Putin’s Advisor Sergei Glazyev on Eurofascism. Did Russia and China Lose Propaganda War to the US?

Dear readers, because I am going on vacation, I am posting a total of three new pieces today. They are all different and give a voice to my readers. I just love engaging my readers, so please continue leaving good, helpful to the discussion, and responsible comments! The most interesting ones I may turn into an article or a cool debate. Please make sure you read, like and share all three of these new posts that will be appearing throughout the day! Don’t overlook any! I will be back next week. 

Sorry, all. Formatting’s off in this post – blame it on Mercury Retrograde😉. Will try to reformat next week, after I return to my desk. But content’s really great, so don’t miss it! My historic and psychological analysis, as well as predictions, are at the bottom. 

Have a great 4th, if you are celebrating; if not, just have a terrific weekend.


This article is a compilation of several reader communications and my replies. These are all important topics and I felt they deserved to be posted here. En lieu of a full article, I thought I’d combine 3 topics in one.

1. Glazyev on Eurofascism and 100 years of anti-Russian subversion of Ukraine

Many thanks to the FuturisTrendcast reader, John Durham for an except from his own article, and for his nice words. Also, many thanks to him for alerting me to this excellent article by Sergei Glazyev, advisor to Russia’s President Putin and Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Glazyev’s article summarizes everything that is happening in Ukraine, including the roles of the EU and US, as well as last 100 years of the long and scandalous history of the anti-Russian activity by the West. Sergei Glazyev’s words mirror pretty much exactly what I have been saying in my articles since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis. Incidentally, Sergei Glazyev, like myself, grew up in Ukraine.

John Durham says:

This is an article from one of the leading advisors to V. Putin and gives a summary of the last 100 years of anti-Russian activity concerning Ukraine from the West. It should be pointed out that Truman’s CIA was the first to bring Ukrainians to the US for training and parachute them back for subversion and assassination. The US has spent more than $10 billion keeping these forces alive and putting them finally in charge in Ukraine. The motives and identity of our traitorous Americans is identified and explained. This speech confirms my research in this subject and tremendous amounts of additional information is available from dependable sources on this subject.

The present publication has been put forward by the LaRouche organization. While I do not view that organization as a viable political vehicle, it is my opinion that this article and the wide acceptance in Russia and China of LaRouche himself should be enough for all of us to show enough courage to take LaRouche off our “Black” lists. I fear the sooner we do so, the less we may have to regret doing so.

I have read nothing I view of greater importance in bringing political and economic understanding to the American People at this time. The work of Ellen Brown, Lada Ray and Jim Willie come to mind as perhaps, equally important at this particular time. Certainly their presentations are more quickly grasped and therefore more politically powerful, in my view. However, long term, ie, the last almost 40 years, the greatest light for sheer volume has originated from the LaRouche people. Highlights in this article are my own. Certainly, this publication below, at this time, is nothing short of heroic and essential reading.

Read article: Sergei Glazyev On Eurofascism: larochepub.com

2. The “Putin Method” begins to work…

This is also news shared by John Durham:

The “Putin Method” begins to work…

BAKU, July 01. /ITAR-TASS/.
The Parliamentary Assembly (PA) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has called for additional measures aimed at tackling the growing threat of terrorism, linked with the return of militants from conflict zones and INTENSIFIED ACTIVITY OF NEO-NAZIS (my emphasis), says a resolution on combating terrorism that was adopted in the Azerbaijani capital on Tuesday by the participants in the 23rd annual session of the OSCE PA.

…vote was preceded by heated debate, during which Latvia, U.S. and Canada proposed to classify the hotbeds of terrorism to Russia.

This proposal was put to the vote twice, but both times was rejected by the parliamentary majority. As a result, the Russian delegation resolution was adopted without change.

– 44 parliamentarians voted for the resolution, 21 against and 10 people abstained. Document adopted by the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, – told “Izvestia” on the voting member of the Russian delegation, Ambassador Vasily Likhachev.

3. Did Russia and China Lose Propaganda War with the US? How important is the grass-roots TRUTH movement?

This is an excellent exchange from my recent article: ‘Gave Americans a Blow Job For Nothing?’ Polish FM Sikorski Leaked Tape Scandal. I am posting it verbatim – worth reading!

So how are Russian NGOs doing? How many are in Poland, and have they had any success?

