The Saker: Russian Presidential Elections – Boring, Useless And Necessary?

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Written by The Saker; Originally appeared at The Unz Review

As the Presidential elections in Russia are drawing near I am amazed to see how much interest this event is generating in spite of the fact that it sure seems to me that this will be an incredibly boring and, frankly, totally useless event.

But first, full disclosure: I don’t have much faith in the so-called “democratic process”. Just look at the EU and tell me: do you really believe that the people in power represent the will and interests of the people who, supposedly, elected them? There are exceptions, of course, Switzerland is probably one of the comparatively most democratic countries out there, but mostly what we see is that western democracies are run by gangs of oligarchs and bureaucrats who have almost nothing in common with the people they are supposed to represent. As for the USA, for decades now every time the people voted for “A” they always got “non-A” as a result. It is almost comical. So here is my personal conclusion: democracies are political systems in which the real ruling elites hide behind an utterly fake appearance of people power. Put it differently, the “democratic process” is the device by which the real and hidden rulers of the world (or “worldwide behind the scenes powers“, to use the expression of Ivan Il’in), legitimize their power and prevent their overthrow. This is the same technique used by used car dealerships when they place tens, sometimes, hundreds of US flags on their lots before a car sale: it’s just a basic trick to induce the ‘correct’, patriotic, state of mind. This is also the reason why there are elections every 4 years in the USA: the more illegitimate and despotic any putatively “democratic” regime is, the more often it will organize elections to, so to speak, “increase the dose” of patriotically-induced stupor in its people and give them the illusion that the regime is legitimate, their opinion matters and all is well. Finally, when needed, slogans such as “democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others” are used to put to sleep those who might have doubts. In terms of real people power “democracies” are probably the least truly democratic regimes imaginable simply because they are by far the most capable of hiding who really runs the country and where there real centers of power are. Do I really need to add that the worst kind of “democracy” is the capitalist one? You disagree? Then why do you think that Mayer Amschel Rothschild allegedly declared “Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws!“? Nowhere is the concentration of capital easier to achieve than in a society which makes it possible for the real ruling class to hide its power behind a screen of electoral farces.

Russia’s modern “democracy” fits into this mold very nicely and the upcoming elections are a perfect example of that. But here I need to make another disclaimer: if judged superficially, just by the usual set of legalistic, external, criteria, Russia is a real democracy: there is freedom of speech in Russia, plenty of elections, you can criticize Putin or any other politician to your heart’s content, when journalists are murdered (which happens), it is never on the Kremlin’s orders (simply because the Kremlin does not need them dead). The Russian media is infinitely more diverse (and interesting!) then the dull propaganda machine called “the media” in the West. And even harsh critiques of the government (like, say, Maksim Shevchenko) do get positions in various official human rights monitoring bodies, etc. In reality, Russia is far more democratic than most western countries.

So what is wrong with this rosy picture?

What is wrong is that this is all a farce, a facade, every bit as fake as western democracies are. But in a very different, uniquely Russian, way.

For one thing, there is no real opposition in Russia. Oh sure, Zhirinovsky has been in politics for years and delivering his unique mix of very sound and truthful ideas and utter, idiotic nonsense. ”Zhirik” (as he is called in Russia) is really a court jester, whose role is to amuse but also often say things which others don’t have the courage to say. By the way, regardless of crazy nonsense he regularly spews, the man is very intelligent and well educated and when he acts like a clown he is fully aware of it (you can even see his laughing eyes when he offloads some particularly offensive and outrageous comment). Zhirik and his “Liberal Democratic” (I kid you not!) party is basically the ideal “Kremlin-approved” pseudo-opposition which gets a lot of people who otherwise might feel really disgusted with Kremlin politics to vent, go vote, and then basically support Putin even if they don’t realize it. Zhirik and his LDRP are also very useful to harshly criticize, ridicule and discredit the pro-US “liberals” (in the Russian meaning of the word) whom I refer to as “Atlantic Integrationists”. Next, comes the Communists.

