Russia Without Putin Is A Failed State, State Media Boss Says

March 16, 2020 06:00 GMT

Russian state media boss Dmitry Kiselyov said his country would be a failed state without President Vladimir Putin as he sought to justify constitutional changes that would allow the former KGB colonel to hang on to power until 2036.

Putin, who is in his fourth presidential term, last week backed a new amendment that would allow him to ignore a current constitutional ban on him running again in four years’ time.

The Constitutional Court is expected to approve the changes later this month.

“Let’s be honest. Russia without Putin is still not viable,” Kiselyov said on March 15 during his popular weekly Sunday program on Rossia 24, adding the nation’s political system still hasn’t been “completed” and “balanced.”

Kiselyov, considered the nation’s chief propagandist, said the nation still doesn’t have a “responsible opposition” capable of winning elections without derailing the country.

Putin remaining in power another 12 years would give Russia’s political institutions time to develop, he claimed.

Russia’s political institutions, including parliament and political parties, have been severely weakened during Putin’s two-decade-long tenure, while many opposition figures have been jailed, killed, or have fled amid concerns over their safety and freedom.

The nation’s elections have also been marred by fraud such as ballot-stuffing while some opposition politicians have been barred from running.

© RFE/RL 2020

7 comments

  • As with all Propagandists, he has it backwards. Russia cannot survive another 12 years of Putin.

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  • All dictators need loyal lackeys and this is one of the shitweasel’s key skills: assembling hordes of evil disseminators of hate, lies and threats who understand Russia’s primitive culture that over centuries has been built on murder, bogus ideas of supremacy, imperialism and thieving off others.

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  • “Kiselyov, considered the nation’s chief propagandist, said the nation still doesn’t have a “responsible opposition” capable of winning elections without derailing the country.”

    Difficult to win an election when you are tossed in prison or assassinated, as most opposition in Muscovy end up. Perhaps this asslicking bastard can list Putin’s great achievements in his 20 year dictatorship.

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  • stanleyankiewicz

    Failed state….. maybe prophetic words. I am very curious to see if the already weak Russian economy is able to survive the 1-2-3 gut punches of collapsing oil prices, western sanctions and the ultimate effects of Corona virus.

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    • Regrettably it can withstand these things quite well. It has cash reserves and guaranteed income.
      I fear that the dictatorshit will take advantage of the enormous distraction of the virus to do even more vile and terrible things.
      On the other hand, crushing sanctions might hurt them quite a lot at this time, if anyone has the balls to do it.
      What about the M17 trial? Might the powers-that-be react accordingly? Unlikely, but you never know.

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  • onlyfactsplease

    “The Ruskie state media boss Dmitry Kiselyov said his country would be a failed state without dick-tator Vlad Poootin”
    This short statement suffices to know exactly in who’s rectum this pathetic gutless clown resides in.
    The sheeple of the cesspool country, who must travel on dirt roads, have no running water or even functional toilets, would say that mafia land is definitely a failed state.

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  • Russia is a failed state with Putin. If it weren’t, it would be in spite of Putin.

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