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Group.png Russia  
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Capital cityMoscow
LocationAsia
LeaderRussia/President
Typenation state
Subgroups• FSO
• FSB
• FAPSI
• GRU
• SVR
• KGB
Interest ofFather Andrew, Lukas Andriukaitis, Leon Aron, Gaby van den Berg, Bill Browder, Stephen Cohen, Mary Ellen Connell, EUCOM, Ida Eklund-Lindwall, Evelyn Farkas, Yevhen Fedchenko, Future Of Russia Foundation, Keir Giles, Nigel Gould-Davies, Fiona Hill, Sijbren de Jong, Rebekah Koffler, Michael Kofman, Anatol Lieven, John Lough, Jacques Lévesque, Johanna Möhring, NewColdWar.org, Robert van der Noordaa, Alex Pravda, Project AERODYNAMIC, Tim Reilly, David S., Richard Sakwa, David Satter, Jerry Sullivan, Françoise Thom, Rod Thornton, Hunter Treseder, UK/Deep state, Andreas Umland, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Helene Carrere d'Encausse
Owner ofRussia Today
Member ofAPEC, G-20, Global Counter Terrorism Forum, UN, UN/SC
SubpageRussia/Ambassador
Russia/Cyberwarfare
Russia/Deep state
Russia/Deputy Prime Minister
Russia/Encirclement
Russia/Espionage
Russia/Foreign policy
Russia/Military
Russia/Nuclear weapons
Russia/President
Russia/Prime Minister
Russia/Propaganda
Russia/Tsarist Russia
The largest nation state in the world

Russia is the largest nation state in the world. In 2013, Russia was #3 in the world in terms of military expenditure.[1] It was the #2 nation worldwide as regards arms export from 2012-2016, a long way behind fellow UN/Security Council member, US.[2] An increased placement of more military capability and sometimes soldiers, through diplomatic or military channels of mainly NATO forces (mostly at American request) after the collapse of the Soviet Union in countries neighbouring Russia has caused a Cold War 2.0 since the 2010s according to Russia, although NATO denies this.[3]

History

The Week That Shook The World: The Soviet Coup - ABC News (1991)

The Russian federation came from the collapse of the Soviet Union highlighted by a strange coup attempt in 1991.[4]

Deep State formation

“Higher stakes meant aggressive mobilisation of media for an information war became a feature of 1990s electoral politics at regional level, following the pattern of the 1996 presidential election.

By then, the corruption associated with privatisation had made Yeltsin and the reformers unpopular – and many feared the communists would return to power. The democrats had to resort to desperate measures. Every possible resource was mobilised to ensure that Yeltsin was re-elected – including deals with powerful oligarchs with large media empires. The communists were defeated but the price was endemic cynicism about the democratic process.

The Yeltsin presidency remained beholden to Russia’s regional governors and the oligarchs. It fell to Putin to curtail the powers of these groups, campaigning in 2000 under the slogan of “the dictatorship of law”. That such a slogan could have popular support shows the degree to which the public had become disillusioned in the late 1990s. However, the direction towards concentration of power had been set almost a decade before Putin was elected president.

Russia’s reformers of the 90s largely achieved the irreversible economic change they wanted. They were less successful in creating a positive narrative for the new Russia. Reform had seemed to be based on the idea that Russia needed to learn as much as possible from the west. Over time, disillusion with this idealised view of the west grew and public opinion became more nationalistic.”
Adrian Campbell [5]

Full article: Russia/Deep state

The Russian deep state saw a change of operatives in 1917 during the Russian revolution, and a smaller change again in 1991, during the break-up of the Soviet Union. Powerful sections include (almost exclusively Jewish) billionaires who became rich by looting the economy in the 1990s, mafia bosses, the infamous intelligence services (KGB, GRU, FSB...), and the military-industrial complex.

How strong the connections to the supranational deep state are, is a matter of some debate, but the Russian deep state is actively involved in Covid-19, the World Economic Forum and the Great reset. Western intelligence services are active in the country, and financially supports "the opposition" of NGOs and civil society activists, as they did during the last years of the Soviet era. Russian Bilderbergers tend to be from this sector. Formerly the USSR, the country experienced turmoil after the end of the Cold War.

Fossil fuel reserves

As well as the 8th largest oil reserves,[6] Russia has the largest gas reserves of any nation state, about 25% of total global reserves.[7] It also has a lot of tar sands.

