Is Putin Dead or Alive? The Implications Grow More Serious With Each Passing Day
by Dave Hodges, The Common Sense Show
It’s a reality show in which we are tasked with “Finding Putin”, at least that it is how it is starting to feel. Rumor has it that Vegas is considering laying odds on Putin’s fate. The Whitehouse is strangely quiet about the possible fate of Putin. There is no story that is bigger and has more implications that the fate of President Putin.
Claims of incapacitating poor health and unwed fatherhood have been denied by the Kremlin. If the goal of Putin’s disappearance was to increase his popularity, Russia’s strongman leader, according to pro-Kremlin pollsters, has hit an all-time high.
The rumor mill peaked when Putin missed an annual meeting of officers from the Federal Security Service.
Has Putin suffered a stroke? Had he been deposed? Then it was said that he had been at the side of a pregnant mistress this past week, in Switzerland, as this rumor was bolstered by the Swiss tabloid Blick. Again and again, his Press Secretary, Dmitry Peskov, said that this too, was not accurate.
The rumors reached a higher level when, on Wednesday, the summit that Putin was to attend Astana, Kazakhstan, would be postponed. Will Putin show up tomorrow for another round of high level talks with foreign dignitaries?
Mystery Solved, Kind Of….
State television footage has surfaced which purports to show the missing Russian leaders meeting with Russian Supreme Court President Vyacheslav Lebedev. The Russian government claims that video was shot on Friday. This makes one wonder when Putin was shot, because this video proves nothing as there is not one shred of provable real time footage of Putin. I feel like I am watching a bad outtake of Wag the Dog. There is a toothless clip which claims Putin is alive and well, but it is not authentic and not worthy of our consideration.
Meanwhile the Kremlin is festive as the Russian government is preparing to celebrate the first anniversary of the Kremlin’s annexation of Crimea. These last two events have increased speculation of Putin’s whereabouts and ultimate fate. Let’s examine the possibilities under the lens of common sense.
Putin Is Dead of Natural Causes
After 10 days of being missing in action, some have speculated that this man’s man, a picture of health, has died from a massive stroke or heart attack. This is unlikely, however, even if this is true, his death could serve as a catalyst for even greater Russian gains by playing the sympathy card and having Putin serve as a martyr. Remember, JFK’s civil rights legislation was stalled in Congress and did not get passed until LBJ invoked the sympathy card after JFK’s death. This possibility may possibly be used to coverup an assassination at some future date, but Putin did not die of natural causes.
Putin Has Been Deposed for Bringing the World to the Brink of Nuclear Armageddon
This possibility has some teeth because Russian leaders typically do not leave office alive. I have received copies of tweets and claims that Putin has been deposed because has acted with reckless disregard and has brought the world dangerously close to a catastrophic World War III and its economy faces ruination.
Although it is true that Russia’s inflation rate is on pace to hit 11.5% in 2015, largely due to American-imposed sanctions, Russia has accomplished many economic goals. The first and most obvious is the fact that Putin has undermined the long-term solvency of the dollar because has convinced the BRICS to only buy oil in gold from Iran, thus marking a departure from the Petrodollar. Putin has signed a pair of historic energy deal with China, thus linking China with Russia, both economically and militarily. The one deal, permanently links the China and Russian economy through Russian gas shipments. Further, the BRICS seem committed to a new financial New World Order as they have announced the formation of a BRICS bank which will be underscored by the use of Gold as the primary medium of exchange.
A Russian-Chinese alliance is an American military commander’s worst nightmare. At a time when NATO is encircling Russia and being highly provocative in Syria, Putin has acted in kind, but with a measure of restraint as evidenced by the fact that he has not yet militarily attacked NATO forces.
As I pointed out in yesterday’s article, Putin has forged military alliances around the world and right in our own backyard in Latin America. In fact to those that doubt the veracity of these alliances, please refer to the recent Sputnik News article in which Venezuelan military is conducting massive air defense and artillery drills involving visiting Russian troops and hardware stated the nation’s Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, this past Saturday. These are 10-day war games have been ordered by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who spoke of pressure coming from the United States earlier this month. Again, Putin is forging alliances with our neighbors in Latin America and is continually proving to be a master chess player in any lead up to World War III. Additionally, Putin has also recently undercut NATO by inking a large energy deal with one of America’s key NATO ally, Turkey. These are risky, but highly successful accomplishments obtained by Putin.
As some have suggested, could Putin have been deposed, because he has taken the world to the brink of war and some in the Kremlin do not have the stomach for what could be coming. It is possible, but not likely that Putin has been deposed by the Doves in Russia.
Rumors have also surfaced, among dozens of others, that Russian Dove, Foreign Minister Sergey Shoygu, has led a successful coup against Putin to keep Russia from being plunged into World War III. This theory has one major flaw. The Russian military has been restored from merely being a regional power to a global power, once again. Further, for Shoygu to have pulled off a coup of this type, he would have to have the blessing of the military leaders in this “Et tu, Brute” theory.
There is no evidence that the Russian military wanted less aggression from Putin. In fact, it is likely that they wanted more. What is far more likely is that Putin has been deposed for not following through on his military provocations.
Putin Has Been Deposed by Military Hawks
When it comes to heightening world tensions, Putin got off to a rousing start when he imitated Adolph Hitler’s bloodless takeover of the Sudetenland similar to what Putin accomplished when he did virtually the same thing in Crimea exactly a year ago. However, since that time, it has been downhill on the Russian home front. Ukraine is a mess and threatens to disrupt the lifeblood of the Russian economy, its gas shipments through Ukraine. Further, Russia is becoming encircled with NATO troops. Now it may be true, that NATO is a shell of its former self, however, the threat posed to Russia by NATO must be taken seriously.
There is another development which could easily turn the Russian military leadership and the banking interests of Russia against Putin. Russia was surviving in the Petrodollar era in which nations must buy Federal Reserve Notes in order to buy oil. Despite this handicap, Russia was still becoming an energy player. Putin has based Russia’s economic future on gold and on securing some of its oil needs through securing Iranian oil through the use of gold as the medium of exchange. Some forces within the Russian government may have viewed this as unnecessary.