“There has always been corruption in Russia, but building it into such a meticulous system was something only Mr. Putin has managed to do.”-Andrey Zykov
“I’ll tell you from this document, signed by Putin, all $124 million disappeared without a trace, without a trace, because from this list of materials that I have listed, not a single gram of food came.”-Marina Sayle
“We concluded that Putin and his assistant should be fired.”-Marina Sayle, former city council
But Zykov is haunted by another case.
“Funds were supposed to be used for specific building projects but..money was siphoned off by Putin and his friends to build vacation villas in Spain.”-Andrey Zykov
Yeltsin needed a loyal thug, and Putin, then just another “faceless bureaucrat” needed to make a name for himself.
Here’s where this story takes a sinister turn.
“He would take a turn as head of the FSB.”
Putin, by then prime minister, was suddenly everywhere vowing revenge.
“Russian officials said there was a Chechen trail in the apartment bombings—not proof..but it was used in order to justify a new invasion of Chechnya.”-David Satter, Russia Scholar
“Putin’s invasion would be brutal.”
“He quickly became the most popular politician in Russia, even though before the apartment bombings, he was believed to have had no chance to succeed Yeltsin as president.”-David Satter
“A fifth bomb was discovered in the basement of an apartment building in Ryazan by watchful inhabitants of that building.”-@DavidSatter
Tests showed the bags contained an exclusive military explosive.
Zykov says a prosecution would have changed everything.
“People would respect civil law..the law has to protected. As it now stands, Russia has no law.”-Zykov
Mikhail Khodorkovsky challenged Putin on live TV to end the old system.
“He started to slide toward mild totalitarianism, and then an increasingly harsh totalitarianism”-Khodorkovsky
“President Bush famously looked into Putin’s eyes and saw his soul. He believed he was committed to the best interests of his country.”
He says he used to run one of Putin’s gifting schemes and explains how it works.
“Assets (estimated) under Putin’s personal control: $40 billion..that figure reportedly confirmed by the CIA in 2014..if true, making him one of the richest men in the world.”
“It was the first stage of his coming to understand that he could never quit the post because the destiny of Gadhafi could be waiting for him”—Stanislav Belkovsky, former Putin advisor
“In 2011, when Putin announced he would run again for Russia’s presidency, the response was mass demonstrations in Moscow’s streets.”
Russia was sanctioned.
“Don’t try to push somebody into the corner. They will jump..it’s absolutely true about himself. When he’s in a corner.he’s dangerous”
We are a target nation and the war is ongoing.
Putin’s big getback was to destroy democracies from within.
Protesters flood streets in Hong Kong and Moscow.
Protest is patriotic.