Glenn breaks down the real-life 'Game of Thrones' playing out in Russia

In January, The Root: Red Storm laid out the shocking and terrifying geo-political developments emerging in Russia. Since TheBlaze aired Red Storm we are seeing our predictions play out at an alarming rate. On Monday's Glenn Beck Program, Glenn revealed the next phase of Russia’s aggressive agenda and connected all of the dots, showing you exactly how their plans will shock the globe and cause a worldwide domino effect.

Below is a highlight from the episode, focused on the shifting balance of power in Putin's own version of 'Game of Thrones'.

Below is a rush transcript of this segment

This is a critical episode that goes into addition of the episode we did back in January where we showed you the shocking and quite frankly terrifying developments emerging out of Russia. It was during our Root episode Red Storm Rising, which we are now making all of those episodes available on demand at TheBlaze.com/RedStorm.

Now, in that, we tried to give you history, but there were things that were happening at the time that didn’t make any sense, and we said we’re going to have to follow this and watch it because it could be even more dangerous depending on which way it goes. We predicted that one of two things would happen, and they’re this: Either Putin would continue his military aggression, and he would start annexing more regions throughout Europe as he did in the Ukraine, or he would be pushed back, and that would actually anger the more dangerous radical fascists such as the guy we introduced you to, this guy, Aleksandr Dugin—really dangerous radical.

He runs the University of Moscow. He is really a bad guy. He thinks that Hitler just didn’t go far enough. This guy loves fascism. If this guy gets pissed off, it will lead to even more violence and possibly a coup attempt on Putin. Those were the two things: He either grows and becomes stronger, or things start to split up, and he’s in trouble.

The only thing we didn’t know was the timing, how long would it take before all of these Russian stacking dolls start to choose sides? It turns out not very long. It’s almost as if the Kremlin is watching TheBlaze because just days after our episode aired, almost on cue, all the dominoes began to actually fall. As it turns out, we find out now from the New York Times that they are watching TheBlaze.

The New York Times reported that Putin has hired armies of Internet trolls to spam and discredit the comment section of a few news sites, one of which was TheBlaze. So, they are watching. But here’s how the series of events began almost immediately, and I want to go over tonight five key moments that we’re going to focus on tonight.

At the time of the episode, Putin’s military aggression was running wild, and everybody was in his camp, especially the radicals. The radical fascists wanted to rebuild mother Russia again. So, here’s the first key moment. It happened on February 11. Suddenly, Putin, who is becoming extraordinarily aggressive, reverses course. For some reason, he backs up.

First key moment, he agrees to a ceasefire in Ukraine. Now, here’s why that’s important. Everybody thinks Putin now has given up on what he started. You might not. I might not, but all of these guys do. They thought he was going to begin annexing all of the other regions that Russia once had, and they were hoping for more military action, especially these guys—more tanks, more bloodshed, more war, but instead, Putin says, “Niet,” and puts on the brakes.

That’s when the fascist radicals really begin to step up. They begin to try to push Putin into battle, and they are now angry that you won’t. We’re talking about Aleksandr Dugin is one of the key players. It’s people like Dugin that actually have the ability to start a movement and rally other fascist radicals and possibly stage a coup to take Putin out. And who doesn’t want to see fascists and Vladimir Putin in a bloody battle for power? That could be deadly.

Putin knows because this is a pattern that we have seen with all of the other rulers of Russia in the last hundred years. He knows that by abandoning the military actions, he is putting a huge target on his back for fascist radicals. He knows he’s just triggered the Russian Game of Thrones. So, what does he do? Who is sticking with him?

Well, we know Dugin is out. Putin’s top priority quickly became let’s build a coalition to protect my empire, so he brings us to the second big moment, transfer of power from the Federal Security Service to the Ministry of the Interior. What are those? Well, he started to strip the FSB of its power. The FSB is the KGB. It’s the Russian version of the Secret Service—unbelievably powerful.

Putin said no more power for you, and he shifted all of their power, which takes them out with Dugin. He shifted it over to this, the Ministry of the Interior. The Ministry of the Interior is like our Department of Homeland Security, so you have like the CIA and the Department of Homeland Security. He’s just stripped their CIA of all their power, and he’s given all of that to the Department of Homeland Security.

Now, this is our Homeland Security on steroids. They have a 200,000 strong military army, and they have already the CIA type intel operation. So, Putin is putting all of the chips with these guys. Now, here is one of Putin’s top henchmen, Zolotov. Right, is this Zolotov? No, which one is Zolotov? I can’t see. This guy, right? Viktor Zolotov, Putin is putting him in charge of this organization. Those 200,000 federal troops are now at his disposal.

Now, think how handy it would be if anybody decides to rise up. There’s a social unrest that happens or an internal threat to Putin, all of a sudden he’s got a military guy in charge who used to be, by the way, his personal bodyguard for years. Putin completely trusts him, needs him now more than ever, somebody that can run this agency and put any unrest down.

Putin knows now he’d better be watching his back. The FSB and the MVP do not have a good history together. They are rivals, and they are constantly locked in power struggles, so you can imagine they’re not happy when Putin gave all the power here. Then on February 27, something crazy happened, an outspoken and influential critic of Putin was assassinated in cold blood on the streets of Moscow.

This was in our episode. You remember this? This was the hit job caught on city surveillance cameras. Theories swirled. Many people jumped to the conclusion that this is the work of Putin. We said at the time we don’t know. He is a Putin critic, and being a Putin critic is kind of dangerous business, and it wouldn’t be the first time that somebody was an opponent of Putin all of a sudden was killed. Nevertheless, what happened?

