By F. William Engdahl for the Saker blog
I venture that few outside the Russian Federation will even know the name of Anatoly Chubais, today the CEO of a Russian high-tech company called Rusnano. Following the high-profile November 15 arrest of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s Minister of Economics, Alexei Ulyukaev, on charges of accepting at least $2 million in bribes in a state privatization involving Rosneft and Bashneft energy companies, the spotlight has turned to the company of Anatoly Chubais, Boris Yeltsin’s 1990s privatization czar, today CEO of state-owned Rusnano,. If charges are formally brought against Chubais–undeniably one of the most hated of the Yeltsin-era kleptocrat “reformers” who worked with the CIA during the 1990’s to plunder Russian state assets worth hundreds of billions for just pennies–it will signal that Putin feels in a strong enough position to purge the pro-free market liberal mafia that still holds a lock grip on the development of the Russian economy.
On 16 November, the day after the dramatic arrest of Ulyukaev, state prosecutors and police raided the offices of Chubias’ Rusnano.  Notable about the reports of the prosecutors’ questioning Chubais and other top officers at Rusnano, is the fact that several have fled Russia in recent months to avoid prosecution. To the present, Chubais remains, and vehemently claims innocence.
In my view, there is vastly more at stake here than the innocence or guilt of Chubais. This move, if combined with the arrest of Ulyukaev, signals a major cleanup of corrupt elements who, beginning even before 1991, organized to sell Russia to the CIA and Western speculators like George Soros. Some history that has generally been blacked out in the West about the true role of Anatoly Chubais and the Yeltsin Presidency are instructive to also understand the irrational rage of Washington and US banks and oligarchs directed at Putin and at everything he does to re-establish Russian sovereignty and stability.
CIA’s Yeltsin ‘Democracy’ Coup
The rape of Russia–the Russian nation, the Russian state, the Russian people–beginning the end of the 1980’s, was a coup d’état engineered by the US Central Intelligence Agency along with rogue and not so rogue networks directed by former CIA Director, then President, George Herbert Walker Bush and continued by Bush’s successor, Bill Clinton. Western accounts of what took place inside the Russian Federation during the Yeltsin years of the 1990’s speak of “Russian mafia,” or “Russian Organized Crime.” Never do they mention or even hint that those Russians who plundered their own country were organized and paid, made rich by the West, to be more precise, by the Old Boy CIA networks loyal to former CIA Director and then US President, George Herbert Walker Bush.
What took place in the 1990’s under the Russian Presidency of Boris Yeltsin was described by one knowledgeable US insider, Mortimer Zuckerman, a member of the New York Council on Foreign Relations and owner of US News & World Report as, “the largest giveaway of a nation’s wealth in history.” The giveaway or more precisely said, theft, was done through outright theft, currency war and a fraudulent loans-for-company stock shares program that Anatoly Chubais directed. 
The Bush Sr. Administration’s attack on post-communist Russia, dubbed “Operation Hammer,” had four distinct covert elements. The CIA would secretly finance the August 1991 Generals’ coup against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. They would use their secret financial war-chest to destabilize the Ruble. They used corrupted Russian Gosbank national bank officials to organize the theft of the country’s official gold reserves, most all of it. Then they began a systematic takeover of strategic energy, raw materials and military state industries in the Soviet Union via IMF-dictated privatization operations that were run by Yeltsin’s Finance Minister, Yegor Gaidar and his close associate responsible for state privatization, Anatoly Chubais. Gaidar and Chubais worked in league with Harvard’s Jeffrey Sachs and other friends of billionaire hedge fund speculator, George Soros in the literal rape of Russia as one insider described it.
As the rogue ex-KGB generals and their hand-picked protégés looted the gold reserves of the now defunct Soviet Union, as well as the significant financial assets of the now-banned Communist Party, all with the blessing and complicity of Boris Yeltsin and his inner circle, the Bush CIA Old Boys were ready to launch the next phase, systematic takeover of strategic energy, raw materials and military state industries in the Soviet Union via IMF-dictated privatization operations that were run by Yeltsin’s Finance Minister, Yegor Gaidar, and his accomplice, Anatoly Chubais.
In November 1991, Chubais became a minister in the Yeltsin Cabinet where he managed the portfolio of Rosimushchestvo–the Committee for the Management of State Property, which Yeltsin decreed to be the agency responsible for devising Russia’s privatization of the state companies. Gaidar and Chubais worked in league with George Soros, the Wall Street speculator and funder of the CIA front, National Endowment for Democracy. Soros in turn brought Harvard’s Jeffrey Sachs, architect of the Polish “economic shock therapy,” and other American “friends,” to the Yeltsin circles.
George Soros and his Open Society Foundations had been linked to the CIA by Chinese intelligence and others. His Open Society institutions “coincidentally” appeared in every situation where the CIA’s National Endowment for Democracy front and the US State Department sought regime change to a pro-Washington government. Already back in 1987, while Gorbachev still headed the Soviet Union, Soros took advantage of the regime’s efforts to reform and open cautiously to the West by founding his Open Society Institute in Moscow. There he could give money to key researchers and others to support “market economy” research. 
All actions of Yeltsin were guided by his CIA and rogue KGB handlers, notably KGB Generals Filipp Bobkov, Alexei Kondaurov and Yeltsin’s personal bodyguard, General Alexander Korzhakov–the cabal who, in coordination with George Bush Sr. and his CIA Old Boys described, staged the phony KGB “coup” attempt against Gorbachev that propelled Yeltsin, with support of mainstream Western media, as the “champion of democracy.” In December 1991, four months after, Yeltsin, then President of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, the largest federated “republic” within the Soviet Union, met with the presidents of Ukraine and Belarus and signed what was called the Belavezha Accords declaring the dissolution of the USSR that had formally existed since 1922. It was the key note in the US-backed coup to open up the rape of Russia. By then Gorbachev had been utterly discredited and resigned.
Russia’s Shock Therapy, Harvard and CIA
As part of the dissolution agreement, Russia took title to all state assets of the former USSR, now non-existent, as well as assuming all foreign debts of the USSR. Yeltsin was told to make a 32-year-old friend of George Soros named Yegor Gaidar his Economics Czar. Gaidar, who formally was made Finance Minister of the new Russian Federation in February 1992, made another young economist, Anatoly Chubais, his privatization head.
Gaidar was taken to Poland to study the Polish “Shock Therapy” model, the process that had been introduced by George Soros’ young Harvard economist protégé, Jeffrey Sachs. Back in Moscow, Yegor Gaidar, using the Polish example of Sachs, convinced Yeltsin to “let prices rise to increase supply and to scrap trade barriers so that foreign commodities could begin to fill store shelves.”
It was a lie. The Soviet economy was self-sufficient in everything except perhaps bananas and coffee. The shops were full until Yeltsin announced in November 1991 the exact date when price controls were to be lifted, December 31 of that year. Shop-owners hid their goods waiting for the announced profit bonanza of price decontrol. Shops were suddenly empty. Within a week of the Yeltsin speech, rationing was imposed on Muscovites. 
Gaidar was instructed by the US Treasury from the new Clinton Administration that took office in January 1993. The key person at Treasury for the ensuing Gaidar-Chubais looting of Yeltsin’s Russia was a former Harvard economist named Lawrence Summers. Summers used the powerful influence of the US Treasury Department to get International Monetary Fund dollars to the cash-hungry Yeltsin government, telling Yeltsin and Gaidar that Russia must open itself to unrestricted imports if they wanted to receive IMF and other Western loans.
Gaidar soon delivered a policy that served the demands of Washington and of the KGB’s new banking oligarchs around Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s Menatep Bank and others. Under the Gaidar decrees, Russian manufacturing was to go bankrupt in the face of unrestricted foreign competition, but domestic banking, such as Menatep, controlled by the rogue KGB generals and the CIA-tied Western banks, was to be protected from competition. 
After the November 1992 US election victory of Bill Clinton, Larry Summers, the new US Treasury Deputy Secretary responsible for Russia “reforms,” also a former Harvard economics professor, brought a group of his former Harvard colleagues including George Soros’s Polish Shock Therapy adviser, Jeffrey Sachs, and economics professor, Andrei Shleifer, to Moscow under the auspices of their Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID). The Sachs-Schleifer-Summers triangle essentially orchestrated all key aspects in the implementation of Gaidar-Chubais “shock therapy” in the early 1990’s Yeltsin years. 
In 1991, Summers had been chief economist at the World Bank, where Summers named his former Harvard student, Schleifer, a Russian-American, as World Bank “adviser” to the Yeltsin government. Soon after Summers became Deputy Treasury Secretary in the Clinton Administration in 1993, Schleifer would join Jeffrey Sachs’ Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID) as the head of their Moscow operations.
HIID was cleverly chosen by Summers as the key advisory agency to work with Gaidar and Chubais to organize the colossal looting known as Russian privatization. Summers, from his Washington Treasury office, named all key actors in the Chubais privatization rape of Russia in the early 1990’s. They were what could be called a Harvard mafia. Summers hired David Lipton from Harvard, a former consulting partner of Jeffrey D. Sachs & Associates, to be his Deputy Assistant Treasury Secretary for Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Sachs was named Director of HIID in 1995. His HIID received USAID grants for the institute’s “work” in Russia. 
The USAID was known as a CIA front agency, keeping the CIA role of regime change and such hidden behind the veil of a charitable US Government agency spending for economic development. It was a key money link for the directing of every step of the Chubais privatization operations through the Summers-Sachs Harvard Boys. 
Harvard was a clever choice to be the CIA hands-on operator for the Chubais privatization. CIA monies via a Harvard University front gave an aura of impartial academic respectability and of plausible deniability that the CIA was responsible. Shleifer, a Russian-born émigré, and protégé of Summers, was already a tenured professor of economics at Harvard in his early 30s. He became Sachs’ head of HIID’s Russia project, based in Moscow. Then Summers brought in yet another Harvard Boy, another former World Bank consultant for Summers named Jonathan Hay. In 1991, while at Harvard Law School, Hay had also become a senior legal adviser to the Chubais GKI state privatization agency. In the following year 1992, Hay was made HIID’s general director in Moscow. Hay assumed vast powers over contractors, policies and program specifics. He not only controlled access to the Chubais circle but was its spokesperson. 