Oil & "Debt Default"

Russia has been suffering from sanctions following the 2014 Ukraine Coup, the Covid-19 Recession that saw the 5th highest death toll of the world nations, and a sudden Oil price war with US-ally Saudi Arabia during the Covid-19 Lockdown. Russia suffered a debt default caused by a suspicious technical error in Belgian computers processing the finances, which fuelled claims that it was the reason BP divested from Rosneft, that Shell left and pipeline investments into Blue Stream were scrapped.[8]

Leadership

Vladimir Putin has been an important figure in Russian politics of the last 2 decades. He became FSB Director on 25 July 1998, Russian Prime Minister on 9 August 1999 and Russian President on 7 May 2000.

Policies

Cyberwarfare

Unlike, American activities regarding cyberattacks, Russian cyberwarfare is often the alleged cause of computer errors in the Western world. Cyberwarfare by Russia includes denial of service attacks, hacker attacks, dissemination of disinformation and propaganda, participation of state-sponsored teams in political blogs, internet surveillance using SORM technology, persecution of cyber-dissidents and other active measures.[9]


In 2019 Russia was jailing Jehovah's witnesses under laws about "extremism".[10]

Russophobia

Full article: Russophobia
One of the apartment blocks destroyed by explosives in September 1999, a deep event which the Russian leadership exploited a casus belli for the invasion of Chechnya.

Irrational fear of Russia is termed "Russophobia". Western commercially-controlled media and governments have been building up this enemy image after the success of Donald Trump in the 2016 United States presidential election.

"Russian Propaganda"

Full article: “Russian Propaganda”

This website was accused by the spooky ProporNot website as being a supplier of "Russian propaganda" - notwithstanding its pages on events such as the 9/99 bombings. The general pattern of NATO-friendly groups attempting to reboot Cold War was clear to many observers since about 2016[citation needed], but the first clear documentary evidence of a deliberate campaign funded by UK Deep state-backed groups emerged only in late 2018 after the Integrity Initiative leak of 2018.

US Election Interference

Full article: Rated 5/5 Russiagate

After Donald Trump was elected, unnamed Russians were accused of interference in the 2016 US presidential election, through social media such as Twitter).

Society

“As commentators such as Mark Galotti and Edward Lucas have long pointed out, the Putin state has long co-opted Russian criminality to act as an information source, purveyor of corruption and in supporting Russia/Foreign policy aims including murders outside Russia. However, due to difficulties to say the least in obtaining convictions or even meeting criminal standards of evidence against persons outside the jurisdiction, much information which would demonstrate these links are often limited in numbers and quality. This is especially so due to the lack of understanding of the semi militarized ethos of Russian society.”
Euan Grant[citation needed]

Sleeper terror cells

In December 2022, journalist Jack Murphy exposed that the US and an unnamed "NATO allied spy service" have created a network of standing sleeper cells. The sabotage network was activated to hinder Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine by waging a secret war behind Russian lines. While command and control over the sabotage program resides with the CIA for legal reasons, the NATO ally has a strong say in which operations go forward since it is their people taking the risks.[11]

The allied spy service had emplaced caches of explosives and gear used by these cells more than a decade previously. At the time, that spy service was allegedly acting unilaterally, without any CIA participation. After new 2016 infiltrations, more teams slipped into Russia over the next several years. Some smuggled in new munitions, while others relied on the original caches.[11]

While no American personnel are involved on the ground in Russia in the execution of these missions, agency paramilitary officers are commanding and controlling the operations, The paramilitary officers are assigned to the CIA’s Special Activities Center but detailed to the agency’s European Mission Center.[11]

With the CIA’s knowledge, the allied spy service provided the undercover sleeper cell operatives with "legends" – false biographies that would explain their presence in Russia – and the documents to back those cover stories up. There is also an extensive network of front companies that were established as platforms to support such behind-the-lines operations, some of which were created almost 20 years ago.[11]

An intelligence operative said to Jack Murphy that "The elite-level teams that we have the best relationships with are almost always given air surveillance support for major sabotage ops" behind Russian lines, adding that some of the ISR platforms are models that have never been publicly revealed. "Drones we don’t even know about yet are loitering all over the Ukrainian and Russian airspace," the person said.[11]

In addition Ukrainian intelligence and special operations forces are running their own operations behind Russian lines.[12]


 

Events carried out

EventLocationDescription
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine/PreparationA list of ways both sides prepared for the 2022 Russian Invasion of Ukraine.
Evacuation from AfghanistanAfghanistanThe evacuation of foreigners from Afghanistan, one of the largest airlifts in history

 

