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How America Helped Make Vladimir Putin Dictator for Life
Tablet Magazine ^ | Aug 2017 | David Satter

Posted on 09/18/2018 12:14:09 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege

It is impossible to evaluate events in Russia today without understanding the mysterious series of bombings in 1999 that killed 300 civilians and created the conditions for Vladimir Putin to become Russia’s dictator for life. The bombings changed the course of Russia’s post-Soviet history. They were blamed on the Chechens. In the wake of initial success, Russia launched a new invasion of Chechnya. Putin, who had just been appointed prime minister, was put in charge of the invasion and his popularity soared. Six months later, he was elected president.

On July 14, 2016, I filed a request for documents on the bombings from the State Department, the CIA and the FBI under the Freedom of Information Act. I wanted to know whether the U.S. had information to support the view—which is widespread in Russia—that the Russian authorities themselves blew up the bombings in order to bring Putin to power. The responses I received showed that the United States had considerable evidence that the Russian authorities were responsible for the bombings, but chose to ignore it.

The 1999 bombings were fortuitous for Yeltsin and his corrupt entourage. They shifted the attention of the country from Yeltsin’s corruption to the Chechens, a very convenient enemy. After Putin’s election as President, Yeltsin was pardoned for all crimes committed while in office and the issue of the criminal privatization of property under Yeltsin was quietly dropped.

There would have been few questions about the role of the bombings in Putin’s rise to power if it had not been for a fifth bomb discovered on Sept. 22, 1999, in the basement of a building in Ryazan, southeast of Moscow...

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TOPICS: History
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1 posted on 09/18/2018 12:14:09 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

One thing’s for sure.
By becoming President, Mr. Putin is able to ensure maintaining his safe ownership of the Billions in wealth he stole and killed for.
He who writes / enforces the laws, keeps the spoils...

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2 posted on 09/18/2018 12:23:58 PM PDT by MarchonDC09122009 (When is our next march on DC? When have we had enough?)
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

Just curious - you are a one-trick pony, posting very specifically only on Putin and Russia.

Who do you work for?

3 posted on 09/18/2018 12:25:32 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: PGR88

I have been on FR since ‘07. Russia’s always been an interest of mine but it’s particularly absorbed me here due to all the pro-Putin nonsense shenaningans being promoted combined with the lies from the annoying Mueller nonsense touted by liberals. There is a truth to be had.

4 posted on 09/18/2018 1:00:20 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
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To: MarchonDC09122009

Very true MarchonDC, and the reason why Putin can’t leave power is the fear that he may one day be forced to account for his crimes.

5 posted on 09/18/2018 1:08:06 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
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To: CondoleezzaProtege; PGR88

I’ll second the part about the mindlessly pro-Putin nonsense being posted on FR lately.

I’m especially irritated by the jerk who keeps posting a demographic map of Ukraine that shows the density of Russian speakers as if that justifies Russia’s invasion and annexation of half of Ukraine.

It doesn’t.

What’s ironic is that the Russians supposedly hate the Nazis yet this is a play from the Nazi playbook that justified the invasion and annexation of Ukraine into the Third Reich because of all the ethnic Germans living there.

In any case, the pro-Putin propaganda is overt, cloddish, and disgusting.

And I’m saying that as someone who still likes Putin just because he pokes his finger in the eyes of the EU-ropean globalists.

6 posted on 09/18/2018 1:37:55 PM PDT by MeganC (There is nothing feminine about feminism.)
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To: All

Personally, I think we’re wasting our time complaining about the Crimean annexation, as the Crimea was part of Russia even in the Soviet Union until it was given to the Ukraine SSR in the Khruschev era. Since it continued to have Russian military assets under lease from then independent Ukraine, and a majority Russian speaking population, I think we should have tried to broker a deal that sanctioned that part of the aggression and perhaps finalized a border in the east that would have removed any further temptations to move into that part of the Ukraine. However, it became very politically fashionable to stand with Ukraine and against Russia in what was essentially a rehash of old Soviet dirty laundry, it was never really any of our business. If that deal could have guaranteed the borders of the three Baltic states, so much to the better.

7 posted on 09/18/2018 1:47:44 PM PDT by Peter ODonnell (In the alternate universe, John McCain was a one-term president and Sarah Palin a two-term president)
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To: MarchonDC09122009

Stalin in his time was far and away the world’s richest man. He owned outright the Soviet Bloc and everything and everyone in it.