Both Jonathan Hay and Andrei Schleifer were identified later as CIA agents.
Vladimir Putin in an April 2013 annual dialogue with Russian citizens, though he discreetly did not name the names, referenced Hay and Schleifer as identified CIA agents working with Chubais and Gaidar in the criminal Russian privatization. Putin said: “We learned today that officers of the United States’ CIA operated as consultants to Anatoly Chubais. But it is even funnier that upon returning to the US, they were prosecuted for violating their country’s laws and illegally enriching themselves in the course of privatization in the Russian Federation. ” 
In 2006 US District Court in Boston had fined Hay and Schleifer them personally $2 million and Harvard University $26.5 million for fraud and embezzlement of government funds for private enrichment. That same year 2006 Summers–who by then had become Harvard President was forced to resign on revelation of his role in the Moscow HIID scandals. Berofr he had managed to get Schleifer an endowed Harvard Professor chair. Hay later resurfaced as founder of the Ukraine branch of the Polish “free market” Centre for Social and Economic Research (CASE) during the CIA coup d’etat in Kiev in 2014. 
The criminal Russian privatization of invaluable state assets that Hay and Schielfer created together with Anatoly Chubais and Yegor Gaidar after 1992 was done to the last detail by Chubais in cooperation with his new American advisers. When the announcement of the proposed “vouchers-for-shares” privatization received cold response from Russians, already reeling from the economic shock of price liberalization, Hay and Schleifer arranged for slick US Public Relations experts from Burston-Marsteller and the Sawyer Miller Group to devise an ad campaign to be aired on the TV channels of the newly-created Russian oligarchs to convince Russians to accept the program.
Chubais as head of the state GKI state property agency issued 150 million “vouchers” to each and every citizen. In turn, they could invest their voucher in a small share in a Russian privatized state company or shop, or sell it at an established market price pegged to the US dollar, of course. As most Russians were then concerned when if ever the next pension payment would be paid, or where jobs could be found in the collapsing industrial economy that was a predictable result of the Sachs-Harvard-Chubais Shock Therapy, millions simply sold their vouchers for some cash. It was an insane idea if Chubais and Gaidar cared about the economic future of the Russian Federation. It was brilliant if they wanted to create billionaire dollar oligarchs, which is just what they did.
Vouchers could be bought or sold on every street corner in Russia at the start in June 1992. They were traded at the new unregulated Moscow commodity exchanges set up by Harvard’s Jonathan Hay with the USAID monies channeled via HIID. Unregulated (deliberately a decision of Gaidar, Chubais and their Harvard CIA advisers) voucher investment funds sprung up everywhere to gather citizens’ vouchers in the millions. The ruble was domestically made convertible to the US dollar on the advice of the Sachs HIID team. In the twenty months the voucher-for-shares program lasted, the price swung from a high of $20 to a low of $4 a voucher. As they were made freely tradeable, it was ripe for the billionaire oligarchs around Yeltsin who already had huge cash hoardes to buy them up, just what they did. 
Nearly six hundred voucher funds obtained 45 million vouchers. The largest, calling itself First Voucher, collected 4 million vouchers. 
At the stated price for the vouchers, Chubais and his Harvard Boys had valued the entire Russian economy–which included the world’s largest nickel company, some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies including Sibneft and Gazprom, RUSAL, the world’s largest aluminum company–at a total that was less than the market value of the US General Electric company. The face value of each voucher was 10,000 rubles which Chubais promoted by lying to the public, stating one voucher would be sufficient to buy two or even three Volga cars.
Because they had been allowed by the Bush CIA networks that controlled the financial side of the Yeltsin mafia to be the first Russians with big money, the select Yeltsin oligarchs were able to buy up hundreds of thousands of vouchers and redeem them for entire industries, which would later be stripped and sold. Although they were supposedly acting on behalf of the state, the bank auctioneers of oligarch-owned banks rigged the process. This was how Bank Menatep’s Mikhail Khodorkovsky got a 78 percent share of ownership in Yukos, worth about $5 billion, for a mere $310 million. It was how Boris Berezovsky got Sibneft, another oil giant, worth $3 billion, for about $100 million. 
Using his connections, Khodorkovsky was able to purchase several factories in investment tenders, and large blocks of shares in timber, titanium, pipe, and copper smelting. In total, he gained control of more than one hundred companies before getting Yukos. In the auctions, based on the number of total vouchers that were circulated, the entire Russian industrial system, mines, oil companies, factories, had a total value of under $12 billion. 
Under pressure from Parliament, Chubais agreed to prohibit voucher sale of state companies to foreign investors. There were, however, two notable exceptions Chubais made. In 1995, in the wake of the Yeltsin Referendum victory financed by Soros, the Harvard Management Company (HMC), which invests the university’s large endowment, and George Soros, who brought Harvard’s Sachs to Chubais, were the only foreign entities allowed to participate. Both HMC and Soros became major shareholders in Novolipetsk, Russia’s second-largest steel mill, and Sidanko Oil, with reserves exceeding those of Mobil. HMC and Soros also invested in Russia’s high-yielding, IMF-subsidized domestic GKO bond market. And in 1997 he bought 24% of Sviazinvest, the telecommunications giant, together with Uneximbank’s Vladimir Potanin, the nominal spokesman of the new Russian oligarchs. At one point Soros stated he had invested $2.5 billion in such Russian assets for the dirt-cheap prices Chubais had deliberately set. 
Soros to the Yeltsin Rescue
This left many Russian citizens feeling cheated, royally screwed, furious as their dreams of a promised share in “capitalist private property” vanished, along with their savings, during the Central Bank hyperinflation money printing, another part of George H W Bush’s Operation Hammer. By 1993 the pressures from all sides including the Duma were dramatically rising. The population was demanding action. The Supreme Soviet, the upper house, was drafting a bill that would freeze the entire privatization process. The opposition was becoming so great that Chubais ultimately had to rely largely on Yeltsin’s presidential decrees, not parliamentary approval, for implementation. The Harvard HIID’s Moscow man, the CIA’s Jonathan Hay and his HIID associates, drafted many of the decrees. USAID’s Walter Coles, whose office funded the Chubais privatizations via HIID admitted, “If we needed a decree, Chubais didn’t have to go through the bureaucracy.”  Russia’s nascent efforts to establish some form of parliamentary democracy or even checks on dictatorial Presidential power were of little interest to Washington officials or to Chubais and his cabal around Yeltsin.
The Soros Yeltsin Referendum
At that point, as opposition threatened to get out of hand, Yeltsin felt forced to agree to a national referendum on the entire privatization process. The date was to be April 25, 1993.
The referendum contained four yes/no questions: (1) do you support Yeltsin, (2) do you support Yeltsin’s economic policy, (3) do you want early elections for President, and (4) do you want early elections for parliament? 
Facing sure defeat, Chubais, likely on advice from his Harvard mentors, arranged to secretly meet with US billionaire George Soros. Soros agreed to finance on behalf of Yeltsin the Referendum campaign. Soros funneled $1 million, a huge sum on Russia at the time, to offshore accounts set up for Chubais to use to buy media exposure. Yeltsin survived by a slim 52% and privatization of major Russian industrial companies went forward.  Yeltsin was giving the Crown Jewels and much more to a cabal of CIA-backed Russian oligarchs as well later to Soros himself.
From Washington, Summers at Treasury architected the Chubais-Gaidar privatization with Jeffrey Sachs and Andrei Schleifer serving to directly convey the plans to their Yeltsin economic advisers. The Chubais-Washington privatization of Russian assets was a theft on a scale unprecedented in any nation, even in wartime. From 1992 to 1994, ownership of 15,000 firms was transferred from state control largely to the new billionaire oligarchs such as Khodorkovsky and Berezhovsky via the Chubais-Washington voucher program.
Oligarchs Buy Yeltsin Re-election
By 1996, with the Russian economy deep into hyperinflation, Yeltsin faced certain defeat in scheduled elections. The head of the Communist Party, Gennadi Zyuganov, promising a return to stability, was far ahead in the polls. Some of Yeltsin’s close advisers ever suggested canceling the elections and declaring a de facto dictatorship. By then Yeltsin’s daughter, Tatyana Borisovna Yumasheva, had become her father’s closest adviser, together with Berezhovsky, Guzinsky and the other USAID and CIA-made oligarchs. Russian media labeled the clique controlling Russia, especially after Yeltsin’s heart attack that year, “The Family,” as in mafia family, not blood family, though with daughter Tatyana the de facto Capo di tutti capi of the family owing to her influence over the President. 
Following the Russian Communist Party success in the December 1995 parliamentary or Duma elections, the International Monetary Fund made an extraordinary $10.2 billion loan to the Yeltsin government in which $1 billion was secretly intended by Washington for the campaign to keep Yeltsin President in the 1996 elections. Tape recordings of conversations between Clinton and Yeltsin later made public, showed that in return, among other favors, Yeltsin would exempt longtime Clinton supporter and campaign donor, Arkansas-based Tyson Chicken’s exports to Russia–then a $700 million annual business–from a threatened 20% tariff increase. 
Berezhovsky and Guzinsky, the Washington-backed new Russian oligarchs, fearing loss of their stolen billions to the opposition communists, formed what they called the “Group of Seven,” which included Berezovsky, Gusinsky, Khodorkovsky, Potanin, Vinogradov, Smolensky, and Friedman. With aid of US Madison Avenue spin doctors, the Group of Seven–which owned the two major TV stations with the third still state owned, and as well major press– ran a US-style media campaign assault, at the same time blocking Zyuganov from buying media time. Yeltsin posters carried the slogan, “Choose with Your Heart.” Another ad featured Yeltsin family photos, while Yeltsin in TV spots recalled events in his childhood: as an athlete, a rebel, a father, and a grandfather. All the while, sentimental music… 
The oligarchs hired Anatoly Chubais, the man responsible for creating their fortunes, as Yeltsin’s campaign manager. He created a private fund called the Center for the Protection of Private Property and received $5 million from the Group of Seven for the campaign. Fake newspapers were created and printed stories claiming discovery of secret minutes of a Communist Party leadership meeting where Zyuganov was alleged to have said, “We will not be able to give the people anything that we promised.” Gaidar’s re-election fund also funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars, a fortune in the time of hyperinflation of the ruble, to major journalists to write fraudulent articles in praise of Yeltsin and discrediting Zyuganov. 
