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​It is an age-old question as to the extent art reflects the world we live in. Bertolt Brecht allegedly said to the contrary that art was “not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.” The Marxist German playwright devised theatrical methods designed to distance the audience from the staged drama while drawing self-reflexive attention to the contrived nature of the spectacle itself. The idea was that by estranging the spectator and encouraging critical examination, they would come to view society’s manmade injustices as similarly unnatural and be given agency to transform them in the real world. One of the implications of Brecht’s notion was that art in its more conventional forms often functions as a tool of mass persuasion for those in power to reinforce those inequities. Marx and Engels themselves professed to have learned more about the contradictions of French society from the novels of Honoré de Balzac, which upheld the monarchy and the Church, than any historians or philosophers of their day. At its very worst, artistic mediums can be used by governments to manipulate a nation’s attitude towards other countries in order to justify war.

Brecht’s life and work coincided with the development of the film industry. However, most productions influenced by his ‘epic theatre’ were art-house and foreign films while commercial, mass-market Hollywood movies placed greater emphasis on appealing to the emotions over intellect. However, there were some exceptions such as Charlie Chaplin who not coincidentally was persecuted for his politics by the House of Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) during the Red Scare. In the Cold War, Tinseltown played an important role in the cultural battlefield against the USSR and anti-Soviet paranoia was an ever-present theme in American cinema for decades, from the McCarthy era until the Berlin Wall fell. Contemporaneously, a revival of geopolitical tensions between the United States and the Russian Federation — which many have dubbed a second Cold War — has seen the return of such tropes on the silver screen. Most recently, it has resurfaced in popular web television shows such as the third season of Netflix’s retro science fiction/horror series Stranger Things, as well as HBO’s miniseries Chernobyl, which dramatizes the 1986 nuclear accident in Soviet Ukraine.

It was a famous cinematic work that many believe ominously foreshadowed Chernobyl in Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 science fiction film, Stalker, less than a decade prior to the calamity . It is unlikely that HBO would have been as interested in green-lighting a five-part program on the disaster without the current hysteria surrounding the unproven allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and ‘collusion’ between Moscow and the Trump campaign. ‘Russiagate’ has become a national obsession and suddenly the very idea of corruption and intrigue has been made synonymous with the Kremlin. Hollywood liberal figures have been some of the hoax’s biggest proponents, including the show’s writer, Craig Mazin. It is equally as hard to imagine Americans themselves being as captivated by a re-enactment of the nuclear accident without the current political climate of fear-mongering bombarding them everyday in corporate media. From the perspective of the U.S. political establishment, what better way to deflect attention away from its own sins than onto a manufactured adversary?

For instance, a recent Columbia University study found that sections of the Marshall Islands, which the U.S. acquired from Japan following WWII and conducted countless nuclear tests nearby in the Pacific, is significantly more radioactive than Chernobyl. The highest radiation levels were found on the Bikini atoll, where evacuated islanders were initially told they could return shortly after tests began in 1946 but have been waiting more than seventy years to come home. On other coral atolls in the island country such as Rogelapp, the U.S. Navy allowed the native population to return too soon knowing full well the food and water were highly contaminated, resulting in a generation with high birth defects and cancer rates. The U.S. ceded the territory in 1994 only after the Marshallese negotiated a meager $150 million in damages for their mistreatment while permitting the establishment of a U.S. ballistic missile defense test site targeting China. Unfortunately, the presstitutes are too preoccupied with sensational coverage of the recent accident at the Russian military base in Nyonoska, salivating at another prospective Chernobyl. Not to mention, the ongoing cover-up of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011 in the U.S. vassal state of Japan.

Already featuring a non-native cast and in the English language spoken with British accents, HBO’s Chernobyl is loaded with historical inaccuracies. The narrative takes many liberties both for the purpose of entertainment value and to create blatant propaganda seemingly as intent on discrediting socialism as it is in demonizing Moscow. This is unsurprising considering that screenwriter Craig Mazin is not only an establishment liberal with Putin derangement syndrome but a vocal critic of Bernie Sanders who has even ludicrously attempted to tie the Senator from Vermont to Russiagate on social media. Mazin has virtue signaled about the show as a parable about global warming (“the flaws that led to Chernobyl are the same flaws shown by climate deniers”) while simultaneously denouncing the candidate in the 2020 Democratic field with arguably the most comprehensive climate plan, leaving aside whether Sanders’ New Dealism is genuine socialism. For centre-rightists, the climate crisis is not tied to capitalism which as Marx reportedly said, “tends to destroy its two sources of wealth, nature and human beings but is merely the failure of individual corrupt leaders like Trump. Early on in the series, Mazin invents a fictional elderly Soviet official who points to a bust of Vladimir Lenin while invoking socialism to silence those urging an immediate evacuation of Pripyat in the initial days of the disaster.

Mazin takes further artistic license to assign a protagonist in the story in Valery Legasov (played by Jared Harris), the high-ranking chemist who led the inquiry of the disaster and testified before the International Atomic Energy Agency before committing suicide in 1987. The story deviates from factual events in order to portray the scientist as a honest official blowing the whistle on a bureaucratic government. While his sworn statement was indeed straightforward, in real life Legasov did not blame reactor design flaws and deviate from the official government account of “human error” or breach of protocol as portrayed in the series, nor was he a witness in the trial of the nuclear plant operators who were found to be at fault. This is entirely a work of fiction designed to depict an incompetent and secretive Soviet government to be the cause of the accident. One would have no idea this same state was capable of inventing human space travel or industrializing an agrarian society in a single decade, a feat which took the British more than a century to accomplish. Not to mention that the accident occurred while the USSR was undergoing market-oriented reforms, a period in which the Soviet economy was at its most de-centralized and on the verge of collapse during perestroika.

At every turn, Legasov is up against cartoonish authoritarian officials who attempt to cover-up the severity of the catastrophe, including one particularly absurd scene when a Soviet apparatchik threatens to throw him out of a helicopter to his death if he does not explain how a reactor works. The Soviet working class are not spared, either, as miners are coerced at gunpoint by Soviet troops at the order of the coal minister to dig a sarcophagus underneath the reactor to prevent radioactive contamination of the country’s water supply with the promise of financial reward. However, by all accounts no such use of the military ever took place and is contradicted by Legasov’s own statements which were not nearly as critical of state management as represented. The scientist had also attempted to take his own life once before while in the hospital suffering from radiation exposure, a more likely motive for his suicide. It is also rumored that the real reason for the Kremlin’s ‘secrecy’ about Chernobyl was that Pripyat was home to more than just a reactor-grade power station but possibly an undisclosed missile launching site or a facility producing warheads, with the meltdown a case of deliberate cyber sabotage by the C.I.A..

The series even finds time to rewrite WWII history in a scene where a stubborn babushka refuses to evacuate Pripyat, claiming to have endured worse surviving the Banderite hoax of the Holodomor. There was indeed a famine (throughout the entire USSR), but using the reconstruction of the tragedy to insert Ukrainian nationalist propaganda and Nazi myths of deliberate starvation is part of the West’s ongoing whitewashing of Ukrainian Nazi collaborators whose ultra-right descendants were instrumental in the 2014 Maidan coup. It is an insult to the Soviet people who sprung to action voluntarily and heroically to prevent the disaster from worsening to what could have left much of Europe uninhabitable, killed millions and caused incalculable damage to the environment. Then again, the West has never given the Soviets credit for defeating Germany, so it is to be expected they wouldn’t truly acknowledge the sacrifices made in Chernobyl.

