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Picture yourself about to meet a girl with kaleidoscope eyes… No. Sorry. Actually picture merry lines of code in the R programming language – wallowing in a happy valley of game theory models which would not preclude Goth or New Romantic Walkyrie dancin’ to the 12-inch version of Bauhaus’s Bela Lugosi is Dead.

Imagine this reverie coming about because of a “ping!” in your inbox. After all you have just been presented with an astonishing piece of intel. You scramble to the exit, actually the entrance of the Magic Theater, where you ask, Keats-style, Was it a dream? Do I wake or sleep?

So what was the dream about? Oh, something so prosaic, so down to the nitty gritty geopolitics: what really happened during the visit of US Secretary of State Tony Blinken to Ukraine.

The great Andrei Martyanov has remarked that Blinken “told Kiev behind the scenes to ‘dial it down’, amidst the fluffy tropes about US concern for Ukraine’s ‘sovereignty’ and ‘security’”.

Well, looks like there was way more than fluffy tropes.

Leaked info on the closed-door meeting between Blinken and Comedian-in-Charge Zelensky is no less than incandescent. Blinken seemed to have read a no holds barred riot act.

Here are the guidelines. All Ukrainian state corporations must be controlled by the proverbial “foreign interests”. So board majorities must be either foreign or 5th columnists. The entire anti-corruption vertical drive must also be foreign-controlled. Same for the judicial system.

Andriy Kobolyev – an American asset – must be reinstated as head of Naftogaz. Zelensky moved mountains to get rid of Kobolyev.

Blinken demanded a massive push against every Ukrainian oligarch, so that huge chunks of Ukrainian economy are transferred to – who else – foreigners. Same for land privatization.

Somewhat hilariously, Blinken warned that Russian troops might invade Ukraine. In this case, Zelensky can count only on huge political assistance, not military. So Zelensky in fact was ordered to stop asking to join NATO and cease provoking Russia, as President Putin, who already drew red lines, could make a “drastic decision”.

Blinken demanded that American assets should be untouchable by Ukrainian law, and named honored figures of civil society. Maidan cookie distributor Victoria “F**k the EU” Nuland, also in the room, drew up a list of The Untouchables, and Blinken met with them separately.

Finally, the giant ghost hanging over the whole trip to Kiev had to make itself known. In practice, Zelensky was invited to turn in everyone in Ukraine who helped bring information about Hunter Biden to the media via Rudolph Giuliani.

According to the source who had access to the leak, Zelensky was left beyond speechless. That’s not exactly what he was expecting. Especially when it comes to transferring valuable assets controlled by Ukrainian oligarchs to “foreign interests”. Someone will inevitably whack him.

No one is touching this leak – as if it was radioactive poison. No one will confirm it. Its plausibility though cannot be denied.

ORDER IT NOW

Contradicting these powerful, left unnamed “foreign interests” is simply out of the question. They now seem to be guided by a “take the money and run” logic, as in taking over the looting of Ukraine lock, stock and barrel before the whole thing – actually a failed state – blows up.

Pity those oligarchs who thought they were going to loot the land through privatization. Instead the money is on a one way out journey. Follow the money. Follow the dream.

(Republished from The Vineyard of the Saker by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Pawn moves only two squares not three.

    • Agree: Haruto Rat
  2. Does Russia still buy something from Ukraine?

  3. Oleander says:

    Dmytro Dzhanhirov had a very interesting philosophical roundtable a few weeks ago. The following is my (likely incomprehensive) translation of Dmitri’s insights:

    “The processes that we’re seeing in the post-Soviet space are now widespread on a global scale. They are occurring in different forms and in various stages all across the world. Naturally, in places like Russia and the Ukraine, they are occurring at an accelerated pace secondary to the shock and deconstruction of late 80s and early 90s. If we are to focus our attention on the “governing elite”, as we inevitably end up doing, then from our vantage point, we can observe that the elite are now in a situation where they are uncertain on how to proceed. With this, we see that the ruling class has lost their competency, as it were. They are losing grip of their omnipotent and omniscient force that once firmly dictated the trajectory of the world.

