This is a follow-up to Lada Ray’s latest article Why St. Petersburg Metro Bombing Coincided with Putin – Lukashenko St. Pete Talks.
In it we discussed the St. Petersburg bombing, how it’s linked to the preceding ‘anti-corruption’ protests in Russia and Belarus, Dmitry Medvedev, Lukashenko’s blunders, and Putin-Lukashenko meeting in St. Pete.
Today, FT contributor Nemo (Stanislav Sokolov) is offering us a very telling glimpse into what was happening in Russia during the ’90s, before Putin came to power. This is a must know in order to put contemporary events into proper perspective.
Tomorrow’ I’ll offer you a third article of this cycle, in which I’ll tell you more about Russian anti-corruption protests and the truth behind them!
After the events in Moscow, when kids were abused by the “opposition” and the overall anti-Russian/anti-Putin rhetoric, I got angry – it hit too close to home. I published now a new article: The ”Wild 90s” in Russia, as reflected in people’s memory. Part 2.
Which is part my take on the events, part my own recollection from the 90s, and part translations of people’s testimonials. You are welcome to use the materials in it if you are going to write an article about the recent unrest in Belorussia and Russia.
All the best,
With his kind permission, I am offering you Stanislav Sokolov’s article about Russia’s Wild ’90s, and how Vladimir Putin changed that!
Two years ago I published an article The ”Wild 90s” in Russia, as reflected in people’s memory, where I translated one testimonial of a survivor of the Yeltsin’s Wild 90’s in Russia. Such survivors are many, yet many more perished – in Russia more people died during Yeltsin than during WWII. In that article I also detailed Yeltsin’s coup d’etat of November 1993.
Now, a few days ago, the ignominious Navalny organised an “anti-corruption” rally in Moscow and several of Russia’s cities. I am not going to go into the details of how only 8000 people out of the 12 million population of Moscow was seen at this colour revolution attempt. I will not go into details of how Navalny turned to the political paedophilia, luring school-aged kids onto the streets with the promise of paying them €10000 if they manage to get arrested, and how the “political speeches” of said kids said that they want to buy sneakers. The use of kids seems to be in the instruction book of any colour revolt worth its name (see “protests” against Charles de Gaulle). I will not go into the details of how Navalny – a jobless man – manages to own expensive car, finance organisation of revolts and produce Hollywood-class films, and why this corruption fighter has several criminal corruption cases over him regarding illegal forest deals.
What I want to go into detail about, is the main chant of Navalny and co., of all the anti-Russian, Russophobic traitors organising such revolts: “Putin must go”. That’s all of their agenda. They say absolutely nothing about how Russia should be governed or about the future. At best they position themselves as the next presidents and say a few abstract words about how there’ll be no corruption and everyone will be equal. Aha! The same manifestos were proclaimed in 1917. And in 1991.
And this is what I am coming towards. All the Navalny-class “liberals” are aiming to bring Russia to the condition of the Yeltsin’s 1993-1999 era. The Desolation of Yeltsin as I like to call it, referring to the Desolation of Smaug.
By 1999 the “progress and democracy” in Russia reached such levels that the population was dying out from hunger, military and statehood all but destroyed. Foreign NATO-sponsored Islamic insurgency in Chechenia was at its peak. Here is a link to an article from Lenta.ru from 29.09.1999 with the telling title “Russia begs USA for a little more food”. Sad and detrimental, yet it fully reflects the reality of those days.
My family and I were touched by those events before we emigrated in 1993. I remember well how I had to stand at the entrance to a market, selling toys, books, plastic bags (yes, the Western plastic bags, if you could get your hands on them, were worth a few kopeks), various small items from home – anything, just to get some money so as to buy food and set something aside for the vague plans for the future. We were a middle-class family, my grandfather forked in the 50s at the Far East, where the Soviet government paid the so-called “Northern money”, so were well-off, until 1992, when the whole country and its population got robbed over night. By the likes of Berezovskij, Yeltsin, Kuchma, Nemtsov, Khodorkovskij, Navalny, Kudrin, Yavlinskij and other “communists” cum “oligarchs” and “democrats”.
The upper right corner in the image below illustrates what it was like from my point of view, selling your last things.
Do you remember the 90s? All of the “civilised West” are our friends, while USA is the best pal.
Below I want to translate testimonials from several people of that time, as they recall it now, warning the youth of today not to repeat the same naïve mistake as the one that brought chaos on their own heads.
The first collection of testimonials starts as an open, public domain letter, titled “Anyone, who remembers well what happened in the 90s, should be grateful to this man…”, and it originally appeared at LiveJournal here.
I turned 17 in 1991.
All the trash that is now criticizing Putin was in power back then.
