RUSSIAN ELECTION: Why Putin Runs as Only Independent? Hillary/Paris Hilton Cross Ksenia Sobchak and Pro-West Neoliberal Fiasco! New Blood vs Old Guard
I am continuing to publish episodes from the new EARTH SHIFT REPORT 21: PUTIN 2018 & RUSSIAN ELECTION (ESR21)
Yesterday, I published the CULMINATION of ESR21 P8: Putin’s 10-Year Plan & His Vision for Russia’s Future!
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Below you’ll be reading the continuation of the 3-part Culmination of my new experimental, serialized EARTH SHIFT REPORT 21: PUTIN 2018 & RUSSIAN ELECTION (ESR21), timed to coincide with Russian Election 2018!
For nearly half-a-month I tried to present to you a fair, multi-faceted and balancedmicrocosm of the contemporary Russian political process, together with a glimpse at both Russia’s turbulent past and exciting future.
This is why I presented fairly to you ALL sides of the spectrum, from communists and far-left all the way to the far-right nationalists and pro-West neo-liberals; from the last-curtain old guard to the new and emerging forces (read about that below!)
Yes, Putin reigns supreme in Russia’s politics, and his vision for Russia is unsurpassed, confirming my Russia The Great Balancer vision!
But it would be incredibly naive and one-sided to limit your perception of Russia to just one Putin.
He is a true Russian democrat, and so am I. We think from our warm hearts, but also keep a logical, cool head on our shoulders.
This is vastly different from the fake Western ‘democracies,’ which proclaim the ideals of fairness only when it suits them and whose main goal is to affirm their full-spectrum global dominance. When things do not work out in their favor, they lose the thin veneer of their ‘democracy’ and turn outright nasty (as we are now observing with the Skripal UK case: more here).
Russia is multifaceted and vibrant. This is why Putin insists on various forces’ — even those small or adverse to him — participation in this election. This is why all candidates are given equal chances of the debate participation and Russian TV/MSM exposure, unlike in the West.
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Why Putin runs as the only independent?
United Russia dillemma
Russian ‘Paris Hilton’ Ksenia Sobchak & pro-West neoliberal fiasco!
New Blood (Starikov/PVO) vs Old Guard (Zhirinovsky/LDPR, et al)!
Ksenia Sobchak, a Hillary / Paris Hilton hybrid, and the fiasco of pro-West neo-liberals
Ksenia Sobchak, in my definition is a cross between Hillary Clinton and Paris Hilton.
She is running as the candidate ‘against everyone.’ Not a very constructive position to begin with.
According to the poll, with which we started ESR 21, she gets about 1% approval. She was picked up and backed as the candidate by a small pro-West neoliberal party Grazhdanskaya Platforma – Civic Platform. This allowed her to get into the ballot easier.
In Russia, running from a party means you have to get only 300,000 signatures, while an independent candidate would have to get 1 million signatures.
In this election, Putin is the only independent. Why? See about that below!
KSENIA SOBCHAK and her platform:
Sobchak is a well-known and much hated in Russia TV personality, who used to participate in risky and frisky reality TV shows, such as Dom-2. At one point, she began styling herself as a serious political journalist.
Another shocking and notable thing is that she is the daughter of Putin’s ’90s mentor, Anatoly Sobchak, who was the powerful mayor of St. Petersburg. Putin was her godfather. As such, he still treats her with a mildness and respect she hardly deserves.
Sobchak has been an extremely vocal critic of Putin and everything Russian. Actually, she professes to be for ‘strong Russia,’ but it’s hard to find a bigger Russian-speaking Russia-hater. She is the pointperson for all pro-West Russophobic forces within Russia.
Her platform incorporates the following: 1. Russia is an aggressor, conducting two hybrid wars, in Ukraine and Syria. Russia must admit this, say ‘sorry’ and withdraw from both. 2. Russia must stop protecting Donbass and allow Kiev junta to take it over, with all the consequences for the population. 3. Russia must give Crimea back to Ukraine and apologize. 4. Russia must stop protecting Syria and ‘dictator’ Assad. 5. Russia must disarm and happily join the ‘European family.’ 6. Russia must stop being Russia and do as the US says.
In other words, she could well be a mouthpiece for NYT, BBC or CNN, and no one would know the difference.
This platform is announced by Sobckak every day, including in various presidential debates.
