Putin Threatens Russian Elites: “If I go down, you go down.”

Those who study Putin have reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin likely is experiencing severe anger regarding the recent invasion of Ukraine.

Invasion of Ukraine has been highly unsuccessful for Putin, with economic sanctions on Russia and Belarus, the near worthlessness of the Ruble, and Russia itself becoming a pariah on the international ground.

However, instead of admitting defeat or seeking a medium with Ukraine and the world, Putin doubled down, throwing harsh words at Russians who are against the invasion of Ukraine or sympathizing with “the West.”

“The Russian people will always be able to distinguish true patriots from scum and traitors and will simply spit them out like an insect in their mouth onto the pavement,” he said, shoulders hunched and staring down the barrel of the camera.

This behavior is highly irregular of Putin, who has always been highly calculating and logical. Putin’s language has been filled with emotional and ranting tone since February.

Putin’s speech is supposedly geared towards the Russian Elite, who have equally suffered from economic sanctions.

Almost 15,000 protesters have been arrested since the beginning of the war, with thousands more known to have escaped the country. Kremlin has labeled them as “traitors.”

Putin’s harsh usage of language and dividing the Russian population into “clean” and “unclean” categories are very reminiscent of the recent Trump presidency, along with the seemingly angry or emotional behavior seen by normally calm Putin.

How much of this is theatrics, one cannot know, but it may indeed require the world to adopt a different tactic and be more aggressive in showing Putin as an aggressor than before.

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