Predictions 2022: Putin Will Be Dead By Year End - Murdered + Strung Up & Dragged Through The Streets Of Moscow By His Own People....
A view of the protest in central Moscow this evening. Thousands across the country are risking serious repercussions to protest Putin’s attack on Ukraine. More than 850 people detained so far. pic.twitter.com/KHog0Acbir— Matthew Luxmoore (@mjluxmoore) February 24, 2022
While the regime remains strong, there is little chance of significant opposition protests. The latest polls show that Russia’s propaganda machine remains highly effective: a large majority of Russians blame the west and Kyiv for escalation in the Donbas. Even if a minority opposes Putin’s recent moves, few will voice that opposition in public.
Look at the size of anti-war protestors in St Petersburg, Russia. Wow pic.twitter.com/dHg9Uwt9RQ— Ragıp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) February 24, 2022
The invasion will have significant ramifications for Russian society. The regime is becoming less interested in its ordinary people. The whole system is switching from the “power of authority”, based on popular legitimacy, to the “authority of power” — reliance on repression rather than constructive strategy. Putin will have to stay in power for as long as physically possible, and he will have to rely more and more on security officials, who are the most hawkish and conservative part of the elite.