According to Newsweek, Dmitry Medvedev made his own list of futuristic hypotheses of what could happen in the new year, including an Elon Musk presidency.
The Russian official, who currently serves as the deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, posted a list of his 10 predictions on his Telegram channel on Monday, writing that ahead of the new year, everyone likes to make predictions.
Many people practice futuristic hypotheses, competing in the most unexpected and even absurd proposals, Medvedev wrote, according to an English translation.
An American Civil War would result in the separation of California and Texas into independent states and the creation of the Federated States of Texas and Mexico. Medvedev said Elon Musk, the Tesla founder and Twitter CEO, would win some of the states assigned to Republicans after the Civil War during the presidential election.
If Medvedev’s predictions turn out to be true, other western countries will see some major social and political changes as well. A Russian official has predicted that Great Britain will return to the European Union before the bloc collapses. He also writes about the creation of the Fourth Reich, or a new German Empire made up of countries surrounding Germany, which would eventually go to war with France.
Medvedev ended his predictions with a forecast of a transfer of all major stock markets and financial activity from the US and Europe to Asia, dismissing the euro and dollar as “world reserve currencies”, which would lead to a withdrawal.
Medvedev also posted his predictions on Twitter, to which Musk replied, “Epic thread!” Medvedev’s predictions come as his own country enters the new year with heavy losses in the war with Ukraine. According to Ukrainian officials, on Christmas Day alone, some 550 Russian soldiers were killed in the fighting.
At least 102,600 soldiers have been killed since Russia invaded Ukraine in February. Just before the Christmas weekend, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned that Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky in Washington, D.C. Travel will increase the “severity” of the conflict.
Political science experts told Newsweek that Peskov’s warnings lacked merit, adding that politicians such as Medvedev have used similar “non-credible rhetoric” since the start of the Russia–Ukraine war. During the 10 months of war, Medvedev has established himself as an extremist, even dispassionate voice, said Maria Popova, associate professor of political science at McGill University.