Voices from Russia

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Guess Which Country is the Undisputed Champion in Election Meddling?

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With the entire “Russia interfered in US democracy” story collapsing, Jimmy Dore reminded us which country is the undisputed champion in election meddling. The Carnegie Mellon University study does NOT even include coups and attempts at régime change. The study just counts when the USA tried directly to influence an election for one of the sides. Imagine the results if we added coups, régime change operations, invasions, sanctions, and bombings to the final tally. Here’s a transcript of an NPR interview on the matter:

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

This is hardly the first time a country tried to influence the outcome of another country’s election. By one expert’s count, the USA did it, too, more than 80 times worldwide between 1946 and 2000. That expert is Dov Levin of Carnegie Mellon University. I asked him to tell me about one election where US intervention likely affected the outcome.

DOV LEVIN:

One example of that was our intervention in Serbia (then, Yugoslavia), in the 2000 election there. Slobodan Milošević was running for re-election, and we didn’t want him to stay in power due to his tendency to disrupt the Balkans and his human rights violations (sic). Therefore, we intervened in various ways for the opposition candidate, Vojislav Koštunica. Moreover, we gave funding to the opposition, and we gave them training and campaigning aide. In addition, according to my estimate, that assistance was crucial in enabling the opposition to win.

SHAPIRO:

How often are these interventions public versus covert?

LEVIN:

Basically, about one-third of them are public and two-thirds of them are covert. In other words, the voters in the target don’t know before the election.

SHAPIRO: 

Your count doesn’t include coups or attempts at régime change. Depending on the definitions, it sounds like the tally could actually be much higher.

LEVIN:

You’re right. I didn’t count and discounted covert coup d’états like the USA did in Iran in 1953 or in Guatemala in 1954. I only counted when the USA tried directly to influence an election for one of the sides. I didn’t discuss other types of interventions. However, if we include those, then, of course, the number could be larger.

SHAPIRO:

For example, how often do other countries like Russia try to alter the outcome of elections as compared to the USA?

LEVIN:

Well, for my dataset, the USA is the most common user of this technique. Since 1945, Russia or the USSR used it half as much. My estimate is 36 cases between 1946 to 2000. We know that the Chinese used this technique; the Venezuelans used it when the late Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías was in power, and other countries used it, too.

SHAPIRO:

Arguably, the USA is more vocal than any other country about promoting democracy and democratic values around the world. Does this strike you as conflicting with that message?

LEVIN:

It depends upon if we help the pro-democratic side (sic), as in the case of Milošević that I talked about earlier. I believe that’d be helpful for democracy. If it helps less-nicer candidates or parties, then, naturally, it can be less helpful.

SHAPIRO:

Obviously, your examination of 20th-century attempts to influence elections doesn’t involve hacking because computers weren’t widespread until recently.

LEVIN:

That’s true.

SHAPIRO:

In your view, is technology dramatically changing the game… as we saw in the November election? On the other hand, is this just the latest evolution of an effort that always used whatever tools are available?

LEVIN:

I’d say it’s more the latter. Before, without cyber-hacking tools, I’d say that the Russians or the Soviets infrequently did these types of intervention because one had to use old-style methods such as people meeting in the park in secret giving out and getting information and things like that.

23 April 2017

Alex Christoforou

The Duran

http://theduran.com/guess-which-country-is-the-undisputed-champion-in-election-meddling/

Thursday, 9 March 2017

US Citizens Split on Russia’s Alleged Meddling in US Election

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On Wednesday, a Politico/Morning Consult poll showed US citizens divided almost equally on whether Russia meddled with the 2016 US presidential election:

Forty-one percent of registered voters polled last weekend said the Russian Federation influenced the race between President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton … Overall, the electorate is split on the issue, with 42 percent of voters saying the former Cold War adversary didn’t influence the election.

The poll indicated that the share of US citizens believing in Russia’s interference in the election’ results increased by nine percentage points since a December survey. The pollster surveyed almost 2,000 people on 2-6 March.

In late 2016, reports emerged suggesting that US intelligence discovered an alleged Russian hack of Republican National Committee (RNC) computers during the election campaign, but no leaks followed. The Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) computers were also hacked this summer, resulting in a number of compromising leaks. The CIA claimed Russia deliberately targeted Clinton’s presidential campaign, because it wanted Trump to win, while the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reportedly reached opposite conclusions from the same raw intelligence. Russia repeatedly refuted the allegations.