8 posted on 09/18/2018 1:59:04 PM PDT by ThanhPhero (B)
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To: MeganC; PGR88

Thanks MeganC. I share your view. If one reads the English translation of his Crimean speech, it very much echoes Hitler’s own reasonings for Germany’s assault on Sudetanland.

Putin’s most formative years were spent as a KGB officer in Dresden, East Germany during the time of the Berlin Wall collapse. He is a man with very little moral frame of reference. While the best of Americans look to great men like George Washington for wisdom — Putin’s approach to leadership is shaped by Stalin, Hitler, and the tsars. He then adapts their styles accordingly to suit the times and circumstances.

The fact he’s been able to get away with all he has reveals just how little the Russian people (and the world for that matter) has learned from their history. It will be up to young Russians now to grapple honestly with the historic legacy they have inherited.

With regard to EU elites, I definitely prefer Poland’s anti-EU posture over Putin’s. The Kremlin has too much at stake with Merkel (pipeline deal), China, Iran nuke deal, oligarch holdings in European banks, and a whole host of other globalist endeavors. Putin is a fake anti-globalist, while Trump is the real one.

Hopefully Russia will get a better leader some day. Ukraine also.

9 posted on 09/18/2018 2:06:03 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
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To: Peter ODonnell

Crimea’s history goes way further back than that and part of America’s shortsighted understanding of all sorts of geopolitical hotspots (not just Russia) has to do with our limited range of historical perspective and understanding of cultures. It may have something to do with our own youth as a nation.

Putin’s continued assaults on Ukraine stand as testimony to his maniacal tendencies and how little removed Russia is from its Soviet “past.”

Had Russia’s economy been stronger and the Western world even weaker than it already is, Russia’s moves alone — whether in Ukraine or Syria could have very well instigated World War III.

It’s worth noting also: what was going on in Russia just before Crimea: economic discontent and major protests in response to Putin’s re-ascent into power following Medvedev in 2012. Just like the 1999 apartment bombings, Crimea served as the perfect unifying distraction.

10 posted on 09/18/2018 2:15:31 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

Blah, Blah, Blah, blah.....................

Weee beee responsible for EVERYTHING!! EVERYTHING!! USS!!!!

11 posted on 09/18/2018 2:47:41 PM PDT by Flintlock (The ballot box STOLEN, our soapbox taken away--the BULLET BOX is left to us.)
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To: Flintlock

Poor U.S. leadership pre-Trump allowed for some bad characters to gain way too much power. Look at China.

12 posted on 09/18/2018 2:54:41 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
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To: CondoleezzaProtege; All

As they say, if you get flak, you must be over the target.

This odd story of the model accusing Putin of the rat poisoning incident in Salisbury. I wonder how they could have been poisoned, this must have been the couple who was poisoned in the restaurant and it wasn’t novichok but she happens to be Russian? Complex? Check the articles.

13 posted on 09/18/2018 11:13:00 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: BeadCounter

I don’t like EU values but one thing is still true, they aren’t fighting each other. It’s not like Georgia, Syria, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine. It’s not like the Mid East or Africa or even parts of Asia.

14 posted on 09/18/2018 11:14:46 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: PGR88

Better than reading the state-media and infowars garbage from the Putin-supporters here. Who do they work for?

15 posted on 09/18/2018 11:21:19 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: BeadCounter

Might as well say Crimea belongs to the Tatars or the Turks. That’s all that argument brings.

16 posted on 09/18/2018 11:31:15 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: CondoleezzaProtege; BeadCounter; MeganC

Hillary Clinton echos everything you say. Putin is a chess grandmaster, against Trump, who is playing checkers (who nonetheless beat Hillary, but that’s beside the point). Putin and the forces of darkness had to move our savior, Hillary, out of the way first, to allow his plan to destroy the West to go forward.;

Putin certainly is no democrat or humanitarian, but aren’t you tired of being manipulated into constant, non-stop confrontation with Russia? What’s the next war we will have to get involved in to stop the bogeyman Putin?

17 posted on 09/19/2018 6:59:43 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: PGR88

The above article is about the 1999 Moscow bombings and how Putin used terrorism against his own people to attain to absolute power, relieve Yeltsin from trial, and cement his mafia globalist oligarchy. The Putin regime is at war with the truth and at war with his own people. Understanding how his government operates should actually clue you into the direction our OWN government is already heading.

And I don’t watch MSNBC or most cable news. I already told you I don’t buy the Mueller stuff and this article is not about Mueller.

18 posted on 09/20/2018 10:29:26 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
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To: CondoleezzaProtege
Did somebody say "Collusion"?

19 posted on 09/20/2018 10:31:59 PM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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