Because Ksenia Sobchak can’t get much following in Russia, she has infamously gone to the US, where many Russians live. She campaigned throughout the US, trying to convince Russians living there that they should vote for her. Her logic apparently was that those Russians living in the US will be pro-US and critical of Putin. We’ll see whether her calculation proves correct on the election day. I think not.
While in the US, Sobchak attempted to meet with Trump, but was refused.
But she was gladly given an interview by CNN, in which she stated that she agrees with the US and is ‘together with the US, being concerned about Russian aggression.’
She also was in the US in search of sponsors and financing, and she found them, of course – no surprise there.
I think that’s about all we need to know about Ksenia Sobchak and her followers; I believe it’s clear what she is. She presently also holds the dubious distinction of having the country’s highest negative rating. Not a dummy, with a large amount of negative charisma, she is an extremely confrontational and scandalous person. Sobchak literally attracts scandal like a lightning rod. You saw an example of how she operates in ESR 21 P3: Zhirinovsky vs Sobchak: Unlikely Brawl on Live Russian TV Between Presidential Candidates + Lada Ray Analysis!
Vladimir Zhirinovsky will be discussed below.
Ksenia Sobchak loves being interviewed by the Western media
OTHER PRO-WEST NEO-LIBERAL PARTIES
The rest of the pro-West neo-liberals aren’t even worth mentioning, but we will, for fairness’s sake. Essentially, there are 3 other parties, and their respective candidates, each of whom gets less than 1% of votes.
Grigory Yavlinsky, leader of Yabloko, 0.6% rating. Yabloko represents itself as the ‘intellectual’ party.
One of these parties is Yabloko (which in Russian means ‘Apple,’ the name also being an abbreviation of the party’s founders’ names). The party’s long-term leader and presidential candidate 2018 is Grigory Yavlinsky, who was in part responsible for the disastrous ’90s reforms. The catastrophic reforms of the neo-liberals in the ’90s are still remembered in Russia with anger, and his party has been catastrophically unpopular, but very loud. One of the things Yabloko professes is that Crimea belongs to Ukraine, not Russia. But because this position is very unpopular and loses him even more votes, Yavlinksy has been very subdued on that point during the debates.
In the same category, but a lot more physically violent and harmful, is Alexei Navalny, who has been more than once caught either doing something illegal or taking money from the US/UK. He has two suspended criminal sentences and therefore, cannot run for election (see me talk about him more in Part 10). Navalny’s support in Russia is also under 1%, but he gathers around him the loudest and most aggressive elements, who are always on the attack through social media. Their effort is coordinated through CIA and Western surrogates, including Kiev and the Baltics.
The Navalny supporters get paid for their shill/trolling activity, and they have been known to be very effective on the internet, spewing a lot of filth everywhere, creating misdirection and fake news. Yet, very little public support transpired out of all their internet efforts.
There is a clear trace of CIA and global financial elites behind Navalny, who don’t stop financing and training his people, hoping they’ll one day deliver, and create a new chaos in Russia.
Ksenia Sobchak, Navalny and Yabloko/Yavlinsky are a big part of the 5th column, agreeing on everything with the US says, while making bold accusations against Russia.
More reasonable and balanced, and in my opinion the most interesting of the bunch, is ‘Partia Rosta’ – The Growth Party.
The party leader and presidential candidate 2018 is Boris Titov. He gets only marginal 0.3% support. He promotes himself and his party as the ultimate defenders of the rights of business, whether big or small, private, public or state. The platform includes: Russian economy growth through better business climate, promotion and protection of all business, as well as the peaceful business and trade cooperation with other counties.
The platform is very focused and narrow, and it appears to ignore the full scope of geopolitical realities, always pushing ‘cooperation’ with the West. The result of this ‘see no evil, speak no evil’ la-la-land position is very small support.
This party works with Putin and the government, although has certain criticisms as well. Of all neo-liberal parties, it is the most reasonable and clearly, the only positive. It is also the only neo-liberal force in Russia that can boast of some practical achievements, such as trying to convince run-away ex-oligarchs in London to bring their assets back home in exchange for amnesty. Titov personally negotiated the deal in London.
Unlike other pro-West 5th column forces, the Growth Party isn’t known to promote ‘Crimea is Ukraine’ slogan. It seems much more patriotic than the rest. The Growth Party also seems to align with patriotic forces as to who robbed the country in the ’90s. However, it’s still not trusted, being considered the party of the oligarchs.
All in all, as we see, the pro-West neolibs in Russia are suffering a huge fiasco. Just two days to the election, and it’s pretty clear the most each of these parties can hope for is between 0.3% and 1%, if that.
