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Nemtsov allies want to add Russia’s chief propagandists to Magnitsky List

April 25, 2015

This is unusual.

What is unusual is not that someone wants to add more Russians to the sanction list.  It is unusual that I know somebody on the list. Konstantin Syomin interviewed me yesterday for TV Russia and, quite frankly, he did not strike me as bad or unprofessional.

Konstantin Syomin, when he first introduced himself, said he was one of those people considered a “propagandist”.  In my limited dealings with him, did not come off that way, at least not to me.  If he is indeed a true propagandist, he must have been biting his tongue until it bled when sending me emails, when interviewing me and when chatting via telephone and Skype. In dealing with me he was very professional, personable and downright human. As a matter of fact, I thought he was nice, the sort of man I would love to sit at a bar with, knock back a few beers and talk about something of mutual interest. Propaganda, for instance. You know, manly stuff.

I saw this article last evening, saw the picture of Kiselyov and thought ‘this story can wait for tomorrow’…

Propagandists are destroying the future of my country – Mikhail Kasyanov

The Russians came to Washington yesterday. Former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and advisor Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr. met with U.S. Congressional leaders on the dire situation today in Russia after the assassination of colleague Boris Nemtsov, including the current animosity towards the West as well as the hostile environment towards liberals and reformists inside Russia. They brought with them a request to expand the Magnitsky List of human rights abusers to include eight employees of Russian state television whose journalistic practices they say have been fanning the flames of hatred and intolerance to such an extreme that Russians now live in fear of their personal security.

Radio Free Liberty reported Kasyanov and Kara-Murza were meeting with five lawmakers, including Representative Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Senator Roger Wicker, co-chair of the U.S. Helsinki Commission.


Their trip to the US comes on the heels of the most significant political union against Putin’s authoritarian regime we have seen in his tenure as president. Kasyanov, who was Prime Minister during Putin’s first term, co-founded Russia’s opposition party RPR-PARNAS with Boris Nemtsov and is a vocal Putin critic. Last week he announced that the PARNAS Party had formed a political alliance with popular Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny’s Progress Party, and at least five other parties and organizations are on board to elect a slate of opposition candidates in the next Duma elections. (See my previous post for more detail on the recent activity of Russia’s opposition.)

Kasyanov and Kara-Murza are asking the United States to impose sanctions on 8 prominent Russian television personalities and executives, chief “propagandists” who they say have engaged in a media vilification campaign that helped lead to the brazen assassination of Boris Nemtsov at the foot of the Kremlin on Feb 27. By adding these figures to the Magnitsky Act, they would be barred from traveling to or holding assets in the United States.

Kommersant reported that the list includes news anchor and state media boss Dmitry Kiselyov, senior pro-Kremlin lawmaker Alexei Pushkov who hosts the show “Postscript” on TVTS. Pushkov is already sanctioned by U.S. over Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. Also included in the list are Vladimir Solovyev, Arkady Mamontov, Andrei Karaulov, Oleg Dobroyedev (director of the main state broadcasting company VGTRK), Konstantin Syomin, and Vladimir Kulistikov (director of pro-Kremlin channel NTV).

In addition to the list of propagandists, a document entitled “Examples and evidence of public appeals to the extrajudicial killing of Boris Nemtsov” was submitted to the congressmen. In it are cited statements these figures made specifically about Nemtsov which they contend take their rhetoric outside the bounds of free speech and the First Amendment.

Kara-Murza explains that these propagandists are not engaging in journalism:

The responsibility for the murder of Boris Nemtsov is shared by those who, month after month, vilified and denounced him in government-controlled media outlets as a ‘traitor,’ the ‘fifth column,’ and an ‘enemy of Russia’ for opposing [President] Vladimir Putin’s corruption and repressive policies at home, and his war on Ukraine. This was not journalism or the exercise of the freedom of speech. This was state-sponsored incitement to murder. Denying these individuals the privilege of traveling to and owning assets in the West is the least the democratic world can do to honor the memory of Boris Nemtsov.

Today’s Russian propaganda is as beguiling as it is powerful. As many have pointed out, it isn’t the traditional form of propaganda the world is used to, one that’s promotional and full of bravado. Russian propaganda today is an enormous behemoth that combines elements of slick marketing and public relations with KGB style psychological manipulation, made more powerful by an increasingly authoritarian state. It feeds on Russia’s historical traumas of war and sacrifice as well as infamous personality cults of Stalin and now Putin, creating a distorted and violent form of patriotism that is founded on resentment of Western “enemies” who are portrayed as fascist killers. And since Russians get all of their news from state-controlled media, mostly television, Putin’s regime is able not only to control information. The regime can use Russian television to persuade people that patriotism means hating those who oppose Putin or his policies. Moreover, if one fails to embrace this type of patriotism, then one has betrayed Russia and become a traitor, and must be a foreign agent. Such propaganda seeps into Russian society via a constant barrage of images and narratives on Russian television daily, 24/7, presented and interpreted by the nation’s chief propagandists.


