Airport riot in Makhachkala is Moscow's attempt to discredit Caucasus peoples
The events of the shameful anti-Semitic riots in Dagestan are a complex special operation of the FSB, Russia's Intelligence Service and the Kremlin in general, aimed at cementing Moscow's imperial regime
There are several goals.
The first goal is to discredit all Caucasian peoples. As you know, national movements in the Caucasus are now trying to cooperate with the world, and Ukraine in particular, to promote the idea of independence for the Kremlin-occupied Caucasus countries. These pogroms support Moscow's narrative about the "wildness" of these peoples and allow Moscow's intelligence services to promote a counter-narrative in the United States and Western countries that the "wild" Caucasus needs constant control by the imperial center and that Moscow (with or without Putin) is the guarantor of the stability of these territories, and therefore Russia should be preserved within its current borders as a partner for regional stability.
The second goal is internal, namely, to demonstrate that only the Putin regime can guarantee the safety of Russians themselves, who are threatened by "foreigners."
It is interesting to note that an active role in the organization of the pogroms is played by the Morning of Dagestan Telegram channel, allegedly run by opposition figure Ilya Ponomarev, who, while staying in the West, is trying to monopolize the topic of "reconstruction of Russia" and regularly holds various forums of "good Russians" with the participation of national movements leaders. Thus, in order not to divert the topic of the independence of the occupied territories into a direction separate from the global "Russian question" itself.
Ponomarev's activities, in my opinion, are part of the Russian Intelligence Service's plan to prepare a backup airfield in case Putin leaves power. The purpose of this backup plan is to preserve Russia within its current imperial borders in the event of a cosmetic regime shift, and to get Russia out of the international blockade without resolving the question of the expediency of its existence in its current form.
Russia's intelligence services are once again demonstrating their ability to conduct complex strategizing. The Western intelligence services, which are generally aware of everything that is happening, are playing this reflection game with the Russian Intelligence. But it is the Kremlin that is setting the agenda so far.
About the author. Serhiy Vysotskyi, journalist, former MP of Ukraine.
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