I don’t remember anything good of what they did. I remember how they destroyed my country, I remember how people were not paid wages for years, how a professor of nuclear physics worked with me and cleaned animal skins with a scythe, how my mother, having worked for 23 years as a head nurse of the paediatric intensive care unit and revived many a dozen children, became a “shuttle trader”. (Translator note for the Westerners: people went to China or West and bought some cheap goods, smuggled them and tried to make a living reselling)
I remember the gangs of bastards, collecting tributes, even from old ladies selling sunflower seeds. (Translator note: market gangs, the utmost dregs of society. Berezovskij came from that “environments”.) I remember how kidnapping for ransom in my city of Nalchik was turned into an industry, and how the filth that did that was considered respectable people.
I remember how happily Americans were let into the most secret military facilities, how for their sake aircraft, missiles, submarines and other achievements of my homeland were cut to pieces.
I remember the poor old people begging. I remember the downtrodden Afghan war veterans, who were mutilated in battles, served the orders of their Motherland, are now spat upon by today’s “liberasts” (Translator note: common in today’s Russia folk by-name, combining the words for “liberal” and “homosexual”).
Shall I continue???
I also remember how, two weeks after Putin came to power, the kidnappings stopped. I remember how the Chechens, whom I personally always respected, from the enemies of Russia were reborn into her faithful warriors.
I see how my country began again to build gas pipelines, aircraft, ships and so on. I see how my sons, like I in my childhood, become proud of their country. Everything is relative.
Hence is the question: How can “liberasts”, who sold their Homeland, have the audaciousness to blather all sorts of nonsense about Putin? What have they left after themselves to him, to bark that “Putin ruined” something?
It is, first and foremost, their fault in what is going on in Ukraine today, it is they, who have created this situation in 1991. Nemtsov and his ilk… there must be no monuments to them, least of all in the centre of Moscow. (Translator note: “Liberals” push for that after the Western sacrificial murder of Nemtsov in Moscow). They need to be burned and the ashes scattered to the wind.
Appeal to the young people: do NOT believe the “liberatst”, don’t look up at the “stars” (what a retarded term), like Ksenia Sobchak, do not take the example from prostitutes and bastards. They are all lying.
We are the greatest country in the world. Ask how many achievements ranging from military exploits and to science, sports, and everything else, belongs to our compatriots.
Do not let those, whom we taught to wash, teach us culture. (Translator note to the Westerners: Russian Anna Yaroslavna (born in 1024), when she became the Queen of France, brought with her the tradition of frequent washing – banja, which is common in Russia, yet was viewed as strange in the then W.Europe., as well as introducing at the French Court the custom of eating with silverware, of reading, and many other civilisational traits.)
Don’t let those who begot fascism, the Inquisition, and other atrocities, teach us the love of mankind. Those who marry perverts in the Churches, teach us human values.
We are Russia, and our path is different from theirs.”
© Authorship lost, anyone who survived during the restructuring can subscribe to this…
Comments from the post with additional testimonials:
Tatiana Potapova: “I, too, remember the gangs of bastards who held the markets in fear. Snickering masters of life. And I also remember homeless children, lousy, dirty, hungry, who raided the trading rows of the markets and would grab from the shelves anything edible. I pushed food into their hands. There were so many of them! The officials were not interested in their fate. Where they lived? If they had parents? Nobody picked them off the streets and into boarding schools for approximately ten years. Since Putin came to power, children were rounded up and sent to the boarding schools. Now, those officials who ruthlessly robbed the people and as a result small children ended up on the street, hungry, unwashed, not having seen any kindergartens or schools… now these officials hate Putin and call him a thief… They project their sin onto Putin. Probably because they can get neither sleep nor rest.”
Olga Malinova: “I remember the 90s. My brother and I wanted to eat one day, went to the kitchen, found only the millet and vegetable oil. We pulled our last few rubles, and spent them on a loaf of bread.”
Valery Vishnyakov: “We borrowed money from the neighbours for a half of a black bread. And our father was an oil industry worker. He was just not paid the money. I used to give my food to the younger brother. Parents still do not know about that… Give us back Stalin. The iron curtain. The Soviet Union…”
Liliya Karimova: “I Remember how bad it was. I went to the post office for aid money, but the money were not transferred for more than six months. Used to come home crying not knowing what to cook, it was good that the collective farm gave grain that we would bring to the mill – at least we got bread, and had our own cow, otherwise I would have died of hunger. Writing this now and crying.”
Maria Glova: “I was unable to go after the school to Institute, as parents – doctors – had their wages delayed and they were afraid that I would not be able to find food in another city. In those days we lived off the garden, planted potatoes, ploughed field 5 days in a week and spent 2 days in the garden.”
Eketerina Yasakova: “And I remember only too well the 90s. Terrible years. My children then were just toddlers”
The second testimonial article is titled “The answer to those, who say they live badly in Putin’s Russia”. This material is much more down to earth, gritty and grim, like the years it describes.
