The Russian Political Turmoil (2012) — An American Perspective

Journal/Website: 
Surgical Neurology International
Article Type: 
Editorial
Published Date: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Source: 
http://www.surgicalneurologyint.com/content/3/1/28

For Russia, as well as to the rest of the world, the approaching presidential election of March 4, 2012, is raising concerns as to how it will affect Russian democracy and the stability of Europe — Russia vis- à-vis the West. Just this past November, Russian Chief of Staff General Nikolai Makarov and President Dmitry Medvedev, threatened to have Russian missiles deployed against the proposed U.S. missile shield in Europe.

Putin with MedvedevThe increasing wave of protests in Russia over the parliamentary elections held in December 2011 is very disturbing not only as it concerns foreign affairs but also especially when we learn more about intrinsic Russian politics, the various political factions, and the causes fueling the unrest. Moreover, both US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and a leading GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, have expressed dissatisfaction with the present Russian regime, and more specifically with Vladimir Putin.

Protesters are accusing the Medvedev-Putin [photo, above] administration of electoral fraud, and protest rallies are now calling for fresh parliamentary elections. According to the BBC, “The parliamentary elections on 4 December were criticized by observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), who asserted there had been ‘severe problems with the counting process.’ They said the poll was slanted in favor of Mr. Putin’s party, United Russia, and that there had been irregularities including the stuffing of ballot boxes.”[1]

Another report claimed, “Putin’s United Russia party lost 25% of its seats in the election, but Mikhail Gorbachevhung onto a majority in parliament through what independent observers said was widespread fraud. United Russia, seen as representing a corrupt bureaucracy, has become known as the party of ‘crooks and thieves,’ a phrase coined by Alexei Navalny, a corruption-fighting lawyer and popular blogger and leader of the demonstrations.”[9]

Eighty-year-old Mikhail Gorbachev [photo, right], who presided over the collapse of the USSR on December 25, 1991, 20 years ago, has asked Putin to step down and follow his own example toward openness and real democracy.

Former World Chess champion and Russian activist, Garry Kasparov [photo, left], has joined the protesters in support of the pro-democracy movement. He calls for more use of the Garry KasparovInternet for the dissemination of information and coordination of the protest movement. He has already criticized the Medvedev-Putin regime for human right violations and the systematic trampling of civil liberties in Russia.

But who are the Russian presidential candidates, what parties do they represent, and how much support do they command in the polls conducted in mid-December 2011?

1. Vladimir Putin of the United Russia Party (successor organization to Boris Yeltsin’s democrats established in the late 1990s to counterbalance the communists from taking over after Yeltsin stepped down) is an almost complete shoo-in as the next president. Dmitry Medvedev, the current Russian President, is an Independent but supports Putin’s United Russia Party. Putin, presently Russian Prime Minister, has agreed to run again for president in an unprecedented third term in the upcoming March 2012 elections. Current polling data suggest that the United Russia Party and Putin would garner 42% of the vote.

2. Genandy Zyuganov (pictured on right in photo below) is the leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation that seeks to bring back the old days of communist repression, totalitarianism, even Stalinism to Russia. Current polling data give the Communist Party second place with 11% of the vote.Zyuganov with Zhirinovsky

3. Vladimir Zhirinovsky (pictured on left in photo right) of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP; allegedly formed as a sham party by the Soviet Communist Party and the KGB in 1991 as the USSR was disintegrating) is the third leading candidate. Despite its deliberately misleading name, the LDP is a nationalistic, chauvinistic Russian party with large doses of collectivism, statism, authoritarianism, and fascism in its incendiary and bombastic political philosophy. Yet, the LDP commands 9% of the electorate.

4. Sergei Mironov is the presidential candidate of the A Just Russia (a pro-democracy) Party. He is the Chairman of the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament (2001-2011). In the 2004 elections, he admitted, “We all want Vladimir Putin to be the next president,” and received less than 1% of the vote. Moreover, he has socialistic tendencies, having made calls repeatedly for more government intervention in the economy, but as “leader of the liberal opposition,” he is polling 5% of voter support.

