Russia Accuses US Of "State Hooliganism"

Tyler Durden's picture

Against the constant tirade of US politicians calling Putin and his pals "thugs," a Russian official on Monday called the United States’ shuttering of Russian facilities "state hooliganism."

Reuters reports thAT Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov exclaimed,

"I am inclined to call what is happening state hooliganism."

This follows shocking revelations from Russia’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova that the FBI agents were searching the Russian diplomatic and consular compounds for explosive devices, something more common in the hideout of terrorist groups than in the embassies and consular properties of large states.

As TheDuran notes, during an interview on Rossiya One television, Zakharova described the incident in the following way,

“By the way, do you know, what they were looking for – as we were told before the searches? You would not believe it – they were looking for explosives”.

She added,

“Just try to imagine that you are being brainwashed for a year that an enemy is living overseas and this enemy is impacting your life and everything bad that might happen – the election of a president you don’t like – has been done by the Russians.


On September 2, black cars with FBI and State Department officers rolled up to our consulate general in San Francisco and they came into the building.


A day before, the directorate chief said that if the doors of our diplomatic compound, which is our property, were closed they would be broken. More to it, a car of a private company specialising in forcing open doors, locks and safes drove to our trade mission in Washington. We have posted this video in the internet.


I don’t know how our diplomats could find nerve enough to open the doors and be polite”.

With all this in mind, Irish Journalist Bryan McDonald asks American readers to put the shoe on the other foot for a moment...

Imagine an alternative universe where US officials reacted with outrage on Saturday after the Russian Foreign Ministry announced it was closing the US Consulate in Vladivostok and giving staff only 48 hours’ notice to evacuate.


To compound matters, on Monday, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) indicated its intention to carry out searches at the building on Tuesday afternoon. The raids would extend to trade missions in the capital, Moscow.


In Vladivostok, the operations won’t be restricted to US consular offices in the Far Eastern city, but will also take place at the apartments of staff who live in the building and who have diplomatic immunity. To perform those searches, Russian authorities have ordered those staff members and their families, including children and babies, to leave their homes for up to 12 hours.


"We are talking about an invasion in the consulate office and homes of diplomatic staff, who themselves are being ousted not to disturb FSB agents,” US State Department spokesperson Heather Ann Nauert complained. She pointed out that Washington was given just two days to close a consulate which serves the needs of “an area bigger than all of Europe.”


The Kremlin’s actions seriously violate international norms, including Moscow’s obligations in the Vienna declarations on diplomatic and consulate relations, Nauert said. These are “unprecedented measures on restricting the work” of the US diplomatic mission in Russia, she contested, “It is obvious that Russia is not interested in the development of relations between people.”


To make matters worse, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman confirmed his boss had personally ordered the measure. “This was a decision made by the president himself,” press secretary Dmitry Peskov told supporters. The US media was especially angered by Putin’s involvement, after he spent the past year promising to repair relations with Washington, repeatedly saying how “it’d be great to get along with America” and “we are going to have excellent relations.”


Mikhail Belov, a US expert, who has never been to America and can't speak English, on news channel Rossiya 24 said: “We were all worried that Putin was going soft on the Americans when he started talking about making friends with them. The military industry will be relieved now he's changing tack,” he said.

Real world woes

Obviously, the above is a joke. But the fact the US gave Russia two days last weekend to shut its San Francisco Consulate is no laughing matter. Nor were Saturday’s FBI raids on the building or the virtual mainstream media blackout of any dissenting views on the move. This would stand in stark contrast to the predictable reaction if Russia had even considered pulling a similar stunt.

Right now, the only conclusion to be drawn from Donald Trump’s choice is that Washington is actively looking for an escalation in its standoff with Moscow. Hoping Putin will take the bait and raise the stakes even further. Because how else can you interpret a move which would surely be hyped as an “act of war” if carried out by the Russian side?

For her part, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova insists America is seriously violating international regulations. She also says the latest US decision “even exceeds” Barack Obama’s move to expel Russian envoys and confiscate Russian consular property in the dying days of his presidency.

Zakharova may well be correct, because the searches of two compounds in Washington on Saturday certainly seemed like an illegal takeover, particularly in light of how the US authorities lifted diplomatic immunity from the trade mission compound at short notice – something considered extremely abnormal in diplomatic circles, especially between major powers.