The fact that the oligarchs had a near monopoly on Russian TV and print media made it possible to tilt the vote to Yeltsin 54%. The Russian Corporate Politburo was now firmly in the saddle, with Yeltsin and Chubais their horses. 
The human cost of the US-imposed Russian Shock Therapy brought by Anatoly Chubais, Yegor Gaidar together with George Soros, Jeffrey Sachs and a stable of CIA-linked financial and legal operators such as Jonathan Hay and Andrei Schleifer, was beyond belief. Between 1991 and 1997, Russian GDP – the value of all goods and services that Russia produces – collapsed by 83%. Farm production declined 63% as state support for agriculture ended and cheap US imports such as Tyson chickens replaced their domestic production. Industrial and other investment decreased 92%. More than 70,000 factories were closed down. That led to Russia producing 88% fewer tractors, 76% fewer washing machines, 77% less cotton fabric, 78% fewer TV-sets and on and on. In a country without unemployment under the Soviet era, 13 million people lost their jobs. Those who still had work had their wages cut in half. The average life span for men had been shortened by six years, down to the same level as in India, Egypt or Bolivia. Alcoholism became epidemic as depression and unemployment spread among the population. It was a shock indeed, the kind of shock a country experiences only in a major war. The average life span had decreased, in just a few years, to the same level as in India, Egypt and Bolivia. 
The fact that Anatoly Chubais is now under enormous pressure and likely to be prosecuted is about far more than corruption of a corporate director. It goes to the heart of the corrupt circles that have tried since the ascent of Vladimir Putin in December 1999 to resume the Wall Street rape of Russia, so far without success. For them Putin is the symbol of that defeat. For the vast majority of Russians who lived through the rape of their country in the 1990’s, Anatoly Chubais is the symbol of that devastation and destruction.
- The Moscow Times, Fearing Criminal Prosecution, Chubais Allies Flee Russia, The Moscow Times, 29 November, 2016, www.themoscowtimes.com ↑
- RAPSI, Police raid Moscow office of Rusnano corporation, 16 November, 2016, http://rapsinews.com/news/20161116/277151707.html. ↑
- Fearing Criminal Prosecution Chubais Allies Flee Russia – Report, July 22, 2015 , https://themoscowtimes.com/news/fearing-criminal-prosecution-chubais-allies-flee-russia-report-48465. ↑
- Mort Zuckerman, cited in email from Karon von Gerhke-Thompson to the author, 14 August, 2011. ↑
- E.P. Heidner, Collateral Damage US Covert Operations and the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001, https://wikispooks.com/w/images/d/db/Collateral_Damage_-_part_1.pdf. ↑
- Sebastian Mallaby, More Money than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of the New Elite, Council on Foreign Relations, New York, 2010, p. 212. ↑
- Anne Williamson, Testimony Before the Committee on Banking and Financial Services of the United States House of Representatives September 21, 1999, http://www.thebirdman.org/Index/Others/Others-Doc-Economics&Finance/+Doc-Economics&Finance-GovernmentInfluence&Meddling/BankstersInRussiaAndGlobalEconomy.htm. ↑
- Ibid. ↑
- Janine R. Wedel, The Harvard Boys Do Russia, The Nation, May 14, 1998 , https://www.thenation.com/article/harvard-boys-do-russia/ ↑
- Ibid. ↑
- Mark Ames, The murderous history of USAID– the US Government agency behind Cuba’s fake Twitter clone, April 8, 2014, https://pando.com/2014/04/08/the-murderous-history-of-usaid-the-us-government-agency-behind-cubas-fake-twitter-clone/. ↑
- Janine R. Wedel, op. cit. ↑
- Ibid. ↑
- Vladimir Putin, Direct Line with Vladimir Putin April 25, 2013 , http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/17976. ↑
- David E. Hoffman, The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia, New York, Public Affairs Press, Chapter 8, p. 193. ↑
- Ibid., p. 197. ↑
- Marshall I. Goldman, Putin and the Oligarchs, Foreign Affairs, November/December, 2004, http://www.cfr.org/world/putin-oligarchs/p7517 ↑
- David E. Hoffman, op. cit., p.202. ↑
- Janine R. Wedel, op. cit. ↑
- Ibid. ↑
- David E. Hoffman, op. cit., p.202. ↑
- Ibid. ↑
- Wikipedia, Tatyana Yumasheva. ↑
- Anne Williamson, Testimony…,op. cit ↑
- David E. Hoffman, op. cit., p. 345. ↑
- Ibid, p. 345. ↑
- Ibid., p. 327. ↑
- Dan Josefsson, Shock Therapy: The Art of Ruining a Country, 1 April, 1999, http://josefsson.net/artikelarkiv/51-shock-therapy-the-art-of-ruining-a-country.html ↑
“I venture that few outside the Russian Federation will even know the name of Anatoly Chubais, ”
I am one of those few Mr. Engdahl. The information is out there, if one searches through documentaries freely available on YouTube.
I would suggest to anyone who wants to learn more to watch “The Unknown Putin” – all 5 episodes. Putin himself doesn’t feature much until half way through Ep. 5. It’s a veyr well put together analysis and depiction of the horrific rape and destruction of Russia in the 1990’s, and of many of those responsible. Chubais is one of them.
The Rise and Fall of the Oligarchs is another – in 2 parts. There are a few others.
This appears to be a veyr good article, which supports everything I saw documented in the “The Unknown Putin” and adds some.
It certainly makes more clear than I’ve seen before the utter complicity of the USA and the CIA in the destruction of Russia, and it’s callous, psychopathic attitude ot the people. It has been estimated by demographers that about 8 million Russians died as a directly result of starvation, exposure to cold, despair induced alcoholism, murder. One of the CIA ‘s friends, an Oligarch, on being presented with the growing death list responded “20 million, 30 million dead. What does it matter. Can always get more people”
More and more it shows the unbelievably massive problem Putin faced. Saw, and still shouldered the burden, knowing he could trust no-one; knowing he had to move as softly as a black cat on a dark night, never letting the suspicions arise of those would kill him with no more compunction than they would a gnat.
Napoleon, was it?, no – Voltaire, who said “God is on the side with the biggest battalions”. Maybe, just maybe, sometimes he is on the side of Rightfulness and the Light, too.
I must say that the merit is not neither of Mr. Engdahl, nor YouTube nor the internet itself.
Quite some years ago all this information was told by Naomi Klein in her imprescindible “Shock Doctrine”, a book of which I was aware by a job companion and which was circulating by word by mouth in the circles of the left, at least here, in the Basque Country, and I fear also in the rest of Spain.
Since this book is not only related to Russia, could well be an imprescindible essay on the misdeeds by the CIA and US deep state, US corporations and associated agencies like USAID and economic world organizations for extortion like IMF and WB throughout the world.
Perhaps if you could make the effort in reading it, Isabella, ( it is quite long ) you would be aware of what “dead squad” means, especially both for Spain and all Latin America, as well as for other places like Indonesia ( since the other day you stated not having heard ever anything about that in another site ). I think you will find very illustrating and interesting and a good opportunity to know a part of the dirty history of the Anglo American Empire, probably unknown, before leaving South America, if the aim is to find and know the truth.
Mr. Engdahl most probably is aware of all what I am telling since a former member of LaRouche organization whose links with CIA are as well known for anyone who takes the trouble to made a bit of research in the net.
Another imprescindible and illustrating book on CIA coups and misdeeds, as the extermination of a generation of communists around the world, is William Blum “Killing Hope”, because this rape and looting always come after grabbing power by a coup d´etat and erasing of any resistance most of the times coming always from the left, organized communist parties and labor organizations as unions and so on.
Do not forget that the USSR was a communist country and what was the aim with the rape and looting of the USSR was not only to grab all Russian wealth but, at the same time, exterminate Soviet Russian population and leave the surviving rest in enough despair and depression so as to not rise head never more. At the same time, as the Russian population has been made believe, the charge of the blame was thrown over all the Communist Party of the Soviet Union when the coup took place against, precisely, the majority of members of the CPSU gathered in the Parliament building to try to stop the looting.
As is the “home style” in the US, they rape an loot a communist or socialist country and moreover make the people believe that the same victims of the coup are who have looted all. In this case, the seven oligarchs, plus Yeltsin and his family, and few others from the KGB or the Communist Party, these are those who became billionaires, but then it was to blame all the communists in the USSR, and not only, but besides in the rest of the world, since what happened in the USSR was used as alibi for the demonization of the whole Communist Movement around the world in benefit of that farce called Social Democracy which is what we all in the West have now and which have been proved to be the tool of the looters to make us believe we live in a democracy for looting us now with our consent through the exercise of voting amongst two parts of the same block.
I hope you do not mind. I made a few very minor corrections to make your text more accessible. I could not decipher quite what you meant by ‘imprescindible’. fk mod
Just to continue your last sentence, the traitors and collaborators have succeeded in discrediting the communist era achievements as a whole, not just the party and its ideology. They destroyed almost everything which had been built after the war, by the people, for the people, bringing up tremendous sufferings exactly to those who made the work, the people. This is not just theft but rape. If it were war, but it wasn’t, and material, social and cultural destruction was felt as a much bigger loss, and it was, because if there is war, you can defend yourself by taking up arms and you know that you as a country could have losses, but this way, being sold out from within to the enemy, is very hard to digest.
