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President Biden was seen carrying a cheat sheet relating to his unwritten remarks about Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, in an apparent attempt to avoid another mistake. Biden told reporters last week that Putin “couldn’t stay in power”, widely interpreted as the US advocating regime change. The White House quickly retracted its statement, with one official saying the point was “that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or his territories”. The cheat sheet, titled ‘Putin T&A Talking Points Formidable’ contains prospective questions in bold about his remarks, as well as instructions on how to answer them.
As the Russian invasion continues, the question arises whether the conflict can be ended by removing Putin from power.
However, security expert Jonathan Jackson told IpadNews.co.uk that removing a former KGB officer would present its own challenges.
Jackson, a senior lecturer in police and security at the City University of Birmingham, said: “The West must also recognize that Putin’s removal creates more challenges, with many of the country’s leaders indebted to him.
“A new government in this country will be difficult to form because it will require finding those who are willing to fight it or who are not involved in the regime’s actions.
“It may just be a play on words and titles, with dolls changing, but Putin is still pulling the strings.”
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Joe Biden made a series of unscripted comments about the Russian president.
President Biden’s cheat sheet to help answer questions about Putin’s remarks.
Popular support for the Russian president at home is difficult to ensure, in large part due to the independent media environment closing quickly, with most of the population unexposed to the brutal realities of the Putin invasion.
However, Jackson said: “What is clear to many people living in Russia’s big cities, is the lack of western shops and the soaring prices of consumer products.
“The ruble is rapidly losing value, forcing many people to raise their prices.
“Russia’s absence from participation in sporting events is a clear sign to many that the country is increasingly isolated from global activities.”
He added: “Information warfare will be as important as physical warfare, and it is imperative that western media continue to provide an alternative reality pumped up by Moscow.
Questions have been raised about how much longer Putin will remain in power.
“The pain of sanctions is paid for by the Russian people but not by the well-isolated elite close to Putin.”
The ruble is starting to recover, in part because Putin demanded payments for gas exports in rubles, and hit a one-month high yesterday.
Nevertheless, the effects of the invasion were felt on the ground in Russia, with protesters taking an unorthodox approach to making their voices heard.
Anti-war messages are starting to appear on banknotes and rubles in either handwritten or ink stamps, with the trend circulating on platforms like Twitter and Telegram.
With tough prison sentences for those who speak out against the Putin regime, this anonymous act of defiance is a way for protesters to make their voices heard without risking prosecution.
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An interesting form of anti-war protest in Russia: Printing messages on banknotes
“No to war. They lied to us. Open your eyes”
“Stay away from closing doors. Next station is North Korea”
(In Moscow Metro announcement style) pic.twitter.com/5FDbNx98dC
— Jonny Tickle (@jonnyticle) March 19, 2022
According to Newsweek, one of the main instigators behind the latest protest movement is the Feminist Anti-War Resistance (FAS), which calls on Russians to demonstrate peacefully against war.
British journalist Jonny Tickle tweeted an image of two separate protest messages on the banknote.
The first one translates as: “No to war. They lied to us. Open your eyes.”
While the second, written in the style of Moscow metro announcements.
A view of the damage following a shooting in pro-Russian separatist-held Donetsk on Wednesday.
It is said: “Stay away from closed doors. The next station is North Korea.”
However, public opposition alone is unlikely to result in regime change in Russia.
The high-profile protests combined with the crippling effect of sanctions could have an impact on the confidence of Putin’s leadership.
Dr David Bladgen, senior lecturer in international security at the University of Exeter, told IpadNews.co.uk: “Even with oligarchs, they don’t really have anywhere to go, so they can’t easily draw support from Putin. regime because he is their kind of protector and the basis of their wealth and privileges on the one hand.
“But at some point you can see some sections of the military or intelligence services trying to get rid of it because they conclude that it’s too dangerous for the things they care about.”
Already significant military losses in Ukraine could result in some disgruntled officials, which may begin to build up the level of support for the coup.
However, such a process would take a lot of time to emerge, with only the tiniest cracks appearing so far.