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Here is the true agenda behind the Russian Olympic doping scandal

The Russian Olympic Doping Scandal was not about cheating or doping in sport, but was part of the ongoing Western political campaign against President Putin and Russia.

Marcus Godwyn

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There have been many excellent articles written on this subject leading up to the IOC decision not to impose a blanket ban on all Russian athletes participating in the Rio Olympics.  I see no purpose in repeating the same facts over again.  I recommend:  Andrey Fomin, Alexander Mercouris, The Saker and Rick Stirling. I do however have a few extra points to make.

In case you have not heard what the western MSM is telling you, I will just outline the most important points which are being omitted or distorted by the western media and by western sports bodies and politicians.

1. All Russian athletes have for the last seven months been tested not only by their own anti doping organisation but by the British one too, and at some considerable expense to the Russian tax payer.  Any Russian athletes that make it to Rio will be the squeakiest clean of the squeaky clean.

2. The so called WADA report which claims that Russian doping is “state funded” and which is being reported universally by the western media, politicians, sports bodies and even some athletes as a serious, proven indictment is, in fact based on nothing more than the hearsay evidence of one individual who is a wanted criminal in Russia on charges of anabolic steroid trafficking, and who has shown signs of mental instability including an attempt at suicide.  He is now “in hiding” in the USA.  The WADA report contains not one jot of serious proof or evidence at any kind whatever.  No Russian athletes or sports officials have been questioned or cross examined or given an opportunity to defend themselves or to present any evidence that might contradict the charges made against them, as would be essential to a fair process.

3. The so called (by the western media) “brave whistle blower” Yulia Stepanova and her husband are convicted dopers whose careers had collapsed until they joined this US led campaign to get the Russian team banned from the Olympics.  All three of the individuals upon whose evidence the WADA report is entirely based are persons convicted of doping offences.  They are also all three resident in the USA.  See the above articles for details.

In my opinion this plot, for such it was, was hatched way back in 2014 when the US and EU were seething with anger that the main goal of their illegal putsch in Ukraine – the occupation of Crimea and the capture of Russia’s naval base at Sevastopol and its takeover by NATO – had been thwarted.   The objective was, as with all the other western plots concerning Russia, regime change in the Kremlin.  The intention was to oust President Putin and replace him with a western puppet who would hand over Russia’s natural resources to western corporations thereby consolidating western hegemony in the modern world.  The expectation was that if Russia was shut out of the Olympics then famous athletes, politicians and the Russian public would turn and blame their President and government.  A palace coup or colour revolution of the sort previously staged in Kiev would follow.

In truth everything the US and their EU vassals have tried to do with respect to Russia has revolved around this has one overriding objective.  By way of example, the Magnitsky affair was exploited to ban dozens of Russian officials from traveling to the US because of their supposed involvement in Magnitsky’s death in prison.  The idea assumption seems to have been that these people were so corrupt and treacherous that if they were prevented from accessing their Manhattan apartments or Florida villas they would turn on Putin and stab him in the back. When that failed even more Russian officials were sanctioned purportedly in connection with the events in Crimea and Ukraine, and were banned from travelling this time not just to the US but to the EU and Japan as well.

Every one of these schemes has failed.  Far from stabbing Putin in the back or even blaming him for what happened all the individuals caught up in the Magnitsky list and in the Crimean and Ukrainian sanctions rallied being their President and country.  There was some criticism, both public and private, but not for resisting the west but for being too accommodating to it and for not having prepared better to resist the west’s onslaught.

The economic sanctions which were imposed on Russia in July 2014 have failed in a similar way.  This time they were intended to make life difficult for Russia’s people in the expectation that they too would turn on their President and government.  However once again the effect was the opposite.  The effect of the sanctions was to consolidate the people of Russia behind their President and their government.  The result is that President Putin today is more popular than he has ever been before.

Given these facts I doubt the instigators of the doping plot any longer expected by the time that the  collective ban on Russia’s Olympic team came to be discussed that it would cause regime change in Russia.  Why then did they persist with it?  Sheer spite?  Well yes I do believe that was one of the reasons.  Another almost certainly was the desire to maintain the west’s grip on the governing bodies of international sports.