These messages are further amplified and spread through online sources, paid Kremlin trolls and otherwise, particularly in social media. In this way, not only has civil society been poisoned against opposition figures like Boris Nemtsov before his tragic assassination, but now, even after such a horrific event, many are convinced he deserved to die.  Within minutes of Nemtsov’s assassination, these are the tweets you could find on social media. The first is essentially a hit-list of Russian liberals, with Nemtsov crossed out. The second speaks for itself.

"There's a vacancy in our traitors list. Hurry up please"

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The impact of such manipulation might seem utterly foreign and even unbelievable to those who have been lucky enough not to have been exposed to it. But this truly Russian cultural phenomenon exists and needs to be exposed and understood because it is connected with today’s global crisis in international relations, including the war in Ukraine. Kasyanov therefore has quite the challenge not only to transmit the list of propagandists but also to explain to Americans the host of complex issues of translation and cultural interpretation of the propaganda itself so that they can appreciate the serious nature of the threatening climate in which Russians today live.

Mikhail Kasyanov at Council on Foreign Relations

We got a chance to hear Kasyanov at length when he spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan think tank. There he presented his candid views on Putin’s regime in Russia today, relations with the West, past and present, Ukraine, and the uphill battle his new coalition of opposition leaders and activists have before them in light of the propaganda machine. You can watch the video of the event here.

As former Minister of Finance (1999-2000) and Prime Minister (2000-2004), Kasyanov is in the unique position of having worked inside the Russian government before and during Putin’s administration. In Putin’s early years, he stated, Russia was embracing democratic values and moving toward a democracy, having established a new constitution, instituted significant political and economic reforms and formed positive international relations. He pointed out that Putin was the first leader to call Bush after the  9/11 tragedy to express his sympathy and support. Russia also had good relations and strategic cooperations with Europe. Since then, however, Putin has turned in a markedly authoritarian direction, so much so that Russia is now a completely different country.

We don’t have a single feature of a democratic state anymore. We don’t have a free media, an independent judiciary, separation of powers. And we have lost the main institution of a democratic state: free and fair elections.

Kasyanov stated he never imagined that in the 21st century, the world would see Russia as an aggressor state, an inconsistent and unpredictable power. His democratic movement now must fight in a new climate, one extremely hostile to change. “This very hostile climate, created deliberately with the instruction of Mr. Putin…[with] a special propaganda machine creating intolerance and a hostile environment in my county.” “Propagandists are destroying the future of my country.”

Asked whether he was being naive to think his new opposition coalition could succeed in the new hostile environment, Kasyanov said that he still believed in a chance for peaceful democratic transformation of Russia by building grassroots support for an alternative to Putin as well as an exit strategy for his administration. The economy and people are suffering because of Putin’s policies over the last 10 years. It’s not sanctions that are hurting Russia, he said. No one wants to invest in an unpredictable and aggressive state.

Kasyanov spent a good deal of the discussion on the political environment created by the enormous propaganda machine, laying the blame squarely at Putin’s feet. He expressed outrage that Putin himself invoked a “fifth column of national traitors” in an official speech, which Kasyanov considered destructive and irresponsible. Nemtsov’s murder, he said, was a direct result of this extremely hostile environment. He also noted that Russia has growing fascist features, which while perhaps not Nazi fascism, certainly resembles Mussolini style fascism, with its unified ideology, business consolidations with political power, and of course, nonsupports are traitors. “We’re not there yet, but we’re moving in that direction.”

On Crimea, Kasyanov said the justification given by Putin for Crimea’s annexation were “a joke,” changed 3 times in one year and ignored hundreds of years of Crimean history. Kasyanov believes that Putin invaded Crimea in order to bolster his power inside Russia. “It’s a classic authoritarian regime, which needs an external enemy and quick victories.” But Putin miscalculated, he said, and assumed the civilized world would let it pass, as happened in Georgia in 2008. The world was outraged then, but went back to business as usual within a few months. This time, he said, the world’s united and unyielding reaction of outrage took Putin by surprise. He agreed that Putin’s actions of redrawing sovereign states’ borders and redistribution of land are wholly untenable in the modern world.

Asked about Putin’s reference to putting nuclear forces on alert during seizure of Crimea, Kasyanov stated Putin likely doesn’t want to start a nuclear war. Such statements nonetheless are plainly irresponsible and inappropriate from a nation like Russia which sits on the UN Security Council as a guarantor of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine to make.

On the issue NATO enlargement, Kasyanov stated that there were never any promises or commitments not to enlarge NATO. In fact, when he was in government, he and others dreamed that Russia would also join NATO, which was not viewed as an enemy at that time. What changed? Not NATO, he said, but Russia. Furthermore, he sees Russia’s essentially blackmailing the West with threats of nuclear war as absolutely reckless and another dangerous development.

On Ukraine, Kasyanov stated Putin is in trouble. Russia can’t afford to subsidize Crimea and Donbas. He also favored arming Ukraine to place it on a level playing field with “Putin’s separatists,” as he called them, with their enormous stock of sophisticated military equipment, clearly supplied by Russia.