During the 1980s as the Cold War reached a crescendo, Hollywood was churning out anti-Soviet movies marketed at teens like Red Dawn where a group of adolescents defend their small midwestern town from a fictional Soviet invasion. The same premise has been recycled for the most recent season of Netflix’s popular Stranger Things, a sci-fi horror vehicle carrying on the genre’s legacy of association with cold war paranoia going back to the 1950s with classics like Invasion of the Body Snatchers which evoked domestic fears about communist infiltration in the form of an alien invasion .Stylishly imitative of the 1980s with a synth-heavy soundtrack, the first two seasons saw its young characters living in a fictional Indiana town, some of whom possess telekinetic powers, who battle paranormal beings from another dimension called the “Upside Down” on which a nearby U.S. Department of Energy facility has been secretly performing experiments.

The third season takes a different turn, however, where the adolescents go up against “evil Russians” and “Soviet scum” infiltrating the U.S. Perhaps it was for the better that Chernobyl decided to use British actors speaking in their own tongue because the Russians in Stranger Things are cartoonish, brute thugs that resemble Ivan Drago from Rocky IV. Even more absurdly, the children discover that a new local shopping mall in the town putting mom-and-pop stores out of business has been constructed by Russian operatives (not by multinational chains as it was in real life under Reaganism) to hide an underground laboratory. The preposterous sequence can only be interpreted as an expression of the anxiety underlying the U.S. decline and fear of the ascendancy of Moscow on the international stage. Like Chernobyl, the nostalgia-driven program disparages socialism as much as it villainizes Russia, including one ludicrous scene where a 10-year old black girl agrees to help the other kids on the condition they agree to give her free ice cream from the mall shop where several of the teens work. She then proceeds to lecture them on the purported benefits of trickle-down theory, because if anyone can appreciate the alleged rewards of Reaganomics with the reduction of social programs and spending cuts, it would be an African-American child during the 1980s.

It is apparent that the caricature of the Soviet Union in both productions is really a stand-in for the present-day Russian government under Vladimir Putin. As only American exceptionalism could permit, Hollywood did not hold the same disdain for his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin, whose legacy of high inflation and national debt have since been eliminated. In fact, most have forgotten that the same filmdom community outraged about Russia’s supposed interference in the 2016 U.S. election made a celebratory movie back in 2003, Spinning Boris, which practically boasted about the instrumental role the West played in Yeltsin’s 1996 reelection in Russia. The highly unpopular alcoholic politician benefited from a near universal media bias as virtually all the federation’s news outlets came under the control of the ‘oligarchs’ (in America known simply as billionaires) which his economic policies of mass privatization of state industry enriched overnight. Yeltsin initially polled at less than 10% and was far behind Communist Party candidate Gennady Zyuganov until he became the recipient of billions from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) thanks to his corrupt campaign manager, Anatoly Chubais, now one of the most hated men in all of Russia. After the purging of votes and rampant ballot-box stuffing, Yeltsin successfully closed the gap between his opponent thanks to the overt U.S. meddling.

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Spinning Boris was directed by Roger Spottiswoode, who previously helmed an installment in the James Bond series, Tomorrow Never Dies. The 1997 entry in the franchise is one of thousands of Hollywood films and network television shows exposed by journalists Matthew Alford and Tom Secker as having been influenced or directly assisted by the Pentagon and CIA in their must-read book National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood. Based on evidence from documents revealed in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, their investigation divulges the previously unknown extent to which the national security complex has gone in exerting control over content in the film industry. While it has always been known that the military held sway over movies that required usage of its facilities and equipment to be produced, the level of impact on such films in the pre-production and editing stages, as well as the control over non-military themed flicks one wouldn’t suspect to be under supervision by Washington and Langley, is exhaustively uncovered.

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As expected, Hollywood and the military-industrial complex’s intimate relationship during the Cold War is featured prominently in Alford and Secker’s investigative work. It is unclear whether HBO or Netflix sought US military assistance or were directly involved with the national security state in their respective productions, but these are just two recent examples of many where the correlated increase in geopolitical tensions with Moscow is reflected. The upcoming sequel to DC’s Wonder Woman set to be released next year , Wonder Woman 1984, featuring the female superhero “coming into conflict with the Soviet Union during the Cold War in the 1980s”, is yet another. Reprising her role is Israeli actress and IDF veteran is Gal Gadot as the title character, ironically starring in a blockbuster that will demonize the Eurasian state which saved her ethnicity from extinction. Given the Pentagon’s involvement in the debacle surounding 2014’s The Interview which provoked very real tensions with North Korea, it is likely they are at least closely examining any entertainment with content regarding Russia, if not directly pre-approving it for review.

Ultimately, the Western panic about its imperial decline is not limited to assigning blame to Moscow. Sinophobia has manifested as well in recent films such as the 2016 sci-fi film Arrival where the extra-terrestrials who reach Earth seem more interested in communicating with Beijing as the global superpower than the U.S. However, while the West forebodes the return of Russia and China to greater standing, you can be certain its real fear lies elsewhere. The fact that Chernobyl and Stranger Things are as preoccupied with portraying socialism in a bad light as they are in rendering Moscow nefarious shows the real underlying trepidation of the ruling elite that concerns the resurgence of class consciousness. The West must learn its lesson that its state of perpetual war has caused its own downfall or it could attempt a last line of defense that would inevitably conscript all of humanity to its death as the ruling class nearly did to the world in 1914 and 1939.

Max Parry is an independent journalist and geopolitical analyst. His work has appeared in Counterpunch, Global Research, Dissident Voice, Greanville Post, OffGuardian, and more. Max may be reached at [email protected]

 
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  1. Here’s to 10 more Red Dawns
    Maybe then Russians will finally clue into the fact that they have no friends in the US

  2. This has been a steady propaganda drumbeat for a while. Hotel Budapest was basically mindless pap but it had a brief scene grafted on of a mute brutish Russian beating the hero. Jarring for its crudity. Nazis were depicted as polite, finicky, and innocuous like gendarmes or something.

    • Replies: @Wally
  3. Hrafn says:

    Still trying with the Holodomor denial, huh?

    • Replies: @sharkey
    , @Redneck farmer
  4. Even as a stupid kid growing up in the 80s, it was hard to understand how any intelligent person could take seriously all of the over-the-top propaganda and relentlessly demeaning caricatures of all things Russian.

    I don’t know whether the saddest part is seeing my peers fall for it all over again, or seeing a supposedly “woke” younger generation so easily succumb to such blatant cultural demonizing.

    I guess I can give a pass to the Boomers, for whom one-dimensional bigotry is a kind of nostalgia for a world saturated with tangible fears of nuclear war. Perhaps in their rapidly deteriorating brains they see a new Cold War as being almost as desirable as a new Summer of Love.

    • Agree: Realist
    • Replies: @Biff
    , @Andrei Martyanov
  5. @Korenchkin

    The Russians have known American hostility for a long time. Even during an intense period of World War I, the Allies managed to assemble forces to invade Russia.

    • Agree: Republic
    • Disagree: Mikhail
    • Replies: @Mikhail
    , @Republic
    , @Alden
  6. Biff says:
    @Sollipsist

    I don’t know whether the saddest part is seeing my peers fall for it all over again, or seeing a supposedly “woke” younger generation so easily succumb to such blatant cultural demonizing.

    You pretty much nailed it there. I got tired of hearing “bad Russia” “bad Putin” amongst people around me who thought of themselves as “smart” and “clued in”. To see a bunch of adults fall for crude propaganda decimated at a fourth grade intelligence level says a lot about the educational system in the U.S. At this point I don’t think there is anything that can overcome the cognitive dissonance – it’s permanent.