5. Grigory Yavlinsky, leader of the Yabloko Party, polls 1% of the vote, preaching an anti-corruption reform message. (Representation in the Duma requires at least 5% of the popular vote.)

Mikhail Prokhorov6. Much hope is pinned on the influence of Mikhail Prokhorov [photo, left], the visible candidate of the Independent Party. He is a Russian self-made billionaire, but he barely commands 1% of the vote, despite the recent coverage of his candidacy by the international press. Prokhorov is ranked by Forbes as Russia’s third richest man with a fortune worth around $18 billion. A 46-year-old successful Russian entrepreneur, despite his charisma, is resented by ordinary Russians because of his wealth, and thus he may not be able to garner enough support for the necessary grassroots movement needed to make an impact in Russian politics. Similar to Mironov, he has also said in the past that Vladimir Putin is the only man who can run Russia’s inefficient state machinery.

More recently, though, Prokhorov has stated that Putin must change and move Russia to democracy quickly to avoid the bloody path of revolution. An article went on to say, “Prokhorov made clear he considers revolution equally unacceptable for a country with grim memories of a century of hardship, war and upheaval starting with Vladimir Lenin’s 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, instead calling for ‘very fast evolution.’”[5] Despite the hostility and protests against Prime Minister Putin, it is still unclear how much support Mikhail Prokhorov and other pro-democracy candidates will be able to generate.

It appears that Russia’s tiny democratic opposition (i.e., the parties of Mironov, Yavlinsky, and Prokhorov) barely presents a challenge not only to Putin, but also to the menacingly massive, authoritarian flank (i.e., the parties of Zyuganov and Zhirinovsky). The freedom opposition does not seem to stand a chance in the contest. And the Communist Party leader, Genandy Zyuganov, who commands the strongest “threat” to Putin, has even joined the administration in disparaging the protests and supporting the Kremlin. The closeness of the political philosophies of the authoritarian parties of Zyuganov and Zhirinovsky, in short, reveal the intrinsic kinship of collectivism and totalitarianism.[4]

To me, as a scholar of history, the autocratic legacy of Joseph Stalin still lurks in the shadows of the Russian nation. And communism, for all its latter-day Marxist apologists, cannot be reformed.[11] The grim Russian authoritarian past does not seem to allow poor Russia to move irresolutely toward a future of freedom, even in her post-communist period.

The geopolitics and foreign policy of Vladimir Putin in the Caspian Sea region and the Caucasus — from the bloody suppression of the separatist Chechnya insurrections in the 1990s to the invasion of Georgia in the South Ossetia War of 2008, the overt bullying of the Ukraine, and the subtle intimidation of Azerbaijan in the past decade — all ominously remind us of the old imperialism of the Russian Czars, if not the more recent and brutal force and militarism of the Soviet Union.[2,6,10] (See contemporary map of Europe, photo, below).Contemporary map of Europe

Under the watch of Vladimir Putin, the dark side of political repression and loss of civil liberties, the unexplained murder of dissidents and independent journalists at home and abroad, the resurgence of the espionage wars, frankly, also leave much to be desired.[2,6-10]

It is a frightening prospect that in 2008, a widely conducted poll in Russia found that the number one spot for “the Greatest Russian” went to Joseph Stalin, distant second and third place went to the legendary Aleksandr Nevsky, and surprisingly, the assassinated Prime Minister Pyotr Stolypin (1911), who served under Nicholas II, the last Czar of Russia!

The Russian people must break away from the spell and divest themselves of the mistaken notion of the “good old days” of communism and nostalgia for “Stalin’s greatness.”[3] Likewise, their elected leaders must rid themselves of their imperial ruling and authoritarian legacy. They must learn to follow the rule of law, serve well the people they represent, and respect civil liberties, while promoting economic liberty and the free market. The elections of March 4, 2012, could be a new beginning, even if Vladimir Putin is re-elected. There is still time for him to listen to the voice of reason and the dictates of freedom. Let us hope so! Hope should spring eternal because miracles can still happen, even in Russia. Whoever expected the collapse of the evil empire and the fall of soviet communism in 1991?