Subtext: “How I was surviving in the ’90s, in Russia without Putin”
A young man in his 20s wrote to me from his iPhone from Russia about how his life sucks “under Putin”. I briefly described to him how I lived without Putin in the late 90s.
I will write this again, maybe it will come in handy to someone from Ukraine.
Woke up, thank God that I’m alive. Had breakfast, tea with jam from my grandmother. That’s all the food. There is nothing more to eat.
Later in the morning.
There is no work, the factory was bankrupted by Nemtsovs-Kasyanov and other f*ing privatizers, nothing to do… But the tea, even with jam is not food. It is necessary to find food. Mobiles did not yet exist, so I go to a friend who is in the same position, but worse, because he has a wife and a son. What are we going to do, where to look for food? Decided to go fishing.
Morning, closer to dinner.
Threw in the net from a boat probably constructed during Lenin’s time. Waited. While waiting, caught some frogs, made a campfire, roasted frog legs, ate them. Wanted to smoke, but have no money… walked down the street, collecting the “butts”, nearby others like us harvested, started swearing at us, saying that’s not our territory. We calm them down. Will not go into details of how… you survive however you can.
Rummaged through all of the waste dumps already, not a single thread of metal left. (Translator’s note: People scavenged any metal and sold it to collectors. Pipes, machinery, anything got melted. The same process is going in Ukraine now. If anyone wants a glorified fictitious parallel, think Rey from Star Wars, The Force Awakens.) Telling my friend – let’s go to the village nearby. We went. Knocked at the first house. Explained why we came to a grandmother, age 80. We collect metal, if you have any, we can help to dig up the garden lot as the payment of it… Grandmother asked to plough up 3 acres, flooded in the spring. We did that. Plus I, as a radio hobbyist, repaired antenna on her TV. She gave us 8 kilogrammes of aluminium pans, and even money!!!
For the money we immediately bought a pack of cigarettes and 2 Snickers. We ate the Snickers right away, to at least have some strength, had a smoke and went to deliver metal to the collectors. Delivered, got a few kopecks… But at least that’s something. Went to the nets.
Afternoon snack time.
Came to nets, and there see some blokes pulling them out and taking our fish. Without hesitation, we beat them up very very seriously, although we knew that they are in the same situation as us. But to steal at the time of hunger from your own people is worse than being a liberal! Took out fish and went home.
Gave part of the fish to the wives, carried the other part to the market. Sold for a penny, but at least that’s something. Bought pasta and sugar. Brought that home. Bought for the remaining money 0.5l of homebrew from a local hag.
Late in the evening.
Sitting at the porch, drinking, smoking and looking to a brighter future. A radio of Chinese make says: An unknown to anyone Vladimir Putin may possibly become a temporary figure after the ailing Boris Yeltsin…
So, young people of 20-30 years. If your life is shitty in Russia, under Putin, look at Ukraine now, or at my personal experience of survival in the ’90s. Although, all the same, you’ll learn nothing.
Sincerely, Pavel Smirnov.
Putin’s promise in 2000: “I shall be with the Army, I shall be with the Fleet, I shall be with the people. And together we shall rebuild the Army, the Fleet and the Country.” And he didn’t lie. Thank you, Vladimir Vladimirovich.
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My deepest condolences to the city of St. Petersburg and all victims of the Sennaya Ploschad Station Metro Bombing!
The most important thing to understand is that this is NOT a coincidence! The immediate ‘verdict’ on the Internet and SM has been that’s it’s ISIS. But let’s look at the facts!
The facts are a stubborn thing. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Putin – Lukashenko St. Petersburg meeting and St. Pete Metro bombing are two links of the same chain!
And here’s the chain in question:
1. An ISIS terrorist would stick out like sore thumb in St. Petersburg. But ukro-nazis or SBU operatives from Kiev or Western Ukraine would blend right in. SBU is Ukraine intelligence, which has been trained, supervised and financed by CIA since at least 2014.
Since Putin has outplayed the Kiev junta on so many fronts, it is a lot more plausible that this is what happened. And it hits so much closer to home.
2. Multiple terror plots and subversive groups from Ukraine have been neutralized in Russia, including Crimea, Moscow and other regions, in 2016 and 2017.
One terror act unfortunately succeeded: the downing of TU-154 near Sochi, when all on board died, including 68 artists from the famed Alexandrov Red Army Choir and famous humanitarian Dr. Liza.
Certainly, there is also an escalation of Islamist terror activity in Chechnya and N. Caucasus. However, all of these events are related.
Related to the Russian terror plots are also the killings of LDPR commanders and leaders in 2016-17.
3. Russian ‘anti-corruption’ protests headed by Navalny took place just a week ago, the previous Sunday. One day prior to that, on Saturday, similar protests, with very similar slogans, took place in Belarus. Although organizers (often hidden) pretended that it was all spontaneous and unrelated to each other, there are very clear signs of coordination across borders. No doubt Russian and Belorussian protests were coordinated.
