Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Make Russia Great Again Through Negligence


After a year and a half of silence (accompanied by much media noise) from the Mueller investigation into Trump the Terrible’s collusion with the Russians (and their lord and master the Dread Pirate Putin) to steal the election from innocent young Hillary “Twinkle-Toes” Clinton, Mueller finally laid an egg. He indicted 13 Russians for identity theft and wire fraud. He alleges that they bought some stolen personal info (Social Security numbers, names, birth dates, etc.) on the internet, used these to set up PayPal and Facebook accounts, and then used these to buy Facebook ads to undermine the American people’s faith in the wholesome goodness of their democracy. There’s no evidence that anyone in the Trump campaign or administration knew that this was happening. There’s no evidence that any of the 13 Russians had anything to do with Putin or the Russian government. There’s no evidence that anything they did had any measurable effect on the outcome of the election. However, there’s ample evidence that this indictment will go nowhere.

There’s a difference between an indictment and a conviction… a convicted person is guilty; the presumption of innocence protects an indicted person until convicted. To receive a conviction in a criminal trial, a person has to be physically present in court as one has the right to face one’s accusers. Automatically, a trial held in absentia is a kangaroo court. The 13 Russians are Russian nationals residing in Russia. The Russian constitution stipulates that you can’t extradite Russian citizens to stand trial in a foreign court, and it seems exceedingly unlikely that they’d face criminal charges in Russia based on Mueller’s indictment. Therefore, these 13 Russians are innocent under US law… forever… even if they spend time in a Russian jail, convicted under Russian law. It’s possible that one of these Russians would at some point travel abroad, get abducted, go to the USA to stand trial, and be convicted of money laundering, identity theft, and wire fraud. However, the charge of working to undermine the American people’s faith in the wholesome goodness of their democracy would be rather hard to prove, mostly because there isn’t much of it these days. The accusation is like accusing somebody of despoiling an outhouse by crapping in it, along with everyone else, but the outhouse in question had a sign on its door, “No Russians!”, but the 13 Russians just ignored it and crapped in it anyway.

The reason the Outhouse of American Democracy has the sign “No Russians!” is that Russia is the enemy. There aren’t any compelling reasons why it should be the enemy, and treating it as such is incredibly foolish and dangerous, but that’s beside the point. Painting Russia as the enemy serves a psychological need and not a rational one… Americans desperately need some entity onto which they can project their own faults. The USA is progressing toward a fascist police state; therefore, they say that Russia is a horrible dictatorship run by Putin. Traditionally, the USA meddles in elections around the world, including Russia; therefore, they say that the Russians meddle in US elections. The USA is the most aggressive country on the planet, occupying and bombing dozens of countries; therefore, they accuse the Russians of “aggression”… never-ending. If (for whatever stupid reason) Russia is actually America’s enemy, it makes sense that Americans would want to make it weaker and not stronger. Working to strengthen one’s enemy seems like a poor strategy. Yet, that’s what happened… the last two US administrations (Obama and Trump) both steadfastly aided and abetted Russia’s rise to greatness. Aiding and abetting the enemy is bad enough, but it’d also appear that they did so unwittingly. Thus, if Mueller really had the health and beauty of American democracy in his heart, he’d indict both the Obama and the Trump administrations for aiding and abetting the enemy through gross negligence. Here’s how the indictment would read:


The Obama administration falsely accused the Syrian government of carrying out an attack using chemical weapons near Damascus on 21 August 2013 to find an excuse to attack and invade Syria. In fact, chemical weapons were part of that incident, but the Syrian government forces didn’t use them. Since the Syrian government had no interest either in using chemical weapons or in maintaining its chemical weapons stockpile, this gave Russia an opening to negotiate an international deal under which Syria surrendered its entire stockpile of chemical weapons, leading to their destruction, and international inspectors then certified Syria as being free of them. This incident showed Russia to be a trustworthy partner, able to resolve crises peacefully through negotiation, raising its stature in the world. It showed the USA to be a rogue state willing to use any means, including the use of chemical weapons against civilians, to justify its illegal use of force. Following Obama’s example, the Trump administration, soon after assuming office, used similar unverified accusations of a Syrian chemical weapons attack to bomb (ineffectually) a Syrian airbase using Tomahawk missiles.


