Russia and Ukraine: Putin’s threatening message against the “scum and traitors” among the Russian oligarchs

President Vladimir Putin鈥檚 onslaught against Russia鈥檚 upper-class 鈥渢raitors鈥 shocked many on Wednesday.

In a meeting with Russian government ministers, Putin noted that The West seeks to use a 鈥渇ifth column鈥 of disloyal Russians to their country and aligned with Western life to cause division among the Russian people about the conflict with Ukraine.

But he said that his people will know how to differentiate the scum and traitors of the patriots.

鈥淥f course they (the West) will try to bet on the so-called fifth column, on the traitorsto those who earn their money here, but live there. They live, not in the geographical sense, but in the sense of their thoughts, their servile thoughtPutin said.

鈥淚 am not judging everyone who has a villa in Miami or on the French Riviera. Or those who can鈥檛 live without Foie grasoysters and the so-called gender freedom. The problem here is not that, but the fact that many of these people, by their very nature, they are mentally located there and not here. Not with our people, not with Russia.鈥

鈥淭his is, in his opinion, a sign of belonging to a caste, to a race. Those people are ready to sell their own mother to be allowed to sit in the hall of their high caste. They want to be of that caste, imitate it in every possible way,鈥 she added.

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Putin鈥檚 words spread through television and the Internet.

The president鈥檚 unusually strong tone provoked reactions.

Mikhail Kasyanovwho served as Putin鈥檚 Prime Minister in the early 2000s, he condemned comments via Twitter.

鈥淧utin is stepping up his actions to destroy Russia and essentially announcing the start of massive crackdowns on those who disagree with the regime鈥. This has happened in history before, and not only in ours, 鈥渟aid the now opponent.

Political analysts such as Andrei Kolesnikov expressed their astonishment: 鈥淧utin, in an Orwellian way, has divided the citizens of Russia into clean and impure鈥, he expressed.

There will be 鈥渟elf-cleaning鈥

Continuing his message, Putin said the goal of the West and the traitorous Russians was 鈥渢he destruction of Russia鈥 and to cause division and fear over the economic sanctions imposed since the war with Ukraine began.

But he said his country will know how to take action.

鈥淎ny people, and especially the Russian people, will always be able to distinguish true patriots of the scum and traitorsand just spit them out like a mosquito that accidentally flew into their mouths,鈥 the Russian president warned.

鈥淚 am convinced that this natural and necessary self-cleansing of society it will only strengthen our country, our solidarity, cohesion and readiness to face any challenge.鈥

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Protests in Russia against the invasion of Ukraine have been suppressed by the police.

Since the invasion of Ukraine, which the Kremlin calls a 鈥渟pecial military operation,鈥 began on February 24, thousands of people have been detained in anti-war protests in Russia.

The government also launched a law passed on March 4 which outlaws public actions aimed at 鈥渄iscrediting鈥 the Russian military and prohibits the spread of 鈥渇ake news鈥 against the armed forces.

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