In the meantime, I propose that Americans adopt a “wait and see” attitude, while we give moral support to those Russians who genuinely seek freedom and a brighter future for their country. The US would be wise to give moral support to the democratization process in Russia, while at the same time do all we can to remind and inform the world of the perversities of collectivism and authoritarianism in any of their past incarnations, whether fascism, socialism, or communism!

REFERENCES

1. BBC News. “Russia billionaire Mikhail Prohhorov to challenge Putin.” December 12, 2011. [Last accessed on 2012 Jan 4].

2. Earley P. Comrade J — The Untold Secrets of Russian’s Master Spy in America After the End of the Cold War. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons; 2007.

3. Faria M A. Stalin, Communists, and Fatal Statistics. October 10, 2011. [Last accessed on 2012 Jan 4].

4. Faria MA. The Political Spectrum (Part 1): The Totalitarian Left from Communism to Social Democracy. September 28, 2011. [Last accessed on 2012 Jan 4].

5. Freeland C, Gutterman S. “Billionaire Kremlin hopeful says Putin must change,” Reuters, January 17, 2012. [Last accessed on 2012 Jan 4].

6. Goldfarb A, Litvinenko M. Death of a Dissident — The Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko and the Return of the KGB. New York: Free Press; 2007.

7. Isachenkov, V. "Alexander Poteyev, Russian Intelligence Officer, Convicted Of Betraying U.S. Spy Ring Including Anna Chapman." June 27, 2011. [Last accessed on 2012 Jan 4].

8. Kalugin O. Spymaster — My Thirty-Two Years in Intelligence and Espionage Against the West. New York: Basic Books; 2009.

9. Mann T. “Thousands More Protest Against the Kremlin.” December 24, 2011. [Last accessed on 2012 Jan 4].

10. Politkovskaya A. Putin’s Russia: Life in a Failing Democracy. Tait A, transl. New York: Metropolitan Books; 2004.

11. Solzhenitsyn A. The Gulag Archipelago (1918-1956) — An Experiment in Literary Investigation, Parts I-II. Whitney TP, translator. New York: Harper and Row, 1973; and The Destructive Labor Camps and The Soul and Barbed Wire, Parts III-IV. Whitney TP, translator. New York: Harper and Row, 1975. This is the magnum opus of this subject and told in mesmerizing, graphic detail. It is a must-read work for the fortunate literate of the world.

Written by Dr. Miguel Faria

Dr. Miguel A. Faria, Jr. is a former Clinical Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery, ret.) and Adjunct Professor of Medical History (ret.) Mercer University School of Medicine; Former member Editorial Board of Surgical Neurology (2004-2010); Member Editorial Board of Surgical Neurology International (2011-present); Recipient of the Americanism Medal from the Nathaniel Macon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) 1998; Ex member of the Injury Research Grant Review Committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2002-05; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Sentinel (1996-2002); Editor Emeritus, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS); Author, Vandals at the Gates of Medicine (1995), Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine (1997), and Cuba in Revolution: Escape From a Lost Paradise (2002). http://www.haciendapublishing.com

This article was originally published in Surg Neurol Int 2012;3:28. A different version of this editorial was posted on GOPUSA.com, December 26, 2011.

Copyright ©2012 Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD

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Putin vs. Obama, who is serving his country?

Putin Poses as Defender of Christian Civilization
By Cliff Kincaid February 10, 2014 GOPUSA

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi aren’t the only platform for Russian President Vladimir Putin to assert himself on the international stage. He is reportedly planning to preside over a major Moscow conference in September sponsored by the World Congress of Families, a pro-family coalition that includes several high-profile American conservative organizations.

Putin, who is recently divorced and is said to have a mistress, will present himself as a defender of the Christian faith and Christian values, in contrast to the decline and decadence of the West. He is counting on conservatives in attendance to ignore the fact that he was a Soviet KGB officer and ran its successor, the FSB. One of the main specialties of the Soviet/Russian intelligence services is propaganda and disinformation.

