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If one had been reading America’s leading newspapers and magazines over the past several weeks the series of featured stories suggesting that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is some kind of latter day Lucrezia Borgia would have been impossible to avoid. Putin, who was simultaneously being branded as some kind of totalitarian monster, apparently does not just go around chopping off heads. Instead, he prefers to slip military grade poison into people’s tea or wipes it onto their doorknobs. The case of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in England is being cited as evidence that poisoning is a routine way of cleaning out the closets, so to speak, together with that of Aleksandr Litvinenko, who died in England in 2006 under mysterious circumstances after reportedly drinking a radioactive isotope that had been placed into his cup of tea while dining at a sushi restaurant in London. Apparently the raw fish had nothing to do with it.

There are, of course, parts of the story that just don’t fit no matter how hard one tries. The Skripals, father and daughter, lived in Salisbury within walking distance of Britain’s chemical and biological weapons lab located at Porton Down, an option for poisoning that was never fully explored. And there was no real reason to kill them in 2018 as they no longer posed any threat to Russian interests, having escaped to England twelve years before. In fact, they did not die, which in itself seems odd since the lethal agent was eventually reported by the British to have been Novichok, which may have been smeared on their from door latch. Novichok is designed for battlefield use and reputedly kills instantly.

Poisoning is certainly a convenient short cut when one is unable or unwilling to persevere with the basic principle of politics among nations, often referred to as Diplomacy 101. The first rule in Diplomacy 101 is that you prioritize your interests so that you are not wasting your time and energy by pursuing objectives that are either essentially inconsequential or even meaningless at the expense of authentic vital national interests. By all accounts, Vladimir Putin is an astute politician who would recognize that killing political opponents is counter-productive. Far better to let them live to demonstrate that Russia is truly a country that allows dissent.

At the same time, if one wants to witness ignorance and hubris combined in news reporting, at its worst, it is only necessary to journey through the stories on Russia and Putin that comes out of the strange world inhabited by the punditry at newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post.

Bret Stephens, a self-proclaimed conservative voice at the New York Times, makes no attempt to conceal his hostility to nations like Russia, China and Iran. His latest foray into the unknown is to advocate congressional legislation to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin. He calls it the “Navalny Act.” The eponymous Navalny is Alexei Navalny, a leading Russian dissident who is currently in Germany being treated for what has been described as a poisoning carried out by unknown persons using a somewhat unidentifiable poison for an unknown objective, which is presumed to be killing him as he is a critic of the Putin regime.

Stephens advocates a law by Congress that would empower the U.S. government to both initiate and increase sanctions while also placing travel bans on those individuals who might be implicated in the claimed poisoning of Navalny. It is, in effect, direct interference in a foreign government’s domestic activities, which might have the consequence of inviting foreign governments and the U.N. to start inquiring into just how the U.S. does business. Stephens goes beyond sanctions and travels by further advocating linking his Navalny Act to the Senate’s proposed Defending American Security From Kremlin Aggression Act, or DASKA, that is being promoted by none less than Lindsey Graham. It would require inter alia that intelligence agencies issue available to the public reports on Vladimir Putin’s personal wealth.

There are inevitably a number of problems with the blame Putin narrative. As Israel Shamir observed shortly after the fact, it was at first by no means completely clear if Navalny was actually poisoned at all. He fell ill while flying from Siberia to Moscow and was tested for poisons before it being determined that he might have suffered a diabetic attack. When in Germany for treatment, a mysterious water bottle was produced by his family that the Bundeswehr labs are now claiming had traces of Novichok on its surface. If Novichok truly were on the bottle Navalny, his family and the air crew would all be dead, as well as the Bundeswehr technicians.

If Putin was behind the poisoning of a prominent dissident, it would have served no purpose beyond freeing oneself up from a political nuisance, so there would have been little in the way of motive. Quite the contrary, as Russia is, in fact, in the final stages of setting up the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project with Germany, which with be highly profitable to both countries and is being strongly opposed by the Trump regime.

