What You Need To Know:
✅ After Putin's accusation that Ukraine 'turns to terror', experts are concerned that the situation in Crimea may get worse;
✅ Some people believe that Ukraine provoked Russia in order to attract the world's attention to the Ukrainian crisis;
✅ According to Mr. Haleotti, intimidation is Putin's main instrument and things may get worse;
✅ "This is not so much about preparation for military actions; it is essentially about political warfare."
Mark Galeotti is one of the best experts on Russian security and transatlantic organized crime. He is closely following the situation in Russia. Mr. Galeotti is convinced that the FSB statement about Ukrainian saboteurs was one of Putin's political ploys, and it is not about preparation for military action.
"Putin's only meaningful instrument is to say: 'Yes, things are bad now, but I could make them even worse'," says Galeotti, trying to explain the Russian president's logic in such way.
According to Mr. Galeotti, Russian security services try to use Soviet Union tactics of intimidation and torture in order to make people confess.
Mark Galeotti analyzes and explains how Russian propaganda works, and what goals Vladimir Putin tries to achieve by taking such measures.
Hromadske’s Nataliya Gumenyuk spoke to Mark Galeotti, Professor of Global Affairs at New York University via Skype on August 16th, 2016.