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Podcast: Autocrat Man

Is the "collective Putin" becoming less collective?
Is the "collective Putin" becoming less collective?
It's been called a "sovereign democracy," a "managed democracy" and an oligarchy.

But with Vladimir Putin's decision to annex Crimea and the nationalistic fervor and hunt for traitors that followed, an increasing number of Kremlin-watchers now say Russia becoming something simpler and cruder: a good old-fashioned autocracy.

It has long been assumed that Putin was the front man and decider-in-chief for an informal collective leadership -- the "collecticve Putin," if you will.

But with Western sanctions poised to hit key members of Putin's inner sanctum hard, and reports that much of the elite was dismayed by the annexation of Crimea, it increasingly looks like Putin is turning into an autocratic ruler who is no longer restrained by his court.

Is the collective Putin becoming less collective? And if so, what are the implications?

On the latest "Power Vertical Podcast," we discuss this issue. Joining me are Kirill Kobrin, editor of the Moscow-based history and sociology magazine "Neprikosnovenny zapas," Sean Guillory of the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies and author of "Sean's Russia Blog," and RFE/RL correspondent Merkhat Sharipzhan.

Also on the podcast, Kirill, Sean, Merkhat and I discuss the new "pan-Russism" -- the Kremlin's efforts to use ethnic Russians abroad as a political weapon.

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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
March 29, 2014 04:12
Putin is not moving from "collective leadership" to dictate!
Putin is moving from being illusion of a leader, controlled
by Varaga-Prussaka bestial "War of Salamandras" against
non-Russian nations, to a total henchman of his masters!
They are the Russia's "pomesh'iks" Varaga-Prussaka!
They are the "Third Force" and "Oborothen's"!
They are the Mefistofolus!
He is a Doctor Faust!

1.
Is West fooled, or likes bow to need of Russia suck our blood?
2.
Is Obama and Carter fooled, or like bow for peace to Putin?
3.
Is RFE fooled, or likes to bow for peace to Putin-Eugenio?

1.
Lying Russian propaganda, including Western press,
never abandon their main lie:
Russia try restore "relations" and "Ties" within former USSR, destroyed by "collapse of former Soviet Union" and its "Glory".
Total evil lie of "War of Nazi Salamandras" of Russia that goes back 11 centuries:

a).
RUSSIAN EMPIRE WAS TREASON AGAINST COMMON WEALTH OF NATIONS THAT CREATED RUSSIA, AT LEAST SINCE PETER THE GREAT, NEPHEW OF GEORGIAN KING - INVADE, GENOCIDE AND OCCUPY THEIR OWN CREATORS TO BREED VARAGA-PRUSSAKA BLOODSUCKERS!
b).
USSR WAS TREASON AGAINST COMMON WEALTH OF NATIONS THAT SAVED THE WORLD DURING WW2 -
INVADE, GENOCIDE AND OCCUPY THEIR OWN CREATORS - TO BREED VARAGA-PRUSSAKA BLOODSUCKERS!
c).
USSR DIDN'T COLLAPSE - IT RETURN TO CONSTITUTION
AND PREAMBLE OF BEING RESTORED AFTER WW2!
COMMON WEALTH IS ONE OF RESTORATION OF JUSTICE LAST TIME ACCORDING TO 1936 CONSTITUTION AND PREAMBLE - TO LIVE ID DIGNITY,
TO PROSPER, TO ADVANCE ART, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AND TO BE MASTERS OF ONCE DESTINY,
WITHOUT CONSTANT ATTEMPTS OF RUSSIA - INVADE,
GENOCIDE AND OCCUPY THEIR OWN CREATEORS -
BREEDING VARAGA-PRUSSAKA BLOODSUCKERS.
D).
"RELATIONSHIPS" BY PUTIN AND HIS MASTERS,
VARAGA-PRUSSAKA, FOR US TO LET THEM - KILL
A THIRD ON NON-RUSSIANS, SENT TO LABOR DEATH CAMPS ANOTHER THIRD AND BLOODSUCK IN "TREBLINKA" AND "ANAVERDE" THE BEST THIRD.
e).
"TIES" ARE THE INSTRUMENTS OF APPARATUS OF VIOLANCE OF USSR, USURPED BY VARAGA-PRUSSAKA,
AND ADVANCED TO TOTAL INTIMIDATION, MIND CONTROL AND CLOSED POSSIBILITY TO ESCAPE, VANISHING IN HORROR AND PAIN BY HAND OF RUSSIA.

2.
Obama and even Carter, in his own way, buying Varaga-Prussaka lies.
Is Obama saying that Russia and Putin sincere in their fillings of
"USSR and its Glory collapse", of losing "relation with other parts of Russia" and "old ties"?
Is Carter saying that it always Russia and Putin would have to take Crimea anywhere?
Are they really believe that?
WE OFFERED IT TO RUSSIA SINCE TIMES OF PETER THE GREAT AND STALIN, CREATING AND SAVING THEM!
BUT THEY ALWAYS BETRAY, INVADE AND BLOODSUCK!
Is Obama and Carter saying it all belongs to Russian varaga-Prussaka bloodsuckers?
From Georgia through Finland?
Through Poland through Japanese Sea, they poison too?
From Alaska through Afghanistan and Indian Ocean?
In Response

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
March 30, 2014 19:14
PS:
Putin prize military and "oboroten's" from special forces
as being very "professional".
Not as much as Nazi Germany, but very close!
Hitler took over Denmark overnight.
German SS, dressed as tourists, at the designated
hour emerged as Nazi uniformed armed occupiers.
Glory to the Fuhrer's "shape-shifters"!
Glory to the Russia's "oboroten's"!