  7. Alfred says:

    And how much did it cost the CIA to bribe some people to carry out some crazy “experiment” on the Chernobyl reactor and to disable all the safeguards?

    The fact that nothing similar happened before or since on identical reactors leads to a certain degree of scepticism on my part.

    Who exactly benefited from this reactor going haywire on the border of Russia and Belarus? Out of the 5 nuclear reactor sites in Ukraine, Chernobyl is by far the closest to Russia.

    Here is the Economist magazine saying what it was really all about:

    A nuclear disaster that brought down an empire

    It always amazes me what some people will do for apparently trivial amounts of money. The foreign terrorists in Syria are paid by the USA’s allies around $20 per day. These are the guys who commit suicide bombings. This has nothing to do with religion as one of them recently admitted on Russian TV.

    The guy who placed a bomb that killed the leader of the Donetsk Peoples Republic, Zakharchenko, confessed to having been paid $3000 for the job. He was almost certain to be caught.

    • Agree: DESERT FOX
    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    , @DESERT FOX
  8. JimDandy says:

    Yeah, yeah, all true, but Red Dawn was awesome!

  9. Biff says:

    Real people are paying a real price from the orchestration:

    https://consortiumnews.com/2019/08/28/john-kiriakou-in-search-of-a-russiagate-scalp-the-entrapment-of-maria-butina/

    Butina wasn’t committing a crime, so they just made something up, leaked it to the press, allowed it to influence the public and the judge, and hoped she would cave and take a plea. She did.

  10. Wally says: • Website
    @CIA production assistance

    said:
    “This has been a steady propaganda drumbeat for a while. ….
    Nazis were depicted as polite, finicky, and innocuous like gendarmes or something.”

    – Indeed the lies about today’s Russia are just that, lies by the losers of the 2016 election.

    – However, you desperately cling to the ” steady propaganda drumbeat” about Germany and the so called “Nazis”, who did not do what is alleged of them, and you have no proof they did.

    – In one hand you claim to be resisting propaganda while you advance absurd Zionist propaganda which attempts to buttress The Big Lie in the other hand.

  11. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    There was indeed a famine (throughout the entire USSR), but using the reconstruction of the tragedy to insert Ukrainian nationalist propaganda and Nazi myths of deliberate starvation is part of the West’s ongoing whitewashing

    Maybe I’m reading this wrong, but the real Holodomor was the project of the Bolshevik Jews Stalin had in his government that deliberately starved 8-10 million Ukrainians to death by blocking entry–and exit–into the Ukraine, then systematically removing all their food stuffs, like cereal grains and livestock, and not some nasty Nazi project.

    http://holodomorct.org/holodomor-survivor-eyewitness-accounts/

    This mass starvation was aided and abetted by the so-called ‘paper of record,’ the New York Times, who denied that their buddy Uncle Joe was starving Ukrainians, saying that there were some food shortages due to a drought, but not state executed mass starvation. These lies continued for 75 years, before the Times finally apologized.
    One wonders how they found time to apologize for that massive lie, when they were engaged in another massive lie for Israel and their WH buddies about Saddam having WMD’s.

    As for the film Chernobyl, the Emily Watson character, Ulana Khomyuk, was a made-up one, consisting of a composite of a number of scientists working on that disaster.
    So in addition to the Russian bashing, HBO found time to do some virtue-signalling and portray Ms Watson as some kind of ballsy hero who defied the rigid Soviet authorities to save Mother Russia and maybe even the planet.

    • Agree: El Dato, Alfred
    • Replies: @Wally
  12. Durruti says:

    Nice overview by Max Parry.

    Hollywood also spams endless pro Zionist movies that match the anti-Russian propaganda – trick for trick.

    Independence Day has Jews saving the world. (The Jewish religion is the Only religion featured in the movie – that pretends to be concerned with the survival of the entire Planet). There are dozens of other examples of pro Zionist movies.

    Start the list below.

    1.

    The Movie industry was founded as THE KEY PART of the intent to Brainwash billions of our Planet’s inhabitants.

    In the beginning – early 1900s, In The old Nickelodian Theatres (for a nickle .05) you could watch silent motion pictures all day. People could opiate themselves in a dreamworld – completely removed from reality.

    Of our recent UnConstitutional Presidents, 3 have connections to Hollywood.

    Reagan-without a doubt

    Hollywood Obomber – you heard it here first – phony family – phony entry to politics by way of Chicago-Ill (a State he never lived in). If you ever saw him sing & dance (example of his dancing on the Ellen De generis show just GOOGLE), you would understand.

    Casino Trunp (TV fame – You’re Fired).

    Wait for the next Zionist puppet American President to be chosen by the Chosen ones.

    And if you disagree with the Zionists, you are out of work.

    Weinstein’s MIRAL (slightly sympathetic to the Palestinians). After which he raped 84 women & beat his wife.

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/harvey-weinstein-miral-critics-are-167548

    Mel Gibson repeating what his father told him about who controls Hollywood. He is making movies in Mexico – last I heard.

    We might Restore the Republic.

    .

  13. Mikhail says: • Website
    @Carlton Meyer

    They were there to keep tabs on other powers and to protect US biz interests in a country that was in turmoil.

    They didn’t do much fighting or give much support. BTW, at times they were attacked and simply fought their attackers.

    • Replies: @Avery
  14. El Dato says:

    “Chernobyl” is a typical american movie construction, some of it is bad, some of it is good, some of it is invented, some of it makes no sense. So be it. RT is a fan btw.

    [“Stalker”] was a famous cinematic work that many believe ominously foreshadowed Chernobyl in Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 science fiction film, Stalker, less than a decade prior to the calamity.

    Not really. “Stalker” is vaguely based on the short novel “Roadside Picnic” by Strugatsky brothers (extremely readable, read it). It is also a movie that was filmed twice and got is message changed from “The Stalker guide is an asshole” to “People are not ready to meet their innermost dreams” or something.

    The original Stalker novel was about an alien visitation leaving incomprehensible stuff behind, and possibly about the doublethink confusion of a info-controlling regime. Though the authors don’t say so even in the foreword latest edition of that book. But they complain about fighting utterly stupid Soviet censors who would find fault with various elements of the story, like drinking.

    About the “metaphor for regime” idea, see this:

    https://youtu.be/fh2cDKyFdyU?t=1201 at 20:00

    The link between “Stalker” and Chernobyl is through the Ukrainian video game “S.T.A.L.K.E.R.” (early 21st century) which links the two in masterful fashion.

    See this: http://tap-repeatedly.com/2011/01/alone-for-all-seasons/

    The sad irony that Stalker The Movie was filmed in a wasteland of hazardous chemicals near Talinn, giving the actors, film crew and the dog cancer is rarely mentioned. Anyway…

    Not to mention that the accident occurred while the USSR was undergoing market-oriented reforms, a period in which the Soviet economy was at its most de-centralized and on the verge of collapse during perestroika.

    Err no. The Soviet economy collapsed in fat part DUE to the fact the Chernobyl revealed the whole Potemkin village. Chernobyl didn’t go sky-high because of Perestroika (which was much more marketing than action in any case).

    How much hope do you have in a government that distributes radioactive produce from the region by “diluting” in with produce from other regions?

    It is also rumored that the real reason for the Kremlin’s ‘secrecy’ about Chernobyl was that Pripyat was home to more than just a reactor-grade power station but possibly an undisclosed missile launching site or a facility producing warheads, with the meltdown a case of deliberate cyber sabotage by the C.I.A..