What is interesting is the incredibly high level of sophistication in the protests organization. The grounds were prepared for at least months prior. Lukashenko’s mistakes were skillfully used in Belarus. In Russia the dislike of PM Medvedev was equally skillfully used. The story of his supposed billions and Tuscany vineyards was invented and made into a documentary by Navalny, making sure it went viral on social media. Social media was in a very sophisticated way used to appeal to the young crowd and to entice young people to come out by the promise of big bucks and mischief with no repercussions.
To organize all this someone had to work for at least months, possibly longer. Most importantly, someone had to shell out quite a bit of cash, because protests and color revolutions don’t come cheap.
Participants of the Russian protests, very young people, some of whom were barely 16-17 years of age, were caught on camera (video was posted on YT) sharing how they must make sure they get arrested during the Sunday protest because those who get arrested will get $10 thousand Euros, plus legal help and possible trips to the West.
Other young delinquents were caught on camera having this dialogue:
‘Coming tomorrow to the protest?’
‘What’s it about?’
‘No idea, but it’s an opportunity to beat up cops.’
Who promised them this kind of payday for causing trouble? The usual suspects: Soros, Clinton Foundation, CIA. I would also include here UK, Poland, Germany and Brussels/EU. In what configuration – that’s a separate discussion. It’s roughly the same entities who have financed other color revolutions and mayhem globally.
The name of ex-oligarch Khodorkovsky has also surfaced in connection with the organization of these ‘protests’ (see this post’s comment section for intel from Nemo!). Khodorkovsky, of course, is a long-standing client of the CIA. I have followed Khodorkovsky for a long time, and as many of you know, he served as prototype for the character of the oligarch Konukovsky in my novel THE EARTH SHIFTER. As I see it, Khodorkovsky lately also became a client of the CIA’s secret EU leg: the German intelligence (let’s be honest, that’s what the German intelligence has turned into).
4. Recent Eurovision scandal was supposed to be a humiliation for Russia, but it backfired. Kiev banned Russian participant Yulia Samoylova’s entry into the country, thus illegally banning her from participation in the Kiev Eurovision 2017. The scandal took a humiliating turn against Kiev: in response contest organizers threatened to ban Ukrainian participant from the contest taking place on her native soil, and possibly even moving the contest to another country.
Recent killing of ex-Russian Duma Deputy Voronenkov in Kiev is a provocation also directly related to all other events described here.
5. During 2016-2017 in Russia we have seen a large number of terror groups – some related to IS and Islamist terror cells and others related to Kiev – being apprehended. These are shown on Russian news almost weekly. Many terror acts were prevented. All in all, the actions of FSB have so far proven effective.
6. In the run-up to Belarus protests multiple terror plots and various wannabe terrorists were apprehended in Minsk and on the border. One of the attempted terror plots was almost bizarre: a Jeep carrying ingredients to mak explosives tried to break through the border from Ukrainian side. The Jeep was chased by law enforcement, but it managed to get pretty deep into Belorussian territory before most people inside were apprehended. One person managed to escape. How dangerous was the one who escaped? Were the others just patsies, meant to divert attention, while the only important person went free? What kind of explosives escaped with him and what was his ultimate destination?
The border between Russia and Belarus is very transparent. Recently Lukashenko announced a visa-free regime for 80 countries, without coordinating with Russia. This silly decision was a big part of the recent spat between Russia and Belarus.
Clearly, Belarus isn’t a high-profile target, but its value is in it being an inside track into Russia. Between Russia and Belarus there is no border; therefore, it is very easy for a determined terrorist group to infiltrate through Belarus.
7. Lukashenko blinks: Belarus has become a weak link in Eurasian stability and security system when Lukashenko recently initiated a conflict with Russia regarding power and gas pricing and sought to blackmail Russia by suggesting Belarus would re-orient towards the West and Middle East, distancing itself from Russia.
My diagnosis is that it’s largely a bluff by the starved for attention Lukashenko, who wants preferential treatment and who wants to milk Russia as much as possible. There is also a significant economic component in Lukashenko’s outburst: Belarus is cash poor and debt ridden and in need of a postponement of debt repayment. All this, coupled with the worsening economic situation and approaching elections makes Lukashenko nervous. After all, the so-called ‘Belorussian miracle’ was achieved on the account of Russia sharing practically free gas and other privileges with Belarus. Recently Russia began demanding that Lukashenko pays for at least some of the gas.
At the same time, I do not see Belarus drifting towards Ukraine scenario and Kiev-style Maidan any time soon, as I explained and predicted in ESR1: IS PUTIN PART OF NWO? (WITH BONUS: LUKASHENKO’S BLUFF).
