Bill Browder, an American businessman who heads the Global Magnitsky Justice Campaign, said that Russian President Vladimir Putin chose to go to war with Ukraine for fear of losing Russia’s trust.
“I don’t think this war is about NATO; I don’t think this war is about the Ukrainians or the EU or even about Ukraine; Browder told POLITICO.
Browder said: “Putin is a dictator, and he is a dictator who intends to remain in power for the rest of his life.
Mr. Browder added that Putin has “thought very carefully about what it is like to lose power,” pointing to the popular uprising against Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko and this year’s riots in Kazakhstan. Browder said: “He told himself that the writing on the wall was for him unless he did something dramatic.
So far, at least 6,495 anti-Russian anti-war protesters have been arrested across Russia, according to the human rights portal. Information OVD.
Putin is “thinking only short term…” how do I stay in power from week to week? And then next week to next week? “He’s taking a “prison yard” approach, where he feels the need to always look strong, Browder said.
Browder said of the war in Ukraine: “I feel extremely scared, because Putin” is constantly escalating… and he is also a person who always has to save face.
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