On this anniversary, most Russian commentators, of course, are focusing on Lenin’s desire to put his government beyond the reach of German forces. As the Muscovite state approaches its pseudo-elections, the historiosophical meaning of the transfer of capitals may be more important.



The Soviet state when it could sought to eliminate all those who worked against it especially if they fled abroad, but, Felshtinsky points out, Putin has added a new and mafia-like dimension to this: he has sought to kill all the members of the family of those who he views as his enemies.


Photo: Yury Felshtinsky


“Putin is not competitive in any real election,” Eidman says, so even Grudinin is a threat, despite the fact that he has a lot of baggage and has an uncertain program, albeit one that is generally left of center.


Photo: Igor Eidman


“I would expect, at the minimum, several scores of entities/individuals (close to Putin) to be sanctioned in the next round of US sanctions lodged against Russia – likely in the next few weeks.


“The world must become consistently Russophobic in all sectors, from economics to sports,” Muzhdabayev says. If it doesn’t, “the fascistic majority of Russian society will never recognize” that it is hated not because of who it is but because of what its leaders do and will not see any reason to change.

Using corruption, Nemets says, the Kremlin between 1992 and 2013, disordered the ruling stratum in Ukraine, openly the way for Putin’s Crimean Anschluss and his hybrid war against that country.  But now, he continues, the Russian leadership is going after even bigger fish: searching for and finding figures in the US elite ready, willing and able to be corrupted. The Russian commentator cites an article by US-based Russian historian Yury Felshtinsky that Moscow has funneled dirty Russian money into the US “via the Trump organization,” an action that at a minimum suggests the Russian side has leverage over parts of it.


Crypto experts such as Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin and Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse have warned about the big drop. For example, Buterin tweeted on Saturday: “Reminder: cryptocurrencies are still a new and hyper-volatile asset class, and could drop to near-zero at any time. Don’t put in more money than you can afford to lose.”



About Putin’s expanding use of mercenary military units, Maxim Mironov says. “If we want to have a strong and successful army, then the military must fight under the flag of their native country. And generals must take responsibility not only for victories but also for defeats.”  And the families of those who die in that cause must be taken care of.


“If you break into a house and steal only some small thing, it is still breaking and entering even if it shows that you are not much of a thief.”

Ash: Progress has been made with gas price reform, e-declarations, reform of VAT refunds, prozorro, but much more needs to be done, and perhaps the ACC [Anti-Corruption Court] could be the game changer.

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