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 29, 2014 07:05
It looks like the latest Ukrainian crisi is coming to an end (for now), and the EU/NATO losers have once again demonstrated what they are good for: they wanted an economic Association Agreement (AA) with UKRAINE, and instead they had Russia annexing Crimea, whereas the new de facto authorities in Kiew do not seem too enthusiastic in terms of signing the economic part of the AA.
It does not look better for the Western losers on other fronts either: in SYRIA Baschar (whose "days are numbered", as we know from Hillary :-) continues consolidating his control over the territory and has effectively sealed the Lebanese border already.
In VENEZUELA, no matter how much noise the US-paid poodles have been making, they all either ended in prison or were kicked out of the parliament, whereas the President Maduro continues governing.
In AFGHANISTAN Karzai's favourite seems to be set to win Presidency the next month, which means that the US will not be able to impose any agreement on his govt and will be kicked out of the country.
And the only reason why NATO and EU keep suffering all those humiliating defeats consists in that its member states are being governed by this mediocre and incompetent oligarchies that are only interested in stealing people's money from their bank accounts. The sooner the people here in Europe get rid of those parasites - the better.
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
March 29, 2014 20:30
One of the lying Varaga-Prussaka, Eugenio, might be right
only at his last sentence, in part:
"The sooner... Europe
(and whole World, including normal Russians)
get rid of parasites
(Varaga-Prussaka, usurpers of Russia and would be United States of Siberia and former USSR)
- the better!"
_________________________________________________
The rest of the typical Eugenio's and the rest of Varaga-Prussaka parasitic actions and words are lies and blackmail.
1.
UKRAINE ONLY WANTED BE FINALLY FREE OF 300 YEARS OF INDIGNITY, SUFFERING AND DEATH, INFLICTED BY VARAGA-PRUSSAKA, USURPERS OF RUSSIA!
RUSSIA WAS DESTROYING ITS ECONOMY AND LIVES
TO DEVOUR IT AND EXPAND BREEDING IN UKRAINE!
UKRAINE DEMANDED PLAIN FIELD IN TRADE WITH
EAST AND WEST - RUSSIA INVADED!
ONE OF THE LAST DROP TO INFLAME RUSSIAN HATE
WAS PROSPECT OF UKRAINE ENERGY INDEPENDENCE,
SHELF GAS DEPOSITS!
Sure Ukraine is not eager to sign unconditional agreement to be slaves whether of Germany, sucking on EU, or Russia, sucking on "Custom Union" - they never wanted be slaves of
anybody, including parasitic Varaga-Prussaka-divide-Europe!
2.
I was saving Syria for years, from lying "Russian face"
German and British archeologists, arguing rights of genuine
Syrian own their lands!
My attempt was used, all to well, by 1954-56 conspirators to take over World by Varagas, Prussian, Austrian and British imperial resurrection -
turning it into competition and perverting my genuine desire to preserve genetic fond of Caucasian race and Human Civilization from destruction -
turning it into evil war game of Russia and alike, stinking on both side of Civil War “nerve gas” and prizing victorious Russia!
3.
You prizing mean Russian encroachment in Latin America, perverting another set of good ideas of many, including me,
improve their lives and future - turning it to Russia stinking “nerve gas” of provocations, not unlike you already used once in Chile!
Trying to do the same to Venezuela?
If USA would do it to them, will you blow their pipelines, going North, and claim precedent - repopulate Eastern Europe and CIS by Varaga-Prussaka?
4.
Getting back to Afghanistan, expanding terrorist assassinations and coordinating them with invading neighbor nations timetable of Russia?
5.
Blaming all problems (what a language of Eugenio-Hitler - "humiliating defeats") of NATO and EU on Eastern Europe and CIS nations, robbed and controlled by Russian spies-Oligarchies that stealing everything for parasitic Russia?
Trying wise-up West to ret rid of Russians spies and parasites
in Eastern Europe and CIS?
Good idea!
But what will happen with your Russia, if its last chance to restore trust of old friends, they betray again,
will end for good?
Parasitic Varaga-Prussaka don't care.
For the time being they breed their kind -
from Tiraspol through Crimea and in many other places, like from Suhumi through Tchinvali,
dancing and singing "Trali Vali"...


by: American Tolerast
March 30, 2014 04:06
On behalf of the civilized world, can we please disregard our habitual optimism and remember all of this recent comedy when it comes time for Mother Russia's next Glorious Revolution™? After the Chechens and Kazan Tatars and Siberians seek life elsewhere and the billionaire mobster-politicians have all fled to Dubai or wherever, when rump Muscovy crawls hat in hand to the civilized world mumbling words of reform and peace and moving on, please remember all of this before we give them the benefit of the doubt for the third time in a century. They're not evil people -- they just hold themselves to a lower standard of conduct than we do. We should too, if only out of respect for their rich tribal culture. Instead of trying to save them from themselves, do a massive airlift of cheap vodka, Orthodox bibles, and those adorable little "travmatiki" pistols they love (stamp them with Spartak Moskva logos as a sign of respect for their pagan gods). Tell them the rest of the world has banned straight marriage, converted to Islam, is now ruled by the Mossad, and dreams of living the good life in Tolyatti or Norilsk. They'll believe it, since so many of them already do. If China is feeling charitable and wants to sow its superpower oats, let them shovel their own money into the Eurasian bonfire.

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
March 30, 2014 08:55
About month ago Putin compared invasions into Georgia and Ukraine.
It wasn't true Putin!
Lenin and "Iron Streem" of Russian Cossacks invaded Georgia, unleashed genocide against Georgians in North Ossetia, Sochi region and North Abkhazia, and started influx of Russians and Adygas from Russia.
Now they invaded again with army of death, genocide against Georgians and expanded Russia even more!
The only Quislings were children of rape by Boldyrev and alike since 1950-th, trained in Russian spy schools, used in South Ossetia - a unit of Russian Spetcnaz per each of such Quisling.
Only arrogant Nazi Russia can install a provocateur in a country, than invade "to protect his political freedom to kill local nation with help of Russia", than repopulate such country by Russian pomesh'iks!
UKRAINE WAS INFLUXED ILLEGALLY BY RUSSIA AND HAS RIGHT NOT TO ALLOW RUSSIA TO HOLODOMOR, KEEP IN SIBERIA AFTER WW2 ALONG WITH THEIR INDUSTRIES MILIONS OF UKRAINIANS
AND LET RUSSIAN INFLUX, CONTROLLED BY RUSSIAN SPIES, REPOPULATE UKRAINE!

by: Igor from: NL
April 02, 2014 13:01
"Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert"

"Oi, get your filthy hands off my desert!"
"What 'e say?"

brezhnev took afghanistan
begin took beirut
galtieri took the union jack
and maggie over lunch one day
took a cruiser with all hands
apparently to make him give it back

Lyrics Pink Floyd.
===================================
Dear friends, there is no need to overreact!
It is the most desired 'annex' by Crimean absolute majority:).
I wish them lack with reunion! BOTH - Ru and Cr.
The most important things is, - to see that Russia will not "reunite" other ex-ussr countries with shoots instead of referendums.
The West have nothing to worry about, - yet ...
The west get WHOLE Ukraine! - isn't it a little?:)))
(re. - Crimea was not part of Ukraine. It was autonomous republic with own government just associated with Ukraine! More then that - it is exclave and was even detrimental and money loosing (according ukr mass-media) ...

even if there would be no reunion of Cr and Ru ... it would be necessary to give back Cr to Ru, in order to absorb the Ukraine ... isn't it evident?

by: Panas from: Huntsville
April 03, 2014 12:50
Let's stop kidding ourselves. Russia is not an autocracy, it is a fascist country full of liars, thieves and land grabbers.

by: Dominique from: Old Europe
April 03, 2014 20:40
Another bizarre one-sided show, with Kobrin and Whitmore AGAIN predicting the imminent demise of Russia. And expecting catastrophe to hit Russia straight after the show finishes.

Though I did enjoy Sharipzhan contribution, especially his anecdotes of being a child and growing up in the former USSR.

What is the point of having Kobrin on the show? He brings absolutely nothing, he nothing more than a self-hating Russian "liberal". Kobrin's monotonous whinging voice is nauseating add that with his impenetrable slurring accent, it is a real struggle to understand what he is saying most of the time.

Kobrin should really stick to talking about Sociology because his understanding of history is incredibly poor. To blame Ivan Grozny's for Russia/Moscow's succession problems or say his reign was a failure is absurd. Under Ivan the Terrible, Muscovy and the Russian people finally gained their revenge on the Tatars/Mongol Horde by defeating and conquering the Kazan Khanate, also the Astrakhan Khanate and expanding into Siberia. Kobrin also had the temerity to denigrate the accomplishments of Peter the Great. Under Peter the Great, Russia became a first rate European Great Power, conquered the Baltic coast, built a new capital city on the Neva river and vanquished the Swedes at Poltava. As for Uncle Joe, his "successes" are well known! Five year plans, industrialization, defeating Hitler, establishing Soviet hegemony in Eastern Europe.

Kobrin contributes nothing to the show, he just whines and says everything about Russia is all wrong.

Whitmore, you should be bring people with different opinions dare I say people with OPPOSING opinions to yourself! Bring on some like Mark Sleboda on your show! I suppose that is unrealistic and too much to ask, the US Gov pays you guys to broadcast anti-Russian propaganda. So people like Kobrin and acceptable conspiracy theorists Galeotti are always on your show to oblige.

NB. I know your censors won't allow this post.

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