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This is messed up. Nobody living here should feel their life is in danger from foreign agents. Not least people who are claiming asylum.
Just don't piss off Putin and you will be ok.
This Explains a lot.
Foundations of Geopolitics
The Foundations of Geopolitics: The Geopolitical Future of Russia is a geopolitical book by Aleksandr Dugin. The book has had a large influence within the Russian military, police, and foreign policy elites and it has been used as a textbook in the Academy of the General Staff of the Russian military. Its publication in 1997 was well-received in Russia and powerful Russian political figures subsequently took an interest in Dugin, a Russian fascist and nationalist who has developed a close relationship with Russia's Academy of the General Staff.
Dugin credits General Nikolai Klokotov of the Academy of the General Staff as co-author and main inspiration, though Klokotov denies this.
Brexit plays right into it as well. Something they had a hand in helping pass via their social media disinfo army.
Fascinating reading, have just ordered a English version on Amazon. Noticed that the English translation only has a 1 star rating, the Russian original has 5 stars...
You might want to cancel that order. I heard it's not a professional translation, but something done via Google Translate.
This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 89%. (I'm a bot)
Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, a Russian tycoon who served a decade in a Russian prison and received asylum here last year, wanders London without bodyguards, and can be seen in line for takeout coffee at the sandwich chain Pret a Manger.
Mr. Skripal is the second former Russian agent to be poisoned on British soil, after the 2006 killing of Alexander V. Litvinenko, which, a British inquiry concluded nearly 10 years later, was in all likelihood ordered by the Kremlin.
"The British government has created a dangerous situation by not creating consequences for Litvinenko," said Mr. Browder, who has lived in London for three decades and has British citizenship.
I do have a question though I can't really get rid from my head.
Everyone just assumes the Kremlin is ordering all these killings, which is sensible and the most obvious thing to think, but I'd also assume that if a government spy has been sent to kill he/she/they would be very discreet in doing so, and I am pretty sure that if they want someone to disappear without traces it would take them little effort.
However all of this is getting such public exposure that seems to be a sloppy job and also not good for Russia itself.
Am I missing something? Why all these killings have such media coverage?
Its about sending a message to the others. It also probably helps Putin's approval rating if he looks strong vs. Western world
They make it obvious to the world that it's Putin, knowing that our response will be fragmented and weak. They don't care about being descrete, quite the opposite: Putin laughing at the West while we scrabble around for a response plays great at home.
It's a test. A challenge to the West, a boast to say "yeah we did it, but we are officially denying it, what the fuck are you gonna do about it?"
It's also a message to any other dissenters to keep their heads down. The Russians can reach out and touch you even when you think you're safe using awful weapons, and nothing can be done.
And so far, with Trump failing to vocally and volubly denounce Russia, and with the EU appearing lukewarm on further sanctions and tougher measures, it seems like Putin will get off Scot free.
Thanks for the very detailed response, makes sense
elections coming up in Russia. he wants to look tough. he wants people to know he did it - although he’ll deny it obvs.
Unless they REALLY needed this guy dead/unable to communicate, it is to send some kind of message: maybuse that they can do this without repercussions, maybe testing our response, trying to provoke us or make a fool of us.