    This is completely retarded, from the same dossier as “CIA invented AIDS to put down Blacks.” Nobody has ever mentioned this in 30 years.. Suddenly, after the HBO movie, it’s on. Really. There was nothing to “cyber sabotage” in 1986. It’s just that RBMK is a typical gung-ho Soviet design. DON’T BUILD THAT SHIT.

    But yes, the area around Chernobyl is very interesting. The Duga radar installation is nearby for one. But no launch sites or warhead production facility; one would know by now.

    Not to mention, the ongoing cover-up of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011 in the U.S. vassal state of Japan.

    There is a cover-up? Seriously? You can download regular reports or read up on what’s going on in specialist mags. I would say there is mainly heavy panicking and fear-mongering for an accident that arguably would have been far worse if the winds had been different. I remember the coverage at the time, it was pretty ridiculous, like Cthutlhu Rising. Especially the posts bereft of any basic knowledge at Zero Hedge. And everybody forgot that the real devastation was due to the tsunami. Dear authir, starting reading other things than dodgy websites.

    • Agree: Ghan-buri-Ghan
    • Replies: @Durruti
    , @Max Parry
  15. Avery says:
    @Mikhail

    {They were there to keep tabs on other powers and to protect US biz interests in a country that was in turmoil.}

    Great excuse: next time you are having an argument with a family member, a whole bunch of people* can invade (break into) your house to keep tabs on you and others and protect their business interests.

    And if they mess up your house and rough up “uncooperative” family members…..Well, nothing personal: just protecting their ‘biz interests.’
    ______________

    * You know, bank representatives who have mortgages on your house; appliances you have bought on credit; credit card companies making sure you don’t do anything that will jeopardize your ability to pay back the moneys you owe them,…..

    • Replies: @Mikhail
  16. Durruti says:

    I would say there is mainly heavy panicking and fear-mongering for an accident that arguably would have been far worse if the winds had been different. I remember the coverage at the time, it was pretty ridiculous, like Cthutlhu Rising. Especially the posts bereft of any basic knowledge at Zero Hedge. And everybody forgot that the real devastation was due to the tsunami.

    Err. no. The 6 General Electric Nuclear plants at Fukushima – were built on top of the worst fault line on the planet. [even houses should not be built here – only farms] Additionally, the area is prone to Tsunamis. The 6 damaged plants (all are damaged & 3 have suffered Melt Downs), have their uncontrolled radioactive emissions flushed down to the Pacific Ocean. Another part of the Radiation is sinking (as we talk) into the Earth’s crust.

    Ironically, Russia (Putin) offered help for Japan’s Nuclear Crisis, and the Japanese Government turned the offer down.

    At last read, Japan has only restarted 2 of its dozens of Nuclear reactors.

    Not really. The Fukushima Nuclear tragedy is the largest and most serious in history. It far overshadows the Chernobyl disaster. At least the Chernobyl Plant was constructed over stable portion of the Earth’s crust. Therefore the double sarcaphogus that was built to cover the plant, has successfully ended the danger of further nuclear contamination (albeit-100 square miles of our planet will not be usable by Humans for 60,000 years). In Japan, the Northern quarter of the country is suffering from dangerously high radiation. One of many links:

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/15/asia/japan-fukushima-nuclear-fuel-rods-removal-scli-intl/index.html

    • Replies: @Durruti
  17. Realist says:
    @Korenchkin

    Maybe then Russians will finally clue into the fact that they have no friends in the US

    Not true Russia has many friends in the US. Russia is not our enemy…the Deep State is.
    We have met the enemy and it is us.

    • Agree: bluedog
  18. @Korenchkin

    Red Dawn 1: USSR, with that Global threat, Cuba, in a supporting role.
    Red Dawn 2012: Ultra-nationalist Russia plus that Global threat, North Korea, in a supporting role.

    So, who do we line up for Red Dawn 2020, some combination of China, Russia, Cuba, and North Korea? Do we add Venezuela as their staging ground? Hey, this invasion force can camouflage itself as the Mother of All Caravans, and, like in the movie Mars Attacks, we can cut to the faces of the arts & crafts-type folk at the border with their “Welcome all refugees” and “People cannot be illegal” signs as they see the weapons come out … wait, this is getting getting too real.

    • Replies: @Noman
  19. Alfred says:

    Around 1967/68, at a well-known private (i.e. public) school in England, we had classes that were entitled the “Use of English”. It was only given to the smartest kids who were called scholars. Scholars were those kids who had “reserved” places at Oxford or Cambridge. I was one of them and I turned down Cambridge and went to Imperial instead – much to the delight of my house-master as it allowed him to put forward another kid with pushy parents. These universities accepted automatically a certain number of kids from each of these schools – without any exam.

    We were taught how to analyze an article of news or a report. It was most educational. Frequently, we used “The Listener” (the magazine of the BBC at the time) as a source of articles for these studies. It is amazing what one can do with written English – seemingly without telling untruths.

    I am pretty sure that they gave up that a long time ago. The school had to move with the times. What is the point of upsetting kids and their parents by studying the deluge of obvious falsehoods that we are subjected to on continuous basis.

    • Replies: @Republic
  20. Durruti says:
    @Durruti

    This was written as an answer to El Dato – Comment – #14

  21. Durruti says:
    @El Dato

    El Dato-

    You are answered in # 16. For some reason the usual connection for a reply did not register.

  22. GMC says:

    Most Russians don’t get it – mainly because their government doesn’t either or their heads are in the sand. . Holywood, Sanctions ,Russia Phobia, assassinations of their diplomats- scientists- soldiers, incarcerations of their citizens in the US, and many other indications are right in front of them. Dear Russia –It’s the Zionist Jews, the illuminati NWO Corporations, Mossad/Cia, Israel , the Sauds, EU, and the same old NY Wall Street Bolsheviks – doing it to You. President Putin hints around on this but seldom wakes up the Russian people about the real Pravda. What will happen to Russia , when Putins gone? The Zionists are licking their chops.

    • Replies: @Andrei Martyanov
  23. When you say ‘Hollywood’ all I hear is jews. Was there another voice that you could say I heard? jew fink f*ck we are all going to die. If it is to be at your highly unstable hand, then you will have a hand in it. For me, you are the machination in the machine. We need anything else but you. Don’t give us false dichotomies, Nazis will determine their own options.

    • Replies: @Wally
  24. anonymous[333] • Disclaimer says:

    One has to wonder. Before any eventual conflict down the road that’s already on the drawing boards there’s a propaganda campaign to mold the thinking of the public. Like the blowing leaves that precede a storm one hears stories about how the target group is bad, they mistreat women, gays, obscure minorities, etc. It’s a process of trying to dehumanize them, turning them into two-dimensional stereotypes. It’s well known by now how the US govt, CIA, have been heavily involved with media outlets in producing much of their output. If you start hearing more and more of this sort of thing then be wary; they’ve got something up their sleeve. And who knows who or what these producers/writers may actually be in reality. Their public identities as liberals, conservatives, whatever, could just be a pose.
    Face it, the American public in general is fairly weak minded. Most never read any worthwhile books but rather mostly celebrity trash. They get their history from television and movies. The educational system is run by a politics-first gang of PC-cult-think types. Most younger people seem to spend all their time staring into their phones and engaging in social media banter. The propagandists have an easy time of it with such a population.

  25. Zionist-Hollywood is trying to demonize Russia which has returned to its Christian roots and is a nation which the zionists aka communists aka bolsheviks wish to undermine and destroy and the zionists are trying to whip up war hysteria against Russia via their hollywood propaganda machine, which is all hollywood is ie a zionist propaganda machine.

