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Panarin: Gorbachov, Khrushchov Were Steered by British Intelligence
July 3 (EIRNS)In a June 27 Izvestia TV interview titled "Who Collapsed the USSR?", Prof. Igor Panarin dropped his latest bombshell, charging that Soviet leaders Nikita Khrushchov (in power 1953-64) and Mikhail Gorbachov (1985-91) were steered to power by British Intelligence. Panarin has been broadcasting a series of commentaries on the historical and current status of the British Empire as the primary adversary of Russia. In this interview, Panarin said that Gorbachov "should be publicly condemned, but it should be done by a public tribunal, in order to understand how this person could conduct such an anti-state policy, harming his native country, in which he had been born and grew up."
In a discussion with associates today, Lyndon LaRouche said that Panarin's statement could "shake the pillars of British control" over key aspects of Russian policy today, especially if Russian institutions proceed with such a tribunal. Panarin is a professor at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and academician of the Academy of Military Sciences. In the recent interviews, he has identified British operations against Russia since the 1500s, while calling for a public investigation of the British Empire's role in launching World Wars I and II.
LaRouche, in statements and articles widely circulated in Russian translation, has identified the British subversion of both Russia and the United States since the death of Franklin Roosevelt in 1945, and currently. In his April 24 statement, "Free Russia from the Pirates of the Caribbean: the Case of Arkadi V. Dvorkovich" (EIR, April 30, 2010), LaRouche demonstrated that the clique around Anatoli Chubais, in Russia today, came out of what was done in the 1980s by Gorbachov, whom LaRouche called "essentially a traitor to the Soviet Union, as well as a British agent."
Panarin reported that his charges are documented in his just-published book, titled The First World Informational War: the Collapse of the USSR. In the book, he said, he identifies as a key turning point the moment in 1953 when, "Instead of [Byelorussian leader Panteleimon] Ponomarenko, who was supposed to succeed Stalin, Khrushchov and a group of globalists came to power." (For nearly three decades, LaRouche has been emphasizing Khrushchov's special relationship with Bertrand Russell and the latter's World Association of Parliamentarians for World Government.) Panarin charges that Gorbachov's ascent, 32 years later, likewise "occurred with support from the [New York] Council on Foreign Relations and, above all, British IntelligenceMI6."
Panarin reiterated his belief that many U.S. intelligence agencies are "subsidiaries of British Intelligence." The professor is best known for his forecasts of a coming disintegration of the U.S.A., a scheme he also attributes to London-centered interests.
"In the six years of his running the Soviet Union," Panarin said about Gorbachov, "the USSR's foreign debt increased by a factor of five and a half, while the gold reserves shrank by a factor of 11. These were merely the most visible results of the anti-state activity of Gorbachov. In my opinion, that man needs to be publicly condemned, but it should be done by a public tribunal, in order to understand how this person could conduct such an anti-state policy, harming his native country, in which he had been born and grew up."
Panarin also spoke once again about British backing for a Nazi attack on the Soviet Union, which finally took place in 1941. Noting that the majority of the millions of Soviet victims of World War II were young people, he said, "I believe that was one of the main goals of the British Empire: to destroy the flower of the nation in the Soviet Union, the young generation, in order to destroy the basis of Russia's statehood. This is, of course, a truly blasphemous goal, and the British Empire and the ideological authors of these thievish actions should, of course, be held accountable, because they are the ones who brought Hitler to power. They financed his ascent to power, and aimed him against the Soviet Union."
While the new, specific charges made by Panarin require study and cross-checking, the political message is clear. In his book, Panarin noted, he concludes that the same techniques as were used against the Soviet Union, continue to be deployed against today's Russia.
Putin and Bill Clinton Meet
June 29 (EIRNS)Former President Bill Clinton, in Moscow to speak at a conference on investment, took the opportunity to call on Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at the latter's suburban Moscow residence June 28. In remarks made public by RIA Novosti, Putin said to Clinton (using the familiar form of the pronoun "you"), "I am glad to see you in Moscow; we have known each other for a long time, and keep up our relations.... You follow the situation closely, and analyze it, and I think we will have an interesting meeting and conversation. And I hope to see you more often. You have come at a most important time."
The last time the two met, during the Davos Conference in January 2009, their one-on-one discussion lasted nearly three hours. This time, Putin invited Clinton for supper, and to spend the evening.
Little was released on the substance of their discussion, but Putin did comment on the arrests by the FBI of 11 people in the U.S.A. and Cyprus yesterday, as alleged Russian agents. "Your police have gone wild," said the Russian prime minister, "throwing people in prison." He said he hoped the events would not damage Russian-American relations. As it happens, the (Hillary) Clinton-(Sergei) Lavrov U.S.-Russian Commission on June 24 issued recommendations for a further upgrade of those relations, including formation of a working group on intelligence matters.
Phony Spy Ring Scandal 'Aimed at Sabotaging Clinton-Putin Meeting'
July 9 (EIRNS)A senior U.S. intelligence source has told EIR that the arrest of 11 alleged longtime Russian "sleeper" spies at the end of June, was timed to wreck the scheduled meeting in Russia between former President Bill Clinton and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. According to the source, there was no other explanation for the timing of the spy arrests, nor the hype that surrounded those arrests. The network had been compromised for some time, either through a Russian-based informant, or through one of the members of the spy team itself. Under such circumstances, the standard procedure would have been to monitor the network, but not move in to shut it down. Gaining knowledge of the ring's "shopping list" is always a top priority for counterintelligence, once the operatives are identified and under constant surveillance.
Furthermore, according to the source, far more serious espionage rings, including Chinese rings, had been shut down, quietly, with no public disclosures or fanfare, in recent years.
So far, there is no evidence that any actual espionage occurred, as the FBI complaint itself indicates. The ring members are charged with such crimes as failure to register as agents of a foreign government. During their meeting today, the two former Presidents, Clinton and Putin, clearly aimed to minimize the damage to U.S.-Russian relations as the result of the spy flap.
(The matter was closed by the first week in July, with the exchange of the ten individuals detained in the United States, for four people who had been held in Russian prisons as spies on behalf of the U.S.A. or the U.K.)
Russian Physicist Calls for Use of PNEs To Stop Gulf Oil Leak
July 2 (EIRNS)A veteran in the use of PNEs to seal gas wells during the Soviet days, former Russian Minister of Nuclear Energy and physicist, Victor Mikhailov, says he knows just how to fix BP's oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. "A nuclear explosion over the leak.... I don't know what BP is waiting for; they are wasting their time. Only about 10 kilotons of nuclear explosion capacity and the problem is solved," said Mikhailov, according to a Reuters report. The wire story also pointed out that Milo Nordyke, one of the masterminds behind U.S. research into PNEs in the 1960s and '70s, also says a nuclear explosion is a logical last-resort solution for BP and the government. Reuters also cited Matthew Simmons, a former energy advisor to President George W. Bush, calling for use of the nuclear option.