The Man at the Long Table…

It’s not as if he ever came from a background of any distinction.  His history is entwined in the dirty little world of back alley stabbings, dealing out mean and vengeful deaths to the ‘enemies of Russia’.   In his KGB past he is rumored to have been a spy, his obsession to have been untraceable poisons, and his methods to have included blackmail.

Alone, he has occupied this chair for twenty-two years.  That’s twenty-two years of absolute power.

That’s twenty-two years in a bubble – twenty-two years only hearing what he wants to hear:  flattery, concurrence, justification.

For most of those years no-one has suggested he is wrong: no-one dares.  The few who have been brave enough to withstand the lethal gale of his power are long gone – consigned to oblivion in all but the minds of those they left behind.

Their minds, and his.

Each new atrocity committed in his name, every life his actions have caused to end before its time is arrayed before him on the long table while his sycophants watch from far off, wondering how they strayed so close to the flame, wondering by what means they can ever escape.

He is sixty-nine now.  Do they want the chaos he will leave them when the bubble of that black heart bursts at last?   Will he have anything to leave?

There are good reasons why civilized, democratic countries limit occupation of the highest office to one, maybe two periods of four or five years.  The longer one person remains in power the thicker the walls of his mediaeval castle keep  will grow, the fewer the people who will be allowed to oppose him, the more isolated and deluded he will become. 

Feeling all those atrocities committed by his hand festering in his brain, weighed down by the burdens of his advancing years and ever more anxious to justify it all by the execution of his Grand Plans of Empire his mind becomes deformed, his health begins to fail And more and more he sees the urgency of his mission.  

Vladimir Putin, dangerously insane.  Will he burn the whole world?  Or will someone have the courage to stop him?

7 responses to “The Man at the Long Table…”

  1. Very well said. I agree completely. I think isolation is a part of the problem with him and others like him. They become surrounded by sycophants, isolated from the real world by those people who want to maintain their own positions of power, so in a way they create a vision, an image of the world that he finds pleasing to keep him happy. The end result is that he is living in a fantasy world. Those same sycophants also have every reason to keep him in power as long as they can, so they ignore warning signs, indications that he struggling with mental health. It is a recipe for disaster.

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  2. Thank you for your comments, and yes, I definitely agree. I don’t believe he ever possessed a human quality resembling compassion: he seems to have been a natural born killer from the first. What sort of 16 year-old applies to join the KGB? Russia does appear to produce these salt-of-the-earth fanatics, doesn’t it? Khrushchev, Stalin, Brezhnev… They stuff them in coffins and stare at them for years after they are finally dead, as if the era before was always better than the present – it never was. They had one shot under Gorbachev. They missed it.


  3. As for the question about Vladimir Putin: I hope someone, something discourages him for
    what he’s been doing to the world, and he repent his sin.

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    1. Conversely, I think there is always a danger in investing the name of a state in one person: perhaps that’s the third element at the root of this man’s power, and the reason he will prove so difficult to depose – I wish for it, as I am sure all those with a common interest in humanity; all those except the people of Russia. It seems that to the citizens of Russia, Putin and the nation are one and the same. He has made his image synonymous with the mother country.

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      1. I agree with you, Frederick. Thank you for the comment.

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  4. He does have his enemies in the Politburo , some who disagree with his current ‘war’ in the Ukraine. Maybe a man of courage will emerge from there. Perhaps there will even be free elections where he doesn’t disappear his opposition or use poison via his KGB comrades. Maybe another Gorbachev out there who has the backing of the Politburo, Russia without a despot at the helm and open to the West.. Most Russians would go for that.

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  5. Interesting that a septuagenarian oligarch apparently has no clear plan for his succession: he doesn’t, it seems, have any interest in founding a dynasty, and limits himself to restoring Russia’s ‘reputation’ as he sees it. It does seem that he secures his position by surrounding himself with the Soviet Union old guard, most as old or even older than himself.
    Whereas I would love to see him deposed from within, I suggest it is more likely the pressure for him to step down will come from those economic juggernauts that profited so substantially from the Yeltzin era; a lot of whom are feeling ambivalent about the case for corporate manslaughter, but also sensing a growing financial draught. The industrial infrastructure of Russia is in danger of being permanently damaged by sanctions while China as a potential market seems a reluctant alternative partner.
    I maintain Putin is a dangerous man. He is an unstable man, capable of pushing the red button if cornered: I only hope someone will step in to prevent that happening.

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