    The zionist plan is to attack Iran and this will bring in Russia on the side of Iran as Russia is aware that if Iran falls Russia is next and so the war will go nuclear right from the start of the Israeli and zio/US attack on Iran.

    The zionists believe that they can survive a nuclear war in their DUMBs aka deep underground military bases which they have through out the zio/US and Europe and Israel and they want to lower the earths population and so the ten of millions that will die are an added benefit to the zionist war agenda!

    Thus the demonizing of Russia by the zionist/bolshevik/communist hollwood demonic, draconian, satanic kabal.

    God bless Putin and Russia for saving the Syrian people from the zionist war on Syria!

    • Agree: Alfred
  26. MarkinLA says:
    @Alfred

    And how much did it cost the CIA to bribe some people to carry out some crazy “experiment” on the Chernobyl reactor and to disable all the safeguards?

    Please, stop with the nonsesne. Chernobyl happened in large part because of the style of reactor it was – a graphite moderated reactor. According to a Russian engineer I knew, Chernobyl was the place everybody wanted to work. It had the nicest living arrangements of all the Soviet facilities. It was a plum job and would have attracted the best talent. I doubt you could “bribe” anybody to put an entire city in serious danger.

    • Replies: @Alfred
  27. Bukowski says:

    Harvest of Despair is a documentary on the Holodomor made by Ukrainians. People can decide for themselves if the contents are true or not.
    http://www.ucrdc.org/Film-Harvest_of_Despair.html

  28. Wally says:
    @Greg Bacon

    said:
    “and not some nasty Nazi project.”

    And what would an example of a “nasty Nazi project” be?

    warning:
    Free speech easily exposes fraud.

  29. @GMC

    Most Russians don’t get it – mainly because their government doesn’t either

    You are making very-very sweeping generalizations. In fact, Russia has a whole industry of deconstruction of Hollywood and it is immensely effective. Learn about Oper (Puchkov) for starters.

  30. The title of the article is totally WRONG.

    The correct title must be:
    “US Jews and Israel, Reboot Russophobia for the New Cold War”.

  31. Wally says: • Website

    See how they try to slide their self serving nonsense into every discussion.

    Max Parry gives his game away when he says:

    “Reprising her role is Israeli actress and IDF veteran is Gal Gadot as the title character, ironically starring in a blockbuster that will demonize the Eurasian state which saved her ethnicity from extinction“.

    That would be the thoroughly discredited “holocaust” claims which have been demolished at this site, many other sites, and in Revisionist research published in many forms.

    • Agree: Ghan-buri-Ghan
    • Replies: @Robjil
  32. Wally says:
    @AllbuttHindstain

    said:
    “When you say ‘Hollywood’ all I hear is Jews”

    And well you should since Jews themselves openly announce their control of Hollywood & the media.
    see:
    http://www.unz.com/kbarrett/toronto-raptors-trip-to-israel/?highlight=hollywood#comment-3299298

  33. Alfred says:
    @MarkinLA

    I doubt you could “bribe” anybody to put an entire city in serious danger

    Your president and those around him are threatening to obliterate entire countries and civilizations. They and their predecessors have done similar things repeatedly in the past.

    What makes you think that humble people are incapable of lesser deeds?

    Frankly, your faith in humanity is touching. I am staggered by your naivety.

    10% of all males are psychopaths. Psychopaths have no difficulty recognizing others of their ilk.

    Just because you would not do such a thing does not mean that plenty of others would do it just for a visa and a ticket to the USA.

  34. Anon[424] • Disclaimer says:

    The prestige of Hollywood is gone , if they try to demonize something probably they will end up increasing its prestige .

    Ah those beautiful hollywoodian days of western and roman movies !!!!

  35. Republic says:
    @Carlton Meyer

    The American Expeditionary Force ,Siberia had over 8000 US soldiers and were stationed in Vladivostok for over two years from 1918-20.

    They had their own railroad and actually published a newspaper in English in Vladivostok, I have seen a copy of this newspaper in the Library of Congress, Washington,DC

    Almost 200 soldiers died from all causes

  36. anon[211] • Disclaimer says:

    During the 1980s as the Cold War reached a crescendo, Hollywood was churning out anti-Soviet movies marketed at teens like Red Dawn where a group of adolescents defend their small midwestern town from a fictional Soviet invasion.

    Tell us why Hollywood is still churning out anti-Nazi movies 74 years after the end of the war. –

    • Replies: @sharkey
  37. Republic says:
    @Alfred

    Until about 15 years ago I had great respect for both the BBC and the Economist.

    Since around the turn of this century the quality of both has decreased and the propaganda has increased to a noticeable degree.

    While I have ceased reading the globalist Economist I still look at the BBC as I like to see how that organization spins the news.

    No question, the British are masters in the art of propaganda.

  38. @Alfred

    The zionist kabal did the same thing to Fukushima, they set off a nuke at the bottom of the ocean and caused the ensuing destruction of the reactor which had its control system sabotaged prior to setting off the nuke.

  39. Svevlad says:

    To be honest, unless you really really REALLY want it to be a criticism of socialism, Chernobyl is more like a critique of incompetent retards who got to places that they should have been able to reach, something that America seems to be suffering from as we speak…

  40. sharkey says:
    @Hrafn

    holocaust denial is so damn easy its ridiculous:

    1-The post WW2 books written by the wartime leaders Eisenhower and DeGaule never mentioned any gas being used or any planned, systematic extermination of anyone nor did they mention millions or even hundreds of thousands of people dying. That is in spite of the fact that they had full access to top allied intelligence information at their disposal. Eisenhower and DeGaule would have had every reason to mention a mass killing if it had happened since any justification for warring against Germany was both sought and welcomed by the Allies. Added to that is the fact that neither Eisenhower nor DeGaule had any sympathy for Germans whatsoever. Also, in Churchill’s enormous six volume works titled ‘World War Two’ he makes no mention of any gas chambers nor is there any mention of genocide of Jews or of 6 million Jewish victims of the war.

    2-In Eli Wiesel’s book titled ‘Night’ he wrote that as the Soviet army was coming near he was in the Auschwitz hospital having a sore leg treated. I have to ask what was a Jew doing in a hospital in Auschwitz if it was a death camp? Also, he doesn’t mention gas being used and when the choice came that he would either retreat with the Germans or stay and be under the Soviet umbrella he chose to retreat with the Germans and that was after he had claimed to have witnessed Germans killing Jews. Now he claims Germans killed millions of Jews.

    3-In president Truman’s ‘State of the Union’ address made four months after the end of WW2 and which contained many details of that war he never mentioned Jews or a holocaust.

    4-if there would have been millions of people murdered then there would have been tons of human remains buried somewhere and it would be way too much to hide for very long. No tons of human remains were ever found. And if they would have been cremated then there would have been tons of ashes and no ashes were ever found.

    5-The United Nations figures for the world population of Jews made in 1947 is nearly the same as the 1938 world population figures for Jews made by the League of Nations. This is confirmed by data compiled in the 1941 World Almanac which shows the world population of Jews to be 15,748,091 with the 1947 World Almanac showing the world population of Jews to be 15,688,289.

    6-The most official report as to the number of people that died in those camps was made by the Red Cross. The 1947 Red Cross report showed the figure of 271, 301 people died in all camps during the entire course of the war and of those that died 40% were Jews.

    https://www.stormfront.org/forum/t553062/

  41. sharkey says:
    @anon

    of course you know why Hollywood is still churning out anit-Nazi propaganda. Hollywood is a Jewish propaganda machine and Hitler’s National Socialism was the answer to our problems here in the west.
    Anything that makes our lives better is going to be hated and degraded by Jews who hate whites more than anything else in this world. The problem with whites is we let them get away with it.