The White House has been trying hard to kill the project on “national security grounds” to benefit potential U.S. gas suppliers, so much for Trump being a tool of Putin. That rather suggests that the U.S. might have more motive than the Kremlin to poison Navalny, namely to create a cause celebre damning Putin. At the moment, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in fact reported to be hesitant about completing the project due to the Navalny furor and pressure from Washington.

Interestingly, Stephens quotes his good friend Bill Browder, who was enthusiastic about the prospects for a new piece of legislation to beat Putin over the head with. Browder, the original darling of the war party who has described himself as Vladimir Putin’s “number one enemy,” was the driving force behind much of the original legislation to punish Russia, but his story has more holes in it than a Swiss cheese.

Browder is much loved by Congress as he embodies Russo-phobia. He is a major hedge fund figure who, inter alia, is an American by birth. He renounced his U.S. citizenship in 1997 in exchange for British citizenship to avoid paying federal taxes on his worldwide income. He is what used to be referred to as an oligarch, having set up shop in Russia in 1999 as Hermitage Capital Management Fund, a hedge fund registered in tax havens Guernsey and the Cayman Islands. It focused on “investing” in Russia, taking advantage initially of the loans-for-shares scheme under Russia’s drunkard President Boris Yeltsin, and then continuing to profit greatly during the early years of Vladimir Putin. By 2005 Hermitage was the largest foreign investor in Russia.

Similar to the proposed Navalny Act and central to the tale of what Browder really represents is the Magnitsky Act, which the U.S. Congress passed into law to sanction individual Kremlin officials for their treatment of alleged whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky, arrested and imprisoned in Russia. Browder has sold a narrative which basically says that he and his “lawyer” Sergei Magnitsky uncovered massive tax fraud and, when they attempted to report it, were punished by a corrupt police force and magistracy, which had actually stolen the money. Magnitsky was arrested and died in prison, allegedly murdered by the police to silence him.

The Magnitsky Act asserts American “rights” to punish crimes occurring anywhere in the world, a right that is claimed by no other nation. By it, the U.S. asserted its willingness to punish foreign governments for human rights abuses. The Act, initially limited to Russia, has now been expanded by virtue of 2016’s Global Magnitsky Act, which enabled U.S. sanctions worldwide. The proposed Navalny Act coupled with Lindsay Graham’s DASKA would together go well beyond even that bit of draconian legislation.

The basis for the Magnitsky Act was essentially fraudulent, just as might turn out to be the case with the Navalny story. Contrary narrative to that provided by Browder concedes that there was indeed a huge fraud related to as much as $230 million in unpaid Russian taxes, but that it was not carried out by corrupt officials. Instead, it was deliberately ordered and engineered by Browder with Magnitsky, who was actually an accountant, personally developing and implementing the scheme, using multiple companies and tax avoidance schemes to carry out the deception.

The pending legislation dreamed up by Stephens is undeniably driven by extreme hatred of Putin and of Russia, using contrived and evidence-free scenarios to condemn the Russian government for crimes that do not even make sense from a risk-gain perspective. The Magnitsky Myth alone has already done more even than the contrived Russiagate to launch and sustain a dangerous new Cold War between a nuclear-armed United States and a nuclear-armed Russia.

It would perhaps not be too off base to suggest that the Navalny poisoning has the smell of a possible false flag operation by the U.S. with the possible collusion of anti-Russian elements in Germany. Moscow had no real motive to kill Navalny while the White House is certainly keen on terminating Nord Stream 2. That the U.S. media also continues to be attracted to schemes like Stephens’ is symptomatic of just how far the Russia-phobia current in America and Europe has robbed people of their ability to see what important even when it is right in front of them. Good relations with Russia are more important than either getting involved in Moscow’s politics by validating Navalny or selling gas. To suggest that yet more foreign meddling as advocated by Brent Stephens of the New York Times could well lead to tragedy for all of us would be an understatement.

(Republished from American Herald Tribune by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. The interesting bit is that it all gives Israel leverage with Russia.

    Seriously. When Israel says, jump, we say, how high?

