When did Soviet Union collapse?
December 26, 1991.
Retired as a KGB Lieutenant Colonel on the second day of the 1991 Soviet coup attempt against Gorbachev.
August 20, 1991.
“As soon as the coup began, I immediately decided which side I was on.”
One can assume that Putin was against the pro-communist coup.
As for Gorbachev.
Gorbachev the reformer.
Putin was on the same side as Yeltsin.
Which explains what happened next.
But we need to back up.
Putin starts working for the mayor of Leningrad (Saint Petersburg) as an advisor on international affairs.
So Putin was working for both the KGB and the mayor (Anatoly Sobchak).
Approximately one year later, he became head of the Committee for External Relations for the mayor of Leningrad.
June 28, 1991.
He was still in the KGB.
Putin held this job until 1996.
Remember when Putin retired from the KGB.
Concurrently, Putin was first deputy chairman for the Government of Saint Petersburg.
He assumed this role in March 1994.
About one year later, he organized the Saint Petersburg chapter of Our Home – Russia: a pro-government political party.
It was a liberal party.
It was founded by Viktor Chernomyrdin.
Pro-government. And liberal.
Remember, Russia had just gotten finished with being a communist country.
So the previous form of government was radically (totalitarian) liberal.
Putin was a legislative election campaign manager that same year.
For the next two years, he was leader of the Saint Petersburg chapter of Our Home – Russia.
Sobchak, the Saint Petersburg mayor for whom Putin had begun working in 1990, lost his reelection bid.
Putin had been in charge of the reelection campaign.
At this point, Putin resigned his positions within the Saint Petersburg government.
He moved to Moscow.
He began working for Pavel Borodin as deputy chief of the Presidential Property Management Department.
Putin remained in this position for approximately a year.
Yeltsin, with whom Putin had sided in the failed August coup of 1991, hired Putin to become his deputy chief of staff.
March 26, 1997.
Putin held this position for about a year.
He also was the chief of the Main Control Directorate of the Presidential Property Management Department.
His tenure there lasted slightly longer.
This position was an important one.
Both his predecessor (Alexei Kudrin), and his successor (Nikolai Patrushev), wound up in positions of prominence and also worked with Putin later in their careers.
Putin successfully defended his doctoral dissertation in economics at the Saint Petersburg Mining Institute.
June 27, 1997.
His thesis advisor was Vladimir Litvinenko.
Putin then succeeded Viktoriya Mitina as First Deputy Chief of the Presidential Staff “for regions”.
May 25, 1998.
Two months later, he succeeded Sergey Shakhray as head of the commission for “delimitation of power” agreements “of the regions” and head of the President’s federal center.
July 15, 1998.
Putin soon-afterwards, by appointment of Yeltsin, became head of the FSB: the successor to the KGB.
July 25, 1998.
Here’s where our story gets interesting.
And here’s where the current Ukraine war started.
The Czech Republic (AKA Czechia) [a former signatory of the Warsaw Pact] joined NATO.
Hungary [a former signatory of the Warsaw Pact countries] joined NATO.
Poland [a former signatory of the Warsaw Pact countries] joined NATO.
March 12, 1999.
Approximately five months later, Putin became acting Prime Minister of Russia.
August 9, 1999.
The Warsaw Pact was a mutual defense organization like NATO.
The Warsaw Pact ceased to exist on July 1, 1991.
When did the Warsaw Pact begin?
May 14, 1955.
When did NATO begin?
April 4, 1949.
The Soviets created the Warsaw Pact (CoMEcon) IN RESPONSE to the actions of NATO and the West.
So surely NATO dissolved after July 1, 1991, when the threat of the Warsaw Pact ceased to exist, right?
Oh, they didn’t.
Well, then surely NATO ceased operations at least when the USSR ceased to exist on December 26, 1991, right?
Oh, they didn’t take that opportunity for peace either, eh?
Are you fucking telling me that NATO, instead of disbanding and toning it down, INCORPORATED COUNTRIES FROM THEIR FORMER ADVERSARY (CoMEcon AKA the “Warsaw Pact” countries) INTO THEIR FUCKING “MUTUAL-DEFENSE ALLIANCE”?!?
