Sonja – henrymakow.com from Nov.11 2009
People in the West see Putin and Russia through the rose colored glasses [provided by the mass media.] Well, the reality is not rose colored at all.
After gangsterism and anarchy of Yeltsin’s reign, people wanted “a strong hand”. And here comes Putin. In the first place everybody was suspicious. Within half-year he rose from a little-known bureaucrat to Prime Minister and President. He was appointed by Eltsin himself.
Who is Putin? He is a former KGB officer. Was born in S-Pete in a simple family of workers. His mother was Jewish. When he came to power he said: “We have to clean the mess”.
KGB was given a new name of FSB (transliteration from Russian). FSB stands for Federal Security Service. That’s a key word in Russia. Its key meaning is corruption. Because the FSB rules.
We a have a hidden government of FSB. Well, in fact it’s not so secret anymore because everyone knows that FSB are legal bandits. They are behind all Russian oligarchs with their multi-billion fortunes. I don’t know the names of FSB bosses – they are never said out loud – but I know that at all levels FSB officials are corrupt.
Even the lowest ranks are corrupt. We have a joke in Russia: “Being a FSB official is a disease”. I have an example. A friend worked for a pharmaceutical company located in Moscow. One day (in May 2007) he had to urgently leave on business. He said he was flying to Dubai. Only three months later I learned that it was not Dubai but Mauritius.