Putin called for a ‘self-cleansing’ of pro-Western ‘scum and traitors,’ and it is terrifying for America.
“Vladimir Putin is adjusting his rhetoric following his stalled invasion of Ukraine, touching on Stalinist nostalgia and patriotic themes to boost public support for the war, which he calls a ‘special military operation’ and claims was launched as a defensive measure,” reports Fox News.
Putin delivered a speech with “Stalin-esque” dog whistling and warnings of a “fifth column” of Russian “scum and traitors” working to undermine his ambitions.
“The West, collectively, is trying to fracture our society … to provoke a civil conflict in Russia by means of the fifth column,” Putin said.
“The goal is Russia’s collapse,” Putin added.
“The Russian people will always be able to differentiate true patriots from scum and traitors and will simply spit them out like an insect that accidentally flew in and got trapped in your mouth,” Putin continued.
“I am confident that a necessary self-cleansing of society will only strengthen our country, our solidarity and readiness to respond to any challenges,” Putin added.
“He is basically encouraging people to turn in their friends and neighbors whom they perceive as ‘the fifth column,'” said Rebekah Koffler, a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer.
“It’s an equivalent of the ‘Red Terror’ period during Stalin, who galvanized the Russians to look for ‘the enemies of the people’ and turn them in to Secret Police. Stalin authorized murders of millions of people who were perceived as disloyal to the Soviet government and the Communist Party,” she added.
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