One of the final questions from the audience concerned a “reset” of relations and engagement with Russia. Kasyanov was adamant that any reset of relations with Russia would be impossible because a reset would necessitate compromising Ukraine’s sovereignty. Such a compromise now would be tantamount to punishing the Ukrainian people, he said.

Why would we punish the Ukrainian people? For their desire to live in an independent state? For their desire for freedom and building their own destiny by themselves? There should be no compromises.

RT: Obama’s absence from V-Day parade won’t bother Russian public – poll

April 25, 2015

A view of Red Square during the procession of military vehicles at the parade devoted to the 69th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War aka World War II (RIA Novosti / Alexander Vilf)

If this isn’t a sore spot with Russia, why is it headline news at RT?

Russians view the upcoming Victory Day as an internal national holiday and won’t be particularly bothered if it isn’t attended by Western leaders such as US President Obama, says the latest research by the VTSIOM public opinion center.

The respondents said that, in their opinion, the authorities organize the May 9 parade first and foremost for veterans, secondly for the younger generation and the rest of the Russian people, and only to a lesser extent for the benefit of high-placed foreign guests.

Some 58 percent of respondents said they knew that some state leaders had officially refused to attend the May 9 parade in Moscow. Forty percent claimed they weren’t aware of the snub. Of those knew about the situation, 52 percent said that it was unimportant, as opposed to 42 percent who thought that such a move by foreign leaders could be significant.

Most Russian citizens share the opinion that the main objective of the Victory Day parade is to preserve historical memory and traditions, not to demonstrate military might.

The results of the poll confirm that the Soviet Union’s victory in WWII remains not only a key event in both Russian and world history, but also a “cornerstone of modern identity of the Russian Federation as a nation,” Valery Fyodorov, the head of the VTSIOM polling center, said in press comments.

The narrative describing a sharp increase in militaristic sentiments in Russia and asserting that we want to demonstrate our military might to the rest of the world finds absolutely no validation in our research,” he added. “We have not recorded any surge in militarism. Any talk about this is simply wishful thinking.”

Among foreign leaders who have refused to attend the May 9 celebrations are Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron, among others. Leaders from about two dozen other nations have accepted the invitation, however, and will be present at the celebrations.


Poland ready to send military support to Ukraine

April 25, 2015

April 24, 2015 1:26 am

Poland is ready to send military support to Ukraine if the conflict in the east escalates. It was stated by the head of the Polish Foreign Ministry Grzegorz Shetina.

During his speech in the Sejm, he noted that Poland supported the international community’s efforts to curb the expansion of Russia-backed separatists in the east of Ukraine, reports referring to Polskie Radio.

“We do not rule out that in case of a new intensification of hostilities, along with other countries, who see this situation the same way, we can make a decision to strengthen support for Ukraine, including in the military sphere,” he said.

The diplomat also assured that Poland would continue supporting the Kyiv authorities in the reform process. “Our priority is stabilization of the political situation, the reform process, providing the conditions for implementation of the January 2016 economic part of the Association Agreement and opening of a free trade zone between Ukraine and the EU,” he added.

Shetina also said that Poland wanted to continue the process of historical unification with Ukraine, which would be based on the truth. Poles will not be silent about injustice and victims incurred, including the Volyn tragedy, but will not put pressure on sensitivity of their eastern neighbor. “Today Ukraine is forming its modern national consciousness, including historical one, that does not relieve it from a critical look at its own history,” said the Polish diplomat.

“Sovereign, democratic, pro-European Ukraine is a part of the Polish national interest. But at the same time it should be recalled that during the last 25 years, we have never yielded to imposition, and we will not impose any decision or choice to our neighbors,” said the foreign minister of Poland.

It should be recalled that the President of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski and the U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said they supported the imposition of new sanctions against Russia.


Igor Panarin: It’s time to draw conclusions from the defeat in the information war, and go to system actions

April 25, 2015

Dr. Igor Panarin, a Russian Information Warfare expert, is interviewed in the below article and advocates some unusual initiatives.

Dr. Panarin is pushing for the creation of a “Russian internet”, separate from the Internet that you and I use. He says it “is not censorship and regulation”, but “protection”.  What he means is this protects Russian citizens from external information, but what he means is this protects Russian citizens from starting a colored revolution, which he brings up later. This reiterates a position submitted by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to the United Nations, allowing Russia, China and other members of the SCO to deny access to the internet in the case of a “State emergency” aka a popular uprising. As noted previously, here and here, the United Nations has declared access to the internet a basic human right – this violates the UN declaration.

Igor is also pushing for the strict control of information in Russia, like China.  Again, this controls the information seen by Russian citizens.  How this differs from current Russian website blocking as applied by the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) is unknown.  Again, this is designed solely to prevent a colored revolution.

Last, and most alarming, is that Dr. Panarin advocates Russian military capabilities target civilian targets, specifically he says that Russian submarines should target the London Stock Exchange. This clearly violates the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) aka the Geneva Convention.  Dr. Panarin’s background is as a KGB analyst, so he may not be conversant in the LOAC, but this idea needs to be immediately quashed.