However I suspect a key reason was to prevent Russia enhancing its public image through sporting success.  Had the Olympic Games been held in the west – where the vast majority of people take their views from the western media – I suspect that Team Russia would have faced a hostile reception.  Indeed following the announcement that there would not be a blanket ban I actually heard some BBC reporters saying as much.  However, despite the fact that much of the media in Latin America is under western control, I doubt this will be true in Brazil.  In a continent all too familiar with US interference I would not be at all surprised if – to the alarm of western elites –  Team Russia were to receive a very positive welcome from the Brazilian and Latin American public.

Like millions of children all over the world I remember being taught at school the symbolism of the interlocking Olympic rings and about brotherhood and the free and fair competition between nations from all corners of the earth.  The attempt to ban clean athletes from the Olympic Games because of their nationality is utterly unprecedented in the history of the modern Olympic movement.  It is far more corrosive than previous boycotts and shows the depth of moral, spiritual and intellectual collapse of the west. It is deeply shocking that even some western athletes have put their names to articles which have been published in western newspapers which full of racial prejudice, conjecture, rumour mongering and stereotyping.

There will be an Olympics of some sort in Brazil.   However they are already tarnished and whilst the main victims are obviously the Russian athletes and para athletes, Brazil has had its Olympic Games sullied by the Great Power to its north.  The big question now is whether the Olympic movement can survive the attack which has been made on it and which has brought the curse of discrimination and geopolitics to its very heart?

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Understanding the Holodomor and why Russia says nothing

A descendant of Holodomor victims takes the rest of us to school as to whether or not Russia needs to shoulder the blame.

Seraphim Hanisch

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One of the charges that nationalist Ukrainians often lodge against their Russian neighbors is that the Russian government has never acknowledged or formally apologized to Ukraine for the “Holodomor” that took place in Ukraine in 1932-1933. This was a man-made famine that killed an estimated seven to 10 million Ukrainians , though higher estimates claim 12.5 million and lower ones now claim 3.3 million.

No matter what the total was, it amounts to a lot of people that starved to death. The charge that modern-day Russia ought to apologize for this event is usually met with silence, which further enrages those Ukrainians that believe that this issue must be resolved by the Russian acknowledgement of responsibility for it. Indeed, the prime charge of these Ukrainians is that the Russians committed a genocide against the Ukrainian people. This is a claim Russia denies.

To the outside observer who does not know this history of Russia and Ukraine’s relationship, and who does not know or understand the characteristics of the Soviet Union, this charge seems as simple and laid out as that of the Native Americans or the blacks demanding some sort of recompense or restitution for the damages inflicted on these societies through conquest and / or slavery. But we discovered someone who had family connections involved in the Holodomor, and who offers her own perspective, which is instructive in why perhaps the Russian Federation does not say anything about this situation.

Scene in Kharkiv with dead from the famine 1932-33 lying along the street.

The speaker is Anna Vinogradova, a Russian Israeli-American, who answered the question through Quora of “Why doesn’t Russia recognize the Holodomor as a genocide?” She openly admits that she speaks only for herself, but her answer is still instructive. We offer it here, with some corrections for the sake of smooth and understandable English:

I can’t speak for Russia and what it does and doesn’t recognize. I can speak for myself.

I am a great-granddaughter of a “Kulak” (кулак), or well-to-do peasant, who lived close to the Russia/Ukraine border.

The word “кулак” means “fist” in Russian, and it wasn’t a good thing for a person to be called by this label. A кулак was an exploiter of peasants and a class enemy of the new state of workers and poor peasants. In other words, while under Communism, to be called a кулак was to bring a death sentence upon yourself.

At some point, every rural class enemy, every peasant who wasn’t a member of a collective farm was eliminated one way or another.

Because Ukraine has very fertile land and the Ukrainian style of agriculture often favors individual farms as opposed to villages, there is no question that many, many Ukrainian peasants were considered class enemies like my great grandfather, and eliminated in class warfare.

I have no doubt that class warfare included starvation, among other things.

The catch? My great grandfather was an ethnic Russian living in Russia. What nationality were the communists who persecuted and eventually shot him? They were of every nationality there was (in the Soviet Union), and they were led by a Ukrainian, who was taking orders from a Georgian.

Now, tell me, why I, a descendant of an unjustly killed Russian peasant, need to apologize to the descendants of the Ukrainians who killed him on the orders of a Georgian?

What about the Russian, Kazakh golodomor (Russian rendering of the same famine)? What about the butchers, who came from all ethnicities? Can someone explain why it’s only okay to talk about Ukrainian victims and Russian persecutors? Why do we need to rewrite history decades later to convert that brutal class war into an ethnic war that it wasn’t?

