This Is How Putin's Advisor Sees The Ukraine Crisis Playing Out

Tyler Durden's picture

Vladimir Putin's chief "integration" advisor, Sergei Glazyev, has been regularly featured on these pages in the past (see Putin Advisor Threatens With Dumping US Treasurys, Abandoning Dollar If US Proceeds With Sanctions and Putin Advisor Proposes "Anti-Dollar Alliance" To Halt US Aggression Abroad for two examples). So now that the Ukraine situation has once again escalated, this time with both sides openly engaged in trade war and many suggesting all-out war just over the horizon, how does Putin's advisor see the Ukraine conflict playing out?

For the answer we go to Bloomberg:

Putin has sought to lure Ukraine and its more than 40 million people into the alliance to build a trading bloc to rival the EU. Yanukovych pursued closer ties with the customs union and pulled out of an association agreement with the EU before his ouster in February. His successor, President Petro Poroshenko, signed the free-trade accord with the 28-nation bloc in June.

 

Russia can’t go it alone against the U.S. and must create an “anti-war coalition” to check the “aggressor,” Glazyev said.

 

The point of a series of regional wars organized by the Americans, especially today’s catastrophe in Ukraine, centers on the U.S. securing control over all of north Eurasia” to bolster “its position against China,” Glazyev said. “That’s how the U.S. military and oligarchs are trying to maintain leadership in the global competition with China.”

 

The effort will backfire, said Glazyev, who spoke before a round of retaliatory steps announced by Russia yesterday banning food and agricultural products for one year from the U.S., the EU, Norway, Canada and Australia. The U.S.-led “economic war” against Russia will ricochet, leaving the EU to pay the steepest costs in the conflict, he said.

 

The trading bloc stands to lose about 1 trillion euros ($1.3 trillion), an estimate he says includes the possible bankruptcy of several European banks and companies toppled after the cutoff in financial and economic ties. An energy crisis in Europe will bring a sharp spike in prices and a loss of competitiveness for European producers. Meanwhile, Turkish, Chinese and east Asian nations will fill the void left by the departure of their European rivals from the Russian market.

 

The fallout will cost 250 billion euros for Germany alone while pushing the three Baltic states to the brink of an “economic catastrophe,” he said. Lithuania and Latvia will lose the equivalent of half of their entire economic output, and the cost for Estonia will reach 50 percent more than its gross domestic product, Glazyev said.

Where does that leave Russia?

“Task no. 1 is to block those threats to economic security that are now coming from the U.S., neutralize them by reducing the dependence of our external economic activity on the mercy of American politicians, whose aggressiveness threatens the entire world,” he said.

Glazyev's conclusion:

To further insulate its economy, Russia should abandon the use of the U.S. dollar as a reserve currency, according to Glazyev. Russia, which international reserves are the world’s fifth-biggest, needs to diversify its holdings to include China’s yuan, India’s rupee and Brazil’s real.  “If a country aspires to reserve status for its currency, it should behave properly, and that isn’t the case today,” Glazyev said.

And this is how Putin sees the world. De-escalation? Good luck.

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Aussiekiwi's picture

Good saying, it is good to see that Russia wants peace in so many regions, if only America wanted peace as well.

bunnyswanson's picture

Propaganda war is underway.  Swaying public opinion still means something. 

Ventnor's picture

Viedoklis -- Sveiks!

The reason you see little criticism of Putin here is because 1) the US and world media are full of it (and much of it is false and misleading) so here we try to rectify the balance, and 2) V. V. Putin is truly an exceptional leader. He is certainly Russia's greatest leader since Stolypin (+1911).  About how many countries in the world today can it be said that they have the greatest leadership they have known in more than a century?

I lived in Moscow during the Yeltsin years.  I remember the old people picking through heaps of refuse to collect bottles and return them for the deposit money because Gorbachev had removed price controls (without putting an end to state monopolies) and so pensions (100 rubles per month -- good money under the USSR) became worthless overnight.  I remember Yeltsin sending tanks to shut down the legitimately elected State Duma, ruling by decree, and stealing the 1996 presidential election outright with the help of crony oligarchs in the media – as the US cheered him on, and dubbed him a model democrat. I remember him selling Russian interests down the river in Serbia because he had been bought and paid for by the US.  I also remember the car bombs that would explode in front of my office building, and the shoot-out in front of a bank across the street with pedestrians (including myself) having to dive for cover behind parked cars.  I remember him, as head of the RSFSR conspiring with this counterpart in Kiev (and Minsk) to terminate the Soviet Union, thus granting  independence to Ukraine (and Byelorussia) -- not because anyone there was demanding it (no one was), but because the only way he could become supreme leader was to dissolve the USSR out from under Gorbachev.  This gave impetus to the general disintegration of the old Soviet all-Union structure.