All in all, it is refreshing to see Dr. Panarin voice these opinions.

(Translated by my Chrome browser from Russian)

Igor Panarin: It's time to draw conclusions from the defeat in the information war, and go to system actionsOn the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Victory is increasingly pressure on Russia in the information field. European leaders voiced version of a victory – one is surprising, Director Rosarkhiv describes Stalin’s cowardly criminal shortsighted, and fighters for freedom of speech on the sad fate of the captured with rolled Russophobic film “Number 44″. Against Russia for many years is a system information warfare on a variety of fronts – politics, economics, cultural sphere, the Internet and media. Successful experience of confrontation military information machine west, about how work kibervoyska NATO and that it may oppose Russia, as well as many other things in an interview On the eve of the Eurasian Youth Forum in Yekaterinburg Professor, Doctor of Political Sciences, Igor Panarin .

Question : You say that the information and social networks – a modern Trojan horse. In China it is not allowed and strictly controlled, we cry about the “scoop” and censorship. Whether or not to share the censorship, information security and control of information space?

Igor Panarin | Photo: On the eveIgor Panarin : That which is in China – it is not censorship and regulation, and from my point of view, this is exactly the right approach – protection. They have the idea – the construction of the Great Wall as protection in the information space from external influences – a key objective. Any problem in the confrontation – bringing positive information, particularly about China, its limits and at the same time – protecting information from an external field corrupting influence. From my point of view, they have found the right option. You could go two ways. First – disable connect to the Internet. I will give an example from history – after the Second World War, when communist ideas were quite popular in America, there is simply forbidden to sell radios capable of receiving long waves of Soviet radio. They have chosen to ban hard and as a result, the Americans, if they wanted, could not get any information from the USSR. They opted for the hard censorship, but this hardly speak, although they should be. Chinese also could just say that we will allow, for example, only 20 million to connect to the Internet, and the rest is not empty, technologically all possibilities for this were. But they have chosen to open up all the doors, but not chaotic, and with simultaneous control. Scandal with Google (2010), which was, it was well conducted public policies and they insisted on their demands. Second, to avoid repeating the experience of Tiananmen (1989), attempts to block a color revolution, which developed completely on the Maidan option – tents, students, much earlier than in Kiev. They rigidly suppressed it and draw conclusions.

Question : How did they do it? By controlling the information environment?

Igor Panarin : Their task was to prevent the launch of the anti-state mechanism, they opened the door, but began to tightly control those segments of society that can be a threat to national security. Control was introduced at the state level, and the second layer – at the university level. As it turned out, after a series of events, starting with Tunisia “color revolutions” practically launched and “rocked” the state of the Middle East and Eastern Europe Information. Tunisia was a country with a high standard of living, all there was not bad, and the situation unrolled only information means, primarily through the Internet and social networks. Experience has shown that the Chinese strategy of administrative and legal regulation of risk areas, in particular, students, proved to be correct when Beijing maidan left 150 people, of whom 50 were members of the American Embassy, ​​50 – Western journalists and 50 – the Chinese. Chinese experience partly used in Belarus, and we know that this country has twice escaped the “color revolutions”, and attempts a coup there were undertaken systematically and on a larger scale than in the same Ukraine. But the presence of a rigid central government, the adoption of correct and timely decisions, including legal, thus avoiding the consequences. For Russia, China and Belarus experience is positive, and it is worth implementing in our information and legal space.

Question : However, in Hong Kong came out much more than 50 people, but this attempt was not successful. That there was a key factor?

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Igor Panarin : Hong Kong – a former British colony until 1997, there was formed a special Ethnogroup, time since the return to Chinese jurisdiction was not much. But a key factor in countering external attempts at implementation of the “color revolution” – China’s ability to act. There were a few things that were supposed to be a turning point. There was a time when the opposition leaders themselves went to the police station to be arrested, and it was harvested under a series of actions on the theme of “freedom of the prisoners.” A police released them. In Kiev in February 2014 this moment was unknown snipers shooting that completely repeated provocations western scenario in 1989 in Romania (g.Timishoare) when Western intelligence agencies snipers killed 50 police officers and more than 200 demonstrators. Then Yanukovych could not be tempted to take decisive action, has already begun to subside maidan, and at this moment the situation was controlled from the outside due to the broken-snipers, after which it was impossible to change. In Hong Kong, there were two such points. There they acted without snipers, but similar provocations, but the Chinese have worked quite flexible. As a result, the situation is not solved completely, but fully localized.

Question : Last week discussed two things – the creation in Prague media holding, to work in social networks to counter the “Russian propaganda” and in the US Congress discussed this topic and the related “Nemtsov list” compiled by Kasyanov, which included ” most odious Russian propagandists. ” How do you comment on this situation, how serious the consequences it entails?