Related Quotations

PageQuoteAuthorDate
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine/Preparation“Russia behind the Headlines has published an interview with Gorbachev, who was Soviet president during the discussions and treaty negotiations concerning German reunification. The interviewer asked why Gorbachev did not “insist that the promises made to you [Gorbachev]—particularly U.S. Secretary of State James Baker’s promise that NATO would not expand into the East—be legally encoded?” Gorbachev replied: “The topic of ‘NATO expansion’ was not discussed at all, and it wasn’t brought up in those years. … Another issue we brought up was discussed: making sure that NATO’s military structures would not advance and that additional armed forces would not be deployed on the territory of the then-GDR after German reunification. Baker’s statement was made in that context… Everything that could have been and needed to be done to solidify that political obligation was done. And fulfilled.” Gorbachev continued that “The agreement on a final settlement with Germany said that no new military structures would be created in the eastern part of the country; no additional troops would be deployed; no weapons of mass destruction would be placed there. It has been obeyed all these years.” To be sure, the former Soviet president criticized NATO enlargement and called it a violation of the spirit of the assurances given Moscow in 1990, but he made clear there was no promise regarding broader enlargement.”Brookings Institution
Russia Beyond
November 2014
Madeleine Albright“President Clinton and I first met Putin before that

when he was kind of acting president at, this was an APEC meeting in New Zealand, and at that stage Putin was trying to be very ingratiating and trying to make new friends - he was still cold - and the issue about him is he is very smart and in these meetings.

He did not have talking points and he took notes himself. He also is somebody I have to describe this because, they actually did kind of a jazz concert for President Clinton and President Clinton's driving around and Putin was sitting there like this..no rhythm whatsoever.. and and (sic), but the thing that is interesting is how smart he really is and directed he was.

The thing that I speak to more is something that happened before, that in 91 when the Soviet Union had fallen apart I was running a think-tank and I was asked to participate in a big survey of all of Europe after the end of the Cold War, and we had questionnaires and focus groups and things like that, and the focus group I'll never forget, is one outside of Moscow where this man stands up and says "I'm so embarrassed we used to be a superpower and now we're Bangladesh with missiles". And what I think happened I write it not so easy not so difficult to really deduce this, is Putin identified himself with that person who felt that the dignity and the grandeur of Russia had been lost and he has is bound and