  42. Robjil says:
    @Wally

    It is the Adult Santa Claus tale that most of us have been brainwashed to believe. In public, we get fired, jailed in Europe or ostracized if we question any of this Adult Santa Claus tale.

    Max Parry mentioned that Gal Gadot,who believes in this Adult Santa Claus tale as the center piece of the Jewish world’s existence and even the world’s existence, yet she goes on and attacks the one nation that supposedly defeated her people’s worst enemy in WWII.

    Gal Godot obviously does not believe in this Adult Santa Claus if she is anti-Russian now.

  43. Mikhail says: • Website
    @Avery

    Nonsense. The Bolshes launched a coup, resulting in havoc that explains the Russian Civil War.

    Meantime, there were Americans in Russia and US business interests, in conjunction with the other countries in the same situation.

    Your example assumes a much different circumstance.

    • Replies: @Andrei Martyanov
  44. @Mikhail

    Nonsense. The Bolshes launched a coup, resulting in havoc that explains the Russian Civil War.

    You really need to read some memoirs, say by Denikin, or by Svechin to get a good grasp on who started the whole shebang and why the whole thing collapsed. I cannot recall any Bolsheviks in rail-car where Kolya II abdicated. Actually, the coup started in February of 1917 and “Bolshes” had really very little to do with it. I’ll give you a hint: NO “liberal” government in XX century (I will omit XXI century) was ever capable of properly running any nation. The time bought for “liberalism” due to United States emerging from WW II unscathed and with pockets staffed with cash and IOUs was merely a breather which in historic time scale is just an instance.

    P.S. There is also very logical and factually supported explanation of why Red Army had more (many more) former White Officers than the White one.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
  45. @Sollipsist

    You wrote an excellent comment.

    how any intelligent person could take seriously all of the over-the-top propaganda and relentlessly demeaning caricatures of all things Russian.

    Oh boy, take a look at comment section at Unz Review. This, plus do not forget all those wonderful White Russian/Soviet/Jewish so called dissidents putting in word in the nation predisposed for End Times, Rupture and other evangelical, so called, Christianity. Well, that plus Christian Zionism, and voila’ –easy peasy.

  46. @Korenchkin

    Here’s to 10 more Red Dawns Maybe then Russians will finally clue into the fact that they have no friends in the US

    I recall Chris Christopherson playing his music on Soviet TV in 1984 or 1985 and he apologized to the audience (it was translated) for either Red Dawn or some other piece of crap by Hollywood. I don’t think he apologized for Amerika series which was made later, in 1987. Which would make the whole thing rather ironic.

  47. Bernie says:

    “There was indeed a famine (throughout the entire USSR), but using the reconstruction of the tragedy to insert Ukrainian nationalist propaganda and Nazi myths of deliberate starvation is part of the West’s ongoing whitewashing of Ukrainian Nazi collaborators …”

    The same West that hunts down 95-year-old prison camp guards is whitewashing “Nazis”?

    “Then again, the West has never given the Soviets credit for defeating Germany…”

    The same West that allied with the Soviet Union and likely saved them from defeat by supplying them and then opening a second front against a nation smaller than Texas?

    “because if anyone can appreciate the alleged rewards of Reaganomics with the reduction of social programs and spending cuts, it would be an African-American child during the 1980s.”

    There was no cutting of handouts to blacks. That is why the deficit skyrocketed.

    • LOL: FB
    • Replies: @Alfred
    , @anon
  48. By being so diverse, what holds the left together is not what they are for but what they are against. They are much more dependent upon demagoguery than the right and need an enemy to unite them. The internal enemy is white men. Not coincidentally, it is the same as their external enemy, Russian white men. This is not complicated.

  49. @Hrafn

    Kulaks aren’t people, Comrade! Therefore, no people starved!

    • Replies: @Noman
  50. “In the Cold War, Tinseltown played an important role in the cultural battlefield against the USSR and anti-Soviet paranoia was an ever-present theme in American cinema for decades, from the McCarthy era until the Berlin Wall fell. ”

    For every blatant anti-Soviet movie made during the cold war there were easily 10 subversive pro communist, Jewish produced movies made. How many serious movies comprised of A list actors have been made about Lenin or Trotsky by Hollywood? Is it still zero? Conversely, how many have been made about Hitler?

    I find it amusing that the author both blames Jewish Hollywood for fostering “anti-Soviet paranoia” when it was (((who again???))) that facilitated the events that led to the creation of the Soviet Union to begin with.

    Further, being “anti-Soviet” (like this is supposed to be something bad? As if the Soviet Union was some innocent misunderstood creation that didn’t kill and terrorize and abuse millions of people, while working equally as hard to subvert the US and produce plenty of its own anti US propaganda.) does not mean anti-Russian.

    Normies have nothing against Russia or it’s people. The only people who believe in the Russian interference nonsense are sufferers of TDS.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @Alden
    , @Alden
    , @utu
    , @Anounder
  51. Mulegino1 says:

    The contemporary anti-Russian propaganda of Jew dominated Hollywood is a repeat of the anti-German propaganda during 1933-1945.

    Notice that the Talmudic masters of exploitative and culturally degrading “entertainment” were very pro-Soviet during the glory days of the anti-German alliance. Of course, the conflict between Trotsky and Stalin which, in my opinion, is the true origin of the Cold War, was temporarily set aside so that the defeat and destruction of Germany could be achieved. Then, Stalin became the new Hitler and the degenerate Trotskyite globalism and counter-cultural crap- along with its Zionist twin-became the nuclei of the so called “American Century”, with kosher Hollywood hedonism playing a lead role. At first this cultural degeneracy was tempered a bit by the Christian majority’s moral sensibilities, but now is in full blown Antichrist mode.

    New Hitler= Putin.

    Strong tellurocratic power Germany=Russian Federation.

    Trip wire for world conflict= condign punishment for Jewish oligarchs and cultural degenerates.

    International Jewry cannot stand for the goyim to be proud, cultured, happy, spiritually awake, or even modestly prosperous. It has nothing to offer the world of nations but ugliness, oppression, economic misery and spiritual deprivation.

  52. Alden says:
    @Carlton Meyer

    Too bad they didn’t manage to murder every Bolshevik Jew in Russia.

    I’ve always believed that American Jews anti White activities such as civil rights de segregation school busing affirmative action open immigration for the scum of the earth gay rights 119 years of ever increasing anti White propaganda was carefully coordinated with Moscow.

    Never heard of most of these movies. Red Dawn wasn’t set in the Midwest. It was west of the Missouri in a mountain state. The boys didn’t defend their town. The town was already conquered. The boys were sent out into the forest to prepare for liberation.

    Red Dawn was the only anti communist movie the Russian communist adoring Hollywood Jews ever made.

  53. Alden says:
    @MikeatMikedotMike

    Agree agree agree Hollywood media NYSlimes Jews have always loved and promoted any and all communist Jew activities.

    The Poles, Slovaks Czechs Hungarians Serbs Croats Bulgarians Romanians etc who resented being in the Soviet gulag system were nothing g but facist nazi collaborators who sent Jews off to the death camps. Even the Greeks who fought off the attempted communist take over at the end of WW2 were evil anti Semitic nazis.

    The Jew York Times celebrated Castro’s revolution in Cuba from 1956 on. Every commie organization world wide has been approved of and applauded by American Jews.

  54. Alden says:
    @MikeatMikedotMike

    I’m not a movie buff, but as far as I know not one anti soviet movie was made between 1918 and the last week of August 2019.
    Many movies were made against Senator McCarthy and others who exposed the thousands of Bolshevik Jews infesting the American government.

