Does Putin Control Sechin - or Vice Versa?


COUP-2016: TAKE ONE. (By Yevgenia Albats. The New Times, Nov. 21, 2016, p. 24. Complete text:) We knew this would happen sooner or later. We were waiting for it. We wrote literally in our last issue that economic and administrative repressions have become an instrument of governance. We warned that those hailing from the Soviet Union’s most fearsome and powerful agency - the KGB - have taken control not only of key government posts, but of all important cash flows: gas, oil, telecommunications, finance, television channels and media holdings. All those assets are in the hands of the special services or the president’s inner circle. And there is zero oversight. There is no government institution or public organization that can keep tabs on the FSB [Federal Security Service], the National Guard or other similar agencies.

On Nov. 14, 2016, everything fell into place: The state’s main repressive agency was no longer controlled from Lubyanka [where the FSB offices are located - Trans.] or from the Kremlin; rather, [it is now controlled] from the Sofia embankment, which is home to the offices of Rosneft, the largest state-owned oil corporation (with a capitalization of over 3 trillion rubles and power to match). In other words, what we are witnessing is not the merging of the state and business (as columnists have fretted about to no end), but rather the merging of a repressive agency with the wealthiest state-owned corporation. Readers are reminded that [until now], only government agencies (which we traditionally refer to as "law-enforcement agencies") have had the legal right to resort to force. Meaning only [those agencies] have the right to do what was done on Nov. 14 - arrest a federal minister, search and detain him, take him to court, indict him and demand restraint measures that would deprive him of freedom [see ...

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