The event, to be partly financed by Putin crony Vladimir Yakunin, will be held in the Kremlin, the Duma (the Russian parliament), Lomonosov Moscow State University, and the Christ The Savior Cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church.
One of Putin’s allies, Alexey Komov, made an appearance in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday at a National Press Club news conference and blamed Wall Street bankers for funding the communist Bolshevik revolution in Russia in 1917.

Komov, who is the Russian representative of the World Congress of Families (WCF) and helps handle “international relations” for the Russian Orthodox Church, declared that “Wall Street bankers” were among the “international professional forces of evil,” that had “introduced communism” and “imposed” it on Russia…

Debate in GOPUSA:

Iwesson: Alexander Solzhenitsyn is an instrumental resource to understand what fed the bloody maws of death/murder in the Russian Revolution, Mr. Kincaid….George Washington served as an officer in the British Army, so that would make him a Royalist in your Magical Unicorn Land, Mr. Kincaid. Really? Me thinks that thou protests too much Mr. Kincaid per Putin. When Putin points out that we have Cultural Marxists running the show here in the US, me thinks that does not stamp Putin as a Communist.

What are Putin’s sins? Briefly, He has declared that Russia is for Russians. If you are allowed in, then learn Russian, speak Russian, do not cry foul, per it’s culture, it’s religion, CHRISTIANITY. But you pretty fine boy, then deride Putin about his divorce… if it was not that, there would be something else, your handlers expect performance!
Putin has the audacity to Just Say NO –NEYT!– to the Homosexual Mafia, Culture… something that humanity has said for most of it’s existence. Oh cry havoc!...

Dido: Iwesson, you are right on target, especially as to the need for the general public to read Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago. Putin has made the book mandatory reading in Russia in high school, despite the fact Solzhenitsyn lambasts the KGB and communists with the fire of a Fury crying out for justice!

Can you imagine Obama insisting on mandatory reading of the Federalist Papers in the public schools of the U.S.!

Inluminatuo: Putin for all his faults is not so blind as not to see what secular socialist communism has done to a once proud productive Russian nation. According to an official estimate for 1 January 2014, the population of Russia is 143,657,134. The population hit a historic peak at 148,689,000 in 1991, just before the breakup of the Soviet Union, but then began a decade-long decline, falling at a rate of about 0.5% per year due to declining birth rates, rising death rates and emigration. Putin understands that homosexuality when embraced at a national level is the death of any procreative national society that soon fails to replenish its human Capital and strength. Thanks to better health care, embracing quasi-Capitalist economic ideas , and an aggressive drilling of oil and natural resources needed to support them, the soviet union population again began to grow in 2010 and actually added 292,000 people. As for religion, even Stalin re-opened the Churches in WWII realizing that men would die for something greater than themselves, and it was not socialist communism that would inspire them…

The failed socialist communist media corrupted Olympics so mimics our own Obamacare crashed websites and failed promises at home as to Beg the question,,,If $30 Billion of the $50 spent ended up into the pockets of corrupt politicians, just how many millions of the $580-$600 million spend on the Obamacare website ended up in the pockets of Democrat party operatives? Just how much of the Solyndra taxpayer spend money did likewise? Those 2.5 Million jobs lost due to Obamacare are just the tip of the iceberg. Just follow the money, but how can you when the very IRS we used to trust to enforce the law of the land has been taken over by tax skimmers and corrupt politicians.

Dido: I am glad Putin is defending Christianity and is standing for Western civilization — unlike Obama!
Alexey Komov is correct, and rather than blasting him and Putin, we should look at our own house and get it in order: gay marriages, “income inequality” as an issue, ObamaCare, run-away government, etc.

Russia has a 13% flat tax now, while we are mired in socialism, and a Marxist graduated income tax, over 40% for the highest earners, paying 90% of all U.S federal taxes!
Communism in Russia is kept in check by Putin and his United Russia party. The communists are indeed the second main party in Russia, followed by the ultra-nationalists, a mixture of fascist and collectivists authoritarians of all types.

If Putin is defending Western society, he is doing better than Obama, who is destroying it! He is standing for Russia; who is standing for the US?

