Putin’s ‘real but Pyrrhic victory’: infecting the world with distrust and division

Donald Trump's former national security advisor, former Director of US Defense Intelligence Agency, retired Lieutenant General Mike Flynn at a conference and gala dinner celebrating the 10th anniversary of Russia’s propaganda arm, media channel “RT” (formerly “Russia Today”) seated at the head table at the gala, with Vladimir Putin, his then-chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov and press spokesman Dmitry Peskov, among other Russian officials. Also seated at the same table is 2016 Green Party candidate for US president Dr. Jill Stein. December 10, 2015 in Moscow. (Image: video capture)

Donald Trump's former national security advisor, former Director of US Defense Intelligence Agency, retired Lieutenant General Mike Flynn at a conference and gala dinner celebrating the 10th anniversary of Russia’s propaganda arm, media channel “RT” (formerly “Russia Today”) seated at the head table at the gala, with Vladimir Putin, his then-chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov and press spokesman Dmitry Peskov, among other Russian officials. Also seated at the same table is 2016 Green Party candidate for US president Dr. Jill Stein. December 10, 2015 in Moscow. (Image: video capture) 

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Vladimir Putin has achieved a real but Pyrrhic victory with his policy of hybridity: domestically – by transforming Russia into “one gigantic and bestial special service” and internationally – by infecting other countries with the distrust and division that are at the foundation of his own, according to Tigran Khzmalyan.

Tigran Khzmalyan  (Image: 5165news.com)

Tigran Khzmalyan
(Image: 5165news.com)

But however large his victory appears at present, the Moscow commentator continues, it is doomed to be short-lived because of the resources of the West. Tragically, however, many are going to suffer until those resources are mobilized and focused on defeating the infection Putin has promoted.

“The hybrid policy of the hybrid state in Putin’s Russia means precisely the complete swallowing up of all state institutions and mechanisms by the punitive and diversionary special services,” Khzmalyan says. More than that, “it means the transformation of the state itself into one gigantic, bestial special service.”

That gives Putin some short-term advantages because other countries “do not understand that they are dealing with an entire state” that is nothing more than a special service because they aren’t willing to acknowledge that “all Russia is one single gigantic special service,” especially since that was not the case even under Stalin or Brezhnev.

The Soviet leaders not only controlled the special services but spoke with the people in an ideological language that had the effect of limiting what the regime could and couldn’t say. Now, there are no limits; and that has left many in Russia and abroad uncertain as to how to read what is going on.

“Under Putin,” Khzmalyan says, “a revolution of morals has taken place. License and the absence of punishment, illegality and the lack of conscience of the transitional pot-Soviet period of the 1990s, so aptly called ‘complete illegality,’ suddenly has turned out to not be disgraced and rejected but rather has crystallized into a new state system.”

Words and declarations no longer have any meaning and individuals can shift from one thing to another with impunity. But what is most horrific about this, the commentator continues, is that this approach is perfectly consistent with and near to the hearts of “the wide popular masses,” as the regime refers to the population.

“In other words,” Khzmalyan says, “what has occurred is a bestial intermixing of the worst inheritance of the former Soviet power with the worst genetic material of the former Soviet people.” And it is “no accident” that a mid-ranking chekist has “headed this ‘revolt of the hybrids’” – or as the commentator says, to use a Russian rather than Latin term, “bastards.”

“The phenomenon of Putin’s popularity,” the commentator argues, “consists in the fact that in comparison with any other Soviet or Russian leaders, he is someone whom the most numerous and least educated strata of the population most easily and most willingly can identify as one of their own.”

It is “precisely” Putin’s “grayness, his lack of clear individualization, its unusual ethical ‘flexibility,’ and even his typical visage which makes him the ideal feeding ground of this new cult of personality in which the subject of the cult is not a personality but namely its absence – the hybrid product of almost a century-long experiment in negative selection.”

Unfortunately, Khzmalyan says, “this hybrid has one awful quality about which people in the outside world are only beginning to guess. It is infectious. A militant lack of principles, hypocritical stupidity and cynicism elevated to the rank of state policy, total lies and corruption, constant focus on and search for weaknesses and failures of others” – these and other features have a long history in the Soviet security agencies. Now they are spreading across the world.

In the last 15 years – the period of Putin’s power – the world has seen numerous examples of leaders following the same path: Gerhard Schroeder of Germany, Silvio Berlusconi of Italy, Marine Le Pen of France and the current US President Donald Trump; and as the leaders go, so too do their countries.

