Beware of What Comes After Putin’s Rule in Russia
The West Should Beware
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with families awarded Orders of Parental Glory via a video link at the Kremlin in Moscow on International Children’s Day on June 1, 2023.
Gavriil GRIGOROV- SPUTNIK / AFP
Published: JUNE 2, 2023 5:00 AM EDT
Walton is one of the world’s leading scholars of intelligence and national security. An historian at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, he received a doctorate in history from Trinity College, Cambridge, where he also helped to write MI5’s authorized hundred-year history. His new book is SPIES: The Epic Intelligence War Between East and West
News of a recent alleged assassination attempt on Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, raises the question: what kind of Russia might emerge after him? It is tempting to believe that, if Putin were killed, or otherwise removed from power, for example in a palace coup, Russia would shake off its dictatorial shackles, normalize its relations with the West, and advance down the democratic road. Such thinking is mistaken. History suggests there are slim prospects of Russia doing so.
The surest guarantee that Russia will not reform along democratic lines is the power of its security and intelligence services. At key junctures in Soviet and post-Soviet history, amid coups, near-coups, reforms, and revolutions, the KGB and its successors have always acted as kingmaker. Their power has remained consistent as Kremlin leaders came and went. There is little reason to believe they will not do so again.
Russia is effectively a security service with a state attached. Its intelligence services—the FSB, SVR, and GRU—wield vast influence. For the last two decades, Putin has ruled Russia by relying on “men of force,” siloviki, who have KGB or military backgrounds. By some estimates, 77 percent of Putin’s government were siloviki in 2019. According to one recent CIA chief of station in Moscow, the “overwhelming majority” of technocrats in his government come from this background. And Putin is not necessarily the most hardline among them.
If Putin were eliminated, and someone like Nikolai Patrushev, on Russia’s Security Council, were to take power, little would change. The same goes for another silovik, Putin’s minister of defense, Sergei Shoigu, or Alexander Bortnikov, old KGB hand and FSB director. With one of them at the helm, the situation may be worse. They may have clearer heads than Putin. The West may be better off with Putin than his alternatives. Better the devil you know.
True Bible Students expect to see a leader of Russia who will form a close relationship with Europe with not only a political alliance but also a military alliance. While Putin is exactly the type of strong leader we expect to see in Russia at the time of the end prior to Christ’s Return, with current events he has destroyed his relationship with Europe to the point he will never be trusted again. So we fully expect to see a new leader albeit one who will still lead with a strong hand but have all the outward appearance of a democratic leader, a wolf in sheeps clothing as it were so that while he brings Russia in to a very close relationship with Europer he is one that still has ambitious thoughts for world control taht will bring Russia and Europe in to a final conflict of man.
According to Bible Prophecy the Leader of Russia at the time of the End is called “Gog” ie. a chief one a strong and authoritarian ruler just like Putin. So, if stays in power for life, he could well be the one that will bring Russia and Europe down into the Middle East in fulfilment of Bible Prophecy.
Putin is very much fitting the description of ‘Gog’ as all news articles today paint him as a leader to be feared, an Authoritarian Leader not to be messed with. Gog will develop a close relationship with the EU whereby Gog will become a “guard” unto the EU.
Gog is also spoken of militarily as the “King of the North”. Together the Bible says that Gog and the EU will invade the Middle East in the Last Days.
Yet again we see in Today’s News Headlines words that show how the Nations are fulfilling the latter-day alignment of Nations as Prophesied by the Bible.
See this article: PUTIN’S Gogian Style Rule fulfills Bible Prophecy
See this article below to learn more about this and the latter-day prophecies of the Bible.