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The death of Alexis Grigoropoulos: CIA destabilization over Russian gas pipelines?

Almost a decade later, the case of Alexis Grigoropoulos presents more questions than answers. How is the Grigoropoulos case related to Operation Pythia, the destructive fires of 2007 and repeated scandals leading to the downfall of the Karamanlis government, oil and gas pipeline deals with the Russians, and the economic crisis which followed?

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Background

This is the decade of the 2000s, when deals were being cut between Italy, Greece, France and Russia over delivering Russian oil and gas from the South. The United States, busy spending billions on its unipolar wars, was proceeding full steam ahead in destabilizing the weak link in the chain, which was none other than Greece.

During this decade, Greece suffered fires of unimaginable magnitude, phone tapping scandals, and even attempts at murdering an elected prime minister by what has become known since then as a CIA destabilization plan. The decade ended with violent disturbances over the fatal shooting of a 15-year old schoolboy, Alexis Grigoropoulos, while the new decade kicked off with constant weather modification issues that recently resulted with dozens of deaths in flash floods in an area known as Mandra on the outskirts of Athens.

Russian Documentary

There was an extensive documentary that was aired some time ago on the Russia 24 news channel which made reference to the “Pythia” plan, which encompassed the ex-prime minister Konstantinos Karamanlis over the South Stream gas pipeline and the fomenting of destabilization in Greece.

Russia 24 referred to the “insurrection” of December 2008 after the murder of Alexis Grigoropoulos and mentioned that from 2009 the FSB uncovered discussions with the CIA agents which referred to removing the Greek prime minister from his position.

During that period, a close friend of Karamanlis’ by the name of Christos Zahopoulos, who had been appointed to a prominent position in the ministry of culture allegedly attempted suicide, falling off a five-story building after it was revealed he maintained an office affair and he felt guilty explaining the situation to his wife! A reaction which had previously been unheard of in Greece, mind you. But this was simply a warning.

In the summer of 2007, Greece was burnt to smithereens via two massive fires in the Peloponnese region and in the Parnitha mountain range north of Athens, while in December of 2008 riots ensued for one month. The aura created at the time was that the government had lost control, with demands allegedly for martial law. The government’s mandate was until 2011, but eventually they went for early elections in 2009. In other words, the government was brought down and one of the first measures taken by the incoming government of George Papandreou was the cancellation of the Russian gas contracts.

What happened with Alexis Grigoropoulos?

As the story goes, allegedly the police were passing by in a car in the “radical” Exarchia neighborhood of Athens, and Alexis and his friends threw rocks at it. Police got out and shot at them, killing Alexis. The video that has been produced is grainy, taken in the night, and no one can make heads or tails of it. Whilst Alexis was a resident of the well-to-do northern suburbs of Athens, he was buried in the south of Athens, in a left-wing area. His coffin was a closed casket – again unusual. The mainstream media circulated he was an “anarchist” at the ripe old age of 15. The pictures they circulated sometimes were from a real victim of disturbances, Mihalis Kaltezas.

On the night of Alexis’ murder and within an hour or so of its occurrence, there were disturbances in a number of cities which continued for a number of days. They reached a crescendo of burning local businesses and migrants were employed to loot them. Foreign participants flew over from the UK, for instance, to take part. Social media went almost global over the event.

December 2008 is widely regarded as the time Twitter “took off” as a social medium in Greece. And since that time, the Greek “twittersphere” has been a stronghold of “antifa” and self-styled “leftists,” and to a lesser extent, a “liberal” and pro-technocracy contingent. The thread connecting these two elements is their absolute love for the EU and globalism, the incredibly coordinated manner in which they seem to have responded to events such as the Grigoropoulos shooting in 2008, and the almost simultaneous disappearance or sudden inactivity of many such prominent Twitter accounts soon after SYRIZA’s electoral victory in January 2015.

For example, soon after the large-scale fires of 2007, Greece’s first-ever protests purportedly organized via SMS text messaging and by bloggers “spontaneously” appeared in Athens and other large cities. Organizers of these demonstrations were later said to have participated in the December 2008 disturbances, in addition to involvement with such groups as the Athens Indymedia Center, which also played a key role during the December 2008 riots. Also in 2007, an alleged police beating of a UK-born photographer during a demonstration in Thessaloniki went “viral,” in one of the earliest such instances in Greece. The individual in question is later said to have participated in the December 2008 disturbances. Could all of this have been a coordinated prelude to what was to follow in Greece?

What actually happened?

It is beyond reasonable doubt that Grigoropoulos wasn’t an “anarchist” and never had any political involvement. According to the same mainstream media reports his family, soon after his death, said that he was friends with police and hated violence, while Grigoropoulos’ friends stated that if he was alive he would have condemned all the subsequent events in his name. But most of these reports disappeared as per the account which follows.

A special policeman by the name of Epameinondas Korkoneas is said to have shot Grigoropoulos dead at almost point blank range for unexplained reasons or reasons to do with allegedly throwing a bottle of beer at a police car. As if one bottle threatened the police enough to warrant a shooting? Subsequently the state invented a character who was allegedly friends with Alexis by the name of Nikos Romanos, who then became a hardcore “anarchist” constantly in and out of prison.

Romanos recounted a totally different story than the one circulated at the time, but hey, the mainstream media control the narrative and make it up as they go along, as they have done with so many other events the world over pertaining to “terrorism.” Romanos is the son of George Nazioutsik, who owns a 55-acre wedding venue and museum on the outskirts of Athens in total opulence. What actual issues of oppression did a rich boy in Greece face in 2009? None. This is Greece we are talking about, where the rich youth can spend months in the summer in nightclubs on the islands and in the winter can travel to northern Europe. This isn’t pre-revolutionary Russia with the absolutism of the Tsars and Narodnya Volya where Lenin’s brothers were killed in terrorist actions.

Therefore, speculating as to what actually happened as we won’t know for certain until government files are made public, we arrive at three possible scenarios. One scenario involves special forces bumping off Grigoropoulos to spark a riot, a hybrid war of destabilization against the Karamanlis regime as part of the “Pythia” plan. In a second scenario, he died of other causes (such as drugs), while in a third scenario, Grigoropoulos was exported to the “land of the free and the home of the brave,” the good ol’ US of A and was used as a … “victim” of a “police shootout.”

The plan was so well organized that rocks from the beach areas were present in demonstrations, brought into Athens by trucks so the young protestors could have a large supply of objects to throw at the police. It’s as if the state was fighting the state and the protestors were pawns in the middle. The volume of shops attacked was vast, and videos surfaced of migrants looting small Greek-owned businesses. This was the period when protests had already started in central Athens against the presence of swarms of illegal migrants who lived in public squares, literally turning them into public latrines.

The funeral of Alexis in Athens

Despite being a resident of the wealthy northern suburbs of Athens, Alexis was buried in the south of Athens, in a working-class district and specifically in the Neos Kosmos-Palaio Faliro graveyards. Thousands of youth arrived and the police deliberately targeted them. They tear gassed a funeral cortege so as to create more mayhem. It’s as if the state was saying: we will bump your children off and then attack the mourners as if this were occupied Palestine.

The actual funeral was with a closed casket and if one reviews the videos of the era, one sees the paid presstitutes arguing that Karamanlis enjoyed no popular support, that there was a social explosion (at least 4 years prior to unemployment officially reaching 30 percent) due to the fraud of Vatopedi (priests selling off land in the monastic region of Agion Oros), etc. Something doesn’t add up.

Court Case 8 Years Later and counting…

Two policemen were charged for the murder, Korkoneas and Vasilis Saraliotis: Korkoneas for the actual shooting, and Skaraliotis for indirectly supporting him. Zoe Konstantopoulou, the former president of Greece’s Parliament in the first SYRIZA government, has become the lawyer for Alexis’ mother, Ms. Tsalikian. The irony of the situation is that in 2017, she stated in court, under oath, that the murder of her son was part of this aforementioned “Pythia” plan, essentially stating that the policeman who murdered her son was a U.S. agent. She also stated that her son was only in Exarchia to celebrate Romanos’ birthday. In a video interview recorded in 2010, Alexis’ mother stated that her son was killed for no reason.

Now, taking into account this event happened in 2008, we are dealing with a “court case” that has been ongoing for nearly a decade. This begs the question, is it a court case or just a continuation of the propaganda regarding this whole issue and the characters involved are there to continue this event? We have two sets of explanations by Alexis’ mother with regards to the causes of her son’s death, separated by almost a decade. Since 2008, the issue of the CIA destabilization plans have gone mainstream as a number of media have published various accounts regarding this topic, and so as to not appear to be left out of the loop the storyline changes.

Who is Alexis’ mother, Jina Tsalikian?

Just as Grigoropoulos’ alleged friend Romanos is the son of someone who is wealthy by Greek standards, Alexis’ mother owned a gold jewelry store in Athens’ premier shopping street, known as Voukourestiou. Jina was married to a banker, so she is known in high society. Not long ago after divorcing, she married a ship owner. It is alleged she had a close personal relationship with Dora Bakogianni, the daughter of Greece’s former prime minister and close friend of the Bush family, Konstantinos Mitsotakis. The Mitsotakis clan were well-known CIA supporters from the mid-1960s. This family has been pivotal at all turning points in Greece’s latter-day history, from bringing down a Papandreou government in the mid-1960’s, to the issues surrounding the “restoration” of “democracy” in the mid-1970s after the colonels’ coup and subsequent dictatorship, and in the issues surrounding the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990’s. What we can see is that the security services of Greece serve different foreign powers depending on the situation. As for Tsalikian, it was also reported she was compensated to the tune of 800,000 euro following the murder of her son.

Looking back at this period, one can see the establishment ended up playing a double role. They undermined the government to such an extent that it was forced to resign and declare early elections in 2009 instead of the scheduled elections in 2011. This comes in stark contrast to today’s situation, where the SYRIZA-led government are doing everything in their power to postpone elections and stay in power for as long as possible. At the same time, the establishment trained the paramilitary police, both in official uniform and plain clothes, for the events that were to rock Greece in the next decade. Indeed, one of the first measures of the newly elected Papandreou government was to block the gas pipeline agreement with Russia. Nothing, it appears, goes to waste in the CIA Disneyland that is Greece. The question that now concerns us is this: do we have a shift in U.S. foreign policy and will Russia be allowed to sell gas and oil to the Southern European states as they do with the northern countries, or will CIA destabilization continue?

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Germany Returning Migrants to Greece

Germany’s policy contradicts claims that the migrants are “war refugees,” because if that were the case, they’d seek asylum at the nearest, non-wartorn country.

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Germany will soon send back migrants to Greece if they had already applied for asylum there.

The two countries made the deal at the behest of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose coalition government is on shaky ground due to increased opposition to her immigration policies.

“EU law states that refugees should apply for asylum in the first EU country they reach, but Germany has typically allowed newcomers with open applications elsewhere to reside in the country as it examines their claim,” reported the Wall Street Journal. “In practice, very few ever leave Germany, even if they fail to obtain asylum there.”

Germany’s policy contradicts claims that the migrants are “war refugees,” because if that were the case, they’d seek asylum at the nearest, non-wartorn country.

In fact, many of the migrants travel across multiple European countries, including Greece, to seek asylum in Germany, which under Merkel has offered comprehensive welfare to migrants.

Merkel’s recent immigration backtrack was also likely influenced by the backlash against open borders in neighboring countries, particularly Austria.

Austria has ramped up deportations under recently-appointed Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

“I’m convinced that the solution to the migrant problem lies with decent border protection and stronger help in countries of origin,” he said earlier this year.

Poland, Hungary and other Eastern European countries have similarly sealed off their borders to the chagrin of the EU, which had previous demanded “migrant quotas” for each member nation.

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The Greek Disaster: State Inertia and the Market Economy

In Greece we witnessed this repulsive, internally-generated tragedy in all its horrifying glory. Unfortunately we may soon see more far-reaching consequences…

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What happened in Attica, Greece, close to Athens, is without precedent. An ordinary fire, like the ones that occur in this area almost every other summer, met up with a terrible, sudden wind that turned it into real galloping inferno.

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The tragic result was 87 dead Greek citizens and more than 20 still missing. Huge questions loom on the horizon and only very limited answers are forthcoming. Are some of the lessons from this tragedy related to the wider geopolitical and political-economic questions?

Public-sector clientelism is leading to disastrous inefficiency

Why do tragedies like these occur in social environments with firmly entrenched clientelist political systems and in political entities that operate on the periphery of major, bureaucratic, modern empires? Sweden saw huge uncontrolled fires this summer. However, there was no loss of life or major disasters that befell the urban centers.

In Portugal last year — and very recently in Greece  —  scores of people died, mainly due to the inability of the state machinery to efficiently deal with the problem. The major difference between these examples is the quality of the civil service. In Greece and Portugal there is no real ethics in the public administration, which frequently fails to meet any vigorous efficiency test .

In public bureaucracies that sprout favoritism the way trees grow branches, it is very difficult to design long-term plans to handle critical and life-threatening situations. Likewise, the political system lacks the prerequisites to draw upon informed societies that are trained to be cooperative and disciplined when there is a need for coordination.

When clientelism dictates and forms the essence of the political culture, this culminates in fractured societies that are infected with spreading islands of lawlessness and limited possibilities for administrative coherence.

In Greece in particular, the deep-rooted mentality of state favoritism produces whole sectors of uncoordinated urbanization, with no respect for the environment, chaotic borough formation, and a coastline that has been brutally violated by hasty real-estate developmental schemes.

In such a social context, thorough planning becomes almost impossible and the idea of applying administrative guidelines to deal with a crisis sounds like a joke. It is essentially the political system itself that invites disasters and not any sort of physical deluge that begets them.

The need for market solutions

Clientelism and heavy state intervention in the running of the economy and society are the basic causes of inefficiency and, henceforth, administrative chaos. It appears that the process of rational choice is the fatal enemy of the dominant mentality in such systems of government. This is represented by any model that relies on the market to deal with questions of economic policy and societal organization.

A bloated public sector that is encouraged by the political authorities to constantly expand, irrespective of its ability to deliver on its promises, becomes the major problem. Instead of being the solution to emerging issues, the state actually becomes the cause of most troubles and difficulties.

Henceforth, without clear objectives or cost-benefit solutions, the state is unable to provide reliable outcomes or to cope with situations, especially emergencies. In the case of Greece in particular, the fire-fighting service had been financially starved, while its personnel had been recruiting new staff based on specific social criteria!

In other words, firefighters entrusted with saving people from emergency situations were hired on the basis of their physical inability to deal with normal life situations, i.e., the physically handicapped, mentally unfit, generally unhealthy, or recruits who were simply from disadvantaged social backgrounds.

Relying on a market mentality means that choices are made based on measurable results, well structured plans to deal with crises, and thoroughly tested options. When none of these requirements are met, it is more than certain that achievements will be negligible and the consequences disastrous.

Hence one must assume that societies that do not rely on rational-choice procedures and which pursue policies of heavy state intervention and patron-client favoritism are not likely to see successful results. This essentially means that societies built on capitalist principles pursue measurable results that further the welfare of their citizens.

Geopolitical repercussions

There is also a geopolitical angle to these observations. If a country cannot keep up with globally established administrative and financial trends, it will end up facing dead-end situations and find itself being marginalized. With the exception of its reliance on heavy state taxation, the EU always pursues policies of open social frontiers and market economics. Countries that deviate from this logic find themselves gradually lost in a political wilderness.

They constantly creep along on the fringes of events and absent themselves from all contemporary processes. By acting as the exception instead of the rule, they will rapidly find themselves marginalized. They will become a stark anomaly and thus be excluded from every movement going forward. They will become the pariahs of the international system. Geopolitical events will pass them by, and they will be looked upon as the “black holes” of the international order.

Domestic events and major financial and/or economic choices cannot be limited any longer to national or regional occurrences. Notwithstanding the importance of events within a country, opting for heavy state intervention may lead a country into the international wilderness.

What’s more, its international standing may also be impaired, contributing to the nation’s overall marginalization.

In Greece we witnessed this repulsive, internally-generated tragedy in all its horrifying glory. Unfortunately we may soon see more far-reaching consequences…

Via Strategic Culture

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Greek-Russian relations at a crossroads

The political landscape of Greek-Russian relations has suddenly darkened.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras meet in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia on April 8, 2015.

What exactly is the matter? It is almost impossible to cull any accurate information enabling us to clarify the situation and shine a light on recent developments.

Let’s first sweep the picture clean of inaccurate assertions and unfounded claims. Commentators who almost always turn to the anti-Western narrative immediately took to the field. The Greek government, they claim, is trying to earn its credentials vis-à-vis NATO and the US.

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Although nobody has ever required such a demonstration of allegiance from Athens. Under the present circumstances Greece is not going to win any points with such behaviour. With the agreement at Prespa Lake and Athens yielding to FYROMacedonia’s membership in NATO, the Greek government has already earned what it could from like-minded Western European capitals.

A breakup with Russia would not have added anything to Athens’ pro-Western arsenal.

At a time when the US is blaming Germany for being friendly with Russia and other European states — namely Austria, Italy, and Hungary, among others — appear to be moving closer to Moscow, what would an anti-Russian gesture by Greece signify? How could Athens expect to capitalize on this? I cannot honestly discern any direct benefit for Greece.

Likewise, why would Washington pressure Athens to adapt such a hostile attitude? What would the Americans expect to earn at a time when the US president himself reiterates that in Vladimir Putin he sees a man he can fully understand … and make a deal with…

On the other hand, as far as bilateral relations are concerned, Athens’ relationship with Moscow has been seriously wounded — without any clear benefits for Greece. Putin has made it clear how he would react if faced with a repeated challenge: “If you squeeze a spring as far as it will go, it will snap back hard. You must always remember this”.

One should not overlook the fact that some months ago a meeting was called off between the Greek and Russian government ministries that had been aimed at fostering economic cooperation between the two countries. The reason given was the unexpected appearance at the meeting of some Crimean politicians — the Russians maintaining however that the Greek side had been forewarned and had not raised any objections at the time.

In the end the episode was brushed aside without any major repercussions, at least public ones. But it was an issue nevertheless…

At the last occurrence, culminating in the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Athens there is enough ambivalence as concerns the matter. The main issue being discussed is a possible Russian effort against the Prespa agreement, objecting in order to to nullify FYROM’s future membership in NATO. Two comments must be made here. Only Northern Macedonia can render the agreement invalid at this point, not Greece.

Even if the Greek parliament fails to ratify the agreement, the northern Macedonians will automatically become members of the Atlantic alliance. In order for that to happen the government in Skopje merely needs to satisfy the requirements set out by the Prespa agreement and stipulated by NATO. It is ridiculous to think that Russian diplomats are not fully aware of this situation. Why then, as some observers insinuate, should they try to nudge Greece into walking out of the agreement?

As for NATO, it is doubtful that the Russians do not recognize that the attitude of the US and of its president, who recently met with Russian officials and with President Putin himself in Helsinki, poses a greater threat to the cohesion of the alliance than the membership of tiny FYROM.

My opinion is that the various reports on the issue are making the matter seem much weightier than it really is. My assessment is that Moscow is much less concerned about it than is generally acknowledged.

There is, however, definitely an issue. Otherwise we would not have reached the point of repatriating diplomats. One should never overlook the fact that great powers are usually burdened by many decision-influencing centres. Sometimes they are working outside of the official process that the governments dictate. Russia can hardly be an exception. Often the tentacles of such decision-making centres reach the state machinery.

This has happened in Greece in the past, when a retired Air Force pilot attempted to bomb parts of Albania. We saw it again in the case of a fugitive from Turkey, the Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan. In the US it is very often the case that various agencies take initiatives without the knowledge of the central government authorities.

With Russia, the issue of Orthodox Christian belief is quite important. Adherence to those principles can potentially prompt actions and moves without the knowledge or approval of a central authority. Unfortunately, I am not privy to specific information, but I believe that my ideas make logical sense.

Why should the Kremlin jeopardise a carefully cultivated cordial relationship with Athens just to pursue a dead-end policy on the issue of Skopje? After all, that’s an issue of paramount importance to Greece. And it could not possibly produce any fruitful results.

There are people in northern Greece who have often involved themselves in issues of vital importance to Greece without the slightest official authorisation or coordination with the aims of the Greek state. Some of them refer to Russia as a sister Orthodox power, without having been entrusted with such authority.

On the other hand, one should not overlook the fact that Greece carries a grudge against the Kremlin for having embraced Turkey in recent months, supplying it with missiles and accepting its friendly overtures on the Syrian front, although aware of its diverse inclinations concerning the future of that region.

It is not impossible that such sentiments may have culminated in and led to the recent crisis between the two states.

Notwithstanding the above, there is a wider issue contributing to the current misunderstandings. Russia has always been a puzzle for anyone attempting to do business with her. They find it difficult to comprehend her reactions and behaviour. Almost all are reminded of Winston Churchill’s words describing Russia: “It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma“. What few people remember is the rest of Churchill’s phrase: “But perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest“.

Some years later he explained: “I am convinced that there is nothing they [the Russians] admire so much as strength, and there is nothing for which they have less respect than for weakness”.

No country can expect a positive appraisal if it does nothing but beg and offers little or no policy coordination. These words might adequately explain Russia’s attitude towards other countries and its posture towards various global affairs.

Via Strategic Culture

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