Why are we being forced to believe in Putin's "heart attack"?
In general, this is a very insidious technology: creating a belief among Ukrainians (and others) that Putin will die very soon - and that's it, victory will come immediately
It is precisely due to the element of betrayal that I am almost 99.9% certain of Kremlin and FSB involvement in this matter. Let me elaborate on this reasoning.
1. Ukrainians are forced to forget about the hard work of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and special services, to forget about the no less difficult work of all of them in the rear, to keep the economy and the state afloat. They make us forget about the enormous efforts and expenses of the allies. And hope exclusively for a miracle: everything will immediately become wonderful, you just need one ugly dwarf to be dead. Is it reasonable and constructive to place hope not in one's own efforts, the Ukrainian Armed Forces, allies, the economy, but in a random and improbable event that is beyond our control?
“2. This is, in fact, the same thesis that the FSB has been broadcasting through "Russia Today", "Sputnik", "Good Russians", and "persecuted fugitives from Russia" since February 2022: "Only Putin is to blame, no one else." Well, how can we blame the Russians if everything will be fine without Putin?”
But the mastermind of the attack is not the evil bastard Putin. Russia's history of attempting to undermine Ukraine spans over 300 years, with Putin being only one recent figure in this longstanding endeavour. Whether we look at events like the Tuzla crisis in 2003 (which occurred during the third year of Putin's first term), the annexation of Crimea in 2014, or the events in 2022, Putin's actions align with the wishes of a significant portion of the Russian population—approximately 80%—who have long desired to confront "Bandera people and punish them for the audacity to live better" and now they approve of the war.
Well, and one more moment: everyone already knows that Putin has doubles. This is normal not only for dictators but in general for political leaders of states in difficult circumstances. That is, I even assume that there really was a "Putin had a heart attack" ambulance call, it's just that the line was cut from the full version of "Putin #* had a heart attack.” They did not name the number or call sign of “Putin” on duty, who had the attack.
About the author. Oleksiy Holobutskyi, political scientist.
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