Tuesday, July 26 2016 12:55 EEST
Garry Kasparov: 'Putin isn't a military dictator, he's a KGB guy'
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Even if things calmed down in Ukraine, Putin need to provoke conflict to boost his domestic propaganda

Russian writer, and political activist Garry Kasparov shared on Facebook:

'When I had my first meetings with the publisher and editor for my book, Winter Is Coming, at the beginning of 2015, I made the dark joke that Putin would be the book's best publicist. Even if things calmed down in Ukraine, his need to provoke conflict to boost his domestic propaganda and his desire to interfere in politics across Europe and the world would guarantee that Winter Is Coming would stay relevant.

Sure enough, he soon moved Russian forces into Syria, making a bad situation much worse, and continued his aggression in Ukraine. Now Putin is back on the front pages for putting the resources of the Russian government behind Donald Trump—something I warned about months ago regarding his massive propaganda network. This is more tangible and more criminal, and represents a serious security threat no matter which candidate you support. Unless you are a pouting Sanders fan, the content of the DNC emails seems insignificant compared to the news they were stolen and distributed by Russian intelligence in order to impact the American presidential election.

I always remind people that Putin isn't a military dictator, he's a KGB guy. He used some force in Ukraine, but as a last resort. He prefers covert methods: espionage, propaganda, destabilization, extortion, bribery, and other, often legal, ways of exploiting the openness of the political, commercial, and media systems in the free world. That it involves hacks, lobbyists, and banks instead of artillery and tanks doesn't mean it's not a war. It is a war, and you can lose a war even if you refuse to acknowledge you are in one.

I would love for this year's front pages to make Winter Is Coming obsolete. It would mean Putin and the enemies of the free world he symbolizes were losing ground and that the US and Europe were waking up and taking action. Unfortunately, that isn't happening at all, and the warnings are more relevant than ever.'

As reported earlier by 1492news.com, Garry Kasparov shared on Facebook: ''I've seen too much of Putin in 16 years and too much of Trump in one'

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