Vladimir Putin’s astral vision resurrecting the old USSR now seems just a pipe dream as events on the battlefield overtake reality.
Each day brings more proof that the cards he is playing are a deadman’s hand because after all, playing against the Reaper is folly, a gamble nobody has ever won against.
Playing with the Grim Reaper is like the lyrics to that old Motorhead song, Ace of Spades:
“If you like to gamble, I tell you I’m your man
You win some, lose some, all the same to me
The pleasure is to play, makes no difference what you say
I don’t share your greed, the only card I need is the Ace of Spades..
..the dead man’s hand again
I see it in your eyes, take one look and die
The only thing you see, you know it’s gonna be the Ace of Spades
The Ace of Spades!”
The last two weeks has scores of Russia’s private “Wagner” mercenaries killed in Syria some of these veterans of the ongoing war in the Ukraine which at last estimate claims more than 10,000 mostly civilians.
Those infamous “little green men” showing up in Crimea in 2014 were Wagner men later bolstered by Russian army regulars.
Crimea was an easy operation for them because Ukraine had already been stripped of its military ability to fight through years of under-funding and extreme trimming meanwhile the Yanukovitch regime under Kremlin’s direction looted the country’s treasury of an estimated US D$50 billions.
Putin’s gamble payed off then however, Syria is quickly becoming a quagmire similar to Afghanistan during Soviet times or Chechnya later draining Moscow’s financial, manpower, and materiel resources .
Since those wonderful times Moscow has learned from USA regarding using private proxies tactics American administrations used in Vietnam to limit information leaking out and arousing public outcry as body count mounted along with massive war cost
Apparently Putin’s chef and very rich inner circle oligarch, a certain Evgeny Prigozhin, is the mastermind who created and controls the highly secretive, private, “Wagner” contract army allowing Vlad to wage hybrid wars.
All is not well however, regarding Putin’s dream conjuring up a new Soviet Union, it is quickly evaporating under the weight of world sanctions and extremely massive costs running the wars some estimate to be well over US D$50 billions already.
Meanwhile, for the average, ordinary Russians poverty has returned similar to what they experienced during worst of Soviet times, social spending steadily decreasing, rampant corruption, capital escaping abroad like through a sieve.
While this suffering happens the “siloviki” elites, Russia’s rich new “beautiful people”, are busy stashing their stolen loot in tax-havens like Cyprus’s now famous “Limassolgrad.”
Its 50,000 Russian ghetto continues to grow exponentially injecting over US D$6 billions into the Cyprus economy since 2014 coincidentally, just when the Crimea operation and start of the Ukraine war happened.
Things have gotten so bad for the average Russian even Igor Strelkov, one of their infamous, covert, “nationalist,” leaders responsible for war operations in eastern Ukraine now opposes Syria involvement warning all new Russian “volunteers” hoping to cash in of certain death.
Despite the daily lament our cynical “real news” mass media disseminates about those poor Russian slobs we mustn’t forget the terrible damage and destruction Russia has already done.
Putin’s military continues causing death and maiming to millions of innocent people while others suffer immensely in bombed out ruins of their former homes their lives a shamble.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”ASTRAL”