The fatigue over the Old Guard
On pic above! The old guard: Gannady Zyuganov (KPRF), Sergey Mironov (Fair Russia), Vladimir Zhirinovsky (LDPR).
We discussed Zyuganov and his conundrum in previous article Putin’s Only Worthy Rival? ‘Offshore Communist’ Grudinin & Russian Communist Party Crisis.
Another old guard member, Sergey Mironov and Fair Russia have also been losing votes. Mironov announced that he would not be running this time and that instead, his party throws its full support behind Putin.
The next old guard representative, Vladimir Zhirinovsky (pic above), has too much of an ego not to run, despite his ripe age (read more about him in the previous post about his brawl with Sobchak). Incidentally, his clashes with Sobchak continued in the latest debates, and he even made her cry.
As an aside, it has to be noted that Ksenia Sobchak’s outrageous claims and fake news outbursts make all other candidates interrupt and argue with her during debates, which causes her to accuse all others of collusion and of ‘opposing her, instead of Putin, in this election.’ The real truth is that her scandalous and confrontational nature is such that she does rub everyone, even her fellow neo-liberals from the Growth Party and Yabloko, the wrong way.
Just like Sobchak, Zhirinovsky is very confrontational and flamboyant. But unlike Sobchak, he is patriotic and nationalistic, with big-time pro-imperial Russia flavor. He has a lot of energy and he does possess a universally recognized gift of the gab. He is considered a sort of Russian Trump, to whom he is close in personality. He is also considered a ‘geopolitical prophet’ in Russia.
Zhirinovsky very much supported Trump during campaign, calling him ‘our man,’ and predicting his win. He also persistently predicted Trump completely turning around Russian-US relations. Right on No. 1, wrong on No. 2.
See my own original Trump predictions (right on No. 1 and No. 2)!
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LADA RAY REPORT
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Yury Grabovsky (right) at trial, Alexander Alexandrov behind him
(I could, but I deliberately won’t publish a photo of the murderer Nadezhda Savchenko. Don’t want to sally my blog with such filth.)
Below is a video of the young wives of the Russian officers Erofeev and Alexandrov saying how hard it was for them to live through their husbands’ capture and sadistic trial, in which they were denied any semblance of normal defense and were constantly intimidated. But, the women say, they always knew their loved ones wouldn’t be abandoned by the country. As we see from the Grabovsky story, there was a very legitimate reason to fear for the men’s lives, should they remain in Ukraine.
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the mother and sister of the two slain Russian journalists, who are dead because of Savchenko, asked to release her for humanitarian reasons in order to exchange her for Erofeev and Alexandrov. Peskov said that the request from the two women came in March 2016.
Here is Peskov’s announcement (Russian).
Video of Vladimir Putin meeting with two women, relatives of slain Russian journalists (Marianna Voloshina and Ekaterina Kornelyuk). Putin thanks them for their humanitarian position and hopes that this gesture of good will will help peace in Donbass.
Путин встреча с Марианной Волошиной и Екатериной Корнелюк 25 мая 2016 года.
How Russians feel about Savchenko and her pardon
There are many voices saying Russia should have made Savchenko serve the entire term and that pardoning her and sending her back is like announcing an open season for kidnapping or killing Russians in Ukraine and DNR/LNR. Such people think that this would only encourage more crimes by ukro-nazis. There is some logic to that. Others say Savchenko should have been exchanged for as many people as possible, perhaps, for all political prisoners Kiev has in prisons, and then some.
Presently, there are many unhappy people, who do not accept that Savchenko was let go that easily; people are indignant at how she behaved in court and the fact that she made an open mockery of the court, her sentence and crime.
This mockery was parroted and multiplied in Ukraine, EU and Anglo-American countries. Russians are absolutely outraged at how the West behaves in this matter, as well as others (which we will discuss in the following articles).
Many Russians are now convinced USA and NATO want to start nuclear World War III – and US and EU have no one to blame for it but themselves!
THE REAL REASON SAVCHENKO WAS RELEASED
I’ll give you my view of why Savchenko was pardoned and released.
Savchenko = bargaining chip
Firstly, I believe that she was from the start perceived by Russian leadership as a bargaining chip. She was taken prisoner, tried and convicted, while the hysteria in Ukraine and West around her intensified. While unpleasant, I believe that Russians wanted this hysteria to take place, for one purpose: to hype up her value as a bargaining chip.
