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Russia Feigns Victimhood, Moves Toward Greater Oppression


This is a completely Russian perspective in this TASS article, which illustrates the increasing state of oppression the Russian government appears to be seeking to create. 

The Russian Federation Council met and made a series of allegations against the West and suggested a series of actions to resist, deter, and stop Westerners from ‘interfering’ in Russia. They are creating an enemy and will then seek ways to stop them. 

  1. “strengthen the control over the financing of foreign protests in the country”
  2. “resist foreign interference in Russian domestic affairs”
  3. “confront “foreign interference in the electoral process.””
  4. “Washington’s priority is unleashing an economic war with Russia, including through the introduction of new sanctions”
  5. “On the eve of the election may be increased and illegal protest activity, prepared by both opposition forces and foreign centers of influence”
  6. “question of compliance with European practice part of diplomatic staff of foreign states in public political events in Russia”
  7. “opposition directed against foreign interference in the electoral process”
  8. “The main efforts should be focused on the creation of “national institutions of civil society.”
  9. “It is necessary to refuse invitations to the so-called” observation mission “of the states that do not allow Russian observers to its polls Everything has to be reversed”
  10. “the detractors are forced to increase the emphasis on external pressure on Russia, so the sanctions are imposed, adopted anti-Russian resolutions and declarations, attempts are made to discredit the Russian diplomats”
  11. “A special role in the destabilization of the political situation in Russia “given to some non-profit organizations”, through which “consistently anti-Russian propaganda is conducted”
  12. The goal of the West is “Russian isolation and separation from her allies”
  13. “”Westerners and their supporters in Kabul, accusing our country of having links with the Taliban movement and its support, including arms supplies,” – said the SVR head, pointing out that “one of the important goals of such accusations is to embroil Russia with Central Asian partners , to convince them that Moscow, they say, is behind them in subversive activities in the region. “
  14. “non-governmental organizations, which are controlled by the State Department. Chaika said that they were checked 73 companies, 10 of them are considered undesirable, for more than 20 screening work continues. According to him, some non-profit organizations are making active attempts to influence the scope of the rulemaking.”
  15. “provide the Ministry of Justice the right to conduct unannounced checks of NGOs when the information about the violation of the law’s prohibitions and restrictions.”

There is no mention of why sanctions were emplaced against Russia. There is no mention of Russian illegal annexation of Crimea. No mention of the illegal invasion of Ukraine in Donbass. No mention of encroaching on NATO airspace and sovereign waters. No mention of belligerent statements by Russian leadership against the West in general, and Ukraine, US, UK, Denmark, Sweden, and others specifically. Somehow these Russians believe Russia is entitled to act belligerently towards other countries, break international laws, and effectively force its neighbors to defend against invasive Russian military actions.

Ostensibly the words are all focused against external enemies of Russia. Now turn it on its head and skim the words, keeping in mind the Russian desire to actively suppress opposition, such as demonstrations, especially before the upcoming Russian presidential elections in 2018.  Please recall Russia also just created a 350,000 to 400,000 Russian ‘Praetorian’ National Guard which only answers to the President, and a picture begins to coalesce of the Russian elite wanting to protect against all enemies, foreign and domestic, by whatever means are necessary. There appears to be a concentration on extreme measures.  You may see a similarity to Nazi Germany between 1935 and 1939.

This is a worrisome trend, extreme paranoia infesting the senior Russian leadership, in both the Presidential offices and in the Duma. The Russian government is becoming increasingly authoritarian and fascist. There is no liberal democracy in Russia, it is merely a facade.  This article only confirms the trend we’ve seen developing since Putin began his second term as President. 

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The Federation Council discussed how to resist foreign interference in Russian affairs

June 7th, 17:53UTC + 3

The speaker of the upper house of parliament Valentina Matvienko, in particular, expressed the need to strengthen the control over the financing of foreign protests in the country

MOSCOW, June 7. / TASS /. The representatives of Russian ministries and agencies discussed at the hearings in the Federation Council, how to resist foreign interference in Russian domestic affairs. The urgency of such a discussion, said Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko, recalling forthcoming soon in the Russian presidential election, and pointed to the need to confront “foreign interference in the electoral process.”

Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika, in turn, said at the hearing about the activity of non-governmental organizations in Russia, controlled by the State Department. For his part, Director of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin warned that Washington’s priority is unleashing an economic war with Russia, including through the introduction of new sanctions.

Caution before elections

Noting the increased threat to the presidential election illegal activity, Matviyenko said the need to strengthen the control over the financing of foreign protests in Russia. “On the eve of the election may be increased and illegal protest activity, prepared by both opposition forces and foreign centers of influence,” – she said, adding that it is also necessary to raise the question of compliance with European practice part of diplomatic staff of foreign states in public political events in Russia.

The senator also noted that on the eve of the presidential elections in Russia “paramount effective opposition directed against foreign interference in the electoral process.”

In connection with this, according to Matvienko, the main efforts should be focused on the creation of “national institutions of civil society.” According to her, this will contribute to and “partial revision of the existing format of external observation.” “It is necessary to refuse invitations to the so-called” observation mission “of the states that do not allow Russian observers to its polls Everything has to be reversed.” – she said.

According to Matvienko, “real social base for rocking the situation is not in Russia”, as the society has consolidated considerably in recent years, “the citizens believe in their country and in their own strength.” “Therefore, the detractors are forced to increase the emphasis on external pressure on Russia, so the sanctions are imposed, adopted anti-Russian resolutions and declarations, attempts are made to discredit the Russian diplomats”, – the speaker of the Federation Council said.

