Putin will restore Iron Curtain after elections, Agora’s Chikov says

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Analysis & Opinion, Russia

Pavel Chikov, head of the Kazan-based Agora Human Rights Organization, says that after Vladimir Putin is re-elected, the Kremlin leader will neutralize the political and regional elites, pull out of the Council of Europe, restore the death penalty, and impose tight restrictions on anyone seeking to go abroad and the confiscation of their property.

Pavel Chikov (Image: business-gazeta.ru)

Pavel Chikov (Image: business-gazeta.ru)

In short, he argues, Putin will restore the Iron Curtain. That will also involve, he says, a ban on foreign media, withdrawal from the European Court of Human Rights, and denunciation of numerous international treaties. In fact, he suggests, relations with some European countries may be so bad that missions will be closed.

With respect to Russia’s regions and republics, Chikov continues, Putin will oversee the seizure of control over all major enterprises and the “final neutralization of their political and national sovereignty.” He has already made a move in that direction in Daghestan and can be expected now to move against the leadership of Tatarstan.

Putin, in the Agora head’s view, will also move to “cleanse” the religious space of the country via “mass criminal trials” and the expulsion from the country “of all backers of non-traditional religions, be they the Tabligs, Nursis, and Hizbis of Islam, the Jehovah’s Witnesses of Christianity, or the Krishnaites, AUM, and yoga of Buddhism, as well as the Scientologists.”

Already next summer, Chikov says, Moscow will adopt “a package of new repressive laws and initiatives” and will impose a real, not symbolic jail sentence on Alexei Navalny and other opposition figures. Entrepreneurs independent of the Kremlin will face more harassment and trumped up criminal charges.

And Putin’s new term, the Agora activist continues, will also see the imposition of a Russian firewall on the Internet, the filtration of all content from abroad, and “the isolation of the Internet space of Russia.”

The human rights activist’s prognosis is far bleaker than those offered by many others, but it is not inconsistent with the direction Putin has been moving in over the course of the last several years. All of the things he projects may not happen, but they are certainly on what might be called “Putin’s wish list.”

As such, the Kremlin leader should be tracked especially closely now because what he will in fact do in 2018 is already being prepared by his Presidential Administration. Only vigilance and a willingness to stand up to and openly oppose him gives any hope for a freer and not more oppressive Russian future.

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  • Dagwood Bumstead

    Let the dwarf isolate Dwarfstan by all means. The isolation will only accelerate the country’s inevitable collapse.

  • Ihor Dawydiak

    Putin may want to isolate Russia from the outside world but would he take that gamble knowing full well that that the G7 and the EU could up the ante through economic and financial retaliation? To be more specific, what could Putin do if Europe stopped importing Russian energy supplies and if Russia was booted out of the SWIFT banking system? Another possible step would be to freeze all Russian banking accounts in Western countries as well as the sale of all properties owned by Russian oligarchs. Would that not bring about a near total collapse of the Russian economy as well as the ire of Russia’s wealthy elite? Then, if so, what would happen to Russia’s labor force with the massive layoffs that would almost certainly occur along with extreme poverty, hunger and spiraling crime rates? Could Putin and his regime survive such a catastrophe? Probably not.

    • Микола Данчук

      He will build Russia on the bones of the people just like Stalin.

      • veth

        Authorities of the so-called DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic), most likely, will execute the captured Ukrainian “saboteurs,” as stated by the leader of the separatist DPR Alexander Zakharchenko, in an interview with a Russian online news agencies.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      I believe the dwarf may well do precisely that: choose isolation, especially if it means he can stay in power until his death.
      The freezing of all bank accounts which belong to him and his crooked chums (does he have any honest ones???) is a very serious possibility- don’t forget that among the measures Congress has forced on Trump is for the security services to compile a list of their offshore bank accounts and other possessions within six months. These can be frozen if in the US and allied territories, and the transfer of funds which aren’t can be prevented even if they can’t be directly frozen. The beauty is that the dwarf can’t retaliate in kind because no sane person keeps his money in a Dwarfstanian bank, or in a bank in a country such as Venezuela, Zimbabwe or North Korea.
      As for the ire of the elite and Ivan and Olga Average, I doubt whether the dwarf cares about them. He will simply have some arrested, given a show trial and sent to either a new Gulag, or shot in a new Butovo, Levashovo, Krasnii Bor or Sandormokh somewhere deep in the Siberian taiga. He didn’t create his own personal Praetorian Guard for nothing.

