The Russian President Vladimir Putin had made a successful career in the KGB, and the way he had done it can help to predict his actions, writes Jim Hoagland for The Washington Post, Joinfo.ua reports.
The author argues that Putin was a failed spy who was squeezed out of the KGB and kept away from important tasks.
The sources of the journalist, the former Soviet spies, told him that in the course of service in the KGB, Vladimir Putin had been given backwater assignment in Dresden, rather than in the East German capital, and after the mission in Germany, he had been sent to St. Petersburg rather than Moscow. And back then it meant that he had to look for another job.
“He was seen in the system as a risk-taker who had little understanding of the consequences of failure. The KGB of that era was not keen on risk, ” Hoagland quotes an ex-KGB officer.
The author gives evidence of ex-KGB officers about the real professional “success” of Putin.
“Putin today displays an open contempt for Russian public opinions and an uncaring disregard for the economy-damaging sanctions and international disapproval that his Ukraine adventure has provoked, traits that befit a drunken gambler,” Hoagland gives an analogy .
The author emphasizes that many signs point to the fact that Putin will not change his way of running the country, despite the obvious harm Russia receives from it.
Burning of food products today is carried out in Russia on the background of economic fall. All this suggests that the government wants to institute public attention, without having qualification for good governance.
“Putin’s actions will determine how far and how fast Russia continues to sink into isolation and economic decline. The West should adopt a stance of watchful waiting and be prepared for Putin’s risk-taking to create new crises along the way,” the author writes.
“Putin is not as clever either as I once thought, or as he seems still to believe,” the journalist summed up.