I don’t have time to expatiate on all the things V. V. Putin to reverse Russia’s fortunes, but here is a brief list of some of the things he’s accomplished:

       

Russia (like America under my old boss, Ronald Reagan) is back

       

Unprecedented political stability (after the chaos of the Yeltsin years)

       

Liquidated Soviet sovereign debt, eliminating Western leverage over Russia.  Russian sovereign indebtedness of 9% (compared to more than 100% for the US and 90% for the EU).

       

Countered Washington’s efforts to absorb Ukraine and Georgia into NATO. 

       

Built the North Sea pipeline from Russia to Germany

       

Average of 7.5% GDP growth annually, 2000-2008 (compared to Europe’s perennial stagnation)

       

Foreign exchange reserves of $500 billion

       

Sharply decreased poverty

       

15-fold increase in pensions

       

Built up Russia’s gold reserves

       

Demographic stabilization

       

13% flat income tax (wish we had that)

       

Filling the vacuum left by collapse of Marxism-Leninism with Christianity (while we are increasingly in thrall to an en explicitly anti-Christian cultural Bolshevism.

The Western media claim to hate Putin because he is a “dictator;” they know he is not.  In any case, they loved Yeltsin whose rule was vastly more dictatorial.  What they hate about Putin is that he refuses to meekly comply, to knuckle under to the New World Order. 

As increasing numbers of Americans (and Europeans) have grown to hate the New World Order (for reasons to complex too explore here), seeing as a threat to peace, prosperity, national traditions and nationhood as such.  That is why increasing number of Westerns are rooting V. V. Putin.  They understand that if he and his countrymen can resist the current onslaught there is hope our leaders will see the unviability of the New World Order and being backing away from it before it crashes and burns and we are all consumed in the wreckage. 

viedoklis_lv's picture

" Lithuania and Latvia will lose the equivalent of half of their entire economic output, and the cost for Estonia will reach 50 percent more than its gross domestic product, Glazyev said."

I live in Latvia, those sanctions applies to about 4,6% of all export Latvia does. So -this what Glazyev said is pure lie. And by the way, all those fruits, meat, etc. will be sold to Russia only trough some fictitious company in near country Belarus. That's all folks.

Jano's picture

Mr. Glaziev didnt talk about exports (you say 4,6%), it is not enough to learn to read, it is more important to understand, what you read.

 

viedoklis_lv's picture

"Lithuania and Latvia will lose the equivalent of half of their entire economic output"

That is a factual lie. I pointed out the amount of impact of this product ban to Russia. They are not trusty partners so we don't export to them much at all.

And this is reason why.

Jano's picture

Can those two countries import energy at the same price from somewhere else? If yes, why didn't they do it? Why do they source their energy from hated Russians?

Why do you make KZs for russian speakers in your two "democtratic" countries? O yes, you have been killing off all jews, so you think you can now compensate and kill off all Russians with the help of NATO.

viedoklis_lv's picture

I dont hate russians. We trade stuff and import energy from those that give us good price. Why should we not import it from Russia? That doesnt mean we will stand still when Putin occupies Ukraine and wont speak about internet censorship in Russia and brutal oppresion of freedom of speech.

Circle of DNA's picture

Man, your mind is totally poisoned by the MSM  drivel. Where did you see Putin's invasion of Ukraine?...Moreover, what about the US annexation of Ukraine? Who paid for this latest fake revolution? Why all those visits from the CIS/NSA and pentagon to Kiev prior, during and after this latest putsch? Why Joe Biden's son, Hunter, was appointed to the board of the largest Ukraine gas producer Burisma Holdings? etc, etc...

I dealt with a Latvian film crew  back in 2009 and some of them told me that bashing Russia is their national sport. BTW most of them prefered to work in Moscow and not in Riga or EU...so go figure...

viedoklis_lv's picture

1. "Men, your mind is totally poisoned by the MSM  drivel."