    • veth

      Turkey closes ports for trade vessels coming from annexed Crimea

      Turkish government implements tough documentation checks and bans departure of such ships from Crimea, reads the letter sent to Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office

      18:44, 12 October 2017

      Turkey will not accept in its seaports any trade vessels arriving from the Russian-occupied Crimea. The Maritime Traffic Department of the country’s Trade and Industry Chamber mentioned this in the letter sent to Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office.

      The document says that such ships will not be let into Turkish docks; besides, they will not be authorized for departure if they previously had arrived in the occupied peninsula.

      In order to not let in the vessels that came from Crimea, Turkey implements thorough documentation checks.

    • veth

      CONSTRUCTION OF THE WALL STARTS IN 2018………………

      In the spring of 2018 Russia is going to start construction of a so-called wall along the border between mainland of Ukraine and the annexed Crimea, as reported by the Press Secretary of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (State Border Guard Service), Oleh Slobodyan, to Hromadske TV.

      According to Slobodyan, any large-scale construction in the autumn-winter period is inexpedient and rather difficult.

      “The legal registration of this process will be completed before the New Year. Therefore, most likely, the active phase of construction will begin in the spring,” he said.

      Ukraine will not build any major facilities, said the speaker of the Ukrainian SBGS.

      Slobodyan noted that this is a moral question: “Why would we isolate ourselves from our citizens and build some permanent infrastructure buildings in Ukraine, if we are clearly determined to return the Crimea.”

      • Ihor Dawydiak

        Putin’s Stalinist visualizations clearly demonstrate that he cannot “think outside the box”. To begin with, he first tried to use the thoroughly corrupt Yanukovych Administration to keep Ukraine in Russia’s orbit but had no comprehension or understanding as to how the people of Ukraine would react to this interference in their own internal affairs. Then came Maidan 2 but the evil “genius” had a Plan B. He would initially invade the Crimean and Donbas Regions and then proceed to occupy all of Eastern and Southern Ukraine up to and including the breakaway Transdnistrian Region of Moldova. Hence, the establishment of a new Russian Republic to be named Malorossiya (Little Russia) and for “good measure” the total destabilization of the rest of Ukraine which in turn would return to Russia’s orbit. And where was the logic for this adventure? Putin surmised that since many of the ethnic Ukrainians residing in these regions also used Russian as a primary language of communication, they would then automatically welcome the Grand Pederast with open arms. Oops! Error No. 2! The exact opposite happened. So Vovochka proceeded to Plan C. He would undermine the Ukrainian Administration by bogging them down and bankrupting the country by maintaining a “civil war” in Russian occupied Eastern Donbas. Not again! Error No. 3! Another failure! And just to rub some salt into his wounds, Putin discovered that the Western powers would not only level crippling sanctions against Russia but they were also piling multi billions of dollars/euros into Ukraine’s economy. And if that wasn’t enough, Ukraine became an Associate Member of the European Union. However, true to his Stalinist thinking, Putin had come up with a Plan D. Russia would build a bridge to Crimea and then build a wall to keep out the Ukrainian “hordes” and “prove” that Crimea was part of Russia. Really? These multi billion dollar construction projects would not become “white elephants”? Why would any sane individual spend that kind of money on a bridge and a wall when Crimea will eventually be returned to Ukraine? And what about the poor Russian “Gopniks” who have to battle seagulls for scraps of food? Error No. 4 coming up. By the way, Vovochka, you’re not a cat and you don’t have 9 lives.

    • Bryan See

      He may.

