June 29, 2018
from TheSaker Website
Today I want to take a
quick look at what is taking place inside Russia because I believe
that the Russian foreign policy is still predominantly controlled by
what I call the "Eurasian Sovereignists" and that to detect the
activities of the "Atlantic Integrationist" types we need to look at
what is taking place inside Russia.
Ekho Moskvy is also so pro-Israeli that it has earned the nickname "Ekho Matsy" (Ekho Moskvy means "Echo of Moscow" whereas "Ekho Matsy" means "Echo of the Matzo").
Needless to say, that radio has the unwavering and total support of the US Embassy.
It would not be an exaggeration to say Ekho Moskvy serves as an incubator for russophobic journalists and that most of the liberal pro-western reporters in the Russian media have been, at one time or another, associated with this propaganda outfit.
In spite of this or, more accurately, because of this, Ekho Moskvy has been bankrupt for quite a while already, and yet - it continues to exist.
Just listen to Ostashko's explanations (and make sure to press the 'cc' button to
see the English language captions):
The state giant Gazprom is doing all it can to keep Ekho Moskvy afloat and above the law. In fact, Gazprom has been financing Ekho Moskvy for years!
According to the hyper-politically-correct Wikipedia:
If Gazprom is majority owned by the Russian state, and Ekho Moskvy is majority owned by Gazprom, then does that not mean that Ekho Moskvy is basically financed by the Kremlin?
The reality is even
worse, as Ostashko points out, Ekho Moskvy is the most visible case,
but there are quite a few pro-western media outlets in Russia which
are financed, directly and indirectly, by the Russian state.
Of course not! So what is going on here?
Please read the full article as it sheds a very interesting light on what the Medvedev government has been up to since it was reappointed.
What I want to quote here are Mikhail Khazin's conclusions:
Having explained what is really going on, Khazin then goes on to openly state how such an operation is even possible:
This is an attempt to overthrow Putin and it is covered-up by the (pseudo) patriotic press.
Khazin even explains that:
Now let's connect all the dots:
And Putin cannot change this without shedding blood...
But let us assume, for argument's sake, that Putin is really a liberal at heart and he believes in "Washington Consensus" type of economics.
Even if this was the case, surely he must be aware that 92% of Russians oppose this so-called "reform."
And while the President's spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, declared that Putin himself was not associated with this plan, the truth is that this process does also hurt his political image with the Russian people and political movements.
As a direct result from these plans, the Communist Party of Russia is launching a referendum against this project while the "Just Russia" Party is now collecting signatures to dismiss the entire government.
Clearly, a political struggle of monumental proportions is in the making and the traditionally rather lame internal opposition to Putin (I am talking about the major political movements and parties, not tiny CIA-supported and/or Soros-funded "NGOs") is now transforming itself into a much more determined kind of opposition.
I predicted that about a month ago when I wrote that:
Those who vehemently denied that there as a real 5th column problem inside the Kremlin are going to have a painful wake-up call when they realize that thanks to the actions of these "liberals" a patriotic opposition is gradually emerging, not so much against Putin himself as against the policies of the Medvedev government.
Why not against Putin?
Furthermore, unlike most
westerners, most Russians remember what took place in the crucial
and formative 1990s.
To really summarize what they did, I would say that these elites first broke up the country into 15 individual fiefdoms each run by gang/clan composed of these Soviet elites, then they mercilessly grabbed everything of any value, became overnight billionaires and concealed their money in the West.
Being fabulously rich in a completely ruined country gave them fantastic political power and influence to further exploit and rob the country of all its resources.
Russia herself (and the other 14 ex-Soviet republics) suffered an unspeakable nightmare comparable to a major war and by the 1990s Russia almost broke-up into many more even smaller pieces (Chechnia, Tatarstan, etc.)