    So watch. The next time Netanyahu meets Putin, watch Russia back off in Syria. Then watch us ease up on Russia.

    This happens.

  2. A123 says:

    Trump and the GOP ignore The New York Dhimmi Times. As long as Trump is in power, their Navalny Act is going nowhere.

    If Biden the Submissive some how takes office…. Well we know that he loves Maidan, hates Russia, and serves the Muslim power brokers that control the New York Dhimmi Times. The DNC would happily pass the Navalny Act.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Druid
    , @Meena
  3. Technically, Navalny is a convenient and acceptable oppositionist. Now he has lost the trust of a significant part of the youth. His work to expose corruption is rather useful for improving the stability of the system of government in Russia. We don’t have much respect for him – his disclosures are asymmetric, he talks about Pro-Putin oligarchs, but we have very powerful liberal group in the country’s government here. Their tremendous corruption is obvious, but this oppositionist has no questions or revelations about them.

  4. anon[297] • Disclaimer says:

    Nice rhetorical gimmick there, taking the NY Times seriously, like it’s 1970 or something. That makes their state propagandist editorial hacks seem almost worth thinking about for two seconds or so.

    That German wild boar that got African swine flu, I want to know what he thinks. Maybe he has some idea where he got it.

  5. (((Bret Stephens)))

    From Wikipedia:
    ” Both his parents were secular Jews. His paternal grandfather, Louis Ehrlich, was born in Kishenev (today Chișinău, Moldova) in 1901. He fled with his family to New York after a pogrom. Ehrlich changed the family surname to Stephens”

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    , @Druid
  6. @Sir Launcelot Canning

    ‘From Wikipedia:
    ” Both his parents were secular Jews. His paternal grandfather, Louis Ehrlich, was born in Kishenev (today Chișinău, Moldova) in 1901. He fled with his family to New York after a pogrom. Ehrlich changed the family surname to Stephens”’

    And Stephens was editor or something of the Jerusalem Post at some point.

    He’s definitely one of our minders, here to supervise the goyim on behalf of Israel.

  7. Voltarde says:

    Aren’t pieces of legislation like the Magnitsky Act, which deny due process to named individuals (i.e., sanctioned persons in Russia), “Bills of Attainder” that are proscribed under the US Constitution?

  8. Anonymous[189] • Disclaimer says:

    Unz is KBG controlled.

    He is Jewish and carries Duginist/Eurasian narratives, including recently a flagrant promo of multipolarity (Jewish World Order structure) from notorious shill Keith Woods.

    • Replies: @ariadna
  9. Miro23 says:

    The White House has been trying hard to kill the project (Nord Stream 2) on “national security grounds” to benefit potential U.S. gas suppliers, so much for Trump being a tool of Putin. That rather suggests that the U.S. might have more motive than the Kremlin to poison Navalny, namely to create a cause célèbre damning Putin. At the moment, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in fact reported to be hesitant about completing the project due to the Navalny furor and pressure from Washington.

    Not really about US gas suppliers. Nord Stream 2 makes a lot of sense economically for Germany and Russia, and builds a positive long term relationship between them. US attempts to stop the agreement by pressuring Germany failed, so now they call in the CIA. The Germans know what’s going on, and it’ll be interesting to see Merkel’s decision. It’s a test of how much Germany is locked into ZioGlob/CIA world.

    The Act, initially limited to Russia, has now been expanded by virtue of 2016’s Global Magnitsky Act, which enabled U.S. sanctions worldwide. The proposed Navalny Act coupled with Lindsay Graham’s DASKA would together go well beyond even that bit of draconian legislation.

    A not so obvious positive aspect, is that the new millennium information flood is revealing the reality of all sorts of events that the MSM could previously have hidden. It’s a long list of ZioGlob/CIA malfeasance – WMD, the 9/11 bombings, Syria/ISIS, Ukraine subversion, Magnitsky, Novichok, Covid-19 etc. – making it increasingly politically risky for western European collaborators (example Merkel , Macron, Johnson) to follow US directives.

