Talk of Vladimir Putin’s Downfall Is ‘Wishful Thinking’
By Sky News Australia
Russian President Vladimir Putin is still “very firmly” in control in the Kremlin, according to The New York Times’ Steven Lee Myers.
Mr Myers told Sky News Australia any hopes the Russian President will be deposed is “wishful thinking”.
“The way he has created the political system in Russia, the way he is able to exert control over all of the various branches of the armed services, the police, as well as the military and the secret services – I think that makes it very unlikely that somebody would be able to step in and seize control from him,” Mr Myers said.
“The caveat of course is, with authoritarian rulers, it’s always impossible to know when the last moment has come.
“There have been a lot of rumours in the last few days, but I think we should … still treat those as rumours.”
Here’s what others had to say:
Finally somebody that knows the man good enough that be wrote a book about him. Journalists have to listen to this guy and stop blabbering wishful thinking.
Somehow, Australians talking about freedom (elsewhere, of course) gives me a much-needed chuckle…thanks!
FINALLY, a sane viewpoint on this …
Great interview I think this was the first time I’ve actually seen anyone in the media give a very good accounting of the situation
I still don’t know why they keep talking about the time being taken… Russia has been showing restraint in light of their actual force projection capabilities. Stop pretending that this isn’t carefully scripted and stage managed.
Finally a view point that makes sense!
Finally, a balanced view on the strategic situation.
Russia is never as strong as she seems. Or as weak.