OPINION PIECE IN WASH POST ASKS QUESTIONS OF RUSSIAN DEMOCRACY
The event was organized by Drugaya Rossiya (Other Russia), a medley of small opposition groups headed by political opponents of President Vladimir Putin such as former prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov and former chess champion Garry Kasparov.
The Washington Post had already reported that the protest was broken up by Russian police and some protestors had been beaten and arrested. This is disappointing to hear, but after reading on it is possible that agents provocateur were involved in one way or another. It also may not come as a surprise that similar police violence has also occured in the USA many times before too, and in fact there are regular beatings, and even shootings, of Afro-Americans and others eg Danny Casolaro who ask questions.
So what is the purpose of such an article?
Lipman states that the organisers of the demo were "Other Russia", which Lipman says is headed by former chess champion Garry Kasparov and former PM Kasyanov.
OK, for a start Kasyanov is supported by Nevzlin and Berezovsky in his bid to become Russian President in 2008, was a crony of Yeltsin, and was sacked by Putin.
But if we go to the website of Other Russia at
we begin to uncover the real motives.
The membershiplist of Other Russia is available at http://www.theotherrussia.ru/eng/list/ and it unsurprisingly contains alot of Russians from Russian human rights and opposition organizations. A significant portion of them are senior members of organizations beginning with "Open", such as Open Tomsk. From the "Young" network of the 19th Century I would hazard a guess that these are all minor partners in an umbrella organization, either Open Russia Foundation (Rothschild) or Open Society (Soros).
But there is also a list of foreign members at the bottom of that page, and one organization in particular has a number of members of Other Russia. That organization is The National Endowment for Democracy. One Richard Holbrooke of the CFR is also listed as a member, as is the British Ambassador to Russia!!
If anyone can point to a similar Russian political pressure group in either Great Britain or the USA which has members including the Ambassador(!!) then I would be surprised to hear of it and them. Surely it goes against all principles of diplomacy to have your Ambassador marching in the streets demanding this, that and the other, and could explain why he claims he was harassed by a Russian nationalist organization. But then again the British haven't been that diplomatic for the last 300 to 400 or so years, with all those assassinations, financing wars and revolutions...
But let's ignore that and dig into The National Endowment for Deomocracy.
Their "Who We Are" page says it all, at http://www.ned.org/about/who.html
Carl Gershman - member of CFR and recipient of The Order of the Knight's Cross
Ambassador Morton Abramowitz - Senior Fellow at the CFR and ex-President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Senator Norm Coleman - the dude who tried to smear George Galloway in the oil-for-food debacle, and failed.
Kenneth Duberstein - CFR
Esther Dyson - Eurasia Foundation (I exposed the EF last year following Russia kicking out several MI6 spies and claiming EF was a conduit for intelligence ops)
Francis Fukuyama - co-founder of PNAC, with Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, etc
Lee H. Hamilton - vice-Chairman of the 9/11 Commission
Michael Novak - AEI
So there's more to the NED and therefore The Other Russia than Lipman cared to report. No doubt there are some ignorant but caring people in Other Russia who are concerned for democracy, and who may well see America as a shining light of democracy but have no idea as to how American politics REALLY works and see the influx of American money and influence as a good thing.
But it's not.
Other Russia is just another tool for Anglo-American interference in Russian politics.
Once again, follow the money. There are people who can create virtually unlimited amounts of it, and they use it for their own megalomaniac purposes.