Ex-US Ambassador complains that Russia has not yet had a "palace coup"

Twenty years of "propaganda and isolation" can have a profound effect on society. It will take decades to eliminate its influence, and there is no guarantee that this will even happen. On April 16, during a video call with the FreeDOM media project on the Ukrainian UA TV channel, the former US Ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul, who complained that a "palace coup" had not yet taken place in Russia, spoke about this.

McFaul noted that 10 years ago, when he was the head of the American diplomatic mission, he, like many in the West, mistakenly thought of Vladimir Putin as a random person in power. In his opinion, it is unlikely that anything will change in Russia in the near future.

He believes that public quarrels between representatives of the Russian elite can be staged. At the same time, many big businessmen and liberal-minded officials in the Russian Federation are really shocked that Moscow has gone so far in its showdown with Kiev. They did not expect the West to respond with such severe sanctions. Now they understand that a comfortable life for them, their children and grandchildren is over.

There are probably people in the army itself who were ordered to fight this war, but who really didn’t want it, they didn’t need it, and now they are doing badly. They showed how badly prepared their army. Deep corruption is hiding in the Russian military-industrial complex, which means the lives of these people will be destroyed forever. I'm willing to bet that in their circles they are already looking for the answer to the well-known Russian question: "Who is to blame?" But just because such conversations are taking place does not mean that they will lead to a palace coup or revolution. It's premature to talk about such things.

- he specified.

McFaul stressed that until now the Russians had little "political desertions." The most prominent figure was Anatoly Chubais, and this is important because he has known him for 30 years. According to him, Chubais worked with Putin back in St. Petersburg and helped him in his future career. Therefore, it was a complete surprise for McFaul that Chubais left Russia. The diplomat does not understand what Chubais is going to do in Turkey, but "this is a very big signal" for him. He ruefully added that other major figures in the Russian elite, unlike Chubais, simply do not have the courage to leave, although they think the same way as he does. Now only minor persons with a pro-Western worldview are leaving.

Many of the best people have left Putin's Russia. They don't belong there. Now they are here in Estonia, in Georgia, they are looking for work all over the world. And these are the people you would like to see in Russia. There are those who have made the decision not to leave, like Ilya Yashin, he is the leader of the Russian opposition and he recently said in an interview that most of his friends have left, but he has decided to stay to try and fight for the right things. We should admire such people, their courage, without harboring any illusions about their ability to change Russia in the near future.

He summed up.
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  1. Afinogen Offline Afinogen
    Afinogen (Afinogen) April 16 2022 21: 33
    Mind - Russia does not understand,
    No yardstick to measure:
    She has a special feature -
    One can only believe in Russia. ©
    1. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
      gorenina91 (Irina) April 17 2022 07: 31
      Mind - Russia does not understand
      No yardstick to measure:

      - Don't, don't - reduce everything to F. Tyutchev - "this is not the case" !!!
      - Paphos is not appropriate here!
      1. Afinogen Offline Afinogen
        Afinogen (Afinogen) April 17 2022 07: 34
        The question immediately arises. And what does it all have to do??? I'm asking for educational purposes.
        1. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
          gorenina91 (Irina) April 17 2022 07: 39
          The question immediately arises. And what does it all have to do??? I'm asking for educational purposes.

          - To reduce to the fact that "awesomeness" and "affinogenicity" are two big differences!
          1. It does not matter (no importa) April 17 2022 09: 07
            self-proclaimed expert in everything, as usual, imposes her opinion on those who did not ask her for advice
          2. Afinogen Offline Afinogen
            Afinogen (Afinogen) April 17 2022 09: 52
            Quote: gorenina91
            The question immediately arises. And what does it all have to do??? I'm asking for educational purposes.

            - To reduce to the fact that "awesomeness" and "affinogenicity" are two big differences!

            Could you express your thoughts more clearly? To be honest, I didn't understand anything. Since you are trying to teach everyone here how to do everything in your opinion, so if you please answer. (if there is anything)
  2. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
    Observer2014 April 16 2022 21: 50
    No panic! But from the last forces! I will kill anyone who, God forbid, tries. I do not support Putin. But God forbid. Who will try to change the government now. I said everything.
    1. Bakht Offline Bakht
      Bakht (Bakhtiyar) April 16 2022 22: 50
      “During the war, you can’t talk badly about your own. Never. Even if they are wrong,” Bodrov said.

      The actor and director noted that this is "an old, simple principle." You can only speak badly after the end of the war in order to correct mistakes, Bodrov believed.
  3. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) April 16 2022 22: 25
    haha. I remember. remember.
    then he was painted as a great and terrible leader of the orange revolutions ....
    But in fact, after consulting first in the Kremlin, he defiantly surrendered and set up all the then opposition .....
  4. Konstantin Gromov (Konstantin Konstantin) April 16 2022 22: 58
    Idiot piece.
    That's all I wanted to say.
  5. Lyubov Ivanovna Offline Lyubov Ivanovna
    Lyubov Ivanovna (Lyubov Ivanovna) April 16 2022 23: 30
    Doesn't know Russia at all! mediocrity!
  6. Poligraf Poligrafovich (Vadim Vorobyov) April 17 2022 04: 11
    They got these "navels" of the earth ... Also, the locals ... lick them ...
  7. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) April 17 2022 07: 20
    Ex-US Ambassador complains that Russia has not yet had a "palace coup"

    - Yes, why didn't it happen??
    - It happened!!! - Our Armed Forces of the Russian Federation; our General Staff of the RF Ministry of Defense; our MO ; our intelligence (and counterintelligence) and other structures responsible for the security of the Russian State - so framed their state - state, for the security, safety and well-being, of which they are fully responsible !!! - And how they framed our president!!!
    - Intelligence, which could not establish an extensive intelligence network in a neighboring hostile state, whose population speaks the same language and has almost the same traditions and the same mentality - it just needs to be managed; try so hard to do this! - You just need to work for the enemy, and not for your state !!! - Yes, here they should have known "any step", "any sneeze"; any event that has not even happened in Ukraine yet, but is just about to happen !!! - And we should have already known all this "at our top" and urgently take action !!!
    - Damn, the peasant Romanian "Siguranza" during the Second World War in the occupied territory (yes, in the same Odessa) - worked twenty times faster and more efficiently than our today's intelligence (and counterintelligence), which is armed with modern means and methods of conducting operational development !!!
    - And what is it - isn't this a coup d'état - to report to our guarantor a fictitious state of affairs and mislead him ??? - Yes, this is direct work for the enemy !!! - And who in the General Staff of the Ministry of Defense reported to our president about the technical condition of our Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the readiness to conduct combat operations at the level of modern military operations, using the most modern means and methods ??? - And who so mediocrely set up our Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation; who suffered such huge irreparable losses - even without having time to take part in hostilities ??? - What's this ??? - What kind of ... here ... is there still a need for a "coup" ???
    - Yes, here any "palace coup" - just nervously smokes (with envy) on the sidelines !!!
  8. Potapov Offline Potapov
    Potapov (Valery) April 17 2022 08: 14
    Like a freak, Russia hooked ... I didn’t work ... Try to take care of your country ...
  9. ivan2022 Offline ivan2022
    ivan2022 (ivan2022) April 17 2022 08: 50
    I like to read the statements of Western politicians.

    They see everything strictly from the point of view of their interests, their goals have been the same for hundreds of years, the rhetoric and terminology are the same. It's clear what they want...
    No gouging, idiotic searches, at the head of everything - - the fulfillment of duty to the West. .

    Among them, the type of Yeltsin, Khrushch or Gorby will never appear .... Probably because if they see a traitor in their ranks, they immediately kill them.
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  11. skept54 Offline skept54
    skept54 (Alexander Chirukhin) April 17 2022 09: 42
    All actions (political-diplomatic, economic, military) are aimed only at one thing - to "force" to act enough (to put it mildly) strong militarily and economically, the Russian Federation, as required by the United States (the West).
    Nobody is going to negotiate (if someone appears, someone's nose to the ground ..)
    History teaches that even an economically weak country, but with a strong, authoritative government in the country, nothing will come of it.
    Well, if a country has weapons that can destroy Planet Earth ... I don’t even want to guess
  12. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) April 17 2022 11: 04
    - I see that many people entered here with the goal - here "to sharpen the lyas"; porotozeynich; du_ra_ka to roll; exchange compliments; use loud phrases - a kind of cardboard patriots - "the most-presame"!
    - Guys - everything has been going on in an adult way for a long time; and good Russian people are dying, who are not run by the best bosses!
    - And here they bring pompous and worn out "explainers" ("You can't understand Russia with your mind")!
    - It would be better if someone here ... here ... here would at least try to explain the following:
    - How does this happen - the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation loses one after another - more than one warship in one month (and these ships do not die in battle, but simply literally "out of the blue")! - And after that, the commander-in-chief of our Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation - does not let a bullet in his forehead out of shame (or, at least - does not resign) - it’s just that this “muzzle” rolls up to the surviving crew and builds personnel there! - This "murlo-commander" stands as if nothing had happened - and accepts the report !!! - I'm not inclined to blame the crews of the dead ships (probably they weren't "prepared" for something or "didn't finish teaching"; or someone missed something) - but at all times the crew that allowed the death of their ship like this was simply disbanded in different places of service!
    - And about the Commander-in-Chief of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation - I have already spoken! - "Happy service" to him and further and "career growth" !!!
  13. power day Offline power day
    power day (power day) April 17 2022 20: 26
    Who cares what this clown thinks?
    Who will remember him now except for Saloreikh??