9 March 2017

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/us/201703091051392237-usa-divided-russian-meddling/

Editor:

We’ve all seen the news proving that the CIA and NSA have computer programs that use malware to run false-flag operations in cyberspace. That proves that all US allegations of “Russian hacking” and “Russian interference” are GIGO. It means that people in the US Deep State wanted Trump to win… and are trying to “pin it on the Russkies”. That is, her Establishment pals skunked Clinton… remember, Bill and Hill aren’t Social Register material (they’re wannabes of the highest order, though)… none of the “Episcopalian” country clubs want them as members. It seems that everyone hates the Clintons except for Democratic Party operatives…

BMD

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Sputnik Editor-in-Chief Gives Some Advice to the “Dear CIA”

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On Sunday, RT and Sputnik Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said that the Western establishment considers Russia “abnormal” by default and gave the CIA some caustic advice on how to prevent Russia from being perceived as “normal” in the West. Simonyan wrote in her blog:

For the majority of the Western Establishment, the idea that Russia is normal is as wild as the suggestion that the Earth is square… Everyone stopped caring about facts long ago. There’s a conclusion that Russia is abnormal with all that follows. Facts have to be adjusted to fit the conclusion.

According to the RT editor-in-chief, part of the Establishment’s dislike for US President Donald Trump stems from his seeming willingness to review the relationship with Russia. Simonyan gave a few acerbic recommendations to the CIA on how to ensure that the public opinion of Russia doesn’t change, including constant reminders about hackers and Trump’s relations with Moscow:

Remind people about the cunning of RT and Sputnik. Use the most fear-inducing vocabulary. There’s no need to look for a newsworthy event, the people are used to it.

She cited the example of NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu calling Sputnik “part of the propaganda machine” in an interview with the BBC. Simonyan added sarcastically that a political assassination of a prominent activist or a politician would be a fail-safe way to avoid normalising relations with Russia and suggested that the CIA arrange that, noting that she made her suggestion “in an ironic context” and it was in no way an actual call for action.

On 6 January, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released a report saying US intelligence agencies, including the CIA, had a high degree of confidence that Russia meddled in the US presidential election. On 7 January, Simonyan said that the report was poorly prepared and jokingly offered some facts the CIA could use in future.

12 February 2017

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201702121050597190-sputnik-rt-simonyan-cia-advice/

Editor:

My, my, my, the CIA complains of “Russian meddling in the US Presidential election”… I seem to recall that’s a favourite Langley tactic… meddling in foreign elections or overthrowing people that the US Deep State doesn’t like. I seem to recall that V F Yanukovich was the legitimate President of the Ukraine… didn’t Langley have a hand in his overthrow, kids? It seems to me that Langley is lying, yet again. Do note what they’re saying… “Donald Trump isn’t the legit prez because the Russians interfered”.

Stay tuned… the poker game between Trump and the Deep State has only begun…

BMD

Thursday, 9 February 2017

9 February 2017. BREAKING NEWS Famous DNR Commander M S Tolstykh “Givi” Murdered

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Uniate/schismo nationalists (no doubt, acting under Langley’s orders and protection) murdered M S Tolstykh, better known by his callsign “Givi”. Just like in the case of “Motorola” (A S Pavlov), the Uniates and their Langley puppeteers showed their criminality and cowardice… they used a remote-control bomb to kill Givi… it wasn’t in a real mano a mano fight… the Uniate/schismo nationalists (like their Anglo American enablers) are cowardly bullies, who don’t like to mix it up with true standup guys like Motorola and Givi. Mikhail Sergeyevich was an ordinary guy… a truck driver from Ilovaisk. His grit, courage, and fortitude won him acclaim on the battlefield, and the Uniate/Langley pigs couldn’t defeat him. Another hero is gone… the DNR declared three days of mourning. This crime shows the absolute stupidity and cluelessness of Langley and their Uniate stooges. By murdering Motorola and Givi, all that they did was to create martyrs and a focus of unity and determination for the patriot elements. They also showed the base criminality at the base of both the American policy and the Uniate junta. God do preserve us… the USA continues on its mad spree and it still continues to support its protegés in aggression throughout the world. Trump changed NOTHING.

Say a prayer for the departed hero and Servant of God Mikhail… we’re Christians; that’s what we do. Never forget what Langley and its stooges did… never forgive the American Establishment and the Uniate leadership for what they did… we’re decent people; we don’t do things like that. If you needed proof that the American push for global hegemony is evil… this is that. If you needed proof that Uniate “Ukrainian nationalism” is vile and demonic… this is that.

We live in evil times and the centre of that evil is Neoliberal America. Have a care…

BMD

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