Putin returning Russia ‘not to Soviet but to Stalinist’ state security system, Felgenhauer says

Putin seeks to recreate the Stalinist system of state security in Russia (Image: FSB press service)

Putin seeks to recreate the Stalinist system of state security in Russia (Image: FSB press service) 

Analysis & Opinion, Military analysis, Russia

Reports that Vladimir Putin wants to create a single security agency in place of the plethora of such institutions Russia has now shows that he is seeking to return “not just to a Soviet but to a Stalinist” state security system, something that threatens both the Russian people and Russia’s neighbors, Pavel Felgenhauer says.

Pavel Felgenhauer

Pavel Felgenhauer, Russian military analyst

The independent Russian military analyst argues that “Russia is a country of special services and that under existing conditions, the powers that be have no other choice” but to allow everything to fall part or “return to Stalinist methods” and use force to try to hold on.

Discussions in Moscow about recreating a single ministry of state security are taking place now, Felgenhauer says,

“because the situation in Russia is becoming still worse, its future prospects are quite bad, there is a foreign war and a domestic war, conflicts within the leadership, [and] a struggle between the defense ministry and the finance ministry.”

Moreover, he says, “there is a catastrophic shortage of money, the life of the population is getting worse, and it is necessary to be prepared for anything.” That makes the creation of such a super state security ministry both understandable and timely as far as Putin is concerned.

In the short-term, this institution will not threaten Ukraine directly, but over the longer haul, it will have an impact as the war drags on. Indeed, Felgenhauer says, it can pose a serious threat to Ukraine because of what it shows about the nature of the opponent Kyiv faces now and in the future.

There is a more immediate Ukrainian link, and it is one that Russia, Ukraine and the entire international community should recognize and draw conclusions from: Putin tested out the process of “creating such agencies” in the “LNR” and “DNR” and is now translating them into Russia, yet another indication of kind of cancers they represent to Russia and the world.


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Edited by: A. N.

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