I watch different kind of sources of information. What I see is that West oligarchs fight with Russian oligarchs that is lead by Putine regime. No good side here to see. Ukrainiens will duffer the most. But in this site I see lack of description what Putine regime have did to it's people and to other nations. It's one sided so far. But both criminals should be exposed as they are.

2. Where did you see Putin's invasion of Ukraine?"

From here: http://youtu.be/wMJwdX5IHm8 Only you have to understand russian  - I do. And Putine also admited later that there was military forces from Russia in Crimea - we al saw that occupation resulted with annexation. 

3. Who paid for this latest fake revolution? Why all those visits from the CIS/NSA and pentagon to Kiev prior, during and after this latest putsch? Why Joe Biden's son, Hunter, was appointed to the board of the largest Ukraine gas producer Burisma Holdings? etc, etc...

It's no fake. Putine had his puppets in Ukraine for long time. They where corrupt till core and people where sick of it - so revolution was for real. Now, who wanted to take over control - that is different issue. Both west oligarchs and Russian regime with it's oligarchs fought for it. West won there so Putine started occupation. It's a fight between two evils.

4. "I dealt with a Latvian film crew  back in 2009 and some of them told me that bashing Russia is their national sport."

I have colleagues russians, we work together normal. There is no real problem issue between us. Of course there are also bad examples -  but where aren't those?

5. "BTW most of them prefered to work in Moscow and not in Riga or EU...so go figure... "

I didn't get that point? Some company works in Moscow? Ok, why not?

 

Circle of DNA's picture

"It's no fake. Putine had his puppets in Ukraine for long time. They where corrupt till core and people where sick of it - so revolution was for real."

So, as long as it is financed by the CIA, it is not corrupt or fake???...
I don't see Putin's daughters being appointed to some of the most lucrative positions in Ukraine, instead, I see Hunter Biden doing just that.

Moreover, why did Ukrainians voted for even more corrupted regime? Is Poroshenko for you one of the good guys? This dude got his start by laundering the money of Soviet times’ administrators. He has never been an entrepreneur to start a business of his own. His entire story was invented. He made a head start thanks to the criminal connections of his father who was  sentenced for large-scale theft in 1986. Having served the sentence, Poroshenko Sr. launched his own business making his son involved in the activities. You can do your own research but this thug is as criminal as it gets.

viedoklis_lv's picture

No, it was not faked of financed by CIA.

Realy, have you spent time investigating how people in Ukraine where living? Their demands to remove corrupt till core a Putin puppet president, where legit.

He was stealing wealth from country with his family - big time. So the revolution was very real.

As I said - for taking over control - now there CIA stepped in with both Russian FSB. At that time - Ukranian voiced didn't matter to any of those sides.

Ok, so please - start to understand that if CIA has put it's feet on ground in Ukraine, that doesn't mean that Ukranian demands to remove corrupt president where not legit, and that if CIA has stepped in, than in some way Putin regime is angels that somehow is justufied to occupy Ukraine. It's not.

Circle of DNA's picture

"No, it was not faked of financed by CIA."

I'm well aware of the mainstream narrative on this subject and I don't buy a single word of it.

The point is that swapping one corrupt regime for another one, that is even more corrupted, is not my idea of freedom. I have nothing else to add here.

viedoklis_lv's picture

Well, how corrupt is US? Can you name any country where is or have not been corrupt goverment?

I don't see any proof from your side to say which goverment is more corrupt than other.

I think you have too much streight forward thinking. You know elite has also inflatraed in so called "alternative media" to spin your head.

If MSM say that Ukranians stand up against corrupt Putine regime puppet, it doesn't mean it's false, what MSM wont say you is that CIA and FSB is working to get their guy in position next. But if CIA manages to do that, that doesn't make FSB as loosers at that fight - some how angels.

Life is not so simple as you think.

Circle of DNA's picture

"Life is not so simple as you think."

You should repeat it to yourself in front of a mirror.

viedoklis_lv's picture

It's not me who is trained to think in formula: If MSM tells Black than it's actually White. If MSM say A is wrong than actualy B is right.

Now, I do understand that your ego can't coup with this reality. Don't be affraid... think about it.

Boogity's picture

I expect to get many down votes for this rant, but what the hell, I am what I am... 

 Like many of those other miniscule European so-called countries, the Baltic states are nasty little POS parasitic countries with nasty penis-challenged inbred loons who blame all of their problems on other nearby larger countries (e.g. Russia) and then they use the pity-pot act to try to mooch and get free stuff from the world.   