    Isn’t Russia still run by vicious Jews? 1900 vicious capitalists, 1918-1990 vicious communists 1990 to the present vicious capitalists again.

    At least now they’re just looting and abusing Russia, not roaming the world. How many years before the capitalist Jews loot everything out of Russia and go after the rest of the world again?

  55. Noman says:
    @The Alarmist

    Red Dawn 2020: a rainbow mashup of feminists, homosexuals, and gender dysphoric persons fighting toxic white masculinity.

    Remember how women in power were supposed to temper the toxic masculine madness that has us constantly on the verge of war?

    Then we get Madeline Albright and 500,000 dead children is an acceptable price.
    Hillary Clinton and Libya.
    Nudelman and Ukraine.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  56. utu says:
    @MikeatMikedotMike

    Agree!

    As if the Soviet Union was some innocent misunderstood creation that didn’t kill and terrorize and abuse millions of people, while working equally as hard to subvert the US and produce plenty of its own anti US propaganda.) does not mean anti-Russian.

  57. Noman says:
    @Redneck farmer

    The genocide of independent family farmers continues to this day.
    Rockefeller Foundation (promoters of current mis-education system) and Harvard Business School created Agribusiness, the corporate take over of the food supply.
    Sterile GMO seeds and Roundup.
    Drive the independent farmers deep into debt, create some bad weather patterns at critical times of the growing season, then farmers become employees/contractors, and the bankers own the farms.

    • Agree: Biff
    • Replies: @DESERT FOX
  58. @Noman

    One of the ways the deep state is controlling the weather is by using planes spraying chemtrails in the skies to ionize the skies and then using HAARP micro waves to heat the atmosphere to guide jet streams and tornadoes and hurricanes and in doing so, create droughts in some areas and floods in other areas.

    The spraying of chemtrails here in Montana has been going on for over 30 years by my personal observation, anyone who is interested can check geoengineeringwatch.org.

    Anyone who doubts this , can just look up in the skies on any given day and watch the spray planes putting giant X’s and tic tac toe patterns in the sky, it is right there in the open, in our faces, hidden in plain sight!

  59. @Noman

    Yes, didn’t they play the alien she-monsters in 1995’s Species?

  60. Just want to say the Cold War was constantly undercut by our media elite. If you had a brain in your head and were paying attention you could see that Russia was presented as sort of sexy and super cool. A leader in the arts. Full of brainy experts. Way ahead of us in important things like ESP studies. (sarc) Although we were told Russia wanted to bomb us and to invade us, nobody actually thought they would or could. McCarthy was presented as a Boob McNutt in grammar school textbooks. The Hollywood commies were presented as noble victims and Robert Osborne on Turner Classic movies never had a bad word to say about communist film makers.

    • Agree: Alden
  61. The only odd thing about this article is the fact that the author seems genuinely astonished that the Amerikastani Empire’s puppet entertainment industry should be acting as a puppet of,you know, the Amerikastani Empire. Three Amerikastani entertainment industry, like the Amerikastani media, are a wholly owned subsidiary of the military industrial complex that runs the Amerikastani Empire.

  62. Mikhail says: • Website
    @Andrei Martyanov

    You really need to read some memoirs, say by Denikin, or by Svechin to get a good grasp on who started the whole shebang and why the whole thing collapsed. I cannot recall any Bolsheviks in rail-car where Kolya II abdicated. Actually, the coup started in February of 1917 and “Bolshes” had really very little to do with it. I’ll give you a hint: NO “liberal” government in XX century (I will omit XXI century) was ever capable of properly running any nation. The time bought for “liberalism” due to United States emerging from WW II unscathed and with pockets staffed with cash and IOUs was merely a breather which in historic time scale is just an instance.

    P.S. There is also very logical and factually supported explanation of why Red Army had more (many more) former White Officers than the White one.

    I very much doubt that Denikin contradicts what I said on the issues at hand. Nicholas II abdication led to the internationally recognized Provisional Government. The Bolshes were foreign supported by the Germans and some on the Western left. The Bolshes essentially staged a coup, after which a civil war developed. At the outbreak of WW I, the Bolshes had virtually no influence in Russian politics. They piggy backed on the adversaries of Russia.

    The Bolsheviks were so “popular” that they made a then secret peace with Poland towards the end of 1919, which involved Polish non-support for the Whites, in exchange for the Bolshes agreeing to give away a good portion of former Russian Empire territory to Poland – inclusive of land where eastern Slavs were dominant. This happened when the Whites were on the offensive.

    Related:

    https://www.eurasiareview.com/08042016-fuzzy-history-how-poland-saved-the-world-from-russia-analysis/

    https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2016/04/07/poland-saving-world-from-russia-historically-flawed-belief/

    • Replies: @Andrei Martyanov
  63. Sparkon says:

    Hollywood managed to produce The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming in 1966. with a fairly sympathetic view of the Russian submarine crew, just to keep us guessing, I suppose, but the film was a commercial and critical success.

    According to Norman Jewison, the film – released at the height of the Cold War – had considerable impact in both Washington and Moscow. It was one of the few American films of the time to portray the Russians in a positive light. Senator Ernest Gruening mentioned the film in a speech in Congress, and a copy of it was screened in the Kremlin. According to Jewison, when screened at the Soviet film writers’ union, Sergei Bondarchuk was moved to tears.

    Strictly speaking, the movie should have been titled The Soviets Are Coming, The Soviets are Coming.

    According to Wikipedia, the Navy wouldn’t lend Hollywood a submarine for the movie, so they had to use a mock-up, but those are definitely real USAF F-101 Voodoos streaking over the sub, so take that Navy!

    • Replies: @Andrei Martyanov
  64. Alfred says:
    @Bernie

    The second front was opened after the Germans had received a thorough thrashing and were in full retreat. The Germans and their allies lost almost all their irreplaceable experienced NCO’s and junior officers on the Eastern Front before a single GI set foot in France.

    The only reason the second front was launched was so as to stop the Soviets from occupying all of Western Europe.

    What makes you think these “supplies” made any strategic difference?

    The Soviets were producing excellent tanks (the T-34 was considered the best of the era) and aircraft from indigenous components. They also had plenty of oil, food and raw materials.

    • Replies: @Prof. Woland
  65. Of course Russia is the enemy again. Easy to remember villains for boomers and ((they))) sure as shite aren’t going to demonize China, not when their hollywood product depends on getting slanty asses in seats.

  66. anon[722] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bernie

    Solid argument . I love it . BS would be a better term .

    I use your kind to hammer certain points on my students: if you did not know what thousand and what millions meant , then chances are someone can hoodwink you in believing that you were actually helped when the thief gave you thousands and his accomplice stole your billions .

    State dept aids . Someone under its wings steal .

    Harvard and MIT , sometimes genuinely offer help for the damages done by the industries , corporations who also fund MIT . Nun has been active against Nicaraguan invasive polices of US but that doesn’t absolve American citizen . Neither a movie after 39 yrs by Hollywood on real story in Nicaragua or Honduras would rescue the moral ethical dereliction of Hollywood.

  67. @Mikhail

    Nicholas II abdication led to the internationally recognized Provisional Government.