Incidentally, Ronald Reagan, the Big Gipper was himself divorced once, so what is the big deal? Putin has rejected communism and Russia is no longer communist.
We are to the Left of Russia in the political spectrum!

Your paradigm, Mr. Kinkade, of real enemies of America is sadly outdated! If you want to fight communism, pick on North Korea, Cuba, China, or the Democratic party of the U.S!

Turmoil in Ukraine

Ukraine boxer Vitali Klitschko to seek presidency
24 October 2013 BBC

Ukraine Boxer
Vitali Klitschko, leader of the Ukrainian opposition Udar (Punch) party

The Ukrainian WBC heavyweight boxing champion, 42-year-old Vitali Klitschko, has confirmed he will run in the country's 2015 presidential election. He made his announcement in response to a bill passed in parliament that bars candidates who have lived outside Ukraine during the past 10 years.

The pro-Western Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reforms (Udar), whose acronym means "Punch" came third in last year's parliamentary elections. It has permanent resident status in Germany...

Mr Klitschko is the first declared contender against the incumbent, Viktor Yanukovych. He has actively campaigned against what he calls the president's "authoritarian policies.” According to the constitution, a presidential candidate must have been resident in Ukraine for 10 years prior to polling day.

Mr Klitschko said the amendment clearly had a "political context," something denied by a member of Mr Yanukovych's Party of Regions. "My main goal is for Ukraine to be a European, modern country with European standards of life," Mr Klitschko told the BBC in August. "I will decide with people who have the same vision, the same dream, to go into politics and from the inside to change the situation."
He has spoken out against corruption in the country and the jailing of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko for abuse of office - a charge that her supporters claim was politically motivated."We can't be a democratic country with political prisoners," he said.

Mr Klitschko is also pushing to strengthen Ukraine's links with the EU. "We see our future in the European family. We are European with our mentality, with our history," he said.

Russia's new conservatism

Russia's Curious Conservatism
Masha Lipman, The New Yorker
August 12, 2013

...Russia's social conservatism is a complicated, controversial issue. The country may appear to be fairly conservative, if one looks at its widespread homophobia or public condemnation of irreverence toward Russian Orthodox Church. Yet when it comes to other social habits, such as divorce, abortion, or birth rate, the picture is very different. Russia has one of the world’s highest rates of both divorce and abortion, and some of the most liberal laws on the latter. Russia’s birth rate is not dissimilar from that of secular cultures of western Europe. Premarital sex and single motherhood are fairly common; in one survey, a mere fourteen per cent of respondents said they believed a single parent can’t raise a child properly. And while a large majority of Russians identify themselves as Orthodox Christians, the proportion of those attending services or observing religious rituals in Russia is not dissimilar from many European countries.

A partial explanation of this discrepancy can be found in Soviet history. The early Soviet period involved a radical rejection of the ancien regime, a forced modernization by the Bolsheviks that included universal literacy and suffrage (along with the elimination of political choice, of course), as well as brutally imposed secularization, among other things...

Putin projected to win Russian election!

With a turnout higher than for the last election in 2008, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has won the election for Russian president for the third time, according to exit polls (4/4/12)!

The exit polls assigned Putin about 60% of the vote, so that he should avoid a run-off with his nearest rival, the Communist party candidate Gennady Zyuganov.

Citing irregularities, opposition groups have called for mass protests in Moscow tomorrow. But thousands of Putin supporters have congregated with Russian flags and banners outside the Kremlin for a concert to celebrate his victory, according to BBC.

The Russian electoral commission published preliminary results showing Putin obtaining about 62%, and communist rival, Zyuganov below 18%. The other three candidates, including the only real opposition, Mikhail Prokhorov, were as predicted, in single digit numbers. MAF

"Carousel Voting" in Russian election

Reading the media's coverage of the Russian presidential election reminds me of being on a roller coaster ride.

An unfortunate event, if it proves to be true, is what one media story calls "carousel voting." According to the Yahoo story, "carousel" voters, as the Russians call then, are people who cast several ballots at different polling stations using documents reserved for absentee voters."

Sounds like some of our own U.S. Democrats old tricks!

The Devil we know or those we don't in Russia!

