From Volume 38, Issue 5 of EIR Online, Published Feb. 4, 2011
Russia and the CIS News Digest

Russian Thinkers Turn to LaRouche

Jan. 30 (EIRNS)—Unlike many crises around the world, which people in Russia viewed as being far away and of no concern to them, the turmoil in Tunisia, Egypt, and across Southwest Asia has touched off intense debates in Russia and other CIS countries. Will the same type of developments happen in Ukraine (again), or Belarus, or even in Russia? These questions are being hotly debated in the press and on Russian-language Internet sites.

The LaRouche movement's Russian website is releasing a Russian translation of Lyndon LaRouche's remarks to a luncheon with diplomats on Jan. 27, in which he said: "It's a chain-reaction effect, throughout the entire Maghreb and the Middle East, and everywhere. The whole world is ready to blow up.... One must recognize this process, and address efforts not to interpret isolated events, but to influence the mass process."

In the current setting, Russians across the political spectrum are very open to such advice from LaRouche, as evidenced in many recent publications.

* The LaRouchePAC release "A Ticking Time Bomb Explodes in Tunisia" was translated by a Russian Internet user and widely republished.

* Jan. 26, Russky Obozrevatel (The Russian Observer) published an article on the coming possible breakup of Sudan, as a geopolitical maneuver, titled "Africa Awakens." The authors are Said Gafurov and Darya Mitina, the latter, a young Russian Communist Party leader of Afghan descent. In 2009, Mitina ranted in her blog against LaRouche's proposal for a mission to Mars. But now, she and her coauthor say LaRouche is right: "In the near future, we are likely to see many dramatic processes in the Middle East-Africa region. If you want to follow Lyndon LaRouche in calling this evidence of an existential crisis of neoliberalism, we think you will not be mistaken."

* Jan. 21, Russky Obozrevatel carried an article on the Tunisia uprising, by Russian writer Sergei Filatov. He cited the above-mentioned LPAC release, which warned there was "no simple explanation" for those events: "I do not want to quote other sources in this article, but I shall tell you the opinion of Lyndon LaRouche, whom I respect. This prominent American dissident intellectual gives no quarter. Any action of the U.S. administration or its allies comes under fire from him. But when it came to the Tunisian events, this sharp-tongued critic could only say that 'there is no evidence yet that these events were engineered by either a faction of the regime or by outside elements.'"

* Jan. 28, in the forum, from the other side of the political spectrum, a senior moderator advised readers that, to understand the events in Egypt, they should read a 2001 article by LaRouche: "I would like to post something from LaRouche, or, rather, from [the late] Academician [Dmitri] Lvov, who issued a warning.... Read this article about Academician Lvov's warning: 'On the Subject of Primitive Accumulation.' It points up the specific reason when the USA will collapse according to the Roman Empire scenario. That is the main thesis of this article, which was written back in 2001, i.e., six years before the acute phase of the world crisis began, although really the U.S. crisis began a long time ago, decades earlier."

* Jan. 29, an editorial on the Ukrainian website Hvylya said: "The post-modernist America-centric world, just a few years ago trumpeted in the Western press as unassailable, is rushing headlong to its end. Just a few years ago, such intellectual titans as Immanuel Wallerstein and Lyndon LaRouche, who were warning about the future crash of this model of the world, were considered crazy by all the bourgeois media. Today, their predictions are becoming reality."

* Economist Mikhail Khazin, in a commentary on the ideologically super-free-market Republicans in the USA, cited the Nov. 6, 2010 warnings of LaRouche on this tendency, calling him "the prominent American political figure, who is extremely well informed on the nuances of the internal correlation of forces in the USA."

* Russian-Israeli writer Vladimir Shenk, writing in the Russian-language web publication Chastny Korrespondent, focused on the urgency of getting people to be inspired by powerful ideas of development. "It is no accident," he wrote, "that the well-known economist Lyndon LaRouche has proposed getting to work on the development of Mars. That might seem absurd. But when the crisis broke out, the world plunged into grayness. We need an idea, which would justify the meaning of human existence."

