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Has His Malignance Rolled or not?

It’s a little early to tell here with the Open Source.

Note: early drafts of this post were launched in the small hours, Eastern Standard Time; the latest updates now catch up with mainstream coverage.

Putin’s genius as a “malignant narcissist”: the projection of threat that makes himself central in the narratives of others.

While Ukraine may “not back down to Russian pressure,” it cannot help but be transfixed by it — and EU/NATO cannot help either being drawn to post-Maidan revolutionary Ukraine and both its democratic potential as well as its immediate security interests.

My schematic for the personal journey and process known to malignant narcissists

Narcissistic Mortification –> Covering (humiliation and shame) / Splitting (the damaged child from the image of an heroic child) –> Gaslighting and other Willful Manipulation (to create and sustain an heroic image) –> Limitless Narcissistic Supply (the experiences of public glory, the roaring approval of crowds, the validations of humanity and God).

(BackChannels Page Reference: “Malignant Narcissism”).

The power to (with impunity) threaten one’s targets is, of course, power. What those targets then do in the position of being threatened — and with Putin, boundlessly and without end — may or may not set the limits of that odious behavior.

Related Online

Axelrod, Tal. “Ukraine says it will not back down to Russian pressure.” The Hill, April 10, 2021.

BBC. “US-Russian spat over bombers landing in Venezuela.” December 11, 2018.

Correll, John T. “Intercepting the Bear.” Air Force Magazine, February 26, 2018.

Farkas, Evelyn N. “Putin is testing Biden on Ukraine. Here’s what will keep him in check.” The Washington Post, April 11, 2021.

Mackinnon, Amy. “Is Russia Preparing to Go to War in Ukraine?” Foreign Policy, April 9, 2021.

Odynova, Alexandra. “Ukraine says Russia has moved 80,000 troops to border and Crimea, and Putin won’t talk.” CBS News, April 12, 2021.

Pifer, Steven. “Ukraine: Six years after the Maidan.” Brookings, February 21, 2020.

UNIAN. “Huge Russian troop camp near Ukraine’s border shown from inside (Video).” April 12, 2021.

UNIAN. “Zelensky lodges request to talk with Putin about escalation in Donbas.” April 12, 2021.

Yegorov, Oleg. “Everything you ever wanted to know about Putin’s work in East Germany.” Russia Beyond, August 8, 2017.

Russia at the North Pole

Bratersky, Alexander. “Russia’s Arctic activity to increase with fresh strategy and more capability tests.” Defense News, April 11, 2021.

Goldstein, Lyle. “Washington should chill out over Russia’s Arctic ambitions.” Defense News, November 13, 2020.

Melino, Matthew and Heather A. Conley. “The Ice Curtain: Russia’s Arctic Military Presence.” Center for Strategic & International Studies, 2021.

VOA News. “Putin Praises Russian Military Arctic Exercises.” March 26, 2021.

Walsh, Nick Paton. “Satellite images show huge Russian military buildup in the Arctic.” CNN, April 5, 2021.