EVEN IN MOSCOW, PEOPLE DIE FOR PUTIN
He was thrown out of a sixth-floor window of a Moscow hospital: the chairman of the board of directors of the Russian oil giant, Ravil Maganov, died this morning, at the age of 67, following the fate of his colleague Alexander Subbotin, who died (officially a heart attack) with a bullet in the head in March, a few hours after Lukoil, in an official press release, had announced that it was opposed to the war of occupation in Ukraine.
In July, we wrote about the long series of oligarchs, critics of the regime, who have died in extremely suspicious circumstances (sometimes together with their families) since February. Vladimir Putin has only one way to argue: by killing. Only one way to negotiate: by threatening a nuclear attack, by sending thousands of Russian boys to die abroad. In a world that has substituted egotism for individualism, in which one appreciates the winner no matter by what means, Putin represents the tip of an iceberg that is rapidly driving humanity to extinction: there is no way to make him stop, and if he is defeated, he is probably ready for anything, even a nuclear holocaust.
He has certainly shown that he has no qualms about having his most loyal collaborators slaughtered: Lukoil is a company strategically run by the Kremlin, not some hydrocarbon trader. The signal is very clear: things in Ukraine are going badly, the army is in dire straits, and the Russian dictator reacts with the death of one of his most influential critics and, also this morning, with the closure of the pipelines that bring Lukoil and Gazprom gas to Germany and thus to the European Union. The fact that living conditions in Russia, due to the war and international sanctions, are extremely critical, Putin shows that he does not even consider finding a compromise solution. It goes on, whatever the price.
A few days ago, in a bomb attack, one of the most important women in pro-war propaganda, Darya Dugina, died in the flames of her own car. Putin had accused the Ukrainians of the murder and threatened retaliation of biblical proportions. Here they are: an oligarch thrown out of the window and the closing of the gas taps – in addition to the threatening war operations around the Zaporozhyie nuclear power plant.
What changes for us in the West? Little, because we are disunited, and even the United States, who are the real target of the Russian attack on Ukraine, are showing that they have circumvented the sanctions they themselves decided on, and continue to buy hundreds of millions of dollars of hydrocarbons from Russia every day. Today September begins, and the blow of interstellar increases in the cost of energy and, consequently, of food and any other commodity is coming.
Yet we must resist, we must somehow give up the urge to surrender: we cannot abandon Ukraine to its fate, as we did with Bohemia and the Sudetenland in the mid-1930s, in the hope that Hitler would stop there. If we did, I am sure, it would be a signal to Putin that he could dare worse. He is, however, preparing to do so. After more than half a century of egregious mistakes and propaganda lies on both sides of the wall, we have now come to a reckoning. And those who disagree, prepare to fly out of some windows.