So what happens next?

The main questions now are how will Moscow respond, and what do the US authorities hope to gain from their actions? Firstly, the Kremlin might not want to descend to the same level as their adversaries and may try to retake the moral high ground, as Putin did in response to Obama’s December orders. On the other hand, the Russians may feel enough is enough and prepare a similar clampdown on the Americans, perhaps by removing leisure facilities or conducting raids. Some well-placed sources have suggested a nuclear option where Moscow reduces its embassy personnel in the US to the bare minimum and forces their counterparts to do the same in Russia. A state-of-affairs which would see both sides restricted to their capital city properties only.

When it comes to working out what the Americans are really up to, the answer seems clear now. The White House wants to antagonize the Kremlin to such an extent that something like the extreme notion of a large-scale shutdown of bilateral interaction is implemented. In this event, the State Department may feel it gains by making Russia look like the petulant partner. The problem with this plan lies in how uncharacteristic it would be for Putin, and his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, to take the bait.

The other confusing issue is Donald Trump’s behavior. He came to office promising a vast improvement in US-Russian relations. Thus, either he’s changed his mind, or he’s lost control of his own apparatchiks, and has been forced to surrender to their demands. Either way, America is now a dangerous rival, because there seems to be no longer any consistency in its conduct. And, barring impeachment or resignation, there’s still almost three and a half years of the Trump Presidency ahead. So, brace yourself, because things could get a lot worse.

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Crazy Or Not's picture

Seems like the gloves are finally coming off - at least in the name calling.
Nothing to do with US being driven to distraction by Rus compromise of its Syria policy?
More Diplomats will drown in their pools I figure...

evoila's picture

Perhaps somebody, somewhere, is getting too close to the truth.

Vatican_cameo's picture


This is old news (for US citizens).  We know we've been living with "State Hooliganism" for a long time.  We just have done anything about it.............yet.

Laughing.Man's picture

The State Dept gotta be delusional to think that other nations, besides Russia, won't do the same to them.  I'm going to laugh when that time comes...and it will.

HowdyDoody's picture

Simultaneous demands that the US vacate its embassies within 24 hours in Moscow, Peking, Iraq, Istanbul, Kabul, Cairo, Manilla, Minsk, Delhi, etc, etc.

That would be epic.

peddling-fiction's picture

The US ambassador was kicked out of Bolivia some time ago, for being involved in a USAID eugenics project.

I cannot wait for the rest of the staff to GTFO, with the traitorous scum of Bolivian sellouts that help them out.

Their new destination: Miami, where the scum of Latin America goes to welcome Hurricanes...

Crazy Or Not's picture

The rule book's getting rewritten first Geneva Convention - "enemy combatants" "Rendition"
Now Vienna Convention - Assange will be reviewing bringing forward Vault 7 releases to be sure...
Trump's address to the UN .... can't wait!

LoveTruth's picture

Trump is not doing what smart leaders do for sure. I think there are 2 options right now.

1. The Russians do nothing, which will make the establishment mad, and keep blaming Russia for everything.

2. Russia responds in kind and cuts down their staff to min. in US, thus giving the same medicine to US.

I think 2 is a sacrifice, but necessary given how idiotic the establishment is. Washington has declared cold war 2 long ago against Russia, and if Russia does not fight back, she will be receiving totally unjustified blows after blows. You can't reason with idiots and crooks. No matter what Russia does, the establishement is never satisfied. Once the relations hit the bottom, then they will start to improve. 


Crazy Or Not's picture

 ...No matter what Russia does, the establishement is never satisfied.

Rus has no leverage. The "you invaded Crimea" is still house narrative. Its always the military boogyman card.
Rus is happy to take it, they're still stealing candy from the playground bully in trade deals, and will play that game as long as it lasts. ...whatever the politics it sure beats trading with Uzbekistan!

Gonzogal's picture

Here is what Putin said re possible reduction of US embassy in Russia


NuYawkFrankie's picture

It's difficult to see how much longer the civilised world can, will - or SHOULD! - tolerate the base criminality of ZIO-Thug USSA, the Planet's Premier Predator.