By the way, it looks to me like Russia needs to get rid of the Fifth Column inside Russia even more than in Poland. When reading someone like Sergei Glazyev, the thing that stands out is “Why hasn’t Russia done that already?” Basic things to protect herself from US blackmail haven’t even been started. It should have been obvious by Iraq II that the US was dangerous, and once the Arab Spring campaigns started, Russia should have gone full-speed ahead in getting ready for rough seas.

  • Newly posted addition! Important alert: Russian analysts and presidential advisors are warning very seriously that USA is planning a Ukraine-style takeover of Russia in 2015. Ukraine, they say, is just the US and EU practice drill before Russia. This corroborates absolutely what I’ve been predicting all along: US is after Russia; Ukraine is just a gateway and a convenient proxy. More in Predictions. Also see my interview with Plane Truth and YT videos. I will continue writing about that, so stay tuned!

    NGOs in Russia are much quieter after Ukraine, but still there. They are on the way out, but slowly. Glazyev, and others, are trying to educate Russians about their true nature as this is the only way to get rid of them. Only when people support Putin 100%, will they be able to squeeze NGOs out. More support is showing, but NGOs and Fifth Column are also getting more insidious. It will be a process.

    You don’t really think NGOs go around screaming: ‘we are foreign agents, we are your enemy and you should never trust us!’ They go around telling people that they are defending their interests, that Putin is doing something wrong. Before, Putin was a thief and was in the oligarchs’ pocket. This has died down after it became clear he was neither. Now it’s popular to criticize Putin for not invading Ukraine and for trying to reason with the EU. He’s too soft, he is sold out to Americans – say US financed NGOs and media.
    Anything to unseat Putin and to create turmoil in Russia.

    From certain people’s perspective it appears true. This perspective is of course myopic, dumb and backwards. But they play on people’s fear and anger. That’s what they are teaching them to do in these schools in Poland (reference to my article ‘Gave Americans a Blow Job For Nothing?’ Polish FM Sikorski Leaked Tape Scandal). The big difference is that Poland is serving as a hub for preparing Fifth Column for all of eastern Europe and post-Soviet space. Poland has contracted with US and EU to spread subversive sabotage, which only serves US interests. The process of awakening will be slow.

        • Actually, Lada, what I was referring to is the issue of how few NGOs the Russian government has funded, and their quality. If a government, say, Serbia or Bulgaria, does something that is anti-Russian and 80% of the public there is against it, it is up to Russian interests to make a big deal out of it. It is unrealistic to leave things up to you and me and an appeal to justice. The Lord helps those who help themselves, or something like that. A minor example of what could have been done is to promote all languages and cultures inside the Ukraine. If, for example, a group had been promoting how fascinating the historical mix in the Transcarpathian region was, with tours and books and events in New York City, well, radical Ukrainian nationalism would have been seen as something that wanted to destroy such an interesting culture. This would not have been seen as “evil Russian” activities, but it would have helped their interests. Imagine the impact right now if a large campaign got started about “Save Transcarpathia From the Barbarism of the 1930′s”.

          Both Russia and China are finally getting off their butts and doing something about NGOs now, but this is very late, and they also need their own. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Maidan in Taipei or Hong Kong, though the authorities would clamp down a lot sooner and more harshly than Yanukovich did.

          • This is out of Russian character, you know that. And out of Chinese character, too.
            I understand your frustration. It’s mine as well. This is why, when RT was first starting out, I told them very insistently they had to be proactive. Few remember, but they were on the defensive back then. Just justifying Russia’s actions here and there, trying to appeal to the non-existent reason of all those who were completely overpowered by the US propaganda. I told them, they needed to go on the attack. Thank god they listened. Now RT is the only big enough voice that counters the US BS.

            Russia and China are fighting the propaganda war they had been forced to fight with the ENEMY’s WEAPON. This is not a natural weapon for them. Certainly, they have underestimated the enemy. They want to change the world, not validate the Western dominance by using Western weapon.

            You are assuming they have to use the enemy’s weapon to win, which is unnatural to them. They will use their own weapons and own ways to fight. It’s just you don’t see what weapons they are using because your eye, like most other people’s, is trained to see the Western way only.

            History shows, Russia eventually wins all its battles, usually the ones it had been dragged into contrary to own desires. Of course, they are also finally starting to use Western weapons as well, but if it’s not theirs, they won’t be as good at it.