Well, ioan, this is war also, only another kind of war, all, from coups d´etat, use of local infiltrated 5th columns, colour revolutions, false flag operations, informational and cyber war and guerrilla war through mercenary proxieson the ground ( another double side sword for them to accumulate gains, since, at the same time, they achieve discrediting the legitimate traditional popular armed resistance/uprising, just remember what happened with the Motorola issue ) come to fill into so called “4th Generation War”, if I am not wrong ( you will see that, most probably, will come Uncle Bob 1 to explain all this in a while…)
Thanks a lot, I can see that you made the due spelling corrections, it reads better this way. Sorry for the gramathical errors and typos, they get away even after a second reading ( I have posted the text once previously and since not published I made some corrections, but sometimes, inadvertedly I publish the erroneus version because of matters of copy-paste ).
What I mean with “imprescindible”? Well, sorry, I mean “essential or “indispensable”
From my point of view, my trust goes easily to independent writters without any link to any organization who could have relations with the same subjects we are trying to denounce.
Anyway, after 3 years in the alternative media, I would advice, “cuestionátelo todo” = “question all”, read all with a grain of salt, read information from different sources, investigate the background of the authors ( obviously, this only available when they use their real name ), and even in the case of “unknown” authors/sources, take into account their liaisons and the evolution of their discourse through time and especially related to important international events.
Why, why now, why in this form? are some questions to make, since, for example, as happens with this article, we know this information since quite time ago…
Made an error also with William Blum, author of “Killing Hope”
Welcome back, elsi!
“Why now, why in this form?” I also wondered about that. Engdahl writes a great deal but I never saw any of those articles reprinted here before, only linked by commentors.
And here, this article was apparently written just for this site. So that is notable, I agree.
As for the CIA or the FBI, or such things, you should very much do as you say: “Question everything.”
The easiest way to divide anti-IMF forces world-wide, for example is to spread rumors among the ideologically left leaning that X person or Y organization is “right wing” or “CIA”. And among the right leaning types, that X person or Y organization is “communist” or “KGB”. That usually works like a charm, until people with a longer attention span and less ideological blinders on notice the contradictions, and ask themselves: “Interesting! How could he (or they) be BOTH.”
And then the digging and real discoveries begin. Without ideological blinders that were put there many,many decades ago by the self-styled Masters of the Universe that had a hand in creating both left and right, and will always maintain positions of influence deep within BOTH of them.
As you say, question everything!
I questioned Engdahl’s warnings regarding Trump, silently, to myself, but Saker first brought Engdahl nearer the center of the dialogue here, analyzing a recent New Eastern Outlook article on Trump by Engdahl:
Maybe you were still travelling, so you missed that??
But by putting “Engdahl” in the search box and hitting “search” I discovered that there were other contributions from Engdahl here in the past.
There were also quite a few comments here during your absence about the uselessness of “the left” in the West, particularly the USA, as seen in Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein tilting to Hitlery.
The thing that raised my eyebrows the most, however, was Webster Tarpley’s leftist pre-election “marching orders” : “Vote Democratic Ticket (Hitlery!!!) across the board.”
I was really concerned that he had lost his marbles, gone senile. Then I remembered that he hosted a regular radio show in Rome on Radio Vatican for many years, and I wondered out loud here “If the Pope had gotten to him!”
But these nuances are difficult enough for the non-ideological to sort out. They must be impossible to even begin to look at from a left ideological basis that is not interested in things like the differences between the western church and eastern church. Or any history before 1917.
Oh, here’s an comment I made over on the IMF thread:
It cites an article that goes into the left at Harvard. The problem with left and right is they have the same puppet masters, ultimately. Even though many of the puppets on the stage are unaware of that fact and will “fight to the last breath” and never manage to get a peek behind the curtain.
Apparently Vladimir Putin and Dmitri Rogozin both got a real good look back there and will not be reviving communism in Russia any time soon:
Communism is an ideal that many people – other than brainwashed Americans – can relate to, even if they don’t embrace it fully.
It has all the appearance of anti-oligarchy, anti-feudalism and control of resources by the people, for the people – actually the most ‘democratic’ system of all, contrary to propaganda.
Yet, as with unions (‘communist’ in micro-form), the actual concretization of the system generates a large bureaucracy, a hierarchy of ‘apparatchiks’.
This is why it became possible to corrupt the whole system – the concentration of decision-making/resource control into a progressively smaller group.
So the structure of administration threw up a similar pyramid to the rapacious capitalism it challenged.
For communism to reinvigorate as the best distribution of wealth and welfare, this ‘locus of control’ issue has to be addressed: is it integral to the running if the system, or is it possible to ‘diversify’ so that such concentrations don’t arise?
Yet ‘diverse’ – approaching anarchy – control centres can also be used to ‘Balkanize’ and are a potential threat to security.
So it brings us back to the question of enmity – and how it is systematically exploited to attack peers rather than class across ethnic, national, religious and racial fault lines.
The net poses a threat to media control and generation of ‘enmity’.
Let’s use it to the best of our ability to reduce it.
It is a custom in certain organizations to try to discredit anyone who dares pointing at them as CIA tools and main actors in some of the dirtiest tricks of the three letters agency. It is also the brand of the house.
The problem with you “estadounidenses” of any sign ( or even no sign at all, adopting whatever sign required everytime according to where the wind blows from knowing it by taking out the finger ) is your selfconcept of “exceptionalism”, that makes you conflate that what happens with the supposed “left” in your country is what happens in the rest of the world, when that is a problem of yourselves.
It´s in your country where the two parties in conquest are sold to the corporate capital, financial, military and banking.
It´s in your country where the same organizations have tried to make profit ( and even catch the presidency ) by spreading the same conspiracy theories ever or some new. That does not mean that there is not some true in that, but not to the extent you are always trying the people to scare so as to achieve that they only trust yourselves. Just the strategy played by D.Trump, “his advisors”
and “associates alt-media” ( someone has wondered if all those alt-media which broke the copper for Trump have not been also bought ? ).
Since you yourself, as well as The Saker, consider Mr. Engdahl a very informed and intelligent person, I must say that in the case of D.Trump I can not but agree with him, the signs tell no other thing for who wants to see it. Obviously, we are still more or less in campaign till at least 19th Dec. or 20 Jan., aren´t we?
About the presence or reference to Mr. Engdahl in this blog, well, I do not know how old could be, but what I know is that references by The Saker to LaRouche organization and Schiller Institute can be dated to at least 2007, the year of creation of this blog.
The play “neither from the left nor from the right”</b is the new motto of all the so called “populist movements” around the world, and it comes to fill the space which remains free after the discrediting of the “real left” ( socialists/communists/unions ) by spreading lies as that on the USSR falling because of the corruption and treason of the whole CPSU and that those minions from Harvard were any of them “from the left”, since nobody in favour of the free market economy and hard core capitalism could be anytime “from the left”, This is only disinformation with one goal.
The trick today is that, if you present yourself as what you are, a “plain fascist”, still there is enough memory amongst the West people so as to repeal you as if you were the pest, because everybody, in Western Europe at least, knows that the Nazis presented themselves before the people as “populist and labour representatives”. But, at least Hitler himself had a history of membership and proximity ( infiltrated, of course, not really convinced as was demonstrated after ) with socialists and labour organizations. So, this trick, is so old as the old Europe.
Looping the loop now is when an oligarch and his team who have been friends and partners ( and even have been in charge before of intelligence, military, banking and corporations ) with the same elites of the same system they assure are going to “drain” ( the only thing they are going to drain is the money to be diverted through other pipes directly to their bank accounts abroad ), and to pretend here, in a forum which is supposed to be read by intelligent people ( and even “all the intelligence services around the world” ) that you all swallow that.
What I have learned at least during these last three years is to test hypotheses, and there is no precendent on any oligarch anytime placing himself, and risking his wealth, in the side of the people. Period. Miracles at Lourdes.
On the penchant of some to spread “conspiracy theories” since ages, with the only aim to cause despair, distrust and fear on the people, as the only mean to grab power, I would paraphrase the “old strategist”:
“Conspiracy theories are synonyms of untested hypotheses.
Encouragement of conspiracy theories is a tactic of deflection misrepresenting agency and facility thereby obscuring ineptitude and opportunity, whilst conflating coincidence with causation/consequence.
Conspiracy theories are illustrations of bridging doubt by belief to attain certainty thereby limiting and/or precluding lateral challenge.
In significant part the opponents’ systems are reliant on belief and hence if the purpose is transcendence of opponents, resort to conspiracy theories are self-defeating through emulation and immersion.”
On Mr. Putin, or course I am not neither in love nor blind with this man, and so, as I have stated before in this blog, while he opposes the cause of almost all evil we are suffering and while he positions himself with the Russian people, I am with him. The moment I start feeling is the contrary, you will find me in the opposite side, no worries. I do not need to put my finger to the air to know where the wind blows everyday to know where I am positioned, since I am not looking for grabing power but to have a fairer and better life for me and also those who surround me since the wealth on Earth is enough so as to have it, and that position is, always, the left, that is, with the people who works and sweats everyday to earn a living, never with any patriarchal and hierarchical order, be it religous, political or secular. Obviously, neither I, nor for that matter you, Mr. Engdahl, The Saker, Scott or whoever, except he himself and his associates, have no idea on what the ideas and purpose of Mr. Putin and his associates are, and so, the only thing we can do is to especualte about it.
At least, one point in his favour is that he comes from the people, and only that, even when could well be “wishfull thinking” from my part, I am aware, is enough for me to trust him before in than anyone like The Donald with such amoral history behind. people does not change so much, less at that age.
Aren’t you afraid that the use of the appelation ‘Comrade’ (for tovarishtch) could serve to discredit the ‘communists’? It was more in use by Italian, German, British, Spanish Fascists.
No, I am not afraid, since that was and is the way we called/call amongst us, in Spanish “compañero”, to mean, equal partner in life/fight/ideas and so on.
I do not know though how Italian, German, British, Spanish Fascists called/call amongst them since never have met any.
I am not going to ask how is that you know it.
On discrediting communism, you all, a compact group here, are making an incomparable work since ever. It´s you all who always try to mix communism with fascism by comments as yours here and by using all the time the term “cultural-marxism” as pejorative, and repeating ad nauseam as parrots that ludicrous theory on “the circle where the two ideologies almost meet” that you learn at your organization. I wonder, what about cultural-fascism? Why nobody talks about it? Why is communism which is discredited to the effort of include all the MSM and besides the alt-media?
