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.

For more on tonight's episode and get the rest of the story, watch on TheBlaze TV.

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It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


https://shop.tomsteyer.com/collections/frontpage/products/tom-2020-pattern-tee


There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/bumper-stickers/products/yanggang-decal


Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/apparel/products/math-hat


But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


https://store.johndelaney.com/products/dogs-for-delaney-collar


John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


https://store.michaelbennet.com/michael-bennet-for-america-natural-canvas-tote/


Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


https://store.jayinslee.com/elvis-the-elves-the-mystery-of-the-melting-snow-by-jay-inslee/


A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


https://store.peteforamerica.com/collections/apparel/products/boot-edge-edge-t-shirt


And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


https://store.julianforthefuture.com/julian-castro-loteria-card-white-tee/


When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


https://store.marianne2020.com/collections/signs/products/love-rally-sign


"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/apparel/products/impolite-arrogant-women-make-history-unisex-t-shirt

-AND-

https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/drinkware/products/strong-american-unions-mug


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-coaches-jacket


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/feel-the-bern-fanny-pack


This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


https://store.joebiden.com/collections/apparel/products/biden-polo-womens-fit


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.