What you and Drudge say may be true, BenCat, but what do you say about the alternatives?

Yablisnky was dropped because he did not have enough support. So we are left with the left wing authoritarian flank, all of which urge the state to nationalize industry and resources again, including the "centrist" socialist, Mironov. Moreover, Putin's major "opposition" – Zhirinovsky, the proto-fascist nationalist, and Zyuganov, the communist who wants to "re-Stalinize" Russia– aim openly to expand Russia's borders and bring back "the prestige" of the former USSR.

Knowing the Russians, maybe Zyuganov and Zhirinovsky are merely boogie men to scare the West and to make the alternative, Putin, look more reasonable and palatable, but may be not. As you read in the article, Stalin is considered "the greatest Russian," so the support of those parties by the Russian people may be genuine.

President Medvedev recently stated that what Russia needed was some real "conservatives," but, unfortunately, what he meant by that term no one can tell!

What do you say Isabella and BenCat?

Upcoming Russian Presidential election

This is an eye-opening article, and a very concise summation of the various political parties vying for power in the upcoming Russian Presidential election.

What is surprising and extremely frightening from the American perspective is how popular the Communist Party and the other statist factions remains in Russia and the high percentage of potential voters in the polls supporting them.

We have a tendency here in the U.S. to think that since Russian communism fell in the early 1990s that it's dead and buried, never to raise its ugly head again. That may not be true, and would prove to be a catastrophe for the world!

Putin is the Problem!

I have long thought that Putin is the problem in Russia, has been and still is. He is the one that keeps beating the war drums as evidenced by this excerpt from an article from Drudge I just read moments ago:

Vladimir Putin, Russia’s prime minister, warned against an unnamed foreign threat during a campaign rally in a Moscow stadium packed with tens of thousands of people, many of them state workers who had been put under pressure to attend the pro-Kremlin event.

As the March 4 election nears, the Kremlin has sought to paint street protests against Mr Putin’s rule as inspired by shadowy foreign hands and on Thursday Mr Putin told cheering supporters not to accept intervention in Russia’s affairs.
Thousands of people were bussed in to participate in the three-hour event at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium. Police said attendance was 130,000, though news agencies put the total at roughly 90,000. The mainly youthful crowd huddled together in sub-zero temperatures, many of them carrying balloons and banners with slogans declaring “Trust in Putin” and “For Russia, for Putin!”

Who is this phantom "foreign threat"? Wonder if it has anything to do with all the difficulties our Ambassador has been having over there and claims by Putin and his backers that he is there to help the protesters in Russia and create instabiity? There may in fact be some credibiility to those insinuations, but one thing for sure in my opinion, Putin haa been the bad guy ever since his days in the KGB and once a bad guy, always as bad guy as far as I'm concerned. Putin's reputation in this environment precedes him in my opinion in that if there is no concrete reason for tensions, he will invent them as he's made his living on the imaginary "bogeyman!"
Putin was not happy that Gorbachev gave in to Reagan and has been fighting back up hill ever since. He certainly does not like this Country and will do everything he can in my opinion to get back at us for the past. He has also made it known he wishes to build up the Russian military and that will be just a start. Russia has also said we do not need to get involved in Iran. Everytime I read something negative coming out of Russia it's always from Putin and there is no doubt in my mind Communism is not dead in Russia and will not be as long as Putin is alive!

He concluded his recent speech with this “We will not allow someone to interfere in our internal affairs, we will not allow anyone to force their will upon us, because we have our own will, and it has always helped us to win!” he said. “We are a victorious people! It is in our genes, in our genetic code. It is transferred from generation to generation, and we will have victory!”

Experts predict Mr Putin will win this election as his favorability is around 50% despite the protests, and that is not a good thing for Russia in my opinion or this Country.

Interestingly, I just read an article saying Mr Putin has a part-time job now writing articles for the Huffington Post and has written two such articles to date. I guess it would figure he'd align himself with that liberal rag.

I hardly think as long as Putin is involved in Russian politcs our two Countries will ever be on the greatest of terms!

BD

Russia or the Soviet union–Socialist Convergence?

