from the KGB and siloviki “preferred to become part of this criminal world.”

That is tragedy for Russia and a danger for the rest of the world because this criminalization of the state or the stratification of criminality means that the Kremlin can and does use criminal methods to advance its goals and the criminal world uses the state to advance its parallel ones.


Edited by: A. N.

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  1. Avatar Quartermaster says:

    If true, it explains much of what Putin is up to. Putin is certainly corrupt to his core.

  2. Avatar Bryan See says:

    The war in Ukraine, which is also known as Vladimir Putin’s war, is seen as Russia’s desire to make it part of its renewed Russian Empire, a same vision shared by the far-right populist, nationalist party which is ill-named the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR). The Russian Empire Putin is resurrecting is less similar to communism and socialism, but is more than just a fascist, imperialist, totalitarian mafia state run by bandits which are the Chekists, who pursue a nationalist agenda taken from ultranationalist groups.

    In other words, in extreme cases, the Russian world will include institutions of the old world being dismantled or modified beyond any simple recognition, which includes the renaming of our planet, our solar system, our galaxy, and our human species, as well as growing inhumanity, lawlessness and terror of the society.

    We’ve got to take action before it’s too late.