After the Soviet Union dissolution, a title of “evil empire” passed to Russia, which couldn’t become the part of civilized world. Putin’s dictatorship “legalized” any forms of terrorism acts, especially against ideological enemies.
1. The terrorist essence of Putin. Since Putin came to power in 1999, more than 20 well-known oppositionists and journalists have been killed. In 2006, Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was symbolically murdered on Putin’s birthday. “Why did I dislike Putin? Because of endless war. Lies. The gassing at “Nord-Ost”. Corpses of innocently murdered, accompanying his entire first term”, — she said.
Also, in 2006, the former officer of the Russian FSB secret service Alexander Litvinenko, who frequently criticized Putin, was poisoned with plutonium. In 2016, the London court found that Putin was a man who “probably approved” his poisoning.
In 2015, the Russian oppositionist Boris Nemtsov was killed. Demonstratively, near the Kremlin. He was shot one day before the large-scale protests of opposition.
As you know, before the presidency, Putin was the director of FSB. He wasn’t a businessman like Trump or a politician like Obama. The murders remain the favorite method of solving problems for Putin.
2. Russia threatens the West with terrorism. “Terrorism acts are going on in Europe and will continue. And it is profitable for us — let them die and die”, — said the talking head of the Kremlin, deputy Vladimir Zhirinovsky on one of Russian TV channels. After the Nice terror attack, Putin’s confidant Sergei Markov said that Russia and Germany should urgently establish cooperation, otherwise the next attack will be in Berlin.
The Kremlin’s main message is if you don’t cooperate with Russia, the terrorist attacks will continue. In this way, Russia is trying to get out of international isolation and have the opportunity to mitigate sanctions.
3. Russia makes heroes from terrorists. In October 2016, Russian citizen Arseniy Pavlov died in the elevator of Donetsk because of the explosion. It was Motorola, the famous commander of subdivision of the pro-Russian troops in Donbas, who killed the defenders of sovereign Ukraine. There is an audio recording, where Motorola admits the shooting of 15 Ukrainian prisoners.
At the same time, the number one Kremlin’s propagandist Dmitry Kiselev said live on the air: “Motorola is killed. Bright memory. A real hero”. In general, Russian’s propaganda made a positive media character of brave fighter for the “Russian world” from a terrorist, who killed Ukrainians. Russian deputy Milonov even offered to name in honour of Motorola school in Saint Petersburg.
This is nothing else but the agitation of slackers crossover Russia to go to Donbas and fight like Motorola, the legendary killer of the Ukrainian military.
4. Russia takes hostages. In October 2016, the FSB detained a Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, who arrived in Russia during the holidays to visit relatives. He worked at one of the Ukrainian news agencies since 2002. There are a lot of his articles on the Internet you can find. However, in Russia, the journalist was accused of espionage, which threatens him with imprisonment from 10 to 20 years.
Similarly, dozens of Ukrainian political prisoners are held in Russia’s prisons on falsified charges. There are among them Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, civil activist Alexander Kolchenko, historian Alexei Chirny, activist Nikolai Karpyuk, history teacher Stanislav Klykh. Russia uses them as a weapon against Ukraine.
5. Russia sponsors terrorism. In addition to active terrorist activities as an independent player, Russia supports terrorist entities and helps them with military equipment and manpower.
As a result, in 2014, civilian Boeing MH17 was shot down in Donbas, over the territory occupied by Russia. Almost 300 people were killed. In September 2016, the results of the official criminal investigation announced that the “Buk” which shot down the plane was imported into Donbas from Russia and taken back to Russia afterwards. Furthermore, in 2015 Russia vetoed a resolution of the UN Security Council on the establishment of an international tribunal to investigate the downed Boeing.
A few days ago, the UN International Court of Justice held Ukraine against Russia hearings. Putin’s press secretary Peskov has already said that Russia recognizes any decision of the International Court of Justice. But it’s only the beginning. Besides this, Ukraine has filed five major suits in the European Court of Human Rights. In addition, Ukraine filed a lawsuit against Russia’s occupation of Crimea in the International Criminal Court.
History has taught us that the policy of appeasement is ineffective. “Deep concern” is not enough to make the difference. Therefore, Ukraine expects that courts decisions will affect European and American policies and increase the determination the sanctions continuation. Moreover, Putin and the executors of criminal orders must meet their “Nuremberg”. It would be deservedly and properly.