If you're like me, and judging from the amount of articles and inquiries stuffing my email inbox, you are, then you're wondering just what the heck is going on in Russia? It's bad enough that the lamestream propatainment media lie incessantly to us about the marvellous and wondrous progress the good, saintly, and heroic Ukrainian military is making against the evil, backward, contemptible and inept Russian military. To listen to some of it, you'd think Zelensky's Tiger tank Leopard tank panzers have driven clean through Volgagrad and are on their way to the Urals, and that Moscow will fall to Army Group Center the Ukrainian military and Field Marshall von Bock General Valery Zaluzhniy any minute now.  Confident pronouncement after confident pronouncement is coming from the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht  President Zelensky and victory after victory is being recorded on the big screen by Deutsche Wochenschau SeeBS, Faux news, the BBC, CNN, and other outlets.

Add to this mix the reports that part of the Russian military operation represented by Admiral Kolchak and the White armies Prigozhin and the Wagner Group and the situation is downright confusing. We've not seen such hotheadedness from a Russian leader since Nikita Khrushchev removed his shoes at the United Nations General assembly in order to pound the table with them, much to the malodorous chagrin of everyone else present. The situation is - well - just downright confusing, and while I'd like to offer up my usual dollop of confusion-clarifying high octane speculation, this time I can't, except that I do have a possibility. Consider the following article from a Georgian in Tibilisi, who is just as confused as I am, shared by D.J.:


Now you'll notice something very weird about what allegedly set all this coup d'etat talk off:

Businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin accused the Russian military of “missile strikes on the rear camps” of the Wagner PMC, as a result of which “a huge number of fighters” of the military company died. […]

Prigozhin, citing a decision made by the Council of Commanders PMC Wagner, stated the following in a video appeal:

“The evil that the military leadership of the country bears must be stopped! They neglect the lives of soldiers, they forgot the word ‘justice’ … Those who destroyed our guys and the lives of many tens of thousands of Russian soldiers will be punished. I ask you not to resist [Wagner].

And of course, the reaction from the various agencies of the Russian state itself were entirely predictable:

All of Prigozhin’s claims are “entirely unfounded,” the body said in a statement, adding that the Federal Security Service (FSB) has “opened a criminal investigation on account of calling for an armed rebellion.”

“We demand the immediate end to all illegal activity,” the anti-terrorism committee stated.

Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry accused Prigozhin of spreading falsehoods over a video circulating on social media that claimed the Russian military had attacked a base of Wagner fighters.

“A large number of our fighters died. We will decide how we will respond to this atrocity. The next step is ours,” Prigozhin said in a statement commenting on the alleged attack. He then vowed to march on Moscow and hold those responsible to account, warning the military to stay out of his way.

And that, more or less, is where we stand as of the moment of this blog-writing, though of course by the time this blog appears publicly the situation might advance even more.  But it does not matter, because what I want to concentrate on is the initial set of claims and counter-claims that set this whole weirdness in motion: (1) the claim by the Wagner group's leader that one of his bases was struck by Russian munitions resulting in the loss of several of his soldiers, and (2) the denials by the organs of the Russian state, including its Ministry of Defense and the Federalnaya Sluzhba Bezopaznosti, the F.S.B.

These two claims took me back to the autumn of 1940, and to a crucial period during the Battle of Britain, and to a war-losing decision that Adolf Hitler took.  Up to that point, the German Luftwaffe was pursuing a very careful strategy, one that was working and one which, if continued, would doom the Royal Air Force to ineffectiveness. The strategy, and the very clever British response, are even alluded to in the old 1960s movie about the battle, The Battle of Britain, which starred just about every actor back then that you can think of. Basically the Luftwaffe was pursuing the strategy of denial of infrastructure: it didn't matter how many planes the British shot down, because the Luftwaffe would bomb their airfields. The British fighters could take off, but would return to a cratered and bombed runway, and have to land further and further away from the theater of operations each time. The Royal Air Force was being pushed back, gradually, from the very theater where it was most needed. Virtually every senior Luftwaffe commander, from Reichsmarschal Goering himself, to Colonel-Generals Kesselring and so on, agreed that it was the only strategy that would enable what the Germans needed: air superiority in southern England for an airborne and amphibious invasion.

It was working, and there was absolutely nothing the bravery or skill of the British pilots could do about it.