The Russian Communists are a pathetic bunch, really. I wish the English speaking audience could listen to how their longtime leader, Gennady Zyuganov, speaks: he even sounds like an old Soviet Politburo member. The Russian Communists have, for many years now, been a completely reactionary and fossilized party: mostly the peddle Soviet-era nostalgia, minus the Gulag, of course, and with a new and fantastically hypocritical respect for religion. If Zhirik is a least really funny, Zyuganov will bore you to tears! So for these elections, the Russian Communists did something really weird: they chose to back an outsider, Pavel Grudinin, who is as much a real communist as the Barak Obama was a real democrat. I guess their stupid plan was to show something akin to a 21st-century version of “Communism with a human face”, except for this time the face looks strikingly similar to Charlie Chaplin.

But don’t completely dismiss the Communists quite yet. For one thing, many Russians are deeply opposed to the neo-liberal policies of the Medvedev government and even though Putin talks a very social talk, the sad reality is that he also is clearly a proponent of western-style economics. Putin gets away with this by two simple tricks: a) his superb foreign policy b) by deflecting most criticisms on Medvedev. Slick move, but not one good enough for a nation and culture which has always been strongly social and collectivistic, which instinctively feels that capitalism and individualism are morally repugnant, and practically unsustainable, and which views the accumulation of capital as something profoundly immoral.

I have often made the case that culturally Russia is not, and has never been, European in any meaningful sense of the word. This is particularly true in the typically Russian mix of, on one hand, contempt for the accumulation of wealth and individualism and, on the other, the Russian fixation on the notion of moral justice. Russian heroes can be monastics or soldiers, but never businessmen or bankers. The traditional Russian culture, which has never undergone anything resembling the western Renaissance or Reformation, has retained a social ethos which is much closer to Middle-Eastern Islam or Asian Confucianism than to the western values of the so-called “Age of Enlightenment”. And while Marxism-Leninism was clearly an ideological import, it found in Russia a much more fertile ground for its values than the “enlightened” Masonic values imposed upon the Russian society by the westernized Russian elites, often with a great deal of violence, during the 18th– 20th centuries. There is a reason why nobody followed Kerensky and his Masonic gang while the Bolsheviks did get a lot of support from the people in spite of their rabid hatred for religion and their russophobia. Thus, a full 750 years after Saint Alexander Nevsky spoke his famous words “God is not in force, but in truth” we saw, Danila Bagrov, the hero of the famous movie “Brother 2”, say this in his now famous monologue with a prototypical US capitalist “tell me, American, wherein is strength? Is it in money? My brother also says that it is in money. And you have a lot of money, and so what? I think that real strength is in the truth – he who has the truth is the stronger one!“. What we are dealing with here is what Ivan Solonevich used to call the “national dominant” – a core component of the identity, worldview, and ethos of a nation. Seventy years of Bolshevism, followed by a decade of “democratic” capitalism did definitely manage to damage and diminish this “national dominant”, but it is still here and its political and social potential is still immense. This is why “Leftist” parties should never be completely dismissed in Russia: Russia will always be a country drawn to social, “Leftist”, collectivist values and ideas.

Back to reality now: Grudinin is as far away from Saint Alexander Nevsky or Danila Bagrov as can be and the so-called “Left” in Russia is as uninspiring and sterile as it is in the West. But if 70 years of obnoxious Bolshevik mismanagement have not managed to discredit the collectivist and social values inherent in the Russian people, neither will one really bad choice for a presidential election.

Still, the sad reality today is that the Russians don’t have a real, truly socialist, candidate to vote for. If Zirik is a right-wing jester, then Grudinin is left-wing fake.

And yet, even being the fake that he is, Grudinin is enough of an irritant (not a threat, that is overstating the case) that the Russian state media has now clearly embarked on a Grudinin-bashing campaign (which he richly deserves, but nonetheless). We should never forget here that the Communists did win the 1996 elections (which Eltsin stole with the full support of the West, the same West which also supported Eltsin using tanks in 1993 to kill thousands of people in a democratically elected parliament). That was a long time ago, but what I think is that this still shows that there still is a large potential voting base for Communists in Russia, but only if the Communists presented a credible candidate. Speaking of which, while Zyuganov himself looks like an old stuffed Politburo relic, there are much smarter young Communists in Russia, just as some younger LDPR members also look pretty sharp. But here is the crux of the problem: the Kremlin clearly has enough power to make darn sure that all which the Russians get as a “choice” are either court jesters or fakes. So while the democratic form is respected, the substance is entirely missing.