  • veth
  • veth

    An intergovernmental agreement with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency to support joint management of supplies and the subsequent exchange of diplomatic notes has entered into force for Ukraine as an associated state – this gives Ukraine access to a logistical electronic database of NATO.

    With the help of this database it will be possible to exchange information between member states on the needs of the Armed Forces in material and technical means and participation in relevant tenders for NATO; to carry out an operational exchange of surplus property among the participating states; to create joint/multinational inventories of material and technical means, the website of the Mission of Ukraine to NATO reported on October 12.

  • veth
  • veth

    The Security Service of Ukraine detained a National Guard Servicewoman named Rodionova, who, according to the investigation, was recruited by Russian special services, as stated by the head of the SBU (Security Service of Ukraine), Vasyl Hrytsak, at a briefing on Wednesday.

    “This woman visited the Russian Federation last year during the summer, she has a sister there. She was recruited by the Russian Special Services during her visit. She had even two pseudonyms, as she claimed – “the 45th” and “the Nevsky.” She signed messages using a men’s pseudonyms to hide that she was a woman,” he said.

    According to him, she worked at the Ukrainian National Guard’s document storage center and transmitted classified information to Russia.

    On October 6th a suspicious man was detained near a unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Odessa region. He was accused of espionage and handed over to the SBU.

  • veth

    Moldovan President Dodon promises Putin that he will not pass anti-Russian laws
    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 3:00:09 PM

    Moldovan President Igor Dodon discussed his last meeting with Vladimir Putin on his Facebook page. According to Dodon, he promised the Russian president that he will not adopt laws directed against Russia.

    Dodon confirmed that the development of bilateral ties between Moscow and Chisinau was continuing “in spite of the provocations of the government and the parliamentary majority” of Moldova, who are in opposition to the President.

    Speaking about the meeting in Facebook, Dodon stressed that he was against “anti-Russian manifestations in the activities of the Moldovan authorities.” “I assured the President of Russia that I would not sign any anti-Russian law, even if the parliamentary majority once again votes for it. This, in particular, concerns the draft law on banning the broadcasting of Russian news and information and analytical programs in the territory of Moldova,” added Dodon.

    As specified on the Kremlin’s website, the negotiations with the Moldovan leader were also attended by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, and presidential aide Yuri Ushakov. The meeting of the political leadership of the two countries was held in Sochi.

    Putin noted that this year marks 25 years since the two countries established diplomatic relations. Since that moment, the Russian president stated, a number of tragic events have taken place, including the Transdniestrian conflict. “But just in this regard, we very much appreciate your efforts to normalize Russian-Moldovan relations. We see that the process is not easy, but we proceed from the fact that both the Moldovan people and the people of the Russian Federation are interested in its positive completion,” Putin underscored.

  • Murf

    “Putin will restore Iron Curtain after elections.”
    Good.

  • zorbatheturk

    Putin will also grow a small bristly moustache, institute the Roman salute, require all underlings to address him as ” The Leader “, reinstate the hammer and sickle emblem shaped into a hooked cross, and invade Kazakhstan.

  • Bryan See

    In addition to restoring the Iron Curtain, he will also purge certain forms of technology he deems a threat to his own country. Among them, he might remove and ban digital technologies, including the EMALS and AAG systems, computers and the Internet, making him the anti-tech Luddite. In addition, he could also get rid of scientists and education from Russia, because he believes that the threat to his regime is always the thinking and educated. If I am not mistaken, Vladimir Putin is the one who sabotaged his Fobos-Grunt space mission back in 2011, and influenced Wikipedia and other forums to ban me because of my manufactured behaviour.

    All of this is a precursor to what the late Bulgarian seer Baba Vanga said about Russia in 1979.

    “Everything will melt away like ice yet the glories of Vladimir, the glory of Russia, are the only things that will remain. Russia will not only survive, it will dominate the world.”

    And she said: “All will thaw, as if ice, only one remain untouched – Vladimir’s glory, glory of Russia. Too much it is brought in a victim. Nobody can stop Russia. All will be removed by her from the way and not only will be kept, but also becomes the lord of the world.”