            The whole world blinked, Paul. Not just Russia. The whole world allowed US usurp power. It will take some time to reverse that.

            And by the way, my prediction: the grass-roots movement is what WILL reverse it. You are underestimating yourself and me. 😉

            Did you see my post ‘Judgment and the Future of Humanity’:https://futuristrendcast.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/judging-others-and-the-future-of-humanity/ In it, I quoted and responded to your prior comment.


        • An example of the issue of propaganda was in a comment to an article by Nikolai Starikov: —-
          Awakening after decades of propaganda Russophobia begins in Russia and the world outside Russia. Here a man tells the story of his transformation. And he’s not alone.

          “Russian diaspora, many countries are able to link economic, scientific and cultural ties with the Russian Mir for the benefit of Russia. This Russian diaspora could, take a high place in the political and economic elite of their countries, could direct their course for a close encounter with Russia. But this is impossible if Russian diaspora are ashamed of their origin and their heritage. And Russia over the past 23 years has done everything possible for that.
          Now Russia is vital to deploy active work with all Russian-speaking citizens in countries near and far abroad. Need to be made in all areas: preservation of the Russian language and culture, research and cultural exchanges, sports, arts, business communication, Support Russian organizations, foundations and movements. This requires the allocation of considerable resources, and above all requires a sufficient number of diplomats and experts, organizers and leaders.”
          In other words, the PR problems in the Ukraine or Poland are worldwide and probably inside Russia, too. It shouldn’t be shocking what has happened inside the Ukraine. It stems from Russian and Western policies.

          • I agree. Up till recently they didn’t have a movement inside Russia that would help Putin actualize such things. Starikov is the man who is organizing such movement – on the grass-roots level, btw. He is the one to watch.

            Grass-roots movement is the name of the game, Paul.

            And yes, the whole world blinked. Again, because everyone was sold on the Western propaganda postulating that the Western way was the best way, therefore the West must know better. In fact, the Western economic miracle was simply 40 odd years of dumb luck. My Feng Shui Theory of Long Cycles explains that very well. Never got the chance to talk about it because of all these events in Ukraine. We should discuss it in the next interview. 🙂

            • Yes, grass-roots movements are very important. But they need soil that can grow grass. That kind of soil comes from years of thinking about what is needed to have healthy soil, and not abusing the land. So, as an example, Russia should fund lots of scholarships and cultural exchanges. Almost all of the “name” dirtbags in the Ukraine studied abroad. Places like Columbia University. What was a huge failure was bribing the Party of Regions and oligarchs to do things. And, speaking of grass roots, the US has done a better job of that around the world than Russia. Sure, some of that is just brainwashing, but a lot of it is real. Not really talking about NGOs here, more like funders examining what is popular and deciding to support it based on calculations. A friend’s niece recently spent a year in Russia studying. It would have been easier to study elsewhere in Europe, but she was determined.

              In any case, there are cycles, and the last one came about with the collapse of Communism. It left only China with the ability to restrain the US, and China was unable and unwilling to take on such a task, which was, as you said about propaganda, not really in their character. They also didn’t really have the strength till recently, and they had few allies who were angry enough about the American behavior to join hands.

              Lada Ray 

            • Well said, Paul 🙂


              In conclusion, Lada’s historic perspective, analysis and a few predictions:

              I agree with Paul on a lot of things. I’ll only disagree that China had the ability of restraining USA after the USSR collapse. It didn’t, and it still doesn’t. Not by itself – only in close collaboration with Russia, which they are still afraid to do.

              Russia has a much better capacity to restrain US, if we are talking militarily, and to a degree, politically, but it’s still not the same as USSR. Only USSR could keep USA in check completely. From this perspective, USA was right at targeting USSR for destruction, and USSR was wrong at allowing it to happen. As a result, the balance in the world was broken.

              However, it is very important to understand that this is how the Earthly 3D world works. Something has to be broken in order to build something new. This new, because of people’s resistance, is now being born in pain.

              I’d much prefer that Russia and China worked together more. Hell, I prefer that EU and Russia worked together much more, too. However, presently everyone’s petrified that the world will be destabilized and no one wants to take responsibility for that happening. Fear generates frozen ‘dear caught in the headlights’ syndrome in the EU and China; partially in Russia, too. This weakness shown by so many countries gives the green light to the US aggression.

