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Sunday, February 03, 2008

The Sunday Stalin: Putin Turns the KGB Wolf Pack Loose

The Moscow Times reports:

President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia's domestic intelligence service on Wednesday to increase its vigilance against attempts by foreigners to interfere in the March presidential election. Putin has portrayed domestic liberal opponents, who accuse him of reviving autocratic rule, as Western puppets, and he wants a smooth transition of power to his chosen successor, Dmitry Medvedev. "You must step up efforts to receive timely information about any attempts to interfere in our domestic affairs," Russian news agencies quoted Putin as telling a meeting of Federal Security Service leaders. "This country is a sovereign state, and we will not allow anyone to manipulate the election campaign from abroad."

Putin's eight years in power have seen strong economic growth and the return of relative stability after a decade of post-Soviet turmoil. Putin, a former KGB spy, has often said Russia's economic and diplomatic resurgence has fuelled envy and opposition in the West. Opinion polls indicate Medvedev will win an overwhelming victory on March 2. Opponents say they are allowed little or no access to the media and suffer from government interference. "The task of all state structures is to make sure that [the polls] are democratic, that there is social and political stability," Putin said. Putin has described the FSB as a "key national institution" and has sharply increased its budget.

On Wednesday he praised the FSB for what he said was its progress in fighting terrorism in Russia. "In past years, the state was not capable of effectively opposing terrorism," Putin said, referring to political turmoil and economic crises in the 1990s. "The number of terrorist acts was incredible and the terrorists' impudence was immense. Now, the number of terrorist attacks elsewhere in the world is on the rise, while their number in Russia drops annually by 70 percent." Putin said the FSB's new task was to make sure corruption and criminality did not disrupt Russia's economic boom. "You should stop corruption and abuse of power, use all your potential to uncover cunning schemes to steal budget funds," he told the FSB leaders.


misha said...

I read the title to this article: "Putin Turns the KGB Wolf Pack Loose," and it conjured up images of old Vlad Putin sending the flying monkeys forth in pairs from his evil castle somewhere on the Volga. But then I read the actual Moscow Times article further down, and I found it difficult for me to disagree with anything President Putin has said. How anyone can disagree with Putin's remarks to FSB chiefs? You disagree? Why? Perhaps you can more specific? You just don't like Putin? You don't like Russians? You don't think Russian Federation deserves the chance to be a normal sovereign country like any other? I mean what is it? Maybe you think President Putin's remarks speak for themselves. I think so too, but it looks to me like Putin's remarks speak very much in his favor.

You think the Russian president should not try to stop foreign countries from interfering in Russian elections? You think he should not try to stop corruption and abuse of power? The FSB is the national security service of Russia? What they are supposed to be doing if they not protecting the Russian national security? Maybe they can drive limousines for oligarchs? Maybe they can all defect from Russia and run away to Britain and offer to sell "real inside story" about FSB, all sorts of crazy schemes from Putin to kill Russian people so he can increase power (as if Putin needs such schemes to increase his power in country which already love and trust him and will listen to whatever he says). What is the point of this article? What exactly are you trying to prove by publishing it here? I must to be confused, because I thought you would only publish something that would make Putin and Russia look bad, not which will make them look good.

La Russophobe said...

You can try to think of it like this, if indeed you can think:

Replace the KGB stormtroopers with American Marines and Putin with George W. Bush.

Now do you understand?