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Why Thousands of Dead Russian Soldiers Are Probably Beyond the Skills of Putin’s Disinformation Propaganda Gaslighters and May Strike at the Heart of Putin’s Social Contract with Russians and the Foundations of His Power
By Brian E. Frydenborg (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter @bfry1981) March 13, 2022; excerpted and slightly adapted from his article The beginning of the end for Putin? Why the Russian Army Can (and Should) Revolt published by Diary of small wars 8 Marchwhat was presented on March 9 by True Clear Defense, The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) Summary of Democracyand FOS News; see related RCN article excerpted and slightly adapted from this article:
See also Brian previous February 21 Diary of small wars room The complete banality of Putin’s Kabuki campaign in Ukraine, Featured by FOS News February 26; see related RCN articles excerpted and slightly adapted from this article:
WASHINGTON and SILVER SPRING – The purpose of my last excerpt was to show how disgusting and reckless, even cruel, the Russian military has been with the lives of its soldiers, how abusive and deceitful it has been to these fighters from Russia and their families. And the point of it all is to acknowledge that, through such unforgivable conduct toward Russia’s own soldiers and their families, Putin and his cronies may have finally sown the bittersweet seeds of their own demise. It was one thing with the hundreds of hidden deaths for eight years with “volunteer” deployments in the rebel-held parts of the Lugansk and Donetsk regions (known together as Donbass) in eastern Ukraine (discussed in more detail earlier); it’s already a completely different phenomenon with thousands of deceased less than two weeks later Putin’s exponential escalation throughout Ukraine.
Even taking into account the possibility that some images and videos from Ukraine are not authentic, there are still (as I noted recently) many real images of dead Russian soldiers and destroyed Russian vehicles, proof of the lies of Putin to his own people and his lack of skill in managing and leading the Russian military, evidence that is increasingly destroying his credibility not only with his own people, but also with his own soldiers and their officers.
The dead collectively are something very hard for Kremlin Spinmasters and apologists in Russia and around the world to explain himself, an undeniable public monument to Putin’s stunning failure. The truth is huge, visible even from afar, and death on the scale that the Russian military is experiencing just across a border where many Russians have friends and family. cannot be hidden by Putin of its people forever: Russia is not North Korea, its people are not North Koreans.
As more and more Russians take part in the horrible picture, they will realize how thoroughly gassed they were, how pathetically their army behaved under the leadership of one man so desperate to project his strength that he literally rides shirtless on a horse pose for photos for public consumption.
The key psychological element here is that the foundation of Putin’s regime rests on the idea of restoring Russian strength. So when the Russian people realize how totally degraded the Russian Armed Forces are after two decades of Putin’s leadership, only able to strike Georgia and Syria and utterly humiliated by their first real challenge under Putin’s Potemkin regime in a war with the much smaller and far weaker Ukraine – which Russia has always considered a little brother, a former vassal of Russia over the past centuries – and understanding that thousands of their sons have been needlessly butchered in a needless war as Russia reaches its economic nadir and isolation under well-deserved historic sanctions, there is going to be a huge public outrage.
For Putin’s whole deal with his people was “Give me your fledgling democracy to throw away and I’ll raise you up and deliver you from the abyss of the humiliated Russia of Boris Yeltsin”, yet Russia now finds itself – after only a few days in the absurdity of Putin. war – precisely where Putin promised to keep him away: the low status of laughing stock of the Yeltsin years, not respected, just tolerated because of its nuclear weapons and its natural resources.
As more and more Russians realize this, Russians as a whole will realize that the deal he has made with Putin many times over the years is null and void, that they owe him no allegiance or support since the little man delivered (after a certain stability) mainly illusions and repression. : the weakness of the Russian military, state and international position has now been exposed in a few days to the whole world as the Ukrainian people kick the ass of the Russian military, the state-led international order United goes into action to show how defenseless the key institutions of Russian daily and economic life are rendered if America and its allies Will they want to be soand the whole world is isolating Russia as a pariah because no leading state has ever been isolated before.
This last point deserves to be clarified: Germany, Japan and Italy had between them and many vassals during the Second World War. Today, Russia could only count on the support of four other pariahs: Belarus (essentially its puppet), Syria (its mass-murdering client state), the Stalinist/Maoist relic of North Korea, and Eritrea in one historical 141-5 votes at the United Nations condemning Putin’s invasion of Ukraine (China, Russia so-called new “best friend”, wanted no part in the historical record of being seen as being firmly on Russia’s side here, settling for cowardly and pathetic abstention, a choice shared by 34 others).
According to an important CNN survey conducted shortly before Putin launched his full war against Ukraine, when asked ‘Would it be right for Russia to use military force to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO’, half of Russians answered ‘Yes’ , a quarter “No”, a quarter “No”. know; “if the war was presented as a war” to “bring Russia and Ukraine together”, this support fell to just 36% “Yes”, “No” rising to a plurality of 43%, with 21% as “I do not know”.
It is remarkable that the war figures are not higher if one considers the Insane media atmosphere inside Russia and how it flows throughout public life in Russia. It’s a constant Orwellian bombardment of one Alternate universeone where Russia is a perpetual victim fight against the whole world. Ukrainians with relatives and friends in Russia (as well as pro-Russian separatist parts of Ukrainian Donbass and one the very Russian Crimea controlled by Russia since the invasion and annexation of this region in 2014) are even have inane conversations with these brainwashed relatives and friends, these relatives and friends telling appalled Ukrainians laughable fictions about the reality of the war. The pull of Kremlin propaganda is so strong that these wayward friends and relatives believe in fantasy rather than their own blood as they dare to lecture about the invasion to those who actually live through the bombs and invading shells. Kind of like America Capitol Trumpist Insurgents in the USA believe in one alternate reality bellowed by Fox News and his ilkas does Putin’s base in Russia (and the few Ukrainian regions with high proportions of Putin loyalists) consume loyally and enthusiastically Russian state-run TV channels » non-stop barrage from world according to Putin (and it is no coincidence that the American right-wing and Kremlin media ecospheres have huge overlapas I have noted in detail before).
As a result, most Russians actually get their news from state-run media, so most Russians, then, simply do not have a clear understanding of what is currently happening in Ukraine and believe as facts many outright lies while dismiss the real facts. Due to the relentless propaganda, lies and direct gaslighting that characterizes the public landscape of media and government apparatchiks in Russia, they believe this is a humanitarian peacekeeping operation limited, mainly in the Donbass region of Ukraine, with few Russian casualties.
But there are others in Russia who see past propaganda and misinformation. And the fragile reality of the Kremlin’s fake news operations can crumble like a house of cards in the face of harsh realities, none more likely to cause this than thousands of dead Russian soldiers and their enraged families.
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