As I was scheduling this week's blogs yesterday, this article was sent to me by many of you, and it raises questions and our trademark "high octane speculations" if you're like me, for this one sends the "suspicion meter" into the red zone:

A Moscow library containing rare UN documents, ancient Slavic texts, and 14 million books is on fire

The first thing to note here is that this was a very extensive library of social sciences texts, founded in 1918 after the Bolshevik/Communist revolution, and hence, one may surmise contained a great deal of research and insight from the Soviet Union's always extensive research on propaganda techniques, psychological warfare, and social engineering. Indeed, its very name - the Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences - says it all. Note the contents of the library according to the article:

"According to RIA, the library was founded in 1918, and is home to more than 14 million books, including rare texts in ancient Slavic languages, as well as documents from the League of Nations, UNESCO, and parliamentary reports from countries including the US dating back as far as 1789 (links in Russian). One of Russia’s most important libraries, INION maintains a book exchange with 874 partners in 69 countries.(Emphasis added)

A library containing copies of things such as Hansard's, or the Congressional Record back to the founding of the American, not to mention League of Nations and presumably documents from the UN (besides UNESCO) would be a treasure trove for such research.

So far, the information about what caused the fire remains rather scanty, which permits, perhaps even begs, some high octane speculation.

With tensions currently being as high as they are between the Anglo-American elites and Russia, one has to entertain the possibility that this might have been some sort of covert operation by the West, one designed to reach into the heart of the "beast," Moscow, and send a clear message. The choice of such a target would be, from this point of view, logical, for a library, not open at night, would be a target of choice if one were seeking to minimize human casualties, and a library such as INON a choice target, simply for the information contained. In short, if one wanted to minimize human casualties while striking a serious blow and sending a message, it would seem to be the ideal sort of target. And with Russia sending nuclear bombers into the English Channel in recent days(see today's tidbit), such a move would seem to fit the tit-for-tat maneuvers between Russia and the West that some are calling the New Cold War. A move such as we are speculating and hypothesizing, would be consistent as well with the West's favored method of dealing with target nations in the last decade and a half: covert warfare and operations, and "color revolutions" to install vassal puppet governments.

The strategy is, however, not without its risks, as one can imagine. And thus far, information from Russia about what actually started the fire is not yet forthcoming in any detail. So time alone will tell if this high octane speculation has any merit. But if there should be the slightest whiff of Russian allegations that it suspects a Western covert operation, and should any evidence be prima facie convincing, then one may expect my oft-reiterated warning that two can play the covert operations game to come home to roost, both in Europe, and perhaps in North America as well. After all, the West is not the only geopolitical power bloc that has the resources to indulge in state-sponsored acts of terrorism. The Soviet Union had its own considerable connections into that world, and while Russia has been "behaving' in this respect in the last two and a half decades, this is not to say that those connections were allowed to wither away.

Time, as they say, will tell.

See you on the flip side...

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. DEBRA on February 3, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Benjamin Fulford has chimed in now on the Russian Library story, suggesting that ancient Slavic history on the genetic history of the Ashkenazi Jews was the target:

    But no matter. It is safe to say that Putin, a deep lover of history, has preserved whatever blackmail ammo he needs on any subject stemming from ancient texts. Especially since that library had already been cited for numerous fire code violations … And, coincidentally (not!)
    was under order to clean up its act by January 30th, the very day of the fire!


    • Sandygirl on February 9, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      I like Benjamin Fulford because he gives hope that there are many major groups all coming together to fight and destroy the evil ones once and for all.
      I really like Dr. Farrell site because we can put our trust in what he says and he fills in between the lines of what is really going on. (And all of your comments)
      Am I better off with this knowledge, Sometimes when at the grocery store I think of the people around me, and I envy their naivety. I often don’t believe it myself, and then think, that it’s probably much worse than I could imagine. Why do I care, it would be easier to follow the pied piper, and then slip away behind a tree to smoke my cigarette and then get left behind.

  2. moxie on February 2, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    speaking of the west, covert operations and messages, funny thing I was just watching a video with this popular physicist and the topic was milltary which is suppposed to be out of his scope.. and he’s been dropping things (jokingly) like how the US is the rogue nation.. then after awhile he goes on to say the pentagon should be the national sacrifice area instead of the one in navajo (joking again while looking down).. interesting that guys like him has been looking into this stuff

    • moxie on February 2, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      Meanwhile,in the south pacific, 44 men were killed last week in a conflict involving muslim rebels and the army.. hmmm

  3. Ramura on February 2, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    It always hurts my heart to hear of libraries burning…whatever, whenever, why-ever. Memories of Alexandria, past-lives and all that… 🙁

  4. Ramura on February 2, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    It always hurts my heart to hear of libraries burning…whatever/whenever/why-ever. Memories of Alexandria, past-lives and all that… 🙁

  5. DownunderET on February 2, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Ok own up, who gave the matches to the CIA.