That’s exactly what NATO did.
Just five months before Putin first rose to the Prime Minister position in Russia.
22 years ago.
22 years ago NATO first began to BORDER RUSSIA, right?
[because Poland borders Russia]
NATO began to border Russia in 1949 (!) with the joining of founding member Norway.
Russia was patient.
It was only six years later (1955) that Russia (the Soviet Union) decided to make a proportionate riposte and create the Warsaw Pact zone IN RESPONSE to NATO.
So when Poland joined NATO in 1999, it became the second country bordering Russia to do so.
NATO has been on Russia’s doorstep since 1949.
And NATO set up a fucking tent on Russia’s doorstep in 1999.
Fifty years later.
NATO, if they were really about “defense” and peace, would not have taken this provocative action.
Yeltsin wanted Putin to be his successor.
And so Putin ran for President.
Putin had become Russia’s fifth Prime Minister in 18 months.
The State Duma overwhelmingly-approved this: 233 in favor, 84 against, and 17 abstained.
August 16, 1999.
Putin was an unknown outside of Russia.
He had only briefly been the head of the FSB.
Most intelligence analysts expected him to go the way of the four Prime Ministers who came before him (in a mere 18 months).
Yeltsin was sick.
He unexpectedly resigned.
And Putin became Acting President.
December 31, 1999.
Putin won an early Presidential election.
March 26, 2000.
He was inaugurated.
May 7, 2000.
Life came at him fast.
The Kursk submarine sunk.
August 12, 2000.
Another crisis arose two years later with the Moscow theater hostage crisis.
October 23, 2002.
Putin was elected to a second term.
March 14, 2004.
Here’s where “peace-loving” NATO stepped in again.
Bulgaria [a former signatory of the Warsaw Pact countries] joined NATO.
Estonia [a former Soviet Republic bordering Russia] joined NATO.
Latvia [a former Soviet Republic bordering Russia] joined NATO.
Lithuania [a former Soviet Republic bordering Russia] joined NATO.
Romania [a former signatory of the Warsaw Pact countries] joined NATO.
Slovakia [a former signatory of the Warsaw Pact countries] joined NATO.
Slovenia [a former part of communist Yugoslavia] joined NATO.
March 29, 2004.
So NATO, instead of being satisfied with expanding NATO by two countries in 1999 (and bordering Russia with two members), decided to expand by a further SEVEN (!) countries (giving them FIVE members that border Russia).
The provocativeness of this cannot be understated.
Russia does not have a mutual defense treaty with Canada.
Because Canada is in NATO.
And Russia does not have a mutual defense treaty with Mexico.
Indeed, Russia no longer has nukes in Cuba.
It is approximately 230 miles from Havana, Cuba to Miami, Florida.
The world almost ended in October 1962 because of this kind of proximity.
And how far is Tallinn, Estonia (a part of NATO since 2004) from Saint Petersburg, Russia?
Approximately 230 miles.
Look it up.
Don’t take my word for it.
Havana to Miami.
Tallinn to St. Petersburg (in miles).
Are there nukes in Tallinn?
But there are NATO forces in Tallinn.
And in Estonia.
NATO was on Russia’s doorstep for six years (since 1949) before the Warsaw Pact even existed .
NATO pitched a tent on Russia’s doorstep in 1999 with the accession of Poland.
And then NATO effectively started brandishing weapons on Russia’s doorstep with the accession of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in 2004.
What would you do if someone was on your doorstep?
You ask questions.
You find out their name is Norway and they’re in a gang called NATO.
They say, “if you mess with me, then my gang will declare war on you”.
But you let them hang out and loiter on your doorstep for fifty years.
After fifty years, they bring a friend named Poland and set up a tent on your doorstep.
They are there, every day and every night, sleeping in their tent and cooking on their camping stove.
They leave their trash everywhere.
They act like they own your doorstep.
You cannot leave your house by your front door.
You have to go out of your garage.
Or through your backyard and out the side gate.