Next, there are what we could call “all the others” (Sobchack, Iavlinsky, Baburin, Suraikin, Titov). Just forget about them, they basically don’t exist. Some (Baburin) are better than others (Iavlinksy), but the reality is that they are all irrelevant.

And then there is Da Man, The Boss, the Ubercandidate who crushes everybody just by his presence and who will easily win yet another term: Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. Compared to Putin, all the others look like confused kindergarteners playing pretend politics in the electoral sandbox allotted to them. Now, I am a self-confessed Putin-fanboy and I am very happy that he is in power. But that does not entail that I should kid myself, or anybody else, about all the problems with the current situation. Let me list a few of these problems:

First, and this is crucial, Russia is at war. Let me repeat this: Russia is at war with the AngloZionist Empire. The fact that this war is roughly 80% informational, 15% economic and 5% kinetic does not make it less real or less dangerous, if only because these ratios can very rapidly change. Furthermore, Putin is a brilliant man placed at the top of an extremely bad system which almost cost Russia her very existence. As a result, Putin put his efforts in mostly two directions: protect Russia against the western aggression and struggle against the pro-western 5thcolumnists inside Russia (oligarchs, Zionists, “liberals”, russophobes, etc.) including inside the Kremlin (the Atlantic Integrationists à la Medvedev or the IMF/WTO/Washington Consensus types à la Nabiulina & Kudrin & Chubais, etc.). Of course, Putin did try to fight corruption, mismanagement, fraud, etc., but the two spheres where he hit the hardest were defense and aerospace. He also created the ONF (The All-Russia People’s Front) to try to “reach” deeper inside the Russian society and economy, and this also worked. But the fact remains that most of Putin’s energy was directed at fighting the war against the Empire and the 5th column inside Russia. Most of the country is still in dire need of reform.

Second, and to my personal great regret, Putin is a neo-liberal. A real anti-liberal would never have kept people like Kudrin (who, by the way, was fired by Medvedev, not Putin), or Nabiulina and all the rest of them. Alas, Putin failed to kick this entire gang were it belongs: in jail. He got some of them (Serdiukov, Uliukaev) but most of them are still here (notice that neither Nabuilina nor Chubais ever made it to the US sanctions list?). I am no mind reader but my best guess is that Putin sincerely believes in what we could loosely called “regulated capitalism” or “social democracy” and that the kind of ideas presented by, say, Sergei Glaziev, really frighten him as a possible return to the kind of disaster-economics the Soviet Union had in the 1980s. I think that he is wrong, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that most Russian people clearly would want a number of things which Putin is not willing or able to deliver including a much harsher crackdown on corruption, much more vigorous social policies (social or “socialist” in the Russian sense of the word, meaning socially-oriented and not driven by capitalist ideology) and a much more equitable distribution of wealth. By all accounts, and in diametrical opposition to what nonsense spewed by the AngloZionist propaganda, Putin is not at all a nostalgic of the Soviet era. In fact, he seems to have somewhat of a phobia of anything which could remind somebody of Soviet-era policies even when these policies were clearly superior to what we see today in Russia (say in education, health, fundamental science, social programs, etc.). Whatever may be the case, I don’t think that anybody will deny that most Russian people would be happy if the entire “economic block” of the Medvedev regime would be fired (or jailed or, even better, summarily executed by a firing squad) and replaced by much more “left/socialist/communist” leaning economists. The fact that the Russian Communists completely fail to provide such an alternative is great for Putin’s reelection but very bad for Russia.