determined to restore that in every single way.”
Madeleine Albright2018
Joe Biden“It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We're about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don't remember anything else I said. Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy. I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate," Biden said to Emerald City supporters, mentioning the Middle East and Russia as possibilities. And he's gonna need help. And the kind of help he's gonna need is, he's gonna need you - not financially to help him - we're gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it's not gonna be apparent initially, it's not gonna be apparent that we're right.”Joe Biden
Time Magazine
2008
Jimmy Carter““Well, he might be escalating it but I think that precedes Trump,” he said. “The United States has been the dominant character in the whole world and now we’re not anymore. And we’re not going to be. Russia’s coming back and India and China are coming forward.””Jimmy Carter
New York Times
2017
Institute for Statecraft/Purposes“It is vital to understand the reasons behind Putin’s warped reasoning – the fact that he is prepared to lie and to kill to protect his wealth and power – if we are to comprehend why the Kremlin has launched this information attack on the West. Only then can we begin to combat it. In Soviet times there was an ideological element, the battle of Capitalism versus Communism. That no longer plays a part. But Putin wants the West at least to respect Russia; better still to fear Russia. That is Putin’s mindset. If in Soviet times the leadership of the USSR relied on Western sympathisers with the Communist cause to help them in their mission, nowadays the Kremlin can call upon support in the West from three groups of people: naïve Russophiles who, despite all the evidence to the contrary, believe that Putin “can’t be all that bad, and anyway the Americans are just as bad”; those who are prepared to toe the Russian line in return for money; or those who are being blackmailed.”Integrity InitiativeMay 2018
Mélanie Joly“We’re able to see how much we’re isolating the Russian regime right now — because we need to do so economically, politically and diplomatically — and what are the impacts also on society, and how much we’re seeing potential regime change in Russia..The goal is definitely to do that, is to weaken Russia’s ability to launch very difficult attacks against Ukraine. We want also to make sure that Putin and his enablers are held to account.”Mélanie Joly10 March 2023
Jarosław Kaczyński“You can't constantly support a great power like Russia with billions in payments from the purchase of energy," [...] "This is inadmissible from a political and moral point of view. This must come to an end, and Germany should finally take a clear stance on this,”Jarosław Kaczyński3 April 2022
Bernard Montgomery“The next war on land will be very different from the last one, in that we shall have to fight it in a different way. In reaching a decision on that matter, we must first be clear about certain rules of war. Rule 1, on page I of the book of war, is: "Do not march on Moscow". Various people have tried it, Napoleon and Hitler, and it is no good. That is the first rule. I do not know whether your Lordships will know Rule 2 of war. It is: "Do not go fighting with your land armies in China". It is a vast country, with no clearly defined objectives, and an army fighting there would be engulfed by what is known as the Ming Bing, the people's insurgents.”Bernard Montgomery30 May 1962
NATO“Russia behind the Headlines has published an interview with Gorbachev, who was Soviet president during the discussions and treaty negotiations concerning German reunification. The interviewer asked why Gorbachev did not “insist that the promises made to you [Gorbachev]—particularly U.S. Secretary of State James Baker’s promise that NATO would not expand into the East—be legally encoded?” Gorbachev replied: “The topic of ‘NATO expansion’ was not discussed at all, and it wasn’t brought up in those years. … Another issue we brought up was discussed: making sure that NATO’s military structures would not advance and that additional armed forces would not be deployed on the territory of the then-GDR after German reunification. Baker’s statement was made in that context… Everything that could have been and needed to be done to solidify that political obligation was done. And fulfilled.” Gorbachev continued that “The agreement on a final settlement with Germany said that no new military structures would be created in the eastern part of the country; no additional troops would be deployed; no weapons of mass destruction would be placed there. It has been obeyed all these years.” To be sure, the former Soviet president criticized NATO enlargement and called it a violation of the spirit of the assurances given Moscow in 1990, but he made clear there was no promise regarding broader enlargement.”Brookings Institution
Russia Beyond
November 2014
RussophobiaRF is not a “normal” country in most senses of the word. Crucially, Russians see life & the world very differently from us. While economics is of course important to them, in the broadest sense Russians are not nearly as driven by economic & financial considerations.”13 January 2015
Richard SakwaNATO exists to manage the risks created by its existence.”Richard Sakwa2015
Social media“Social media manipulation was pioneered by Israel in 2009, during its Gaza offensive, not by Russia and China. The UK and the US both have had online "psychological operations" for years. Calling out some actors but giving others a free pass does little to address the problem.”Clare Daly10 December 2021
Tim Sweijs“The Russian aggression in Crimea has deeper roots. The Russian forces are being transformed from a big group of army conscripts to smaller, agile modern units. Underneath that is also the militarization of society. There are TV-channels that don't broadcast 'The Voice', but competition between tank-divisions on some trail.”Tim Sweijs11 June 2015
The Twitter Files“After the 2016 upsets of Brexit and the election of Trump, however, the establishment soured on free speech. Both events were seen as undermining NATO, and both were blamed on foreign influence on social media—specifically Russia. The U.S. and UK governments in particular saw the need to identify and purge Russian influence operations online and set up a government–private apparatus to do so.”Peter Svab
The Epoch Times
17 January 2023

 

Events

EventDescription
1993 Russian constitutional crisis
2013 Volgograd bombings
2014 Winter OlympicsSports event in Russia.
2022 Russian invasion of UkraineIn a new episode of Cold War 2.0 Russia forcefully halted NATO expansion by invading Ukraine, with financial support of China. Although the EU and US denounced the "war crimes" as multiple cities were bombed, several countries opted less severe sanctions to keep importing diamonds and luxury goods and gas (and their loaned money) from Russia, seemingly creating a new iron curtain in Eastern Europe.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine/Premature deathPremature deaths of mostly Russian businessman during and around when the Russian invasion commenced. There may be Ukrainian and others as well. As the list grows, it appears the men are being targeted in dozens of western countries as well.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine/Wagner coup attemptAn attempted coup, by some seen as false flag by Putin to lure out generals and double agents within the Russian State, by others as the sign the Russian state will collapse in the 2020s.
9-99/Ryazan incidentMoscow FSB officers discovered wiring up what looked like a bomb in the basement of a building by night. Local FSB unaware. Claimed to be a terror drill but no documentation was presented. Instead documents were sealed and discussion of it prohibited in the Duma.
Havana syndromeAttack on US embassy staff and spies in different locations around the world.
Russian Civil War
Russian apartment bombingsA 'Russian 9/11' which boosted support for the second war that was launched in Chechnya

 