Igor Panarin : In general, we underestimate the work in social networks. First of all, we do not have public Internet holding company of which I am not one year, which could deal with and work on the internal and external field in social networks. Here I would recall that in 1998, Americans have embraced the concept of information operations, then for the first time introduced the concept of offensive information operations. There were no social networks, but there is a fundamental point was that such operations may take place in peacetime – it was crucial methodological conclusion – an open public document. It was, in fact, the beginning of an information war on the official level, but Russia is still no doctrinal documents that would prescribed such things. In 2006, Americans publish a new document that details the previous and announces social networks and the Internet main field of information operations. So far, we have not registered anywhere doctrinally countermeasures. What you are asking – it links the plan that works since 2006. Simply create new structures, new units, but they are based on the postulates of 2006 that social networks – the main field of information warfare, and create new drums information fists.

Question : And all this time we did not do anything?

Igor Panarin : We can not say that did not do anything, have been recently introduced changes to the law on mass media in terms of who can be the owner of the Russian media, but pay attention that the lowering of the foreigners from 50 to 20% will only be finalized in 2017 although the likelihood of destabilization can occur much earlier. The Americans Act information exists since 1948, there foreigners can not own more than 25% of the media. Not introduced mandatory re-registration and the media. We have media with 100% foreign capital, but the new rules will apply only to newly created media. We have three federal TV channel with 100% foreign capital. Regulation will begin in 2017 – too late. There is a problem proprietors media, social networking, social services providers – there is also a problem with the participation of foreign capital. Remember, we have two years could not figure out who is the owner of Russia’s largest airport, and in the information environment, I think that these issues are not less. We are late in the legal regulation. The intensity of the attacks will increase, and it is necessary to enhance the ways to counter. 2 thousand. British soldiers of the newly created 77th brigade of the armed forces of the United Kingdom will work professionally in social networks against Russia – is a giant figure – we all Glaucus to combat extremism less.

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Of course, we have the staff involved in this area – but in much smaller quantities. After Roscomnadzor regulates only three sectors of the information field – this is a very narrow part of the spectrum. In this case, we need to be based on Western legal documents. When the United States in 2001 passed a law on the support of patriotism, I offered to take it without changing in Russia to have not been accused of suppressing democracy, but it did not take us. There most severe domestic regulations and information space US, and though it’s been 14 years since the attacks, it operates in the US, and was adopted two weeks after the attacks – whether it was harvested in advance, or something else, but the rapidity its adoption is astounding.

Question : If we talk about the Ukrainian information space – we all are simplified as “fight the oligarchs,” “stupid zombies” and “information chaos.” Is it possible to say with certainty that this is true, or is it a field or a portion thereof is controlled from the outside?

Igor Panarin : My point of view – there is a full outer western management. Avakova by chance called “feysbuchnym minister.” Before the coup, he did not have his Facebook page, he did no activity was not conducted, but the March 9, 2014 in Kiev arrived 16 officers kibertsentra NATO from Tallinn, in fact, they became the core of social networking and management through social networks, control not only internal Ukrainian public opinion, but also Russian. In Ukraine, about 3 million users Facebook, in Russia – 30 million, and the whole work is aimed not so much at the Ukrainian as the Russian “feysbuchnuyu” audience. We can say that in Facebook on our part enthusiasts have an active position, and on the other side – a special unit. This is a fundamental difference. This does not mean that the Russian government agencies “do not work”. They work, but are generally within the transaction. For instance, it was necessary to ensure that the information reunion Crimea. Crimea reunited, the work is over, and these activities are not part of a strategic overall plan of action of all structures. This is the problem – a lack of coordination.

Question : How can it be achieved?

Igor Panarin : For example, our president is going to Khakassia resolve the situation after the fire with him a group of ministers and advisers, and he assigns each responsible for some direction. There just seems advisable to operate. MIA – to prevent the import of 50 thousand. New tires in the city center (in Kiev) – they also need to physically deliver, while others have to block anti-state activities in social networks, and others – are working in the media, the fourth – with political parties – should be a single plan actions, and it must meet certain Advisor this area in the same way as the eye – Advisor on Eurasian economic integration. But such a person we do not have. In the US, this mechanism closes on intelligence. Director of Cyber ​​Command US at the same time director of the NSA, ie it at the usual time in the senior National Security Agency, and during an operation in the information war – he was a senior intelligence for all 18 countries. We have similar attempts were made ​​several times, but did not result in the creation of a coordination structure. Can not say that the country’s leadership does not understand that this is an important area. It is. After all the same “Russia today” was created and successfully operates, the same Dmitry Kiselev and Konstantin Semin, Arkady Mamontov and a number of other television broadcasts are excellent. Part of the information work carried out, but the system is carried out against us many years of work in 2006, which requires a systematic and strategic response, which is no.

Question : why we fail?

Igor Panarin : Our defeat in the German information field is evident when in 2008 (armed conflict in the Caucasus), the ratio of positive to negative news about Russia was 1: 4, 1:70 and was in the Ukrainian crisis. This compels me to try to figure out what happened, who affects the German public opinion, which it holds conferences, round tables, which media and how it works. And this despite the fact that there, in Germany, about 15 million people speak Russian, there are many Russian citizens live. It is necessary to analyze, to understand why we lost.Americans have learned since August 2008, when Germany was more loyal to Russia than to the United States and Great Britain, made ​​adjustments and changed the situation. We, too, should draw their own conclusions. There is also a moment – their State Department – is not our Foreign Ministry. We have Churkin, there Lavrov, who perfectly valid information, but we do not have the position of Deputy Minister for Public Diplomacy, and there is a deputy, who oversees all this activity, which puts the task after. There is no such functionality. Many things – from management and organizational sphere.