Third, Russia today is ruled by one man: Putin. Great guy, I totally support him! But one man ruling a country is a very bad thing not only because sooner or later this man will leave the scene and leave no credible successor, but also because a President should not be dealing with the pavement of the road in small cities in the Urals or get involved in the geographical distribution of maternity wards in Siberia. Yet this is exactly what is going on. The Russians have even an expression for that “Putin rules in a manual regime” meaning that he has to do everything by himself. This is sheer folly and this is obviously unsustainable. Oh sure, there are very sharp and good people around Putin, but none of them can match his unique combination of charm, charisma, intelligence, courage, patience, and determination: as soon as Putin leaves, for whatever reason, this entire system will come tumbling down precisely because it is not a real *system* but a “one man show”. And this is exactly what the Atlantic Integrationists are obviously waiting for to strike again.

So if Putin is so bad, why do I support him? Simply because at this point in time there is no alternative. And it’s not really that Putin is “bad” – but rather that he is a human being, not a miracle worker with a magic wand in his hands who can reform Russia simply by waving it and saying “abracadabra”. Especially not while Russia is at war with an Empire which threatens her very existence!

In the West, the AngloZionist are clearly backing Grudinin (see here here here here here here and even the always hyperpoliticallycorrect Wikipedia loves him!). The reasons for that are really simple: not only would the AngloZionist prefer *anybody*, including Count Dracula, over Putin, but if even if a purely nominal pseudo-Communist like Grudinin came to power the entire western “elites” could finally all loudly proclaim that: “Aha! Here is the proof; here is a wave of revanchist Communism in Russia and that is like the USSR 2.0 – welcome to the next Cold War!!“. In reality, the Russian Communist Party, chock-full of very real capitalists, (see machine translated article here) who Communist only in name, but its members still like red flags and pictures of Lenin and that ‘s good enough to scare those who already want to be scared (westerners). In the meantime, while the Russian state-media is bashing Grudinin, “somebody” is clearly actively promoting him in the Russian social media. Any guesses who that “somebody” might be?

As always, Russia’s “western geostrategic partners” are misreading Russia and wasting their breath (and money!). Here are the latest polls: Putin 71.5%, Zhirinovsky 5.5%, Grudinin 7.3% and the rest don’t matter. You don’t want to believe them? Fine. But when the difference is by a full order of magnitude your doubts won’t make much of a difference. Besides, you really don’t want the figures of being any different, trust me, because if the jester or the fake comes to power, then the crisis which will hit Russia and the rest of our planet will really be immense and very dangerous: we already have one clown in charge of a nuclear superpower, we most definitely can’t afford a second one.

The sad reality is that these elections will change nothing and they are not only boring (no real, credible, opposition) but also useless. A grand waste of time and money. And yet, they are also necessary.

They are necessary because in the “Empire of Illusions”, to borrow Chris Hedges’ excellent expression, everybody simply has to play by the AngloZionist rules: elections are an absolute “must” even if they are self-evidently farcical. So the Russians will get their “secular liturgy” (which is what elections really are), the right guy will stay in power, which is good, even if his staying in power has nothing to do with the formal trappings democracy. Yes, Putin does have the support of the overwhelming majority of the Russian people, even those who do not trust polls or election results agree on this, and that popular support is by far his most important power base (and the main reason why Putin-haters either stay quiet or become politically irrelevant). But the reality of that support is neither expressed by, nor conveyed through, Presidential elections. Putin does have the nation behind him, but not because some electoral farce says so. If by some magic trick, say, some court would strip Putin of all his legal powers, he still would have a much higher moral and, therefore, practical authority than any other person in Russia. Alexander Solzhenitsyn once said that all regimes can be positioned on a continuum ranging from regimes whose authority is based on their power to those whose power is based on their authority. Putin’s real power is not based on any Presidential election, nor is the based on the Russian Constitution, it is based on his moral authority with the Russian people. This is not something which can be expressed in percentages or numbers of cast bulletins, but it is no less real.