The proof that I am not discrediting communism, but trying to deny your lies and slander about it and at the same time giving it its fair well earned dignity, and perhaps doing it well, is seeing how my comments are banned systematically, needing at least two intents to see the light, and how everytime I appear commenting something a battalion is thrown over me with personal attacks/references and plain insults.
I wonder why anyone woukd take such fatigues to discredit me being me “a nobody in Spain”.
Why? go back and read all your long and irate verbosity that tries to resuscitate a corpse, a horror story of millions killed, millions of brave and educated patriots that were imprisoned, tortured, famished or directly killed by the clique that was in charge of imposing the ‘communism’ you love so much.
your relentless droning of the same scratched plaque annoys the hell out of people that went through that horror, us the ones that were lucky to survive and see what that lie/horror was all about. give us a break here and try your propaganda in the basque area maybe you find someone there to listen to you if, you pay them a coffee for the time wasted. basta!
@I am not going to ask how is that you know it.
The real question is how come that you don’t know it. Because you actually don’t know what you are talking about in general.
Please close down this conversation. It is getting persoanl. Any further comments – from either of you – will go to trash. Mod
There are so many ways to slice and dice things — and that is how I understand Engdahl’s variance with the Saker on Trump. The counter-intuitive logic of say, nuclear deterrence, less perceived danger often translates into greater actual danger. There’s a line from Holderlin: But where the danger is, also grows the saving power.
+ Bro 93, you nailed it with your comments (and Jim O’Neill’s article) It is as plain as day that the West, that is the Roths-child-led-mafia’s ‘British’ Empire plus most of its (educational) system, is run by the most depraved Podesta-like (or cannibalistic old hag-like) psychopaths, one can imagine. And Jim O’Neill that Marxism, Fascism (e.g. Nazism in Germany), Communism, Fabianism, were fairy tales & projects, fabricated & propagated by them in order to deceive, and for the same purpose.
I fear you forgot in your list on financiers of certain ideologies/cults the Rock-e-feller´s American mafia….
I agree in all those as financiers of Fascism and the cults who promote it in a subtle and covered way but delated by their modus operandi and language.
Re ” but Saker first brought Engdahl nearer the center of the dialogue here, analyzing a recent New Eastern Outlook article on Trump by Engdahl: ”
Yes, good point.
I think Engdahl is considered controversial by many, also for his views on oil, like where it really comes from, which I believe align with views of many Russian geologists. Those who think his oil idea wingnut then dismiss everything else he says.
I have pointed out to these people that at least one very senior scientist at the Rockefeller Foundation agrees with the Russians geologists’ hypothesis, BTW.
And in any event, his maybe being controversial is not a reason not to read him. I would be interested to know Engdahl’s responses to the Saker’s “debate” of Engdahl’s thesis re Trump. I forwarded the Saker’s “debate” to a few who are both Saker- and Engdahl skeptical and they found it very worthwhile. I said: See, we need a good-faith, searching debate among genuine truth seekers to get as much insight as possible.This is what is totally missing in the American public discourse. Don’t just dismiss someone of hand because of a few points that don’t parse. Chris Bollyn is another one who says some nutty things (mainly he goes into a big anti-Semitic rant, which doesn’t help anything), yet many of the points he makes are supported by the “Collateral Damage” item linked above regarding the specificity of what was targeted on 9/11.
This might be a real shift in policy for Russia.
Excerpt from http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/putin-nyet-neo-liberals-da-national-development/ri16051
The Stolypin Group
The third group represented was the one most Western observers ridiculed and dismissed, with the US Pentagon-linked Stratfor referring to them as a “strange collective.” I have personally met and talked with them and they are hardly strange to anyone with a clear moral mind.
This is the group which after two months has emerged with the mandate from Vladimir Putin to lay out their plans to boost growth again in Russia.
The group is in essence followers of what the great almost-forgotten 19th Century German economist, Friedrich List, would call “national economy” strategies. List’s national economy historical-based approach was in direct counter-position to the then-dominant British Adam Smith free trade school.
Friedrich List happens to be a contemporary of an economist I like, our homegrown American economist, Henry George. They share this website…
And now your cited article.
Can we find some common ground in this demographic driven trade problem?
De`tante (Steady State) trade, lack of traditional “growth” yet more abundance and sanity?
We see massive malinvestment and over capacity right now, so some common sense like List and George sounds good to me.
Perhaps Trumps Tillerson (Exxon) pick can pave the way sort of like Armand Hammer.
Backing off WW III sounds like a good business move for those who value life.
History might rhyme if we are lucky.
Re Isabella: “It certainly makes more clear than I’ve seen before the utter complicity of the USA and the CIA in the destruction of Russia, and it’s callous, psychopathic attitude ot the people. ”
I would really like to get responses of informed Saker community members on the long article linked below, which is cited in a note to the Engdahl piece:
It posits 9/11 as the end phase, so to speak (hiding tracks), of the attempt to take down the USSR (hide the financial evidence and deep-six ongoing investigations with targeted hits of both specific WTC and Pentagon areas), which itself (like other CIA ops) was financed with stolen gold after WW2. It traces a pattern in the specific destruction of 9/11, of records and people (employees of international bond clearing house.).
In other words it traces a clear trajectory over 50 years and connects also to the current continued attempts to take out Putin and shake down Russia and its economy, naming names whose involvement has been and is ongoing. Ties the Bush CIA to Clinton, Bush II, and Clinton II.
What do others here make of it? I would really like to know.
It is pretty long and very detailed. I haven’t finished yet myself.
“The group is in essence followers of what the great almost-forgotten 19th Century German economist, Friedrich List, would call “national economy” strategies.”
This is exactly what I am told by my Moscow correspondent, a financial analyst.
He states that the current push is to develop, shape, and run the economy according to List’s ideas.
I will be reading this as a quick scan tells me it is a vein of some promising “gold”.
There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that the symbolic key to 911 is the occult “dark religion” actually organizing all the participants, as indicated in the “action principle” of the ritual, that is the flight numbers 11 93 175 and 77.
I sat family members down a couple of months ago (after failing to make my point long distance, by email and links) and literally told the most stubborn denier: “I am more sure of this than I am of the fact that you are my sister.”
and it’s only 9 minutes. But you must get into it at least to the point of 11+ 175 = 186 divided by 2 = 93 across the board, in Manhattan.
That CANNOT BE an accident. That’s what I am more sure of than the fact that she is my sister.
They all finally got it, at least on some level. Now, does Trump get it??
And since 93 represents Love, or the Will to Ascend (and deny these swine their disgusting Em-pi-ya of fear and slavery) I do hope enough “Irish” is gotten up (since it is the same force behind 11-22-1963) in enough people to overcome such darkness.
Very possibly subsequent parts of your link should also be read and discussed, Katherine.
Thanks for this insight into the Empire’s war on Russia. Will Russians have the nerve to finally make themselves sovereign or will they once again make a deal with the devil? The fate of our world hangs in the balance. I send love into the evil heart of darkness where money cavorts with power.
This blog needs to move *faster* to keep up. Obama- the first to recognise Trump’s win in the ‘grand old tradition’ of retiring Presidents is now fully onboard with operation ‘End Trump’ and is engaged in the process that ensures Trump never takes office.
1) saturate the zionist controlled and Soros controlled mainstream and fake indy media outlets with the fact that Clinton won the popular vote (irrelevent but plays to a low-IQ sheeple ‘understanding’ of ‘justice’)
2) keep the anti-Trump movement alive and ever more bold in its criminality
3) switch the anti-Russia propaganda to 11 (the BBC yesterday had 5 anti-Russian main headlines, including the amazing ‘John Glenn was the ‘first’ man in space’ psy-op)
4) massively increase support for the zionist horrors of Israel, the wahhabi horrors of Saudi Arabia (the hyper-evil nation many here mysteriously support), and their terror gangs across the world.
5) following 4, flood Syria with a record amount of terror manpower, state-of-the-art weapons, and Western Special ops teams to support the terrorist operations
6) start the active search for ‘crazies’ that can be used to take out Trump before he takes office- to be blamed on Trump himslef, of course- for ‘choosing’ to ‘rile’ so many people up with his ‘evil’. The ‘right’ crazy will have full shadow support from his CIA handlers, of course- until he (or more likely she) does the deed and then is themselves killed by the ‘brave’ security services.
Anti-demon forces (awake Humanity) have gotten so sleepy again since Trump won- and have stupidly taken to mocking the ‘tears’ of the other side- missing all the prep under way by the demons. British SAS forces are currently overseeing the new mass attack against Palmyra in the hope of drawing Putin into action that can be used for immediate demonisation one way or the other.
They want Putin backed into a corner before Xmas so they can demand of Trump in the press whether he supports Putin or not. They want Putin to have to commit real Russian forces to Syria- so significant numbers of Russia citizens can be murdered by SAS led operations, putting domestic pressure on Putin.
Putin’s one winning move would be to strike Saudi Arabia hard, to declare Saudi support of anti-Russia terror gangs is a formal declaration of War against Russia (remember, the West allows Israel to use this excuse evertime it butchers innocent Humans in Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Iran etc), and to declare wahhabism to be a direct threat to the Human Race. But the demons know Putin is in bed with Saudi Arabia and Israel, giving Russia a fatal chink in its armour- an ‘achilles heal’ the West can always target.
An animal is at its most dangerous when cornered. We’ve cornered the demons with the fall of Clinton, and the rise of strong anti-traditional-establishment forces. The demons cannot afford the usual lengthy process of co-opting these new leaders. So they must circumvent our success- and this means the defeat of Putin at any cost, and the end of Trump.
Mr. Engdhal superb as ever!
Many thanks for the article!
Criminal Chubais, of course, could not do without state funding of Rosnano while imposing the omnipotence of “privatization” on the rest.
Needless to say, we in Serbia have the scum of the same ilk – up to the current prime minister who has never worked a day in his life, yet, treats the people like cattle to prove his loyalty to the occupiers. E.g., his state budget for the next year (~$8 billion) is going to be funded by $7 billion (!) of borrowing.