Ethnic warfare did not start in Russia until after WWII, when some ethnicities were accused of collaboration with the Nazis and brutal group punishments were implemented. It was all based on class up to that time.

The communists of those years were fanatically internationalist. “Working people of all countries, unite!” was their slogan and they were fanatical about it.

As for the crimes of Communism, Russia has been healing this wound for decades, and Russia’s government has made its anticommunist position very clear.

This testimony is most instructive. First, it points out information that the charge of the Holodomor as “genocide!” neatly leaves out. In identifying the internationalist aspects of the Soviet Union, Ukraine further was not a country identified as somehow worthy of genocidal actions. Such a thought makes no sense, especially given the great importance of Ukraine as the “breadbasket” of the Soviet Union, which it was.

Secondly, it shows a very western-style of “divide to conquer” with a conveniently incendiary single-word propaganda tool that is no doubt able to excite any Ukrainian who may be neutral to slightly disaffected about Russia, and then after that, all Ukrainians are now victims of the mighty evil overlords in Moscow.

How convenient is this when the evil overlords in Kyiv don’t want their citizens to know what they are doing?

We saw this on Saturday – taken to a very high peak when President Petro Poroshenko announced the new leading “Hierarch” of the “Ukrainian National Church” and said not one single word about Christ, but only:

“This day will go down in history as the day of the creation of an autocephalous Orthodox church in Ukraine… This is the day of the creation of the church as an independent structure… What is this church? It is a church without Putin. It is a church without Kirill, without prayer for the Russian authorities and the Russian army.”

But as long as Russia is made the “problem”, millions of scandalized Ukrainians will not care what this new Church actually does or teaches, which means it is likely to teach just about anything.

Russia had its own Holodomor. The history of the event shows that this was a result of several factors – imposed socialist economics on a deeply individualized form of agrarian capitalism (bad for morale and worse for food production), really inane centralized planning of cropland use, and a governmental structure that really did not exist to serve the governed, but to impose an ideology on people who really were not all that interested in it.

Personal blame might well lay with Stalin, a Georgian, but the biggest source of the famine lay in the structures imposed under communism as a way of economic strategy. This is not Russia’s fault. It is the economic model that failed.

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Mueller Finally Releases Heavily Redacted Key Flynn Memo On Eve Of Sentencing

Alex Christoforou

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Having initially snubbed Judge Emmet Sullivan’s order to release the original 302 report from the Michael Flynn interrogation in January 2017, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has finally produced the heavily redacted document, just hours before sentencing is due to be handed down.

The memo  – in full below – details then-national security adviser Michael Flynn’s interview with FBI agents Peter Strzok and Joe Pientka, and shows Flynn was repeatedly asked about his contacts with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and in each instance, Flynn denied (or did not recall) any such conversations.

The agents had transcripts of Flynn’s phone calls to Russian Ambassador Kislyak, thus showing Flynn to be lying.

Flynn pleaded guilty guilty last December to lying to the FBI agents about those conversations with Kislyak.

The redactions in the document seem oddly placed but otherwise, there is nothing remarkable about the content…

Aside from perhaps Flynn’s incredulity at the media attention…

Flynn is set to be sentenced in that federal court on Tuesday.

Of course, as Christina Laila notes, the real crime is that Flynn was unmasked during his phone calls to Kislyak and his calls were illegally leaked by a senior Obama official to the Washington Post.

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Full document below…

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Don’t Laugh : It’s Giving Putin What He Wants

The fact of the matter is that humorous lampooning of western establishment Russia narratives writes itself.

Caitlin Johnstone

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The BBC has published an article titled “How Putin’s Russia turned humour into a weapon” about the Kremlin’s latest addition to its horrifying deadly hybrid warfare arsenal: comedy.

The article is authored by Olga Robinson, whom the BBC, unhindered by any trace of self-awareness, has titled “Senior Journalist (Disinformation)”. Robinson demonstrates the qualifications and acumen which earned her that title by warning the BBC’s audience that the Kremlin has been using humor to dismiss and ridicule accusations that have been leveled against it by western governments, a “form of trolling” that she reports is designed to “deliberately lower the level of discussion”.

“Russia’s move towards using humour to influence its campaigns is a relatively recent phenomenon,” Robinson explains, without speculating as to why Russians might have suddenly begun laughing at their western accusers. She gives no consideration to the possibility that the tightly knit alliance of western nations who suddenly began hysterically shrieking about Russia two years ago have simply gotten much more ridiculous and easier to make fun of during that time.

Couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the emergence of a demented media environment wherein everything around the world from French protests to American culture wars to British discontent with the European Union gets blamed on Russia without any facts or evidence. Wherein BBC reporters now correct guests and caution them against voicing skepticism of anti-Russia narratives because the UK is in “an information war” with that nation. Wherein the same cable news Russiagate pundit can claim that both Rex Tillerson’s hiring and his later firing were the result of a Russian conspiracy to benefit the Kremlin. Wherein mainstream outlets can circulate blatantly false information about Julian Assange and unnamed “Russians” and then blame the falseness of that reporting on Russian disinformation. Wherein Pokemon Go, cutesy Facebook memes and $4,700 in Google ads are sincerely cited as methods by which Hillary Clinton’s $1.2 billion presidential campaign was outdone. Wherein conspiracy theories that Putin has infiltrated the highest levels of the US government have been blaring on mainstream headline news for two years with absolutely nothing to show for it to this day.

Nope, the only possibility is that the Kremlin suddenly figured out that humor is a thing.

The fact of the matter is that humorous lampooning of western establishment Russia narratives writes itself. The hypocrisy is so cartoonish, the emotions are so breathlessly over-the-top, the stories so riddled with plot holes and the agendas underlying them so glaringly obvious that they translate very easily into laughs. I myself recently authored a satire piece that a lot of people loved and which got picked up by numerous alternative media outlets, and all I did was write down all the various escalations this administration has made against Russia as though they were commands being given to Trump by Putin. It was extremely easy to write, and it was pretty damn funny if I do say so myself. And it didn’t take any Kremlin rubles or dezinformatsiya from St Petersburg to figure out how to write it.

“Ben Nimmo, an Atlantic Council researcher on Russian disinformation, told the BBC that attempts to create funny memes were part of the strategy as ‘disinformation for the information age’,” the article warns. Nimmo, ironically, is himself intimately involved with the British domestic disinformation firm Integrity Initiative, whose shady government-sponsored psyops against the Labour Party have sparked a national scandal that is likely far from reaching peak intensity.

“Most comedy programmes on Russian state television these days are anodyne affairs which either do not touch on political topics, or direct humour at the Kremlin’s perceived enemies abroad,” Robinson writes, which I found funny since I’d just recently read an excellent essay by Michael Tracey titled “Why has late night swapped laughs for lusting after Mueller?”

“If the late night ‘comedy’ of the Trump era has something resembling a ‘message,’ it’s that large segments of the nation’s liberal TV viewership are nervously tracking every Russia development with a passion that cannot be conducive to mental health – or for that matter, political efficacy,” Tracey writes, documenting numerous examples of the ways late night comedy now has audiences cheering for a US intelligence insider and Bush appointee instead of challenging power-serving media orthodoxies as programs like The Daily Show once did.

If you wanted the opposite of “anodyne affairs”, it would be comedians ridiculing the way all the establishment talking heads are manipulating their audiences into supporting the US intelligence community and FBI insiders. It would be excoriating the media environment in which unfathomably powerful world-dominating government agencies are subject to less scrutiny and criticism than a man trapped in an embassy who published inconvenient facts about those agencies. It certainly wouldn’t be the cast of Saturday Night Live singing “All I Want for Christmas Is You” to a framed portrait if Robert Mueller wearing a Santa hat. It doesn’t get much more anodyne than that.

Russia makes fun of western establishment narratives about it because those narratives are so incredibly easy to make fun of that they are essentially asking for it, and the nerdy way empire loyalists are suddenly crying victim about it is itself more comedy. When Guardian writer Carole Cadwalladr began insinuating that RT covering standard newsworthy people like Julian Assange and Nigel Farage was a conspiracy to “boost” those people for the advancement of Russian agendas instead of a news outlet doing the thing that news reporting is, RT rightly made fun of her for it. Cadwalladr reacted to RT’s mockery with a claim that she was a victim of “attacks”, instead of the recipient of perfectly justified ridicule for circulating an intensely moronic conspiracy theory.

Ah well. People are nuts and we’re hurtling toward a direct confrontation with a nuclear superpower. Sometimes there’s nothing else to do but laugh. As Wavy Gravy said, “Keep your sense of humor, my friend; if you don’t have a sense of humor it just isn’t funny anymore.”

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