The Skeletons in Putin’s Closet

Vladimir Putin, Enrico Letta

Is the former KGB chief Vladimir Putin really the “good guy”?

The skeletons in Putin’s closet

By Brandon Martinez

Many people view Vladimir Putin and Russia as a saving grace on the current geopolitical landscape. He has been described as a “lion tamer” of the US/Israel imperial axis that is causing havoc and mayhem across the Middle East.

This is true to a certain extent, but Putin’s impetus as the leader of Russia is really no different than that of his Soviet Communist predecessors who also sided with the Arabs against the Western backed Israeli entity. The Soviet alliance with the Arab states was merely a relationship of convenience during the Cold War.

Soviet support of the Arab states was not done out of a principled stance against Zionism but rather out of economic/geopolitical self-interest; although the Soviet regime tried to dress it up in an altruistic cloak by denouncing Zionism as racism at the United Nations and other venues.

Weapons sales to the Arab world quenched the thirst of the Soviet war machine just as American weapons sales to Israel fed its respective war machine. Likewise, Israeli weapons sales to military dictatorships in Latin America and Africa bolsters its war economy.

It must be understood that major powers such as the US, Britain, Russia and Red China have never been motivated by altruism; they are almost exclusively guided by self-interest. There are very few instances when that has not been the case. Whether that self-interest is rooted in geopolitical aspirations or economic considerations is up for debate. It is probably a bit of both.

The Soviet Union even played a role in helping to establish Israel. From 1947-1949 the Soviet puppet regime in Czechoslovakia provided Zionist forces with armaments and warplanes.[1] The Soviet Union was also one of two countries to immediately grant recognition to Israel when it declared statehood in 1948 – the other was the United States.

During the Cold War, the Hegelian dialectic of Communism vs. Capitalism, West vs. East, was firmly implanted in the Arab world, which turned to the Soviet power bloc for assistance in response to Western support of Israel.

“Zionist Israel’s occupation of Arab Palestine has forced the Arab world to waste billions of precious dollars on armaments,” noted African-American visionary Malcolm X, “making it impossible for these newly independent Arab nations to concentrate on strengthening the economies of their countries and elevate the living standard of their people.”[2] In those early days the creation of Israel was seen as a way for Western imperial powers to undermine growing Arab nationalism and independence movements trying to shake off the yoke of European colonialism.

The Soviet Union was essentially using the Arabs as cannon fodder in its game of geopolitical musical chairs with the US known as the Cold War. The US did the same by sponsoring a Muslim insurgent army in Afghanistan in 1979 as a counterweight against the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. The Soviets quickly moved in to put down the CIA-backed Mujahedeen revolt, fighting a brutal nine-year war with these US-backed mercenaries.

Like all imperial states, Israel seeks to divide and conquer its subjects. Promoting internal ethnic/religious conflict is part and parcel of the Israeli strategy of tension, which is designed to fragment and destabilize the Arab/Muslim countries that pose a challenge to its military dominance over the whole region. Lately, Syria has been in the cross hairs, and the Zionist leaders in Tel Aviv are undoubtedly looking on with glee as that Arab nation is torn apart from within.

The role of Vladimir Putin as a mediator in the raging Syria conflict has been admirable, but it is being used by some to raise Putin up as a false hero.

Putin’s rise to power was predicated on a wave of terrorism that swept across Russia in 1999. Apartment blocks were blown up in Moscow and Volgodonsk, killing 293 people and injuring 651 others.[3] The series of explosions took place between September 4-16 of that year. The Russian secret police, the FSB (formerly the KGB), immediately blamed Chechen separatists for the attacks, but produced scant evidence for their claims.

An uncanny incident took place on the 22nd of September that exposed the Russian state’s hand behind the bombings. Three FSB agents were caught in the Russian city of Ryazan planting a large explosive device in the basement of an apartment building. Astute residents noticed something was amiss and called police who evacuated the building and much of the city block. The three FSB agents behind the attempted bombing were eventually apprehended after trying to flee the city.[4]

Russian state officials including Putin initially announced that a real terrorist attack had been averted in Ryazan, but when the facts emerged showing the three suspects were actually FSB agents they abruptly changed their story. The Russian government’s new narrative was that the whole affair was just a training exercise and that the bomb wasn’t real.