Anyhow, glad that Russia is getting rid of the zionazi filth step-by-step. That certainly gives hope to the rest of us – freedom-dreamers.
As Engdahl explains, Russia in the 90s was a Third World hellhole run (formally) by the vilest compradors imaginable. In reality, Russia back then was a grossly misruled, utterly hapless US colony bearing the full brunt of hatred on the part of its Western tormentors.
However, unlike neighbouring Ukraine 20 years on, the unrestrained liberal chaos, genocide, lawlessness, and squalor in Russia of the 90s had one most welcome effect: it changed the mood of the Russian people forever. Hatred and contempt of the West and its ideological sewage in view of the tender, loving care shown by Soros and the Pindo regime once the USSR was defeated now run deep, and that sentiment is further corroborated as the Russians watch the even nastier offal that pretend to rule in contemporary Ukraine. But there, unlike in Russia, people seemingly welcome and enjoy perpetual Western imperial rape.
An extremely important article.It highlights what I keep saying about the urgent need to take back economic control from the 5th column elements in Russia.And restore the industrial strength of the past. As a sidenote. If Russia (not the USSR,but just the RF) have had the same population growth they had during the 1970’s and 80’s,before the collapse. They would have a population of around 170 to 180 million people. Which if nothing else shows clearly the destructive power of the Western “model” in Russia.
“If Russia (not the USSR,but just the RF) have had the same population growth they had during the 1970’s and 80’s,before the collapse. They would have a population of around 170 to 180 million people. Which if nothing else shows clearly the destructive power of the Western “model” in Russia.”
Right, could you imagine what was the feeling among the majority of Russians when they saw that they lost the war without being on the battlefield ? The moral ( fighting moral ) had fallen deep under, the instability and uncertainty has left them alone with a very bad feeling, this had repercussions in the high mortality rates and low born rates. This has happened almost overall in the former eastern block. And, if this was not enough, the people of those states have immigrated to find a living in the west – who raped them. The women, many as prostitutes, the men as second hand workers for second hand salaries.
I remember being shocked when the Turkish word for prostitute became Natasha. And being amazed by the 5 year drop in life expectancy. But this is the first time I read all the sordid details about individuals who organized rape of the USSR”. Thank you William Engdahl, thank you Saker, and thank you readers who have added information about one of the Big Three “bankers wars” of the 20th century (the other two being the WW1 Oil War (likewise exposed by Engdahl) and the Anglo-Capitalist buildup of the Nazi Army to invade USSR (Hitler only became “our enemy” when he bit the hand that fed him – turned on Capitalist Britain and France instead of attacking Communist Russia).
Did he really turned against France and Britain? The record speaks otherwise. He allowed the BEF retreat back home, the did not intend to fight the English and let the French more or less alone. It was France that declared war on Germany, not the other way around.
The problem is rarely the enemy outside but the cowards and traitors inside.
As Russia and China have too much military power at the moment, the attacks from the bloodsuckers in Washington will be through “soft power” and infiltration the next couple of years.
“The problem is rarely the enemy outside but the cowards and traitors inside.”
That depends. It was undoubtedly true of, for instance, Chile under Allende and Czechoslovakia under Beneš. There, the enemy without — personified by Kissinger and Hitler, respectively — could easily take advantage of the cowardice and ineptitude on the part of the targeted government and the latter’s accordingly emboldened traitors and enemies within the nation under attack. It’s evident from these and countless other examples that what is key is the courage, resolve, determination, and ability of a government facing foreign meddling to crack down on people/organizations in the pay of Western imperialism and Zionism.
Case in point: The USSR would have fallen and its people become unceremoniously enslaved/murdered in case of a Trotskyite government swooning and grovelling at the West’s feet as a matter of hard-core ideological “prowess”. Stalin and Putin show that the West never forgets, nor forgives a serious adversary but that is well worth it as long as the agents and “Human Rights” scum are kept at bay. But of course the ultimate solution would be to finish off the West once and for all. It is long overdue already.
What I know of is the horrific suffering of the people, the Russians, during this period.
– I had seen a few videos of what Putin had to handle after he was called in to take over from Yeltsin and whatever media we get on people like Khodorkovsky and I follow every day whats happening on the world scene.
– This article gives me so much more data on what happened and understanding of the magnitude, though it is very difficult to grasp.
The powers that did this, and have destroyed so many countries since 1945 – are truly the most evil Earth has seen.
– Putin and his core team need all the back up and support each one of us can give for he is not only saving Russia and Russians he is actually saving mankind from total enslavement.
Thank you to Engdahl for writing this up.
Re “This article gives me so much more data on what happened and understanding of the magnitude,
My apologies for being repetitious, but this is laid out in much more detail in one of the items Engdahl cites:
Very interesting article. Fascinating and informative. I wish we could see more articles like this in American media. There’s very little in MSM that counts as comprehensive, focused, and clear criticism of the neoliberal powerbrokers who wrecked Russia in the 1990s. It’s as if MSM doesn’t want the average American to understand why Putin reversed Russia’s domestic policies from that era.
Very interesting and informative article.
I wish we could see more these kinds of critiques of Russia’s 1990s neoliberal powerbrokers. But we rarely see an article like this on American MSM. It’s as if MSM doesn’t want the average American to understand why Putin reversed the policies of Yeltsin the oligarchs.
Western MSM is largely owned by oligarchs / states – in the US and everywhere else. If the average citizens would understand the systematic looting of Russia, they might also be able to figure out where we’re headed. The dependency of Media and the revenue from ads of corporations is too intense. (I can only recommend to have a look at Manufacturing Consent by Noam Chomsky.)
Those few critical reports that MSM is publishing are nothing else than breadcrumbs – an alibi, so that MSM can always claim to have reported on a specific topic.
Chomsky, why left-gatekeeper Chomsky is part of the problem. He is an agent of the financial oligarchy whose particular mission is to destroy science, and poison politics with what is a trap.
Here is an article that exposes ‘academic authoritarians” to which Chomsky is so exposed.
Indeed. Chomsky is a CIA faker par excellence. Hyped by CIA media, pushed by CIA universities and CIA publishing houses, loved and adored by snow flakes worldwide.
Too much credit is given to CIA, Soros and others. Pure speculations.
What is not speculations is that due to calcification of the Soviet leadership when all top leaders started dying almost simultaneously after Brezhnev. There appeared the gap that leaving generation left with nobody of serious abilities and top leadership experience to come after them.
To even think that USA could do anything in terms of secret intelligence to make the coup is ridiculous and Soviet intelligence was second to none.
Russian saying states that fool is more dangerous than an enemy. Imagine many fools at the top and some hyenas at lower levels. No coup, no conspiracy. Just massive failure at the very top of the Soviet leadership. Any wonder why Chinese change their leadership ever so often and the next leadership is being thoroughly vetted and prepared…?
I think the USSR was bound to collapse, it was increasingly corrupt after Stalin & the likes, under which it actually very well might’ve become the strongest nation in the world, and a democracy at that.
I think there was, post-Stalin, a lot of secret collaboration between a part of the corrupt Soviet leadership & the monstrously corrupt & evil (shadow) government of the West. For instance them going along with the absurd ‘moon landings’ fairy tale, or what happened at Chernobyl.
Gorbachev probably wasn’t the worst of this corrupt ‘elite’, but Yeltsin & his clique certainly were, are as F. William Engdahl describes. As for Putin; patience is gold. Russian patriots like Putin likely feel in a strong enough position to start doing the things you recommend.
It is in hindsight. I do not believe a bit there was conspiracy because there is not logic behind it. USSR was in every single sense USA equal and in military terms it was actually superior as we now can see. You assume that top leadership of another superpower while having a lot of power, everything basically would surrender this for few scraps from US table? It is ridiculous. What actually happened was that after Stalin top leadership calcified, responsibility for mistakes and misbehavior was not punished, new blood wa snot brought to the top level. As a result by the end of 70ès we had very old and sick folks running the country with a gap formed where there was no capable next generation to come and take their place. I remember as every years General Secretary starting 1982 was dying form some age health complications. Hence, being desperate for some stability they elected Gorbachev whose only qualities were good health, youth and likability with complete lack of character, back bone and abilities.
USSR was not in bad shape. It was brought into bad shape by Gorbachev and his team. The troubles started accumulating right away as he came to power. I can even explain how.
He was lacking patience which was required to actually make necessary changes and democracy was not a thing needed. USSR was a different animal and Russia can never have social arrangements of Western Europe or USA due to Russian history, culture, experience and geographical location. It again shows importance of personality in history. China which was in terrible shape than, had wise Deng and USSR had weak leader in Gorbachev and later complete moron and degenerate in every possible sense in Yeltsin.
Gorbachev undermined all levels pf power and the foundation that in hands of capable decisive and yes ruthless towards those who deserved the wrath leader would have served very well as they were supposed to. The first thing in 1985 there must have been rolling heads of corrupt and incompetent officials who became widespread during 70’s. It would immediately gave notice. Discipline and purpose would be restored and decent if any would be suppressed. Then it would be possible to make certain changes the most important would have been reducing military expenses as we know now those were excessive as USA never represented danger to USA in conventional terms. The sectors which directly provided population with goods were neglected as te bulk was going to heavy industrial sector which was doing well. What people are observing now in Russian military rearmament is what was started then.
In short, with competent leadership nothing of what have happened would.
One more note regarding so called democracy. In the Soviet Union it was democracy as there was government which actually was working towards interests of majority. It is what democracy is. it is not some spectacle of elections in which as we all see the wool is continuously being pulled in front of masses eyes while only those behind the scenes with ulterior motives benefit.
In USSR we had system that had control over the whole resources of the country and was distributing those resources in as equitable as possible ways. While top leadership had some privileges they pale by comparison to what followed and population generally was taken care of in very real terms: Housing without debt, free medicine, education on all levels, child care, guaranteed employment after graduation and shelter before getting own apartment, guaranteed retirement, annual 1 month paid vacations with often free accommodation at resorts depending upon place of work and so forth so on. What is not democratic here ? Only after people lost all of it masses started appreciating all those important things in life. It is far easier to create variety in stores and other trivialities than to get what Soviet people used to have.