Regarding Lukashenko: his act gets old and tiring. He will paint himself into a corner soon. His days as president may be numbered. But the geo-chess master acts on his own time and when no one is expecting it. Putin’s move will come, but only when he’s ready.
More predictions on the future of Belarus and Lukashenko in my future book, THE PUTIN ENIGMA.
8. Russian Presidential Election cycle has begun. Everything that’s happening is a rehearsal and preparation in order to see if Russia can be destabilized enough to prevent Putin’s re-election. But they know it’s a very tall order. Therefore, the goal is at least to bring him into the next term as weakened as possible, with maximum number of discontented citizens. If Russia and Putin blink (which won’t happen) they also hope to begin a real color revolution and civil war in Russia, turn one half of the population against another, like in Ukraine, and destroy everything that has been re-built between 2000 and now. But as I said, this won’t happen.
This is a very old tried-and-true technique of divide and conquer, character assassination and sabotage. It was previously reserved for Russia, the arch-enemy of the West, and those countries the West wanted to subdue. But today, we are experiencing the Great Earth Shift when the old matrix is dissolving and the shoots of the new are trying to get through the concrete.
Today this technique is used just as much in the West by the same neo-liberal globalist cabal against those who do not toe the agenda. Examples are anti-globalists such as Trump in the US and French presidential candidates Marine Le Pen and François Fillon, who are being openly sabotaged. More in EARTH SHIFT REPORT 16: US ELECTIONS & WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER.
WHY PUTIN – LUKASHENKO MEETING IN ST. PETERSBURG COINCIDED WITH METRO BOMBING:
Putin meets with Lukashenko in St. Petersburg, 4/3/17:
By provoking multiple loud public scandals with Russia regarding gas and oil pricing, diminished oil quotas, loan repayments and open border dispute Lukashenko and his advisors were banking on the fact that Russia already has a huge problem with Ukraine. Therefore, they reasoned, Russia would not risk escalating this argument with Belarus, fearing a loss of an important partner. This calculation was naive at best, which was quickly demonstrated by the following events. Life promptly showed Lukashenko what happens when Russia withdraws support.
To be sure, both Russia and Belarus lose when they argue. The problem is Belarus and Lukashenko personally lose a lot more.
A similar scenario occurred to Turkey and Erdogan after the downing of the Russian Su-24 and Russia’s subsequent withdrawal of Erdogan’s support and all business with Turkey. Within the short several months, this weakened Turkey to such degree that Erdogan almost lost his life in the military coup and much of the Turkish economy dried up. For detailed analysis and predictions read ESR 13: ERDOGAN’S WAR.
Having gone too far in his spat with Russia, and also having made some serious mistakes internally, Lukashenko now has seen how shaky his position would be without the support of Russia. After Putin and Medvedev’s cold shoulder, after Belarus protests and a threat of being expelled from Eurasian Union, he had to quickly backtrack, humble down and sit down to talk with Putin.
The meeting place: St. Petersburg. The meeting time: Monday, April 3, 2017.
It is clear to me that a great deal of manipulation has gone into convincing Lukashenko to act as a provocateur in Russian-Belorussian relations. Also, a great deal of effort and international coordination went into organizing the aforementioned Russian and Belorussian protests. Much of YouTube, Twitter and various other SM outlets were deeply involved.
Specifically in Russia the average age of participants is highly suspect. What comes to mind when a crowd of 16-17 years-olds marches through Moscow center, stopping traffic and picking fights with cops, while chanting, ‘Putin (or Medvedev), where is our money?’ (This was an actual slogan of the Russian protests, as seen on TV. Others were even more silly and bizarre, some reminding painfully of the Kiev coup and Ukrainian Euro-Maidan.)
‘Putin (or Medvedev), where is our money?’ Greed is a determining factor. Whose money are they really after? Who really pays?
Make no mistake, no matter who sits in the White House or calls the shots in the EU, billions continue being spent on subverting the vulnerable among the young generations of Russians and Belarussians. After all, it seems to have worked in Ukraine; they hope it’ll work in Russia and Belarus.
These billions are being spent by the same parties as before, and in this regard, absolutely nothing has changed. These are same sources that subverted Ukraine, and that attempted unsuccessful color revolutions in Armenia and Kazakhstan. (See ESR9: ATTACK ON KAZAKHSTAN & Armenia).
This is pre-election year in Belarus. More importantly, this is pre-election year in Russia. The activation of destabilization attempts will continue.
The original grand plan, conceived many years ago, but implemented throughout the 90’s and 2000’s was to break apart Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. Part of the plant pertaining to Ukraine nearly succeeded due to Kiev Maidan.
But it proved much harder to break up Russia and Belarus. Yet even this could have succeeded due to Lukashenko’s mistakes. After Lukashenko’s public tantrum and threats to turn away from Russia towards the West, it was assumed that the breakup was underway. And it would have been, if not for Putin.
