Former Russian Deputy Minister of Energy Vladimir Milov Explains Putin’s Rise

Vladimir Milov served under Vladimir Putin as his Deputy Energy Minister. Since then they had a little fall out. US General H. R. McMaster interviewed him for his show ‘Battlegrounds’ (organized by the Hoover Institute). In the interview Mister Milov shares with us some insights into Putin’s rise, the inner workings of the administration in Russia and the attitude of the public. The full recording is long and you find it here.

This video summarises and adds illustrations to the audio. Unfortunately, the microphone and/or sound setting of the original document are not great and I do not know how to improve on that. If somebody can clean it up and make it available to me, I will re-upload it with the polished sound. But in any event it is easily comprehensible still. On some segments (notably at the beginning) the voice modulation sounds strange. This is because my cuts “corrected” grammar flaws or pre-empted an interruption of the interviewer that make listening to it rather more difficult. They do not misrepresent Vladimir Milov’s views (and everybody can check the original to prove me right).

Carl Bildt On The Unclear Motivations of Russia

Carl Bildt is a Swedish diplomat and conservative politician. In a conversation with Russian dissident Vladimir Milov he addresses the fact that the motivations stated by Russia make no sense. Ukraine’s constitution even forbade a NATO membership. This was only changed after Russia annexed Crimea, occupied government buildings in the East of the country through proxy “separatist” forces and armed years of attempts at an insurrection.

The full conversation

creative commons pic used and the inspiration for the Hydra image

Helen Dale On Ukraine And Her Own Experience With Dishonest Fascism Allegations

Helen Dale’s first novel ‘The Hand That Signed The Paper’ won critical acclaim and a variety of prestigious prizes like the Miles Franklin Award. Yet, what followed her heightened visibility in the public eye was not a privileged pathway to more success, but a decades-long cancel-culture witchhunt. In her book she described the pressures on and the weaknesses of Ukrainians during WWII. Stalin committed a genocide against them only a few years earlier. The Nazis, at the time, looked like an opportunity to break free from Russian control. It is this historical dilemma Vladimir Putin weaponizes against Ukraine today. In those dark years a disproportionate number of Holocaust enablers emerged from this brutalised country. Cultures change. Ukrainians have made huge strides in the past. One very visible, and thus often repeated, example is that they voted for a president who is the descendent of survivors of both major genocides the country had seen, the Holocaust and the Holodomor.

Konstantin Kisin on the War in Ukraine

I summed up, re-organised and illustrated some of the points Konstantin made in his conversation with Triggernometry partner Francis Foster. You find the full conversation here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNnq8gMAE-8

Please, share my content! I try to upload fairly regularly. Sometimes, though, I invest time in improvements which is bad for the social media algorithms. This time I made a pause to set myself up to make these illustrations that I premiere today with this video.

I re-purposed a creative license image to speed up the process (I didn’t want to think up a street scenery):
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Street_in_Cartagena,_Colombia.jpg

Ms Ladson Gets Away With It – The Ursula von der Leyen Song

lyrics:
She’s got the job she was not running for
Walking through that open door.
The EU parliament did consent,
Was as always irrelevant.

And this she doesn’t want you to know:
Ladson was her name to go.
Called herself after slave holders.

Southern princess.
Noble pride.
She felt it was alright.
A pedigry others envy.
She had it all in sight.

Instigators
Of the Civil War.
Her decision
She’s got excuses for.
She gets away with it.

A great grandma
She hardly met.
A bogus terror threat.
The communists – after her head – wanted to see her dead.

And this she doesn’t want you to know:
Consultants for jobs high and low
Paid for; on a tax-payer’s dime.

Brought in Suder
From McKinsey
Who sluiced the industry
With deals from the ministry.

Ladson padded her back.
A conscience she lacked.
She gets away with it.

Perfect strangers
Saw the intranet;
The depository;
Holes in the armory.

Bad for the defence.
Come on! Let’s dance!
She gets away with it.

And this she doesn’t want you to know.
Stabs your back.
Friend or foe.
Hunts witches for cheap power games.

Robbed the military
Of its history.
Even of Chancellor Schmidt
She got rid.
The portraits went.
The vintage banned.
She gets rid of it.

Paranoia! Nazi scare!
She just loves the flair.
The truth bogged down in the mud:
She’s just a dud.

And this my friend is not yet the end.
Ms Ladson gets away with it.
The karaoke sing along:

further reading:
[consultants affair 1][German] https://tinyurl.com/y53jvduj [English|Google translate]https://tinyurl.com/yxwy8924 [archived] https://tinyurl.com/y3cffq4d
[consultants affair 2][German] https://tinyurl.com/yxduj6h3 [English|Google translate]https://tinyurl.com/y6pcnzkg [archived]https://archive.fo/ei5mk
[consultants affair 3][German] https://tinyurl.com/y53jvduj [English|Google translate] https://tinyurl.com/yxwy8924 [archive} https://archive.fo/5vTi5
[consultants affair 4][German] https://tinyurl.com/y6nhfku9 [English|Google]https://tinyurl.com/y2ko483r [archive]https://archive.fo/xhKRZ
[admission that she was rather enrolled than actually studying at LSE| article stub because of paywall][German] https://tinyurl.com/y2m4pgpq [archived]https://archive.vn/cjMzL
[great grandma and RAF excuse][German] https://tinyurl.com/yyuhjhjh [English|Google translate]https://tinyurl.com/y2ad3n6v
[the Bundeswehr iconoclasm][German] https://tinyurl.com/yx8zstgl [English|Google translate]https://archive.fo/lToRY
[intranet access][German] https://tinyurl.com/yxw8ztan [English|Google translate]https://tinyurl.com/yy2jsszo [archive] https://archive.fo/1pqSp
[Clintoning her phone][German] https://tinyurl.com/y2hemxyx%5BEnglish|Google translate] https://tinyurl.com/y4k5kxfo [archive]https://archive.fo/r9kwk

You will find the sound file on soundcloud.com (click trailer):

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