From Volume 38, Issue 31 of EIR Online, Published August 12, 2011
Russia and the CIS News Digest

Close Attention to LaRouche in Russia as Crisis Intensifies

Aug. 8 (EIRNS)—With the intensification of the global breakdown crisis, this month is bringing renewed attention in Russia and Ukraine to Lyndon LaRouche, who is known in those countries for his forecasts of the crisis, and of its systemic nature, going back three decades.

On Aug. 1, amid a frenzied focus on the so-called "debt ceiling" debate in the U.S. Congress, the LaRouchePAC release "Obama's Coup Follows Path of Hitler's Enabling Law" was translated and posted in two different Russian blogs, including Aftershock, an economic crisis discussion forum that is one of the top ten most-read blogs in Russia. That release has subsequently been republished on a dozen other sites.

A more in-depth treatment of the crisis by LaRouche appeared on the Russian-language site of his movement on Aug. 4: LaRouche's Jan. 22 "State of the Union" webcast, which presented the nature of the crisis and its roots in the millennia-old imperial system, and the solution of a Hamiltonian credit system, in which restoration of the Glass-Steagall principle would be the first step. The video of LaRouche's January presentation was the #1 ranked news video on Russia's on its day of publication.

Consistent with this attention to LaRouche's recent statements is a surge of people downloading his major writings. Leading the way are LaRouche's June 1995 speech, given at the Russian State Duma building in Moscow, "The World Financial and Economic System and Problems of Economic Growth," and his major article "On the Subject of Primitive Accumulation," published ten years ago this Summer. The latter was part of a dialogue with the late Academician Dmitri Lvov, after June 2001 economic hearings held in the Duma by then-chairman of its Committee on Economic Policy, which both LaRouche and Lvov addressed.

LaRouche's name, and reference to his ideas, is also coming up in statements by prominent economists and analysts.

Victor Gerashchenko, former head of the Central Bank of Russia, cited the "famous American economist" LaRouche, in an interview with the Russian English-language channel Russia Today. In the context of talking about the Federal Reserve's policies, Gerashchenko noted that LaRouche warned over a decade ago, that adhering to such policies would lead to a collapse like that of the Roman Empire.

Sergei Kurginyan, a well-known analyst, issued a tweet on Aug. 5, reporting: "LaRouche says either Obama leaves or the USA is finished; Obama out now!"

Also Aug. 5, the Ukrainian news service IA Rex quoted a blog posting by Prof. Eduard Afonin, sociology professor at the Ukrainian National Academy of Economic Management. Afonin drew attention to LaRouche's reply, recently published in Russian, to a question from Pavlo Viknyansky of the Student Republic movement during LaRouche's Jan. 22, 2011 webcast. Wrote Afonin, "The well-known American economist Lyndon LaRouche, who in 1995 formulated a forecast of the inevitable collapse of the global financial system, took the occasion of his webcast to address the threat of a new barbarism, while also setting forth the prospects for a mobilization approach to worldwide economic development." The IA Rex article went on to interview several other Ukrainian analysts about LaRouche's statement.

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