So the Empire’s goal is simple: not to replace Putin, at least not yet, but to prevent Putin from obtaining a clear majority in the first round. The plan is simple: if Putin gets a majority – denounce Russia as a non-democratic authoritarian state. If Putin by some miracle fails to get that majority, prove to the world that he is nowhere as popular as most people say he is and hope that all the anti-Putin forces combined will turn to Grudinin or Zhirinovsky (either one will do). If Grudinin goes into a 2nd round that will prove that Russia is a country with a strong nostalgia for the Soviet era (expect a myriad of references so Stalin in the Ziomedia), if it is Zhirinovksy, announce to the world that rabid Russian nationalists are about to invade the Baltics or nuke Turkey. When Putin eventually wins, declare that the election was stolen and explain to the zombified audience that Evil Vlad is nothing but the ideological sum total of commies and nationalists combined into one big “Russian Threat”.

Sounds stupid? Yes, of course. Because it is. But that’s the plan anyway.

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  • HighLord Gaz

    “Sounds stupid? Yes, of course. Because it is. But that’s the plan anyway.”

    ..because most Muricans are too thick to understand they are being lied to by their grossly corrupt Ruling Elite.

  • EoF

    Putin isn’t perfect, but honestly i can’t help but support him.

    • Goran Grubić HardyVeles

      No man can be perfect, that’s why we all should think in context of effectiveness, not likeness. He is effective and efficient.

      • FlorianGeyer

        I am purrfect. My cats think so anyway :)

    • Zarathustra

      not perfect ? he is a fucking mafia boss . your country is fucked . and he has more than 100 billion dollars net worth, making him richest person on earth .

      • Tudor Miron

        May ask from what part of “civilized world” you are from? Just interested to know who exactly I lagging behind.
        “Your country is fucked” – mind giving some proof? According to western MSM my country was doing fine in Eltsins time and now it “is fucked” – is that what you say?
        My dear, don’t be so jelous. Enjoy your (I’m sure that he is but may I ask what is his name?) honest and respected leader.

        • Zarathustra

          I’am from Slovakia and we are also fucked, just today another journalist and his girlfirend was murdered, they investigated the biggest government causes. Goverment leader is also ex-communist, Rober Fico, his net worth is 1 billion euros, which he has stored on Belize, and which he stole like Putin.

          • NeoLeo

            Yeah I’m sure you are fucked…. btw who murdered Seth Rich???? KGB? Fico? or some “civilized” mafia boss from Washington DC (=Hillary Clinton)

          • Zarathustra

            why r u asking me that? how i can know?

      • Nosferatu

        Putin the richest person on Earth you say? Even richer than those who print money and run the west? LOL you are clueless

        • Zarathustra

          Typical russian, you think that if some country prints money, that the people who are responsible for it automatically steal the money, right? NO – that is what you would do. This is the difference between civilized country and Russia.

          • NeoLeo

            Fuck off nazi cunt. Who is civilized, Slovakia? United States of Tyranny? How about Trumps plan to arm teachers! Imagine – teachers with guns. Civilization you say? “Mafia boss worth 100000000 godzillions blah, blah…’ Keep repeating retarded American MSM lies and bs, like a good slave.

          • Zarathustra

            usa is most advanced country in the world, russia is not even in top10. your economy is declining.

          • Nosferatu

            Well to be honest i am from EU/NATO country. But if someone that is not elected, is not part of a goverment and is basicaly a private person runs the money printer for the entire west (or even globe) and the way the money is created can be described as “lending to existence” and there is even further interest on it, that someone is of course the richest and most powerfull person on the earth. Such system is called oligarchy and that is exactly what the west is. Not a democracy. A huge global oligarchy enslaving everyone with their debt making machine that prints money out of thin air. A modern alchemy. The bigest theft in history

          • Zarathustra

            not true. if you can invent a better system and convince other people of its qualities, you can change everything thru elections. but not in russia, in russia you wil get murdered if you have any chance to beat putin in election (also true on lower levels of russian government)

          • Nosferatu

            not true. There was plenty of ideas for a bettter system, but since global oligarchy also controls media, zero chance of change in the west. Russia chose its wise president by elections and all the anti russian propaganda (you including) is because of the fact that Putin refused enslavement of its own people by global oligarchy.