    With the dissolution of the Soviet Union, which saw the elimination of Socialism, we saw rejection of modernism. It is important to note here that modernism exists in three distinct socio-economic modes: capitalism, in the purest sense of the word; fascism, where capital is tied to national interests; and socialism, where capital is nonexistent. All three forms are sacred proponents of progress, including the fascist and socialistic-communist myths of progress. Within these modes, science has replaced religion, in the positive sense, as science is believed to eventually reach a point where all answers pertaining to life and matter will be answered; our knowledge is limitless; and that ultimately, all of human civilization must be relentlessly endeavoring toward technical and social progress.

    Ukraine, just like the rest of the post-Soviet space, existed for a long time in the form of socialism. With the abandonment of socialism, the post-Soviet space saw the abandonment of modernism, including its constituents—belief in scientific and technical progress, industrialization, et cetera. I will jump forward here and note that there is a slight difference with Russia, as the ruling elite’s imperialist mindset is focused on the military-industrial complex which, given its focus on scientific and technical progress, naturally exists in the realm of modernism. To return to the topic of Ukraine, however, it is vital to note that the technical and scientific progress which the country benefits from (i.e., internet, computers, cars, programmers) is less a function of modernism, and more a function of globalism.

    The question then becomes, are the oligarchs, who occupy noticeable ranks in Forbes, considered capitalists? The answer is no. They are not part of the capitalist system. They are segments of the Feudal system, because if we are to look at your average Ahkmetov, and subtract all privileges and preferences that he receives because of the budget, tariffs, loss write-offs, and everything else, then we see that he does not meet the capitalist criteria, which is to produce goods and services. Their actions destroy the production of goods and services, raw and technical, while their income is the result of a unilateral redistribution of wealth garnered by its citizens. It is not the bureaucratic –capitalistic apparatus that works for the oligarchs, but the oligarchs who are considered the junior partners of the governmental bureau-capitalist system. Together, they appropriate the net worth of those goods and services produced by their citizens. Oligarchs are not individuals who are considered experts at navigating capitalist relations, nor are they masters at creating additional value.

    They are adept at the human-relations necessary to coordinate with the bureau-capitalist system. There are those oligarchs who are unsinkable, seen in countries like Russia and Ukraine, and then there are those self-proclaimed capitalists, who encounter issues such as suicide, bankruptcy, and sanctions. These same oligarchs do not understand that by detaching themselves from government, they are removing themselves from the well that nourishes them, as they lack the certain competency required to survive and flourish in the capitalist system, where goods and services must be provided.

    The religious revival seen today is a symptom of the desire to escape the current modernist paradigm, since the individual believes, perhaps subconsciously, that upon reaching a dead-end, the rational solution is to move backward in order to find an exit.

    When we say that modernism has ended, we mean the conclusion of progress in the fundamental realms of disciplines such as physics. It was after WW1 that we saw the development of quantum physics (circa 1925), nuclear physics (1933 for Nuclear fusion), and the theory of general relativity (accepted sometime in the 1920s). Since the evolution of these fields, there have no new fundamental discoveries in these fields. Instead, the world saw the evolution of technology.”

  4. Alfred says:

    TheDuran.com has an excellent political commentary on Biden and Nuland’s visit to Kiev.

    It seems that the (((oligarchs))) of Ukraine are busy robbing one another. The Kyiv Post has had a series of nasty articles about Poroshenko.

    Investigation: Allies of Poroshenko, Moldovan oligarch help corrupt judge escape Ukraine

    and Kolomoisy – the “Godfather” of Zelensky

    US sanctions Kolomoisky for ‘significant corruption’

    Obviously, Zelensky is doing the bidding of the USA.

    3 opposition TV stations were recently shut down because they discussed the Biden family’s rake off in Ukraine. Forget about the demands for reductions in corruption and crap like that – the Democrats were huge beneficiaries. 🙂

    • Thanks: Mustapha Mond
    • Replies: @Anon
  5. El Dato says:

    So, basically a holdup by the nignogs allied to (((interests))) who are are the current US “top men”.

    Choose your friends wisely.