Totally agree, comrade Vasya, if you allow me to call you that, and this is why, in a moment when people is more aware than ever of the real scam capitalism in itself is, is necessary to bring in very personal/ biased versions of the events in the 90s in the USSR to continue discrediting socialist/communist systems so as to avoid people missing precisely the only time they were taken care and taken into account in this planet´s history and be thrown them in the arms of totalitarian fascism, which is what remains in the final phase of capitalism.
By all means Comrade. Agree with you. The history is not moving in straight line. We have had pull back in historical trend but people tasted the real thing and it is impossible to lie to majority all time.
Putin is 16 years in power and liberal economic policies has been in place all this time and there is no results to speak of while in 16 years under Iosif Vissarionovich USSR greatly improved standards of living of the vast majority of the population. The proof is in the pudding. Putin is slow but i hope he will learn and abandon liberals and their policies once and for all.
Thanks for your input Vasya.
Is it not the question of hierarchies generating ‘system weakness’ so to speak?
Maybe fior communism to resurrect in less corruptible forms, it needs to ensure a ‘nomenklatura’ cannot accrue (bribeable/corruptible) power?
Should not ‘leadership’ be communal rather than individual?
It is this a basic feature – perhaps insurmountable – of human psychology?
@Vasya: Very interesting your question, What is not democratic in social welfare without democracy. Reminds me of Immanuel Kant’s paradoxical distinction between a Republic and a Democracy: in a democracy the power lies with the majority to do what they like; in a republic the power (irrespective of where it lies – whether rule by king or rule by commoners) aims for the welfare of all.
It is a mistake to believe that there were no competent members in the USSR who could have taken the wheel. The problem is that persons like Jeltsin, Gajdar, Chubais & Co. have infiltrated the higher structures of the Party, simply by preaching water and drinking wine – aka, lying in the name of the Party, posing themselves as some good reformists who want “good” for the people but having something totally different in their hearts and minds – the opposite. The west has given a “helping” hand to these people, studying properly their character and came to the conclusion that these are the ones with whom they can make a “deal”. The “deal” has been made as we know. In all these passed years they have consolidated their positions so deep, that it takes a very hard work to eliminate them. The actual Russian system is also based on capitalism which makes the “cleaning” much more difficult. I don’t know, maybe something bigger has to happen.
@massive failure at the very top of the Soviet leadership
What should be done is complete reversal of all privatization schemes of 90’s and nationalization of stolen assets and resources including offshore accounts…
In the former USSR everything was built on Soviet people blood and sweat and there is no foundation for any privatization of what was and is public properties.
In this regard Putin has done absolutely nothing and until he does he is just transitional figure as everything else is secondary to nationalization reindustrialization of RF..
This article was really helpful to my education about the rape of Russia by the U.S. There is a lot of information here in one place. Amazing that Chubais is still so entrenched in the Russian economy. It shows how influential the fifth column still is.
Excellent article. Kudos to Engdahl, and to Saker for publishing it.
All these kleptocrats and CIA front men should be swinging on a gallows for treason, instead of cruising the Mediterranean in gigantic luxury yachts and living in mansions. It’s the 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution next year. What could be a more appropriate celebration than a new revolution to restore the Russian people’s national wealth back to public ownership?
The problem as always is leadership. I don’t see any Lenins or Fidels in the wings. The Communist Party non-leadership is the same old corrupt party hacks who sold out to the CIA under Gorbachev and Yeltsin. Putin is largely a captive of the Kleptocrats, although his great personal popularity has given him some latitude to gradually tighten the noose on the most hated of them, as the article discusses. But only a popular revolution against the Kleptocrats can restore public ownership of the economy to the Russian people. Putin is moving in the opposite direction, recently selling off yet more of the most profitable remaining public assets to foreign interests in Qatar, of all places.
As Engdahl noted, the USSR was self-sufficient in everything but coffee and tropical fruit, and the worlds leading producer of many commodities. I travelled through European Russia and what was then Soviet Central Asia in 1986, a few years before the breakup of the USSR, and was pleasantly surprised by the obvious affluence of even minor towns in the remote countryside. The big cities like Alma Ata or Tashkent compared quite well with Canadian cities. The stores were well stocked, people were well dressed, and personal motor vehicles were widespread, although not to the extent of North America or Western Europe. However the public transport was much more advanced than in Canada or the US. In short, the publicly owned economy was working just fine, although it could have benefitted from some private or co-op consumer-end small business like restaurants or light manufacturing similar to Yugoslavia. I could say the same things about Cuba, although in the last decade they are opening up more small businesses there like B&Bs, small restaurants, and such.
The only thing really missing in 1986 was crime, homelessness, unemployment, litter on the streets, and drug addiction. All the benefits of a “Free Market” economy.
Anyway, I’m hoping, although not holding my breath, that 2017 will see a new Russian Revolution against the Kleptocrats. “Un-Privatize” the stolen wealth of the Russian and other Soviet people from the criminal scumbags who stole it and restore ownership back to the people who built the USSR into the great industrial power it was in the 1970’s and ’80s.
Guess what people like Gaidar, Chubais, Berezovsky, Guzinsky, Khodorkovsky, Soros, Jeffrey Sachs, Larry Summers, Jonathan Hay, Andrei Shleifer, David Lipton, William Browder, Bernie Madoff, Masha Lipman, Masha Gessen, Julia Joffe, Anne Applebaum, Michael Weiss, Peter Pomerantsev, Poroshenko, Timoshenko, Kolomoyskyi, Yatsenyuk, Groysman, the Kagan-Nuland couple, Netanyahu, have in common?
You can use Wikipedia.
Are they tribe members of the clan that has married worthless Fiat money to the authority of the false temple, and thus ushered in the NWO some 2500 years ago?
Warm, nearly burning hot!
‘Fiat money’? Do you mean that the Agnellis were around even then?
another riddle: guess to what group the most rabid communists here/in this blog belong?
some never lived under that system yet they keep chanting psalms to IT and splashing their rage and despair onto anything but the real tribe demons. What a nobody living in Spain has to do with the changes that people in us or rf decided are good for themselves? fear of losing their dream – world grip of parasites for ages.
these “camarades” did not live in the ‘communist paradise’ as ants squished 2 to 3 families in an apartment, they did not go to university as ” cow went in and bovine got out”, got degrees that did not teach much and got jobs where “they make believe they pay us and we make believe we work”, did not have the pleasure of the famous medicine level where 20 people/room had to suffer not only their own ill but the one of 19 other, for days on till the god-dr bother to come and see them after a peshkesh was handed to him by the patient’s family. these raving utopian lunatics did not stay in line over night to buy meat and other portioned products to be able to celebrate a many times forbidden religious holiday …. and on and on.
I lived in a few countries under different systems and i realize that each one has its tares, the problem is the human greed and selfishness — once someone is in power becomes degraded by it and believes he/she is different, above all other – a god – and the others are brutes good for slavery only. rarely a great human being appears and tries to do good yet slowly the viruses infest the place and take over him and if they can’t convert him they will kill him.
till now this happened at the level of countries/nations but now the big battle is to extend the madness/parasite empire at the level of the world. and. we know who is in the shadow, who they are — never mind talking only about the parasites’ tools, their coercive force, look who is in control behind them, who gives the orders!
I had a much different experience in the 50′, 60′, 70, and the beginning of the 80′ in my country back then as I said earlier for a few times. Everything begun to change in the 80′. My country was an independent, almost self-sufficient country, look now, part of EU and NATO with five million of its people working abroad or entirely living there. Entire families have been destroyed thanks to this massive flee. The mostly educated have gone the first, serving foreign countries instead of theirs, because of better pay. The old mammon is the winner, after liquidating the east economies, creating havoc in the economy, then sucked the best minds in the western “paradise”. These people have lost – large majority of them – even their national and moral identity, but this is another sad case. Haw many tragedies have happened, we’ll never know because who will bother to make a history of simply people’s fate from the humiliated east in the last 27 years ? The eastern elites of today are corrupt and totally devoted to the new mammon system dictated by the arrogant west. The truth is that the west has always seen the east as underclass people and countries.This will not change without an eye opener, what that will be, we’ll see.
WizOz, I was wondering when someone would mention the unmentionable. Funny, too, how it is when Western MSM dare to notice that the rape of the USSR was an almost entirely Jewish project, with Jews the near complete beneficiaries, that they turn it to propaganda advantage. Why, Jews ended up gobbling up everything because, when they were so vilely oppressed in the USSR, they learned all the subtle arts and crafts of ‘business’, and thus were bound to end up on top under the ‘Free Market’. Or as Milton Friedman said in another context, ‘Capitalism is good for the Jews’.
@they were so vilely oppressed in the USSR
I guess that’s sarcasm. What they called ‘vile oppression’ was their partial removal from the top positions they detained in the State apparatus.
Excellent article by Mr. Engdahl, although reading it made my blood boil and fume coming out of my ears. That was not a “rape”, that was an ECONOMIC GENOCIDE.
Tatyana Borisovna is the modern Rasputin.
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is truly a providential man.
What makes your (and my) blood boil is that when Engdahl so masterfully narrates the attempted full spectrum genocide of the Russian nation and the Russian people in the Yeltsin years, he is not only talking about a singular event but also about a universal modus operandi employed by the Jews in Charge over the last two millennia to enslave the whole Western world.
France, Italy, Germany, the UK, the USA. etc. – all have been subdued successfully centuries ago. That is why we hear only Zionist friendly robot-speak from Western politicians, managers, academics, philosophers and all other members of the millions strong serf-class.
-smr, which is why the Zionazis hate and fear China so much. It is a civilization that owes nothing to the Jews and ‘Judeo-Christianity’ The Jews have never been a controlling Fifth Column inside China and never will be. They cannot, physically, fit in and disappear as they can in the West. There is no ‘Chinese Zionist’ compradore group, as there are ‘Christian Zionists’ in the West, or simply slaves bought with straight money power.