  6. Gaia Mars-hall on February 2, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    It is very sad to hear of this cultural tragedy.

    I am sure that Putin is having a thorough investigation done, with appropriate oversight implemented to properly understand the situation.

  7. Robert Barricklow on February 2, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    In listening to the latest Stephen Lendman interview w/John McMurtry the subject of Nazis in Ukraine came up in context with NATO/Americans and the German Foreign Minister of the time/2002. They were going over the 2002 map of Ukraine that had it divided between the West & The East. There is a planned Military & mass starvation genocide on the march being implemented today by Nazis[by definition]. It occurs at 6:43 minutes in and continues…

    • Gaia Mars-hall on February 2, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      Lendman unfortunately often forgets to note the role of the Jews here, using the dumb Nazi’s who became Nazi’s because of the terror by the Jewish Bolsheviks.

      Who the hell is in charge of the Ukraine but Yats the Yid, Arseny Yatsenuik, Poroshenko and a bunch of other Jewish kleptocrats working with their western sponsors in crime.

      What is significant are the number of defectors in the Ukraine unwilling to fight for Yats the Yid, Porky the pig, Victoria’s Secrete Neocon Mrs Kagen Nuland and the George Soros gangs.

      • Robert Barricklow on February 2, 2015 at 2:49 pm

        Gaia Mars -hall
        Absolutely right on the money. Many commentators skip that part; either in ignorance or purposely. Here they go after some bigger fish to fry that are living & promoting more big lies. Shortly after 7 minutes in they skewer & fry the **** out of Nuland. Plus gives an amusing cartoon description of her evil banker assistant[regarding the Ukraine].
        Right now I’m about 43:00 clicks in…
        As always Gaia Mars-hall, your zeroing in at the heart of evil; and I, without exception, eagerly read your posts. [If I miss something; you won’t.]
        Thanks for you input.

      • Robert Barricklow on February 2, 2015 at 2:54 pm

        Just checked.
        They start on Nuland around 23:00 clicks in…

        • Lost on February 3, 2015 at 7:01 am

          “Lendman unfortunately often forgets to note the role of the Jews here, using the dumb Nazi’s who became Nazi’s because of the terror by the Jewish Bolsheviks. “

          An excuse invented by a German historian in the 1970s.

          Also laden with antisemitism.

          The Nazis had a plan to expand the lands held for German peoples into the east, and this included killing off Jews and Slavs, it was all announced in the 1920s.

          Ukraine’s prime minister just said something as invented along the lines of “the Soviet Union invaded Ukraine”, as if Ukraine was somehow an independent country in 1917.

    • marcos toledo on February 2, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks for the link Robert I just listen to it great interview eye opening.

      • Robert Barricklow on February 3, 2015 at 11:36 am

        Thanks Marcos,
        Very happy to see you & I are not only on the same page, but the same frequency[radio/internet].
        This is one of my favorite shows[Lendman/McMurtry] that comes by once a month.

        Great to hear of you listening also.

  8. chris on February 2, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Are we sure it wasn’t set by a Dutch Communist with mental handicaps? 😉

  9. GW on February 2, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    According to our media, the probable reason of fire was short circuit on electric equipment:–1450125
    As I know from my former teacher (electrician), he told us some stories from his trips to Russia. The electric power distribution system was in a poor state, due to our standarts. So the explanation is quite possible.
    But if the H.O. speculation was true, it would not be for the first time, when a documents about history of Slavs were set on fire. At least it’s the opinion of the author:
    A good site, when you want to look out for some information about Russia, I have to say. But i’m not sure if the google translator would work in a satisfying way.
    F.E., a photo of czech tanks (T-72A) being loaded on board of a plane (AN-225 “Mria”), officially routing to Niger:
    That’s also interesting:
    They say it’s a remain of the M109-A1 Paladin ammo, which is only used by NATO.
    I hope I didn’t broke some rule of the site by posting this 🙂 Have a nice day…

  10. loisg on February 2, 2015 at 10:38 am

    I find it hard to believe that this library housed the original, and only, copies of League of Nations documents, UNESCO, and parliamentary documents from foreign countries, which would make destroying them a futile act, unless the purpose was to keep the citizens of Russia from reading them. Then it might make sense, but I wouldn’t point the finger at the West in that case, but at Russia itself. They do have a problem with allowing free speech, and with that, the free exchange if ideas.

