MOSCOW-Vladimir Putin is close to each other. It is not clear where he lives, how many children or lovers he has, whether his health has deteriorated or whether he intends to stay in power.
The KGB old man’s love of secrecy has long caused an uproar among rumors and conspiracy theories, and these rumors and conspiracy theories will quietly unfold around Moscow. But 2020 is a year when rumors are out of control. Encouraged by the omnipotence of the online rumor factory, the Russian media now dare to publish it.
This year’s tabloid reported the story of the Russian president who was sick and preparing to withdraw from the Kremlin. On November 1
Some people claimed that the president had cancer, while others claimed that he had Parkinson’s disease. Putin dissatisfiedly playing with a video of a folder in October sparked rumors that he had some degenerative disease.
Pro-Putin ideologists often emphasize that “Russia is Putin”, so media reports and analysis of Putin’s health are an important issue for Russia’s future.
There is no evidence of all this. The closest thing to the official Kremlin health report is the occasional shirtless photo.
Professor Valery Solovey, who has become one of Moscow’s most notorious sensationalists, has hyped up on YouTube this year, claiming that Putin is planning to withdraw at any time due to certain “force majeure”.
Speculation about Putin’s long-term health seems to contradict his decision to push for legislation to enable him to remain in power until 2036. This work officially started in January last year, and he decided to stamp a rubber stamp on this basis. The referendum throughout the summer is not legally necessary, but it provides Putin with an opportunity to show that Putin won the referendum with ease as expected and that he is still the boss.
The move of power failed to calm the speculation of the Moscow elite, where the names of potential successors kept buzzing.
On the Moscow Echo Radio station, known as the ears of Moscow, the editor-in-chief Aleksey Venediktov reported that the top two were former President Dmitry Medvedev (Dmitry Medvedev). ) And the current Security Council Vice President Sergei Naryshkin (Sergei Naryshkin) intelligence.
Others claim that there will be another Putin after Putin. Roman Putin, the president’s nephew, seems to have great political ambitions-the businessman with a familiar name this month formed a new party called “Russia No Corruption”.
In November last year, the Duma-Russian Kremlin-friendly parliament passed the first reading of a bill that further incited Putin’s intentions. The bill would grant the Russian president and his family immunity from prosecution after they leave office. Immunity.
Vladimir Solovyov (Vladimir Solovyov) Businessman Newspaper commentators said Putin left a very confusing picture for Russia. He said: “This year, he amended the constitution to ensure more terms, but now, he has put more people into trouble and said he doesn’t know whether he will run for election again in 2024.”
Solovyov told The Daily Beast that he and many others believed that Putin would try to transfer power to close allies, just like Nursultan Nazarbayev did in the former Soviet Union, Kazakhstan. , Is still the strong behind the scenes. Nazarbayev (Nazarbayev) resigned as president after nearly 20 years as president, but still retained his position as the chairman of the Security Council and the “throne of power.”
Seeing that Putin’s support of Alexander Lukashenko was the support of Alexander Lukashenko, and the post-Soviet people of Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus were trying to force him to resign, which changed Solovyov’s analysis. .
He said: “If we didn’t think he would choose a peaceful way to transfer power like Kazakhstan, then it now appears that he would choose the bloody and violent situation in Belarus.”
Putin has suppressed the protests this year, thinking that even a one-person demonstration is unacceptable.
The thrust of Putin’s strategy has not changed for decades: the Russian president has brought former KGB officials like him to all key management areas of public life in order to provide security for what he calls the power vertical.
More and more public debates in Russia are defined as spying conspiracies. Reports, myths, legends about Putin’s whereabouts, the business life of his associates, his personal life, stories of spies and spies described by the government, not as public information, should be shared.
For example, where did Putin spread the epidemic, and the epidemic has weakened his popularity?
no one knows. There were media reports this year that Putin had established an exact copy of the Kremlin office in Sochi so that his location would not be discovered even among those speaking in front of the camera. Officials hint that this statement is misinformation peddled by foreign spy agencies.
It is also believed that Putin has a secret hideout in the remote Altai Mountains bordering Mongolia.
Any taxi driver in the Altai Republic of Siberia thinks they know the approximate location of Putin’s residence. They said it was about 600 kilometers on the Chuisky highway, and he was often there. The rising helicopter in the sky convinced the locals that Putin spent most of his time in the Altai Mountains during the spring and summer isolation period, although of course no one knew.
Putin’s private life has also been hidden for decades and has caused a lot of speculation over the years, but it has accelerated in recent months.
In November, some media reported that Putin and Svetlana Krivonogikh had a secret daughter in St. Petersburg. This story aroused people’s curiosity about the life of the teenagers involved, but it also caused corruption.
How did Putin’s so-called lover (who was a cleaner) obtain a large amount of equity in the Rosia Bank run by some of Putin’s long-term partners?
In 2014, on the day the Russian Parliament passed a law recognizing Crimea’s accession to the Russian Federation, the US Treasury Department approved the owners and partners of Rosia Bank.
Corruption has been a characteristic of the Russian elite since the Soviet era. Boris Vishnevsky, deputy chairman of the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly, told The Daily Beast: “No one is surprised at the corruption of those in power. “But more and more people are watching Alexey Navalny’s The independent investigation is just to understand the details. “
Navani’s online exposure and his local political campaigns enabled him to effectively become the leader of the Russian opposition.
Here, the spy game comes into play again.
Navalny was poisoned to death by Novichok while Putin’s demonstrations in eastern Siberia were increasing. Navani survived, but by early September, 77% of Russians knew about the assassination attempt.
Bellingcat described the attack in detail, including the specific names of Russian secret service agents who had been following the opposition leader when he was poisoned to death. It seems to be conclusive evidence that the security department should be condemned.
When Putin faced the report at the annual press conference, he did not deny that the main point of the report was that Navani was tracked, and the mobile phone records mentioned in the report actually belonged to FSB officials of the Federal Security Agency. But the spy game has deepened since then.
Putin said: “The patient in the Berlin clinic has the support of the US intelligence services.” He did not point out that Navalny was being treated in Germany. “So the Russian special forces should follow him.”
The Russian president claimed that Belling Cat, CNN, insiders and mirror The magazine has helped US intelligence personnel “legalize” false information from foreign spies.
Putin believes he and his secret service personnel have surpassed Navani.
The President regards all publicity efforts, including his own family life, as a “trick” in the information war.
Former Congressman Dmitry Gudkov firmly believes that public frustration with Putin will only increase, especially because even FSB agents cannot maintain their final status. Gudkov said to the “Daily Beast”: “You can find the truth about Putin’s agent without any difficulty, and you can purchase mobile phone call data without any problems.”
Putin relies on the spy game of his FSB agents to secure his future, but in a world where online reports and whirlwind rumors have undermined all their authority, Putin hopes to keep this pretence diminishing.