              Right now, US is on the offensive and it’s a very unpleasant and difficult period for everyone. We are constantly teetering on the brink. The world is transitioning into the new era, but it’s darkest before the dawn. It appears we are backpedaling a lot. This is because the birth of the new is always accompanied by great pain and uncertainty. And of course, the old won’t give up without a fight.

              Prediction: unfortunately, we will have several pretty worrisome and dark years. Progress will be slow, but it will be made. The results will be visible later.

              In conclusion, I want to say that Paul hit the nail on the head. He, as someone looking at the PR/propaganda situation from the outside, sees it much more clearly than those who look at it from the inside. Those in the Russian government, Duma and various organizations, should listen. That said, the US created and financed fifth column is a real issue in Russia, and everywhere else around the globe.

              It is very important to understand very well why the Western ideology has such power. It is because between approximately 1964 and 2003 the West experienced progressively more stability and prosperity, while Russia had relatively less of it. The prosperity and stability were gained through neo-colonialism and economic enslavement of third world nations, fractional reserve banking, petro-dollar, financial monopolization and manipulation. The wealth was siphoned from other countries to settle in the West. I am talking about the culmination of this process in the past 50 odd years, but let’s remember that this process of colonization, financial manipulation and looting of other countries is several centuries old.

              Certainly, the well-developed system of the American propaganda was a big help. And of course, mistakes by the Soviet Union helped the West as well. As I said, the Ray Theory of Long Cycles explains all this very well. I never really shared my theory publicly before, although I’ve been using it for years. I’ll share it with all in due time.

              The situation is changing now, as according to my theory, we are out of the 40 year period favoring the West and are in the 20 year period favoring the North-East, or in other words, favoring Russia and China. We are also in a much longer period, which also favors Russia, generally speaking. However, the danger is that the USA has too many leverages with which it can assert its domination over the world. This is very troubling, and this is why everyone is trying to appease the US. The US has been allowed to accumulate too much power unchecked. This is very, very dangerous and can end in disaster for all. We are still not out of the danger zone, despite Putin’s supreme efforts. Putin has to balance on a very thin edge to keep the world spinning.

              That’s why things have to be done slowly and gradually. From the very beginning of the Ukraine crisis, and the US and EU blatant interference in Ukrainian and Russian affairs, I said that you don’t poke with a stick a wounded and dangerous beast. You first try to calm down the situation and then slowly remold it in your favor.

              I understand the frustration of so many people, but forcing the issue could lead to a global disaster.

              Also, I like the idea of engaging the Russian diaspora. The conversations about that have been going on for a while, but they never materialized. Russians have a lot of great qualities. However, appreciating and honoring their own people unfortunately isn’t one of them. Russians tend to take themselves, and their compatriots, for granted – and that is part of the problem. This is why some people left to the West when the going got tough in the 1990s. Generally, Russia has been the largest exporter of brains and talent throughout the 20th century. And that happened not because of people’s choice, but out of desperation. They felt that their own country didn’t appreciate them. And I am talking some of the smartest and most talented people.

              Russia has so much talent and the Russian land is so generous that oftentimes it isn’t appreciated. They say the Russian soul is very generous and the Russian heart is wide open. These are excellent qualities of which Russians themselves are very proud. But what I said above is an example of how this wonderful quality can backfire.

              In this regard it’s worth studying and partially adopting the Western attitude, which is quite different. So, the words about treating the Russian diaspora with respect and attention are wise words. If Russians can learn anything from the West, it’s these two things: respecting each individual (but without forgetting about the interests of the society as a whole), and paying very close attention to propaganda and the country’s image. Of course, as usual, balance is key.

              I know, we all are dreaming of living in the world without wars and viciously greedy interests that always want to gain an unfair advantage over everyone else. But since we are not in that kind of world yet, we need to remember to protect ourselves against predators by all means necessary.

              USSR won WWII, but lost two hidden wars: the propaganda war and the economic war to the USA. And that was its end. While naive and trusting Russians – from the cynical Western perspective – were busy trying to understand what they did wrong and how come their society suddenly fell apart, Americans didn’t waste any time. Any soul-searching was immediately perceived as weakness – and they pounced. How this usually works is very well described in the excellent book by John Perkins, ‘Confessions of the Economic Hitman.’