A special role in the destabilization of the political situation in Russia, said the senator, “given to some non-profit organizations”, through which “consistently anti-Russian propaganda is conducted.” According to her, the reality of our times have become hybrid war, the purpose of which – “undermining the sovereignty, subordination of domestic and foreign policy.”

Communicating at the end of the hearings to journalists, Matvienko said that at the next plenary session of the Federation Council will consider the establishment of the temporary committee on the protection of state sovereignty and to prevent interference in the internal affairs of the Russian Federation. The Commission, she said, “will engage with civil society, with law enforcement agencies.” Her work will involve regional legislators.

Attempts to pull the Russian Federation from Allied

The fact that the priority of the US government agencies is an economic war against Russia, said at a hearing director of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Russia Sergey Naryshkin. . “Among the priorities of the US government agencies, in fact, an economic war against Russia by the data obtained, Washington intends to intensify the sanctions pressure on our country and looking for that new reasons”, – he said, explaining that Washington intends to continue to use the threat of sanctions and fines for companies that cooperate with Russia.

According to the head of the Foreign Intelligence Service, the State Department seeks to prevent the development of Russia’s economic relations with Asian countries, “continuing to work to disrupt the formation of Russia under the aegis of strong and consolidated political and economic Eurasian bloc”.

“In particular, according to reports, the US diplomatic mission purposefully create barriers for the reorientation of Russian trade and economic relations to the East, the US diplomats in Asia convince the local political and business elite in inappropriate rapprochement with the Eurasian Economic Union and the futility of conjugation of the project with the Chinese project “one belt – one way,” – said Naryshkin.

Inflating the theme of the Russian threat, he said, is aimed primarily at Russian isolation and separation from her allies. “Internationally, the West is focusing on discrediting Russia’s foreign policy, the creation of a bogey of so-called Russian threat Objective -. To tear our allies, to isolate the foreign policy stage, deny the possibility of impact on issues of international crisis,” – said Naryshkin.

So, a massive campaign launched against Russia in Afghanistan. “Westerners and their supporters in Kabul, accusing our country of having links with the Taliban movement and its support, including arms supplies,” – said the SVR head, pointing out that “one of the important goals of such accusations is to embroil Russia with Central Asian partners , to convince them that Moscow, they say, is behind them in subversive activities in the region. ”

A similar situation, according to Naryshkin, develops and Libya. In addition, Russia is known about trying new dramatizations chemical attacks in Syria, and then to blame the incident on Damascus and Moscow, the head of the SVR.

Intervention by NGOs

Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika, in turn, said that Russia has been particularly active non-governmental organizations, which are controlled by the State Department. Chaika said that they were checked 73 companies, 10 of them are considered undesirable, for more than 20 screening work continues. According to him, some non-profit organizations are making active attempts to influence the scope of the rulemaking.

According to the prosecutor general, the activity has been studied almost 500 NGOs that receive foreign funding. “It was found that many of them, even after the changes to the law in force categorically refused to register as a foreign agent, acting in an uncontrolled and non-transparent, influenced the decision-making authority on behalf of their foreign sponsors”, – he stressed.

Chaika said, in some cases in violation of international law they received funding directly from the US offices and diplomatic missions, the United Kingdom and the European Union structures. “In particular, we implemented an educational program aimed at the selection of talented youth in the United States internship organization US-Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule of Law with the involvement of economic institutions. At the same time the students to impose a point of view of the inadequacy of the economic and political life of Russia in comparison with the US model , “- said the prosecutor general.

As the Seagull, foreign non-governmental organization “Open Russia”, Institute “Modern Russia” and social network movement “Open Russia”, contained including money Mihaila Hodorkovskogo, through nominees to finance the activities of election headquarters and election campaign representatives of the Russian opposition organizations, and also participated in uncoordinated social and political events. “Only” Open Russia “in 2016 for this purpose has sent more than 1 million dollars”, – said the prosecutor general.

Seagull offered to provide the Ministry of Justice the right to conduct unannounced checks of NGOs when the information about the violation of the law’s prohibitions and restrictions. “It is necessary to expand the grounds for recognition of NGOs undesirable to include harm to the economic and foreign policy interests of Russia”, – he stressed.

there is no evidence

About US intelligence agencies, which under the previous President Barack Obama threatened cyberattacks Russian infrastructure, he said at a hearing in the Federation Council Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. “Washington, working through the Pentagon’s contractors has become a major player in the market of so-called exploits – the vulnerability of programs to facilitate the hacker penetration – he said -. A leak to the media US intelligence agencies under Barack Obama threatened us that these tabs in the software enable them at any time cause massive strikes on critical infrastructure facilities of the Russian. ”

“It is well known that it is a conglomerate of 17 US intelligence agencies, especially the Agency for National Security and the CIA have long turned into a recognized, well-branched Center, a worldwide network of cyber and telephone espionage,” – said Deputy Foreign Minister, adding that “in Russia is purposeful hard work.”

According to him, created by US intelligence for dialogue with the opposition in different countries, the system of anonymous access to the Internet, “TOP”, “is now widely used by traffickers of drugs and weapons.”

Ryabkov gave the statistics of relevant departments, according to which about 28% of all attacks on the Russian electronic infrastructure is done with the United States. “While our computers against US only 2-3%,” – he said.

The deputy minister reiterated that Washington has not provided any evidence of Russian intervention in the US elections. “Of course, no real evidence of any US citizens nor the world community, nor we did not see them simply do not and can not, because all the stories about the Russian intervention -. It is a solid fake”, – he stressed. Moscow, Ryabkov noted, had repeatedly warned their American counterparts that the allegations “are destroying the foundation of bilateral relations and the remains of understanding between our peoples.”

Source: http://tass.ru/politika/4321308

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