Munich Security Conference, Sergei Lavrov, Igor Ivanov | Photos:

Here is appointed Deputy Minister for the fight against international terrorism and public diplomacy so no coordinates. In general, the Russian line of conduct information warfare can be represented in the form of coordinated work of Deputy Foreign Minister for Public Diplomacy, Force special information management operations of the armed forces, presidential adviser on information warfare, special units of the security services, the state media. All of them are embedded in the logical state system: Advisor to the President, the Vice-Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the line and a number of other ministries and departments, the command of the Special Forces Information Operations forces. It is advisable to periodically collect the State Council on information warfare, giving it directives envoys, the governors, and it turns out organizational and management grille. I believe that we need a new organizational and management system.

Question : Recently, a visit of the US Ambassador to Russia Tefft to the Urals, which was actually a secret mode, last year, after Germany and the EU were in the Ural Federal University and their performances have caused the polar evaluation – someone believes that the diversity of opinions and information must be someone – that such activities should be regulated and controlled. How to deal with diplomats, they should be considered as actors of information warfare or “flies – separately, burgers – separately”?

Ambassador Tefft, visit | Photo:

Igor Panarin : I think, first of all, to be a Russian-American balance, and before that Mr. Tefft made ​​in Yaroslavl State University. He strongly advocated, but there must be a balance – if he stands here and let our ambassador speaks at Harvard, in other universities in the US. Until we see an imbalance in our information field we enable external players to bring their positions, and we do not really give. I was at Stanford, Georgetown University, we met and talked, but I was not allowed to the students. We met with political scientists in a narrow range, but this “to let in the framework of democracy Igor speak, express the point of view of Russia” – I will not be allowed to fragile young “and ush eyes.” They are metered, and the rule of information warfare: the external limit the flow of information in its territory and the maximum bringing his point of view to another. They adhere to this. If we look at Ukraine, is a typical example of a clear western strategic information operations, where they purposefully liquidate the Russian channels, broadcasting, and at the same time strengthen its influence. The result, admittedly, is effective. In this sense, why do we need to provide opportunities that we do not offer?

Question : Cultural projects, film, photography, theater – is also one of the fronts of the war? Say, a big scandal refusal rolled film “Number 44″ that say about this?

Igor Panarin : In general, of course, the problem with our opponent – to limit the influence of the Russian language and Russian culture in the minds and moods of people around the world. For the same and Russian schools, for example, in Ukraine closed. Hollywood – the main theme. All movies are less ideological, absolutely. Reconstruction of history, an attempt to replace the results of the Great Patriotic War. Take France, this defeat even the Soviet Union. In 1945, the vast majority of French believe that the Soviet Union made ​​a decisive contribution to the victory. A 1994 – is less than half. Today, the picture is diametrically opposed. France was the most powerful Communist Party, in every sixth Frenchman – Russian blood, as I told the French themselves. And the result – a fundamental change in attitudes over 70 years. Despite Napoleon’s France in Russia were mainly positive mood – a severe defeat of the USSR and Russia. It is necessary to analyze why it happened. The USSR did not have money? Were, but CNN created in 1980, and “Russia today” in 25 years. It is no coincidence they are active in this cultural sphere, the mass scandals, not only in Yekaterinburg, with museums, with modern art, it’s all – the field of information warfare. The task of the West – to diminish Russia’s role in all stages of history, but primarily in World War II.

Column NATO, Czech Republic | Photo: "Russian House" in Marianske Lazne

Question : NATO commanders pointedly conducting exercises on the perimeter of our borders – in the Baltic States, Poland, Ukraine, the convoy of armored vehicles under the camera traveled across Eastern Europe. This is intentional saber-rattling, too style media pressure?

Igor Panarin : It’s a show of force and a factor of information and psychological pressure. I am convinced that a military conflict NATO will be defeated and they had not yet begun to him, because they know that the direct military aggression they will be defeated. But the use of information pressure as a factor in solving political problems continued. Czech Republic now occupies a more positive attitude to Russia. President Zeman is going to come for the Victory Parade, making statements in support of Russia, and all of a sudden on the territory of the Czech Republic, Americans have been armored column. This is a factor of information and psychological threats, the action of pressure.

Question : Accordingly, statements by representatives of the State Department that “all exercises in Russia – a provocation against the United States” – is absolutely mirror the situation?