Then someone in the lofty reaches of British bomber command hit upon an idea, and the idea had but a purely psychological goal, and but one target: Adolf Hitler. The idea was to enrage Hitler, and get him to change the entire strategy and targeting priority for the Luftwaffe. So a few British bombers raided Berlin at night, dropped a few bombs, did a little damage... and infuriated Hitler, who, in retaliation, gave one of his most memorable speeches the following night to a packed crowd in the Sportpalast, angrily shouting that if the British air force were to drop bombs of a hundred, or five hundred, or a thousand kilograms on a German city, then the Luftwaffe was going to drop ten times that amount of ordnance on British cities. (The speech, incidentally, is "reproduced" in the movie, though the subtitles are a bit inaccurate.)  The bombing raid had its intended psychological effect, for Hitler ordered the bombing of British cities, allowing the RAF to repair its airfields, and return them to the use of their fighters.

The result? The British retook air superiority over southern England, and never lost it again.

Something similar appears to be to be happening here.  The Russian military has no good reason to carry out attacks on the Wagner group, nor, I suspect, does the Wagner group have any real proof - other than, perhaps, the Russian munitions themselves - that it did so.  It is, however, precisely the sort of thing one would to to an enemy that was otherwise successful on the battlefield: divide the enemy and, if possible, get him to fight himself.  In this case, Prigozhin is playing hot-headed Hitler to Putin's more strategy-minded Goering. And we've already seen three instances in recent months where an on-the-ground human intelligence capability inside of Russia had to be active: (1) the bombing-assassination of Alexandra Dugina, (2) the attempted drone attacks on the Kremlin, and (3) the drone attacks on the residential area in western Moscow.  I am suggesting the possibility of a similar operation here: attacks on the Wagner group probably did occur, and probably did take place using Russian weapons, but it probably was not Russians carrying them out, but special operations teams. The goal? Infuriate Prigozhin, and foster internal dissention within the Russian state and military.

If this speculation be anywhere close to the truth, then as I've been warning for quite some time, it is a game that two can play (indeed, as is noted at the beginning of that little Hitler speech from the movie). If the Wagner attempted coup suggests anything, it is the fragility of the modern state.  The west will probably continue to play such games, and there is once again talk of potential nuclear false flags in western circles.  Clearly, all options are on the table for both sides. And if those options include nuclear, then they also include car bombs, assassinations, drones, and infrastructure sabotage.  The Wagner "coup", I strongly suspect, is just another manifestation that the war is now covert, as well as overt.

See you on the ...


I just received the following article from an individual who wishes to remain completely anonymous.  I have NOT had time to verify or check it, so take it with a grain of salt, but I AM going to publish this blog today (Saturday, June 24) rather than my normal practice of scheduling it to appear on Monday.

In any case, the article is reporting that apparently Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin's aircraft has disappeared shortly after taking off from Moscow bound for St. Petersburg. It should be carefully noted that this is from a Ukrainian site, and is therefore to be treated with due caution.

Putin's plane gone from radars shortly after taking off in Moscow - media

Map of allaged Putin aircraft disappearance

My speculation remains the same: the West is behind this, and it's  desperation move to split Russia, topple the Putin government, and save their bacon in the Ukraine...

See you on the flip side...


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".

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  1. ragiza on June 27, 2023 at 2:26 pm

    Machiavelli discussed mercenaries in “The Prince” 500 yrs ago. What happened with Wagner is not all that unusual, except in its incompetence.

    I think that Progozean? was under pressure from heavy casualties and being pushed out of his power and status by the generals – and he had an emotional breakdown. Look at his vids over the corpses, we’re not getting ammo, blah blah.

    As for those US senators being briefed ahead of time, that just means NSA was on his comms. But that raises the question of why Russian intelligence apparently was caught unaware, or, did they just not bother to inform Putin and his circle what was in the works???

  2. Richard on June 26, 2023 at 2:50 am

    Builders of the Potempkin do not intend for outsiders to know – and they don’t.

