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Expert: Putin has decided to rule for life

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe Crimean crisis has done one good thing. It is hard to say how large, but a part of Russian-speaking community in Latvia now understand that the freedom the country provides is more important than uniting once again with a corrupt, repulsive and poorly-managed state, says international affairs expert Edvins Inkens.

‘I have noticed one thing about these Russians – yes, we are being hurt here, everything is not ok, but please don’t come and save us. Some of Latvia’s Russians, let’s call them “our Russians”, now understand – Latvia provides advantages they will never have in Russia,’ – he said in an interview to Klubs magazine.

‘I believe most of them who were born in our beautiful country will become its patriots. I’m not talking about Zolitude and Kengarags – their people are different. They will always look forward to a change of power – Russia’s coming – as an opportunity. They are lying to themselves – they won’t have any opportunities. A change in the system will change everything for us, Latvians, and Latvian Russians who are already patriots of our country. I believe this movement has already begun – they are starting to formulate their own patriotic motto,’ – says the expert.

When asked if Vladimir Putin’s recent decisions came as a surprise to them, Inkens replied: ’Yes and no. No – in the sense that it was a process. Yes – because I do not believe everything will end with an occupation. I believe it was a form of showing off, so that he can demonstrate that he is the “boss” in the country. Secondly, it was done in order to send a message to the rest of the world – America is not the only big boy around here. We are big as well. Russia’s internal opposition was completely destroyed during this process. All those who may be interested in a multi-party system are bribed clowns whose only purpose is to come on stage at certain points and make a show. The actual opposition was too weak and poorly organized. It was destroyed and driven underground. Communication with them is considered a crime. I once thought this is more restricted to internal matters. But, no, the result is much worse.’

According to him, ‘assuming Putin does make rational decision, it is clear he has nowhere lest to go. He cannot allow himself to be replaced as a result of normal elections. He aims to rule his whole life. […] This person no longer has two roads. He has led himself on a straight line. Backing up would mean a prison sentence or even death. It’s clear he will only move forward.’

At the same time, he told Klubs that the question is – what is the end goal? Restoration of the Soviet Union, according to the expert, is only rhetoric – Russia is incapable of achieving something like that. A war is required to achieve this.

He also mentioned in his interview that a number of established stereotypes were broken as a result. People have concluded that there is, indeed, someone in the 21st century who acts as though he is in the 20th century. ‘At least Europe was a place where people did not use military force to solve their problems. Putin proved otherwise. […] Ukraine is truly Russia’s brother. So it seems a brother can be beaten – this is beyond any kind of logic. […] Putin proved – even the closest of neighbours can be conquered. What do we say about the rest?’ – he rhetorically asked.

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  1. mike walsh says:

    It will polarize positions. Most Russians would welcome his leadership. Putin, whether it fits our own agenda or not, is the most popular European leader since 1945. The NATO West will not approve. Indisputably the President is as popular in Russia and abroad as Obama and the un-elected EU clique are unpopular.

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    • Estonian says:

      Like in North Korea?

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    • Latvian says:

      Mr Walsh. While you have every right to your opinions, I do think it arrogant of you to monopolise the comments with your preaching.
      Maybe you feel that this website needs your comments in order to give a balanced view, but if so this is insulting to those of us who read it. We are intelligent enough to form our own views without being subjected to your preaching every day. I doubt that anyone uses this website as their sole source of information!

      You state that ‘the NATO west will not approve’. This is your opinion as opposed being a fact, and is not a comment on the article above. You state that Mr Putin is as popular in Russia and abroad as Obama is unpopular – again this is not a comment on the article and is certainly disputable. You refer to the ‘un-elected EU clique’ which yet again is nothing to do with the article and is factually wrong – the EU is rather more democratic than (for example) the UK with an unelected Head of State, a Prime Minister who is not elected by the people, and an unelected House of Lords.

      I am also puzzled why you choose to subject the readers of this website to your diatribes. Your connection to Latvia seems tenuous at best since you were neither born here nor are permanently resident here.

      Please do stop preaching to us – it is arrogant of you and is insulting to us.

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      • mike walsh says:

        I do not monopolise the Daily Mail comments. I just checked: of 747 thumbs up to my comments there are only 52 thumbs down. This is typical. There will be a more precise balanced view here when there is not just you and I and one other.
        Why are you insulted by someone expressing an opinion? Perhaps this might qualify you for a seat in Kiev’s government. You have little to say in criticism of that. But then that has the NATO stamp of approval on it.
        You disagree? Then kindly do more than that. Show evidence to support your contention rather than a lame ‘disputable’. The EU! Tell me how and when Herman van Rompuy and Jose Barrosa were elected – and by whom. Whilst you are at it identify the 27 EU Commissioners who effectively manage European affairs – including your own country’s. When did I ever defend British ‘democracy’?
        Why comment on Baltic News Network? I am an international journalist. The Baltic States then are ‘off limits’? Why is an opinion stated, of which you disagree relegated to a ‘diatribe.’ My Latvian connections are undoubtedly a damned sight less tenuous than you think and I have no doubt whatsoever that I am a great deal more popular, not just in Latvia but in the Baltic States than are you. By the way, on the one hand you defend the EU. M I not an EU citizen too? In fact, I am a citizen of three EU nations. You?
        If you disagree with me, fine. You are entitled to your opinions. Kindly comment in a Western, not a Soviet manner. Those days are thankfully past.

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        • Latvian says:

          Oh dear….

          “I have no doubt whatsoever that I am a great deal more popular, not just in Latvia but in the Baltic States than are you”

          What a childish comment for an international journalist.
          You really do have problems :-)

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