Nemtsov murder: Putin warned about exactly this type of “false flag” two years ago

Already in February 2012 (two years ago!) Putin was warning Russians about exactly the kind of false flag which we just saw happening with the murder of Nemtsov.  See for yourself:

Putin in 2012 – Opposition is looking to turn someone into “involuntary martyr”. Re: Nemtsov

 

 

Note: the Russian word “provocatsiia” is often translated as “provocation” which is not incorrect as long as you are aware that in Russian “provocation” can mean “false flag”, as it does in this context.  Putin is clearly warning about a false flag “sacrifice”.

This video was emergency-translated by one of our “brother in arms”, Tatzhit, to whom I am most grateful for this ultra-rapid translation.

As for the “liberal” or “democratic” “non-system” opposition it has already announced that it will convert the planned protest into a memorial rally.

Published on Feb 27, 2015

One thing needs to be kept in mind concerning the recent Nemtsov murder: he was a politician way past his prime. According to a recent Levada Center poll, most Russians didn’t even know he existed.

Moreover, as can be seen in the poll (link below), opposition leaders like Mironov, Yavlinski, Kudrin, Navalny, Ryzhnkov, Dmitrieva all scored LOWER on name recognition but HIGHER on support. Nemtsov was unpopular even among the opposition; this comes from being a Yeltsin-era politician, and hence(perhaps blamelessly) being associated with images of societal collapse and corruption.

Many even argue that Nemtsov was a “decorative” asset for Putin as a stable, familiar, relatively honest but powerless opposition figure.

In short, this is assassination makes no sense: Nemtsov as a martyr is a far, far bigger problem for Putin than he ever was alive – If not within Russia itself, where most people seem to be baffled (this is sort of like if someone assassinated Ross Perot), then on the international diplomatic and mass media stage, where people can be easily convinced Nemtsov was killed because he “was a threat to Putin”.

Three years ago, Putin warned about this exact scenario.
Who benefits? May be internal Russian opposition, Ukrainian government, American government, heck even islamic extremists – but Putin doesn’t benefit, that’s for sure.

Make your own conclusions.

Source video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-njh…

Evidence from an independent polling agency:
http://www.levada.ru/07-02-2014/uznav… (anyone still wanna parrot mainstream media claims that he was a “rising star” of Russian politics and a real threat to Putin?)

Posted by The Saker

Is The Times already collecting ammunition for Obama’s “regime change” in Russia?

The Times:

Articles in this series are examining how President Vladimir V. Putin’s system of personalized state-sponsored capitalism allows him to wield power at home and abroad.

According to The Times, weeks after President Vladimir V. Putin annexed Crimea in March, an obscure regulatory board in Moscow known as the Market Council convened inside an office tower not far from the Kremlin to discuss the country’s wholesale electricity market. It is a colossal business, worth 2 percent of Russia’s gross domestic product, and a rich source of fees for the bank that had long held the exclusive right to service it.

Times: “With no advance notice or public debate, though, the board voted that day in April to shift that business to Bank Rossiya, a smaller institution that lacked the ability to immediately absorb the work. For Bank Rossiya, it was a tidy coup set to yield an estimated $100 million or more in annual commissions, yet it was hardly the only new business coming in. State corporations, local governments and even the Black Sea Fleet in Crimea were suddenly shifting their accounts to the bank, too.”

And it goes on… “The reason the Kremlin rushed to prop up Bank Rossiya is the same reason that the United States, and later its European allies, placed it on the sanctions list: its privileged status as what the Obama administration calls the “personal bank” of the Putin inner circle. Built and run by some of the president’s closest friends and colleagues from his early days in St. Petersburg, Bank Rossiya is emblematic of the way Mr. Putin’s brand of crony capitalism has turned loyalists into billionaires whose influence over strategic sectors of the economy has in turn helped him maintain his iron-fisted grip on power.”

You can read the entire article in The Times.

My ten cents worth:

And… how is this any different from the trillions (with a T) handed out by the Bush and Obama administrations to their “Buds in the Banks” – or as Eric “Resigning-to-spend-more-time-with-my-family” Holder called, the “Too Big to Fail and Too Big to Jail”?

Jamie Dimon – recipient of the “Obama Golden Cufflinks Award” and Sir Lloyd Blankfein – “Of Blessed Memory of Those Who Do God’s Work” all received the bounty and largess of the US Government via the Taxpayer – and did the New York Times vilify them, like they are now obsessed with Putin?

It’s lovely and so convenient to have a Bad Guy we can diss – all the while making sure that the bought-and-paid-for hacks in Government fill the coffers of Private Institutions – knowing full well that when those same political hacks who have helped pillage the US Treasury to benefit the banks are looking for work aprés DC, the revolving door opens – no questions asked.