  3. THX 1138 on June 25, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    I think this may have been a much bigger blunder from the DC clown show then can be imagined. I posit that western intelligence were approached by Prigozhin, or someone in Wagner, that they would launch a coup against Putin for money. The CIA runs it by the usual DC boneheads including the big guy and they find 6 billion in the Pentagon budget for Prigozhin. He fakes a coup which Putin is in on, but is really an operation to expose internal traitors/leakers working for the CIA as well as fleece DC. Everything goes as planned, Putin and Prigozhin split the 6 billion, CIA agents in the Russian govt get exposed, which may include Shigou, who gets fired by Putin, and maybe whoever was on the Wagner helicopters that got shot down, and DC gets pie in their face again. Putin stronger than ever. Ask yourself— DC boasts they know about the coup plot but internal Russian security does not? Preposterous. And then Putin confers immediately with every world leader who survived a CIA coup recently like Assad and Ergowan?

  4. THX 1138 on June 25, 2023 at 8:55 am

    What if we have really over analyzed all of this coup stuff and it really is just about alcohol? That is– drunk Russians doing crazy drunk Russian stuff?

  5. Jo on June 25, 2023 at 2:43 am

  6. Kevin Ryan on June 24, 2023 at 11:21 pm

    It would be quite amazing if the Ukrainian army tricked Prigozhin into withdrawing from Ukraine and going to Rostovon Don, then traveling to the outskirts of Moscow, seemingly because Shoigu has failed to properly supply Wagner with beans and ammo, and then fired on Wagner troops. The beans and ammo problem seems to be of Russian origin. Putin thought he’d make a quick example of Ukraine with his “special military operation” – which proved to be neither quick nor special. It drags on well over a year. Putin has his ass in a crack and the war in Ukraine makes him look bad. A lot of people left Russia. That makes him look bad. Drone attacks in Moscow make him look like he’s losing control – whether the attacks come from Ukrainians, Russian dissidents, or Prigozhin operatives. Navalny is back in court and in the news on charges that could result in 30 more years of prison- so Putin has stooped to beating up on a political opponent already in prison as a way to threaten Russians who might challenge him politically or otherwise. Prigozhin’s march to the outskirts of Moscow, then turning around, makes Putin look very bad. It may have been a way to test Russia’s zeal for an armed overthrow, or at least get them thinking about one. And Belarus will provide asylum for these traitors? When Lukaschenko is under Putin’s control? I expect Progozhin has assassination teams heading into Moscow and Putin has similar teams heading to Belarus. In seven days we will likely know if Prigozhin and Putin have reached a peaceable agreement, or not. Putin’s plane disappearing after takeoff may be another sign of weakness – of going into hiding or fearing for his safety. Perhaps soon we will see photos of a bare-chested Putin riding a polar bear.

  7. sOktay on June 24, 2023 at 7:36 pm

  8. THX 1138 on June 24, 2023 at 7:05 pm

    It doesn’t seem plausible that the west could attack the Wagner group and make them think the attack came from the Russian regular army. I would also find it implausible that a Russian person of influence would throw their lot in with the west at this point considering Russia’s success in the Ukraine and their triumph over the sanctions. Russia’s position is strengthening by the day as the west’s position is weakening rapidly. Not to mention, treason still comes with tremendous shame in a country like Russia, unlike the west. It is well known that Putin and Prigozhin are close friends. Instead, could this mutiny be a manufactured ruse for some strategic end either inside Russia or outside its borders? 4D chess?

  9. FiatLux on June 24, 2023 at 4:39 pm

    Clearly, we’re watching information warfare. I take every bit of information published or rumored about any war with a huge grain of salt until there’s very concrete evidence of its veracity.

    That being said, I think it’s quite likely that this is indeed a move to split Russia, topple the Putin government, and save the West’s bacon in the Ukraine — and I’ll bet it won’t be the last. Isn’t regime change in Russia one of the main objectives of the West in this whole sad mess?

  10. antimason on June 24, 2023 at 4:10 pm

    I’m more inclining to a theory that it was deep fake psy op at its finest. The latest reports calim that Prigozhin won’t even be persecuted and that Wagner guys who didn’t take the march will keep their salaries. It more looks like a deal between Prigozhin, Putin and Lukashenko to pull the rats out of the Russian military

  11. RBG Santa Monica on June 24, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    I have spent a lot of time on the Flightradar24 website (that was allegedly showing the flight track of Putin’s plane). If a plane suddenly “vanishes” it’s usually because they have turned off the transponder. I have seen this done with U.S. and British Air Force flights, where one minute it’s there and the next it’s gone. The website doesn’t actually show you the radar tracking. The website’s blog actually made an announcement that many flights in the Moscow region can’t be tracked right now because the Russians are jamming the GPS.

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