Five years later, Norway and Poland (NATO gang members), bring their gang buddies Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania to live in the tent on your doorstep.
It’s getting crowded in that tent!
But this time there’s something even more unsettling.
These gang members are brandishing automatic weapons.
They have hand guns.
Every time you look out your peephole, you see the five people on your porch.
And they are heavily armed!
That is where Putin was at in 2004 when he began his second Presidential term.
Since then, NATO has added:
-Albania [a former signatory of the Warsaw Pact] in 2009
-Croatia [a former part of communist Yugoslavia] in 2009
-Montenegro [a former part of communist Yugoslavia] in 2017
-North Macedonia [a former part of communist Yugoslavia] in 2020
East, east, east.
NATO is the gang on Russia’s porch.
It started with Norway loitering and saying, “mess with me and you mess with my gang”.
For fifty years Russia let punk Norway hang out and brag about their gang.
After fifty years, Norway and their buddy Poland (another NATO gang member), set up a tent on Russia’s porch.
Day and night.
Norway and Poland talking shit about how their gang would fuck Russia up.
Russia used to be in a gang.
Russia was the kingpin of both of them.
NATO are crips.
CoMEcon (Warsaw Pact)/USSR were bloods.
The bloods have ceased to exist.
Their gang has been broken up.
The bloods (Russia) even made their colors red, white, and blue: same as USA and France (two of NATO’s founding members).
The bloods have taken on the ways of the crips.
The bloods are a defeated gang.
But that’s not good enough for the crips.
The crips want to push their face into the pavement and grind it.
In 2014, with five armed gang members living in a tent on their porch, Russia decided to start going in and out of its own front door again.
They invented a curse word.
Russia invented a curse word.
The word is/was, “Crimea!”
At first, the gang members were shocked that the homeowner (Russia) had grown a pair of balls.
And then every day it happened.
Russia would emerge from its front door.
The gang members would brandish their weapons and say, “why don’t you try something?”
The gang members would say, “this is our porch now, motherfucker!”
And Russia would just say, “Crimea river!”
Russia would go out to the mailbox.
Russia would enter and leave through its own front door.
For eight years Russia has been doing this.
Refusing to be prisoners in their own home.
But last year a new little shit named Ukraine started hanging out in the tent on the porch.
And Ukraine said, “We’re gonna prevent you from saying, ‘Crimea river!'”
Russia said, “How are you going to do that?”
Ukraine said, “I’m gonna fuck you up if you say, ‘Crimea river!'”
Russia asked, “Are you in this NATO gang?”
Ukraine replied, “Well, not yet. But I want to be. And I’m gonna join as soon as possible.”
This last reply was in the fall of 2021.
There was a new shit on the block: Ukraine.
And Ukraine wanted to be the badass.
Ukraine wanted to make sure that Russia could no longer enter and leave through its own front door.
But Ukraine made a threat.
Ukraine said, “As soon as I get into NATO, I’m gonna fuck you up the first time I hear the words, ‘Crimea river!'”
Russia finally decided to do something.
Russia thought, “Ok, I can’t fight these five gang members living with automatic weapons in a tent on my porch. There’s too many of them. But I cannot go back to being unable to enter and leave through my own front door. So there is only one solution. I must fight the one who is threatening my freedom. I should be able to enter and leave through my own front door. And these gang members let me do that. I can even tell them to go fuck themselves and get away with it. Because I’m polite. I just say, ‘Crimea river!’ But now the time has come. I cannot tolerate little shit Ukraine telling me that he is gonna restrict my movement and my speech ON MY OWN FRONT PORCH! This little comedian shit has made his intentions known: as soon as he joins the NATO gang, he is gonna have them fuck me up in colossal manner anytime I exert my ownership of my own house. As soon as I go out to check the mail and they heckle me. As soon as I respond with a relatively-tame, ‘Crimea river!’, Ukraine is gonna sic the entire fucking gang on my ass. So that is the final straw. I can’t fight the whole bullshit gang of thugs, but I can fight the little shit. And I must fight him before he gets into the gang. Now is the time. Do or die.”