The attempt to break apart Russia and Belarus has a clear ultimate goal to weaken and disorient The Great Balancer. Russia, The Great Balancer, is presently rebalancing the severely lopsided world towards a better balance between physical/material/personal/self-serving energy on one hand and spiritual/collective/service-to-others energy on another. This is an attempt to stop this rebalancing, or at the very least, to slow it down.
Who benefits? Very simply: the collective West, the old neo-liberal globalist bankster, pero-dollar dominated system that made the West at large rich at the expense of others. To be sure, there are many new and healthy shoots in the West. They will eventually come through and bear fruit, but for now the old is still stronger.
Belarus is playing a very important role in the work of The Great Balancer; it is a part of the Great Balancer structure. Russia is weaker without Belarus, but Belarus cannot survive without Russia.
Has Lukashenko finally got it? After all elaborate and sophisticated preparations, after all indications that a rift between Russia and Belarus is taking place, suddenly, Lukashenko backpedals and Putin meets him in St. Petersburg. They announce that energy and border control disputes are being successfully resolved.
The terror act preceding or coinciding with this kind of meeting signifies a warning. This is a message for Putin, and by association, for Lukashenko. It is a threat issued to Russia, Belarus, and their leaders.
Make no mistake, a response will follow.
Incidentally, during the St. Pete meeting Putin said an interesting thing: Russia and Belarus are preparing a unified energy grid. This ultimately means that the two countries are getting closer, NOT further apart. This is the beginning of Putin’s response.
The game is afoot.
Putin lays flowers at the site of St Pete Metro Bombing
St Pete attack is more sophisticated than usual
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I said on various occasions that attempts to destabilize the situation in Russia, and various provocations against Russia, will continue. In January, I also said that we should expect a massive false flag, possibly something to do with killing of major politicians. I, as many others, was watching Ukraine for that. But following the rule that watched pot never boils, while we were looking at Ukraine, it happened in Moscow.
However, there still is a very clear connection to Ukraine. Read about that below.
Today, on March 1, the Russian pro-West neo-liberal opposition, together with its leaders Boris Nemtsov, leader of the right-wing party Parnas, and Alexei Navalny, planed a mass anti-Putin rally in Moscow. Just less than 2 days before that Boris Nemtsov was shot with six bullets into his back from a passing car, while strolling near Kremlin with his girlfriend, a Ukrainian model who just flew in from Kiev.
Boris Nemtsov isn’t just any politician. In 1990, when it was still the USSR, he was elected to then Russian parliament at the age of 31. At 32 he became the youngest governor in Russia. As governor of the large industrial region of Nizhny Novgorod, Nemtsov presided over the 1990s privatization. In 1997 he became deputy PM of Russia, being so close to Yeltsin that he was practically considered as Yeltsin’s son and heir to the Russian presidency.
Then a rift happened. Nemtsov resigned and created The Right Block party. His party soon fell out of voters’ favor. He made a number of crucial mistakes and bad decisions, which put him in hard opposition to the Russian government. Despite being unable to get through the threshold for Duma elections, he was considered the most likable and popular neo-liberal opposition leader.
As Nemtsov turned into a poster boy of the hard-core anti-Putin pro-West opposition, he also became personal advisor and good friend to the 2004 Orange Revolution executor and former pro-US president of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko. That didn’t win him any fans in Russia. Nemtsov has been equally close to the present Kiev junta leadership.
That said, people also note that Nemtsov was honest, sincere and uncompromising in his views and that he was incorruptible. Because of that, he wasn’t a rich man. Some have been comparing his political career to that of Trotsky. Of course, it has to be remembered that the rule in Russia is to say only good things about the dead, or nothing – so take the above with a grain of salt.
At the same time, it is a well-known fact that all oppositioners in Russia have always been ‘fed’ and financed by Western NGOs, Soros and US State Department. They regularly attend meetings and have private discussions with US ambassador, inside the US embassy in Moscow. It’s anyone’s guess what they talk about. Nemtsov was a frequent guest at the US embassy.
Another truth that should never be overlooked is that he, as governor and Russia’s deputy PM/part of Yeltsin’s staff, contributed a great deal to the catastrophic privatization and the destruction of Russian economy in the 1990s. History will judge his real contribution to the country – good or bad. My impression is that overall, he was a harmful and negative influence on the country and economy.
Per my latest posts and YT videos, US and Kiev junta were unable to destabilize Russia and take over entire Ukraine as they planned. An attempt to destabilize Russian economy through the attack on the ruble and anti-Russian sanctions didn’t bring the desired results either (the Earth Shift Report on this conspiracy is coming).
Liberal opposition, despite generous contributions by the US State Department and Western NGOs, is unable to get enough votes to get into the Duma; its rallies attract fewer and fewer people, far below the numbers they need in order to start a Kiev-like maidan revolution in Russia.