I’d say it sure pays to be Obama’s/Bush’s/Clinton’s/Pelosi’s/Feinstein’s friends as well.

 

This comment from Norman Pollack says it all:

Excellent documentation. Yet what does a comparative analysis reveal? That crony capitalism is alive and well in both Russia and the West, and that the latter’s criticisms seem odd because the same ideological framework holds true for America and Russia. We feign the same spirit of anticommunism characteristic of the First Cold War (undeniably, we are now into a Second), when in reality the US is jealous of Russia’s capitalistic success.

Attacks on Putin are sour grapes. What is the bailout of American banks, but crony capitalism? What is the cozy relationship between the Pentagon and the major defense companies, but crony capitalism? It does not require a leader, here, Putin, to define the condition. Crony capitalism can be, and is, in America, SYSTEMIC, with Obama hardly passive in advancing the wide cleavage in US wealth distribution.

No one claims Putin enriches himself through crony capitalism, and in fact, I accept his argument that, not the Russian companies, but geopolitical and geostrategic concerns motivate his policies. Can Obama and the US say the same, when he serves as a shill for US business abroad, esp. in the Far East?

The sanctions-business is amusing: a cover for the more ambitious plan to contain, isolate, and weaken Russia–next, ditto, China–as America desperately strives to return to unilateral preeminence in the global structure. The world is de-centered with Russia and China’s rise; America must learn to share power, or else collapse.

 

 

 

Russia’s New Package of Retaliatory Measures to Western Sanctions Ready: Kremlin

Moscow has already imposed a year-long ban on the import of meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables, as well as milk products from the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and Norway as a response to Western sanctions.

Moscow has already imposed a year-long ban on the import of meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables, as well as milk products from the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and Norway as a response to Western sanctions.

Topic: Russia Responds to Western Sanctions

 

MOSCOW, September 11 (RIA Novosti) – Moscow has prepared a new package of retaliatory measures to Western sanctions, that include restrictions on imports of cars and textile products, but hopes that common sense will prevail, a senior Kremlin official told RIA Novosti Thursday.

“There is a whole range of non-agricultural products that make our, first of all European, partners dependent on us,” he said. “For example, imports of cars, primarily second-hand cars, as well as certain types of textile products that we are quite capable of producing on our own. Not all of them, but certain kinds,” presidential aide Andrei Belousov told RIA Novosti on the sidelines of the Samara economic forum.

“The Russian ministry of economic development has already prepared a list of these goods, but I hope that common sense will prevail and we will not have to introduce these restrictive measures,” he said.

Moscow has already imposed a year-long ban on the import of meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables, as well as milk products from the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and Norway as a response to Western sanctions.

The European Union and the United States have implemented several rounds of economic sanctions over Moscow’s alleged participation in the Ukrainian conflict.

On Monday, the European Union officially adopted a new round of sanctions against Russia, but the measures did not come into force yet.

Moscow has repeatedly denied any involvement in the Ukrainian conflict and said that sanctions “threaten international peace and stability” and run counter to the principles of international law.

 

Putin, Hollande Discuss Ways to Assist Political Settlement in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

© RIA Novosti. Aleksey Nikolsky

MOSCOW, August 29 (RIA Novosti) – The presidents of Russia and France discussed ways to assist peaceful settlement in Ukraine in a phone conversation in the run-up to the European Council meeting due Saturday, the Kremlin said Friday.

“Ways of possible assistance to political settlement of the internal Ukrainian conflict were discussed,” the Kremlin press service said in a statement. “Both sides stressed the need to end bloodshed, tackle the humanitarian catastrophe and solve the problems solely by peaceful political means.”

Vladimir Putin and Francois Hollande agreed to continue contacts in the bilateral and multilateral formats, according to the Kremlin.

Since mid-April, Kiev has been conducting a military operation against the southeastern regions of Ukraine that refused to recognize the legitimacy of the new government after a February coup.

Moscow has repeatedly condemned Kiev’s military campaign against independence supporters in the east of the country and urged for an immediate stop to the punitive operation, advocating a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

Over 2,500 people, including the victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash, have been killed and more than 6,000 injured since the start of Kiev’s military operation against the militias in eastern Ukraine in mid-April, according to the United Nations.

Chessboard Drenched in Blood – By Pepe Escobar

THE ROVING EYE
A chessboard drenched in blood
ASIAN TIMES
By Pepe Escobar

“The intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.” Everyone remembers the Downing Street Memo, which unveiled the Bush/Blair “policy” in the run-up to the 2003 bombing/invasion/occupation of Iraq. The “policy” was to get rid of Saddam Hussein via a lightning war. The justification was “terrorism” and (non-existent) weapons of mass destruction (WMD), which had “disappeared”, mounted in trucks, deep into Syria. Forget about intelligence and facts.