    On European TV, the only think that is being said on Ukraine that democracy is blooming and that the key to peace in in Putin’s hands as various MEPs are shown ogling the Donbass contact line from a safe distance.

    Could give a warning to Russia what’s in store for them if they ever decide to re-friend with “The West”.

  6. Svevlad says:

    Uh oh. Someone didn’t learn from Đinđić.

    The consequences here, though – will be far more severe. The concept of the Ukraine might even cease to exist.

    Inevitable really. Geographically untenable state.

    • Replies: @Jake
  7. That this was originally published on Saker’s site is no surprise. It is of a piece with Saker’s ignorant idiocy. Ukraine is not working anything like Saker and the idiotic author of this screed think it does. They are nothing but Putinist propagandists.

  8. Jake says:
    @Svevlad

    Geography is not the only reason that the Ukraine is untenable as a state, but it is the easiest to see and explain.

    Whether a nation in Eastern, or Central, Europe is tenable as a state is only part of what is at stake. Even tenable states must either be allied with, under the control of, the EU (and thus NATO/USA) or else they must be allied with Russia.

    Under the EU/USA, you will get hordes of Moslems and Negroes, and you will see your nation come to be owned rather significantly by Jews, while Jews and gays control ‘culture’ and education.

    Those are the inherent fruits of Anglo-Zionist Empire.

  9. El Dato says:
    @Quartermaster

    Ukraine is not working at all you mean.

    It’s basically in a situation where it is a gimp being passed around

    Ukraine on verge of fuel crisis: Politically driven decisions to stop imports from Russia & Belarus may lead to shortage – expert

    In recent weeks, Kiev has lost much of its fuel supply. On April 1 this year, the Swiss company Proton Energy entirely ended its oil supplies to the country. Since 2016, the company has been the only supplier of Russian energy giant Rosneft’s products to Ukraine, and made up almost a quarter (23.4%) of the country’s entire diesel imports, and 22.3% of purchased liquefied gas. The decision to stop sending energy to Kiev was made after the Security Service of Ukraine recommended that other companies stop cooperating with Proton Energy.

    Looks like the only export of Ukraine nowadays is prideful idiocy and beautifully curated pics for the Euro-Consumer.

    • Agree: Aedib
  10. Being a failed state is a boost to the economy. Tourism is going to take a big jump as is trade in certain powders.

  11. Ukraine returning to the Russian sphere looks pretty likely.

    When your new best friends turn out to be psychotic gangsters who threaten your vital interests, it’s time to make an exit plan.

    Better to do it before they loot your gold.

    • Replies: @Jake
    , @Aedib
    , @showmethereal
  12. Jake says:
    @beavertales

    Humh – psychotic gangsters who threaten your vital interests

    Is it just me, or does that sound like Uncle Sam and John Bull’s London betters, and their banker and shrink and first cousin by marriage Schlomo Ben-Yisrael?

  13. Anon[159] • Disclaimer says:
    @Alfred

    It’s all about the Jews.

    Always has been, always will be.

    Khazar Bastards wanted a New Khazaria, and they got it.

  14. Aedib says:
    @Quartermaster

    You are too buthurt. Calm down.

  15. Aedib says:
    @beavertales

    I don’t think so. What may return to the Russian sphere is the culturally Russian side of the Ukraine. I.e. the Donbass plus Kharkov plus Odessa. The culturally madhouse of Galicia will control the rest on the Ukrainian “state” (west of the Dnieper river) and a wasteland will arise in the between.

  16. https://antibellum679354512.wordpress.com/2021/05/12/multinational-forces-rising-to-u-s-army-standards-on-natos-eastern-front/comment-page-1/#comment-934

    And yet the Putinist amen corner – Pepe Escobar and Andrei Martyanov in the latest iteration – are still determined to pretend that Blinken “ordered Zelensky to dial it down” and “forget about NATO membership”. Putinist fanboy Andrei Raevsky (the Faker), who does not, of course, permit any criticism of his views on his site, is a devout proponent of the as far I can see totally unsupported hypothesis that the Ukranazi army is still the shambolic wreck it was in 2014. Even basic logic would contradict that, but logic is anathema to the Cult of Putin.