Igor Panarin : That mirror thing, yes. I repeat: they require that we comply with the rules that they themselves had never met. And we should not play by the rules that suit specifically for us, and play in a real system of coordinates. And what coordinates: the next attack, followed by an analysis and action – protection of a defensive or attacking. I am a supporter of transfer activity on foreign territory. Same Ferguson – this is a problem, but we do not pay attention to the promotion of the information fire, although the reasons are more than enough. They are aiming to destroy Russia, and we do not set the task of destroying the US or the UK. In the same way the Soviet Union – they set the task to the collapse of the USSR and walked purposefully toward her, build structures, etc. And we set the task of the Communist Party USA wins the election, it was not very promising task. US task destruction was not put. We have a powerful tool – cruise missiles, which are superior to their foreign counterparts, but the reorientation of the goals is to occur – strike should not be on military bases, and the center management and financial and economic structures.

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We now have both – the submarine floats, and her task – to sink an aircraft carrier. And why did she sink an aircraft carrier if it can strike on the London Stock Exchange and financial control centers, and she will do it one hundred percent. Then the people of the West, decision-makers will know that in the case of preparation of aggression against Russia, they are guaranteed to be destroyed in the event of an escalation that they have no chance. This will deter their intentions to unleash war. We now plot the conditional counter a nuclear attack on military targets, and it is necessary for the management of information centers and the centers of financial and economic management. Now media reports allow us to understand that it is going to escalate aggression, and these people will know that if they get to a certain point, then they will be destroyed, it is a powerful factor inhibition and blocking World War. This is a very important point I want to emphasize it: we need a reorientation of our submarines in the financial and economic facilities and information management operations against Russia. I put forward the concept in 1995, and they are very afraid of her. Technically, we solve it by a new strategic submarines, left to use them as a deterrent, to officially announce that in case of military aggression, these centers will be destroyed due to the fact that the flight of the missile – a few minutes, the result is guaranteed. From my point of view, Russia is one of the factors in the preservation of the spiritual sovereignty and territorial integrity, along with nuclear weapons.


Yet another example of Russian propaganda

April 25, 2015

In this example of Russian propaganda, the US is being blamed for providing all the tools of war to all conflict areas around the world.

Another common theme is that US foreign policy is focused on containing Russia.  General Kartapolov, that was never the policy of the United States, but in light of Russian aggression over the past 16 months, it may well be now. You brought this on yourself.  Notice, however, the focus of the US is on ISIS, so Russia is still somewhat ignorable.

One must consider that Russia believes they are more important than in reality?

Russia needs an external enemy to justify their actions to the Russian people, and, indeed, the world that reads RT, Sputnik News and here, – all sources of Russian propaganda mis-advertised as Russian news. If Russia does not have an external enemy to focus upon, the Russian people might become painfully aware of Russian corruption, gross incompetence in the Russian budget and unjustified Russian aggression. This may well result in a colored revolution, as the Russian government fears the most.

Note the paranoia.

(Translated by my Chrome browser from Russian)

Russian General Staff: US customers are all armed conflicts in the world

US foreign policy, the purpose of which is primarily the containment of Russia, America confirms the desire to retain its leading geopolitical and economic position.Furthermore, it is the United States is the initiator of all modern military conflicts. This was stated by the chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of Russia Andrei Kartapolov in Moscow on military scientific conference dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory.

– Customer all military conflicts are the sole USA. Today, Western countries began to position itself as a major “architects” of the system of international relations, and the US – the only superpower in the world – said the head of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Federation Andrey Kartapolov.

He noted that over the past decade the United States and its allies more than 50 times to use military force, and six times the transactions were with decisive goals and grew into a local armed conflicts.

In addition, according to the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Colonel General Igor Sergunov today Pentagon plans to expand the system forward deployment of its armed forces. According to him, this system provides for the deployment of US troops on a permanent and temporary basis in more than 100 foreign countries.

– In these states is supposed to create objects early storage of weapons and military equipment necessary for the fighting in advanced areas – Sergun said at a conference with the leadership of the Armed Forces at the Cultural Center of the armed forces.

According to the general, in the case of military conflict the US troops will operate both independently and together with NATO allies or as part of coalition groups.

– The armed struggle in the conflicts of today acquired a pronounced air-sea character. The role of the main strike forces finally secured for the aircraft, including the deck, and warships equipped with cruise missiles – said General Igor Sergun.

He noted that the US can use military force in several regional conflicts. According to Igor Sergunov, US officials said that US forces should be able to defeat the enemy in the course of large-scale operation in one region of the world with guaranteed deterring another aggressor in another.

In the Russian Armed Forces General Staff emphasized that the victims of modern wars – most of them are not soldiers and civilians.

– Of course, now the number of victims can not be compared with the extermination of millions in the wars of the twentieth century. However, it should be emphasized today violence in wars directed mainly against the civilian population. The analysis shows that more than 90 percent of the victims in today’s conflicts – are civilians – said Andrew Kartapolov.

Recall that took place in Moscow military-scientific conference of Defense, whose main objective is the identification of priority areas for improving the Russian Defence based on the experience of the Great Patriotic War and the wars of XX and XXI centuries, from the perspectives of development of the means and methods of warfare military and nonmilitary means.


Another example of hideous Russian propaganda

April 25, 2015

This is another example of hideous Russian propaganda.

