Category Archives: Russian Culture and Politics

The Octopus State * Putin’s FSB, Oligarchs and the War in Ukraine

We need to splash cold water on our collective faces in the West.  The invasion of Ukraine is indeed marginally related to Putin’s fear of western, NATO expansion, and it is justified through propaganda by allusions to Russian mystical destiny and the Russian Orthodox Church with its roots in Ukraine.

It may even have been launched with one eye on the expansionist model of China’s New Silk Road, and of course, the demographics of Eurasia which may see Christian Russia overwhelmed by a Muslim world. I have discussed these elsewhere as likely factors in Putin’s war in Ukraine.

But what really drives Putin’s War is the battle to extend and maintain the tentacles of the Russian octopus state into and throughout Ukraine.  The riches of Ukraine are part of the riches of Russia being siphoned off by the tentacles of Putin’s vast FSB (Federal Security Service) organizations teamed with organized crime and a vast array of fabricated “private” companies.

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Putin’s War: Mother Russia, Eurasia’s Demographics and China’s New Silk Road

I have elsewhere discussed what I think is the nature of a Russian “Octopus” state and its unique form. From that analysis I think it probable that Putin’s War – the invasion of Ukraine – is primarily caused by the drive to secure state assets (both Ukrainian and Russian) owned or entangled with Putin’s FSB/oligarch/mafia system which masquerades as a state.

However – there are other, at least marginally relevant reasons for the war, some of which make for good propaganda and others of which might be said to be the national interests of a normal state.

The Scope of China’s New Silk Road

Eurasia’s demographic challenge to a Slavic Russian Christian state, the call of a Mother Russia destined to restore an ancient order dating back to the Atlanteans, and the expanding power and influence of China into Eurasia, prize of the coming century, and site of a new world order centered in a Greater Eurasia from which the West would be all but excluded.

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