          • Zarathustra

            Do whatever you like in your country but stay the fuck out of my country. Russian are like mafia, wherever they come they bring crime and uncivilized behavior. Russia should be disconnected from the internet.

          • Nosferatu

            Wel you are obviously a racist. Where are you from? I need this information in order to not going there and not kicking you stupid ass. LOL

          • Zarathustra

            Slovakia, Bratislava. Today i hope our government will go to hell.

          • Nosferatu

            tak to sa vážne hanbím, že mám takého tupého spolu občana ako ty. Daj sa liečiť trubička.

          • Zarathustra

            dnes je koniec hranola a balkanskeho cigana . pozvali sicilsku mafiu priamo na slovensko .

          • Nosferatu

            ty a tvoji páničkovia z US ambasády organizujete dnes majdan a občiansku vojnu?

          • Zarathustra

            tvrdis nepravdu a krivo ma obvinujes. kolko mas rokov ?

          • Nosferatu

            dosť na to aby som poznal trubičku. Prečo klameš na nete? Tvoje komentáre na stránkach ako Southfront sú očividné blbosti. kto ťa platí za šírenie US propagandy?

          • Zarathustra

            jasne myslel som si ze neodpovies normalne.

          • Nosferatu

            zatiaľ čo ty šíriš protiruské klamstvá, USA podporujú teroristov ISIL
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I8NrxdXfr4

      • EoF

        No.

  • Bulgarian God

    putin is a KGB-shit !

    • VeeNarian (Yerevan)

      Bulgaria has become a NATO ass-lick. Lick, lick, lick!!!
      Not that far behind my own UK.
      Haven’t you noticed? When Putin sneezes your NATO masters get the runs to the toilet?
      They all think that Putin is all powerful!

      • NeoLeo

        He is not even Bulgarian at all… one pathetic wannabe-nazi Slovakian degenerate with 10 accounts.

  • Garry Compton

    Western Capitalism is all about lying, stealing and murder. If they invite themselves into your country and you don’t fight them – Your people will be inviting the Grim Reaper or in Russia’s case – The Naziis back in – Stalingrad needs its Name Returned and a stern warning needs to go along with it. Of course Putin has to play both sides of the street – but you don’t give up your country without a fight. I think Putins Generals should be the next Saker article – a ” Novo Visue” at the world chess match – Spacibo Mr. Saker

    • Zarathustra

      100 billion dollar man putin

  • Smith Ricky

    I rather Putin over Puppet Trump

  • Mats Öhlén

    I read Southfront quite often due to its rather accurate reporting on military updates. But to read the “political analyses” especially from this “The Saker” is a mixture of shock and sadness. It is inconceivable how this lunatic is offered space to roar out his/her hate and conspiracy theories. He/she must be the ultimate consequence of todays closed bubbles where we only visit internet news sites which confirms our own views. In this article, it is even encouraged to put (the only) highly competent people in Russia in prison. I wonder what the crime classification would be. For “The Saker” it would probably by some mish-mash of Jewish conspiracy and neo-liberal US-copy-cating. Or why not “not fulfilling the political views of The Saker”. That would be the logical consequences. With The Saker at the wheel I am sure we would have an interesting combination of Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia and today’s Putin dictatorship. Oh my god….

    • Boris Kazlov

      Putin dictatorship! OMG, this idiot did not understand anything that was written, who are the highly competent people he talks about? The murikan puppets, highly stupid

      • peter

        Russian need dictatorship ! Or,Russian can fully open to West and Russia will diassembled for spare parts as during Jelcin. 3/4 % factories will closed,people will without job and start another Majdan…This will democracy by usa and nato.If you or young people want this,you are lost !! It mean,Russia will strong and independent,or Russia will slave for West countries.

    • VeeNarian (Yerevan)

      “Putin’s dictatorship”??? That means he must be doing something right for you to get so annoyed, ah, like standing up for Russia.
      Putin is all powerful, that is why we are about to be hit by freezing temperatures in “Putin’s revenge” from Siberia.
      That would teach the Brits to play politics in the IOC and lick too much US boots.
      Perhaps, Putin would be kind enough to send another shipment of LNG from the sanctioned Russian gas fields?
      Burrr!

