As we enter the 10th day of President Putin’s disappearance, rumors are still swirling, and the Kremlin has still not satisfactorily explained the situation.
There was some panic last night as photos were passed around of tanks in front of the Moscow Mayor’s office, but they were proved to be either old or photo-shopped.
Sasha Sotnik also refuted such claims, saying that he would have heard the noise from his apartment if there was anything going on.
Meanwhile, Vladimir Milov took to Facebook and also urged people to calm down.
In all seriousness, I have been getting a lot of messages about this. The universal answer to everybody is that there is no serious information about the problems. The dude just went and hid himself away; this is what happens in critical situations, and it is not the first time.
Milov also emphasized the fact that state-run television is not broadcasting anything different than usual.
Once again, I repeat: everything is calm in Moscow, there is no information on the major channels about problems in the power structures. Yes, everybody is nervous, but now is a time of nervousness.
As we know, waiting for a big announcement is the worst. And the lack of information would make anybody nervous. In addition, the opposition is still understandably under strain due to certain members receiving death threats after the murder of Boris Nemtsov.
On other opposition members speculating about Putin’s demise, one of Milov’s followers commented:
…each person can be misinformed, or become a hostage to their own illusions and desires… I want it all to be true, but unfortunately, I fear that here Vladimir Milov is correct.
With the current vacuum of information it is easy to speculate, but as the rumors grow more wild, it may be time to take a step back and stop. People hear what they want to hear. And they put their own spin on information too.
My concern is not that Putin has been ousted. My concern is that the Kremlin is using this to distract from more important things like the Nemtsov murder investigation, their invasion of Ukraine, and the human rights abuses going on in Crimea and in Russia, among other things. In addition, they may try to utilize this drama that they’ve whipped up as “proof” that the Putin regime is not so bad when compared to the alternatives.
When the Putin regime does collapse (and it will eventually), it will not be pretty. It will take a lot of people down with it. But the system may be prove to be more stable than most people imagine. Unfortunately, the only thing we can say now is that time will tell.