Translated by my Chrome browser, one can sense that US “think tanks” are blamed for ISIS, neo-Nazis and all the ills of the world. This is prime disinformation, a common theme among Russian propagandists.

(Translated by my Chrome browser from Russian)

Education American, Canadian and other Western instructors Ukrainian troops, which include units of neo-Nazis from within the Ukraine, and other countries in Europe, as well as providing military training in Turkey and Jordan, by jihadists linked to Islamist terrorist organizations Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State and Al-Nusra Front mark the beginning of a tactic of war the fourth and fifth generations (TVV4 and TVV5) developed a “think tank” of the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Using TVV4 / TVV5 initially based on the “radical non-state military organization” (RNVO). In the case of Ukraine, these radical non-state military organizations become part of the regular Ukrainian army battalions including neo-Nazis, that is turned into a “radical state military organization” (RGVO).

The concept of TVV4 was used in the Pentagon in the 1980s to describe the threats that emerged after the Cold War and coming from RNVO in failed states. Hone tactics of warfare fourth generation, the world is confronted with the emergence of extremist groups such as LIH and “by-products”, who settled in countries such as Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya – all thanks to the invasion of military forces and US intelligence, committed by the decision of Republican and Democratic US governments. This led to the aggravation of threats to regional and global stability.

Appointment of Ukrainian neo-Nazi leader Dmitry Yarosh an adviser to the Chief of Staff of Armed Forces of Ukraine Victor Muzhenko and integration gang of neo-Nazi groups in the regular Ukrainian army is a perfect example of how RNVO converted to RGVO.

It also demonstrates how the CIA and NATO gradually transform the tactics of warfare in the fourth generation is even more dangerous tactics of the fifth generation, where the key role begin to play the criminal syndicates, computer hackers and state-sponsored terrorists.

Jaros played a prominent role in the organization Euromaidan that toppled the elected government of Ukraine.

A similar situation developed with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (LIH), a self-proclaimed “Caliph” which Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was seen in northern Syria in the company of the neo-conservatives like John McCain and related CIA employees of the US Embassy in Ankara. Extremely worried by the fact that Yarosh, which has enormous influence among neo-Nazis and the majority of Ukrainian Nationalists, especially in the vicinity of Lviv, according to some, is associated with LIH volunteers from Syria and Iraq.

Neo-Nazis and LIH fighting for education quasi most closely related to international organized crime. Ukrainian regime is heavily dependent on the support of the oligarchs, as a citizen of Ukraine and Israel, Igor Kolomoisky, who heads a virtual mafia in Ukraine and abroad.

The members of an illegal organization Islamic State swear allegiance to the caliphate, which kidnaps people for ransom, sells historical values ​​obtained robbery on the open market (sometimes in conjunction with the Ukrainian-Israeli criminal syndicates), hacking computer systems and robbing banks. Criminal syndicates and RNVO / RGVO constitute the heart of a tactic of war fifth generation. Certainly, in this concept TVV5 fit and beheadings, and other mass atrocities LIH in Libya, Syria and Iraq, as well as targeted killings radicals supported by the state politicians and journalists in Ukraine who criticized the regime in Kiev.

Pentagon decision to arm the Ukrainian army, which now included the formation of a radical neo-Nazis, is a direct path to the deadliest war of the fifth generation. This means that such a radical non-state military organizations, as neo-Nazis in Ukraine and other European countries, as well as Islamist jihadists from all over the world are able to turn into a radical state military organizations.

Thus, it is the “Obama Doctrine”, which mainly consists of interfering in fragile states, gave the green light to the emergence of a tactic of war of the fifth generation in the world.


Amazing Russian Propaganda

April 25, 2015

Russia Insider took presentations by Anne Applebaum and Garry Kasparov at the recent Munk Debates and annotated them with immature, obviously biased and totally oblivious comments.

This is a painful example of Russian propaganda, with Russia Insider providing a very unprofessional product wholly lacking in journalistic qualities.

The comments ignored what Applebaum and Kasparov actually said, choosing to ignore their content, twist the meanings of words and insert snarky, misguided and obviously wrong comments.

I point out this here, so you, aficionados and experts in propaganda, Russian information warfare and Kremlin-speak can see a prime example of the garbage put out by Russian “media”. The comments highlight how Russia media lies, how they sow false and misleading statements and how their mistruth is promulgated as reality.

Russia Insider starts off badly by inserting the comment “When I scratch my nose I am lying” when Anne Applebaum gives her opening remarks. Everything beyond that is surely not worthy of suffering through the indignation of America bashing, pro-Putin drivel, based on false assumptions, propaganda and lies generated by the Kremlin.

The Munk Debates are supposed to portray opposing sides so that viewers may decide for themselves their opinion.

Annotating a video with remarks, as is done here, is wonderfully intrusive, oppressive and biased.  This shows just how bad Russian media can be.  The worst of the worst.

Yes, the video is posted by Russia Insider.  This is an example of how clearly biased the Russia media can be, how unprofessional their products can be and how they lack journalistic integrity.  Just the title alone shows a clear bias deliberately intended as propaganda.


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