    There is my humanities-educated historian. No, you got it exactly backwards and upside down. Obviously, to understand what is a slaughter of a Russian peasantry on the Front was seemes absolutely irrelevant to arm-chair “strategists” who operate with beaten to death cliches and urban myths precisely from the White Immigration play-book. But here is a bit for you to understand (and Denikin, Svechin, Triandafilov and any graduate of Russia’s Academy of General Staff before and during WW I will support me) what was going on at the front in 1914-1916 well before any Bolsheviks got in the game. Here is Svechin from his The Art of Command of Regiment. From the Experiences of WW 1914-1918:

    Таким образом в лучшем случае дивизия при мне была обеспечена полутора орудиями на батальон, а иногда всего одним орудием, что являлось совершенно недопустимым в условиях ми-ровой войны. Мы с завистью смотрели на нормальные дивизии, располагавшие 6 батареями, а о германской норме — 12 батарей — и мечтать не могли. За недостаток артиллерии приходилось рас-плачиваться дорогой ценой пехоте.

    Translation: So, under the best of circumstances during my service the Division (he is talking about 2-nd Finland Rifle Division) was provided with 1.5 (one and a half) cannons per battalion, sometimes only one cannon, which was absolutely unacceptable under the conditions of the world war. We looked with envy at normal divisions which had 6 batteries, as per German norm–12 batteries–we couldn’t even dream. Because of this lack of artillery the high price was paid by infantry(c).

    Other than that–I can, of course, recall lack of machine guns, sometimes of ammo, and illiteracy of Russian Army–it was all peachy and great. But I am sure Bolsheviks were also responsible for Osipov (later, wrongly attributed to Lanchester) writing in 1915 his revolutionary Estimation of Victims of War, which laid down the foundation for Theory of Operations and explained, extremely well, how dynamics of casualties is influenced by variety of factors of which density of weaponry (being armed and supplied) is the most important one. I am sure you are not interested in Square Law of Warfare. Other than the fact that Russian Empire could not provide for its army and as a result sustained catastrophic losses has nothing, like absolutely nothing, with the fact the Empire imploded. Indeed, what’s the big deal, those unwashed stupid Russian peasants for some reason didn’t want to fight for this “legitimate” Provisional Government which was ready to sacrifice even more of them for the victorious end–plus-minus two millions of peasants, what’s the big deal, right?

    Now, per White Officers and why they en-masse ended up in the Red Army? Unlike all this pseudo-historic BS , very popular among local Jew-fighting Holy Orthodox Russia supporting folks, most of who cannot even read Russian, by 1915 huge numbers of those Blue Bloods aristocrats officers of Russian Army were simply slaughtered at the front (good proof of Army’s “efficiency”, isn’t it?) and because of that lower officer ranks started to be filled with, and you guessed it, by most educated and capable representatives of peasantry and working class, namely from unter-officer ranks, and, as you may expect, those folks were not exactly your creme de la creme higher society guys, who somehow did care how the land will be split in their villages or who will be running factories. Other than that, your arguments are “correct”. As per German “Intelligence”, sure whatever floats the boat of “Under the sound of French Baguette” crowd who needs to justify, even if by open, easily debunked BS, how did they manage to fvck Russia so royally.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
  68. @Sparkon

    Hollywood managed to produce The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming in 1966. with a fairly sympathetic view of the Russian submarine crew, just to keep us guessing, I suppose, but the film was a commercial and critical success.

    It was a good movie. Very bottom line humanist and, in many respects, true. That Hollywood is gone today. There was some “rolling-back” of anti-Russian propaganda during Detente–it all came to a fast closure once Crater Administration moved into the White House. Then, Afghanistan and here we are.

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  69. Mikhail says: • Website
    @Andrei Martyanov

    Unlike all this pseudo-historic BS , very popular among local Jew-fighting Holy Orthodox Russia supporting folks, most of who cannot even read Russian, by 1915 huge numbers of those Blue Bloods aristocrats officers of Russian Army were simply slaughtered at the front (good proof of Army’s “efficiency”, isn’t it?) and because of that lower officer ranks started to be filled with, and you guessed it, by most educated and capable representatives of peasantry and working class, namely from unter-officer ranks, and, as you may expect, those folks were not exactly your creme de la creme higher society guys, who somehow did care how the land will be split in their villages or who will be running factories.

    Talk about psycho babble. By 1917, the Russian armaments situation had dramatically improved. Two things offset that. The losses Russia had earlier suffered resulting in lower morale, combined with the German willingness to utilize Lenin. Nazi racial stupidity prevented the Germans from doing somewhat similarly with Vlasov in WW II.

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  70. Mikhail says: • Website
    @Andrei Martyanov

    A case in point is Carl Reiner’s son Rob, who now joins the liberal Hollywood chorus in saying that the Russians are now really here (CR played the father in that movie, who wrote musical comedies).

    Rob is the Meathead of All in the Family fame. Related:

    https://www.eurasiareview.com/24092017-another-absurd-russia-bashing-development-analysis/

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  71. @Alfred

    WW2 did not start June 22, 1941 nor did it start December 7, 1941. Had the Nazis cut a deal with the French and British instead of the Soviet Union (the Russians) the outcome would have been very different. So while the USSR sacrificed enormously they were not the only ones nor the first.

    Another thing, the USSR fought the Germans not just the Russians.

  72. @Mikhail

    Talk about psycho babble. By 1917, the Russian armaments situation had dramatically improved.

    Sure. Take a look at this table. But then again–what’s the use explaining it when one has no grasp of basic tactical, operational and strategic facts. You may start from getting your facts on “improvement” straight:

    Evidently you have a very peculiar interpretation of the term “dramatically” and that is why I suggested you acquainted yourself with Denikin’s memoirs. I will abstain from explaining the significance of personnel (as in quality) degrading due to attrition both on tactical and operational levels. I assume you are capable on your own to calculate simplest ratios? And I hope you heard this unconfirmed rumor that Imperial Russia who actually fought on a single continental front (compared to Germany) sustained just KIAs more than Germany which fought on the two fronts. You also want to pay attention to ratio of casualties of “dramatically improved” Russian Army in 1917 against those very same Germans–I’ll give you a hint–a very grim ratio. Again, Denikin may help, and so could Miliykov with his rather accurate explanation of Russia’s conditions on the eve of WW I. You know that he was a Minister of Foreign Affairs in this “legitimate” Provisional Government, I am sure. In general, spend some time reading Krivosheev and his Russia and USSR in Wars of XX Century (see WW I data) and with Russian Imperial General Staff Militqary Digest from 1912-1913. So much psychobabble there too.

  73. @Mikhail

    A case in point is Carl Reiner’s son Rob, who now joins the liberal Hollywood chorus in saying that the Russians are now really here (CR played the father in that movie, who wrote musical comedies).

    Reiner is a fvcking idiot, the only redeeming fact about this creep is This Is The Spinal Tap. Most American (and Euro) entertainment industry today is a collection of imbeciles–Brandgellina, Charlize Theron, U-2–a bunch of creeps.

  74. Max Parry says:
    @El Dato

    I’m pretty sure this very website you’re commenting on would be considered ‘dodgy’, so if you have such an MSM type mentality why are you on here?

  75. Noticing Parry’s take on the Holodomor, I am compelled to ask, is he Jewish? This is a question I am com9ing to ask almost routinely lately

  76. Anounder says:
    @MikeatMikedotMike

    Soviet apologists and Nazi apologists are united in hating Poland, as John Wear’s recent article with comments shows.

  77. @Korenchkin

    I have more to fear from my city council, my county commissoners, my state govenment, the federal Leviathan and the government Orcs and Orcettes at all levels who enforce their fascist edicts; than the sovereign nation of Russia. It has been proven over and over again: In order to keep people off-balance and divided, create a bogeyman. Watch: RICH MAN’S TRICK: FROM JFK TO 9/11. Then tell me I am wrong.

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