Sham elections cement Putin’s usurpation of power in Russia

Presidential "elections" are held in Russia
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If the Russian troops are ousted from the Ukrainian land, the Kremlin regime will change overnight. And then the “boyars” [Russian nobles] around the “tsar” decide whom to appoint as the new “tsar.” Their degree of control over him is another question. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. The current Russian tsar has usurped power completely and irrevocably.

The latest sham elections confirm this with certainty. Even though these 87% of the vote were “pencilled in” to [Russian dictator Vladimir] Putin, on the other hand, this is evidence that the vast majority of serfs want a powerful tsar. So, everything remains to exist in a paradigm familiar to the Russian mentality.

We’ve been waiting for a positive change at the front for two years. But it turns out that the West, while helping us very little now, is helping Russia very well. In this regard, I will now be very interested in what the European Union foreign ministers will write today when they meet to discuss the results of these so-called “elections.” So, I expect that it will only be a condemnation of holding elections in occupied Ukrainian territories, concerns will be expressed that the elections weren’t free, unfair, or legitimate.

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But the main conclusion that the honorable ministers should come to is to recognize not only the illegitimacy of the elections, but to take a logical step further: to recognize the illegitimacy of the so-called winner of the illegitimate elections. But here, unfortunately, they lack courage and political will. Just as it’s lacking when we talk about the need to provide us with those types of weapons that can really turn the tide of battle in Ukraine’s favor. Only the recent statements by [French President Emmanuel] Macron give some hope that, after all, the West will understand that this Russia must be ended.

This war did strengthen Putin’s power

As for the United States, I think the U.S. government will recognize the elections as illegitimate but won’t recognize Putin as illegitimate. For some reason, this tells me my experience of previous assessments of what was happening, I remember the year 2014, all other so-called “elections” in the occupied territories. They were not recognized, but those who held them were still palatable enough. As for [U.S. presidential candidate] Donald Trump, I don’t think he’ll take any position, as usual, and will instead hide behind some euphemisms and leave himself room for maneuver. I think nothing will change now.

This war did strengthen Putin’s power. Despite all the terrible losses, despite the fact that they’ve already crossed all lines imaginable, the [Russian] people are already coming out with posters saying, “We’re ready to die just to help Putin.” This isn’t fiction. Therefore, in this case, he can consider himself a winner and no “boyars” will be able to make a squeak.

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If Putin loses, and this loss will be a retreat to the borders of 1991, the “boyars” who actually pushed him to this war may think the tsar should be replaced. But even now there is a possibility that the “boyars” who have sustained material losses from this war can collide with the others who want the hostilities to continue. And then Russia will face a time of turmoil when some will fight against the others. Is it beneficial to us? Of course. Is it possible? Of course. We return to the topic of Western aid to Ukraine. If this aid is in place, the turmoil I just mentioned is quite realistic.

Everything else would be an imitation. So, I wouldn’t look for signs of the beginning of turmoil in the removal or appointment of new people to the government of the new-old Russian president. No, it doesn’t matter who will be appointed as a new Russian Prime Minister. Talks about some “successor” who will become the new Russian prime minister, in my opinion, are clearly misguided. It doesn’t matter at all if he replaces someone with someone else, because all decisions are made by Putin. What is the name of the prime minister, what is the name of the defense minister or the finance minister, that’s not the point. Because the very system of decision-making in Moscow means the tsar makes all decisions, with all others being his serfs. At the same time, the level of serfdom depends on proximity to the tsar. A closer serf can be considered an honored one, the one who is a little further from the tsar less honored, etc. That is, all this hierarchical serfdom remains unchanged, regardless of what the position of this serf is called. Therefore, it’s hardly possible not to think that a change of government or a change of executors of this government can change something. For as long as the tsar is in power, he’ll do what he wants.

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That’s why I don’t believe in the transition of power from Putin to a new prime minister — like it happened with Boris Yeltsin and Putin. The circumstances aren’t the same. Putin is setting himself as a macho man who rides horses, flies fighter jets, and dives to the bottom of the sea. Where do you see that he has a desire to share power with anyone? He’s not feeble Yeltsin who would drift off during the negotiations and go completely gaga. Putin still considers himself perfectly capable and is doing everything to preserve the status quo for at least a few more years. That’s why I keep coming back to the same thing over and over again: only the Ukrainian military can destroy him, no one else.

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