President Vladimir Putin has warned the internal security of the Russian state to be on the lookout for “foreign foes” who present a “direct threat to Russia’s sovereignty.”
Putin has urged the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB- the organisation that came after the KGB) not to allow foreign influence in the upcoming September parliamentary elections in Russia.
Foreign intelligence services usually instigate a so called “color revolution” in a country using social media tools to drain the lifeblood of the targeted nation in the name of democracy and western values, but in reality for the profit of a few and the sustenance of the hegomons.
Russian Insider reports: The US Is Planning a ‘Color Revolution’ in Russia — But Putin Is Ready
On Friday, Russian president Vladimir Putin warned the FSB that as the September parliamentary elections inch closer, “foreign foes” present a “direct threat to [Russia’s] sovereignty”. Yes, this is code for “color revolution.”
Although Putin enjoys overwhelming support from the Russian people (last we checked, his approval rating is still hovering around 80%), it would be naive to overlook economic factors that, along with a bit of help from western “democracy promoters”, could potentially fuel civil unrest during the next elections.
I read the regular documents you (FSB) prepare, read the summaries, and see the concrete indications that, regrettably, our ill-wishers abroad are preparing for these elections. Everyone should therefore be aware that we will defend our interests with determination and in accordance with our laws.
A few things to point out:
As Moon of Alabama notes, any attempts by the US to start trouble in Moscow are unlikely to succeed: “The various U.S. services and the neocons in the State Department would certainly like to invite some revolt in Russia. But the chances for a successful putsch in Moscow are tiny. There is no competent opposition to the current government and a bit of economic trouble is not what incites Russians to take on the state. They would have hanged Yeltsin every other day if it were so.” In general, we agree with this assessment.
President Vladimir Putin again addressed the dangers of color revolutions at Wednesday’s session of the Interior Ministry’s committee. “The extremists’ actions become more complicated. We are facing attempts to use the so called ‘color technologies’ in organizing illegal street protests to open propaganda of hatred and strife on social networks,” he said.
In November last year, Putin named color revolutions as a main tool used by forces that seek to reshape the world.
“In the modern world extremism is used as a geopolitical tool for redistribution of spheres of interest. We can see the tragic consequences of the wave of the so-called color revolutions, the shock experienced by people in the countries that went through the irresponsible experiments of hidden, or sometimes brute and direct interference with their lives,” the Russian leader said.
Is Russia vulnerable to a color revolution? Yes. Is Putin prepared to stop it? Absolutely.