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originally posted by: Nikola014
a reply to: SkepticOverlord
Hmm, I still don't see it happening. But, who knows. The only reason for Kadyrov's turning on Putin could be if he started believing Putin is working against Russian people and Russia, considering Kadyrov is a great patriot. But very unlikely if you ask me.
If i were Putin, I'd be worrying about people with close ties with the western countries.
originally posted by: SkepticOverlord
a reply to: BornAgainAlien
I tend to think Chechnya is going to be the source of the next round of big problems for Putin and his hold on power.
Or maybe Putin had no choice but to not take a hard stance against the west.
originally posted by: Dimithae
Everyone goes on about hating Putin,but yeah those of us that are older remember the hardliners that Russia had. Russians from what I gather look at Putin as a moderate.Love him or hate him,thats how they see him.
originally posted by: zazzafrazz
Best part about your threads Mr Overlord, is it has made the identification of the Russian trolls that have bombarded the board lately simple. Makes it easy to skip over their posts.
So thank you.
I do think a power play is going on in Moscow, the high activity of these trolls ads fodder to the suspicions.
The Year of friendship with Korea, is a convenient friendship for both countries currently slapped with large economic sanctions. The invitation Korean Kim ( everyones favorite overweight Asian ) to visit Moscow in May is indicative of how low Putin has stooped to stick it to those who have forced International isolation on both countries .
Last year, Russia forgave 90% of North Korea's $11 billion debt. All this started with the sanctions. I suspect Putin sees Kim as a silly little Fat Boy with dangerous toys, a loose cannon, and get Nth Korea to do the dirty work. ALL Putins actions appear to be knee jerk reactions to wounded pride.
The rich in Russia, are not so rich right now. Up until the new year Russia's oligarchs, those wealthy that owned banks in Europe still supported Putin, even with the fall of their mineral and oil resources and the slaughter of the Rubel, probably due to two things;
A sense of inflamed patriotic sentiment after sanctions were slapped on them
Their billionaire status is because of being beneficiaries of Putin since the 90s.
These guys have paid the price for Putins aggression into the Ukraine, some losing up to 70% of the value of their companies in 2015.
This year though Putin destructive behavior is indicative of a "wounded animal" These oligarchs, now are quiet.
That is is what indicates a difference in the support of Putin.
I think Putins next move will be to nationalize foreign owned companies in Russia. When he gets more money from that, he will consider cutting off the Gas to Europe, he couldn't afford to do it this year, but by usurping the corporations (oil companies and the like) it will provide a massive cash injection to Russia.
This makes the oligarchs nervous, returning business to government control, will theirs be next?
There is so much instability in Russia right now,
Ukraine continued aggression was Putins biggest mistake, it will be his downfall eventually...Pride before the Fall.
Speculation...yes, but I can do that whenever I want Russian Trolls...
originally posted by: rigel4
originally posted by: Nikola014
a reply to: johnwick
What I don't understand is why would a non-russian person push Russian propaganda? It makes no sense. Why would I as Yugoslavian citizen or BornAgainAlien as netherlands( if im not mistaken) push Russian propaganda?
Can you tell us why?