MrBoompi's picture

At some point it will be up to the American people to take care of its own dirty laundry.  This would be preferable to someone else doing it, because if that happens a few billion will lose their lives.  We are led by psychopaths and sociopaths who worship at the altar of greed.  No amount of censorship or lies will cover it up.

Swamp Yankee's picture

Hooliganism!  Yes!   If you are going to be a bear then be a grizzly.  Lets DO this!

AUD's picture

Yet it's being reported that the US representative at the UN, declared that it's the North Koreans who are begging for war!

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

That nasty bitch doesn't represent me!

just the tip's picture

at some point, cooperation on the ISS is going to be on the table.  i wonder why it hasn't already?  this coming september 12 there is going to be a manned launch from baikonur, 5:17 EST.  NASA must be paying them a pretty penny as the US has no means of getting man into orbit.

this action of course may be the result of putin telling bibi to go fuck himself.

07564111's picture

there's also these aircraft sent to Syria + 2 additional submarines sent to the Med ;)

Bibi is not happy.

Laughing.Man's picture

I'm sure SpaceX will take over.  It's expected next month of an agreement between China and Russia on some kind of cooperation with their space programs.  China is getting ready to build their own space station.  I can see Russia getting involved after getting kicked out from the ISS.  I'm not sure what the US will do as the ISS is slated to be decomissioned sometime next decade.

researchfix's picture

You will surely think that I joke, because of the well known lack of high tech in Russia ;-)

But ISS is a Russian station, unless Congress seized it by new law and sent a search party.


Crazy Or Not's picture

...SpaceX will take over...

Yeah that's quite probably true. Musk et all are vetted to high mil. supplier level for rocket work.
(Its an ICBM afterall). So although Tesla may be curveball, when he spills opinion on AI, I tend to listen, he moves in very interesting circles.

China, Russia and North Korea space station.... now that would be interesting.
I'm going into Bond movie overload thinking of that. ;) 

Volkodav's picture

      ISS is Russian

MrBoompi's picture

The ISS is a multi-national scientific endeavor.  It has very little or nothing to do with defense.  If you believe the US cannot put men into orbit, you are naive.  I think they spent a significant part of the national debt, and some of that "lost" Pentagon money on the secret space fleet and other classified space projects.  Supposedly the US is dependent on Russian rocket engines.  If this is the case this might be the first area Russia will cut cooperation.  Control of space is vital to control of the planet.  The US would do almost anything to make sure they are not vulnerable.  

quasi_verbatim's picture

Nice photo of Zakharova measuring American dilpomatic prick.

Volkodav's picture

      "The Russian Woman can stop the galloping horse, enter the burning house"

                - Nekrasov


kananga's picture

“It’s difficult to have a dialogue with people who confuse Austria and Australia. There is nothing to do about it. Apparently that’s the level of political culture of a certain part of the American establishment.”  - Vlad Putin

desertboy's picture

From POV of the laws of Vienna Convention; yes.


Stinkworx's picture

The US wants war! Russia is just a country the US thinks may be interested in helping them kill 60-100 milion of their own people

NuYawkFrankie's picture

Compare the beauty, decorum, dignity & intelligence of Ms Zakharova...

..with the hysterical, loud-mouth, ignorant screaming sluts - like the former Spitting Samantha and now Nicki Nutjob, not to mention the painted know-nothing 2-bit media-whore ZIO-fluffers - that represent the USSA!

Says it all... don't it?

madashellron's picture

Nicki Nutjob, I Love that name for her, Lol, Lol, Lol....

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

So you're defending the neo-Soviet Union? And claiming to have a better grasp of what's going on in the world than others.


The US has its dark side, but to look at the neo-Soviet Union as some sort of beacon of integrity and morality is nonsense.

Volkodav's picture

      ignorant post

      Russia is more free

BarkingCat's picture

Why are you bringing the EU into this?

Arkadin's picture

The Russian Federation is not the neo-Soviet Union.  There is no evidence it seeks to reinstitute the dicatatorship of the proletariat, the abolition of private property, the collectivization of agriculture, central economic planning, the leading role of the party, official atheisim and/or the One, True Doctrine of Marxism-Leninism.  Without those things you cannot be the Soviet Union, not even the neo-Soviet Union.