    For example, Boris Johnson is currently being fried in the UK for maintaining the official Covid-19 hysteria. Even the dopiest members of the British public know about the empty hospitals and minimal fatalities and have concluded that it’s a political game.

  10. Druid says:
    @A123

    F-up A123 is here again!1. YHWH save us from this troll. Everybody hates him and knows he’s a troll, but he persists, like the keikele he is!

  11. Druid says:
    @Sir Launcelot Canning

    Alleged pogrom. I don’t trust anything this tribe says

  12. LondonBob says:

    Litvinenko, and Scaramella, were poisoned in a branch of the sushi chain Itsu somehow at lunchtime. The tea incident was invented later and occurred in the afternoon some hours later, apparently everyone has been successfully conditioned in to completely forgetting the whole Itsu event, quite impressive and deprsesing that the general populace can be so easily manipulated. Surely something that registered on some people’s radars.

    • Replies: @Ram
  13. Ram says:
    @LondonBob

    The chain of restaurants is actually called Zizzy, and I thought it was Italian.

  14. Meena says:
    @A123

    Instead ofUSA trying a Navalny Act, the world needs to enact following acts – “, Checkpoint act, Human shield act, Flotilla act ,Human Organ act, Olive Harvest act, Arafat act, Rachel Corey act, Abukhdeir act, Tristan Anderson act, Brian Avery act, Furkan Dugan act, and introduce a Global Palestine act .

    • Agree: Ann Nonny Mouse
    • Replies: @A123
  15. A123 says:
    @Meena

    Instead of USA trying a Navalny Act, the world needs to enact following acts – “, Checkpoint act, Human shield act, Flotilla act ,

    introduce a Global Palestine act .

    Non-Palestinian Muslims:
    — Attack Checkpoints
    — Use Human Shields
    — Violate sovereign borders with Flotillas

    And, the money from penalties associated with these Muslim War Crimes would go into an Global Account for Palestinian Jews.

    Your idea needs some refinement before it could be introduced as legislation. The general concept appears sound. Meaningful sanctions on non-Palestinian Muslims for their illegal occupation of Jewish Palestine.

    PEACE 😇

  16. Durruti says:

    Giraldi:

    Interestingly, Stephens quotes his good friend Bill Browder, who was enthusiastic about the prospects for a new piece of legislation to beat Putin over the head with. Browder, the original darling of the war party who has described himself as Vladimir Putin’s “number one enemy,” was the driving force behind much of the original legislation to punish Russia, but his story has more holes in it than a Swiss cheese.

    It might be useful to fully identify Bill Browder.

    Bill Browder is the Billionaire (by means of theft), GRANDSON of EARL BROWDER, who was the GENERAL SECRETARY of the Communist Party of the USA (1930-1945).

    https://www.conservapedia.com/Bill_Browder

    That is an amazing connection, that should receive mention and examination whenever anyone discusses the History of Bill Browder.

    Just what is the significance of this astounding ‘coincidence’? Giraldi, who is an excellent writer and reporter, should not have let this fantastic connection – go unmentioned.

    Feel free to finish this comment………………………

    • Replies: @Badger Down
  17. Phibbs says:

    Jews hate us white Christians with a passion. It’s why they hate Russians. It’s why the Jews destroyed Russia when they took it over in 1917. Jews are the curse of the planet — and they just might spark World War Three.

  18. anon[156] • Disclaimer says:

    Pompeo probably ordered the hit. Ziocons are freaking about the possibility of Germany joining the new “Axis of Evil” Russia-Iran-China, they’d be unstoppable. I’m sure he and the CIA also have something to do with all the unrest in HK. Wouldn’t surprise me one bit if we one day find out it was Pompeo who ordered the release of coronavirus by US soldiers in Wuhan. I wouldn’t put anything pass that fat fuck. He is evil personified.

    • Replies: @Beavertales
  19. ariadna says:
    @Anonymous

    I have always found his Duginism unbearable but what is KBG? Kinetic Brain Gyrations?

  20. They say Navalny has recovered, is up and about. But of course he will never be seen again, any more than Iulia will.

