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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

An independent Russian news outlet reported Tuesday that a growing number of those in Russia's elite are dissatisfied with President Vladimir Putin, including some who support his invasion of Ukraine.

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If Putin is ousted we will wish he wasn't. The new guy will be even more hard line and implacable. More willing to break the norms of civilized behavior. If any are left by then.

Putin is actually kinda moderate, by Russian standards.

He's a thinker of sorts. Imagine Putin's policies but a bovinely stupid nationalist running the show. Not an agile if too aggressive person of some accomplishments.

We're gonna miss Pooty,when he's gone.

#1 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2022-05-25 11:50 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

We're I'm gonna miss Pooty,when he's gone.

#2 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-05-25 11:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Love it when a globalist propaganda narrative comes together! ;)

#3 | Posted by Mao_Content at 2022-05-25 11:59 PM | Reply

Man, when the Russians buy them some 'Murican rwingers, they stay bought!!

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2022-05-26 01:42 AM | Reply

"Some?"

Ok, I'll take a wild guess and say that "some" who supported the invasion but now want Putin gone are those who are blaming Putin for the loss of their years of accumulated personal wealth, yachts and mansions. In short, they're getting hit hard in the pocketbook.

That's unforgivable.

#5 | Posted by Twinpac at 2022-05-26 03:29 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

They have money, they will need to hire an army
to take out Putin, who has surrounded himself with
his own personal cadre of military specialists...

#6 | Posted by earthmuse at 2022-05-26 06:43 AM | Reply

Yeah well, watching prices go through the roof in local markets, gas stations, and pretty much everywhere on everything, and understanding that Russia now has an even worse inflation than we do...no doubt there are lots who are asking for the war to stop.
Problem is, at least so far, Putin is like our Republican Party...they are not going to listen or change course.

#7 | Posted by Hughmass at 2022-05-26 07:11 AM | Reply

El Feet's weirdly tepid endorsement of Putout Putin at #1 reminds me of a letter of recommendation that appears in Judy Schumacher's Dear Committee Members (a hilarious send-up of professorial life). Asked to pen a letter in support of a totally unworthy nominee for a prestigious campus award, the main character writes: "Professor Franklin Kentrell has a singular mind and a unique approach to the discipline. He is sui generis. The Davidson Chair has never seen his like before."

#8 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2022-05-26 07:55 AM | Reply

Of course they want him out....he is costing them billions. The billions that he allowed them to steal from the Russian people. They got accustomed to the cushy life of billionaires and their entitled children never knew life before being the child of a corrupt billionaire are now facing the prospect of actually having to do without the luxuries they see as necessities.

Eff them.

Lie down with filthy dogs, wake up with fleas.

#9 | Posted by Nixon at 2022-05-26 08:22 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#1 | Posted by Effeteposer

The next guy will again be anointed by the Oligarchs. They are more interested in their wealth and travel than Russia. He won't be a hardliner, he will be a lackey. If there is an actual revolution we will see what happens.

#10 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2022-05-26 10:42 AM | Reply

The oligarchs have less power in Russia than you think. They won't be in charge any more than they are now.

It will be a hard-line follower of Putin's military doctrine.

Possibly someone from the Duma.

#11 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2022-05-26 11:23 AM | Reply

"The next guy will again be anointed by the Oligarchs."

Putin wasn't anointed by the oligarchs...he anointed them.

One of the reasons that so many European countries chose to do business with Russia after the cold war was the thought that they could be brought into the fold of western Europe. Historically Russia was ruled by monarchs who came from western European families. They kinda were western. The Bolshevik Revolution changed that, and the Soviets may have been one of the last, if not the last country to pursue an imperialistic agenda. By most accounts, Putin seems to want to reclaim the territories he feels are the rightful vassal states or Russia. The thing is, he no longer has the ideological draw fo socialism that drew in so many fanbois in the Soviet days, or the raw power to conquer what he regards as a Russia birthright.

#12 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-05-26 12:52 PM | Reply

"It will be a hard-line follower of Putin's military doctrine."

