Saturday, August 16, 2008

A Scent of the Seventies

An amazing collection of personalities I thought disappeared during the seventies have emerged on the media scene the last week, stuttering away on english to reach the masses. The effect of the Russian communication hasn't been quite like expected. Obviously the Russian story about who started the war, who really is the agressor, and their peacekeeping humanitarian mission has been completely dismembered. Vitaly Churkin, the Russian UN ambassador accused the media of being totally wrong about everything. I guess he is used to the media he can control. This has upset many Russian officials used to construct and interpret their own distorted reality freely. Most of all I have been impressed by the persistance theese Russian officials have tried to communicate this VERY thin story with, even though their actions on the ground have told the contrary. But after this, at least I have become convinced that the black and white men from the seventies driving around in Ladas loaded with skopalamin and taperecorders still exists.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

FinRosForum translates former Kremlin insider Andrei Illarionov from the pages of Yezhedevny Zhurnal, listing the 13 conclusions he thinks should be drawn from Russia’s invasion of Georgia.

1. The war against Georgia was a brilliant provocation carefully planned and successfully carried out by the Russian leadership. The campaign was practically identical to the plan carried out in another theatre at another time — [Chechen warlord Shamil] Basaev’s attack into Dagestan and the beginning of the second Chechen war in 1999.

2. In the new situation that has taken shape following the war, Georgians may find a legitimate reason to recognise Georgia’s de facto loss of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

3. The military losses of Georgia are greater than those of Russia. At the same time, however, the financial, foreign policy, and moral losses of Russia are much more significant than those of Georgia.

4. The Russian leadership did not achieve its main goal — the ouster of [Georgian President] Mikhei Saakashvili, change of the political regime in Georgia, and Georgia’s rejection of membership in NATO. Rather, the opposite has happened.

5. The international community regards Russia as the aggressor that brought its forces into the territory of another member state of the United Nations. The international community regards Georgia as the victim of aggression.

6. Russia has found itself in almost total isolation in foreign policy terms. Only Cuba supported Russia’s intervention in Georgia. Neither Iran, nor Venezuela or Uzbekistan, not even Belarus said a word in Russia’s support.

7. The G8 has, in effect, become the G7. The series of foreign policy defeats of the Russian leadership, beginning with the Rose Revolution in Georgia in 2003 and the Orange Revolution in Ukraine in 2004, and including the NATO summit in Bucharest in April 2008, was now followed by yet another fiasco.

8. The Russian leadership succeeded in something that the rest of the world did not (want to) believe: The resurgence of fear of the “Russian bear”. This fear and — be it temporary — sense of powerlessness is something that the world will not forget for a long time.

9. Russians with no access to sources for news other than the official, found themselves in total isolation in terms of information. The degree of manipulation of public opinion, and the speed with which the society was brought to mass hysteria, are clear evidence of the regime’s “achievements,” and pose an undeniable and unprecedented danger to the Russian society.

10. The institutional catastrophe, about which I have had to speak about many times before, is happening before our very own eyes. Its main — albeit not the only — victim will be the Russian people.

11. The war helped reveal the true faces of some so-called liberals and democrats, who previously had condemned the “imperial syndrome,” but when it manifested itself, quickly caved in to the regime, calling for an attack on Tbilisi and for the reinforcement of Russia’s defence and law enforcement agencies.

12. The only political institution, members of which were capable of formulating differing opinions regarding the war (including those, with whom I do not agree in principle) and discussing them, was the National Assembly. In effect, the National Assembly proved — in a moment of crisis — that it is better able than any other institution to function as a protoparliament.

13. The war confirmed once more the validity of the most important principles of conduct of morally conscious Russian citizens in relation to the present regime: do not believe, do not fear, do not beg, and do not cooperate.

Sunday, August 17, 2008 3:11:00 pm  
Blogger Eistein G. said...

I think this is exactly what happened. YOu maight want to add: Questions about Russias ability to host the 2014 Winterolympics in Sochi.

Sunday, August 17, 2008 7:36:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


De vil ha hodet til den georgiske presidenten på et fat.

Black propaganda on a high level.

Chechen warlord Shamil] Basaev’s geets thanks on FOX-TV

Russlands NATO-ambassadør, Dmitrij Rogozin, advarer de 26 utenriksministerene i NATO mot å støtte Georgia på dagens møte. Dette vil gå ut over forholdet til Moskva. Russland nekter likeledes at det utstasjoneres 100 internasjonale observatører som skal overvåke våpenhvilen.
Dmitri Rogozin, Russia's Ambassador to Nato, warned the alliance that its relationship with Moscow would suffer if the foreign ministers expressed support for Georgia. Bernard Kouchner, the French Foreign Minister, also disclosed that Russia was “not inclined to accept” a team of 100 European observers to monitor the ceasefire in Georgia.

"Poti Sea Port Corp is 51% owned by the investment authority of Ras Al Khaimah, one of the United Arab Emirates. It is Georgia's busiest port and a key gateway for the region, last year handling eight million tons of cargo. A big expansion plan is in the works which will triple the port's capacity. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has said Poti will be turned into a free economic zone and Ras Al Khaimah was planning an ambitious new industrial development next to the port."

Tuesday, August 19, 2008 11:42:00 am  

Post a Comment

<< Home