 Hell, Latvia and Lithuania, along with the inbred Banderist loons of western Ukraine, were some of the nastiest Nazis during WW2.    It's too fuggin' bad the USSR let these goose-stepping countries surivive the war more or less intact after they had helped Hitler slaughter so many Jews, whom I'm not a great fan of,  but large numbers of other people  as well (e.g. Slavs, Gypsies, etc.).  

In fact, many of the nasty little parasitic European countries should not historically exist if the logical laws of Darwninian history at least somewhat applied.   Sheeeit, in what logical universe should countries like Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, and the 'Baltic States' exist? For that matter, why the hell should Israel, Lebanon, and Jordan exist?  Little rat hole countries such as these are not self-sufficient and cause all kinds of problems that often lead to wars between larger countries.    Hell, there are cow pastures in west Texas that are bigger, more historically significant, and more self-sufficient than lots of these little parasitic countries.  Gimmee a break...    

I'm a pretty simple historical Darwinist.  If some little parasistic country can't support and defend itself and its people against other nearby larger countries over the long haul, it has no reason to exist.  Period.  And if it continues to exist, it often does so by strirring up shit with larger countries resulting in bloody wars where everybody suffers.

At the end of the day I have little patience for citizens from little shit parasitic mooching countries who constantly whine and stir up shit, blaming other nearby larger countries for all of their country's problems, when their so-called country shoudn't exist in the first place.

viedoklis_lv's picture

I see lot of irrational emotions, bad knowledge of history or at least you have twisted them. From your logic it woul be ok if rome abd greece with its culture never existed if they where defeted with ignorant brutal barbars.

I think we dont have common platform for discusion.

viedoklis_lv's picture

Name other country where 50 000 people gather to sing in one voice - young and old, women and man, tall and small - everyone.

The power of our culture has lived for ever for thousand of years under different kind of oppressors & occupations.

http://youtu.be/v8tJCv8hwb0

http://youtu.be/Af3svEHfW5A

Circle of DNA's picture

Impressive robots, kind of reminds me of Adolf Hitler’s Nuremberg Rally.

viedoklis_lv's picture

Educate your self. Don't be ignorant.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latvian_Song_and_Dance_Festival

Don't be jelly of people who has culture and likes to sing & dance.

http://youtu.be/MFwefaJPx44

viedoklis_lv's picture

Man I love our culture :)

http://youtu.be/WLiWpuq8t0Q

Proud to be Latvian!

Circle of DNA's picture

Ignorant people tend to accuse other's of ignorance. I dance and sing for a living so I have nothing to be "jelly" about...

Boogity's picture

"“He who joyfully marches to music rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.”

? Albert Einstein

viedoklis_lv's picture

To be proud of being latvian and to love sing & dance - has nothing to do with war and aggresion to other nations.

You have quted something that simply doesn't reflect what I have shown.

Infect if you would spend your time learning of way of life Latvians where living - you would understand it more clearly.

http://www.lituanus.org/1987/87_3_06.htm

For the ancient Latvians and the modern-day Dievturi, the meaning and purpose of life is to live in harmony with the repeating rhythms of Nature (this includes all the gods — even Dievs himself!) and other members of society. This means that a harmonious life is self-justifying — there is no meaning beyond life itself.

The attitude toward life is positive and optimistic (until fairly recently!). One strives for the possession of virtue(s), not the avoidance of sin(s). In fact, the concept of sin is foreign to the dainas.

Life's most basic purpose is to be good. This unwritten imperative implies that if everyone were good, there would be no room for evil or bad luck. All of the virtues guiding one's conduct can be broken down into three categories: (i) the virtues of life and Dievs, (ii) the basic self-ethics or virtues for oneself and (iii) the communal ethics, or the basic virtues as they relate to others.

The two virtues in the first category admonish: Be good! and Be reverential and full of awe for Dievs! The entire code of ethics for the ancient Latvians was positive in tone. One was basically taught what to do and what to be, not what not to do and be.

The four fundamental virtues for self-enhancement and behavior are: Be wise! Be diligent/active! Be beautiful, clean and orderly! and Be cheerful! Wisdom includes the awareness of good things and values, an understanding of goals and purposes. And only wisdom can determine proper behavior toward self, others and Dievs. The virtue of work leads to success both in the mental and material world. Many a daina states that Dievs will not enter a homestead that is not orderly, clean and cheerful.