      • FlorianGeyer

        Yes, its a conspiracy as Putin has a machine that blows the Siberian winter to the UK and then seeks to see his gas to keep us warm :)

        Prime Minister Theresa May must do something about it before we all freeze to death. Perhaps all the MP’s could unite as one and blow some hot air toward Russia and stop this aggressive Russian Meddling with our British Climate ?

        • VeeNarian (Yerevan)

          Surely, the unleashing of the Siberian Beast is an act of war?
          And, I must stop calling you Shirley, FlorianGeyer!

          • FlorianGeyer

            Yes, Russia has now Weaponised the Winter Weather in Western Europe.

            I am confident that the UK Generals will be planning a suitable response. However it is important that they commission an expensive Risk Assessment first.

            President Macron has reminded Theresa May that the Russians weaponised winter weather in 1812 and Frau Merkel has claimed it was also weaponised in 1941.

            Regards Shirley :)

    • Tudor Miron

      Putin’s dictatorship??? Mind to prove your statement? I live in Russia for 47 years and I’m able to compare 3 very different periods. Under commies there was real dictatorship. Under Eltsin we were free to die or kill each other – Jungle like freedom. Under Putin there’s still remnants of Eltsin’s era of wild capitalism but definately there’s nothing that we one can call dictatorship.

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      Typical rant using the CIA troll word conspiracy theory which is all they do is spout theories and no real hard facts and evidence to the contrary. Until you can offer a real comment without interjecting it with Half truths and unfounded theories , please go comment on a fashion show as that what you dribble is equivalent too.

      What is had in the West is what are real dictatorships as they one party in power in for too long and get light version if changed. We continue to see that the party in power will change nothing truly in the long run , which is the problem with the west same tired political policy and agendas today which makes them akin to Dictatorships.

    • EoF

      “Putin dictatorship”
      Just LOL.

    • NeoLeo

      The problem with utterly brainwashed and indoctrinated sheeple like you – you simply can’t handle the truth. This is a ‘conspiracy theory’, while ‘Russian collusion’ (the most ridiculous, laughable pile of nonsense ever) is not a con. theory, right? Because american mainstream media say so. Pathetic little slave, that’s what you are (and you don’t even realize that).

  • S600

    There will be a long time time to undo the damages done by Gorbachev and Yeltsin policies. Selective style of democracy enforcement is the problem with the “West”. When capitalism is under threat they always come-up with mentality of “Too big to fail”.

  • Davki

    I have faith in the democratic process. The problem is, there isn’t one in the US and elsewhere.
    Second: Have we come so far as to revert to the idea of an ‘best we can get’ supreme leader – in this case Putin? Apparently yes. Thank you for being so honest. But no, actual democracy, which is a real possibility, cannot be replaced nor should it. Ever. The right thing might be difficult to obtain. The absolutely wrong consequence of that is to conclude that we should give up on it. That would be the logic of a mentally and psychologically dead person only.

  • Tudor Miron

    The more I read what Saker writes the more I start to suspect that he either doesn’t understand what’s going on or simply playing a long run “deceptive campaign”. He started with truthful articles to gain credibility and now he’s starting to add lies hoping that it will pass. Things that he’s saying in this article shows that he either has no idea how social super systems are governed or wants to hide it from others. I have not time to go into details but in short – he’s trying to push some fake ideas: Elections (people expressing their support for this or that leader and what this leader does or says he will do) are useless. Yes elections could be faked but real support of people can not. If majority of population supports something – this is very real power. He’s trying to diminish importance of people’s support (in hope that people will stop doing it because it’s “useless”?).

    • FlorianGeyer

      Hi Tudor,
      You will be interested in this article. It is 95 pages long and is pertinent to what we see today . especially in the West.

      FALSEHOOD IN WAR-TIME
      by Arthur Ponsonby MP
      1929
      INTRODUCTION

      http://www.vlib.us/wwi/resources/archives/texts/t050824i/ponsonby.pdf

      • Tudor Miron

        Thanks, I will look into it.