Yuri Tkachenko, the police explosives expert who defused the Ryazan bomb, contradicted FSB claims that the bomb was not real. The Ryazan bomb in fact had a timer, a power source and a detonator. Tkachenko’s state-of-the-art explosive detection equipment unmistakably detected the presence of RDX, the same explosive substance used in the other bombings in Moscow and Volgodonsk earlier in the month.

“[T]he public is reacting correctly to the events taking place in our country today,” remarked Putin, in reference to the apartment bombings.[5] Using the attacks as a pretext for aggression, Putin, who was serving as prime minister under Boris Yeltsin at the time, declared a “war on terror,” pledging to “destroy the terrorists” wherever they are. He immediately launched incursions into Chechnya, culminating in the second Chechen-Russian war lasting several years. Putin’s image as a strongman who is tough on terror contributed greatly to his rise to prominence in Russian political life. As a life-long member of the KGB and its former chief, it is unlikely that Putin wasn’t fully aware of the plot.

Russian lawyer and former FSB agent Mikhail Trepashkin was asked by MP Sergei Kovalev to help with an independent inquiry into the bombings. He discovered that an FSB officer named Vladimir Romanovich had rented the basement of one of the bombed apartment buildings. A week before Trepashkin was set to air his findings in court he was arrested and sentenced to four years in jail for “revealing state secrets.”[6]

The Kremlin blocked a real criminal investigation into the apartment bombings at every juncture. The 1999 attacks came at just the right time for Yeltsin and his fragile regime. Yeltsin’s popularity was at an all-time low and he was being investigated for corruption. Putin’s first act as president was to grant clemency to Yeltsin and his cronies. Russia expert David Satter opined:

“With Yeltsin and his family facing possible criminal prosecution, however, a plan was put into motion to put in place a successor who would guarantee that Yeltsin and his family would be safe from prosecution and the criminal division of property in the country would not be subject to reexamination. For ‘Operation Successor’ to succeed, however, it was necessary to have a massive provocation. In my view, this provocation was the bombing in September, 1999 of the apartment building bombings in Moscow, Buinaksk, and Volgodonsk. In the aftermath of these attacks, which claimed 300 lives, a new war was launched against Chechnya. Putin, the newly appointed prime minister who was put in charge of that war, achieved overnight popularity. Yeltsin resigned early. Putin was elected president and his first act was to guarantee Yeltsin immunity from prosecution.”[7]

Russian dissidents and critics believe the attacks were a successful FSB coup d’état designed to elevate Putin to power. Wikipedia’s article on the subject noted: “Yury Felshtinsky, Alexander Litvinenko, David Satter, Boris Kagarlitsky, Vladimir Pribylovsky, the secessionist Chechen authorities claimed that the 1999 bombings were a false flag attack coordinated by the FSB to win public support for a new full-scale war in Chechnya, which boosted Prime Minister and former FSB Director Vladimir Putin’s popularity, and brought the pro-war Unity Party to the State Duma and Putin to the presidency within a few months.”[8]

The former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko was forced to flee Russia after publicly exposing corruption in the FSB. He took up residence in England and co-authored a book with Yuri Felshtinsky about the 1999 apartment bombings titled Blowing Up Russia: Terror From Within. In the book, Litvinenko and Felshtinsky argue that the FSB orchestrated the bombings in a bid to bring Putin to power and shift public opinion in favour of a second war with Chechnya. In November 2006, Litvinenko was poisoned with the radioactive substance polonium-210, dying shortly thereafter. British authorities believe the Russian spy Andrey Lugovoy was behind the murder, but the Russian government refuses to extradite him to Britain to stand trial. There is little doubt Putin ordered the hit. The prominent Russian journalist and Putin critic Anna Politkovskaya was shot dead in the lift of her apartment in October 2006. Many suspect she too was offed by the FSB on Putin’s orders. Journalists and dissidents are killed in Russia on a routine basis.

In 2011, Putin said that the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in America could not have been an inside job organized by US intelligence. The suggestion that American intelligence agencies were behind 9/11 “is complete nonsense, it is impossible,” Putin said, responding to a question posed by an attendee of the Seliger 2011 youth forum. “To imagine that US intelligence services did it deliberately, with their own hands, is complete nonsense,” he said, adding, “Only people who do not understand the workings of security agencies can say that. It would be impossible to conceal it.”[9] Putin’s refusal to acknowledge the reality of false flag terrorism by intelligence agencies is most likely motivated by his own guilt in this regard. He wishes not to open that can of worms, as it will lead to questions about his own use of the dirty tactic to subdue and manipulate the Russian people.

