ISSN 2330-717X

‘Forbidden Opinion’ Says Putin’s Behavior In Ukraine Not Just That Of A War Criminal, But Of A Psychopath – OpEd


The actions of Russian troops and Russian propagandists in Russian-occupied territories reflect the fact that Vladimir Putin is “not just a dictator and war criminal but a real maniac and psychopath” who enjoys “bullying the defenseless and subjugated,” according to The Forbidden Opinion telegram channel.


“It is not enough for him to kill, capture and destroy,” the Kremlin critic channel says. Putin “needs to humiliate” his opponents, to “force them to their knees,” and to acknowledge and accept “their moral defeat” (  reposted at

Because that is the case, the channel says, “the clash between Putin’s Russia and Ukraine is more than a war between two countries. It is about the desire of absolute darkness to extinguish a piece of light that by some miracle remains near him” and illuminates the horror he represents.

And as a result, “Putin’s victory cannot be allowed, if only because that should he achieve that, the darkness he presents will no longer be stopped. The last barrier to its spread will collapse, and it will break free, gradually spreading over one territory after another, The Forbidden Opinion concludes.

Ever more often, observers are comparing Putin’s war with Hitler’s and the Russian dictator with the German one. The Forbidden Opinion has gone further in this direction than most; but even if its comments seem hyperbolic, they capture something about the Kremlin leader that is often neglected: the way in which what he is doing is all about him and his demons.

That is perhaps the most important aspect of this situation. What Putin is doing is trying to achieve goals set not by Russian national interests but by his own unstable mental state. And that means something else: Putin and those like him must not just be defeated. If the world is to have peace, they must be removed from power.


Paul Goble

Paul Goble is a longtime specialist on ethnic and religious questions in Eurasia. Most recently, he was director of research and publications at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. Earlier, he served as vice dean for the social sciences and humanities at Audentes University in Tallinn and a senior research associate at the EuroCollege of the University of Tartu in Estonia. He has served in various capacities in the U.S. State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the International Broadcasting Bureau as well as at the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Mr. Goble maintains the Window on Eurasia blog and can be contacted directly at [email protected] .

One thought on “‘Forbidden Opinion’ Says Putin’s Behavior In Ukraine Not Just That Of A War Criminal, But Of A Psychopath – OpEd

  • June 15, 2022 at 2:46 am

    Cogent article, I myself have already been struck by the similarities with Hitler, in the spurious claims that Russian speakers are mistreated, which justifies invasion from Russian military. Think Czechoslovakia, where German speakers were similarly used to justify invasion. Another excuse for invasion was imaginary neo nazis , which is ironic given that the nazis and the Soviets were socialists.

    I am aware of an incident when German leader Merkel and Putin were in a tv studio, where a large dog appeared. The significance of this event was that Merkel has previously confided in Putin, that she Merkel was afraid of large dogs.

    The atrocities against civilians in Ukraine are probably a result of Russian propaganda in state media, where it is alleged that ukraine is carrying out atrocities on Russian speakers. Russian soldiers are accepting the lies, of Russian state media and perpetrating atrocities, believing that they are somehow compensating for non existent crimes against Russian speakers.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.