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sdholloway56
Senior Advisor

The Chekists

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chekism

All the folderol about the Communist Party and godless Bolshie's aside, the real power in the Soviet Union rested with the Chekists- a sometimes multi-generational elite class that ran the machinery of oppression.

During the collapse of the SU the Chekists tried to seize power with Andropov but failed. After a decade of economic and political turmoil they succeeded with Putin. It is reasonable to conclude that the means was a false flag attack with the Moscow Apartment Bombings as the causus belli for the Chechen War, which made Putin a "hero."

Now a small circle of Chekists owns the country and siphons off the vast resource wealth under the cover of nationalism, fake democracy and a Potemkin church restoration.

They have at their disposal more concentrated wealth for the purposes of corruption than even the Gulf Arabs. Anyone even remotely susceptible can and will be purchased. Political assassination is routine, often with distinct calling cards as a message for other potential rats. And, of course a massive expansion of the Soviet propaganda machine, which has proved very effective in turning people in the west whose grievances against their own society are bigger than their brains.

Although in the scheme of things it is nothing in comparison to Hillary's email server and Strzok and Page's texts. And the AGW hoax.

 

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sdholloway56
Senior Advisor

Re: The Chekists

Back in the day the Wise Men would opine that the SU had a severe demographic problem in that the population was going to be majority non-Russian and highly Muslim in the near future.

The collapse shed them of most of those satellites and even provided for their continued operation as branch corruption offices under other former Chekists.

But the Putin Union is now mostly ethnic Russian and that is a powerful nationalist force for the continuation of the mafia society. And the experience led them to understand that nativism and racism were the Achilles heel of the cosmopolitan west.

The Putin Union does have a demographic problem- the birth rate has recovered to close to replacement rate but there is a dearth of women of childbearing age. Although I'm not sure how much conventional economics apply to a gangster state as long as there are enough worker bees to keep the resources flowing.

sdholloway56
Senior Advisor

Re: The Chekists

Although I do think that at some point China recovers a lot of the Russian Far East that the Tsars conquered over the course of past centuries.

sdholloway56
Senior Advisor

Re: The Chekists

The Poles and the pro-western Catholic Ukrainian majority* are still pretty religious.

Most other post-Soviet populations not so much.

That would include Avigdor Lieberman's right wing party of Russian emigres in Israel. They have no problem with killing the Arabs but also no patience for the exceptional privileges that Bibi used to buy the allegiance of the Orthodox.

*clearly the better of the lot in a severely messed up place. Although in deference to Bullwinkle's History Corner, they- and the Croats in Yugoslavia- saw collaboration with the Nazis as their path to freedom from the Soviets. That choice is a pretty good example of just how messed up.

sdholloway56
Senior Advisor

Re: The Chekists

The Russians had to be having a helluva laugh when they started poking around the internet and found that guns were a gaping back door into American pathos.