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Putin scared, Kremlin has lost power in Caucasus republics: lawmaker on events in Makhachkala

1 November, 2023 Wednesday

Ukrainian MP Valentyn Nalyvaichenko says that communities united by religion, nationality or economy are emerging in different regions of Russia, and this scares the Kremlin authorities even more, as it indicates the process of disintegration of the Russian Federation

He expressed this opinion on Espreso TV.

"After the events in Makhachkala, I saw a frightened Putin, if it was him, and absolutely all representatives of the Russian government gathered in Moscow, frightened. The Kremlin has not had power for a long time, especially in the republics where Islam has already crystallized. In Russia, it is in such republics as Kabardino-Balkaria, Dagestan, Chechnya, Tatarstan, and others that Putin has long been out of power. And it was this fear that made them gather yesterday, October 30, in Moscow," commented the former SBU head.

According to him, the only thing the Kremlin authorities managed to do was to lie to Russians on their propaganda channels about some kind of agent who inspired the events in Makhachkala. Nalyvaichenko noted that there were riots and the seizure of a strategic facility, the capital's airport, and robberies of stores. Earlier, there were raids on hotels in search of Jews. All this happened in Dagestan and other neighboring republics.

"Moreover, it's not over yet. Such actions and pogroms are fully expected in Russia in the future. Therefore, my conclusion number 1 is that the Kremlin has actually lost power in these Caucasian republics. Conclusion number 2 is that they are terribly afraid that they are no longer leaders there, because there are local and religious leaders, but definitely not the Russian Federation. Conclusion number 3 - I agree with those experts who say that xenophobia (intolerance, hostility to someone or something alien - ed.), human-hating ideology, Putin's Russian propaganda against all other nations has led to the fact that in the still multinational Russian Federation, communities of people have formed in different regions, united by religion, nationality, and economy. But they have nothing to do with Moscow and in many cases do not want to have anything to do with it. And conclusion number 4 is the collapse of the Russian Federation and a split in the Russian Federation itself," Valentyn Nalyvaichenko summarized.

Events in Dagestan: what is known

On Sunday, October 29, several thousand people protested against a plane carrying Israelis at the airport in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan. The protesters are chanting slogans in support of Palestine.

Hundreds of people broke into the airport and the landing site. They were looking for Israeli citizens and demanded to "expel the Jews" from the republic. The Prime Minister's Office and the Foreign Ministry say they are following the events in Dagestan and expect Russian law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of all Israeli citizens and Jews.

The head of Dagestan, Sergey Melikov, accused a telegram channel allegedly involving "traitors and Banderites" from Ukraine of inciting anti-Semitic riots.

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry responded to Russia's accusations of involvement in the riots against Israelis in Makhachkala. It noted that threats to commit violence against Jews are the result of Russian state propaganda, which for decades has cultivated a sense of hatred for other nations among Russians.

On October 30, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Ukraine was involved in the anti-Semitic actions at the Makhachkala airport under the leadership of Western intelligence services. The US State Department commented.

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