There were constant screams from Ukraine and West: ‘free Nadezhda Savchenko.’ Savchenko kept announcing her fake ‘dry hunger strikes,’ which no one believed. After a dry hunger strike a person can’t even stand on one’s feet, while she was jumping up and down during trial and screaming out obscenities. Yulia Timoshenko tried to capitalize on Savchenko’s fame by nominating her to Ukraine Rada from her party. While remaining in Russian jail, Savchenko, bypassing any imaginable laws, suddenly became a Rada deputy. I believe Savchenko was also ‘elected’ in absentia to Europarliament (illegally, of course).
It appears the Rada isn’t a zoo enough – Savchenko will definitely enhance its ‘Lord of the Flies’ look. Europarliament is right behind the Ukraine Rada in that.
All the above hype made Savchenko – nothing in real life – a very valuable bargaining chip.
Poroshenko vs Timoshenko
One of the things many overlook is that Poroshenko is mortally afraid of Savchenko returning to Kiev in her present capacity as a perceived victor. With her loud and black mouth, plus no brains to speak of, she may become someone who may damage Poroshenko’s reputation and wreak havoc in the Rada. She may cause havoc in Europarliament, as well.
Poroshenko is afraid that she will be used to rival him. Yulia Timoshenko will do everything to wind her up and set her loose on her rival. Timoshenko is licking her lips at the presidential post, dreaming about unseating Poroshenko. One possibility: she can announce her candidacy together with Savchenko. Considering how stupid and deranged Savchenko is, it’ll be nice to see these spiders in a jar devouring each other.
Basically, they all do what US ambassador, Nuland and Biden say. I described how it all works in ESR3: OLIGARCH WARS. Incidentally, US ambassador Payet, who orchestrated Kiev maidan and 2014 coup together with Nuland, is out, replaced with another colonial ruler. But it’s still the same drill. That said, it’s getting really hard for the US to keep all these spiders in Ukrainian jar under control. Soon, it will prove impossible.
If Savchenko remained in Russian jail
Another thing to keep in mind about Savchenko is that for the duration of her being in a Russian jail she would be creating anti-Russian propaganda ops all around her persona by constantly going on fake hunger strikes and yelling and screaming for Western audiences how she is being mistreated.
Then, there is the issue of her security. It is almost certain that she would have been killed in Russian jail within 1-2 years.
By whom? Either by Ukraine operatives or by CIA, probably working together. Why? Because to them she is a lot more valuable dead than alive. Her dying in Russian jail would be yet another GOLDEN opportunity to vilify Russia and get a new round of sanctions going.
Hermitage Capital, Magnitsky Act and anti-Russian conspiracy
This is not a supposition, but an almost 100% assurance. Do you recall the death in a Russian jail of Sergei Magnitsky? Supposedly, Magnitsky died of a heart attack as a result of not being given proper medical care. However, it is well-known in Russia that a member of medical personnel was bribed (it was an infiltration, actually) not to provide medical care when prisoner needed it, resulting in his death. Magnitsky is presented in the West as a lawyer to Hermitage Capital. This is false: Magnitsky was an accountant, not a lawyer. Here’s why it’s important.
Hermitage Capital was a US/UK investment company that was accused by Russian authorities in money laundering and tax avoidance. Magnitsky was the accountant who was in charge of the cooking of the books.
In reality, Hermitage Capital was the front for subversive conspiracy focused on regime change in Russia. It was curated by MI6 and CIA. The goal was to unseat Putin and sabotage Russian industry, leading to the country’s complete disintegration. The supposed investment company Hermitage worked with a very influential pro-West Russian opposition leader, whom it supplied with money, secret intel and instructions.
In THE EARTH SHIFTER and in ESR3: OLIGARCH WARS I described the high-profile case involving oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his cronies. Khodorkovsky was nailed on charges of money laundering, while the real charge should have been treason. The Hermitage Capital story is another one in the same vein, the difference being that pro-West political oppositioner was used as a pointman, instead of oligarchs.
In OLIGARCH WARS I also mention another oligarch Boris Berezovsky and the failed plot to blame Putin for his sudden death in London. In the Hermitage Capital conspiracy Berezovsky is important. This story is even more convoluted than Khodorkovsky’s. I have the full material on the recently revealed scandal, who blew the whistle and who was implicated. I may have an Earth Shift Report on that soon (stay tuned!).
