In mid-January 2012, just days after Michael McFaul arrived in Moscow to begin his stint as US Ambassador to Russia, Russian opposition leaders lined up outside the US Embassy (Russian) to meet him in a bizarre confab that reeked of both treason and duplicity.
Photos: Caught red-handed – Russia’s opposition, long accused by the Kremlin of being foreign funded, and who have well documented ties to the US State Department, are caught filing into the US Embassy in Moscow in January of 2012, just days after agitator Michael McFaul began his stint as US Ambassador to Russia. (click on image to enlarge)
Approached by journalists inquiring as to why they had all come to greet the US Ambassador, their responses ranged from silence to dismissive gibes. Later, the group of opposition leaders emerged responding only with “Вы сурковская пропаганда,” or “you’re Surkov’s propaganda,” meaning the journalists represented government efforts to undermine their work and legitimacy. It is a common response given by Russia’s opposition members when media attempts to question them about their increasingly overt ties to Wall Street and London.
Present at the US Embassy confab were regular mainstays of the Western media’s coverage of anti-Vladimir Putin protests, including Boris Nemtsov, Yevgeniya Chirikova of the US State Department’s National Endowment for Democracy (NED) funded “Strategy 31,” Lev Ponomarev of the NED, Ford Foundation, Open Society, and USAID-funded Moscow Helsinki Group, and Liliya Shibanova of NED-funded GOLOS, an allegedly “independent” election monitoring group that served as the primary source of accusations of voting fraud against Putin’s United Russia party. Clearly, this wasn’t the first time both words and cash had been exchanged between the Russian opposition and the US State Department, but is perhaps the most overt example of such flagrant conspiring yet.
Image: A screenshot from NED’s official website,
listing GOLOS as a recipient of NED funding, which in turn is provided
by the US State Department.
clearly subsidized from abroad. The significance of this group &
its affiliates leading protests, indicates nothing less than
foreign-funded sedition unfolding in the streets of Russia. (click image to
Despite damning exposure of the Russian opposition’s ties to Wall Street and London, the Western media, even as recently as this weekend during protests against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration, insists that such connections are the creation of Kremlin-controlled propaganda. The Associated Press in their article titled, “Putin Returns to Presidency in a Changed Russia,” accuses Putin of portraying the protesters as “in the pay of the Americans and intent on bringing about a revolution
that would take Russia back to the instability and humiliations of the
1990s.” AP adds, “with Kremlin-controlled television still the main source of information for most Russians, many believed him.”
In reality, Putin’s assessment of the opposition is verified by the National Endowment for Democracy’s own website, the “About Us” pages of the opposition’s various websites, and confirmed by confabs conducted by the opposition themselves with foreign interests in foreign embassies on Russian soil. And indeed, many of those leading Russia’s opposition are members and representatives of the corrupt oligarchies that plundered Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990′s. The treason is so overt, it begs the question as to whether the United States has indeed become this recklessly brazen, this desperate, or playing at a broader geopolitical gambit yet revealed.
With Russian opposition leaders on video climbing over themselves to get into the US Embassy to confer with regime-change specialist (Russian), US Ambassador Michael McFaul, and as their funding and affiliations become more widely known to the public, their work and legitimacy will be undermined by public awareness of the facts, not “Surkov’s propaganda.”
This article first appeared at Tony Cartalucci’s Land Destroyer Blog.