    • whatsmolly

      Or you just horrendously oversimplified that point, he’s not in any way claiming elections are useless it even attacking democracy, why would you take one point and try to analyze it out of context?

      • Tudor Miron

        Would you please tell me where in this article author indicates that coming elections are useful and actually needed? May be I missed it?

        • whatsmolly

          It’s clearly labeled as opinion just like your interpretation. I’m positive you didn’t read past that point. “He’s trying to diminish the importance of people’s support” no he really isn’t , you completely miss understood this, he’s talking about a very specific example with specific circumstances which he very careful explains. He never says putins popularity isn’t important, obviously he wouldn’t in power of it wasn’t for that fact. He just says that the election aren’t going to be what proves that because Putin has no legitimate opposition. “But here is the crux of the problem: the Kremlin clearly has enough power to make darn sure that all which the Russians get as a “choice” are either court jesters or fakes. So while the democratic form is respected, the substance is entirely missing.” I’m almost sure you didn’t read past the first few paragraphs

          • Tudor Miron

            Whatsmolly, I did read above article. I just didn’t have time to post a detailed reply. Still no time :) but I will address a couple of points:
            “But here is the crux of the problem: the Kremlin clearly has enough power to make darn sure that all which the Russians get as a “choice” are either court jesters or fakes. So while the democratic form is respected, the substance is entirely missing.” I can’t agree with this :) Is that “Kremlins power” fault that Putin is a much more attractive candidate? May I ask who are those other wonderful leaders that were some how diminished or prevented from participating in elections?
            In short: My opinion is that this article says that coming elections is a farce and only necessary because: “They are necessary because in the “Empire of Illusions”, to borrow Chris Hedges’ excellent expression, everybody simply has to play by the AngloZionist rules: elections are an absolute “must” even if they are self-evidently farcical.”© Saker
            “Putin does have the nation behind him, but not because some electoral farce says so.”© Saker
            Let me put it straight and simple: Putin has the nation (majority) behind him because of what and how he does. “Electorial farce” as author calls it is the legitimate way of expressing this support and it is tangible. Diminishing the status of elections is nothing other than a way to distract people by making them think “I should not participate in choosing my leader because it’s a farce and it’s predetermined”. What would be net result? Exactly – reduced support. Reduced support = reduced capabilities.

        • whatsmolly

          Yes, Putin does have the support of the overwhelming majority of the Russian people, even those who do not trust polls or election results agree on this, and that popular support is by far his most important power base

    • whatsmolly

      “This sentence, I dont like what I took away from it so the writer and the entire article are bad” lol

  • FlorianGeyer

    I wish a person of the stature and intelligence of Putin was Prime Minister of Britain.

    The leadership in the UK of all political parties really are fantasists who are often ‘ Friends if Israel ‘
    ( Mossad has dirt on them ) or ideologically illiterate . There a few decent MP’s ,but they tend to lack charisma.

  • Skagos

    Of course its boring. He is jailing everyone.

  • oldenyoung

    pretty well somes up my position on Bernie Sanders…his domestic policy is great…his foreign policy is wrong….but he is the best thing hanging out in Washington….also have to watch Bernies ties to AIPAC…

    i think Bernie and Vlad could hold the world together for awhile at least…

  • Zarathustra

    russia is fucked. you are 50 years behind civilized countries, and their advantage is still growing. and you don’t live in a democracy, u live in mafiacracy.

    • HighLord Gaz

      Fuck off moron… learn some facts about this planet and the nations on it, or else don’t bother coming here to puke your ignorance

      • Zarathustra

        Russia cannot even produce CPUs, good quality cars, smartphones, you imported internet from the west only to be spyed upon). And you never will be able to produce those modern stuff, because you political system is a brake for smart intelligent people, your political system is well suited for mafia like Putin.

        • NeoLeo

          Who says they can’t, you moron? Look at their space technology… at the same time mighty America imports their flags from China.

          • Zarathustra

            russian cpus? lol . cars smartphones TVs fridges microvawes ? lol. nothing good comes from tussia. U IMPORT EVERYTHING .