Long story short, Magnitsky was very dangerous to CIA alive in jail, where he could eventually start talking, but he was very valuable dead. He conveniently and suddenly dies and now we have the Magnitsky Act.
Wikipedia tells us what it is: The Magnitsky Act, formally known as the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012, is a bipartisan bill passed by the U.S. Congress and President Obama in November–December 2012, intending to punish Russian officials responsible for the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in a Moscow prison in 2009.
So, If, by some miracle, Ukraine or CIA didn’t get Savchenko in Russian jail, chances are those who suffered from ukro-nazis, battalion Aidar or as a result of Savchenko’s personal actions, would. Frankly, if I were the president of Russia, I wouldn’t want this kind of high maintenance prisoner on my territory. Try her, give her guilty verdict and maximum sentence and then unleash this furious Trojan Horse on Ukraine to undermine it from within – a much better plan.
If she remained, I’d have fully expected Savchenko to die in Russian prison of some mysterious cause, thus triggering US Congress and Europarliament passing ‘the Savchenko Act.’
When she dies in Kiev, it’ll be their problem. In either event, keeping this hysterical and not very bright ukro-nazi alive and happy will be a very big job. Good luck to them – they’ll need it.
You can watch this video by RT: Villain or hero? The many faces of Nadezhda Savchenko. I think the answer to this question is abundantly clear.
In this specific case, she has been exchanged for two Russians, who’d be in grave danger otherwise. This is already a good outcome.
But there is much more going on behind the scenes, and it’ll never be admitted or advertised…
I have been noticing for a period of time that Western investments into Russia have begun accelerating. Recall that I predicted in 2014 that the West would huff and puff for about 2 years after Crimea: sanctions, anti-Russian hysteria, etc. I said in 2014 that it would be just like the 2008 Georgia/S. Ossetia conflict. After 2 years of hysteria, they would begin remembering that they can’t really do much without Russia, such as various peace negotiations as well as business deals and trade relations.
Although Europe seems to be ready to abandon sanctions, US is really standing in the way, stubbornly attempting to prolong sanctions for as long as possible. Obama’s ego is permanently wounded due to his usually looking like a loser compared to Putin. This wounded little ego is one of the reasons.
Considering Obama’s childish pouting and silly resentment of Russia and Putin, an additional push was needed. I am sure that Savchenko’s pardon was used as a bargaining chip in relaxing anti-Russian sanctions. They will keep those sanctions on for a while, probably till the end of year. This has to do, as I said, with Obama’s wounded ego (what do you expect from such little, tiny man). Obama wants to leave office with sanctions intact. Try to save face, count at least this as his ‘victory’…
But what’s impossible to hide is that suddenly more and more European businesses are investing in Crimea and the flow of new Western investments into Russia is substantially up. This, despite sanctions! There is a definite coincidence between Savchenko’s release and sudden blindness of the EU when their businesses break anti-Russian sanctions. This is not to say that it’s all going to be champagne and roses, but I am certain a deal was struck that sanctions would remain in place in name only.
My opinion: this, at least in part, explains frequent recent mystery visits to Russia by Kerry and Nuland (and Kissinger earlier in the year).
Incidentally, this also likely concerns the Nord Stream-2 construction. I would expect an acceleration of this mega-project between Germany and Russia. After Nord Stream-2 is completed, Ukraine will lose its position as the most important transiter of Russian gas to EU. This will make Ukraine un-interesting to the US as a means of blackmailing and inflicting pain on both Russia and EU. As a result, US will release its grip on Ukraine.
As to the concern that Savchenko may return to direct Ukraine artillery strikes on Donetsk and Lugansk.
That would be really stupid of her, and here’s why. First, her face is now too well-known. Should she be captured again, this time she won’t get out alive – there are too many in Donbass who have a score to settle.
Secondly: she is too famous and ‘valuable’ now. Her card will be played by Timoshenko, who won’t let her go to Donbass, if she can help it. I’m sure others will also try to play her card. She’ll be wined, dined and courted. They’ll try to groom and mold her into something. But I think she is so dim and so stupid that she’ll definitely get herself in trouble within 6-7 months, or better yet, she’ll get the whole Kiev junta in trouble.
In short, a pawn such as Savchenko is very useful as a tool and bargaining chip. She doubles as an unpredictable Trojan Horse.
She’s about to fulfill her purpose. I intend to kick back and watch how Poroshenko and Kiev will manage to keep this loose cannon under control. US will have to work overtime, too. This should be quite a show.
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