The last category of virtues are virtues of compatibility: Be full of love! Be easy to live with! Be generous! and Be just! These four virtues provided directives for the Latvians in their interactions with relatives, neighbors, strangers and other clans/nations.

Evil in the Christian sense does not exist as a functional concept. One simply speaks of bad fortune and not living with the dictates of the above virtues. The source of bad things happening is caused by man himself. Nature and the world, including all the calamities, is basically neutral — it simply is. Man determines what to do with it, for better or worse.

omniversling's picture

Viedoklis, thanks for the explanation. I knew nothing about Latvian culture before. I see the basis of sustainability..

Boogity's picture

Yawn...  A couple quotes from an American author named Mark Twain: 

"Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about."

"Patriotism is usually the refuge of the scoundrel. He is the man who talks the loudest."

Now you and your fellow country men can go back to singing, waving flags, goose-stepping, and dreaming of being big shots.  Just don't be trying start any more wars, like those damned inbred Banderist Nazis from western Ukraine. 

Flybyknight's picture

Haven't you heard of the rich tapestry of life. If we were all like the English or their wayward colony USA how boring would that be. The problem is not these countries but the arseholes who seem to end up in power the world over. 

Karaio's picture

Viedoklis * 

 

I saw with my eyes oranges grown in Brazil - São Paulo - being played in the pasture when the United States banned the import, I saw milk given to pigs when it happened another embargo not remember which country. 

You live in a big city, you need to "100" to live you live on a farm you need "12" to live. 

In the city, if you become unemployed you do not die in the field, if you do not receive the $ that produces, or you die or go into town. 

Putin hit the Achilles heel of Europe. 

You know what a pitchfork, a scythe, a tractor walking in big cities making revolution? 

Who lives on the farm knows hunting, can shoot, has health healthier, is a danger to the established government, the French will say. 

Viedoklis, you have no idea the shit that it can give. 

Europe and nastily evil can produce food for those who live there, imagine how much of that will have to spend $ matter - I do not know where as the BRICS have agreed with Russia. 

Brazil is with corn deficit, Russia will have a super crop, USA plague is with the pigs and the prolonged drought followed four years in the West. 

No, it's not just the gas that Russia will screw Europe, food too. 

As I read these days, if you produce bombs, eat their bombs. 

Batman Santa ingenuity, you need to read more about the interactions that take place in the World!

hehe.

viedoklis_lv's picture

I am against EU, against eurozone, etc.

I am for independent Latvians Republic. I don't support NATO invasion in Libya, Iraq, etc.

Now, about food - we have a fight against EU and GMO's. They are complitly baned in Latvia. I for my self grow food in garden. Of course I buy stuff - but at least there is something grown of my self. A food I can trust. Most of latvians have their own country side with their gardens. It's where we relax.

Duffy's picture

no, you're a troll.

And a shitty one.

Be gone!

mendolover's picture

The face of amateurism in DC.  Would someone please make this douchbag go away?

http://en.itar-tass.com/russia/743607

Karaio's picture

Mendolover: 

 

Read: Ives Lacoste - Geography, it serves primarily to make war. 

 

Students in America spend the first nine years studying his fifty-odd states, for them the rest of the world does not exist - I am Professor of Geography in Brazil and I know what I'm saying. 

This makes US citizens ignorant regarding the implications and / or interactions between the rest of the planet, one where ethnocentric vision - I am the heart - or ass - the world, the rest is crap. 

It is a vision that every guy with darker skin is black, every guy has pulled eye is Japanese, every guy with a Koran is Islamic - and can explode - and so on. 

Fortunately the average American, despite being ignorant of geography, has good sense. 

They are like us, the rest of the world but rather to blame the government has - and not elected, see how "democratic election" is made in the USA. 

Religion in America is a beautiful thing to see, but they believe that Jews are the chosen people, and trying to suck up to God, Jews consider superior, in my understanding began on the wrong foot. 

If they were smart, they would have done as the Portuguese who expelled the Jews from Brazil - they were up in New York! 

A little history would do well also to Americans for example, know that their government has trained Brazilian military who tortured the current President of Brazil, the president of Uruguay, some relatives of the President of Argentina etc. . 

It's what I always say, who draws not forget.

bk1037's picture

http://news.yahoo.com/russia-demands-internet-users-show-id-access-publi...

