Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has created his own list of “futuristic hypotheses” about what could happen in the new year, including a presidency by Elon Musk.
The Russian official, who is currently Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia, published his list of 10 predictions on his Telegram channel on Monday, writing: “Ahead of a new year, everyone likes to make predictions.”
On his list are forecasts for barrel oil prices, the abolition of the European Union and a civil war in the US.
“Many practice futuristic hypotheses and compete with proposals for the most unexpected and even absurd,” wrote Medvedev, according to an English translation. “We will also do our part.”
According to the list, an American “civil war” would result in the “separation of California and Texas into independent states” and the “creation of the union state of Texas and Mexico.”
Tesla founder and Twitter CEO Musk would then have a “post-victory” in the presidential election “in some of the states assigned to the Republicans after the civil war,” Medvedev added.
Other Western countries would also see some major social and political transformations if Medvedev’s predictions come true.
Russian official predicts Britain will return to EU before bloc collapses He also writes about the creation of a “Fourth Reich,” or a new German empire made up of the surrounding lands of Germany that will eventually go to war against France.
Medvedev ended his predictions by speculating that “all major stock markets and financial activities will shift from the US and Europe to Asia,” adding that the euro and dollar would be rejected as “world reserve currencies,” leading to “the return of the gold standard.”
“Happy New Year, Anglo-Saxon friends and their happily grumpy pigs!” he signed at the bottom of his post.
Medvedev’s predictions come as his own country enters the new year with massive casualties in the war with Ukraine. Around 550 Russian soldiers died in combat on Christmas Day alone, according to Ukrainian officials, bringing the death toll to at least 102,600 soldiers since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
Russian officials have also issued multiple warnings to the US as President Joe Biden remains adamant in providing aid to Ukraine amid Russian invasion.
Just before the Christmas weekend, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned that the visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to Washington, DC last week would result in a “worsening” of the conflict.
However, political science experts have previously said news week that Peskov’s warnings were unfounded, adding that politicians like Medvedev have tended to use similar “unbelievable rhetoric” since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war.
“Throughout the 10 months of the war, Medvedev positioned himself as an extremist, even unhinged, voice,” said Maria Popova, associate professor of political science at McGill University. “He regularly makes outlandish threats and the goal is to confuse and intimidate the West into stopping support for Ukraine.”
news week turned to political science experts for comment.
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