The Putin System

A very good documentary . Putin’s extraordinary competence is acknowledged as is his ruthlessness. Recently the US has been shown to be an oligarchy controlled state; Putin has created a state controlled oligarchy. I generally admire the rationality of Putin’s rhetoric and interventions but there are moments here where I was disturbed by the brutality of his language and certainly by the brutality of his actions against Chechnya. It is probably fair to say that Putin is more autocrat than democrat, the question is whether he is a necessary autocrat; necessary for Russia and perhaps the world. However we may wish to define Putin politically or judge him morally, it seems clear that his motivation is the aggrandisement of his nation rather than himself.