 

Well to Tyler and all the Russian ZH apologists, rationalize this move by Putin. What is he afraid about to start putting controls on the internet use there? For all the soapbox and preaching, I would say Putin is still a tin-pot dictator except that he is supposedly enjoying huge majorities of support in Russia, and of course he wins 'elections' with well over 90% support. I wonder how they might feel after this, or further incursions into their rights.

Snowden also gets 3 more years in Russia quietly, could there be any real doubt who has been behind all of this. And because the POTUS is weak any more because of political opposition, some things that perhaps should be addressed with Russia aren't being addressed because of the partisan coloring of every issue under the sun. Congrats, USA, we also are not the model for anyone to follow, and only because of military might do we have the political credibility. The USA deserves a lot of bashing for the way it does things, but ZH tries to rationalize what Putin and company are up to. Better get it straight, Putin is no friend and never will be a friend to the US again, and Putin is not someone to be looking up to if you're a real American. Cold War II is upon us.

bunnyswanson's picture

For bloggers with more than 3,000 visitors/views a day.  Right?

smacker's picture

These measures in Russia are trivial compared to what's happening in the US, UK, EU and Australia et al. Nevertheless, if you're making the point that Russia is not the final bastion of liberty and freedom, then I agree. But I don't think people on ZH are ignorant of that.

Controls and spying on Internet users have been in place in the UK for a few years. RIPA comes to mind. And we know that GCHQ is (according to a team of QCs) unlawfully harvesting all e-mails between domestic users even if their e-mails travel outside the UK as in the case of Gmail & Hotmail etc. Plenty of other controls - secret and otherwise - exist in the UK. It has nothing to do with any rational definition of "terrorism" or "crime". It's because they want to keep tabs on domestic dissent and fear revolution due to their own criminality.

And it wasn't too long ago that the government attempted to introduce legislation requiring that all cellphones were registered to identified/named individuals. This was intended to help GCHQ know who's cellphone they are tapping into, unlawfully.

SMC's picture

Poorly written propaganda. The end result is the same as the US unless you can find a small internet cafe, pay cash, spoof your mac address and host information or monitor the local network until a user departs, then mimic their system, use a secure operating system with known good hardware and firmware, use Tails, or the TorBrowser Bundle, JonDoNym, etc... and remain clear of video surveillance as well as the “people of wal-mart” “see something, say something” crowd.

In the US the commoner believes he or she can communicate privately (i.e. gmail “romantic affairs” ROFL) without having the technical expertise to verify that they are doing so.

Russians do not suffer from that illusion.

BTW – For those who are interested:

Tails: https://tails.boum.org/download/index.en.html

Tor Browser: https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html

A reminder: If you use anonymizing techniques and then access a site requiring login credentials that verified your account with a public email address, provided credit cards, serial numbers, etc... - you are wasting your time. However, if you are overseas and use an anonymizing system to access a US site securely (https) – i.e. a journalist – it may save you from an uncomfortable encounter with local authorities as well as an interrogation + confiscation of your electronic devices by DHS CBP thugs upon your return.

Bottom line is do not “trust” any of your electronic data processing devices.

Duffy's picture

I'd advise you to look more deeply into Tor and its 'security'....

Jano's picture

did you ever come accross acronym NSA?

therevolutionwas's picture

"Putin is no freind and never will be....."   Okay, but it ain't my fault.  I do think though that Putin and Russia would have been chummier if the US had tried just a little.  The whole point is, Putin's Russia would not be out to destroy the petrodollar (thus the US economy) if the US would have played nice from the get-go.  I'm cheering Putin on this one.  The US is totally at fault for creating this situation. 

therevolutionwas's picture

....and at fault for creating the floating petro dollar and exporting inflation.  What a fine example we are for the world!

Boogity's picture

Yawn... I'm sure that the NSA who just read your post approves.   

Playtime's Over's picture

Come to ZH and soak up the cynicism and dark charm sprinkled with a splash of Joo hate.  Ahhh, there are no good guys.  Sip your coffee and contemplate. I think your all deep cover Buffet bombs.

trader1's picture

if you want to understand more, then start here:

 

Alexander (also spelled AleksandrGel'yevich Dugin (born January 7,1962) is a Russian political activist and ideologue of the contemporary Russian school of geopolitics often known as "neo-Eurasianism". Dugin's so-called "Fourth Political Theory" should be read with caution. Dugin's philosophy mixes a number of both positive and negative ideas, due to his interest in dubious occult and possibly masonic-derived ideas from banned books during the Soviet Era.