    They have to say he is alive because otherwise they’d have to return the body. But, if he is, he now knows very well, has now learned, that he’s worth more to America dead than alive. If he was allowed to return home his politics would have changed a lot. He would now be an ardent supporter of Putin.

    Won’t happen.

  21. And Novichok is super-fatal. What could you do if you needed a non-fatal variant to be used to stir Russophobia, but not produce a dead body that would have to be returned to its family?

    Who would synthesize that for you?

    Porton Down of course. So Alex or Iulia returning home too early might have in their systems a compound which had some similarity to Novichok but has the Porton Downs fingerprint on it.

    So, though that can’t be allowed, in another ten years they might be released. Except that they would then blow the whistle on being held prisoner.

    But there will be different, innocent politicians in charge in Britain and Germany by then. They will be able to blame their predecessors.

    So there is hope that we will see those two, those three again one day.

  22. @Durruti

    What a relief! I thought Browder was JEWISH!

    • Replies: @Durruti
    , @Badger Down
  23. Durruti says:
    @Badger Down

    What a relief! I thought Browder was JEWISH!

    Your comment is unclear. What is your point?

    Why the relief? Bill Browder is Jewish. His grandfather, Earl Browder, (as with any good communist), was a self-declared Atheist.

    The point of my comment was to examine the significance of Bill Browder’s relation to his grandfather, Earl Browder, who was the General Secretary of the American Communist Party. Communists supposedly favor the poor, oppressed, working class. Since when do their progeny become thieving $Billionaires???

    This is the question you refuse to deal with. Is the connection significant? Additionally, Russia has asked for the arrest & return of Bill Browder, who they accuse of FELONY THEFT! And the American Government refuses to extradite him. Understand? Your American Government is protecting Bill browder.

    Additionally, Bill Browders $Billion was looted from the ruins of the Soviet Union, which had by 1990, become a disfunctional ‘Workers State’. – –

    Follow the bouncing ball!

    In America, The Zionist Oligarchs have continually looted the disfunctional ruins of our once Proud Republic. The looting has accelerated since November 22, 1963.

    So, kindly explain your “relief.”

    Durruti

    • Replies: @Wade
  24. @anon

    A Euro-Asia alliance of Russia-China-Iran-Germany would be happy to free themselves of the Zio-American banking dictatorship.

    Global Zionism would be pissed to be shut out of Euro-Asian banking. As the New York-London-Tel Aviv axis of fiat money spirals downward, Zionist leaders would be trying to spark a war to reel Europe back in.

    We’re seeing the first moves now. As feverish desperation sets in, they’ll be ramping up the false flags. Buckle up.

  25. Wade says:
    @Durruti

    I think Badger’s comments were in the vein of “Bill Browder is a communist Jew… ah, but I repeat myself!” type observations.

    • Replies: @Durruti
  26. Durruti says:
    @Wade

    I think Badger’s comments were in the vein of “Bill Browder is a communist Jew… ah, but I repeat myself!” type observations.

    Thanks. That helps.

    The question remains, just what, if any, is the significance of Bill Browder’s family relation/connection to Earl Browder, who was the General Secretary of the American Communist Party?

    Why do people who discuss Bill Browder steer away from (at least) briefly commenting on the connection?

    This family connection is very important if we wish to understand the turns of Puppet Americas’ Political History. Apparently the closer writers get to this, the less they understand it.

    I’ll give you a hint. Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, Ehud Barak, Weinstein, AIPAC, Bnai Brith, MOSSAD/CIA, (America’s Shadow Gov’t for 30 years), the refusal of the Puppet American Government to Extradite Bill Browder to Russia, (where he is under indictment – for being a Felon Thief).

    Giraldi misses the Forest – for the Trees.

  27. @Badger Down

    Your comment is unclear. Are you saying that Grandfather Browder was neither Jewish nor ripping off people? You actually believe he was batting for the working masses? Then there was a middle generation, and out pops Bill Browder, a fully fledged Jew, con-artist, and suspected murderer and zionist! How does that work?

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