MR. PUTIN’S PREPARATIONS FOR THE BIG WAR

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How Putin Prepared for the Big War https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74vVyCorxiE Comments and presentation at Atlantic Council on April 7, 2015.

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1 MR. PUTIN’S PREPARATIONS FOR THE BIG WAR Andrei Illarionov Atlantic Council, Washington, April 07, 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74vVyCorxiE

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2 Ukraine’s Drive to the West, 1991-2015

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Presidential elections, 1991 3

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Presidential elections, 1994 4

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Presidential elections, 2004, second round 5

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Presidential elections, 2010, first round 6

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Presidential elections, 2014, first round 7

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8 Kremlin’s Response to Ukraine’s Drive to the West, 1991-2015

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Vyacheslav Chornovil’s Assassination, March 25, 1999. 9

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Putin’s pilgrimage to St. Vladimir Cathedral in Chersonesos, July 27, 2001. Place of the so-called “Baptism” of Vladimir I. 10

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Testing War. Tuzla Crisis, Kerch Strait, Azov Sea, September-October 2003 11

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Start of the Linguistic Aggression, March 2004. Use of prepositions “в” and “на” in relation to “Ukraine”. 12 Source: Kremlin.ru.

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Poisoning of Presidential Candidate Viktor Yushchenko, September 5, 2004 13

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Leonid Kuchma’s rejects the use of force in order to crash the Orange Revolution: “Ukraine has become a different country!” Vnukovo airport, December 2, 2004 14

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DNR flag at the Seliger youth camp, Summer 2005 15

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Economic Preparations for the Big War begin: January 2006. Gold in Russia’s Foreign Exchange Reserves, 1997-2015. 16

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Phantom Imperial Pains and Imperial Dreams, 2006-2008. 17

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Consultations on Empire with the Master, June 12, 2007. 18

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Putin to Bush: “Half of Ukraine is ancient Russian lands”, Bucharest, April 4, 2008

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Draft of the Operation “Clockwork Orange” is leaked, April 21, 2008. 20

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Kremlin’s Alarm. Merkel removes obstacles for Ukraine’s association with EU. Cherchez Deux Femmes, June 2013.

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Start of the Hybrid War against Ukraine. 1025th Anniversary of Baptism of Rus, Kiev, July 27, 2013. 22

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Start of the “Sanitary War”, July 27, 2013. Mr. Onishenko does not recommend Ukrainian chocolate. 23

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Putin blackmails Yanukovich: “If you move to the EU, I’ll take the Crimea and Novorossia”, Russian military base, November 9, 2014.

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Security Council’s Plan for the 11-Regions’ Novorossia, mid-January 2014. 25

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Start of Conventional War against Ukraine, February 20,2014. Russian MoD issues a medal “For Return of the Crimea”. 26

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Military Intervention Blackmail, March 2014. 27

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Support of the Anshluss by the Crimean population, 2011-2014 28

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Triumph of the Crimea, March 18, 2014. 29

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Putin-Zhirinovsky Plan for Division of Ukraine, March 23, 2014 30

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Putin’s Novorossia Dream Plan, April 17, 2014. 8-Regions’ Novorossia. 31

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Novorossia in the Making, April 22, 2014.

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Donbass Frontline changes, June 16 – September 9, 2014. 33

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Start of the Great Terrorist War. Downing of MH17 by Russian Buk-M, July 17, 2014. 34

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Economic preparations for the Big War. Russia’s military expenditures as % of GDP, 2000-2015. 35

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36 NATO’s Response to the Kremlin Aggression

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NATO parade in Narva, Estonia, February 24, 2015. Russian troops on the march. 37

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38 Kremlin Response to NATO’s Response Don’t touch the Crimea Don’t send weapons to Ukraine The Baltics are ours as well

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Nuclear Blackmail. Yellowstone, California’s St. Andreas Fault as potential targets 39

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Nuclear Blackmail. Phantom dreams. 40

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Aspirations: Triumph in the UN, September 2015 41

Summary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74vVyCorxiE Comments and presentation at Atlantic Council on April 7, 2015.

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