Putin’s martial law is less about occupying Ukraine than ‘occupying Russia itself’ – OpEd – Eurasia Review

Vladimir Putin issued his declaration of martial law less to be able to absorb Ukrainian territory than to strengthen his own “occupation of Russia itself”, Vitaly Portnikov said. “It is not news: every tyrant eventually turns to the task of occupying his own country and destroying everything there that limits him in any way.

Moreover, continues the Ukrainian commentator, “there is always the temptation to take advantage of the war and to press his subjects further” not only to carry out his aggressive plans but also to work without adequate compensation and to silence anyone who might speak. against him (graniru.org/opinion/portnikov/m.286365.html).

Putin’s first goal is the destruction of “disloyal peoples”, first of all Ukrainians by invading their country, but also non-Russians within the current borders of the Russian Federation, leaving them without the population of young people assets that could preserve the remnants of autonomy that they still have.

But his second objective, continues Portnikov, is “the destruction of these Russians ready for dissent”. Some are drafted into the army, others are forced to flee the country for fear of being drafted, and still others who have not fled are either intimidated into silence or risk being imprisoned or worse at any time.

Those who analyze Putin must always remember that “the main thing” for him, at all times, is to protect his power and to block any threat, “even illusory”, against this power. Its declaration of martial law in the Donbass and its varieties of martial law in certain parts of Russia are part of this and nothing more.

For a discussion of the different regions of Russia subject to varying degrees of martial law and especially that one region – the city of Moscow – is still exempt, see Tatyana Melikan’s article on how mobilization has changed life in Russian regions in profile. ru/politics/voennoe-polozhenie-v-rossii-kak-izmenitsya-zhizn-v-regionah-1184073/).

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