Putin also made some troubling remarks in 2012, when he compared the embalmed corpse of Soviet Bolshevik dictator Vladimir Lenin to the “holy relics of Christian saints.”[10] Lenin founded the communist secret police apparatus known as the Cheka, which was responsible for more than 40 million deaths during the Soviet era. Lenin strongly advocated the use of terrorism and deceit to accomplish political objectives. He once stipulated that if 90 per cent of the Russian people must perish to accomplish a communist revolution, it was a necessary evil.[11] “A lie told often enough becomes the truth,” Lenin once remarked. This is Putin’s idol.

While we continue to see Putin’s Western-based advocates glorify him solely on the basis of his mediating foreign policy vis-à-vis Syria and Iran, they completely ignore the piles of skeletons in his closet.

If Putin is willing to kill scores of his own citizens to accomplish his political goals, can we really believe he cares about the people of the Middle East?

Copyright 2014 Brandon Martinez

End Notes

[2] “Zionist Logic: Malcolm X on Zionism,” Global Research, Feb. 20, 2009.

[4] The incident is documented in great detail in the film “Blowing up Russia: Terror from Within”:

[5] Edward Lucas, The New Cold War: Putin’s Russia and the Threat to the West, Palgrave Macmillan (2008), p. 25.

[6] “FSB Apartment Bombing False Flag Attack,” Dark Politricks:

[9] “9/11 inside job ‘impossible to conceal,’ says Vladimir Putin,” Russia Today, Aug. 2, 2011.

[10] “Vladimir Putin compares Lenin to holy Christian relics,” The Telegraph, Dec. 11, 2012.

[11] “Foreign News: The Trail of Lenin,” Time Magazine, Feb. 11, 1924.,9171,717663,00.html

28 thoughts on “The Skeletons in Putin’s Closet

  1. Edit:
    After reading this article I can’t help but come away with the feeling that you are yourself searching for a hero. Vladimir Putin plays ‘Realpolitik’. You’ll notice that on my blog most of what I have up about Putin is under the realpolitik section.

    “Realpolitik (from German: real “realistic”, “practical”, or “actual”; and Politik “politics”, German pronunciation: [ʁeˈaːlpoliˌtɪk]) is politics or diplomacy based primarily on power and on practical and material factors and considerations, rather than explicit ideological notions or moral or ethical premises. In this respect, it shares aspects of its philosophical approach with those of realism and pragmatism. The term Realpolitik is sometimes used pejoratively to imply politics that are coercive, amoral, or Machiavellian…”

    • I am not searching for a hero. I know there are none to be found in the political class of big states.

      You cannot excuse Putin’s crimes simply by saying he is engaging in ‘realpolitik’.

      • Well, I guarantee you one thing. Vladimir Putin knows more about what is going on behind the scenes in Russia, and the world, than you could ever hope to…

        One thing is for certain though, the surface perspective, Putin loves Russia!!!

        • Putin doesn’t love Russia, he loves his own power… As I showed in the article, he is likely complicit in the Russian apartment bombings in 1999. What a way to demonstrate his “love” for his people eh?

          • As a means to an end. With his power, he stays president. He clearly understands the true threat to Russia, and humanity. I suggest you read the definition of ‘realpolitik’ more closely…

            “Some people are constantly insisting on the necessity to divide up our country and are trying to spread this theory,” Putin told military cadets during a speech in Moscow on Sunday, Russian news agencies reported.

            “There are those who would like to build a unipolar world, who would themselves like to rule all of humanity,” Putin said…


              • “…realpolitik is politics or diplomacy based primarily on power and on practical and material factors and considerations, rather than explicit ideological notions or moral or ethical premises.”

                How is a president that understands the threat facing his country, and the world, a grave threat to Russia?

                Are you aware that the NATIONAL central bank of Russia is in the black, whilst most of the nations under ‘western influence’ are in the red?

                He has strengthened and modernized the Russian military, prevented International Jewish intrigue from dominating the middle-east, and brought back the truest form of Christianity, Orthodox Christianity, which rejects the Hebrew Torah\Old Testament in his country.