I have received the following note from my old friend and colleague Dr Russell L. Blaylock:

Dear Miguel,

I just finished reading your excellent article on the political turmoil in the Soviet Union (I use that term because the so-called fall of the Soviet state was phony). I liked your article very much—excellent analysis. I am always surprised that Stalin could murder 30 million to 40 million people and still be one of the most admired men in Russia. I think there are several reasons for this.

1. Most of the people saying this are either too young to know of the nightmare of the Stalinist era or they were ranking party members during this period who benefited from the special privilege of party membership.

2. They admire him for the same reason Hitler was admired in the beginning—he restored pride to a country that was beaten down and humiliated by the West.

Or,  3. They see Stalin as the man who defeated the hated German Nazis (a patriotic impulse). That is sad.

Yet, despite what we are being told by the media, nothing we see or hear is true. The Soviet state was a creation of wealthy manipulators from the West—the Rockefellers, JP Morgan, the Warburgs, the Schiffs, etc. They made sure the communist won the revolution in 1917 and protected them throughout.

Beginning in 1919, these power elite began a massive technological and economic transfer to the new Soviet state—which continues to this day. Doesn’t it seem strange that Gorbachev, the president of the USSR, leaves Russia and lives in California as a leader of a New World Order organization (the Green Cross)? And that he and this organization receive massive funding from the foundations (Rockefeller, Ford and Carnagie) and that it was JP Morgan, the Rockefellers and their minions who played and continue to play the major role in supporting the socialist state in Russia?

Anthony Sutton, as well as others have proven beyond a doubt that these wealthy power elite created the Soviet state and nurtured it throughout. The IMF and World Bank supply Putin with the support he so desperately needs and this is why his opposition (the real liberty party) can never win. Carol Quigley in his book Tragedy and Hope outlines who the real controllers really are and that communism is a stage play, carefully orchestrated by the power elite. Communism has been replaced by terrorism as the international crisis demanding a New World Order—that is, a centralized collectivist state that rules the world.

All of this has been carefully documented in a number of books and papers. For example, the U.S. Ambassador to Cuba, Smith outlined this in his book The Fourth Floor, demonstrating that the power elite secretly supported and later nurtured Castro. The books by Anatoliy Golitsyn, New Lies for Old and The perestroika Deception, clearly demonstrate that the fall of the Soviet state was a carefully orchestrated KGB plot, which, based on the studies linking communism to the quest for world socialism by the Power elite, was an even deeper plot.

Again, I really liked your article and look forward to your next installment.

Russell L. Blaylock M.D.

Basic Neuroscience Editor, Surgical Neurology International
Director, Advanced Nutritional Concepts and Theoretical Neurosciences; Flowood, MS, USA

Preventing the Russian Revolutions...

A comment from a member of the Editorial Board of Surgical Neurlogy International (SNI):

"This is a very good article and a very strong commentary. Prime Minister Pyotr Stolypin was the biggest reformer in Russia since Peter the Great, and if it weren’t for Czar Nicholas II’s ineptness, Stolypin’s reforms could have prevented the February and October Russian revolutions and propelled Russia to the top of the industrialized world at the turn of 20th century. I will be visiting Russia this year..."

Konstantin V. Slavin, MD
Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
University of Illinois at Chicago

Note: Dr James I Ausman, MD, PhD, Editor-in-chief of
Surgical Neurology International (SNI) has kindly written and Introduction to this article that appears in another Page on this website. Physicians, surgeons, and neurosurgeons throughout the world are particularly encouraged to read his rallying words.

SNI is now read in 183 countries, by over 8000 readers a month. From the statistics we have obtained, "Neurosurgery" has 6600 subscribers and "J. Neurosurg" have 9300 subscribers. At our current rate of growth, we should easily pass 10,000 readers in 2012, making it the most read neurosurgical journal in the world.

I am proud to have this article published in such prestigious and growing publication- MAF



Fransini Giraldo is a Colombian girl who dances her own style of Salsa. In this video, she dances to the rhythm of Sonora Carruseles de Colombia, presumably in the Colombia countryside. Published July 16, 2013.