 

He has been embraced by the Kremlin to some extent, mainly because of his geopolitical theories of how to destroy the American Empire. Unlike traditional Russian nationalists of the Black Hundred cloth, he claims to be opposed to "anti-Semitism". Some suspect that this is perhaps due to sharing a common ideological basis with the Jews in theirKabbalah (he openly glorifies Gershom Scholem? as "the greatest traditionalist thinker"). Dugin has been known to post on what some nationalists identify as crypto-Jewish message boards (associated with the Donmeh) which may link in with his highly dubious political connections to Turkish pseudo-nationalist political movements. [Metapedia]

 

Dugin’s ideology has influenced a whole generation of conservative and radical activists and politicians, who, if given the chance, would fight to adapt its core principles as state policy. Considering the shabby state of Russian democracy, and the country’s continued move away from Western ideas and ideals, one might argue that the chances of seeing neo-Eurasianism conquer new ground are increasing. Although Dugin’s form of it is highly theoretical and deeply mystical, it is proving to be a strong contender for the role of Russia’s chief ideology. Whether Putin can control it as he has controlled so many others is a question that may determine his longevity.  [Foreign Affairs, "Putin's Brain"  2014]

 


 

The world, for Dugin, is divided between conservative land powers (Russia) and libertine maritime powers (the U.S. and the U.K.)—Eternal Rome and Eternal Carthage. The maritime powers seek to impose their will, and their decadent materialism, on the rest of the world. This struggle is at the heart of history. For Dugin, Russia must rise from its prolonged post-Soviet depression and reassert itself, this time as the center of a Eurasian empire, against the dark forces of America. And this means war. Dugin rejects the racism of the Nazis, but embraces their sense of hierarchy, their romance of death. “We need a new party,” he has written. “A party of death. A party of the total vertical. God’s party, the Russian analogue to the Hezbollah, which would act according to wholly different rules and contemplate completely different pictures.”

 

For all of Dugin’s extremism, he has, in the past decade, found supporters in the Russian élite. According to the Israeli scholar Yigal Liverant and other sources, Dugin’s work is read in the Russian military academy. He has served as an adviser to Gennady Seleznyov, the former chairman of the Russian parliament. His Eurasia Movement, which was founded in 2001, included members of the government and the official media. He declared his “absolute” support for Putin, and when he pressed his political positions in public it was usually to take the most hard-line positions possible, particularly on Georgia and Ukraine. In 2008, he was appointed head of the Center for Conservative Studies at Moscow State University. Dugin used to brag that “Putin is becoming more and more like Dugin.” And indeed Putin speaks more and more in terms of Russian vastness, Russian exceptionalism, of Russia as a moral paradigm.  [The New Yorker, 2014]

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some more intersting stuff on dugin and eurasianism at land's blog:

http://www.ufblog.net/the-eurasian-question/

Within the great spans of history, domestic ideological controversy is something close to a luxury good. Whenever it isn’t to same extent ‘on hold’ the global environment is untypically benign. Under more normal — which is to say stressed — conditions, it either folds down into pragmatism, or explodes into cosmic, eschatological drama. In today’s unmistakably stressed world, Alexander Dugin‘s ‘Eurasianism‘ exemplifies the latter eventuality.

 

As with Jacobinism and Bolshevism before it, Eurasianism matters to you whether you want it to or not. The grandeur of its scope is undeniable. It is concerned with nothing less than the fate of the the earth. In this sense, nothing that anyone cares about falls outside it. (People are beginning to get scared.)

 

 

 

Shelving moral and partisan responses, it is merely realistic to acknowledge that Dugin is an ideological genius of the first order. Synthesizing Russia’s native Eurasianist traditionswith geopolitcal theory and deep currents of occult mythology, he has restructured the political imagination of his homeland, whose leader is paying obvious attention. When history is integrated with myth, things can easily begin to get exciting.

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Zio-Nazies hate Alexander Dugin.

"The recent flurry of writing on Russian politics, nationalism and Alexander Dugin shows the contemptible inability of western savants to apprehend any idea beyond the cliche’s of stagnant neo-liberalism.  Worse, “Russia specialists” in academia are now tripping over themselves trying to “analyze” Dugin and the Eurasianist idea.  Bereft of the vocabulary to understand the concept, they merely apply fashionable labels from western political thought onto Russia in a pathetic and pretentious attempt to show how “dangerous” such ideas are to “European values.”  

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