“Blackmail and bribery, bribery and blackmail, the old instruments of all secret services, have turned out to be unbelievably effective when they are used not simply by a government special service but by something never before seen in world history” – a state that has been swallowed up by the special services, which now have its entire resources at its disposal.

“Putin has won in that he has infected the entire world with the virus of universal distrust and division, of everything is permitted and of cynicism … He has sowed the poisonous seeds of doubt in the main values of civilization … [and] in this sense, Putinism is comparable to the attack of the Vandals on Rome or of the Turks on Constantinople.”

The Western world as a result, Khzmalyan continues, is thus “split apart and polarized. There is no former ‘Atlantic solidarity,’ no former unity about the main European values of rights and freedoms of the personality, of openness and mercy. This is an undoubted victory for Putin – the victory of greed over altruism, nationalism over tolerance, cynicism over idealism, human weaknesses over the power of the common good.”

There is only this good news: “It will not last long: Europe over the course of centuries became much stronger than any bull and no longer will allow itself to be kidnapped. Europe and following it America will again focus and take up the banners of freedom and solidarity.” But alas, “this will take time and involve victims.”

“The victims,” Khzmalyan concludes, “will be the weakest and most defenseless countries and peoples on the territories of which now has broken out the latest battle between freedom and tyranny.” Putin and tyranny have won this round; but they are fated to lose the next.


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  • veth

    The court case for invading Ukraine and downing MH17 has started today.

    • Eolone

      Do you have a link to the court case? Couldn’t find any. It was maddening that during the campaign no reporter asked Trump if he accepted the MH17 report.

      Trump controls most of the media in Russia — Moscow Times is great to have — but Trump does not in the US; and now there is more news of his corrupt dealings, his business venture with corrupt Azerbaijan officials who also have ties with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Trump’s dealing in this goes against US laws. Hope we can show the Russians how to dispose of a corrupt head of state.

      It the picture above is Dr. Stein. I wondered if she has a clandestine role in the elections; but found out someone already asked that question. Stein, for example, made a spectacle of herself by intruding into the Democrat’s convention.

  • zorbatheturk

    RuSSian bestiality is well known. Putin is a slimy bandit. The rest of the world needs to be inoculated against Putinitis, the contagious Putin virus which has infected the ruSSia. RuSSians are dcikheads, they like having this disease. Maybe the only cure is death. Otherwise a lobotomy is the preferred treatment. Whatever, the West is a thousand times stronger than Putin’s asswipe czardom of roSSiya. Bogovsky Vladolf. Play with toy submarines in your bathtub. Blow some underwater bubbles.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      Savushkina trolls are already being lobotomised- and castrated- under the terms of their employment contract. Admittedly they weren’t bright sparks to begin with, but they do set an example for the rest of Dwarfstan’s population to follow.
      I’d call the dwarf Vladito rather than Vladolf as he resembles Mussolini far more than Adolf. Like Mussolini the dwarf dreams of restoring an empire, but like Mussolini’s Italy the dwarf doesn’t have the strength to do so. Mussolini couldn’t even deal with Greece, the dwarf can’t defeat the Ukrainians. But here the similarity ends: Mussolini had an Uncle Adolf to save his carcass- the dwarf doesn’t. And Mussolini wasn’t a pervert, he liked adult women; the dwarf likes little boys and most definitely IS a pervert.

  • Alex George

    A good article but it needs a rider – Russia’s hybrid aggression has stopped dead in the Donbass. Putin’s forces can neither advance nor withdraw, the drain on his resources is enormous. and his capacity for further hybrid warfare is significantly reduced as a result.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      The Crimea alone is a huge drain on Dwarfstan’s finances. The peninsula’s public debt has exploded:

      http://qha.com.ua/en/economics/public-debt-of-occupied-crimea-has-increased-13-times-over-year/140209/

      Hardly surprising as the Crimean economy has gone down the drain since the dwarf’s illegal invasion and annexation. I take the remark that Sevastopol has no debt with a large lump of salt.
      In the end the Dwarfstanian taxpayer will have to cough up as the peninsula can’t generate the funds needed to service the debt, unless Aksyonov and his crooked chums take the debt over and pay from their own offshore bank accounts. If pigs had wings……..

  • Dagwood Bumstead

    Ultimately Dwarfstan is the biggest loser, hoisted by its own petard. Everybody with even half a brain now knows that Dwarfstan cannot be trusted at all, thanks to the dwarf unilaterally tearing up treaties with Kyiv and invading the Ukraine for no good reason. What’s the point of signing an agreement or treaty with Dwarfstan when the dwarf will rip it up whenever it suits him?