Groups Headquartered Here

GroupStartEndDescription
Almaz-Antey2002Russian state-owned company in the arms industry.
Central Bank of Russia25 December 1990
Concord Management and ConsultingRussian company under US sanctions
FSB12 April 1995Russian intelligence agency, successor to the KGB
Fazze2020UK-based PR agency with alleged Russian connections, which promoted misinformation about the COVID-19/Vaccine.
Frunze Military Academy1918One of the most prestigious military educational institutions in the Soviet Union
GazpromRussian oil and gas giant corporation
KGB13 March 19546 November 1991
KasperskyThe alleged - by the US and UK - offensive cybersecurity firm for Russia.
Moscow State Institute of International Relations1944Educates very many of Russia's political, economic, and intellectual elite
Peoples' Friendship University of Russia1960
Rosneft1993Russian integrated oil and gas company. One of the few multinationals in the world not owned by the Western interlocking directorate of capital.
Russia Today10 December 2005A global TV channel backed by the Russian government. Allows Western dissidents on air and some deep politics to be discussed. Putting a positive spin on the government, but not too bad coverage of Russia either.
Wagner Group20142023A well known ruthless private military contractor. Its founders were involved in a chaotic coup in 2023.
Yaroslavl State University1970Up-and-coming provincial Russian university

 

Job here

EventJobAppointedEnd
Michael SulickMoscow Station chief19941996

 

Citizens of Russia on Wikispooks

TitleBornDiedDescription
Vladimir Bukovsky30 December 1942Russian dissident who spoke at the 1979 JCIT.
Alexander Litvinenko30 August 196223 November 2006An exiled Russian spook turned whistleblower who died of polonium poisoning in London.
Victor Vekselberg14 April 1957Russian–Israeli-Cypriot billionaire and businessman with heavy WEF AGM habit

 

Events Participated in

EventStartEndLocation(s)Description
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine24 February 2022Europe
Russia
Ukraine
Moscow
Kiev
Black Sea
Donbas
In a new episode of Cold War 2.0 Russia forcefully halted NATO expansion by invading Ukraine, with financial support of China. Although the EU and US denounced the "war crimes" as multiple cities were bombed, several countries opted less severe sanctions to keep importing diamonds and luxury goods and gas (and their loaned money) from Russia, seemingly creating a new iron curtain in Eastern Europe.
HMS Defender Crimea controversy23 June 202123 June 2021A diplomatic military controversy between Russia and the UK
WEF/Annual Meeting/201922 January 201925 January 2019Switzerland

 

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Document:The Meaning of the US Saber-Rattling at the Borders of Russiaarticle18 July 2015'The Saker'Some thoughts on the Russia - NATO military balance in light of NATO posturing, excercises and sabre-rettling around Russia's wetern and southern borders
Document:The Reasons for the Decline of MODreform proposal6 April 2018Integrity InitiativeThe Civil and Military Services have seen their intellectual capacity dramatically reduced as they have reduced in numbers, and for the past decade have made virtually no contribution to the redesign of the Whitehall structures of power. This now needs to change.
Document:The Russians are comingarticle9 May 2014William BlumThe west's tried and trusted - but lately tired and increasingly absurd - specter of an aggressive, expansionist Russia, demolished in style by the inimitable William Blum
Document:The Threat of War and the Russian Responsearticle23 September 2014Sergei GlazyevAn adviser to the Russian President analyses the current systemic global crisis and the way forward for Russia and the world
Document:The Time to Negotiate Peace in Ukraine Is NOWArticle24 October 2022Richard E. RubensteinAre things in Ukraine getting worse? Yes, for both sides. This is precisely the right time to give peace a chance.
Document:The World Is on the Brink of War Once Again as All Hell Breaks Loose in SyriaArticle8 February 2018Darius ShahtahmasebiWith the assistance of the media, the United States and Israel continue to bomb Syria in direct contravention of international law, targeting Russia's ally the Syrian Arab Army, without any significant journalistic or international opposition.
Document:The slandering of a Russian “Elon Musk”article19 October 2020'Rhys James'A tongue-in-cheek analysis of strange goings-on in the Russian Drone design and manufacturing industry; but with a hard edge to it which plausibly suggests Isaeli-Mossad shenanigans
Document:The tyranny of the political spectrumarticle5 March 2017PeterDetails of an exchange in the comments section of an article on the World Socialist Web Site between the author and a regular WSWS commentator which was quickly removed by the site operators. It illustrates the blinkered censorious nature of activists committed to both 'Left' and 'Right' - in this case the 'Left'.
Document:Think Piece: Current Russian Strategic Thinkingstrategic analysis19 January 2018Chris DonnellyChris Donnelly gives his view on Current Russian Strategic Thinking
Document:Time to Start Paying Attention: The US Just Bombed Russians in SyriaArticle9 February 2018Darius ShahtahmasebiIt is not clear if Russia has a retaliation of its own in mind, but we would do well to remember that when similar incidents took place last year, Russia indicated that they would begin targeting US jets if they had to. Almost immediately after this stark warning, Australia pulled its planes out of its air missions in Syria.
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