Adam will probably cover this later with far more insight and geopolitical acumen than I can summon, but Putin gave a speech this morning to commemorate the bogus referenda in the Ukrainian territories Russia occupies (for the moment), and I was reading commentary on it from Max Seddon, Moscow bureau chief for FT, on Twitter. The tweets that summarize the speech start here.
In one of the earlier threads, folks who were paying attention before I did noted the homophobic, transphobic, macho nonsense in the speech, and there was plenty of that:
Russian President Putin:
– We're witnessing sheer satanism in West
– Do we want our children to be offered operations on sex changes? It's unacceptable!
– Our future is different. We're fighting for a great, historic Russia pic.twitter.com/BzkDAuRLbl
— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) September 30, 2022
Putin may have lifted whole sections of the speech from a Tucker Carlson episode earlier this week: