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Bloody Monday: Grandnephew of GULAG organizer stabbed Moscow radio station editor

The attacker was a grandnephew of an inventor and first commissar of the death camps in Russia.

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(The Saker) – On November 23, 2002, fifty armed jihadi terrorists, or “freedom fighters” as they were called by the West, seized the Dubrovka Theater in Moscow taking 850 hostages. The liberal radio station Echo of Moscow immediately declared this to be Putin’s government fault, the government couldn’t be trusted, and unless it guaranteed safety to all of Russia’s citizens, Putin should resign.

The mastermind behind the attack was arrested in 2014, when he tried to get to Crimea from the territory of Ukraine.

Fifteen years later, on Monday October 23, 2017, a man entered a high-rise building in center Moscow, pepper sprayed the security guard on duty, got into an elevator, stopped on the 14th floor occupied by the radio Echo of Moscow offices, entered the offices of Tanya Fengelgauer, the Deputy Chief Editor, stabbed her, and ran away.

Before I proceed telling you what happened next, I want to give you an illustration of a simple formula which has been used in multiple black anti-government psy ops known as “color revolutions” during the last hundred years.

A new documentary Revolution: a trap for Russia made by the Culture Foundation of Russia reveals details of one of those psy ops.

My translation is from minute 19 to 35 of the video.

“At the Paris Inter revolutionary parties Conference in September 1904, Lenin, who found out about the Japanese government financing this conference, preferred not to attend. His choice was to work with the Europeans. At this conference sponsored with Japanese money, came together the leaders of the entire anti-government opposition: from separatists of Georgia, Finland and Poland, to the Liberals. The Russian liberals were also attending with Struve, as their leader. They supported the course of the armed uprising, which surprised the Colonel Akashi.

Pavel Milyukov, professor of history, future leader of the Constitutional Democratic or the CaDet party, one of the most active participants of the February Revolution in 1917.

Peter (or Pyotr or Petr) Berngardovich Struve, a Marxist, who lived in Germany and published a revolutionary magazine Liberation (Osvobojdenie), one of the organizer and ideologists of R.S.D.R.P. or Russian Social Democratic Labour Party.

“Milyukov wasn’t a revolutionary, per se. He was a liberal who influenced and had contacts with an American millionaire Charles Richard Crane, one of the founders of the Chicago University. “Milyukov fundraised some sum of money from him.

Charles Richard Crane was a rich industrialist, a founder of the Slavic Center of the Chicago University, a shadow political activist who took part in Russian Revolution.

From the classified report of the Colonel Akashi: 

“The Conference decided that each party will use their own methods of fighting: the Liberals will fight through the local government and media, the revolutionary parties will use “emergency measures”, the representatives of Caucasus will organize murders, Polls – demonstrations.”

The Liberals’ job was to critique Russia’s government for its cruelty, and to use the acts of violence, real and fake, as facts of the state’s failure and the country being in “ruins.”

At the Paris Conference adopted a resolution about the toppling of the monarchy and division of Russia on ethnic autonomies. A possible defeat in the war with Japan was considered to be a desired outcome for future advancement of the revolution.

By that time Lenin broke up with the Menshevik (minority) party. He was expelled from the editorial team of the Iskra newspaper, and was almost expelled from the Central Apparatus of R.S.D.R.P.

There were two leaders at that time, Lenin and Plekhanoff.

The Japanese didn’t like Plekhanoff, and instead chose Lenin and gave him money to publish the gazette Vpered (Forward).

In its first issue on December 22, 1904, Lenin made a prediction:

“Military defeat is unavoidable, and it will increase dissatisfaction with the government by ten times. At this moment, the proletariat will rise at the head of the uprising.”

Only 18 days remained until “Bloody Sunday.”

From the classified report to the General Shtab of Japan from the Colonel Akashi:

“In November-December a decision was made to stage multiple demonstrations in Russia.”

The beginning of the first Russian revolution we should count not from the January 9, 1905, but from the fall 1904, when the plan of this revolution was developed and adopted and the work started including the stimulation of Gapon’s activity.

Georgy Apollonovich Gapon was an Orthodox priest and a talented man who could influence large audiences and who felt at ease in the Police headquarters, at high society gatherings, and in workmen’s groups. During his childhood he read a story of Joan of Belgorod’s flight to Jerusalem on a back of the Satan. In his memoirs he wrote:

“First I cried in fear, because Satan was frightening, but on the other hand I wanted to saddle the satan and to fly to Jerusalem like Joan of Belgorod.”

In 1903, Gapon founded the Assembly of Russian Factory and Plant Workers at the Putilov plant, the largest Petersburg industry.

When we look carefully at the events, we can see that this sort of “satan” was present there. He worked on the Putilov manufacturing plant. Nothing was accidental there. Everything was well planned. Peter or Pinhas Rutenberg, was a member of the Social-Revolution party or the S.R. party, an activist of the revolution of 1905-1907. He graduated from the St. Petersburg Technological Institute, and until February 1917 he lived in Europa and America. After the revolution of 1917, he was a deputy head of Petrograd. Later he created an electric company, which still exists in Israel.

At the end of 1904, an ordinary event took place: three workers were fired from the Putilovsky plant. All three of them were members of the Gapon’s organization of manufacturing workers. He demanded them to be put back on the payroll. The director didn’t want to take them back because they missed too many work days.

The Putilovsky plant was a defense contractor and produced weapons and military hardware. During the war with Japan, government banned all the protests and job walkouts. That’s why when in January 1905 the Putilovsky plant stopped its work, it was seen as the crime. The demonstrations and job walkouts of thousands of worker needed lots of money. By that time, percentage wise the proletariat wasn’t that big. They were first-second generation and didn’t form their ideology and their own place in the structure of the Russian society. That’s why it was so easy to influence them ideologically. Especially considering that during the war, economic difficulties were elevated in the country.

When someone shows up and claims that he knows what to do, like the revolutionaries did, the proletariat are easily entrapped by them.

In the night of January 8-9, Gapon locked himself up with Rutenberg and armed fighters from the Esser party. They were working on the last draft of the Petition to the Czar, as if it was from the Putilovsky plant workers.

First economic demands were switched to the radical demands, that were rocking the Russia during this wartime period. They included the demands of separation of the Church and state. At that time, every workman and every peasant were Christians. They didn’t understand the idea of separation of church and state, and if they understood, they would never accepted and supported it.

Since, the demonstration was authorized, the organizers decided to bring the church symbols, and when they were turned down by the local church, the organizers simply forced themselves in and took the icons and other church symbols by force.

Gapon was wearying the civilian clothes, and put on the priest’s garments only inside this church.

Rutenberg kept close to Gapon the entire time.

Gapon called for the Czar to come out and to meet the “Russian people to restore morality.” In other words, the revolutionaries manipulated the images of the “kind czar” and “czar the daddy,” who will bless everyone and give everyone good life without wars, taxes and work.

It was the canning vicious manipulation of the deepest archetypes of the Russian worldview.

[These were people the “revolutionaries” were fleecing.

The history speaks about these people and how easy it was for an international maniacal gang to fool them.

People whom the Russian elite didn’t bother to teach or inform the true nature of the “revolutionary” movement. No matter how much fur and diamonds so called “Russia’s elite” would put on themselves, they still were looked down by their counterparts somewhere in Paris. It goes without saying that Europeans were brought up to see Russians as white Africans. That they managed to flee us Russians twice for more than they ever fleeced Africans and Native Americans speaks volumes about us and we have to come to terms with it, and learn to do better next time. S.H. ]

Despite of the calls for the czar to come out and to meet them, they were armed. That’s why they weren’t allowed to go forwards, and that why they were stopped. The Police did their job and they knew that the crowd was armed. It’s hard to imagine that an armed crowd would be allowed to enter a residence of the head of state.

The organizers of the demonstration directed people to the Winter Palace fully aware that the Czar wasn’t there. He was in Tsarskoye Selo at the time.

Add to this fact that this demonstration wasn’t authorized and it was taken place in the city under declared martial law because of the war. According to this law, no one could approach military unites closer than fifty meters.

The organizers of this demonstration wanted blood, and they got it. It’s hard to establish now, but people could be killed and injured by the troops and also by those armed fighters in the crowd.

The military got order to stop the procession and not to let them to the Palace Square. When they reached the troops, Rutenberg grabbed Gapon and they both fell. That’s how they survived. After that Rutenberg and Gapon went behind a nearest building, where Rutenberg cut Gapon’s hair and beard, which meant that Gapon wasn’t going to continue as a priest and tried to change his appearance. They both took a refuge inside Maxim Gorky’s apartment and started to write proclamations there.

“Brothers, united in blood, we have no Czar.”

They also wrote

“be damn the Czar with all his offspring,”

“people believed in Czar and this faith was destroyed”

“now, this czar has to be destroyed.”

It was a very extremist proclamation. Maxim Gorky wrote this proclamation to the citizens of Russia and to the entire European society.

The same day M. Gorky sent to the New York Times telegraph with the following text:

“The massacre as I saw it. The Russian Revolution has commenced.”

Interesting, that the New York Times published a large article about the demonstration a day before with a big photo of Nicolay II titled “Revolution is at hand in desperate Russia!” [30:34].

New York Times articles in 1905 – 1906 concerning the “Bloody Sunday,” the first attempt of a color revolution, and calls for sanctions against Russia.

Gorky was arrested on the January 9 for writing this proclamation, but due to public outcry around the world about the violation of his human rights, he was released.

The “Bloody Sunday” touched many Americans, and it was used to show the bloody despotism of the Russian monarchy that shoots “unarmed demonstration.”

From the classified report of the Colonel Akashi:

“That the priest was able to lead thousands of workmen, and unite members of different parties, and to stage a demonstration that shook entire Russia, it was far exceeding my expectations.”

Surprisingly, the Liberal Pavel Milyukov being in Chicago knew what was about to happen in Russia. In his interview to an American newspaper:

“In the next two days there will be blood spilled in Russia. It’s impossible to stop the standoff. The revolution is developing.”

The question is was it a lucky guess, or Milyukov knew what was planned?

There was nothing accidental about so called Bloody Sunday. Interesting, that even Lenin sitting in Geneva knew about the Akashi plan. He wrote:

“An uprising has began. The street fights are everywhere. Barricades are rising. Rivers of blood are streaming. The civil war for freedom is burning wider. Moscow, Caucasus and Poland is ready to follow the proletariat of Petersburg.” 

In reality there was no uprising at that time. It will be organized later. It will be staged using the same scenario.

After the staging the demonstration, Gapon went to Switzerland to join Lenin there.

The anti-Russia movement “Free Russia” promote him as a face of the “Russian revolution.” An editor of the “Free Russia” David Soskis or SOSKICE, became the author of the PR campaign around Gapon. Gapon lived in his London apartment, and Soskis authorized and published Gapon biography title “History of my life.” The book was published in English and French.

[A brief biography of David Soskis, including his family and education, and his connections to Maxim Peshkov-Gorky, see a the book of Lev Gunin, Another Holocaust. Based on the book of G. H. PERRIS, RUSSIA IN REVOLUTION, LONDON,CHAPMAN & HALL, LTD., 1905.]

Using Gapon’s name, the Geneva conference was organized. The Liberals weren’t invited, and the conference served to the consolidation of the extremists. The plan of the Geneva Conference was to stage an armed revolt, and after the government foils it to talk about the “horrors of the Russian life.”

The Colonel Akashi wrote to the Marshal Yamagata of Japan:

Geneva conference decided to place the blame for past and future bloodshed on the Russian czar.” [35]

That’s how this staged provocation was created and served as the “Bloody Sunday” to the world public as an excuse for Russophobia, foreign invasions and wars on Russia, revolutions and Russia bashing for the next 100 years.

Gapon was found brutally tortured and killed in April 1906 in Russia. Rutenberg was suspected, but he escaped the Police and left Russia.

One of the leaders of the socialist-revolutionary party B. Savinkov wrote:

“Our brilliant leader Chernov entrusted him (Rutenberg) to be a “shepherd” of the priest, to be able to weave his name into the crown of thorns of glory of our suffering party.”

Latter, Lenin called the 1905 events – “a general rehearsal.”

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Now, going back to the stabbing of the Echo of Moscow editor.

Following the stabbing, the liberals in Russia used the Social media to express their outrage with the government of Russia and blaming the government for the “murder of a journalist” Tanya Fengelgauer, a Deputy Chief Editor of the radio Echo of Moscow.

In the long tradition of organized psy ops, five hours prior to the attack an anonymous account posted a picture of Fengelgauer saying

“I liked video of the program “Morning with Sasha Plushev and Tanya Fengelgauer/ Alive.”

They leave these “bread crumbs” for us to find and to be at awe at their omnipotence and omnipresence, just like Milyukov knew two day before the demonstration that it would have victims. Because he and others had planted armed people in the crowd to shoot at the demonstrators.

Other, not injured in the attack, journalists of the Echo of Moscow, made multiple statements that this was the “Kristallnacht” event and compared Russia with Germany at the beginning of 30s and The Soviet Russia in 36-37s.

“It was the attack of the Russian Nazis,” it was “pogrom.”

They claimed.

The body of a journalist was more alive than dead, but liberals rushed each with 2c.

“Will we forgive Putin for Tanechka, or will we betray her, as always?”

they asked each other.

Artem Torchinskiy, who works for the Twitter Anti-corruption Foundation donate.fbk.info  wrote:

“This is an attempt on the life of the public figure, terrorism sponsored by the state.”

He didn’t specify what state was sponsoring terrorism in this case.

An online project zona.media reported:

“The Journalists Labor Union places part of the responsibility for the attack on Fengelgauer on Russia24 channel.”

For your information, the Russia24 broadcasted a TV show “The Sleepers” about the liberal journalists working with the US Embassy and the CIA to destabilize the country.

The plan was simple:

  1. To kill Tanya and to call this the “Bloody Monday”;
  2. To blame in her death the President, the “regime,” the law enforcement and other power structures;
  3. To start a media hysteria;
  4. To call “everyone” on the street on November 7th, to protest the” bloody regime”;
  5. To organize shooting during the demonstration. See the plan illustrated above.
  6. In case the murderer is captured, they prepared his “blog” with notes to show that he was “crazy.”

Judging by the figures participating in the RP, this event was planned to become huge.

Igor Chubais, jumped out of the bushes in Germany with his ready-to-serve petition:

“PETITION!

Another attack. Knife against the freedom! Nightmare on the Echo of Moscow!

A wonderful, fearless anchor woman stabbed by a knife in a throat.

New Stalin terror continues!

Say “No” to presidential election until an investigation is completed.

We demand explanation and guarantees of safety for citizens from the president.

We demand public investigation and harsh punishment of the guilty, starting with those who ordered this attack.

Tanya, get well as soon as possible.

Sign my petition”

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Liberal media immediately found who was to blame for the attack. They blamed the state media like RT Russia Today and TASS for an “atmosphere of hatred, including towards those (liberal) journalists, nudging, fingering them.”

Timur Shafir, a Secretary of the Union of Journalists of Russia, called the knife fight between Grits and Felgengauer an “attack on the freedom of speech.”

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However, something went terribly wrong for them.

The attacker was captured by the Police and apprehended. He was a citizen of Israel Boris Grits, a grandnephew of an inventor and first commissar of the death camps in Russia called GULAG, Naftaly Aronovich Frenkel.

It’s was actually very revealing how after all of them saying something about “Russian Nazis,” “pogroms” and “state sponsored terrorism” they suddenly shut up when the attacker turned out to be a Jew from Israel.

Then an excuse was immediately found. He is mentally ill, they said.

No medical records of Grits mental illness was presented, so far. His so called “Diary” sounds like a typical test-book case of being written by a schizophrenic, so Israel, the Jerusalem University and the University of California, where Grits studied, all have to demonstrate that this man was in psychiatric treatment and on anti-psychotic medications, otherwise, claims of him being that severely mentally ill are without merit.

One of the first order of business for Mossad should be to figure out and to report to the world community, why a citizen of Israel, attacked another citizen of Israel, on the territory of a foreign country.

The media in Russia is very careful not to reveal an identity of the attacker and calls him a “foreigner.” Read the TASS article and see for yourself.

Now on, a “foreigner” will be our code word for a traveling band of Israeli assassins.

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P.S.: Tatiana was actually the most normal in comparison with others.

As reported by her doctors she was transferred from an intensive care unit into a general recovery unit on Tuesday.

She even was able to write a note thanking everyone for their concern.

I wish her speedy recovery, but that might be really hard with the colleagues like she has. They reported her to be in induced coma, lied again for their own benefits.

Another issue, it’s her state of mind. She tweets about how much she wants to die and asks to kill her brutally.

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The following material was collected by people in a few hours after the attack. People combed through accounts of the liberal journalists, they found a copy of Grits’ ID, his complain to the UN, and his correspondence with the journalists of the Echo of Moscow that revealed his personal connection to some of them.

People knew exactly what to look for and where to look. The amount of material that was collected and shared is huge. This is one of the most brilliant research operations that Russian community has conducted, and this is the reason why this attack was a failure of its organizers. They are not able to use their psy op against us. You won’t see the portraits of Fengelgauer, like they managed to do with a former Russia Liquidation team member Nemtsov. The children of those who fleece us twice won’t be coming out on November 7th with solemn faces of professional con artists, holding some red rags with the name of Fengelgauer written on them.

I am certain that next week they will make another attempt of a life of some liberal. They are expendable, after all.

But today, I congratulate all of us with this victory.

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More details

Turns out, that Boris Grits has been connected to the Echo of Moscow in many real ways, rather than telepathically, as he claims pretending to be “crazy.”

Video released by the Press service of the Moscow Police department on 23 October 2017 as posted by the NEWSru.co.il

https://youtu.be/evG_sDvGdoc

Below is a screenshot of a conversation on twitter between Boris Grits @bgrits68, and a journalist N. Barshevskaya @nbarshevskaya and

Boris Grits: I was giving you a bath in the Black Sea when you were 5 or 6, by the way.

Barshevskaya:

“Hello, Glad to hear from you. Write me a personal message.”

Below she posted a picture of the radio co-owner Venedictov,

“I have a romantic date with @aavstll on Friday night :-)”

His twitter account was created on April 1, a Fool’s Day.

Barshevskaya lives with her family in London, and her father is already went on the Solovyev’s talk show to say that his daughter cut communications with Grits after she realized that he was “crazy.”


Boris Grits had hard time of getting job in Israel after he returned from the US.

He filed a complaint with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights at OHCHR.OR

That’s might explain how he was recruited for this psy op. This also explains why he came to Russia and why he posted a couple of notes in 2015 on his blog that he didn’t maintain. His twitter account had only 6 followers, one of which was  Barshevskaya from the Echo of Moscow.


More news in brief

The “Bloody Monday” the day of attempts on the lives of Poroshenko, Rogozin and the journalist from the Echo of Moscow.

The SBU reported a failed attempt on the life of Petro Poroshenko.

https://twitter.com/nastyar26933289/status/922518840940122112

Also a man shot at the Russian border guards trying to illegally cross the border from Ukraine. He was carrying two handguns with 50 rounds of ammunition, five hand grenades, and also 26 vials with presumably mercury.

Ukrainian man detained after opening fire on Russian border guards

A Ukrainian man was shot and detained after engaging in a firefight with Russian border guards during an attempt to illegally cross into Russian territory, the Federal Security Service (FSB) said. Border guards in Russia’s Kursk Region apprehended a 31-year-old Ukrainian citizen, who resisted arrest and opened fire on them, the FSB said.

“He received a moderate gunshot wound in a firefight,”

it added. The man had a pistol, five grenades and 26 ampules with a substance, believed to be mercury, on him.


Irina Prohorova on the attack on Felgenhauer:

In essence this attack is a disintegration of statehood.”

‘The editor-in-chief of the journal Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, (New Literature Review) Irina Prokhorova, in an interview with Ruposters linked the attack on deputy head of the radio station Ekho Moskvy Tatiana Felgenhauer with increased aggression in Russian society.”

“No detachments of so-called “Christian believers”, or some other “guardians of the Fatherland” who attack, threaten and beat, would not act that frequently if those people were convicted for hooliganism or an attack, for a couple of times. And, since this they are all supported behind the scenes, we see the result spreading around. It’s impossible to put together a piece of meat, once you put it through a meat grinder,”

the journalist noted.

“Such situations, Prokhorov is sure, testifies to the “disintegration of Russian statehood.”

“If grassroots terrorism is encouraged, then any person who thinks of himself as a bearer of some values ​​believes that he has the moral right to beat, kill, smash and insult, then it is rather difficult “to put him back in his place. “But in general there are laws according to which such people should be judged, and they are usually being released, since no corpus delicti is found, or they are given provisional sentences. And thus anarchy begins,”

Prokhorova summed up.


Oleg Kozyrev, a founder and CTO at the RocketBank

“Most likely an attacker was either matildovets (protester of the Matilda movie about Nicolay II) or watched too many of anti-Echo federal propaganda. We will find out, soon.”


Oleg Kashin, the New York Times author, about the authorities initial reaction.

“I want to call bastards those people from the Moscow Police department, who started talking about the personal reasons for this attack.”

People compare this attack with Oleg Kashin’s, who was reported beaten in 2010, he was taken to Israel “for treatment.” In Israel he “accidentally” met with then president Dmitry Medvedev.

This time around no one was whisked away to Israel. The good Russian doctors took care of everyone and no one claimed to be in a coma.


Rustem Adagamov, who fled to Prague following pedophilia probe:

“Judging by the way this animal is pushing some kind if “telepathic connection” during him being questioned by the Police, he is a product of the KiselTV (federal TV channels) that nudges’ people to attack.”


DW in Russian

https://twitter.com/dw_russian/status/922451876427288577

“Russia

The attack on Tatiana Felgenhauer: one known cause

The attack on the radio anchor woman and Deputy chief editor of “Echo of Moscow” Tatiana Felgengauer – one of the consequences of hatred, fomented on TV, I’m sure, the cartoonist Sergei Elkin.”


A psychiatrist claims after watching the video of Boris Grits that he doesn’t demonstrate any of the common psycho-motor traits and speaks like a healthy person who just says memorized text. Plus, he had a knife and pepper spray with him. it means that he was prepared to commit crime. People who experience hallucinations can’t plan in advance.


Blaming the federal TV stations for instilling hatred towards the liberals doesn’t really stick, since the attacker is an Israeli, who never watched the Federal TV channels broadcasted in Russia.


Man stabs anchor in neck at Russian radio station Echo of Moscow

Russian Radio Journalist Is Stabbed, Renewing Fears of Attacks on News Media,

“The attack immediately touched off social media posts suggesting a political motivation, though other possibilities were also discussed.”

“This month, Russian state television singled out Ms. Felgenhauer in a report critical of what it called Echo of Moscow’s role “attempting to form pro-Western positions” in Russian society. The selection of experts and the layout of informational and political material speaks for itself,”

the state TV report said.

That broadcast on Oct. 11, called “Echo of the State Department,” said the station collaborated with foreign-funded nongovernmental organizations and was “carrying out anti-government policies, in essence.”

In Russia, such politically hued screeds on state television often set the tone for future action by prosecutors or proxy organizations, although there was no indication that the assailant who attacked Ms. Felgenhauer belonged to any such group.”


Russian radio journalist stabbed in Moscow, suspect held

“Echo of Moscow is a well-known station that regularly invites Russian political opposition figures and is known for its critical views of the government despite energy giant Gazprom being the majority shareholder.

Russia has a disturbing record of attacks on journalists, with 58 killed since 1992, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Threats made against journalists often go unaddressed and attacks are not investigated.”


 ‘Nobody defends us’: Russian journalists respond to knife attack, by Shaun Walker in Moscow

Reporters decry climate of hatred after Tatyana Felgenhauer is stabbed in neck at Ekho Moskvy radio station.

Monday 23 October 2017 14.24 EDT First published on Monday 23 October 2017 07.36 EDT

“Russian journalists have said an increasingly polarized and violent political climate in the country may have encouraged a knife attack in which a well-known radio host was stabbed in the neck.

“Tatyana Felgenhauer, deputy editor of the Ekho Moskvy radio station, was attacked on Monday lunchtime by a man who broke into the station’s studios in a central Moscow tower block. The intruder sprayed pepper in the face of a ground-floor security guard, before vaulting the barrier and taking the lift up to the Ekho Moskvy studio on the 14th floor.

Alexei Venediktov, the station’s editor-in-chief, said in an interview on Monday evening that doctors had operated on Felgenhauer for more than an hour. She will be in an induced coma overnight, but doctors say there is no immediate threat to her life.

Felgenhauer was conscious after the attack and able to walk, but it soon became clear that her injuries were serious and she was taken to hospital. Police arrived to detain the assailant, who had been tackled by two security guards.”


Russian journalist stabbed in neck after attacker storms radio studio

“An unknown assailant storms studio and attacks journalist after series of death threats is sent to reporters at a radio station.

“The incident follows death threats sent to journalists at the station, described as Russia’s only independent outlet, in the past.

Ekho Moskvy has been openly critical of the Russian administration sparking opposition from pro-government critics.

The broadcaster is owned by a media holding controlled by state-owned gas giant Gazprom but it does give air time to staunch critics of the Kremlin and its allies.”


Multiple calls for Vladimir Solovyev and other leading Jewish journalists to condemn the Zionist terror against journalists in Russia went unanswered.


Speaking of fake news. @SvobodaRadio posted an announcement of Fengelgauer @t_felg being shot to death, but attack didn’t go as they planned.

 

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Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro puts the present Orthodox dispute in simple and understandable terms while not demonizing anyone.

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This piece is reprinted almost entirely from its original posting on orthochristian.com. We hope it offers a clear perspective that shared across the Orthodox Christian world regarding the recent moves by the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, in regards to the legitimization of two canonically schismatic church communities in Ukraine.   
A note for US or Western European readers:While Western culture regards church affairs as something middling at best, and “not in touch with the ‘real world'”, the Orthodox Christian world takes the opposite view. These matters of how the Church’s faith and practice are handled are extremely important to millions of believers. The aforementioned actions are profoundly difficult events for Orthodox Christians and have great repercussions that extend into the geopolitical realm of secular politics.

It is for this reason that this story is being followed closely on The Duran.Recently, Metropolitan Archbishop Amfilohije of Montenegro gave an interview with Russian Channel One about the decision of the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I of Constantinople, to grant canonical status to two schismatic communities in Ukraine, pursuant to the creation of a national Ukrainian independent Orthodox Church in that region.This particular set of events also has a geopolitical basis, as the reader will discover as they peruse the interview. Any emphasis in bold is added strictly for the ease of comprehension.


The decisions of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew and his Synod concerning the Ukrainian issue, are, in my opinion catastrophic, both for the Patriarchate of Constantinople, and for resolving the Church question in Ukraine, as well as for the unity of the Orthodox Church. We in our Church are simply shocked at how the Ecumenical Patriarch—an expert on the canons—made such a decision, which is without a doubt uncanonical,” said His Eminence Amfilohije, Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, and Brda, Archbishop of Cetinje, and Exarch of the Throne of Peć in an interview with the Russian Channel One.

Commenting on the canonical aspects of the latest decision of the Patriarch of Constantinople and his Synod, Archbishop Amfilohije explained that the Patriarch of Constantinople “in this decision refers, as other bishops of the Patriarchate of Constantinople have recently referred to, the right to appeal to the Patriarch of Constantinople from other Local Churches. This is the so called “Ekkliton.[1]

The body of the interview follows, with all the text except the Interviewer being the speech of Met. Amfilohije:

Whenever a problem arises in any of the Local Churches between individual bishops, it is alleged that they have the possibility of appealing to Constantinople, and then Constantinople could make its decision on the matter.

“However, do they actually have this right of appeal? Especially in the spirit in which Denisenko applied to it now? The Ecumenical Patriarch validates this with some historical facts, and certain Church canons. For example, the 9th, 17th, and 28th Canons of the Fourth Ecumenical Council, which were written in antiquity, and therefore, which relate to the status of the Patriarchate of Constantinople and its role at that time.

“On what basis then, was this right given? First of all, this right concerns the Metropolises under the canonical administration of the Patriarch of Constantinople. It did not apply to the whole Church. Secondly, this right is based on the canons of the Ecumenical Council, according to which the Ecmenical Patriarch received this status as the Bishop of the City of Byzantium—Constantinople—on the grounds that this city, in which this bishop is located, is the Imperial City—the residence of the emperor and the Imperial Council.

“Now, however, the imperial capital no longer exists. Constantinople ceased to be the imperial capital in 1453. And therefore, this right to which the Patriarch of Constantinople is referring is questionable. The Orthodox Church does not question its status as the first in honor in the Orthodox church, but this does not give him the right to interfere in this way in the life of any other Local Church, including the Russian Orthodox Church.

“The Patriarch is referring here to a certain decision in 1686, in which by economia[2] the right to ordain (appoint) the Metropolitan of Kiev was given to the Patriarch of Moscow, provided that the Metropolitan of Kiev commemorates the Constantinople Patriarch first at the Liturgy.

“However, Kievan Rus’[3], and Vladimir Rus’[4], and Muscovite Rus’[5] were one and the same Rus’ at that time; so it is impossible to separate Kievan Rus from Muscovite or Vladimir Rus’.

“300 years have passed since then, and Constantinople had never raised the question that it had ecclesiastical authority in Ukraine. He first raised this question just now, and it is absolutely impossible to accept.

“I am amazed at how the negative reaction of all the Local Churches did not stop him; the ancient Patriarchates of the East—Jerusalem, Alexandria, and Antioch. The Patriarch of Antioch was just recently with us. I am sure that he will give his assessment.

“[The Patriarch of Alexandria] recently visited Odessa, and spoke there, together with the Metropolitan of the Polish Orthodox Church, who also quite clearly expressed his opinion.

“In general, all the Local Churches—and our Local Church—expressed at a council, a very documented letter in connection with this issue. Constantinople did not respond to our letter concerning this.

“Our Patriarch just met with the Ecumenical Patriarch in Thessaloniki. Our Patriarch gave him the position of our Church, and unfortunately, Constantinople answered as they answered.

“As it is, however, this decision, as I have already said, is catastrophic, including for the resolution of this important issue of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine. It does not solve this question, but only complicates it. It creates a radical problem of interference in the life of another Local Church, and not only for the Russian Church, but for absolutely everyone.

“This at the same time calls into question the very unity of Orthodoxy. This has already affected Orthodoxy, especially the Orthodox diaspora, after that the conferences of Orthodox Bishops. According to my information, the bishops in Latin America already refuse to participate in pan-Orthodox conferences, and its going the same way in Europe[6]. I am sure that this will happen in the USA. It has partially already begun.

“But the role of the first among the patriarchs is not to separate the others, but to unite.

“By such actions, the Patriarch of Constantinople in fact separates. He does not solve this problem, but only pushes the problem deeper into the Orthodox Church.

“Recently, a lot has been said about the interference in the internal affairs of the Orthodox Church by the great world powers. Can you elaborate on which powers people are talking about, and what these power are trying to accomplish?

“Now it is seen in Ukraine itself. It is in fact the Ukrainian government that is the main player in the question of granting autocephaly to a Ukrainian church[7]. It should not be overlooked that the state would previously intervene—in other words, there was cooperation, the so called symphonia” of the state and the Church in Orthodoxy.

“But in those days, this was with regards to Christian states, and Christian rulers. In those days, the state itself defended the Orthodox Christian faith. Rulers, from the Byzantine Emperor to the Tsar of Moscow, to our kings were Orthodox Christians. The statutes of Montenegro even prescribed that the successor of King Nikola I would be an Orthodox Christian.

“Now, everything is different. These are all secular states, especially those created after the collapse of the Soviet Union. So the Soviet Union gave birth to these contradictions within the Russian nation, within the Slavic peoples of the former Russian Empire. The theme of a so-called Ukrainian Orthodox Church[8] didn’t appear only now. It arose with the creation of Ukraine by the Soviet authorities in the 1920s. It was then that this topic appeared.

“Then the so-called “Self-Sanctifiers[9]” arose, who declared themselves Metropolitans of Kiev.

“And the [legitimate] Metropolitan of Kiev—Antony (Khrapovitsky), who was buried in Belgrade, was then a candidate for the position of Patriarch of Moscow. Having fallen asleep in the Lord in 1936, he along with more than thirty bishops were forced to leave Russia, and our Local Church helped them to create what was called the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, which still exists today. This Church recently reunited with the Moscow Patriarchate.

“So it’s one thing—contemporary states, modern authority—and a totally different thing—the time when Constantinople was the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, or when Moscow was the capital of the Russian Empire, as the successor of the Byzantine Empire.

“But this epoch, the epoch of the symbiosis of the Church and State, the so-called “Constantinian Age,” began with Emperor St. Constantine the Great, and it ended—in my, and not only in my opinion—with the murder of the Imperial Family in 1918.

“In other words, this imperial period of Christianity is dogmatically fixed in the West in the person of the Bishop of Rome—the Supreme Pontiff. In the East, it was and remains a temptation.

“However, after the fall of Constantinople in 1453, there was no longer a Byzantine Emperor, who previously provided the Bishop of Constantinople with the status that he had possessed since the time of Emperor Constantine.

“And then this role of the Byzantine Empire passed through Kiev, and Vladimir, to Moscow—that is to say—to the Russian Tsars. But the Russian Tsar and his family were murdered in 1918. And this completed the epoch of Constantine in the history of the Church. It has ended.

“And now the Church must return to the pre-imperial structure, without imitating what was in past centuries, when there was a symbiosis of the state, Church, nation. It must return to the structure that existed before Emperor Constantine, respecting everything that has happened since then, but not being limited to historical experience.

“Thus, the first Rome fell away from the faith, the Second Rome fell, disappearing in 1453, and after the murder of the Imperial Family, the Third Rome had already lost that place in the life of the Church it had occupied in past centuries. Therefore, the way the Church lived and functioned in the imperial period should be left to the past.

“From this point of view, Constantinople committed what it had no right to do.

“First of all, this state—Ukraine—is the fruit of Leninist-Stalinist communist secularism. And this situation for the people of Ukraine, the Christian people is also the result of the unleashing of the Unia[10] on Ukrainians of the 16th century, and what happened with these people in the 1920s.

“It is necessary to keep in mind the meaning of the name itself—Ukraine (Ukraina). It is similar to our word Kraina: a krai / borderland[11]. The question is—the edge or border of what? On the one hand, Kiev was the former Mother Church of the Russian Church, then its center moved to Vladimir (during the period of Vladimir Rus’) and then to Moscow.

“It is this continuum of the Orthodox Church in Russia, which begins in Kiev, passes through Vladimir, and then ends in Moscow. This is an uninterrupted succession. So what point is there to now appeal to a status that existed in the 15th or 16th century? The Ukrainian question today cannot be resolved on that basis.

“In reality, it must be resolved on the basis of the modern structure of this state—a secular state, not dissimilar to all the modern secular states in the West. It’s a fundamentally different relationship between a state and a nation, moreover no longer a ‘Christian nation;’ a similar problem has now manifested itself in Macedonia.

“There, the secular authorities, the communists, also created a so-called Macedonian Orthodox Church. The communists, the heirs of the Tito regime, tried here too, in Montenegro, to create a so-called Montenegrin Orthodox Church. The authorities of Montenegro killed 129 priests here during the communist time; the communist authorities killed the Metropolitan of Montenegro Joanikije.

“It was these authorities who were first to raise the question of the so-called autocephalous Montenegrin Orthodox Church. The godless authorities, the atheistic powers, the secular authorities in a secular state, where the Church is separate from the state, are interfering in the internal affairs of the Church. The same thing is happening in Ukraine, and in other countries that emerged after the Bolshevik revolution.

“The Church should try to unite society, and thereby solve this painful issue for the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

“There, under the guise of the “Ukrainian Church,” there exist the so-called Uniates—the Greek Catholics—and then the so-called Ukrainian Autocephalic Orthodox Church, and the self-proclaimed “church” of the “Kiev Patriarchate.”

“For the first time, Constantinople, on the basis of the alleged “right to appeal” (ekkliton)[12], the right to receive appeals in this way is interfering with the life of another Local Church, even over 300 years after Constantinople’s ecclesiastical jurisdiction over Ukraine ended.

“Thus, there is talk about these events as being an absolutely incomprehensible phenomenon. Until this very moment I still hope there is an opportunity to refrain from granting this Tomos, which cannot be issued without the consent of the canonical Church.

“Constantinople [previously] recognized only the Church of the Moscow Patriarchate as the canonical Church in Ukraine. But now, Constantinople has recognized bishops who were deposed from their positions and excommunicated from one of the Local Orthodox Churches. It’s simply inconceivable that the Ecumenical Patriarch could have gone through with this.

“As for these interventions, and I’d like to say that these are not only those from the Ukrainian authorities themselves, but it is clear that these interventions are directed against Russia, and in fact—against Orthodoxy.

“They were able to separate everyone in these krais[13] (borderlands/marches).[14] Only the Orthodox Church remained united. Now these forces, the demonic forces of this entire world are striving in the end to divide the Orthodox Church. For this they managed to use the ancient Church of Constantinople to apply a canon that belonged to it back in imperial times.

“In the battle for Ukraine—that is to say for undermining the foundation of Russia—the hand of America is visible.

“They speak about the supposed “Russian intervention,” but how can Russia intervene if Russia itself was born there? Kievan Rus’ was born there, and continuously developed for 1030 years. The fact that the Western powers, the EU, and above all, America are fueling and supporting fratricidal wars, as they did against us Serbs in Kosovo, reveals that what is happening in Ukraine is the second act of the tragedy of Kosovo: A group of evil-doers and criminals, who dishonor the worthy Albanian folk, have been made the rulers of Kosovo, and they recognized the so-called independent Kosovo—and the Orthodox Church of God, our age-old culture, and the Serbian people were expelled from there.

“What the communists began[15], the NATO bloc continued with their bombings of Serbia and Montenegro.

“What began in Russia with the arrival of the Bolsheviks and the assassination of the Imperial Family now brings such bitter fruit. I regret that the Patriarch of Constantinople did not understand how deep and serious these problems are.

“He went forth with good intentions—to unite—only this isn’t the road of unification, but only the deepening of the difficulties that seized Ukraine, as well as the creation of a deep schism in the Orthodox Church—which undoubtedly will not bring forth any good fruits if these efforts are continued.

“And this applies not only to Russians and Ukrainians, but also to us [Serbs]. After all, Denisenko[16]was the only one to recognize our Miraš Dedeić,[17] whom the Patriarch of Constantinople deposed and anathematized.

“We relayed this to the Patriarch of Constantinople, but he has of yet not answered this question. Of course, he does not recognize Dedeić, but by this act—by accepting as a canonical organization those who support all kinds of schisms in other locations—it involuntarily strengthens schisms that undermine the unity of the Orthodox Church.[18]

“And furthermore, this is all based on ethnophyletism,[19] which was previously condemned by the Church. Even the Cretan Council (it’s a pity that the Moscow Patriarchate wasn’t present, but despite this, it’s decisions remain valid) confirmed the decisions of this great council in 1872, condemning ethnophyletism as heresy and serpentine venom, destroying the unity of the Church.

“Constantinople confirmed and signed this decision of a large synod, and now a church is created on the basis of the demands of those formed under the influence of Bolshevism (like Macarius[20]), and now worshipers of Bandera[21]—Ukrainian fascists and former Nazis.

“Is this normal? Of course not! Not to mention the fact that Denisenko strove, when he was Ukrainian Metropolitan, for the position of Patriarch of Moscow, and when he was not elected, he declared himself Patriarch [of Kiev].

“Such is his madness. How can this be declared normal, without the consent of the Mother Church? And the Mother Church of Ukraine is not the Patriarchate of Constantinople, but for more than 300 years the Moscow Patriarchate.[22]”

[INTERVIEWER]: Not long ago, Milo Đukanović (The President of Montenegro) said that the Russian Orthodox Church is the striking fist of Russian Imperial interests. What did he mean by this?

“You’ll have to ask him. He probably assumed that the Metropolis of Montenegro, which has existed here for over 800 years, still has connections to the Russian Church and to Russia, as it had for centuries, and especially during the time of Metropolitan Danil.

“Were it not for this “Imperial Russia,” as he puts it, there would be no Montenegro, neither in 1878, nor later. Russian Emperor Nicholas II saved Serbia and Montenegro in 1915 and 1916, when Montenegro was forced to capitulate, and King Petro with the entire Serbian army retreated through Kosovo to the Albanian coast. Then the Russian Tsar gave an ultimatum to the allies, threatening that if they did not help save the Serbian army (the Austro-Hungarian army was in pursuit of the Serbs), then Russia would conclude a separate peace treaty with Germany and Austro-Hungary. So the allies had to send ships for the Serbs.

“If Nicholas II had signed a separate peace treaty, he would not have been assassinated nor would his family have been murdered. The German Kaiser sent Lenin, who conducted a revolution in Petrograd in 1916-17. The Emperor and his family were murdered by the hands of the Bolsheviks, but in fact they were murdered by the Germans. The Imperial Family and tsarist Russia paid with their lives to save their brothers—Serbia and Montenegro.”

[INTERVIEWER]: So what is this all about; what is this “Imperialist Russia?”

“Montenegro, since 1700 and to this moment, was created through the efforts of Russia—it’s education, and the entire structure before King Nikola in 1918. The metropolia only continues the tradition. And no form of “Imperialist Russia” is interfering here. Russian Bishops visit us, with whom we recently erected a monument to the Royal Passion-Bearers at Duklevo monastery, on which their faces are carved. This may be the most beautiful monument to the Imperial Family. Is this what he calls imperialism?

“I sometimes say these are sanctions of the metropolia against Russia. Mr. Đukanović, in his fight against “Russian imperialism” has become a pawn in the hands of the Western European and American Empires, and the NATO bloc—those who bombed Montenegro, Serbia, and Kosovo, which was part of Montenegro when it was an independent Kingdom.

“Now Đukanović recognizes Kosovo, while the Russians tried to save the unity of our nation and state. Unfortunately, Russia was then ruled not by the one who rules today, but by his predecessor, who did not understand this.

“Therefore, I do not know what Đukanović implies when speaking of “imperialism.” If it’s about what I said, then yes.

“I would also add further about the decision of Constantinople: This decision is a catastrophe for the Constantinople Patriarchate and for the unity of the Orthodox Church. Therefore, we hope that in the near future, as called for by the Moscow Patriarchate and other Local Churches, which have the full right to do so, we will resolve this issue in a pan-Orthodox format.

“The Ukrainian Question cannot be resolved by any single Local Church, because this issue is so extensive that it requires the participation of all Local Churches. This question is more important than all that was discussed at Crete. Therefore, the position of Constantinople is shocking, as he had always turned to other Local Churches (for example, during the schism in the Bulgarian Church in 1994, Constantinople appealed to the representatives of other Local Churches to solve the issue of schism in a canonical way).

“And now there has been discussion that based on the Ukrainian precedent—invading the canonical territory of another Local Church—the issue with the Macedonian Orthodox Church could be resolved.

“The Ecumenical Patriarchate is prevented from doing so only because of his demand that they abandon the name “Macedonian Orthodox Church” (In Ukraine, the name “Ukrainian Orthodox Church” does not trouble him.[23] He is still a Greek, and I fear that this is how Hellenic ethnophyletism has manifested itself in light of the Macedonian issue.

“There is talk that this Macedonia goes back to the time of Alexander the Great and King Philip; that is to say, we are going back to the issue of communist myths. Just like in Montenegro, the neo-communists continue to develop them. They demanded that the Montenegrin Metropolis, that is to say, the Serbian Orthodox Church be re-registered, as if we existed only since yesterday.

“A 1987 law requires the registration of only new religious organizations, and not the registration of traditional Churches and religious organizations. But now our neo-communists have began to demand this, and almost begun persecutions. Russian monks and nuns live among us, and priests from the Republika Srpska[24], and from Serbia, and as they are not citizens of Montenegro they do not grant them residence permits. The same approach has been implemented in Macedonia.

