Following recent intelligence coming out of the Kremlin that the Federal Security Agency (FSB), Russia’s intelligence agency, was being purged as it was being blamed for supplying Putin with wrong information prior to their invasion of Ukraine, Putin is now calling for the cleansing of their country of “scum and traitors.”

During the Russian meeting on socioeconomic support held on March 16, Putin reiterated that their so-called special military operation in Ukraine was done to allegedly help the people of Donbas, who he claims to be suffering from genocide for the past 8 years. He described that Ukraine was treating them “in barbarous ways” with terrorist attacks during the events leading up to the invasion.

“If our troops had acted only within the people’s republics and helped them liberate their territory, it would not have been a final solution, it would not have led to peace and would not have ultimately removed the threat – to our country, this time to Russia,” the Russian President said in an attempt to rationalize the invasion of the entirety of Ukraine.

Self-Cleansing and Getting Rid Of Traitors

In a threat towards its own people, he noted that they would always be able to identify “true patriots from scum and traitors” and that these traitors would simply be spat out “like an insect in their mouth, spit them onto the pavement,” he said.

His exact words were:

“But any nation, and even more so the Russian people, will always be able to distinguish true patriots from scum and traitors and will simply spit them out like an insect in their mouth, spit them onto the pavement.”

Amidst all the protests in Russia and FSB agents leaking information to Western journalists, he called for a necessary “self-detoxification” of society to strengthen their country. It was inferred that these so-called Russian traitors were affecting the country’s solidarity and that it was hampering their ability to respond to the challenges brought upon by the war.