Everybody is making much of what has happened with Ulyukaev, and calling it “a decisive turn in the fight against corruption…” former MP and KGB man Gennady Gudkov wrote on Facebook. But this is all just the “wishful thinking” of “naive fools”.
He says that a week ago he had a conversation with a friend who, he implies, is well-connected. According to Gudkov, the friend said,
“”You… cannot even imagine what terrible bickering has started at the very top! Soon there will begin a war between the clans the likes of which we have not seen before!” And he named some very famous surnames in Russia, warring with each other for live and death, including in the government and in the Kremlin.”
“All that we see today, is not a fight against corruption (it is inseparable from the “vertical”…) but a fierce… struggle for influence, financial flows, and positions.”
And every method will be used in this clan conflict. From blackmail to corporate raids to physical violence. Gudkov also implies that more assassinations are likely.
Ulyukaev, he says, “was never part of the inner circle of “untouchables””.
“But not everybody has understood that the situation has changed dramatically… the rules have changed…”
“Describing the tensions in the highest levels [of power], my informed source said: “It will soon come to the point that Putin’s entourage will begin to blame each other for the most deadly sins on live TV… so that the opposition can sit back and relax: the snake will start eating its own tail.””