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TASS: Security chief warns foreign intelligence stepping up efforts to destabilize Russia

Shades of the Cold War. 

Soviet conspiracies were the rage during the Cold War.  Spies lurked in every shadow.  Everything was an insidious plot against Russia.  

‘We’d support our Russian citizens with lots of money, but we have to spend it finding nonexistent spies.’  Oh, after we take our 50% cut, of course.

This article, from TASS, is one I haven’t seen in a long time, a warning from the Russian leadership that all the bad in Russia is to be blamed on foreign intelligence. 

Notice warnings about acts of sabotage that were not previously reported.  There are no links, no place references, no damage cited.  Just “attacks” and “subversion” and “sabotage”.   Please, TASS, what attacks?  What subversion?  Which sabotage?  Was there a loss of life?  Equipment?  Money stolen?  Oh, I didn’t mean the money you stole… 

This is a fabrication against an enemy that does not exist for the purpose of creating an external threat to distract the people from Russian corruption, bad leadership, and graft.  Don’t pay attention to what we are doing.  No, concentrate on an enemy that does not exist.  Wag the dog. 

To ‘wag the dog‘ means to purposely divert attention from what would otherwise be of greater importance, to something else of lesser significance. … The expression comes from the saying that ‘a dog is smarter than its tail’, but if the tail were smarter, then the tail would ‘wag the dog‘.

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March 14, 13:11UTC+3
“The situation is exacerbated by increasing migration, especially illegal immigration from unstable countries in the Middle East,” the Security Council chief says

ASTRAKHAN, March 14. /TASS/. Foreign intelligence agencies have been taking active steps to destabilize the social and political situation in Russia, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said on Tuesday.

“Foreign intelligence has stepped up subversive activity with the goal of destabilizing the social and political environment in Russia,” Patrushev said at a meeting held in the southern Russian city of Astrakhan.

The Security Council chief recalled that Ukraine’s authorities had declared that they had carried out the acts of sabotage. “The situation (in the Southern Federal) District is characterized by an increased level of terrorist and extremist threats,” the official highlighted.

Radical nationalist and religious groups pose a major threat as do extremist manifestations over the Internet, in addition to growing xenophobia among young people, Patrushev noted.

“The situation is exacerbated by increasing migration, especially illegal immigration from unstable countries in the Middle East,” he noted. “It is possible that the citizens of the region, who fought on the side of illegal armed groups in Syria, may return to the country.”.