Inter-Alpha Expose Is Hot in Russia and Ukraine

Jan. 18 (EIRNS)—An article by EIR's John Hoefle, "The Inter-Alpha Group: Nation-killers for Imperial Genocide" (EIR, Sept. 17, 2010) has been released in Russian, immediately drawing enormous attention. It was republished by the Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine, the Hvylya site, and half a dozen Russian blogs. Hundreds of people viewed the article, a fact of importance in Russia, whose economic policy has been held hostage to the Goldman Sachs and Inter-Alpha Group-engineered "BRIC" swindle of global financial speculation and looting.

One blogger provided his own introduction, advising readers to study the article closely, and noting that: "The article particularly emphasizes that, 'The solution begins with the reinstatement of Glass-Steagall in the United States, and the adoption of the Glass-Steagall principle by other nations, combined with a return to the Bretton Woods system of fixed exchange rates.' And while people may know about 'the Bretton Woods system of fixed exchange rates,' few have an idea of what the Glass-Steagall law is. In fact, this is a very simple law that prescribed what kind of operations each bank could engage in: industrial banks could do financing, but were banned from 'playing the market.'...

"Why is this lethal for the global octopus? Because the existing banking system, just like the Inter-Alpha Group, is an instrument of genocide. 'It was formed for the explicit purpose of destroying not only the existence, but the very concept, of national sovereignty.'"

Russian Liberal: If Re-elected, Putin Will Face 'Tunisia' Scenario

Jan. 18 (EIRNS)—Igor Yurgens, head of the Institute for Contemporary Research (INSOR), in Moscow, said openly yesterday that if Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin regains the Presidency, he will be overthrown. "Look at what is happening in Tunisia," Yurgens told Bloomberg Television. "People don't understand why Russia can't choose a new, more modern-looking person who is more open to the outside world. Everyone is fed up at seeing the same face."

INSOR was established in 2008, when Dmitri Medvedev became President, and Medvedev is the chairman of its board. INSOR and Yurgens have gone far beyond Medvedev himself, in peddling the British and George Soros line for Russia, often in a chorus with ex-USSR President Mikhail Gorbachov, noted for his special relationship with London. In 2010, INSOR issued a report to say that Russia will never enjoy any economic recovery or growth to speak of, until it dismantles the current "authoritarian" political system created by Putin.

Posing everything in terms of what will achieve the best "investment climate" for Russia, Yurgens asserted that "there will be fewer political and economic risks if Medvedev rather than Putin governs the next term."

While both Putin and Medvedev have said they will discuss between them, who should be a Presidential candidate next year, Kremlin deputy chief of staff Arkadi Dvorkovich said Dec. 10 that Medvedev wants to run. Dvorkovich put out his statement via the BBC.

Rosnano CEO Anatoli Chubais, another infamous agent of British influence in Russia as privatization architect in the 1990s, also came out in December saying it is becoming "less probable" for Putin to return to the Presidency. All of London's men in Moscow are campaigning to that effect.

Massive Airport Bomb Explosion Staggers Moscow

Jan. 24 (EIRNS)—A huge explosion ripped through the international section of Domodedovo airport, busiest of Moscow's three airports, this afternoon, killing 35 people and wounding more than 145, Russia's Health Ministry officials told RIA Novosti. The news service said the explosion may have been caused by a suicide bomber (as was subsequently confirmed).

It was the worst attack in Russia's capital since twin blasts in the subway last March killed 40 people and wounded more than 60. Those bombs were set off allegedly by women from Dagestan in Russia's North Caucasus, a historical British stomping ground, that has been under constant assault by Islamic-extremist violence, orchestrated by Wahhabi-indoctrinated forces from Saudi Arabia, in particular.

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev ordered increased security across Russia's capital, its airports and other transport hubs. He also postponed and curtailed his visit to the World Economic Forum at Davos.

In addition to the increasing pressure exerted by the Saudi-financed and -trained terrorists in Afghanistan to initiate violence in Central Asia and Russia, Russia is also undergoing serious sociopolitical unrest, which could easily be aggravated by the latest attack. Last Dec. 11, in Moscow's Manezh Square by the Kremlin, as many as 5,000 people gathered in an aggressive mood to protest the killing of a football fan, after an alleged perpetrator—reportedly of North Caucasus origin—was let go by the police.

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