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As I expected, protests have broken out in the capital of Armenia. The pretext is a rise in electricity rates. Apparently, the rise was not budget-breaking, which puts the pretext under suspicion. Moreover, videos of the protesters show an overwhelming young component, which suggests that the protesters are not the ones who pay the electricity bills.

The protest may be innocent and legitimate, but on the surface looks yet again like National Endowment for Democracy-funded NGOs calling the gullible and naive students into the streets.

Even if the protest is innocent, Washington will jump on it in order to turn it to Washington’s purpose.

Protests are Washington’s method of putting pressure on governments that do not adhere to Washington’s foreign policy and of effecting regime change, as in the former Georgian and Ukrainian provinces of Russia and the Soviet Union.

“Color revolutions” and regime change are the purpose of the National Endowment for Democracy. This US government agency was set up in 1983 in order to spread political dissent in Soviet Eastern Europe. NED is funded by the federal budget via the Department of State.

Washington has its NGOs in all former constituent parts of the Soviet Union and inside Russia herself. By using “color revolutions” or, as in the case of Ukraine, regime change via an outright coup, Washington removes governments friendly to Russia and replaces them with its vassals. Once Russia’s periphery is in Washington’s hands, Washington will begin to break up the Russian Federation itself.

The Russian people and their government have been slow to understand this threat to their sovereignty. Having emerged from the authoritarian rule of the Communist Party, Russians thought that their country would be welcomed and supported by the United States. Russia would be as long as Russia is willing to be a US vassal like all of Europe, Canada, Australia, and Japan.

Once the Russian government acted in defense of its national interest and international law and blocked Washington’s intentions against Syria and Iran, the neoconservatives shifted their focus from the Middle East to Russia. Having spent $5 billion cultivating Ukrainian politicians and financing NGOs in Ukraine, Washington grabbed Ukraine while the Russian government, trusting to Western good will, was focused on the Sochi Olympics.

Washington has used its coup in Kiev to foment an European-Russian crisis that harms Europeans more than Russia, but serves to keep Europe under Washington’s thumb. The Russian government’s response to the crisis has not been sufficiently strong to make Europeans see the error of their ways.

The weak Russian response, relying on diplomacy which Washington has rejected and replaced with force, has encouraged Washington to further surround Russia with regime changes. Armenia was predictable, as is Kyrgyzstan. Kazakhstan would be the big prize as the country also borders China. Indeed, if Washington can grab Kazakhstan, Washington will also have Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan, all of which sits atop Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

ORDER IT NOW

As far as I can tell, a number of influential Russians believe that their prestige and self-esteem depend on being a part of the West. Russians of this ilk are willing to give up Russian independence for Western acceptance. These are the Russians on whom Washington is relying. And these Russians are Russia’s main enemy.

(Republished from PaulCraigRoberts.org by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. rastignac says:

    You are doing good work, Paul Craig Roberts. Been reading you ever since I found your articles in CounterPunch way back when the rest of the world was celebrating, with New York Times, CNN and the other usual suspects, the wars in Iraq, etc.

  2. Maj. Kong says:

    I find it difficult for any Armenian government to take a pro-Washington stance, given the issues with Azerbaijan. That’s what puts Orthodox Armenia on the same page as Shia Iran.

    An anti-Russia shift will only be possible in Armenia if the AKP in Turkey relents to a coalition with the HDP.

    • Replies: @Sean T
  3. Avery says:

    {“Are Armenian Protests Aimed At Russia ?”}

    Nope.

    {“The pretext is a rise in electricity rates. Apparently, the rise was not budget-breaking, which puts the pretext under suspicion. Moreover, videos of the protesters show an overwhelming young component, which suggests that the protesters are not the ones who pay the electricity bills.”}

    It is no pretext.
    The raising of the rates has been in discussion for several weeks.
    Pretty much every sector of the society told RoA Gov that raising the rates would be harmful to small businesses, to families, etc.
    The Russian company which owns and operates the electric grid in RoA wanted a 40% increase.
    But the utility control board compromised on 16%.
    Even that is quite a steep increase for a society/consumer that is not affluent by any means.
    And the increase will kick in this August.
    There are legitimate reasons for the increase, but the PR by RoA Gov was lousy.
    It’s OK to raise prices, but it should have been done gradually and with very long notices, so consumers don’t get shocked.
    But the Russian company which owns and operates the grid also apparently has been mismanaged: they have accumulated about $200 million in debt, that they are trying to repay quickly.

    The peaceful protest is legitimate.
    And the fact the grid is owned by a Russian company has no bearing on it at all.

    Having said that, there are SorosaCadres in RoA, like everywhere else, sitting around doing nothing – waiting for something like this, so they can attempt to create chaos.

    There have been several attempts in Armenia by outside interests since her Independence to start something, create chaos, maybe even a civil war. All have failed: Armenians, frankly, have no history of killing each other, like Slavs are doing now in Ukraine, for example.
    At the Gyumri protests last year (…when a family was murdered by the crazed Russian soldier) troublemakers were quickly identified by civic leaders (and clergy) and were publicly chided, and told to get lost. Nobody in Armenia will stand for Armenians killing other Armenians.

    As to Anti-Russian this or that.

    People and leaders of Armenia are too aware of where Armenia is, and the ever present existential threat.
    And it isn’t Azerbaijan.
    Armenia and Artsakh (NKR) will destroy Azerbaijan in a few days of Aliyev tries anything.
    Armenia needs Russia because on her Western border sits NATO member Turkey with a standing army of 500,000.
    Armenia’s military is no match for that large a force, in case Turkey invades Armenia.
    (In 1993 Turkey massed a large force at the border of RoA ready to invade.)
    (CIS head Shaposhnikov told the Turks if they cross the border, WW3 will start: Turks got the message and disappeared back to barracks).

    As long as Turkey exists in its present configuration, SorosaCadres will get no traction in Armenia.
    People who think Armenia will allow Neocons to take root in Armenia know nothing about the Armenian people or Armenian history.

  4. Sean T says:
    @Maj. Kong

    Good point. The last place in the world that the US wants a military base is in Armenia right now.

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