This has been, as I said, a week for the news almost unlike anything I've seen here before. Mr. R.B. sent this article from Russia-watcher, The Saker, but before we get to that, a little context here for our readers outside the USSA.
As everyone knows, America is having its usual presidential race "fiasco", and the charges are flying fast and furious. Mr. Trump, in case you don't know, has repeatedly said the USSA's election system is horribly rigged. Well... duh... computerized and machine-rigged voter fraud and voting fraud have been rampant for decades, and became a major issue not when Mr. Trump made his statements, but when the Collier Brothers, Kevin and Ken, published a book in the 1990s called Votescam, which first raised the issue of computerized voting in a major nationwide way. People laughed, people scoffed, but eventually, try as the lamestream media did to demonize the whole notion, it took hold. For Mr. Trump's efforts, the "opposition" party and its candicriminaldate (and Sith Apprentice) Darth Hillary, has been hollering that his supporters are racists, bigots, sexists, homophobes and Islamophobes, while Mr. Trump has been packing auditoriums with blacks, Hispanics, and yes, women(oh the horror!) and so on. Mind you, I'm not a fan of Mr. Trump, I'm just trying to convey for foreign readers of this site the climate in this country; it's hysterical in all senses of the term. Now, while all this was going on, the current occupant of the White House stated that the idea of election rigging was, well, just plain nonsense. "Not in 'merica'" was the implication. Meanwhile, of course, in spite of the fact that the idea was laughable nonsense according to that particular party, we were reminded of Darth Hillary's unusual success in winning the Iowa caucus by winning no less than six - count 'em, six - coin tosses(!) over her rival, Senator Sanders. I don't know about you, but hey, I win six coin tosses in a row all the time. It's why I'm so incredibly rich and wealthy today. And meanwhile, just so everyone can feel safe and secure about those computerized voting machines, FedGov, Inc., has decided to reassure us all by stepping in and saying that the Reichsicherheithauptamt... er, Department of Homeland (in)Security will step in and oversee everything. See? Nothing to worry about here. Move along. And hey, we all know that cyber systems are completely secure, right? After all, those Sony and banking hacks were just flukes and nothing to be concerned about, and besides, we all "know" that really, it's all Russia's doing anyway. That nasty Mr. Putin. When will he learn? (And the subtext here is "just wait till we teach them Rooskies a lesson" to which my usual response is, yea, just like King Charles, Bonaparte and the little Austrian guy with the Charlie Chaplin moustache. [And in case I haven't made my point about cyber systems clear, even as I typed the word "moustache" my computer informs me that it's misspelled! Sigh...])
Which brings us back to this article shared by Mr. R.B. from The Saker:
Now, there's food for thought here, obviously, but I want to concentrate on this:
Last week, FSB arrested a Police Colonel, after searching his car and finding ten million dollars inside. Then they searched his sister’s apartment and discovered about $140 million in cash. Then his father’s work in banking revealed that he had about $300 million on the accounts in his name in German and other European banks. The Colonel was also a head of the federal anti-corruption unit.
There are several working version where the money came from. Considering that the almost half a ton of dollars was still wrapped in US Mint plastic with US Mint barcodes on the packaging, it’s not very plausible that it was a result of bribes accumulated over the years.
Most likely, the Federal Police colonel was a cashier for the US Embassy’s funds distribution with the intent to pay to the anti-Russian opposition, and the potential perpetrators of Maidan-style civil disobedience after the elections. Because all those fervent fighters for “Western democracy” want to be paid and won’t fight for free. Unlike, say, the Saker’s editorial team.
Here, you can see an official image of the money allegedly directed to finance the “uprising against the Russian government.” In a way, it’s a modern version of a sealed wagon with Lenin and other anti-Russian “revolutionaries” travelling from Europe and the US to start a bloody revolution.
Interestingly enough, some of the anti-Russian liberals immediately announced that they won’t be able to continue “fighting” in the upcoming elections because their donors suddenly said that they won’t be able to “donate” any funds for fighting with “Putin’s regime.” This “coincidence” hasn’t gone unnoticed, and invariably caused a wave of happy and incredibly funny comments in the Russian blogosphere.