Time to recognize that times have changed.  It's not 1917 anymore.  It's 2017.

As for the RF not being "some sort of beacon of integrity and morality," they don't claim to be.  They just claim to be a country that survived the near-death experience of Marxism-Leninism, and now wants stable borders so as to develop internally, i.e., repair the damange done by 70 years of Communist misrule.  

Time to pay atttention to what's going on in our own country (hint: it's far from pretty, and is nothing Jefferson would have approved of.)






Gold_Spot's picture

To argue with someone [the US] who has renounced the use and authority of reason, is like administering medicine to the dead

Thomas Paine



Librarian's picture

What is the penalty for State Hooliganism?

To bed early without supper?  2 weeks of after-State detention.  Being forced to attend the Duran Duran concert after the next economic conference?

Maestro Maestro's picture


Putin is a ridiculous midget of a man.

Brazen Heist's picture

Putin is the most powerful leader in the world.

The shit the Western sham MSM runs against Putin is laughable.

Putin sent 30 -40 warplanes to Syria and turned the entire war around and prevented another short-sighted Anglo Zionist regime change project. That is how one wages an efficient war, unlike Uncle Scam's big fat stupid wars.

Maestro Maestro's picture

Putin works for Uncle Sam.

Why is Putin selling Russian oil for US dollars? Why does Putin thus keep propping up the petrodollar which sustains Uncle Sam and his war machine, even after the Americans invaded sovereign Russian soil?

Why did Putin never shoot down American and Israeli planes even when they bombed and killed hundreds of Syrian and Russian soldiers?

Why Putin doesn't even politely request that the Americans leave sovereign Syrian soil where they built over a dozen bases illegally after invading it?

Because Putin is Uncle Sam's bitch.

Brazen Heist's picture

Putin is smarter than giving in to stupid Neocon provocations. He is a few steps ahead better than that.

The Neocons still command a formidable armed force, he has to tread carefully and not behave like the retards they are.

Maestro Maestro's picture

You are regurgitating the meme that has become sacred liturgy for the cult of Putin on Zerohedge and the alternative right.

'Putin is my hero and savior.'

No sir, Putin is part of the problem. He could have neutralized the American Empire without firing a single shot by refusing to sell Russian oil for American dollars. The neocons were not going to nuke Russia over that.

Librarian's picture

There is actually quite a stark split in ideologies between the Globalists and the NeoCons deep down when you get past the butthurt and counter-butthurt historical provocations.

It was only when HR Clinton was banished to the SoS position that the Clinton Cartel inhaled deeply the brilliant idea of joining forces with the NeoCons to put pressure on Russia to fulfill several ostensibly short term geopolitical goals.  Someohow they sold Soros on the idea and the money flowed.  And man oh man, did the money flow! Then after the most spectacular bonfire of poltical capital that this world has ever seen, we are now where we are now.

Anyone want to play a game of checkers?

East Indian's picture

Netanyahu goes to Moscow, threatens that he would bomb Assad's palace.

Putin ignores.

America invades Russian consulates (Russian consulates are Russian territories. So it is an invasion).


Hmmm... I am sure there is a simple, innocent explanation that does not involve Israel, but I am not falling for it. 

Maestro Maestro's picture

Putin is the bankers' bitch.
He can send bombers to Syria but cannot even take the Russian central bank back from the City of London and the Americans who own and control it. The Russians hold more dollars than Roubles. Even PRAVDA admits it. Read and weep, you morons. Rothschild owns Putin's ass:
From the horse's mouth:

Brazen Heist's picture

Putin floated the Rouble shortly after this article was written in early 2015.

That reduced Russia's foreign exchange holdings of USD. It now tracks the price of oil on exchange markets.


Maestro Maestro's picture

No, the Russians only devalued the Rouble instead of continuing to defend the exchange rate of their currency by raising interest rates and keeping them high. The Russians don't even have the right to buy anything else but US Treasuries with the dollars they receive in payment for their oil. All their alleged gold buying in large amounts is lies. The Russians still do not own nor control the Russian central bank. Are you denying this too? Read this:

Volkodav's picture

      usd is weakened over 10 points last months

      better worry about your own country

Maestro Maestro's picture

Fuck America. Same as Russia.