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Protests in Bashkortostan shouldn't be overestimated or underestimated - national security expert

18 January, 2024 Thursday
16:18

Ivan Varchenko, a Ukrainian serviceman and national security expert, shares his views on the protests of Russian minorities who want to separate from Russia

He spoke about this on Espreso TV.

"We should not overestimate each such protest, but we should not underestimate it either, because it is an element of the destruction of the Russian imperial system from within. Why we should not overestimate it, because today we see only occasional facts about Russians coming out en masse or Russian national minorities, in this case, to protest," the military explained.

According to Varchenko, until yesterday, the Russian security system was still able to suppress such processes to a certain extent, both informationally and by force, and now the question arises whether it will be able to do so now.

"On the other hand, what cannot be underestimated is that we see other directions in which Russian protest energy is directed, and this direction is very dangerous, it is called "away from Russia." And it is not the rebellious Ukrainian elite that is saying "away from Russia" now, but a significant part of national minorities.They realize that as a Russian they have completely lost, Russian no longer sounds proud, the Russian passport is a passport of shame, and the Russian face in the West needs to be beaten, and they quickly find reasons for this at the household level in terms of traditional Russian values: getting drunk and insulting other nations. Therefore, we understand that this may become a trend that will have consequences, when the power system today is much less enthusiastic than it was two years ago, because the power system also realizes that it does not want to follow the sinking Titanic," the national security expert summarized.

What preceded it

On January 16, thousands of people protested in Bashkortostan through the court of a local activist accused as a result of a denunciation by the governor. According to the channel, about 15,000 people gathered near the court where the case of activist Fail Alsinov is being considered.

A court in the city of Baymak, Republic of Bashkortostan, has sentenced local activist Fail Alsinov to four years in a general regime colony in a case of inciting ethnic hatred.

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