By then, Russia was subserviently executing all the economic policies recommended by a myriad of US 'advisors' (hundreds of them with offices inside the offices of many key ministries and various state agencies, just like today in the Ukraine), she adopted a Constitution drafted by pro-US elements, and all the key positions in the state were occupied by what I can only call western agents.
At the very top, President Eltsin was mostly drunk while the country was run by 7 bankers, the so-called "oligarchs" (6 of which were Jews):
This is the time when the Russian security services successfully tricked these oligarchs into believing that Putin, who has a law degree and who had worked for the (very liberal) Mayor of Saint Petersburg (Anatolii Sobchack) was just a petty bureaucrat who would restore a semblance of order while not presenting any real threat to the oligarchs.
The ploy worked, but the business elites demanded that "their" guy, Medvedev, be put in charge of the government so as to preserve their interests.
What they overlooked was two things:
Furthermore, the Constitution, which was passed to support the Eltsin regime could now be used by Putin.
But more than anything else, they never predicted that a little guy in an ill-fitting suit would transform himself into one of the most popular leaders on the planet.
As I have written many times, while the initial power base
of Putin was in the security services and the armed forces and while
his legal authority stems from the Constitution, his "real" power
comes from the immense support he has from the Russian people who,
for the first time in very long time felt that the man at the top
truly represented their interests.
He began by immediately tackling the oligarchs, he put an end to the Semibankirshchina, and he stopped the massive export of money and resources out of Russia.
The then proceeded to rebuild the "vertical of power" (the Kremlin's control over the country) and began rebuilding all of Russia from the foundations (regions) up.
But while Putin was tremendously
successful, he simply could not fight on all fronts at the same time
Remember the words of Khazin above:
So, in a typically Putin
fashion, he made a number of deals.
But if we look just below the level of these well-known and notorious oligarchs, what we find as a much deeper "swamp" (to use the US expression):
They even have their agents inside the armed forces and security services because their weapon of choice is, of course, corruption and influence.
And, of course,
they have people representing their interests inside the Russian
government: pretty much the entire "economic block" of the Medvedev
Big financial interests are very good at using the media to promote their agenda, deny or obfuscate some topics while pushing others. This is why you often see the Russian media backing WTO/WB/IMF/etc. policies to the hilt while never criticizing Israel or, God forbid, rabidly pro-Israel propagandists on mainstream TV (guys like Vladimir Soloviev, Evgenii Satanovsky, Iakov Kedmi, Avigdor Eskin and many others).
This is the same media
which will gladly criticize Iran and Hezbollah but never wonder why
the Russian main TV stations are spewing pro-Israeli propaganda on a
This is no different than the paid for corporate media in the USA
which denies the existence of a "deep state" or the US "Israel
In Russia, the situation is far more complex.
So far, Putin has very skillfully avoided associating himself with the Atlantic Integrationists. Furthermore, the biggest crises of the past decade or so were all associated with foreign policy issues and those are still controlled by the Eurasian Sovereignists.
Finally, while the Russian government clearly committed some mistakes or promoted some unpopular policies (such has healthcare reform for example), they also had their undeniable successes.
As for Putin, he continued to consolidate his power and he gradually removed some of the most notorious individuals from their positions.
In theory, Putin could probably have most top
Atlantic Integrationists arrested on corruption charges, but short
of engaging in a massive and bloody purge, he cannot get rid of an
entire social class which is not only large but powerful.
The logic here was "enough is enough" and that once Putin got a strong mandate from the people, he would finally kick Medvedev and his gang out of the Kremlin and replace them with popular patriots.
That obviously did not happen...
But if this pension reform program continues to further trigger
protests or if a major war blows up in the Middle-East or in the
Ukraine, then the pro-western forces inside the Kremlin will come
under great pressure to further yield control of the country to
I don't believe that anybody can predict for sure how things will play out, but what is certain is that trying to understand Russia without being aware of the internal conflicts and the interests groups fighting for power is futile.
In her 1000 year long history, internal enemies have always been far more dangerous for Russia than external ones.
This is unlikely to
change in the future...