Oh, the horror of it all, big bad Putin has done it again. Just days after the worst human rights abusers on the planet called for global sanctions against Russia for human rights abuses, Putin bitch slaps them by banning Orwellian “National Endowment for Democracies” from Russia.
Russia has said it will not tolerate "interference" by foreign organisations after it put a US pro-democracy foundation on a blacklist.
The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), funded by the US Congress, is the first organisation to be labelled "undesirable" under a new Russian law.
Russia's Foreign Ministry warned that "we will never tolerate mentoring and open interference in our affairs by foreign structures".
US officials condemned Russia's move.
The US Department of State called the blacklisting "a further example of the Russian government's growing crackdown on independent voices and another intentional step to isolate the Russian people from the world".
Russia's Foreign Ministry hit back by saying the NED's name was "deceptive" because "it is only non-governmental on paper, while in reality it has, from the moment it was set up, received funding from the US budget, including funding via the channels of intelligence bodies".
The ministry said that analysis of NED projects "shows that they are aimed at destabilising the internal situation in countries which pursue independent policies in line with their own national interests, rather than following instructions from Washington".
The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, WITH FUNDING FROM THE US CONGRESS, NED supports more than 1,000 projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries.
Further investigation of their website reveals a couple places their “democratic goals” are in full force are Ukraine and Eritrea. If the “democratic goals” are endless war and displacing your population into refugee camps filled with hunger, despair and disease, then NED gets an A+.
So I wanted to find out more about this “private, nonprofit” NGO that the U.S. Congress is funneling billions of dollars into and took a stroll over to Consortium News, Robert Perry’s site. Here’s what Perry had to say in December of 2014:
Exclusive: A shadow foreign policy apparatus built by Ronald Reagan for the Cold War survives to this day as a slush fund that keeps American neocons well fed and still destabilizes target nations, now including Ukraine….
The National Endowment for Democracy, a central part of Ronald Reagan’s propaganda war against the Soviet Union three decades ago, has evolved into a $100 million U.S. government-financed slush fund that generally supports a neocon agenda….
NED has invested in projects in Russia’s close neighbor, Ukraine, that fueled violent protests ousting President Viktor Yanukovych, who won election in 2010 in balloting that was viewed by international observers as fair and reflecting the choice of most Ukrainian citizens.
My, my, my. I wonder how much of that $8 trillion missing at the Pentagon has gone to those neocons over at NED. Since the overthrow of the American government on December 12, 2000 those neocons have all become millionaires. And don’t forget, just a couple days ago, the U.S. was agitating for global sanctions against Russia for human rights abuses in the form of an expanded “Global Magnitsky Act.” From Sputnik News:
The Global Magnitsky Act would expand Russia-specific sanctions passed in 2012 to apply globally, by denying corrupt officials and human rights abusers from any country entry into the United States and prohibiting the use of US financial institutions.
Ha ha, they’re banned from using the most corrupt banking system in the world.
The Magnitsky Act allowed the US Treasury to apply sanctions on dozens of Russian officials believed to be responsible for the death in pre-trial detention of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who alleged official corruption at the highest levels of government.
Magnitsky, a managing partner of Moscow law company Firestone Duncan, was detained in 2008 and accused of conspiracy and abatement for tax evasion by a group of individuals. Less than a year later, Magnitsky died of heart failure while still in custody…
Hmmm, so who’s this Magnitsky dude and why has the U.S. congress passed a law in his name? I guess I’ll mosey on over to Wikipedia and see what I can find.
The Magnitsky Act, formally known as the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012, is a bipartisan bill passed by the U.S. Congress and President Obama in November–December 2012, intending to punish Russian officials responsible for the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in a Moscow prison in 2009.
The Obama administration made public a list of 18 individuals affected by the Act in April 2013.  The people included on the list are….
Artyom Kuznetsov, a tax investigator for the Moscow division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs
Pavel Karpov, a senior investigator for the Moscow division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs
Oleg F. Silchenko, a senior investigator for the Ministry of Internal Affairs
Olga Stepanova, head of Moscow Tax Office No. 28
Yelena Stashina, Tverskoy District Court judge who prolonged Magnitsky's detention
Andrey Pechegin, deputy head of the investigation supervision division of the general prosecutor's office…
Hmmm, I see a pattern here, they are all tax investigators and a judge that sentenced this Magnitsky guy. So this Magnitsky Act was a “sanction against human rights violators.” And what was Putin’s reaction?
