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Putin’s sinister global conspiracy has been exposed

For decades, scholars have debated what the world would be like if an authoritarian state usurped Western democracy.

Convinced critics of the West describe democracy as hypocritical, bureaucratic and full of corruption. While some of these criticisms are valid, the alternative is simply incomprehensible to the average 21st-century citizen.

For Vladimir Putin, his priority is for these opinions to spread like wildfire.

After the bloodiest century in human history, the Russian war machine has once again emerged as one of the most dangerous players in 21st century geopolitics.

But like Dr. Ivana Stradner of the US-based think tank Foundation for the Defense of Democracies claims Russia is much more than just a “mafia-run country with nuclear weapons”.

Putin has built influence around the world to discredit the West and legitimize his takeover of Ukraine. Carefully placing his pawns to encircle smaller nations, Russia’s supreme commander has done everything in his power to win the hearts and minds of potential allies.

It is an unchanging fact that a large part of Russia’s national identity rests on military achievements. The nation still spends millions annually to celebrate the Nazi defeat at Stalingrad nearly 80 years ago.

But in the 21st century, with no barbarians at the gates, Putin has stretched his military outward for fear of an unfulfilled legacy. In the later stages of his life, he knows that he must do Russian empire expansion to secure a favor for himself, at least in the eyes of Russia’s extreme right.

Putin’s undeniable influence

As bombs continue to fall in Ukraine, a much larger disinformation war is being waged every second of the day.

A big part of Putin’s master plan is to curb NATO’s legitimacy. The possibility of Ukraine joining the alliance was a major concern for Russia given its strategic location just south of Moscow.

But it is also a matter of principle for staunch Russian nationalists who balk at the idea of ​​former Soviet territories being ruled by Western enemies.

Ukraine-based pro-Russian separatists stand firm on their country’s independence from NATO and are ready to side with Putin, a tumble of internal tensions even before the February 2022 tank invasion.

Even before that fateful day, information campaigns were being conducted to legitimize the overthrow of Kiev. Stradner believes that the claim that the US is producing bioweapons in Ukraine was one of the most effective campaigns to persuade the Russian public.

“The message was that they are going to attack Russia. A day before the invasion, the Russian defense minister spoke about bioweapons. They also deliberately claimed that the US was producing monkeypox in Ukrainian laboratories,” said Dr. Stradner in an interview with news.com.au.

“There was also a MoD claim that the Covid-19 swab tests were used to extract DNA from and create a virus that would only affect Russians.

“Russia is spreading this information across Eastern Europe and Africa and it has a huge impact because if you repeat the lie so many times, it becomes ‘the truth’.”

But not only Ukraine is exposed to the crippling power of the Russian information machine.

Even smaller Balkan states have been pressured into believing Russia is on their side through complex information campaigns to denigrate NATO.

“Putin just wants to show these countries that NATO is nothing more than a paper tiger,” said Dr. Stradner.

Putin has used conflicts between non-NATO countries to his advantage, most notably the recent conflict between Kosovo and Serbia in May, in which Serbian far-right groups attacked 30 NATO peacekeepers.

“What has NATO done? They issued a statement saying, “This is unacceptable.” This is exactly what Putin wants, to show that NATO will not do anything,” she continued.

dr Stradner claims that Russia is also “inflaming tensions in these regions” via “far-right proxies” to distract the West from the conflict in Ukraine.

One example is the recent military coup in Niger, where protesters proudly displayed Russian flags as a clear message against Western influence. Analysts fear this is just another example of how effective Russia’s rhetoric can be, even in distant regions.

Putin’s greatest fear is a legacy of failure

As a native East European, Dr. Stradner that the West has a fundamentally different value system, especially when it comes to war.

“The first question I’m asked is: ‘Why would Putin invade, it would only hurt his economy?’ That’s not what it is about. It’s about Russian greatness, Russian pride and Russian dignity. That’s what’s important to him. Leave a legacy as Stalin, as Lenin,” she said.

“He wants to leave a mark on history as someone who finally managed to restore Russia’s greatness. He prepared for this for a long time and destroyed the liberal opposition in the first 20 years of his career. He understood how to manipulate the West by encouraging it to “collaborate with Russia”.

“But many people in the West believe that Russia is not a serious threat, just a mafia-run state with nuclear weapons. People need to understand that other people around the world don’t think the way they do. For Russia, all Putin had to do was destroy unity in the West.”

While the concept of widespread Russian disinformation is nothing new, Dr. Stradner that the West has fallen behind as authoritarian regimes seek a new 21st century superpower.

Whether China or Russia, the end goal is the same and involves the complete collapse of the global order and trust in the US fixing the planet.

Stradner insists that if the West is to stop this rhetoric, it must engage in Russia’s information warfare and work to oust authoritarian regimes.

Criticism of Ukraine’s financing

Criticism of the billions in Western funding for Ukraine has been a sticking point throughout the war, which has now lasted 18 months. But Stradner believes the alternative – standing by while an open enemy of democracy usurps sovereign land – is untenable.

“A lot of things happen off the battlefield. “Everything you are currently touching on in terms of international relations seems to stem from the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” she said.

Analysts also now fear that China, which has joined the BRICS partnership with Russia, could follow Putin’s example and usurp territory in Taiwan.

“One thing I can say for sure is that if China invades Taiwan, it will have a huge impact,” Stradner said, assuring that “Russia is targeting the entire global ecosystem.”

Moscow’s plan now is to delay the war and exhaust Ukraine’s allies.

“Putin understands that he cannot win this war on the battlefield. The only way he can win is to prolong the war, a long war,” says Dr. Stradner.

“The only way he can get there is to exhaust and polarize the West to make sure we don’t support Ukraine. Some conservatives in the US are already saying we’re sending blank checks, which is a dream come true for Vladimir Putin.

“The only way to end this war is to send Ukraine what it needs to defend itself. The US spends about 3 percent of its total defense budget to crush the Russian military. That sounds like a bargain to me.”

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