                How is he a threat to Russia from your perspective, please explain?

                • He has strengthened and modernized the Russian military

                  Which he uses to repress the Chechens, Ingushetians and others he seeks to control and dominate.

                  prevented International Jewish intrigue from dominating the middle-east

                  He’s done no such thing. He stood idly by as Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya were gutted. He has cordial relations with the Israeli regime. I recently heard Russian security forces who are working the Sochi games received “anti-terror” training from the Israelis. Putin plays the “militant Islam” card to justify aggression against the former Soviet republics that have large Muslim populations. He has been marching lock-step with the “war on terror” crusade since 9/11.

                  brought back the truest form of Christianity

                  That’s only good from the perspective of a Christian. How are atheists treated in Russia?

                    • It is fascinating to see so-called anti-Zionists tow the “militant Islam” line on Chechnya but then disregard it as American propaganda in other cases. That reveals a bias for Russia.

                  • None of my atheist Russian friends have complained to me about any persecution. I quite like society founded upon Christian ideology, and I’m not a Christian. Maybe you should visit Russia before you draw sweeping generalizations? This philosophy seems to fly completely over your head? “[realpolitik] is politics or diplomacy based primarily on power and on practical and material factors and considerations, rather than explicit ideological notions or moral or ethical premises…”??

              • My firefox just crashed, I responded to your last post. If you didn’t get it, let me know, and I will re-type it.

  2. From your comments I get the impression you view this as some sort of power struggle between Christians and Jews. You’re okay with Christians (like Putin) who commit crimes in the name of “realpolitik” but condemn Jews for the same thing. Why is one worse than the other?

    • Because the Jewish Rabbinate wishes to enslave humanity (all non jews), whereas true Christians have no such desire, nor is it written in their doctrine. In fact, the opposite is written in Christian doctrine.

      This is Chess, not Checkers!

      • You believe in the myth of Gentile benevolence then. All humans are corruptible, not just Jews. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. If you think a major state power like the US or Russia would be benevolent simply by virtue of it being headed by a non-Jew than you are deluded. Stalin was no better than Trotsky was he?

  3. So, let me get this straight, you don’t believe that religious extremism is a problem?

    I don’t believe religious extremism is the real reason that people in the former Soviet republics have a problem with the Russian state. It is Russian repression going back to the Soviet era and their desire to be independent from Russian domination that causes ppl in Chechnya, Ingushetia and other former Soviet colonies to take up arms against the Kremlin. Knowing that the FSB has staged terror attacks to blame on the Chechens, it would be foolish to take all of these more recent incidents of terrorism on Russian soil at face value. The fact that you have no skepticism of the Russian official explanation of terror events is dubious. You obviously have different standards for judging the claims of the American and Russian gov’ts.

    Do you believe al-Qaeda attacked America on 9/11?

    • Had you looked over my blog you would now that I don’t believe in Al-Qaeda, but your jaded Frankfurter Americana opinion obviously is not interested in my blog, as your opinion is most important here. I digress as I don’t wish to encroach on your exceptional democracy, and your beautiful democratic values that have served you, your people, and everyone else so well. There are in fact many ‘useful idiots’ amongst us, and occasionally their idiocy reaches such heights that they become threats to the fabric of society. Ex-KGB agent Yuri Bezmenov explains this so well in his “Deception Was My Job” interview with John-Birch Society shill Edward G. Griffin.

      When you mature a little, perhaps you will realize that the world is not a very nice place, and the Universe, and life, is violent.

      We are facing the complete destruction of humanity because of religious and ideological extremism. I would much rather have a realist who plays realpolitik, and understands the true threat, like Vladimir Putin in power, than some ideologue who doesn’t have the intestinal fortitude or strength to pull a trigger when it need be pulled.

      This is CHESS, not checkers!

      Get real!

      • Firstly, I’m not American.

        So you don’t believe in al-Qaeda except you believe the threat of Islamic militants against Russia is all Putin claims it to be.

        Yes, that’s what I thought. You believe violence and power politics and all that jazz is okay when it’s done by non-Jews in the name of “realpolitik,” but condemn it when Jews do it. Sorry, that’s not a double standard I’m willing to embrace.

        Putin has killed many innocent people to achieve his political goals. I will never put my stamp of approval on self-serving sociopaths of his ilk.