              What was really unbelievable, and what Russians started realized only by 1999, was that while Russia trusted US and EU in the 1990s, while they opened their borders and hearts to them, they (primarily US and UK) engaged in the wholesale looting of the country. Meanwhile, US sent just about a million “advisors” to Russia, as well as all post-Soviet countries. They infiltrated absolutely everything on all levels. How they worked is very well portrayed in the American film ‘Spinning Boris’ with Jeff Goldblum, closely based on true events. In it, Bill Clinton personally sends to Yeltsin circa 1996 elections several of his presidential campaign advisors. They work for Yeltsin secretly, because should it be admitted he is using Americans, he would never be elected. Yeltsin, by admission of these same advisors, was practically unelectable at 5% approval rating. The joke was that Stalin was dead, but not as dead as Yeltsin. The frontrunner for the 1996 elections was the Communist party leader Gennady Ziuganov. Clinton’s advisors got Yeltsin elected by scaring voters into believing that there would be a new civil war if communists were elected. The official version was that the country that knew too many wars voted Yeltsin in for the second term out of fear.

              This is the official version. However, now more and more proof is emerging that the election was simply falsified and that in reality these American advisors were sent to do just that. As a confirmation of this: The Urals and Siberia were actually ready to start a fight against Yeltsin, believing the election was stolen.

              Incidentally, two days ago, Gennady Ziuganov celebrated his 70th birthday. He had been the leader of the Communist party since the early 1990s, when he picked it up during the absolute collapse. He is considered a hero by some Russians as he managed to nurture his party back to life after it was on its way to the morgue. Ziuganov is highly respected, even by his opponents. For example, the far right Zhirinovsky, Ziuganov’s eternal opponent, had warm words to say about him.

              Ziuganov has also been the Duma deputy and leader of the Communist faction for over 20 years. The more it becomes clear to Russians what a deceptive game the US has been playing for as long as anyone can remember, and the better they understand Yeltsin’s role, the more people respect Ziuganov. He is suddenly en vogue. It appears he was right back in the 1990s. In his birthday interview two days ago, Ziuganov was asked what happened during and after the rigged 1996 elections. He said that hundreds of thousands from the Urals and Siberia were ready to take up arms and go free Moscow. Everyone knew the election was stolen. But one thing stopped him from saying yes to this plan of action: he didn’t want to start the civil war in Russia. He thought that peace was more important.

              Oh yes, I know the regular readers of this blog are very smart, so this isn’t for you, guys. But in case someone wanders into this blog by accident who doesn’t know me: I am not into promoting any particular party or agenda anywhere in the world. I evaluate people, events, countries and politicians based on their words and consequences of their actions. I judge them by their reason (or lack thereof), logic and intentions. 

              I can’t stop being amazed at the unbelievable difference between Russian and American politicians, ways of communicating and PR direction. Per accounts of the ‘spinning Boris’ American advisors, Yeltsin also resisted ‘negative propaganda’ against Ziuganov, proposed by Americans from the start. He didn’t want to go ‘negative,’ and only agreed when nothing else worked.

              It’s worth remembering how many millions upon millions of dollars, pounds and euros get spent every election in the US, UK, Canada and EU to bash the opponent and to scare voters into voting the way some sleazebag wants, therefore keeping the sheeple submissive and confused.

              The Western system is designed to murder everything that is positive, reasonable and light in the world. It dumbs down the masses and perpetuates fear, greed and violence. Let’s remember, violence can be non-physical, too.

              If you are assassinating your opponent’s character, are you any less of a murderer? If you are assassinating the character of the entire culture, as it is ALWAYS done in the West against Russia, are you not a mass murderer? Assassination of the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s character has been a long-cherished tradition in the West. I have to specify that the Russian culture character assassination is mostly the handiwork of the US and UK, as well as some Eastern European countries.

              But let’s look much closer to home! I can recall an assassination of the character of John Kerry, when he ran against Bush. My readers know what I think about Kerry. But the truth is the truth. Back then, when his character was being assassinated, costing him the election, I actually felt sorry for him. Kerry served in Vietnam and his people wanted to use that as proof he was a hero and a responsible leader. That was contrasted with Bush hiding out at some reserve regiment, where he didn’t even show up for duty. That was the truth and the American voters started doubting Bush. Then the Bush side went on the attack. Within the scope of one or two weeks(!) they put together a book by fake “swift boat Vietnam vets” that suddenly appeared out of nowhere. The “book” proved that Kerry wasn’t the hero and didn’t deserve the accolades, that in fact he was a coward, his stories of his heroic acts were a lie and he hid behind his comrades backs. Whether the stories were true or not, “propaganda” was written all over the so-called book. I can tell you as a writer: it’s not possible to conceive and write the whole book, PLUS get it published, promoted and delivered to stores in 1-2 weeks. It can only be done by a large and dedicated team of highly paid subversive agents with a very aggressive agenda. Kerry was crushed and never recovered from the blow as his character was literally assassinated.

