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).
Around 40 flights from the Middle East land at Minsk airport everyday. Thousands of migrants amass on the border to Lithuania, Latvia and Poland to put pressure on their border controls. The numbers keep rising because Belarusian President Alexandr Lukashenko issues plenty of ‘tourist visas’ to load his weapon, the weapon of mass migration. The migrants are a retaliation for EU’s sanction which followed election fraud, a brutal crackdown and the forced landing of an Irish airline flight to arrest oppositional blogger Raman Pratasevich Раман Пратасевіч.
For many Polish this is no news. The left claims justice reform will bring doomsday and state TV dismissals are a sign for an ‘authoritarian state’.
Sadly, it will also not surprise many Polish either that Germans have little to say about the claims. Yet, since all media is on the left, the charges voiced by the Polish left are taken for granted.
The media doesn’t even explain enough of the impending danger to allow the reader a fair assessment. Longer texts are hidden behind paywalls. If it was critical for them to get information out, that wouldn’t be the case.
Why is it a good idea to remain in the EU with an authoritarian state? To cover up the descrepency between the call to fight a dictatorship and the mandate to closely cooperate with one, we are taught some doublethink.
Poland is not going to be a dictatorship but an authoritarian state. The difference is that the first cannot be partnered with while the second can. Given the hysteria we witness, the difference does not lie in the human rights thingy. It is more … how dare you question Brussels, you authoritarian!