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When I first became president, I said that I would support Russian President Boris Yeltsin in his efforts to build a good economy and a functioning democracy after the dissolution of the Soviet Union—but I would also support an expansion of NATO to include former Warsaw Pact members and post-Soviet states. My policy was to work for the best while preparing for the worst. I was worried not about a Russian return to communism, but about a return to ultranationalism, replacing democracy and cooperation with aspirations to empire, like Peter the Great and Catherine the Great. I didn’t believe Yeltsin would do that, but who knew what would come after him?
I Tried to Put Russia on Another Path
The Expansion of Russian Private Military Companies
PMCs conduct training before deploying abroad, including at bases inside Russia and likely with the support of Russian military and intelligence agencies. Russia’s largest and most capable PMC, Wagner Group, conducts training at two camps attached to the location of 10th Special Mission Brigade of GRU Spetsnaz in Mol’kino, Krasnodar region, Russia.
PMCs first began operating in Ukraine during Russia's annexation of Crimea in March 2014 before taking on a central role in Moscow's ongoing covert war in Eastern Ukraine's Donbas region. Operating independently or augmenting regular Russian forces, PMC personnel in Ukraine including from Wagner Group reached between 2,500-5,000 during peak of fighting in 2015.
Russian PMCs played an increasingly direct role in pro-regime combat operations over the course of the Syrian civil war and were often synchronized with Russian economic priorities, including securing key energy infrastructure. PMC personnel in Syria reached up to 1,000-3,000 personnel, including contingents from Wagner Group, Vegacy, E.N.O.T., Vostok Battalion, and other PMCs.
The Wagner Group’s advance on the Conoco Plant in Dayr az Zawr in February 2018 demonstrates how Moscow used PMCs to take risks in a deniable manner. In this case, Wagner attempted to seize the U.S.- and partner-controlled Conoco gas plant both to secure an economically valuable site and test U.S. resolve.
Implausible Deniability: Russia’s Private Military Companies
Soldiers in Search of Fortune
As a formal matter, PMCs are illegal under the Russian constitution, which reserves all matters of defense, security, and foreign policy for the state. Several proposals to legalize PMCs have been made in the Russian Duma, as well as in the executive branch, but they have not made much progress.
PMCs’ lack of legal status is one of their most convenient features and is highly useful in gray-zone warfare. The Russian government can wash its hands of PMCs if their actions cause embarrassment or violate international laws or political commitments. The same factors increase PMCs’ utility in risky situations, where the Russian government’s involvement could otherwise lead to a diplomatic crisis or even a military confrontation.
‘Putin’s Chef’ Denies Existence of Mercenary Group Wagner
When asked by The Bell if a private military company, which exist to make a profit, would have commercial projects related to mining and natural resources, Prigozhin answered “philosophically” that if such a company “could exist somewhere abroad,” then it would be engaged in security and military activities. He added there would be “no place” for PMCs in the mining industry.
He then asked the interviewer to “learn to think logically.”
Logically speaking, there is more than enough evidence demonstrating both the existence of Wagner and its interest in securing Syrian oil fields on behalf of a Russian firm linked to Prigozhin.
According to Human Rights Watch, the killings in Moura were the worst single atrocity reported in Mali’s 10-year armed conflict against Islamic extremists. Britain and France alleged that Russian mercenaries from the Kremlin-linked Wagner Group were involved.
France’s U.N. Ambassador Nicolas De Riviere cited reports of human rights violations in Moura by elements of the Malian armed forces “accompanied by Russian mercenaries from the Wagner Group” that could constitute war crimes.
U.S. deputy ambassador Richard Mills said the first three month of the year have been marked by “alarming accounts of human rights abuses” against civilians by terrorist groups and Malian armed forces “with individuals linked to the Kremlin-backed Wagner group,”...
“This increase in reports of human rights abuses is exactly why the United States continues to warn countries against partnering with the Kremlin-linked Wagner group,” Mills said.
Britain’s deputy U.N. ambassador James Kariuki told the council “the United Kingdom is horrified by a surge of human rights abuses since the deployment of the Wagner group to Mali,”...
WaPo (April 8, 2022)
"Judaism in Music" (1850) was the first of Wagner's writings to feature antisemitic views. In this polemic Wagner argued, frequently using traditional antisemitic abuse, that Jews had no connection to the German spirit, and were thus capable of producing only shallow and artificial music. According to him, they composed music to achieve popularity and, thereby, financial success, as opposed to creating genuine works of art.
The 💩 going on today with the ruling-class elite hypocrites is not much different from 80-100 years ago.
Bayreuth Festival is a music festival held annually in Bayreuth, Germany, at which performances of operas by the 19th-century German composer Richard Wagner are presented.
In the 1920s, well before the rise of the Nazi Party, Winifred Wagner [English-born wife of Siegfried Wagner, the son of Richard Wagner] became a strong supporter and close personal friend of Adolf Hitler; her correspondence with Hitler has never been released by the Wagner family. She and other festival leaders were members of Nazi chief ideologue Alfred Rosenberg's Kampfbund für deutsche Kultur, which actively suppressed modernist music and works by "degenerate" artists. The festival maintained some artistic independence under Nazi rule. Ironically, Hitler attended performances that included Jewish and foreign singers, long after they had been banned from all other venues across Germany (including homosexual heldentenor Max Lorenz, married to a well-known Jewish woman).
Like Hitler, Winifred Wagner believed profoundly in the rite of a secular cult of German nationalism, of Nordic self-realization, and völkisch aspiration. After the defeat of Nazi Germany, a denazification court banned her from the Bayreuth Festival, which she passed to her sons Wieland and Wolfgang.
originally posted by: Guyfriday
a reply to: XtheMadnessNow
This leads to an interesting question? How would an East/West Ukraine benefit the Deep State?"
Should we look at what the real purpose of East and West Germany was for the Deep State? After all wasn't it Khrushchev that asked Kennedy about dealing with the suits that controlled both their countries (the would be the USA and USSR).
What value does having a country/State divided provide?
originally posted by: Biglywin
a reply to: carewemust
It’s you’re choice to consider him deceased, he definitely wasn’t just some ordinary man that the whitehats would just leave sitting in a prison unprotected. He has/had information that would bury the Deep State.
The reason that I asked RelSciHistItSufi was because he often drops posts from Q The Storm Rider. The Storm Rider also believed the account was a hoax even after a huge intel dump on the account, that is until he was told otherwise by what he referred to as a trusted source that had never been wrong. He said the account is legit and is real.
So yeah, it’s worth considering