Monday, February 02, 2009

Economic Collapse Threatens Gov't
Riots in the Streets

( Our Trends-Analysis predicted this would happen)

Editor's Note: Here is a compilations of stories concerning the rapidly unfolding unrest inside Russia. Could Russia disintegrate like the old USSR and collapse into a smaller set of nations? How would that impact Biblical Prophecy theories about Russia being the Magog of Ezekiel 38-39? We're not predicting a disintegration, by any means, at least not at this point, but based upon the latest developments, who knows?

The economic crisis is rapidly pulling Russia's government to the brink of collapse and anarchy. The worldwide financial crisis is abruptly ending an oil-driven boom in Russia. Russian citizens are expressing their anger by taking it to the streets. The Russian rouble has been falling steadily against other currencies for months, making it the world's third worst performing currency this year, and industry is disintegrating.

Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov has been at the forefront of a groundswell of public disapproval of the Russian government. Kasparov recently stated: "if the working people of Russia decide that they have had enough, that will be the end of it. It happened to Gorbachev, and it almost happened to Yeltsin.”

Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, faces signs of an unprecedented mutiny within his own government that threatens to undermine his once unassailable authority.

Subordinates have begun openly to defy Mr Putin, a man whose diktat has inspired fear and awe in the echelons of power for nine years, according to government sources. Meanwhile a rift is emerging between Mr Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev, the figurehead whom he groomed as his supposedly pliant successor.

As Russia's economy begins to implode after years of energy-driven growth, Mr Putin is facing the germs of an unexpected power struggle which could hamper his ambition to project Russian might abroad.

Mounting job losses and a collapse in the price of commodities have triggered social unrest on a scale not seen for at least four years, prompting panic among Kremlin officials more accustomed to the political apathy of the Russian people.

The unease was deepened on the last day of January, after thousands of protestors marched through the Pacific port city of Vladivostok and other cities, including Moscow, demanding Mr Putin's resignation for his handling of the flailing Russian economy. At least two senior officials in the Russian Far East had previouisly countermanded an order by Mr Putin to use force to disperse anti-government protests, a source close to the Kremlin said. For a more comprehensive look at Russia's potential implosion, LINK HERE. The NY Times is more optimistic in its assessment but admits Putin's government is in serious trouble.


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