Will Putin Wake Up to the Threat of Russia’s Atlanticist Integrationists?


by Paul Craig Roberts, Paul Craig Roberts:

Yesterday I reported that Anatoly Chubais, who created the Russian oligarch system during the Yeltsin years, the system in which wealth and capital flowed out of Russia, has fled Russia.  He was a member of the Gang of Three with Latvian Alexei Kudrin and central bank chief Elvira Nabiullina.  They convinced Putin of an economic policy that has severely damaged Russia economically and left her unprepared for Washington’s sanctions. 

The Chubais-Kudrin-Nabiullina policy had Russia borrowing from the West for no reason other than to have Russia vulnerable to sanctions. The policy had Russia supporting the currencies of the US and EU to the detriment of the ruble, thus making the Russian currency another vulnerable point of Western attack, and gave away Russian income to foreigners by privatizing Russian assets.  The policy held back Russian economic development.  For reasons I don’t know, Putin trusted these leaders of the pro-Western Atlanticist Integrationists who built dams against Russian economic development.

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Putin’s recent announcement that henceforth “unfriendly countries” (why only unfriendly countries) will have to pay for Russian energy in rubles indicates that finally economist Sergei Glazyev, who has Russia’s interest at heart rather than Washington’s interest, is being heard in the Kremlin. 

That the Russian traitors and Washington agents Kudrin and Nabiullina are still in office indicates that Putin still has much to learn.

Chubais, Kudrin, and Nabiullina are Washington’s candidates to be installed as president of Russia once Putin can be overthrown.  Although Chubais has fled, Putin has taken no action against Kudrin and Nabiullina.

Nabiulina bears sole responsibility for Russia’s loss of her foreign exchange reserves. The central bank chief had most of Russia’s reserves in foreign banks where they were easily seized by the sanctions.  As Glazyev has said, this is open undisguised treason, and Putin just nominated Nabiulina for reappointment!

It is the presence of Atlanticist Integrationists, who are willing to sacrifice Russian sovereignty to be part of the West, in the Russian government, and their representation in the intellectual and upper classes and billionaire oligarchs, that encourages Washington’s efforts to shame Russia with a psyops campaign and punish her with economic sanctions. The same campaign of demonization that was used against Donald Trump is being used against Putin. Washington hopes that the Atlanticist Integrationists will overthrow Putin or cause his overthrow by their economic policies that weaken the Russian economy and turn the people against Putin.  The increase in the pension age is one of their policies that they sold to Putin that weakened his support among the Russian people.

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