The West prints a lot of negative propaganda about President Putin. I’m going to ask you just for a minute to open your mind to the idea that a lot of what you ‘know’ about President Putin is wrong. I am going to back my claims up with evidence via the links embedded in the article, and I want you to open your mind, going forward from this point…
In 1999, a former high-ranking KGB officer became Prime Minister of The Russian Federation. That man was Vladimir Putin. Already well known to the west. The western media spent no time in pummelling us with the idea that the man was a former spy; that he was a war monger; that his being in any form of control in Russia would indeed spark World War III. Later that year, the then President, Boris Yeltsin retired and handed over the reins to the then Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin.
The western leaders and media suddenly seemed very quick to praise Mr Yeltsin. After years of consecutive degradation, suddenly they were commending him for bringing ‘democracy’ to Russia, but the new President was about to get bombasted.
The war in Chechnya provided the BBC with their standpoint on the new Russian President, as while reporting on the succession they decided to focus on President Putin as taking a ‘No Nonsense’ approach to war, (i.e that the new president seemed to like confrontation, and that the general Russian public liked him for that: “Following last year’s economic crisis and his tough handling of the war in Chechnya, Mr Putin’s no-nonsense approach has appealed to many Russians.”) [Link 1]
What the BBC failed to mention was that this ‘invasion of Chechnya’ was a direct response to an invasion by the Islamic International Brigade. [Link 2] It is worth noting the recognised Russian religion is Orthodox Christianity. So rather than praise the upcoming President for removing a terrorist organisation from what was part of the Russian Federation, by labelling him ‘No Nonsense’, they appeared to imply he was in favour of taking military action.
Yes, the Chechen war was bloody, and the west portrayed it as Chechnya wanting independence from Russian rule. The facts attest otherwise, Islamic State predecessors the Mujahideen had invaded the province and the Russians went in and ousted them. [Link 3] Having already had an Islamic State predecessor try and take over part of the Russian Federation, is it really so surprising that President Putin is attempting to keep a tight reign on the Islamic march North? Something our leaders appear too afraid to do?
As you have seen, the President was described as ‘No Nonsense’ when it came to acts of war by the BBC back in 1999, when he first took over the Russian presidency. If you read the piece, you will see it was not meant to be complimentary. This was setting light to the fire of the western propaganda that Putin is a war monger. Even as recently as 2014 The BBC even have the cheek to ask the question publically ‘Is Putin A War Monger Or Peacekeeper?’ [Link 4]
After nearly 17 years of rule and no world wars. Despite evident provocation, I think President Putin has answered that question in droves. I am now of the opinion that if a third world war does erupt, it will only be because President Putin has been backed into a corner of which he has no way out.
President Putin has been very candid about his weaponry production, about trying to talk nuclear disarmament with the USA, and consistently being ignored. When he sat down with world representatives and gave a frank interview, the west accused him of ‘Issuing a Chilling Warning!’ Having listened to the interview with an unbiased ear, that is not what it sounded like to me. He mentions offering solutions to the end of the arms race and says that the USA has refused to come onboard with him.
I was talking earlier about evident provocation. During the interview, President Putin mentions that the USA has placed a missile defence system in Romania, which is the equivalent of Russia doing the same in Mexico. Still, he goes on to praise President Obama, even though he admits he was lied to. [Link 5]
Further, evident provocation came in 2015 after President Putin was asked by President Assad of Syria to help rid his country of Islamic State. Whilst a Russian jet was flying to the area, it was shot down by Turkish forces. There is some disagreement as to whether the jet invaded Turkish airspace. The Turkish forces say they gave several warnings. The surviving Russian pilot has stated he received no such advice. Russia said the United States knew the jets flight path and should have informed Turkey. The US said they weren’t informed. Either way, make no mistake this is classed as an act of war. Pictures such as these flooded western media:
Such was the belief that President Putin was a warmonger who would respond by annihilating Turkey. President Putin’s response was, “This will seriously damage relations between Russia and Turkey,” and he imposed trade sanctions. [Link 6]
Eventually, Turkey’s President Erdogan apologised and the matter seemed forgotten until in 2016, when a member of Turkey’s police force assassinated the Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov, while shouting ‘Allah Akhubar (A cry synonymous with Islamic Terrorists) and ‘For Alleppo’ (A city in Syria seriously damaged in the war against Islamic State.) [Link 7] President Erdogan immediately apologised. President Putin stated that he felt this had been done deliberately to weaken the relationship between Russia and Turkey, and therefore no trade sanctions were imposed.
One thing that stuck with me at the time was how President Putin described Andrei Karlov, which I think says a lot about President Putin. He described Andrei Karlov as ‘a soft and gentle man’. It was an immense compliment and meant as such, as if to say that gentleness is a strength. This coming from a man who is classified a ‘warmonger’. [Link 8]
This point actually leads me onto my final point about President Putin, and one in which I believe the world to be completely in the dark. President Putin is an animal rights advocate.
A lot of photographs flooded the media of President Putin with a high powered rifle. A lot of pro-hunting websites claimed he was a hunter. The pro-hunt movement was very quick to publish this photo of the President in combat gear seemingly out hunting.. [Link 9]
Yet seemed a tad reticent to follow it up with this photo from the same expedition
Which shows that he was actually tagging Siberian tigers in an effort to try and stop the decline in numbers. Note the smile on his face as he pats the tiger's massive paw. A smile that is evident whenever President Putin is around animals. Even when the west knows he is doing the right thing, they still have to try to use it to insult him as here with the ‘Daily Mail’ when he was tagging a polar bear. [Link 10]
So you think you know President Putin? The hunting warmonger? Please take a look at the following and see he can be a man of great compassion. It might also be worth remembering my point of earlier: If President Putin had wanted war we would have had it 17 years ago when he first gained power.
Now to leave you with the smile I mentioned earlier: the one we see whenever President Vladimir Putin is around animals.
His reaction here to President George Bush’s dog is Priceless!
“The Greatness of a Nation can be judged on how it’s animals are treated” - Mahatma Ghandi
Can we possibly add to that, ‘The Greatness of a Nation can be judged on how it’s leader treats animals’?