It’s a headache to Putin. He doesn’t want to have to deal with this. He’s in the news again having to deny I slaughtered a political opponent. But what happened immediately after the murder changed everything, and very few people, but our staff did, paid close attention, and it happened on March 8.

Shortly after the assassination of Nemtsov, Putin’s new enemies in the FSB claimed they had two suspects. Both of them were Chechens. The first one is one of the president of Chechnya, one of the president’s top commanders. So, why does this matter? Because the president is Kadyrov. He’s in the camp of Putin. He’s not over here. So, these guys say the top commander of this man is the one who killed Nemtsov. It’s an implication that this was all set up now by these guys to hurt Putin and potentially unleash retaliation.

Well, Putin’s ally immediately defended the suspect in custody, saying that’s not true, he’s a Russian patriot. He’d never do anything to harm the state. So, now he’s in this camp. He was desperately trying to let it be known that they were framed, and Putin was desperate as well. He responded by awarding Kadyrov one of Russia’s highest awards, the Order of Honor. So, he is strengthening his friends.

The world dismissed this assassination as just another chance to joke about Putin, but it appears more likely it is the opening salvo to something much, much bigger. Then a few short weeks later, the major power structures in Russia, these guys, had to choose sides—are you over here or are you here? It’s Putin and his Department of Homeland Security or it’s the former KGB and fascist radicals.

Which brings us to the fifth and final key moment, another one that the rest of the media just jokingly covered. March 6, Putin mysteriously goes missing for ten days. At the time, we didn’t know why, but when you look at the series of events that we now know happened just prior to his disappearance, the likely reason seems to come clearer into focus because if you’re Vladimir Putin, you just don’t vanish. You’re a big doll. You just don’t vanish off the world stage for ten days, not if you’re him.

Can you imagine if the president was not seen, nobody knew where he was, he wasn’t at the White House, he was just gone for ten days? First of all, a leader like this has far too big of an ego for that. The most likely scenario now is that Putin was being held somewhere against his will. It was a show of force by the FSB, Dugin, or perhaps another influential fascist radical. They wanted to make sure that Putin got back into the business of taking more land and restoring Russia to her previous glory. Whatever the reason, you can bet that Putin wasn’t off writing his memoirs in some remote cabin. Something went down. We don’t know what, but it looks like the fascists took him. There’s even more evidence that suggests this was part of an ongoing power struggle among the elites, and we’ll share that with you next.

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Unlike the mainstream media, we at the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" decided to actually do the research and get to the bottom of CPAC's controversial stage design, which many on the Left have suggested was purposefully shaped like an obscure Nazi symbol. We got our answers straight from the source — and it's not what the media is suggesting.

American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp joined Glenn on Wednesday to share the real story of the stage design, who designed it, and why he's taking legal options against those smearing the Conservative Political Action Conference's name seriously.

Matt told Glenn he'd never heard of the alleged Nazi insignia, noting that even a staff member who "studied anti-Semitism in college" did not recognize the obscure symbol. He went on to explain how the stage designing firm, Design Foundry, and Hyatt Hotels worked collaboratively with CPAC event organizers for months throughout the designing and construction of the stage. However, when pressured by the cancel culture mob on social media, both companies "ran for the tall grass."

"Both the Hyatt and [Design Foundry] looked to CPAC and said [they] had nothing to do with this stage. That's outrageous," Matt stated. "This whole process takes months ... everybody saw this. Everybody had to figure out how to construct this. Everybody had eyes on it from every angle. And nobody in that process ever raised their hand and said, 'Oh, you know, I took a European history class, and I noticed [that the stage design looked like a Nazi symbol.] Nobody."

Matt went on to add that, while CPAC expects attacks from the Left, they also have every intention of standing up for themselves, the conservative community, the Jewish community, and all the people who love America.

"We're fine with taking the hits. We always take the hits, it's part of being a prominent conservative group. We'll take the hits, but we won't let people lie," Matt said.

"I can't tell you how many people have called me during the course of this most tumultuous of years and said, at what point does the conservative community, do the 74 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump, do the people who love America, and think it's okay to read Dr. Seuss, and love Thomas Jefferson and Mount Rushmore, at what point do they start pushing back on the cancel culture? At what point do they say, this is a line you can't cross? I think we're at that line," he added.

"We called our conference, 'America Uncanceled.' The whole thing became about them canceling us. At what point do we not have the right to say,' you can't treat us this way'? You're disparaging us. You're destroying our reputation. You're destroying our ability to be respected members of our community. So, I'm taking your challenge of pursuing our legal options very seriously. And I think we have to go broader. We can't let these companies just follow the woke mob. We can't do it."

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CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Left's latest move — canceling six Dr. Seuss books due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity. And now, school districts are jumping on board after President Joe Biden seems to have dropped Dr. Seuss from the White House's annual "Read Across America Day" proclamation.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn argued that deleting books is the perfect example of fascism, and asked when we as a country will finally realize it.

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?"

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Former Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard and Glenn Beck don't agree much on policy, but they're in lockstep on principles.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Tulsi spoke with Glenn about one of her last acts in Congress, introducing the "Protect Women's Sports Act," which she says would "strengthen, clarify, and uphold the intent of Title IX to provide a level playing field for girls and women in sports." But since then, the Biden administration has gone in the opposite direction, and has supported allowing biological men to compete in women's sports.

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