“The so-called Metropolitan of Montenegro, who was created by the neo-communists—Dedeić—who was deposed by Constantinople, was recognized only by Philaret. For many years he served with him. And what will Constantinople do now if he recognizes Philaret who was deposed for violating the resolutions of the Moscow Patriarchate? Would it not follow that he would have to recognize someone who serves with Philaret, whom Constantinople himself had previously deposed from his position?

“This is how poorly our brothers in Constantinople have reasoned.

“I pray to the Lord, that He will help them.

“And we also pray that the Moscow Patriarchate and our brothers in Ukraine can overcome an unhealthy schism with patience and humility—a schism that is nothing but the fruit of all those political circumstances of the past, especially in the 1920s.

“The Church is the only force that united the nations created there, and now the demonic powers of this whole world, and destructive forces inside the Church, and the rulers of the world are carrying out the real imperialistic plans.

The war in Ukraine is already underway, and now Constantinople must confirm that this is in fact a war continuing against the Church, and the unity of the People of God—and against Russia as the largest-ever Orthodox country.

“This is not good, and there is nothing good here for Constantinople as well. He had no right to take such a step. There is still hope that people will still turn to reason and to the true canonical order.

“As I have already said, by such actions, Constantinople calls into question its primacy.

“I reiterate that he justifies his actions by saying that he is in the imperial capital, but that capital ceased to exist after the fifteenth century. It is no longer in Russia nor in Constantinople, and therefore there is no longer a Russian or Eastern Roman Empire, but the Church has remained, and it must function on a healthy evangelical foundation—just as it functioned prior to Emperor St. Constantine.”

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Given its status as a major energy exporter, Russia has leverage that could help attract partners to its new SWIFT alternative.

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On Friday, one day after Russia and China pledged to reduce their reliance on the dollar by increasing the amount of bilateral trade conducted in rubles and yuan (a goal toward which much progress has already been made over the past three years), Russia’s Central Bank provided the latest update on Moscow’s alternative to US-dominated international payments network SWIFT.

Moscow started working on the project back in 2014, when international sanctions over Russia’s annexation of Crimea inspired fears that the country’s largest banks would soon be cut off from SWIFT which, though it’s based in Belgium and claims to be politically neutral, is effectively controlled by the US Treasury.

Today, the Russian alternative, known as the System for Transfer of Financial Messages, has attracted a modest amount of support within the Russian business community, with 416 Russian companies having joined as of September, including the Russian Federal Treasury and large state corporations likeGazprom Neft and Rosneft.

And now, eight months after a senior Russian official advised that “our banks are ready to turn off SWIFT,” it appears the system has reached another milestone in its development: It’s ready to take on international partners in the quest to de-dollarize and end the US’s leverage over the international financial system. A Russian official advised that non-residents will begin joining the system “this year,” according to RT.

“Non-residents will start connecting to us this year. People are already turning to us,”said First Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Russia Olga Skorobogatova. Earlier, the official said that by using the alternative payment system foreign firms would be able to do business with sanctioned Russian companies.

Turkey, China, India and others are among the countries that might be interested in a SWIFT alternative, as Russian President Vladimir Putin pointed out in a speech earlier this month, the US’s willingness to blithely sanction countries from Iran to Venezuela and beyond will eventually rebound on the US economy by undermining the dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency.

To be sure, the Russians aren’t the only ones building a SWIFT alternative to help avoid US sanctions. Russia and China, along with the European Union are launching an interbank payments network known as the Special Purpose Vehicle to help companies pursue “legitimate business with Iran” in defiance of US sanctions.

Given its status as a major energy exporter, Russia has leverage that could help attract partners to its new SWIFT alternative. For one, much of Europe is dependent on Russian natural gas and oil.

And as Russian trade with other US rivals increases, Moscow’s payments network will look increasingly attractive,particularly if buyers of Russian crude have no other alternatives to pay for their goods.

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The US is pulling out of a nuclear missile pact with Russia. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty requires both countries to eliminate their short and medium-range atomic missiles.

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If the US ditches the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), it could collapse the entire nuclear non-proliferation system, and bring nuclear war even closer, Russian officials warn.

By ending the INF, Washington risks creating a domino effect which could endanger other landmark deals like the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) and collapse the existing non-proliferation mechanism as we know it, senior lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev said on Sunday.

The current iteration of the START treaty, which limits the deployment of all types of nuclear weapons, is due to expire in 2021. Kosachev, who chairs the Parliament’s Upper House Foreign Affairs Committee, warned that such an outcome pits mankind against “complete chaos in terms of nuclear weapons.”

“Now the US Western allies face a choice: either embarking on the same path, possibly leading to new war, or siding with common sense, at least for the sake of their self-preservation instinct.”

His remarks came after US President Donald Trump announced his intentions to “terminate” the INF, citing alleged violations of the deal by Russia.

Moscow has repeatedly denied undermining the treaty, pointing out that Trump has failed to produce any evidence of violations. Moreover, Russian officials insist that the deployment of US-made Mk 41 ground-based universal launching systems in Europe actually violates the agreement since the launchers are capable of firing mid-range cruise missiles.

Leonid Slutsky, who leads the Foreign Affairs Committee in parliament’s lower chamber, argued that Trump’s words are akin to placing “a huge mine under the whole disarmament process on the planet.”

The INF Treaty was signed in 1987 by then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. The deal effectively bans the parties from having and developing short- and mid-range missiles of all types. According to the provisions, the US was obliged to destroy Pershing I and II launcher systems and BGM-109G Gryphon ground-launched cruise missiles. Moscow, meanwhile, pledged to remove the SS-20 and several other types of missiles from its nuclear arsenal.

Pershing missiles stationed in the US Army arsenal. © Hulton Archive / Getty Images ©

By scrapping the historic accord, Washington is trying to fulfill its “dream of a unipolar world,” a source within the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

“This decision fits into the US policy of ditching the international agreements which impose equal obligations on it and its partners, and render the ‘exceptionalism’ concept vulnerable.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov denounced Trump’s threats as “blackmail” and said that Washington wants to dismantle the INF because it views the deal as a “problem” on its course for “total domination” in the military sphere.

The issue of nuclear arms treaties is too vital for national and global security to rush into hastily-made “emotional” decisions, the official explained. Russia is expecting to hear more on the US’ plans from Trump’s top security adviser, John Bolton, who is set to hold talks in Moscow tomorrow.

President Trump has been open about unilaterally pulling the US out of various international agreements if he deems them to be damaging to national interests. Earlier this year, Washington withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program. All other signatories to the landmark agreement, including Russia, China, and the EU, decided to stick to the deal, while blasting Trump for leaving.

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