By claiming that Zelensky was “directly responding to a key public demand – justice for all”, Podolyak very strongly implied that average Ukrainians were getting fed up with their super corrupt regime in light of recent scandals. Some might even have been on the verge of civil disobedience in defiance of the legal prohibition on such acts until the conflict ends, but which could have been exploited by some of his fiercely feuding “deep state” factions to catalyze a Color Revolution against him and/or justify a coup.
Mikhail Podolyak is perhaps Zelensky’s most loyal senior advisor, having never dared to tell Ukrainians the truth like his former counterpart Alexei Arestovich has recently begun to do and instead remaining firmly committed to parroting his boss’ lies. That explains his official reaction to Zelensky’s de facto far-reaching purge that began on Tuesday upon the Ukrainian leader ordering a reshuffling of military, regional, and security officials after some just resigned in response to recent corruption allegations.
According to Podolyak, “Zelenskyy’s personnel decisions testify to the key priorities of the state… No ‘blind eyes’. During the war, everyone should understand their responsibility. The President sees and hears society. And he directly responds to a key public demand – justice for all…” While his intent was clearly to spin this developing purge as an apolitical anti-corruption campaign, and there very well might be some truth to that pretext, he nevertheless inadvertently admitted to rising anger against Kiev.
After all, by claiming that Zelensky was “directly responding to a key public demand – justice for all”, he very strongly implied that average Ukrainians were getting fed up with their super corrupt regime in light of recent scandals. Some might even have been on the verge of civil disobedience in defiance of the legal prohibition on such acts until the conflict ends, but which could have been exploited by some of his fiercely feuding “deep state” factions to catalyze a Color Revolution against him and/or justify a coup.
As Zelensky desperately seeks to consolidate his power in the face of these newfound internal threats to it from within his own regime, he felt compelled to orchestrate his purge on the pretext of an anti-corruption crusade in order to deflect from this ongoing internal power struggle. The Ukrainian leader simultaneously wants to signal to his compatriots that there’s now no legitimate reason to engage in civil disobedience while also reassuring his patrons’ people that he’s firmly entrenched in power.
The failure to do the former could have facilitated the regime change scenario that was earlier described, while the failure to fulfill the latter perception management objective could have led to Westerners more openly questioning whether sending more money to him than the $100 billion that they already have is worth it if his rule is so fragile. Neither Zelensky’s purge nor Podolyak’s spin mean that he successfully averted interconnected “deep state” and Color Revolution threats to his rule.
Either or both could still materialize, but nevertheless, he and his team are making a show of thwarting them under the pretext of an unexpected anti-corruption crusade. The reason why this official explanation is so unexpected, however, is because Kiev hitherto hadn’t even hinted that the public was actively making the so-called “key demand” of “justice for all” in response to this weekend’s suspiciously timed corruption scandals.
By acknowledging that they were indeed preparing to publicly rally around this noble but nevertheless easily manipulatable cause, Podolyak also unwittingly admitted that his regime was suppressing news about this socio-political development, which it likely learned about from loyal “deep state” factions. All of these observations should give the average Westerner plenty to ponder since it’s increasingly clear that NATO’s proxy war on Russia is built on a mountain of lies that obscures reality from the masses.