Russia’s Paranoid Leader: Rule & Diplomacy By Fear & Intimidation

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 2:19 AM
December 22, 2013

Putin-offers-Ukraine        Paranoia in Russian president Vladimir Putin’s veins is seeping out into his foreign and domestic policies.  Having a huge land-rich nation is not enough. He Yearns to reestablish an Empire, and thus offers Ukraine $ 15 billion in cash and guaranteed low-cost oil deliveries, ignoring that Ukrainian people want unity with Europe. He also knocks Russian dissenters in line.  And he strongly backs Syria!

He suddenly closed down the government’s Novosti news agency, saying it gave too much air time to his opponents, replacing it with a supportive agency.  He has diminished the role of Prime Minister Medvedev, with whom he switches offices every election, and he publicly admits his nation faces huge problems.

At a recent news conference, ignoring his own history, he blithely promises to rein in corruption, and calls for Russian businesses to pay their fair share of taxes.  But he also acknowledged, what Reuter’s labels, “a phase of stagnation,” and what analyst Mikhail Delyagin warns is a “hostage of bureaucracy.”  In other words, Putin may be president, but ‘kleptocratic administrators’ run the country.

While important, these issues obscure Putin’s biggest fears––Muslim nations still under his control, as well as Muslims living within Russia.  As Matt of 1913 Intel writes: “ . . . Islamist threats emanating from the Caucasus region, North Caucasus and in particular Chechnya, represent a threat to Russian stability. . . Experienced Islamist fighters coming back from Syria could be a real problem.”

Understand that Mr. Putin backs Syria’s Assad because he re-enforces Shia Muslim rule––i.e. a few ruling over many.  The Muslims in those nations, as well as in Kazakhstan, Georgia,  Khiva, Tatarstan, etc., are all Sunni.  Upheaval by Sunni Muslims against Shia rule supposedly started Syria’s current civil war.

Moreover, some 50% of the soldiers in Russia’s military are Muslims.  The worry is how long will they agree to peacefully serve a Russian Orthodox nation. Another worry: how will Sunni Muslims returning from the Syrian front influence others in nations surrounding Russia, as well as those in its military, to revolt!

Putin also recognizes that while many of those soldiers, as well as other Muslims, want to permanently live in Restricted-voiceRussia, particularly in its capital Moscow, native Russians do not want them there––and many Russians have expressed displeasure on this issue with overt discrimination and even street riots.

Yes, Putin has a lot to worry about.  He recognizes what most Europeans don’t:  that the European Union itself is an empire.  That China is an empire. That the United States is an empire.  And that he needs the Ukraine, and all the other satellite nations close to Russia, if he is to pretend that Russia is still an empire.

Those are reasons for massive paranoia.  But then Putin should read Russian translations of Christian non-fiction prophecy books which promise that all nations and empires will fall to the Rule of The LORD Jesus Christ:  “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every name: That at The Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God The Father (Philippians 2: 9 – 11).”

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