Of course in view of all the above, the killing of one of the leaders of the opposition cannot be a coincidence. As usual, the question to ask is: WHO BENEFITS? And who doesn’t?
It doesn’t take a genius to see that certainly Putin, Russian government and political class do not benefit at all. It reflects badly on FSB and police, and Russian government again has to endure attacks from the West. Therefore, they have to be total morons to do such a thing in order to give the West yet another opportunity to malign Russia and Putin. Needless to say, Putin and his people aren’t morons.
As my readers know, I don’t watch or read Western MSM, but even I hear that as a result of the Nemtsov killing, the anti-Russian howling is on par, or even worse, than during MH17 downing last July.
But this is where it gets interesting. Let’s see who clearly benefits:
1. USA and Anglo-American elites.
I wouldn’t say the West in general benefits, because there is a clear rift between the positions of France and Germany, as well as the majority of southern/western Europe, vs. US and UK joined by a few of their lapdogs, such and Poland and the Baltics.
The anti-Russian sentiment in the EU started slowly subsiding as Berlin-Paris and Moscow are trying to work together on Ukraine peace. Because there is a growing rift between US and EU, US needs desperately to re-awaken the anti-Russian sentiment and animosity between EU and Russia and to ‘re-subdue’ Western Europe to its will. US cannot afford NOT to have EU firmly in its corner as it would further weaken the US empire and petrodollar. But EU is slowly but surely breaking away.
What does US want to accomplish with this false flag? US wants a bloody color revolution in Russia; they want destabilization with eventual break up of Russia, in order to take Russia over economically and militarily. US cannot win a hot war against Russia, therefore, the only way is to blow up the country from within.
The added bonus for the US is that this assassination also serves as a warning for those EU politicians who may be starting to doubt the ‘US party line.’
Therefore, the biggest beneficiary of the Nemtsov tragedy is the US, with UK in tow. Let’s also remember that US has the means, vast black black ops experience, and all the dollars in the world to execute such assassination.
2. Ukraine and Kiev junta benefit tremendously. Russia is a huge irritant for them. Russia is in their way of trying to conquer Donbass. They think that if Russia is busy with color revolution on Moscow streets, then Kiev junta is free to resume the killing of the Donbass people. In addition, the revenge scenario for Crimea, Donbass, and all other Kiev’s real or perceived humiliations, is equally plausible.
However, the Ukraine junta’s SBU (security services) has much less experience and means than the US in executing such provocation. They certainly have fewer brains – remember the botched MH17 false flag in Ukraine?
The plus for the Kiev junta is that they may already have people on the ground in Moscow, Ukrainians speak Russian and blend in best.
3. Separately, far right ukro-nazi parties and battalions, who are not accepting Minsk peace agreements, could conceivably execute the killing on their own to provoke animosity, conflict and maidan in Moscow. And of course, revenge for losses and humiliations.
But it is less likely they would do so on their own. Ukro-nazis may be behind this as executioners, but they most likely would be acting on behalf of Kiev and US. Could Kiev be using ukro-nazis for that? It is less likely, as ukro-nazis are unruly and undisciplined.
It’s much more likely that SBU is using its people – probably Ukrainian black ops trained by US.
4. The anti-Putin opposition itself may also benefit, at least on some levels, although opposition politicians say that they couldn’t possibly do something like that. But surely, there always are rotten apples who would. Since the opposition’s influence is waning and they are unable to convince people to dislike Putin, whose rating is at 86% as of now, the only way to spur people into a color revolution may be a false flag such as this.
What I personally see:
In all likelihood, the killing was organized by US and Kiev jointly. I think the involvement of the opposition to provoke a maidan in Moscow is very minimal as it seems there is no upside here for them. As of now a lot of people look at them with suspicion that they may be behind it. Plus, they lost their most charismatic leader.
I believe that US and Kiev jointly needed to generate this false flag in order to start a new wave of anti-Russian sentiment in the EU, in order to: 1. derail the peace process; 2. destabilize the situation in Russia; 3. vilify Russia; 4. strain Russia’s resources; 5. and of course, as a revenge for their failures and humiliations.
For that they have used Nemtsov as a sacrificial lamb. The goal is to manipulate the ‘naive’ Russian liberal opposition in order to ignite a bloody revolution in Moscow. This scenario isn’t that different from what happened on Kiev maidan in 2014, where masses were manipulated by western MSM, sold-out politicians, well-trained militants and snipers, into a bloody mess.
The place of the killing – 200 meters from the Kremlin – was also chosen for this purpose.
But as you will see below, there is a huge difference between Ukraine and Russia.
The attack was very well thought out. There were several killers. The 6 bullets were all from different manufacturers, to make it harder to trace, shot from different guns. 4 wounds were lethal. All were shot from the back, so the Ukrainian girlfriend would have plausible deniability and could honestly say that she saw nothing. It was dark and there were very few pedestrians. People seemed to have seen a white car, but couldn’t see who was in the car.