On April 13, 2013, Russia released a list naming 18 Americans banned from entering the Russian Federation over their alleged human rights violations, as a direct response to the Magnitsky list. The people banned from Russia are listed below:
US officials involved in legalizing torture and indefinite detention of prisoners:
John Yoo, Assistant US Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel, Department of Justice (2001–2003)
Geoffrey D. Miller, retired US Army Major General, commandant of Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO), the organization that runs the Guantanamo Bay detention camps (2002–2003)
Ah, ha ha, stop my sides hurt, Putin banned Bush’s neocon torture team. Well, I don’t know about you, but I want to know more about this subject. Here’s an interesting article from ArmstrongEconomics:
So Who Really Tried to Blackmail Yeltsin & Takeover Russia – NSA-CIA-or Investment Bankers?
Perhaps the number one question I always get about the ordeal I went through and the sheer chaos that surrounded everything, was just who really was behind the plot to blackmail the former head of Russia Boris Yeltsin to stop him from running for reelection in 2000 and hand-pick Boris Abramovich Berezovsky?....
Wow, that sounds interesting.
Bereszovsky, who fled to Britain obtaining political asylum, suddenly hangs himself. Then there is the lawyer/accountant Sergei Magnitsky, who represented Safra’s Hermitage Capital Management mysteriously dies in prison awaiting trial and then is given a posthumous trial and found guilty.
While he was portrayed in the West as a whistle-blower, don’t forget so was Safra against Bank of New York.
Well, after the overthrow of the American government in 2000 whistle-blowers are tortured and killed or locked up for life. That’s the new America; that’s why Edward Snowden had to seek asylum in Russia.
This is curiously strange for a foreign act to prompt Congress to pass a law in the USA. We cannot leave out Edmond Safra’s own mysterious murder in Monaco (Death in Monaco) that took the fire company hours to reach being just 10 minutes away while his more than 20 bodyguards were all given the night off and reported bullets in his body with his nurse saying Russians dressed as ninjas showed up….
Man, that crap sounds like the Bush/Cheney, Obama/Biden modus operandi.
Yeltsin was convinced to take $7 billion from the IMF funds to refurbish the Kremlin – a staggering amount of money. The funds were wired to a largely unknown company in Switzerland. The wire was steered through Bank of New York and as soon as it was made, Safra had his bank run to the Feds and report that Bank of New York had just conducted a money laundering event…
It was at this time that THE CONSPIRATORS threatened Yeltsin with exposure of his theft of $7 billion on the world stage. The demand was to appoint Berezovsky as the new President of Russia and for Yeltsin to step down and not run in 2000.
Yeltsin, realizing he was set up, turned to Putin who nobody had heard of. As the story goes, Putin promised to take care of everything if Yeltsin appointed him instead, Yeltsin resigned on December 31, 1999, after Safra was killed on December 3rd in Monaco. The Presidential elections were held in Russia on the 26th of March 2000 formally electing Putin.
Aha! That is why they hate Putin so much.
Berezovsky and Gusinsky fled Russia with their assets confiscated with the former gaining political asylum in Britain and the latter taking off to Israel. I even had a meeting with the Assistant US Attorney in NY in April 2000 about this mess because they ran into huge problems with the whole Bank of New York alleged $7 billion Money Laundering. They could not get any cooperation from the Russian government.
It was Edmond Safra’s Republic National Bank then ran to the US Government in August 1999 and informed them that the Bank of New York had just wired $7 billion to Switzerland in a money laundering scam…
The wire was sent to Mabetex, which was the Swiss based company ran by Kosovo/Swiss entrepreneur Behgjet Pacolli who claimed to have the contract to refurbish the Kremlin. He became President of Kosovo in 2011….
Putin, unlike most politicians, is renowned for being very smart and an extremely rare type personality that is well suited for a head of state unlike most leaders in the West.
And there you have it. Putin bitch slapped the Orwellian “National Endowment for Democracies”, made a mockery of the Magnitsky Act and exposed the corruption of the entire EU, US and Canadian cabal in one fell swoop. Well done Pooty Poot. But then unlike “most leaders in the West” you are smart and an extremely rare type of personality well suited for a head of state. Bravo.
By Patricia Baeten