    • Don B on February 2, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      Yes. I agree. I don’t trust Russia anymore than I trust my own government, and that says a lot.

    • Don B on February 2, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      Yes. I agree. I don’t trust Russia anymore that I trust my own government and that’s a sad commentary.

      • Don B on February 2, 2015 at 12:51 pm

        sorry for the two posts. the first one didn’t go through according a pop-up.

    • Sandygirl on February 7, 2015 at 6:28 am

      “They do have a problem with allowing free speech”
      Pretty much the same here in the u.s.

  11. marcos toledo on February 2, 2015 at 10:06 am

    The West has been burning libraries since the final destruction of the Library Of Alexandria at least. And have been on mission to erase the collective memories of humanity ever since. Just hope the Russians have backup copies of these books and documents that might have been destroyed. If there wasn’t a library to destroy they have killed the historians or living libraries of the societies they’ve conquered. Always down the memory hole the CSA-USO on the march IGNORENCE IS STRENGTH.

  12. Lost on February 2, 2015 at 9:11 am

    And then 2 days later a giant warehouse full of years of city records burns in Brooklyn.

    • marcos toledo on February 2, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Lost this might be a dry run for disposing of all non digital records. Since digital records are easier to erase or alter by our oligarchs trying to cover their evil deeds and tracks.

      • Robert Barricklow on February 2, 2015 at 11:31 am

        No doubt, Marcos.
        Those oligarchs have a long established history of such actions; another one of their tell-tale bootprints[vs. footprints] upon the face of humanity.
        In fact, one of their methods was “privishing”, which was to purchase the “exclusive” rights of the book to publish and the sit on it for eternity. One such book was about the Rockefeller family, and down the privishing hole it went with other countless unknown eye-openers that spoke truth to power.
        In fact, when I originally came across the word in context[thereby surmising its rough-cut definition; I went to the dictionary and…
        NOT THERE!
        Even wiki has a wickedly sly presentation that trends toward obfuscation.
        When digitizing on a mass scale came into the realm of publication Harper’s Magazine had a letter published that spoke of “changed” public records of presidents. The paper version not matching the digitized to change the meaning of the content/context.
        So it’s a given that this is now happening on a massive scale. The tipping point comes somewhere down the pipeline…
        No doubt they have to ability to also be selective in their digital “changes.
        So I go for the print, and just hope they haven’t been “gaming” that as well.
        Welcome to 1984 on Steroids.
        And it has been going downhill from that imagined dystopian timeframe.

      • Robert Barricklow on February 2, 2015 at 11:40 am

        Also, this reminds me of my favorite quote &
        I’d be remiss were I not to mention it here/

        The struggle of man against power is…
        The struggle of memory against forgetting.

        • Lost on February 2, 2015 at 4:40 pm

          I just figured it was a waterfront real estate grab.

          Now some expensive tower can be built.

          That was my thinking, then the Moscow library made me wonder, how old the records were in that Brooklyn warehouse.

          For example did Tesla leave a batch of papers that ended up under the control of the City of New York?

          For those looking at the fairly obvious connection between AIDS and what is called pleomorphism public health records from the 1970s would be very interesting.

          Files on the German American Bund in the 1930s would be interesting–that was certainly active in New York City before the war.

          • Robert Barricklow on February 2, 2015 at 6:19 pm

            Sometimes it’s a number of reasons. Popular is the profit motive. Removing histories of resistance, or ancient origins, or social sharing successes, or anything that runs counter to the religion of the market place or,
            most of all –

            challenges their CONTROL.

  13. Robert Barricklow on February 2, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Some High-Tech Shenanigans?
    In the vain of the 9/11 exotic variety?

    Who do they think they’re dealing with?
    At the very least; a mirror image?

  14. old97polarcat on February 2, 2015 at 8:50 am

    My guess is the Empire is far more eager to reach into the “monster” to murder people who put forth unacceptable concepts, such as Total CEOs, than it is to burn a library.

    • Robert Barricklow on February 2, 2015 at 9:16 am

      This was my first thoughts as well.
      Some germ of an ideology that is counter to the pyramid structure of control. The counter to the insanity of the powerful few over the rest of humanity resulting in endless wars and suffering.
      That is “they’re” real enemy. Another way of life that benefits all of Earth’s beings & life versus the tiny few at the expense of everything, & everyone else.

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