              I also can recall the former Italian PM Berlusconi character assassination and intimidation campaign, resulting in his ousting and trial. The Italian and EU fifth column MSM did a great job on Italians. Berlusconi was always a womanizer, but it only became a problem – and all dogs were sicked on him – when he became too close to Russia.

              And that’s how EVERYTHING’s done in the Western world, including US, UK and EU!



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About Lada Ray

Lada Ray is a linguist & former financial consultant with Smith Barney. Born in Russia, Lada lived and traveled to nearly 30 countries on most continents. She is the internationally certified Feng Shui Master and author of 3 novels + multiple novelettes; most notably, top-rated metaphysical thriller THE EARTH SHIFTER & bestselling thriller GOLD TRAIN (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure). Lada has extensively written re. Russia, world cultures, geopolitics, empire collapse, feng shui and consciousness. She is known for her accurate predictions. Lada's Blogs: FuturisTrendcast - geopolitics and predictions. Lada Ray Blog - books, writing, world cultures. We are presently working on expanding Lada Ray Youtube channel to include Lada's original geopolitical analysis and far-reaching global predictions, as well as her mystical futurism. The world is going through a massive tectonic shift of consciousness on all levels and in all aspects of life. Make sure you are prepared! Subscribe!

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  1. Have a good vacation, Lada. We are pleased to let you go for a week but expect you back on time and ready to fight. These parting three lessons on politics and history are mind-boggling in their reach and quality. But most astute people who take the time to study this material will realize that you can’t teach knuckle-dragging simians how to play the violin. So these lessons are for us, that we become better armed by knowing the nature of our enemy. It’s good to know the name of an opposing entity and we have called them Nazis and all manner of things but the bottom line is that they are Legion and they are Evil. This is the fight of our lives and just because we live far away from the action does not mean we don’t have a stake in the outcome. I don’t know why the gods enjoy messing with humanity like they do, or why the goddess is amused by jerking us around at every turn. I believe we are on our own and we need to get it right this time.

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  2. Your point about attacking someone’s character is important, but the US and Russia are at war. Have been for a long time, since at least the City of London gained a sufficient degree of control through Wall Street of US politics. So, “truth is the first casualty of war.” From an American point of view, politics and diplomacy are simply war at a more peaceful level.

    What is the state of grass-roots groups inside Russia? What about the info war?

    I would be curious to hear how someone with a Russian background would see the question of whether Russians are naturally passive. One could argue that the problems in the Ukraine stem from Russian passivity, both in the Kremlin, but also from inside the borders of the Ukraine. This is obviously intepreted as weakness or stupidity by the West. I have also read Western analysts basically say that the West could instigate a putsch and take over or destroy the Eastern Ukraine and both Russia and the locals would not oppose them because they are simply passive by nature. And this is perhaps different from soul searching, as I have read this comment by Western analysts back during Soviet times. The thinking then was that Communism made people passive, and perhaps rotten oligarchies make Ukrainians passive now.

    On a different topic …

    There is a saying in chess that a bad plan is better than no plan. I am unsure on what the Russian plans have been regarding the Ukraine over the last 15 years. Even now, it is unclear if the Kremlin actually had a plan after incorporating the Crimea. Waiting for winter might work, but winter only slowed the Nazis down when the tanks were fairly close to Moscow, and, besides, the US and Britain are clearly backing the Nazis this time. Not trying to give Putin a hard time for not responding more decisively, but one wonders if it is even possible to overcome the pro-Western economic liberals inside Russia until the tanks are visible from Moscow. The reason for the decisive action in the Crimea was that the tanks of destabilization were actually on the horizon. In other words, the Kremlin was forced to do what it did if it wanted to keep the bases. There is no obvious point at which the business interests in Moscow are going to be willing to give up tens of billions of dollars to fight for a better situation in the Donbass.

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