  4. 1. Putin is not a self serving sociopath, as I have clearly proven in links prior. 2. Islamic extremism exists, one need only look at Syria. That is Islamic militancy! Are you denying this? You don’t believe in Islamic militancy, is that what you are saying? What about the Islamic militancy\extremism in Iraq? Are you denying this also? 3. Do you even understand the difference between AGGRESSION and DEFENSE? What wishy washy jello world do you live in? 4. No one cares about your stamp of approval, you may not be American, but you have the mindset of one! 5. Go hug a tree for all of us, and hope this all blows over. 6. Study the Frankfurt School, because you have obviously been infected…

    “Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill that toughens liability for extremism-related crimes. The document amends Russia’s Criminal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure, according to the authorities’ legal information website.

    “In an effort to neutralize the threats to national security posed by the destructive activities of religious organizations on Russian territory, the bill proposes enhancing criminal liability for crimes regulated by Article 280 “Public calls for extremist activity”, Article 282 “Incitement of hatred or enmity and abasement of human dignity, Article 282.1 “The establishment of an extremism community”, and Article 282.2 “The organization of an extremist group’s activity” of Russia’s Penal Code,” according to explanatory documents to the bill.

    The document also envisions larger fines, longer prison sentences and longer terms of community service for those convicted of crimes related to extremism.”

    • Yes, Islamic extremism exists, but it is for the most part a tool of expansionist states. It has been fostered by imperialist states (US and Britain) to divide and conquer the Muslim world. It has also been exploited by imperialist states including Russia who use it as a bogeyman to wage aggression against smaller countries it wishes to control. I’m not sure why you are so intent on highlighting Islamic extremism, as you are on the other hand promoting a one-note narrative that all evil stems from Jews.

      Putin is a far more dangerous extremist than some two-bit Jihadi. He mass murdered his own people to achieve power and start a new war with Chechnya so he could bomb women and children in their homes. He is a hardcore KGB communist who compared the despot Lenin to the “relics of Christian saints.” He even brought back the Soviet national anthem and military parades. But you’re telling me he is the one to lead humanity to victory? I am trying hard to hold in the laughter!

      • “Putin is a far more dangerous extremist than some two-bit Jihadi.”

        You just offended every Muslim who is going through Jihad. Perhaps you should research that word a little more, before PressTV stops posting your articles…

        One sided uninformed opinions are great aren’t they!?

  5. Where did I say he is one to lead humanity to victory? Now you’re putting words in my mouth…

  6. ‘Supernatural insights’? Really? Or, are you confessing you are at your wits end?

    Please, do show and prove my ‘supernatural insights’?

    adjective: supernatural
    1. (of a manifestation or event) attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature.

    2. noun: supernatural; plural noun: supernaturals
    manifestations or events considered to be of supernatural origin, such as ghosts.”

    Because to you understanding religious beliefs, and ideologies is a mute point? Yet not interested in ‘realpolitik’.

    “Okay brother, got anything else for me?” AMERICAN!!!

    Arrogant, oblivious, ill-informed, mis-educated, un-compassionate, not interested in real debate, exceptionalism, apple pie! (British, American)

    • You are quite honestly retarded if you think I am an exceptionalist. I condemn America, Britain, Israel, etc., just as hard as I condemn Russia. They’re all shit. No better or worse than each other.

      You haven’t made a single point here besides telling me that it is okay for Putin to mass murder his own citizens because he is planning to take down Jewish Rabbis in some miraculous end game chess move.

      And I’m far more compassionate than you. Putin’s victims evidently don’t show up on your narrow radar screen because you’re betting on the man to win some geopolitical game with the US and Israel.

      At the end of the day all you care about is yourself. You’re certainly not a humanist by any stretch of the imagination.

  7. Israel was supposed to be a communist/socialist entity in the Muslim Middle East. Many of leaders of the World Zionist movement, including Israel’s first president Dr. Chaim Wiezman was a Russian Jew. Russia, the US and Britain all three played midwife to Israel.

    Muslim hatred also unites Russia and Israel. Both hold friendships to certain Muslim countries as PR job.

    Putin who has spent tens of billions of dollars on the Sochi Winter Olympics – has refused to let Sochi’s 20,000 remaining Muslim population to build a proper mosque for five daily prayers.

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