To Keep Himself in Power, Putin has Created an Off-Putting ‘State of Fools,’ Yakovenko Says

To Inform is to Influence

We have seen the dumbing down accelerate as Putin replaced smart/unreliable with dumb/reliable yes-men across the leadership structures. This becomes institutionalized groupthink and then everything fails.

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Paul Goble

Staunton, July 21 – “By his planned cleansing of the political field of Russia” of anyone who might challenge him, Vladimir Putin has “liquidated any direct threat to the preservation of his power,” Aleksandr Yakovenko says. But at the same time, he “has created a new albeit long-term threat” to him and Russia.

The essence of this threat, the Moscow commentator says, is that “in Russia today, there exists a critical mass of fools in power and fools with initiative,” a reality that Putin himself occasionally acknowledges as he did with regard to official attacks on artists and directors (

“But the winner of the competition for the title ‘chief fool of the month’ undoubtedly is DNR head…

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