The tragedy of MH17 – turned, incidentally, into a WMD – might be seen as a warped rerun of imperial policy in Iraq. No need for a memo this time. The “policy” of the Empire of Chaos is clear, and multi-pronged; diversify the “pivot to Asia” by establishing a beachhead in Ukraine to sabotage trade between Europe and Russia; expand the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to Ukraine; break the Russia-China strategic partnership; prevent by all means the trade/economic integration of Eurasia, from the Russia-Germany partnership to the New Silk Roads converging from China to the Ruhr; keep Europe under US hegemony.

The key reason why Russian President Vladimir Putin did not “invade” Eastern Ukraine – as much as he’s been enticed to by Washington/NATO – to stop a US military adviser-facilitated running slaughter of civilians is that he does not want to antagonize the European Union, Russia’s top trading partner.

Crucially, Washington’s intervention in Kosovo invoking R2P – Responsibility to Protect – was justified at the time for exactly the same reasons a Russian intervention in Donetsk and Luhansk could be totally justified now. Except that Moscow won’t do it – because the Kremlin is playing a very long game.

The MH17 tragedy may have been a horrendous mistake. But it may also have been a desperate gambit by the Kiev minions of the Empire of Chaos. By now, Russian intel may have already mastered the key facts. Washington’s predictable modus operandi was to shoot from the hip, igniting and in theory winning the spin war, and doubling down by releasing the proverbial army of “top officials” brimming with social media evidence. Moscow will take time to build a meticulous case, and only then lay it out in detail.

Hegemony lost
The Big Picture spells out the Empire of Chaos elites as extremely uneasy. Take Dr Zbigniew “The Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski, who as a former foreign policy mentor has the ears of the increasingly dejected White House paperboy. Dr Zbig was on CNN this Sunday challenging Europe’s leaders to “stand up to Putin”. He wonders if “Europe wants to become a satellite” and worries about “a moment of decisive significance for the future of the system – of the world system”.

And it’s all Putin’s fault, of course: “We’re not starting the Cold War. He [Putin] has started it. But he has gotten himself into a horrendous jam. I strongly suspect that a lot of people in Russia, even not far away from him who are worried that Russia’s status in the world is dramatically being undermined, that Russia’s economically beginning to fail, that Russia’s threatened by the prospect of becoming a satellite to China, that Russia’s becoming self-isolated and discredited.”

Obviously Dr Zbig is blissfully unaware of the finer points of the Russia-China strategic partnership, as well as their concerted voice inside the BRICS, the G-20 and myriad other mechanisms. His trademark Russophobia in the end always gets the better of him. And to think that in his latest book, Strategic Vision (2012), Dr Zbig was in favor of an enlarged “West” annexing Turkey and Russia, with the Empire of Chaos posing as “promoter” and “guarantor” of broader unity in the West, and a “balancer” and “conciliator” between the major powers in the East. A quick look at the record since 2012 – Libya, Syria, Ukraine, encirclement of China – reveals the Empire of Chaos only as fomenter of, what else, chaos.

Now compare a fearful Dr Zbig with Immanuel Wallerstein – who was a huge influence in my 2007 warped geopolitical travel book Globalistan.

In this piece (in Spanish) Wallerstein argues that the Empire of Chaos simply can’t accept its geopolitical decadence – and that’s why it has become so dangerous. Restoring its hegemony in the world-system has become the supreme obsession; and that’s where the whole “policy” that is an essential background to the MH17 tragedy reveals Ukraine as the definitive do or die battleground.

In Europe, everything hinges on Germany. Especially after the National Security Agency scandal and its ramifications, the key debate raging in Berlin is how to position itself geopolitically bypassing the US. And the answer, as pressed by large swathes of German big business, lies in a strategic partnership with Russia.

Show me the missile
Slowly, with no hype and no spin, the Russian military are starting to deliver the goods. Here, courtesy of the Vineyard of The Saker blog, is their key presentation so far. As The Saker put it, Russia had – and has – a “20/20 radar vision”, or full spectrum surveillance, on everything going on in Ukraine. And so, arguably, does NATO. What the Russian Ministry of Defense is saying is as important as the clues it is laying out for experts to follow.

The damaged MH17 starboard jet engine suggests a shape charge from an air-to-air missile – and not a Buk; that’s consistent with the Russian Ministry of Defense presentation graphically highlighting an Ukrainian SU-25 shadowing MH17. Increasingly, the Buk scenario – hysterically peddled by the Empire of Chaos – is being discarded. Not to mention, again, that not a single eyewitness saw the very graphic, thick missile trace that would have been clearly visible had a Buk been used.