Of course the Chinese bear Jews no malice. They are quite prepared to treat them in friendly fashion, like all others people, but that is precisely what the ‘Chosen People’ cannot abide-not to be groveled before and have their praises endlessly sung, as is the case in their slave-states in the West.
The “Russian mafia” is better described as the Jewish Mafia: note how many of the perpetrators belong to that tribe – many fleeing to Israel after the scheme collapsed.
And the involvement of Harvard academics (100% jewish) also is systemic.
This scheme was inspired by these people exclusively. Engdahl is German so not allowed to say so, thus he blames the CIA that was used as a conduit by these people.
The “Russian mafia” is overwhelmingly Jewish and is just the ethnic “Russian” based branch of the Jewish mafia. The scum are not Russian, they are career criminals. They speak Russian, are familiar enough with Russian culture to take advantage of it, but they are about as Russian as hollywood is american.
I am one of the vast majority of Russians who lived through the rape of their country in the 1990’s, and I can tell you – if they get Chubais, my family will have a celebration dinner with champaigne and caviar. Justice must be done.
I hear you brother.
Chubais is just the tip of the iceberg. The whole theft of 90’s must be reversed and all stolen assets, funds and resources must be returned to rightful owners. People of Russia.
If Putin pulls this, he would be one of the greatest Russian leaders of all times.
Agree Russian comrades, and as you have stated above, Vasya, yes, Mr. Putin goes slowly but,….perhaps this is because he is going very far? Who knows….but, give it a thought.
I agree with you in that certain things are difficult to understand, as could be the last movement with Rosneft, giving an important share to a Qatari sovereign fund, but I want to think that this is only to enchain the Qataris ( known financiers of the international terrorism ) to the destiny of Russia or, even more machiavelic, make them pay for the loses caused by ISIS and the likes in the future ( I mean the Yukos style ). Give it a thought.
See you over there i guess….Salud!
Wow! Superb article by Engdahl. Needs to be distributed widely.
“The shops were full until Yeltsin announced in November 1991 the exact date when price controls were to be lifted”
I’m sorry, but that is a lie. By 1990 the stores were empty and everything was in deficit. I was born in 89 and my mother used to go from store to store all day looking for things to buy, like toilet paper or sausages. Don’t know about most of the things in this article, but this one I’m certain.
According to The Duran, Putin replaced Ulyukaev with another hard core liberal, and the Saker’s idea that an anti-liberal purge is underway has no basis in fact. I’d personally call it wishful thinking.
The simplest explanation why Putin still has so many liberals in his government after so many years is that he likes them and wants them in his government.
You may be misrepresenting this appointment.
The person in the new job is young man in his early 30s – no one knows if he is a hard core liberal he has hardly had a career.
The comments about him are assumptions not supported by fact
The opinions may also reflect the hopes and views of those commenting about him, who knows?
I am no expert on Russian constitutional law but it seems to me that President Putin has no power over the choice of members of the government.
Is this good enough for you?
I will never trust anything that comes out of the U.S government after what happened to the Russian people in the 90s. There might be minor differences between Trump and Clinton however their whole foreign policy is the same. This is the charade of democracy between two candidates who are different ideologically in foreign policy, I think not.
How will the Russian government encourage the overseas oligarchs to move their (stolen) assets back to Russia? Are the US sanctions against Russia still in force? Why doesn’t the Russian government respond by freezing the assets held by the Anglo-American elites?
Below is a “must-read” book about privatization and theft of government assets. This has been happening since the end of WW 2:
Saker: Would John Perkins be willing to give an interview?
The quote below was taken from the comment section of a ZeroHedge article. Is India going to be the next country to be looted post-Soviet style:
mishamayor Dec 11, 2016 10:55 PM
“Six months before collapse of USSR soviet government did the same to soviet money as Modi did to Indian currency. They took 100 and 50 ruble’s bills out of circulation(Pavlov’s reform). Economy collapsed. Six months after this USSR collapsed. This fact is not widely known in the US because version that Soviets has simply lost the Cold War to the American Might is more appealing to the American historians.”
Life under USSR was far better . Not perfect, but still better. There was stability, safety, full guaranteed employment, income equality, free public housing / healthcare / education.
All these achievements were done under a centrally planned state owned economy . Lets not forget that Ussr was under pressure from USA and had to spend huge amounts on military budget but also to prop up it’s eastern bloc allies and numerous other third world nations ( military / technical / development aid etc ). Ussr economy was also devastated after WW2 with 20 million dead people while the USA infrastructure and economy was left intact.
Nevertheless, Soviet union achieved significant improvements in all aspects ( quality of life, technology , science , health etc )
The western media blame everything on bad “communism” but the economic and social collapse over eastern Europe and Russia happened after 1990 and was caused by the the abandonment of state socialism and the introduction of neoliberal crony capitalism under western direction and american neo-colonial control
25 years after, few post – communist countries have surpassed their GDP levels of 1989.
Their social indicators are far worse now.
But no western media blames capitalism , they still blame the legacy of “communism”
But even in the advanced capitalist west , things are far from good.
1) There is now a consumerist society propelled by private debt and very cheap low quality goods that are being made in Asian sweat shops.
2) Unemployment is widespread as the western economies have been thoroughly
de-industrialized (as manufacturing has moved overseas).
3) Young and middle aged people owe hundreds of thousands of dollars on house loans and student loans and will have to work as slaves to repay them.
4) There is no job security at all and massive immigration has reduced wages and increased competition between locals and foreigners for scarce jobs. The formation of ghettos and the rise of crime is common across the Western world
5) Social security and public services are being downgraded as austerity is the norm. The pension and health care system is being privatized , leaving numerous people without a safety net
“The rape of Russia–the Russian nation, the Russian state, the Russian people–beginning the end of the 1980’s, was a coup d’état engineered by the US Central Intelligence Agency along with rogue and not so rogue networks directed by former CIA Director, then President, George Herbert Walker Bush and continued by Bush’s successor, Bill Clinton. Western accounts of what took place inside the Russian Federation during the Yeltsin years of the 1990’s speak of “Russian mafia,” or “Russian Organized Crime.” Never do they mention or even hint that those Russians who plundered their own country were organized and paid, made rich by the West, to be more precise, by the Old Boy CIA networks loyal to former CIA Director and then US President, George Herbert Walker Bush.”
Well, there is another story about the down fall of Soviet Union, or might we rather say, ‘closing down’ of the same. That story comes from the former Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukowsky. The Brussel Journal gives the specific information in an article of 2006-02-27 so there isn’t anything new in this:
Former Soviet Dissident Warns For EU Dictatorship
“Mr Bukovsky was one of the heroes of the 20th century. As a young man he exposed the use of psychiatric imprisonment against political prisoners in the former USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, 1917-1991) and spent a total of twelve years (1964-1976), from his 22nd to his 34th year, in Soviet jails, labour camps and psychiatric institutions. In 1976 the Soviets expelled him to the West. In 1992 he was invited by the Russian government to serve as an expert testifying at the trial conducted to determine whether the Soviet Communist Party had been a criminal institution. To prepare for his testimony Mr Bukovsky was granted access to a large number of documents from Soviet secret archives. He is one of the few people ever to have seen these documents because they are still classified. Using a small handheld scanner and a laptop computer, however, he managed to copy many documents (some with high security clearance), including KGB reports to the Soviet government.”
“In January of 1989, for example, a delegation of the Trilateral Commission came to see Gorbachev. It included [former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro] Nakasone, [former French President Valéry] Giscard d’Estaing, [American banker David] Rockefeller and [former US Secretary of State Henry] Kissinger. They had a very nice conversation where they tried to explain to Gorbachev that Soviet Russia had to integrate into the financial institutions of the world, such as Gatt, the IMF and the World Bank.”
“In the middle of it Giscard d’Estaing suddenly takes the floor and says: “Mr President, I cannot tell you exactly when it will happen – probably within 15 years – but Europe is going to be a federal state and you have to prepare yourself for that. You have to work out with us, and the European leaders, how you would react to that, how would you allow the other Easteuropean countries to interact with it or how to become a part of it, you have to be prepared.”
-end of excerpt-
Giscard d’Estaing was a high ranking Mason (Knight of Malta) serving as President of France from 1974 until 1981. Here more about him from ‘Judeo’pedia:
Regarding the Freemasonry Order of Knight of Malta, we also know that it’s almost a necessity to be a member of this organisation to be anybody in CIA. Here an translation from a Russian article:
Malta, Masonry & the CIA
So anybody spending a very short time on the net gives a totally different view of how the Soviet Union disappeared. F. William Engdahl have either an agenda of not giving his readers the truth or are we to believe he haven’t access to an PC with Internet?
One of the most suppressed books in the world, Jyri Lina’s “Under The Sign Of The Scorpion” (suppressed by high price on the Amazon – today used from $777.24 and $399.99 new), gives the real view of how Masons created Soviet Union in the largest blood bath the world have yet experienced. You can find the book at the authors home page for around $ 40:-.
Engdhal’s article is an absolute must-read for those who don’t quite get the problem of the Russian ‘Washington Consensus’.
Today in Rex Tillersons testimony he referenced the reason for Russia’s animosity toward the US – and he gave credence to it- as a legitimate grievance… He stopped short of naming it – hopefully some will wonder enough to Google the Jeffrey Sachs Larry Summers, Harvard-Columbia CIA connection …. This article needs to be widely dispersed online.
Against the backdrop of Russia s Klondike capitalism, which they were helping create and Chubais and his team were supposedly regulating, the H.I.I.D. advisers exploited their intimate ties with Chubais and the government and were allegedly able to conduct business activities for their own enrichment. According to sources close to the U.S. government s investigation, Hay used his influence, as well as U.S.A.I.D.-financed resources, to help his girlfriend, Elizabeth Hebert, set up a mutual fund, Pallada Asset Management, in Russia. Pallada became the first mutual fund to be licensed by Vasiliev s Federal Commission on Securities. Vasiliev approved Pallada ahead of Credit Suisse First Boston and Pioneer First Voucher, much larger and more established financial institutions.