Surprise surprise... the USSA trying to influence Russian elections with money fresh off FedGov, Inc.'s printing presses? Well, it sounds like a lost scene from Dr. Strangelove that ended up on the cutting room floor, and not like real life, right?
Well, in my high octane speculation of the day, I'm inclined to believe it, not only for the reasons Mr. Humor states in his article, and not because of the theatrical "juicy tidbit" of the money being wrapped in US mint plastic with US MInt barcodes. Face it, even if this was some sort of elaborate Russian intelligence "false flag" op or ploy, adding such theatricality would be just about the last thing they'd do. I'm inclined to agree with Mr. Humor simply because it appears that the West is desperately trying to get rid of Mr. Putin and to send messages to him; think only of the strange "accidental" death of his favorite chauffeur last week in Moscow, an "accident" that, judging from the videos that Russia quickly released, shows one car swerving across the median and slamming into another. And these "made in the west cars", most readers here are aware, can be accessed externally. So messages are being sent to Mr. Putin.
Then there's this from the article:
According to some “insider” information, in a battalion of potential gastarbeiters there were at least two dozen military servicemen known to fight in the so-called “ATO” in Donbass. And they were coming from a town called Summu, which has been known for overwhelmingly voting for fascist Nazi parties of “Svoboda” (Freedom) and the Right Sector.
For the brainwashed Western viewers nothing would spell an “anti-Putin uprising” in Moscow better than several hundred war-criminals from Ukraine burning tires and shooting at the police and innocent Muscovites.
True enough, Darth Soros's efforts in the Ukraine brought into power a very unsavory group of people, with murky and unpleasant ties to World War Two. As I indicated in my book The Third Way, Mr. Sergei Glazyev stated that Moscow's problems were not with the Nazis in Kiev, but with the Nazis in Washington.
And he meant it.
But there's a hidden implication to this article, and it is not only wise to state it, but in a certain sense, incumbent to do so: there is an underlying assumption in the west that the problem is Mr. Putin, as if simply getting rid of him will solve the West's Russischproblem, as if what Mr Putin is and represents in terms of his views and policies is a one-off affair, a sort of "neo-Stalinist" revival of the "cult of personality." This is not so. If the West was successful in overturning Russian elections, or even in getting rid of Mr. Putin by more "active measures" and "wet operations," things will not change very much at all. There might be a temporary return to the reign of the post Soviet oligarchs who were plundering Russia in cahoots with the west, but this would be short-lived for the simple reason that the people that put Mr. Putin in power will not allow a return to the Yeltsin-era rape of Russia, and similarly, they will not allow a "neo-Sovietism." After all, the "oligarchs" were in most cases but the old nomenklatura, or tied closely to it. What Mr. Putin's Russia really is - and I've said it many times - is the first post-post modern state, and an unusual experiment is being tried in Russia. It is no longer officially atheist, it's not fully secular, it's not globalist, it's not anti-Christian, in fact, it's very difficult to define what modern Russia is(especially in any terms that would make sense to a westerner); it's much easier to say what it isn't, and that, incidentally, is a very Eastern and Russian Orthodox way of looking at things. (Don't believe me? Well, a very famous Orthodox saint by the name of Gregory Palamas once said something that doesn't "compute" to the Western cultural-religious mind: "If God exists, the world does not, and if the world exists, God does not," and no, he was not trying to be all "ecumenical" and "tolerant" of Hinduism or Buddhism when he said it).
The bad news is that most people in the West, and I fear even many of the West's "Russia experts", don't really understand this, because they keep insisting on viewing Russia in almost exclusively western, and ergo mistaken, terms, and thus, Mr. Putin is a one-off, and all "we need do" is get rid of him somehow and put "our people" back in power.
But Mr. Putin, the ideas he represents, and the people behind them, are not a one-off, and are in fact deeply embedded in Russia's military and intelligence services, in Russian academia and letters and in economic and political think tanks, and the sooner the West learns this, and learns it well, the better. Otherwise, we're facing more of those King Charles-Bonaparte-Little Austrian Corporal moments of history.
See you on the flip side...