Flash Podcast: Putin has lost his gaze and touch with reality, according to the expert

Experts in Vladimir Putin’s presidential court are used to the fact that the clouds of information fog are always shrinking around him. On the one hand, experts watch Putin in his statements, which are not at all stable, because the Russian president often refutes them himself. At other times, numerous testimonies from secret security services, anonymous collaborators or the Russian opposition shine in the fog. Pundits are also tracking the smoke of Putin’s fog with their analyses, and endless clouds are being blown by ideas. Over the past two years, however, the clouds around the Russian president have become more impenetrable as he steps away from everyone’s privacy over fears of possible coronavirus infection.

“During the pandemic, Putin limited his contacts to certain people, so he stopped communicating with important players. The functioning of Russian society is a combination of formal and informal relationships. This is the case in all societies, but informal relations are essential in Russia,” said one of the aspects provoked by the president’s cut. Politicians and officials at all levels of the Russian government personally deal with a large part of the agenda, from law enforcement to So, according to Veronika Sušová, Salmin from the Center for Global Studies of the Institute of Philosophy of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic did not receive people whose Putin would informally learn different information than what was presented to him.

“We don’t know what information he has. He receives red message boards. It’s generally known that he doesn’t read the internet or seek independent information. We don’t know if they write to him in these logs that everything is going according to plan, as he has publicly stated, or that it’s just a cover-up maneuver.“, says the scientist about Putin’s fog.

Geroj tired

Another difficult question is whether Putin isolated himself out of fear for his life or wanted relief. After all, he celebrated his 69th birthday on October 7 and has held senior positions in the state since 1999.”As I personally look at Putin, he is starting to show fatigue and age. The Russian governance model is terribly demanding, whether on the nerves, on the weather and other things. It was obvious that before the invasion he delegated things more and only focused on selective matters. “The historian returns to the coronavirus period, during which Vladimir Putin even wrote a 25-page essay, ‘On the Unity of Russians and Ukrainians,’ and published it in July 2021. The essay pointed out that Putin’s relationship with Ukraine was very problematic, not only strategic but also emotional.” And he destroyed his brotherly union with her, which he probably does not realize, “added Veronika Sušová Salminem.

According to the historian, the emotions that could be seen during his public appearances, which are unusual for him, testify to the fact that the question of Ukraine’s affiliation with Russia is important for Vladimir Putin. “When I heard a speech recognizing the separatist republics and then a speech launching a so-called special operation, I got carried away in both cases. He was breathless, swallowing at times, so his nerves must have shown themselves. He was equally nervous or emotional when he had to disembark in 2014 after a Malaysian plane was shot down over Ukraine. But then it was very sudden, he had some preparation here,” the pundit explained.

Putin’s replacement?

Media and pundits believe Vladimir Putin could be deposed and replaced. But according to Sušová Salmin, this cannot be predicted. He also refuses to consider who could eventually replace him in power. He understands why some oligarchs and part of society would like to replace the current president. Putin, with his “special operation”, demolished everything he had built during his reign. “Putin’s basic policy in 20 years has been to stabilize. Stabilization of elites and society. Some even use the word stabilocracy for the regime, that is to say a government of stability. But the movement is very destabilizing. The historian points out in conclusion that the Russians, unlike the West, can adapt well to change.

Russian oligarchs assess the invasion of Ukraine and the relationship between Finns and Russians, Veronika Sušová Salminem said in the Blesk podcast:


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