Way beyond the established fact of a Ukrainian SU-25 trailing MH17, plenty of unanswered questions remain, some involving a murky security procedure at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport – where security is operated by ICTS, an Israeli company based in The Netherlands and founded by former officers from the Israeli Shin Bet intel agency. And then there is the unexplained presence of “foreign” advisors in Kiev’s control tower.

As much as Bashar al-Assad in Syria had absolutely no motive to “gas his own people” – as the hysterical narrative went at the time – the Eastern Ukraine federalists have no motive to down a civilian airliner. And as much as Washington doesn’t give a damn about the current civilian slaughter in Gaza, it doesn’t give a damn about the MH17 civilian deaths; the one and only obsession is to force Europeans to sanction Russia to death. Translation: break up Europe-Russia commercial and geopolitical integration.

One week before the MH17 tragedy, the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies was already sounding the alarm concerning the Empire of Chaos’s “policy” and its refusal to “adhere to the principles and norms of international law and the rules and spirit of the existing system of international relations”.

Moscow, in building its case on the MH17 tragedy, will bide its time to debunk Kiev’s claims and maximize its own credibility. The game now moves to the black boxes and the cockpit voice recorder. Still Ukraine will remain the do or die battlefield – a chessboard drenched in blood.

Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007), Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge (Nimble Books, 2007), and Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).

He may be reached at pepeasia@yahoo.com.

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Russian officials reacted on Western sanctions right and calmly — Kremlin official

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Vyacheslav Volodin (L) © ITAR-TASS/Valery Sharifulin

Kremlin’s First Deputy Administration Chief Vyacheslav Volodin assumed the practice of imposing sanctions could hardly be called a friendly one.

MOSCOW, May 16. /ITAR-TASS/. Kremlin’s First Deputy Administration Chief Vyacheslav Volodin told journalists on Friday after visiting “The Our Crimea” exhibition that the reaction of all Russian government officials sanctioned by the United States and the European Union had been right and calm. However, imposing penalties is not a friendly move, Volodin told ITAR-TASS. “When we talk about sanctions imposed on separate individuals, the reaction of all those people is absolutely right and calm. Those who serve their country should serve the interests of their country and understand that if the country develops and acts in the right way, someone may not like that. But let that be on their conscience,” the Kremlin deputy administration chief said.

Volodin assumed the practice of imposing sanctions could hardly be called a friendly one. “Any unfriendly stance is a manifestation of negative emotions, which are destructive,” Volodin went on to say.

“Russia is a friendly country which is developing. Look at all these people and their mood,” Volodin said looking at the visitors.

“But those who feel bitter at heart may fall ill and develop various diseases. We can only wish them well because all this may have a bad impact on their health,” Volodin went on to say.

The European Union has imposed a travel ban on Volodin but he received that news with a smile. “I think I can travel in Russia. Russia is huge country. Just look how vast it is: Crimea, Irkutsk, Sakhalin and Kaliningrad,” Volodin stressed.

China’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Cheng Guoping believes that the sanctions against Russia are not helping the Ukrainian crisis settlement.

“Some members of the international community are introducing sanctions against Russia, which is not helping the settlement of the crisis in Ukraine,” the diplomat told Russian reporters on Tuesday, adding that “China is ready to play a productive role in settling the Ukrainian issue politically.”

Russian official promises Moscow’s painful response if West goes on with sanctions.

VIENNA, May 14./ITAR-TASS/. If the West goes on with the policy of sanctions against individual Russian citizens and corporations, Moscow will offer a tarnishing response to it, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Wednesday in an interview with the Iranian news agency Tasnim.

“I think the policy of sanctions is akin to rocking the boat in which you’re swimming,” he said. “Everything is this world is taking place on the basis of mutuality. We’re not trying to copy just everything that comes our way, but counter-measures happen to be there, too, in such situations.”

“If the Western sanctions continue, we’ll respond to them and our response will be felt rather painfully in the capital cities of the target countries,” Ryabkov said.

The authorities in Kiev should hurry to enter into a dialogue with those Ukrainian regions which have declared independence, Sergei Ryabkov also said.

“I believe that the opinions of those, who participated in the properly organized and democratic referendums the world has seen, should actually be respected. So the Kiev authorities ought to establish a dialogue with the separating regions as soon as possible”, he said.

Ryabkov believes that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe OSCE may contribute to the dialogue as well, while the EU should take more responsibility, terminate sanctions and conduct a policy that will influence Kiev.

“The authorities in Kiev should switch to a more rational political line regarding the regions. We have the same attitude towards the US policy”, Ryabkov stressed.