Thursday, July 2, 2020

Vladimir Putin, world's most successful gangster?

Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking in a CBS "60 Minutes" interview that aired in 2015 refuted claims that he was a gangster. "How can I be a gangster if I worked for the KGB?" Putin said "Come on. That doesn't correspond to reality."
The KGB is among the most repressive organizations in history. Putin is a master of what he learned. Manipulate. Lie. Repress. Putin's ability to act as a broker between the worlds of politics, money, and criminality is unmatched.Today's reality is that the former officer in the KGB, who is already among the world's longest serving leaders, can rule until 2036. He will be aged 83 if he lasts that long.

Putin's ascent began in the legal department of President Yeltsin.
He was appointed head of the FSB – the successor to the KGB. Putin turned the FSB into a mercenary for any gangster, criminal or corrupt businessman able to pay. He also became the primary source of information on Yeltsin opponents. Yeltsin rewarded Putin by making him prime minister in August 1999. Within a few months, Putin became acting president when Yeltsin resigned.

Over the ensuing two decades, Putin has become a de facto monarch, with power rivaling any Tsar. He has established a support network of the richest capitalists who rely on him completely for their fortunes and status.