“For months, the Russian president has been plagued with rumors of his supposed ill-health, as his public appearances seem to show him trembling, twitching, or looking unsteady. Now, leaked documents claim he has both Parkinson’s and cancer (Picture: East2West/AP)”
Comment: This is really bad news. The last thing we need is a dying opponent desperate to seal his legacy in history. pl
Leaked Kremlin spy documents claim Putin has Parkinson’s and cancer (msn.com)
It’s in code. Either involving agent Ivy Marks or some money transfers during his stay in Dresden. “Four Marks?” “I five marks?” “I have Mark S?” Our analysts are not certain.
And with even nastier people waiting to take over if/when Putin departs soon.
The very first thing the post-Putin leadership will say, after sorting itself out, will be . . . ” Okay. No more Mr. Nice Guy.”
A face-saving peace all around before that happens would be a good thing, if Putin feels his face is saved and if “mediumists” can suppress the “maximalists” within the US/UK/NATO/Ukraine leadership.
“the Russian president has been plagued with rumors”: wrong.
The Western public opinion has been plagued with rumors about Putin’s health.
The poor man should be long dead and buried, according to this old PR campaign. Untiring as they are those who don’t know much but hope.
It seems wise to me to believe this nonsense when he is almost dead. To do otherwise is to clutch at straws.
By the way, with my failing memory, I sometimes write cryptic signs on my left hand so I don’t forget before shopping.
Or, Putin could be working, as he always has, to advance the interests of the Russian Federation and its people. I doubt that this man cares much for something as vaporous as “his legacy in history.” That’s already secure.
Putin could have had the legacy of the first effective post communist leader of Russia, a patriot, a beloved leader. Instead he will be remembered as the man who attempted, but failed, to restore the Russian Empire. He will be recalled as the man who spent (I believe he will have spent when done) over 100,000 Russian lives but failed to achieve an anachronism. He will be remembered as the man who set back Ukrainian/Russian relations for the next 100 years. Pity.
I regarded Putin as a half-decent king for Russia, until he started this war.
I’m sympathetic to the Russian view on NATO expansion, and to their preference for a Westphalian world order. But this war in Ukraine will just reinforce old Russophobias for another generation. It’s the wrong direction.
Mind you, the fools wanting a fall of government in Russia, or worse, a fracturing of the Federation, have no clue of the whole epic cycle of wars that would likely come in train from the gratification of their spite.
There needs to be peace, or the whole world is going to look more and more like Syria. Sure, life goes on, but there are more fruitful kinds of hardship for mankind than can be found in the wearisome labour of Mars.
“a half-decent king for Russia”
It seemed to me that he was working some unsatisfying but mostly successful policies to strengthen his leverage on affairs. (Comparable in that way to the US in IRAQ in the 1990s.) Sometimes you don’t want to force decisions. Everybody realized the hold on Europe that Nord Stream 2 would have given Russia, but it would have been very surprising for the Europeans to take that seriously enough to actually forego its benefits. Nobody approved the takeover of Crimea, but nobody was about to put muscle behind challenging it. Sanctions no doubt hurt, but over time workarounds were found and implemented. Russia appeared to be getting stronger in the world. Now its weaknesses have been put on display for everyone to see.
Nobody approved the takeover of Crimea…
That was comparatively elegant, to what we see now. Irony Alert? You feel that Crimea always was Ukrainian, all the way back to the Kievan Rus’ in the 9th century?
“You feel that Crimea always was Ukrainian”
Well no. It was never particularly Ukrainian. Or Russian. My only point was that the takeover by force was not widely recognized but was pretty much tolerated. Disapproval of the takeover was mostly disapproval of changing sovereignty by force. The residents weren’t actively hostile, so nobody cared all that much. The same was true of rump Donestk and Luhansk. The Ukrainians and the Russians were forced by political circumstance to fight over those, but even they didn’t actually want them. If the Russians had wanted them, they could have incorporated them at almost any time in the last 8 years. Everybody would have clucked and tutted, but nobody would have cared enough to actually do anything. They could have made some effort to develop the economic potential that was asserted by so many. The Russians just wanted to keep open the possibility of getting the places where use of force had gone against them.
RO: The Russian Federations’ interests and Putin legacy each day are going down the Ukrainian tubes!
The article posts a video and states it shows Putin is limping and trembling…but the video shows no limp and no trembling that I can see. Click-bait?
I confess to finding some irony in the juxtaposition of the following post to this one. Whatever you think of the man, Putin’s latest speech to the Valdai Discussion Club was an absolute tour de force. Standing in absolute contrast, Biden has now forgotten how many states there are and is increasingly living in the world constructed by his failing mind. I don’t like Biden but I take no pleasure in watching this, not least because it reminds me of my elderly mother being consumed by Alzheimer’s disease. Putin may be ill but Biden sure as hell is and should be allowed to retire gracefully and with dignity.
Putin’s legacy will certainly belong in the history books alongside many other men who believed they were advancing the interests of their people. What is written there will, as always, depend of who does the writing and it is too early yet to say who that will be.
My Impression of The Putin Photo..Dramatically Grasping The Soldiers Jacket will
clear Exposure of Putins Right Hand With Large Almost Numerals Markings ”
Was A Staged Photo Event…By Russian Photographers and Therefore ..
Deliberately Released To Be Talked About…..An Intel Op..
The Entire Video of Putin at the Range is On The Internet at Many Sites..Including WSJ on 10-21-22 Search..”Putin Visits Soldiers at Training Center” It Clearly shows Him laying on the ground Shooting and This Picture of Him Grasping the Soldiers Jacket..There are NO Marks on his Rght or Left Hands..
I don’t know a good place to post this, but it should interest some at this website:
Ray certainly knows something about the CIA’s analytical side.