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Mass murderers among themselves

Three names of villains dominate the headlines of the media these days: Russia’s ruler Vladimir Putin, Belarus’s dictator Alexander Lukashenko and the commander of the “private army” Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin. All three are responsible for thousands of deaths and millions of refugees.

One of these three villains now poses as an angel of peace. Lukashenko says he “mediated between Putin and Prigozhin, preventing bloodshed in Russia.” Lukashenko claims to have told Prigozhin to end his “march of justice” to Moscow or his soldiers would be “squashed like bugs.” At least that is what Lukashenko himself is said to have said, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

But perhaps Prigozhin and his Wagner troupe were in fact on their way to Bayreuth for the Wagner Festival and had accidentally strayed from the path in the direction of Moscow – as the TAZ suggested. Who knows exactly what the three violent fuzzies were up to with and against each other and what they are still up to. Is it really as important as it was presented in the media?

It’s easy to imagine these three “gentlemen” ranting and cursing at each other and with each other on the phone. Probably not everything is quotable or worth quoting. On Russian state television, Putin called his former protégé a “traitor,” which is, after all, punishable by death in Russia. And “traitor” was probably still one of the harmless words with which the three top crooks dignified each other.

After a few hours of revolt, however, everything was fine again: Prigozhin and his few thousand soldiers turned back, the Wagner boss was allowed to go into exile in Belarus, and his soldiers were politely invited to join the official Russian army for good money. Putin and Lukashenko remain in office and Prigozhin may be alive for some time. Rarely has the world witnessed such a political soap opera, one would like to comment, if the spectacle were not so sad.

For the bloody war in Ukraine continues: people are murdered and injured or have to flee, valuable buildings are wantonly destroyed. The only question now is who will avenge whom most brutally and who will survive.

Almost overlooked in the Western media is what Putin’s confidant Dmitri Trenin said in the “Zeit”: in his desperation, Putin could actually reach for the nuclear bomb. “It’s like Russian roulette with a nuclear bullet in the revolver.” He added that there could then be attacks on NATO territory. “Such a battle would most likely quickly go nuclear and would eventually spread to U.S. territory. I am deeply concerned about the direction the current conflict is taking. If the West stays the course, it will be led to disaster.”

Rational policy is hardly to be expected from Moscow at present. Perhaps from the West?


Franz Alt 2023 / Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

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