In February 2014, the Obama administration organised and carried out a bloody coup in Kiev, staging a massacre using foreign mercenaries, falsely accusing the Ukraine’s constitutional government of carrying it out, overthrowing it, and installing a puppet régime managed by the CIA and the US State Department. The Obama administration hid the nature of this régime, comprised of oligarchs and criminals allied with neo-Nazi groups, and which elevated to the status of national heroes perpetrators of genocide against Jews, Poles, and others during World War II, from the American public. However, because Russia and the Ukraine aren’t ethnically, linguistically, culturally, or religiously distinct, existing as a single entity through most of their history, most Russians understood what happened. The chaos and mayhem that followed the putsch gave the Russian government an opening to hold a referendum in the Crimea, which was briefly part of the Ukraine, but was part of Russia since 1783, to reclaim the territory. It also led to armed rebellion in the eastern Ukraine and the formation of two de facto independent republics there, making the Ukraine into a semi-defunct state that doesn’t control its own territory. All of these developments led to a tremendous surge of patriotic feeling among Russians, who felt proud of being able to reclaim what they saw as rightfully theirs and felt threatened by seeing the Ukraine once again fall to the fascists. True to form, the Trump administration continued Obama’s policy of Making Russia Great Again by providing the Ukrainian military with lethal weapons and advice.


Although the Russian reintegration of the Crimea, based on an overwhelming victory in a popular referendum and a great showing of public support, was impeccably legal in upholding the Crimea’s right to self-determination (unlike NATO’s previous annexation of Kosovo), the Obama administration saw it fit to impose economic sanctions on Russia in retribution. These sanctions, together with Russia’s countersanctions on food exports from the EU, finally provided the impetus for Russia to break with the past pattern of exporting gas and oil and importing just about everything else, and to embrace a strategy of import replacement. This allowed Russia to become self-sufficient in many areas, such as oil and gas exploration and production technology, agriculture, and many other areas. Although Russia experienced a period of considerable economic difficulty that saw the purchasing power of the population dwindle substantially, Russia’s economy survived. The national leadership’s popularity didn’t suffer because most Russians understand what they’re fighting for and, given the barrage of negative news from the Ukraine, who their enemy is, and what would happen to them if they were to show weakness.


Although the Trump administration mostly followed Obama’s example in Making Russia Great Again, the most recent round of anti-Russian sanctions, which the Trump administration didn’t impose but only announced, as required by an act of Congress, was inadvertently an act of pure genius. What Trump’s flunkies did was take the Kremlin directory and the Forbes list of Russia’s wealthiest individuals, and put them together into a single list of people. If they actually imposed these sanctions and not merely threaten them, those having any dealings with the individuals on this list would suffer legal repercussions. The plan’s brilliance is in two parts. Firstly, there are some differences of orientation among the members of the Kremlin administration… some were more US-oriented than others were. What this list did was make them look foolish in their hopes of ever appeasing the USA. Before, the USA had a few lukewarm champions inside the Kremlin; now, it has zero. Secondly, Russia had a problem with wealthy individuals moving their capital abroad, to Switzerland, to various offshore tax havens, and most notably to the USA (the money-laundering capital of the world). Now, Trump threatened them with wealth confiscation. At the same time, the Russian government extended a tax amnesty for those wishing to repatriate their capital. As a result, a flood of money is re-entering the Russian economy, giving it a major boost.

Once you put it all together, the charge against the last two US administrations for Making Russia Great Again by aiding and abetting it, unwittingly and through gross negligence, becomes compelling. Of course, there’s no chance at all that anybody will stand trial for it, but that may not be necessary. As shown by the #MeToo movement, it’s no longer necessary in contemporary America to prove a crime; a mere allegation is now sufficient to end careers and to ruin reputations. You can play this game too… of each US policy or initiative announced against Russia, ask yourself, “How is it going to help Make Russia Great Again?” It probably will.

20 February 2018

Dmitry Orlov




21 February 2018. “Do Russians Want War?” No… But Trump and Chilly Hilly Do!

“Remember the Meeting on the Elbe!” This Sov-era poster evokes the incident related in the song below… it focuses on the positive… quite unlike the Trump and Clinton filth. Russians don’t want war… but the War Witch and  Dimwit Donnie do…


Kvatro is one of my fave ensembles. English subtitles… “Do Russians Want War?” NO! Remember, President Putin’s brother lies in the Piskorovskoye Memorial Cemetery in Piter… a child victim of the German fascists. America wants to walk in their footsteps…


“Do Russians want war?” No… the last time, MILLIONS died. MILLIONS. Let that sink in. Eighty times as many Soviet citizens died in that war as did Americans… most of them civilians murdered by the Germans. We were “Untermenschtum”… “Subhumanity”, unfit to be masters in our own house. The Americans made common cause with the fascists after World War II… Truman allowed that. Anyone who was anti-communist and was willing to kiss the Americans’ ass got a “Get Out of Jail Free” card. Today, the USA supports the children of fascist collaborators in the Ukraine, the Baltics, Croatia, Kosovo, and elsewhere.

Honour the legacy of the Anti-Hitler Coalition or honour the legacy of fascism. They’re the only two options on offer… choose wisely.


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