    The Putin cult is inexplicable unless one acknowledges that it is a cult. If NATO tanks were in Moscow tomorrow, those cultists would still try to explain it away by saying Putin is playing 18th dimension chess or something like that.

    • Replies: @Antiwar7
    , @PJ London
    , @Carlo
  17. nsa says:

    This timid inside jewball….er inside baseball screed failed to mention that Blinken, Nuland, and Zelensky are all jews. C’mon Pepe, show some cojones and name the enemy.

  18. Hilarious! We all know who these ‘foreign interests’ will be-the Kaganate of Khazaria reborn. Queen Nudelman the First, perhaps? The orcs will be happy, no doubt. I smell a Night of the Long Knives coming.

  19. Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist @ 16

    “Two things are infinite; the universe and human stupidity and I’m not sure about the universe.”. Albert Einstein

    Seems you have proved Einstein right.

  20. Poroshenko chocolates could be just what Amtrak Joe needs.

  21. Antiwar7 says:
    @Quartermaster

    Just wondering, what kind of quartermaster are you?

    King’s maid?

    For land armies, the term was first coined in Germany as Quartiermeister and initially denoted a court official with the duty of preparing the monarch’s sleeping quarters.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quartermaster#Land_armies

    Supply sergeant?

  22. Antiwar7 says:
    @Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist

    a devout proponent of the as far I can see totally unsupported hypothesis that the Ukranazi army is still the shambolic wreck it was in 2014. Even basic logic would contradict that, but logic is anathema to the Cult of Putin.

    If there were improvements on one side, there may well have been improvements on the other. Starting from a higher level, at that.

  23. PJ London says:
    @Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist

    Only in some alternative universe of the 18th dimension would Ukrainian tanks be in Moscow.

    • Replies: @Begemot
  24. Carlo says:
    @Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist

    There was a huge increase in military expenditure in Ukraine in the last 7 years. But considering the rampant corruption that there exists in that country (way worse than in Russia, no matter what Transparency International says), I am pretty sure the real combat capabilities have not increased in the same proportion as available money. There have been some very embarrassing incidents in Ukraine recently, like the officer who got drunk drove a car in an airfied and collided with a MiG-29 fighter.

  25. Begemot says:
    @PJ London

    Those Ukrainian tanks in Moscow would more likely be there as trophies of the Russian army.

    • Agree: Aedib
    • Replies: @MarkinPNW
  26. MarkinPNW says:
    @Begemot

    Yes, like the German soldiers who actually did “parade” through the streets of Moscow in front of the Kremlin, as POW captives.

  27. @beavertales

    “Ukraine returning to the Russian sphere looks pretty likely.”

    Without further violence – like the US sponsored coup – what are the mechanics of that happening?

  28. Armenia lost Artsakh by abandoning Russia for the US. Ukraine has deservedly lost Crimea and is bound to lose more by provoking Russia with the backing of the US. It’s amazing that so many people around the world still see the US as a military and economic superpower instead of the fetid mass of putrefaction that it is, whose much-touted military amounts to a club for sodomites, transvestites, and ghetto rats. One of my Brazilian cousins, who is not otherwise a moron, is incredulous about my upcoming renunciation of US citizenship. He (and the average Brazilian on the street) see that as equivalent to a burning the deed to a valuable property. However, it’s more like burning the only copy of a contract that says you’re bound to fork over half of your income to someone you despise while getting nothing in return. For those who don’t know, the US is the only country in the world other than Eritrea with citizenship taxation, which is to say, taxing income earned outside the country by those who live outside the country.

  29. anonymous[103] • Disclaimer says:

    This is phenomenal. You don’t provide any information about the source, but if I were that poor chump Ze, such outrageous criminal extortion would send me running screaming to Russian back channels. And Russia would, in full conformity with the spirit and letter of the customary international law of friendly relations between nations, save Ze’s ass. Just like they did for Erdogan, when the US stabbed *him* in the back. Maybe Russia even proactively reached out and said, do you need help with this problem?

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but this reads like verified take from a competent security service (i.e. SCO member.)

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