Putin has a military doctrine?

Maybe?

It doesn't seem so different from Soviet doctrine. Send in unsupported troops by the thousands in the hopes that one or two can influence the battlespace.

#13 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-05-26 12:53 PM | Reply

GALAXIEPETE

I have to disagree with you a little bit here.

The cause of their discomfiture ~~ crippling sanctions ~~ will remain in place no matter who replaces President Putin. So . . . The object of getting rid of Putin is to get rid of the sanctions. That means the next regime will have to spend years proving to the "west" that they're cleaning up Putin's act.

#14 | Posted by Twinpac at 2022-05-26 12:54 PM | Reply

Which they won't do. They will double down. A new iron curtain. This was all so avoidable, which is why it's so sad.

The West underestimated the Russians will to resist being cornered. They are underestimating the whole global south's desire to end the "American Century".

Russia won't be the one weakened. At best both sides will be.

#15 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2022-05-26 01:25 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Which they won't do. They will double down. A new iron curtain. This was all so avoidable, which is why it's so sad.

The West underestimated the Russians will to resist being cornered. They are underestimating the whole global south's desire to end the "American Century".

Russia won't be the one weakened. At best both sides will be.

#15 | Posted by Effeteposer

More like russia underestimated the west's resolve to stop the spread of fascism.

Putin thought his oil and his nukes would mean he could do whatever he wanted. Instead the west is simply restructuring itself to permanently do without russia's economic contributions and russia's economy will be sent back to the glory days of the 1980s.

#16 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-05-26 01:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Russia won't be the one weakened. At best both sides will be.

#15 | Posted by Effeteposer

Already is. Your rubles are almost worthless.

#17 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-05-26 01:39 PM | Reply

Already is. Your rubles are almost worthless.

The last time the ruble was as high as it is right now was Feb 2020.

Yer an idiot.

#18 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-05-26 01:48 PM | Reply

"Which they won't do. They will double down. A new iron curtain."

If Russia wants to seal themselves off from the rest of the global economy...more power to them.

I think even if they did reverse course on Ukraine, the country is already such a Pariah state that many people won't do business with them.

There is a sign at the liquor store I go to stating that they don't sell any vodka from Russia. I doubt they are the only ones.

#19 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-05-26 01:50 PM | Reply

I like Russian vodka. Know where I can get some? VA abc stores stopped selling it.

#20 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2022-05-26 01:59 PM | Reply

"I like Russian vodka. Know where I can get some?"

Yep.

Moskva.

The city. Not the ship that currently rests at the bottom of the Black Sea.

#21 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-05-26 02:07 PM | Reply

I doubt they are the only ones.

All Russian vodka disappeared from Canadian shelves on the second day of the invasion and has not been seen since.

#22 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-05-26 02:15 PM | Reply

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#20 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2022-05-26 01:59 PM
I like Russian vodka.

Of course, you do. Better than samogon (Russian moonshine)?

Know where I can get some?

You can get your favorite Putinka in Moscow, and Russian Standard is made not far from IRA right there in St Petersburg - Russia, not Florida.

Smirnoff has been "proudly made in the USA" for 90 years so no luck for you.

Stoli, formerly Stolichnaya, is made in Latvia, a NATO member.

Wiborowa and Zubrowka are made in Poland, a NATO member

Finlandia is made in Finland, and Absolut and Svedka are made in Sweden, soon to be NATO members, thanks to "thinker" Putin.
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#23 | Posted by CutiePie at 2022-05-27 08:03 AM | Reply

For what it's worth, the Buffalo Grass vodka from Poland is the best Vodka I've ever had. And It's far cheaper than a Bottle of Grey Goose or Chopin.

#24 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-05-27 08:37 AM | Reply

My go to is Moskovskaya, also from Latvia.

#25 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-05-27 08:50 AM | Reply

The best we can probably hope for in the near term is that he's replaced by someone like Stalin's successor (Khrushchev) or Mao's (Deng).

#26 | Posted by sentinel at 2022-05-27 02:09 PM | Reply

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