After a late dinner at one of the GUM cafes on Red Square, Nemtsov and his Ukrainian girlfriend were taking a stroll across the bridge in the direction of the Bolotnaya Square, where Nemtsov’s opposition had previous rallies, including the protest rallies in 2011-12, when liberals were trying to prevent the re-election of Vladimir Putin. Perhaps, the girlfriend asked him to show her that ‘famous historic place.’ It was extrmely easy to catch on to the couple on the deseted bridge, with perfect view of the Kremlin, but away from eye-witnesses.
The killing was styled to appear as the 90’s style mafia hit, very close to the style of the Vladimir Khodrokovsky’s crony Nevzlin, who is now hiding from prosecution in Israel. This was done possibly to confuse the investigation.
Incidentally, Nemtsov was a very independent person, who went anywhere he pleased, was always public and never used bodyguards, despite often getting death threats. Those who did the killing knew that.
The important detail is the presence of a girlfriend from Kiev, who flew in just previously. All experts say as one that usually during a professional contract killing such as this companions never survive. This one did – unharmed. She knew him for a couple of years, they say. Was she a CIA asset, who was making sure Nemtsov was kept on a leash? Or was she for real, but with the latest events in Ukraine either ukro-nazis or the junta SBU got to her and her family? Was she threatened or paid off to lead him into the spot where he was shot and she lived? Either way, the girlfriend from Kiev is a very suspicious detail.
Another very interesting detail: The color revolution in Russia was being prepared in 2011-12, in time for the Vladimir Putin re-election, and Boris Nemtsov was supposed to be one of the leaders. At that time, oligarch Boris Berezovsky was plotting it from his London mansion. He openly said that the best way to start a maidan in Russia was to execute ‘the right sacrificial lamb.’ Berezovsky considered the charismatic and popular Nemtsov the right candidate. Nemtsov knew that.
It’s interesting that Berezovsky himself became that sacrificial lamb a year later, after his plot failed. He was found in his London house after he ‘hung himself’ as UK investigators concluded, but with suspicious bruises on his neck. It turned out that just previously, Berezovsky passed a secret letter to Putin asking for pardon and promising to spill the beans on his UK handlers. Shortly after, he died. Seeing that, Russia made public Berezovsky’s letter to Putin, which made it impossible to pin this murder on Russia and Putin, as they did with Litvinenko a few years earlier. As a result, UK had to urgently come up with the suicide verdict, despite the dead give away of the neck bruises.
Out of all Russia’s pro-Western oppositioners, Nemtsov made the best sacrificial lamb in order to provoke violence. He was best loved and respected, being considered honest and incorruptible. Another leader, Kasyanov is very unpopular and hardly loved, and Navalny is under house arrest and is being watched by police patrol, whom he should thank as they have probably saved his life.
Vladimir Putin announced that he would keep the investigation into Nemtsov’s death under personal control. Today’s planned opposition rally was cancelled and instead, the Moscow administration authorized a march in Nemtsov’s memory in the area where he was shot, next to the Kremlin. This shows the strength of the Russian state and its confidence that they can keep order.
In another positive development, many leaders of the opposition, as well as all other politicians in Russia, are calling for unity and restrained actions during today’s march. Of course, in social media there are very ugly and volatile comments, calling for violence, revenge, revolution, etc. However, these are MOST DEFINITELY US and Kiev shills.
This false flag assassination is clearly a desperation move. I see this false flag backfiring on its organizers, just like the previous ones did.
This attempt to create mayhem in Russia will fail. There will be no color revolution or Kiev-style maidan in Russia, although, as I continue warning, the attempts by the US/West to create it will continue. As we see, they’ll stop at nothing to try to tip the balance in Russia into chaos.
Russian OMON and police are fully capable of keeping order. But Russian government and people must be very vigilant. Also see my video report about AntiMaidan:
As a result of this false flag, I see the Russian society further consolidating around Putin.
It seems no one in Russia – not even Russian liberals – is buying into the ‘hand of the Kremlin’ idea. I foresee that as a result of this provocation, some Russian liberals may finally see the light and change their views from pro-Kiev-junta and pro-US to a more pro-Russian patriotic and balanced stance. One thing is to fight corruption and another thing is to work to undermine the Russian state, whether willingly or unwillingly. I see more anti-Putin Russian liberals opening their eyes to the fact that they are being a destructive tool being used by the US/West for their ulterior motives.
P.S. As I was finishing this article, I saw the video, which confirmed what I said. Thousands of people gathered near Kremlin to pay respects to Boris Nemtsov, in a sea of Russian flags. The event was urgently authorised as an exception by the Moscow mayor. I notice it’s very well-organized, with lots of portable toilets and very tight security. As expected, everything is peaceful.
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