Anyone who displays disloyalty will be seen by the state as an enemy that needs to be liquidated * The downing of Prigozhin’s plane has bolstered Putin’s hold on power, reflecting a further descent into Mafia-style dysfunction for the Russian state
When a jet fell from the sky west of Moscow, believed to be carrying Yevgeniy Prigozhin and top commanders of the Wagner paramilitary group, a chill must have swept through the hearts of Russia's elite. The explosion not only ended lives but also sent a clear and terrifying message: Cross Putin and die.
Catherine Belton and Greg Miller of The Washington Post unpack this horrific incident and the political machinations behind it. Their investigative piece delves into the immediate aftermath and the ripple effects this act may have on Russia's political landscape.
The incident is shrouded in mystery and intrigue. Was it an accident, or a deliberate act orchestrated by the Kremlin? U.S. officials are considering the possibility of an onboard explosion. What is unequivocal, however, is the fear it has instilled in those who may have been privately critical of Putin's regime. “Everyone will believe that this was carried out on the orders of the czar. We may never know whether this is true or not. But it has frightened everyone,” remarked a well-connected Moscow businessman.
In a state that has seemingly drifted further into dysfunction and corruption, this incident serves as a stark reminder of Putin's iron grip. It has bolstered his image of ruthlessness, while simultaneously eroding the few remaining channels of independent information reaching him.
The Talmud states that a ruler's heart is in the hands of God (Proverbs 21:1), a reflection that a leader's decisions and control are ultimately guided by higher powers. This incident, terrifying in its immediacy, also speaks to a broader issue of control, power, and the fragile balance that holds a society together. It reminds us of the need for righteous leadership and the hope for a time when power is wielded with wisdom and compassion in the era of Moshiach.
This story is not just a tale of political intrigue and fear; it is a cautionary note about power, loyalty, and the fragile bonds that hold a society together. Whether you see it as a symbol of Putin's iron first or Russia's growing instability, it's a chapter in a story that continues to unfold, with implications not just for Russia but for the world.