Tony Cartalucci, Contributor
Saturday, December 15 saw a disappointing show for Western-backed protesters in Moscow – with estimates of only a few hundred showing up. Led by faux-Communist Sergey Udaltsov and confirmed Western-funded opposition leaders Alexey Navalny, Ilya Yashin, and Boris Nemtsov, even the Western media had to admit the momentum they had hoped to incite is failing to materialize.
AFP’s “Year on, Russian opposition subdued but not defeated,” and Washington Post’s “Thousands protest against Putin, but opposition momentum has slowed,” despite unqualified attempts to embellish the size and strength of both the protest and the opposition in general, reflect the winding down of Western attempts to foment chaos across Russia.
While the Washington Post cites Russian President Vladamir Putin’s “co-opting” of opposition issues, by actually addressing legitimate concerns regarding his government, there is also another dimension that is more muted.
Reuters alludes to other possible explanations in their article, “No Russian revolution after a year of protests,” stating:
Putin was elected to a six-year third term in March and the parliament, dominated by his party, has pushed through laws which critics say can be used to stifle dissent – tightening controls of the Internet, imposing new checks on foreign-funded lobby groups and broadening the definition of treason.
Indeed, Russia has placed immense restrictions on foreign-funded lobby groups and NGOs, demanding that they exhibit the same level of transparency and honesty that they themselves demand of the government.
Foreign subversion, however, requires a degree of deceit and exploitation toward targeted segments of the population. Subversion will not work if its agents are required to state on all their pamphlets, websites, and signs that they are foreign-funded – and predictably both the US and the opposition it has contrived inside Russia, derided the pro-transparency legislation.
This is what Reuters categorically fails to mention – that the entire so-called “opposition” is in fact foreign-funded, with at least one of Saturday’s protest leaders, Boris Nemtsov, earlier this year being caught slinking into the US Embassy for a secret meeting with then newly appointed US Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul
US Ambassador McFaul himself has chaired the US National Endowment for Democracy and Freedom House, both of which directly fund and support many amongst the “Russian” opposition. In other words Nemtsov in his early 2012 US Embassy appearance, was visiting his paymaster.
Images: 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.
Alexey Navalny, another leader present during Saturday’s disappointing showing, was a Yale World Fellow, and in his profile it states:
Declare Your Independence!Profit outside the rigged system! Protect yourself from tyranny and economic collapse. Learn to live free and spread peace!
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Navalny spearheads legal challenges on behalf of minority shareholders in large Russian companies, including Gazprom, Bank VTB, Sberbank, Rosneft, Transneft, and Surgutneftegaz, through the Union of Minority Shareholders. He has successfully forced companies to disclose more information to their shareholders and has sued individual managers at several major corporations for allegedly corrupt practices. Navalny is also co-founder of the Democratic Alternative [DA!] movement and was vice-chairman of the Moscow branch of the political party YABLOKO. In 2010, he launched RosPil, a public project funded by unprecedented fundraising in Russia. In 2011, Navalny started RosYama, which combats fraud in the road construction sector.
The Democratic Alternative, also written DA!, is indeed a National Endowment for Democracy fund recipient, meaning that Alexey Navalny is an agent of US-funded sedition and willfully hiding it from his followers. The US State Department itself reveals this as they list “youth movements” operating in Russia:
DA!: Mariya Gaydar, daughter of former Prime Minister Yegor Gaydar, leads DA! (Democratic Alternative). She is ardent in her promotion of democracy, but realistic about the obstacles she faces. Gaydar said that DA! is focused on non-partisan activities designed to raise political awareness. She has received funding from the National Endowment for Democracy, a fact she does not publicize for fear of appearing compromised by an American connection.
Alexey was involved in founding a movement directly funded by the US government and to this day has the very people who funded DA! defending him throughout the Western media. The mention of co-founder Mariya Gaydar is also revealing, as she has long collaborated, and occasionally has been arrested with, Ilya Yashin, yet another leader of a NED-funded Russian “activist” opposition group.
Photo: Alexei Navalny, Yale World Fellow and co-founder of US National Endowment for Democracy Da! or “Democratic Alternative/Yes in Russian.” It is yet another Otpor-esque organization courtesy of the United States government and willful traitors to their motherland.
Ilya Yashin, who was detained before arriving at Saturday’s protest, leads the Moscow branch of the People’s Freedom Party and is a leading member of the “Strategy 31” campaign, which claims to be fighting for the freedom of assembly. Unfortunately, Strategy 31’s ranks are filled with activists trained and coordinated by US NED-funded NGOs. From the official NED.org website we find:
Moscow Group of Assistance in the Implementation of the Helsinki Accords $50,000. To draw greater attention to the issue of freedom of assembly in Russia and to the “Strategy 31” movement, which seeks to protect this fundamental right. The organization will train a network of regional activists and coordinate their activities through mini-seminars and field visits, and conduct an information campaign through press conferences, posters, and educational handouts pertaining to freedom of assembly, to be distributed to the general public by regional partners.”
This is also confirmed in NED’s “Democracy Digest” where the “Moscow Helsinki Group” is explicitly stated as leading Strategy 31 marches and that the group is a “long-time grantee of the National Endowment of Democracy.
Worst yet, Yashin’s People’s Freedom Party is lined not with aspiring youth seeking “freedom” for the Russian people, but rather lined with career politicians and businessmen collaborating with foreign-interests. Among them is Vladimir Ryzhkov, a member of the NED-funded, Washington-based World Movement for Democracy. There is also Boris Nemtsov whose adviser, Vladimir Kara-Murza (of Solidarnost) recently took part in a September 14, 2011 NED-sponsored event titled, “Elections in Russia: Polling and Perspectives” where they used a NED-funded polling organization, the “Levada Center,” to project “winners” in upcoming elections and study the Manezh riots of 2010 – for now obvious reasons as the US attempts to fan the flames of unrest across Russia.
Russia Faces Subversion, not Revolution.
What gathered in Moscow on Saturday, December 15, 2012, was not a representation of the Russian people’s dissatisfaction with their government. It was the organized, funded, and promoted manifestation of Wall Street and Washington’s ambitions regarding the division and despoilment of the Russian nation – as it was well along the way of accomplishing in the 90’s after the collapse of the Soviet Union during the “age of oligarchs.’
Like the West is attempting to do around the world, from Egypt to Tunisia, from Libya to Syria, and across Asia, it is couching hegemonic expansion within the cause of “democracy” and “freedom,” diminishing both as it exploits the well-meaning intentions of millions around the world. The closing of the US NGO cash spigot in Russia and the subsequent petering out of the so-called opposition is not a coincidence – it is yet another exhibit of Western duplicity and its abuse of both the masses, and the better lives they seek.
Tony Cartalucci’s articles have appeared on many alternative media websites, including his own at Land Destroyer Report, Alternative Thai News Network and LocalOrg. Read other contributed articles by Tony Cartalucci here.