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is not just a step up from judgement. In life's curriculum, it is the opposite
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FOR ALL>>>Events in Russia under Putin
seem to be dedicated to the restoration of Russia, only without Jewish dominion
that was so prevalent from 1918 into 1998 or so...Now Putin seems to be exacting
a revenge on the Jews for how they bought up Russian companies after the
Soviet's collapsed....Bush is going there now to try and get Putin to free the
Jews who are in jail...and interfering in the Russian governments
actions....lets see what comes from their meeting..JRN
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Here is probably the hottest story of this
day and most folks in the United States are unaware.
In related information there are rumors
that the US and Russia both hit the bunkers at some point in the past week, but
I have not been able to confirm. Maybe, someone else has information on
this. Also, I have heard that Putin is threatening to arrest some more
banksters this week, but I have not seen any articles on this, as
I reported last month on the Alliance
between Russia, China, India and Brazil. Well, Venezuela, Iran and Sierra
have now joined, as well. Yep, the banksters and the 13 Blood Lines
>From Hell have just about stolen all that they are going to steal. If
Folks in America do not have the guts to throw the bums out and stop supporting
the Israeli hate and propaganda war machine, it looks as if leaders in other
Countries have had enough and are preparing to come to get
America, if we do not take the bums out,
soon; others are going to come and do it instead. What is your pleasure:
civil war or world war? Both are knocking at the
Reporter for PATV and
Russia's Robber Barons
on: 2005-02-20 02:11:45
oligarchs used cheating, bribery and murder, as they exploited the
disintegration of the Soviet system to loot the treasures of the state and to
amass plunder amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars.
Russia, Israel and Media Omissions.
By Alison Weir
AS IS OFTEN the case with AP's coverage of news having to do
with Israel, there's a serious omission in its reporting on the Russia-Israel
connection even when it involves oil and the United States.
after the State of the Union Address, two Interpol fugitives attended the
"National Prayer Breakfast" held in Washington DC. The day before that, these
fugitives from the law were the guests of honor at an hour-long meeting of the
International Relations Committee on Capitol Hill, invited by ranking Democrat
Tom Lantos (Calif.)
You would think it would be hot news when wanted men
being hunted by European police suddenly pop up in the US particularly on
Capitol Hill and at events attended by the US president.
Yet, there was
not a single AP story in the US on any of this.  Not a single national
network television or radio news program even mentioned these facts. In fact,
Google and LexisNexis searches four days after these events took place turned up
only three newspaper articles on them anywhere in the entire country. 
Who are these fugitives from the law, wanted by Interpol, who are
meeting at the highest levels of the US government? And why didn't we learn of
Therein lies the story. These two men, it turns out, are just the
tips of a colossal iceberg. And this iceberg doesn't just have 90 percent of its
mass hidden under water; this iceberg is almost entirely submerged.
are Mikhail Brudno and Vladimir Dubov (pictured above), Israeli-Russian partners
in the giant Russian oil company Yukos. They, along with a number of their
cronies, are wanted by Interpol for allegedly bilking Russian citizens out of
billions of dollars. To elude Russian prosecution, these men have taken up
residence in Israel. 
Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz explains: "In recent years Russian authorities began
investigating [Yukos], its managers and major stockholders, many of whom are of
Jewish origin. The probes caused several of the managers to flee to Israel, and
resulted in Khodorkovski's [Yukos CEO] arrest and a Kremlin attack on Yukos."
The fact is that Israel is an important factor in the ongoing,
nation-shaking power struggle now going on in Russia. Yet AP virtually never
reports this connection. For example, a few months ago in a typical AP story on
this power struggle, "Report: Russia again charges Berezovsky,"  Moscow AP
Bureau Chief Judith Ingram makes no mention anywhere that Berezovsky is an
Israeli citizen, or of his many connections to Israel. (Image: Dubov's Interpol
Such omissions by AP and large swaths of the American
media leave Americans seriously disadvantaged in deciphering what is going on in
Russia, and its profound significance for the world.
In order to make
sense of this Russian power struggle, and to understand its importance to the
rest of us, it is necessary to understand the usually omitted Israeli subtext.
When this is understood, the friendship of such pro-Israel Congressional leaders
as Rep. Lantos to fugitive Russian oil tycoons begins to make sense.
explore this background it is often useful to turn to the Israeli press. In July
a major Israeli publication, the Jerusalem Post, carried an article headlined:
"Boris Berezovsky: Putin's Russia dangerous for Israel." Before describing what
this contained, let us first go into a little of the background.
Boris Berezovsky (pictured) is one of seven "oligarchs," as they are
known both inside and outside Russia: massively rich, powerful manipulators who
through violence, theft and corruption acquired a mammoth percentage (reports
range from 70 to 85 percent) of Russia's resources, from its oil to the auto
industry to mass media outlets.
At the same time, the group steadily
gained control over much of the country's political apparatus. Using
extraordinary financial resources and insider dealing, the oligarchs handpicked
prime ministers and governmental leaders and barely even bothered to do this
behind the scenes.
In 1997 Yukos founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky (pictured
behind bars), one of the group and Russia's sometimes richest man (several of
the oligarchs trade the top spot back and forth) told an interviewer before he
was arrested and imprisoned by Putin last year:
"If we rank all the
fields of man's activity by profitability, politics will be the most lucrative
business. When we see a critical situation in the government, we draw lots in
order to pick out a person from our milieu for work in power." 
Almost all of these oligarchs, it turns out, have significant ties to
Israel. In fact, Berezovsky himself has Israeli citizenship a fact that caused a
scandal of Watergate proportions in Russia in 1996 when it was exposed by a
Russian newspaper. 
Do Berezovsky's dual loyalties really matter?
Yes. In the realm of global dominance, Israel's interests and Russia's are
considerably divergent. It is in Israel's interests to bring to power a regime
in Russia friendly to Israel, rather than the current one under Putin, which
Israeli leaders feel is supportive of its enemies. Not long ago, for example,
Putin met with Syrian leaders an action highly disturbing to Israel.
Having an Israeli citizen at the highest levels of the
Russian government is ideal, from Israel's point of view. In Berezovsky they had
such a man. The Jerusalem Post article mentioned above is revealing. It
describes Berezovsky as "the Godfather of the Oligarchs' and Kingmaker of
Russia's Politics'" and reports Berezovsky's statement that "Putin's Russia is
dangerous for Israel." Berezovsky goes on to assert that Putin "supports terror"
in the Middle East through Russia's previous relations with Iraq and current
relations with Iran. 
While Israelis may have been delighted at
Berezovsky's position in Russia, It is not surprising that Russian citizens were
somewhat less so. Finding that a powerful leader and member of the Russian
Security Council was an Israeli citizen was disconcerting, at best.
result of the media uproar over Berezovsky's Israeli citizenship and other
events, the Oligarchs' connections to Israel are widely known in Russia and
elsewhere. In Israel they are covered frequently, often with adulation,
including a recent hit Israeli TV series called "The Oligarchs."
of its episodes," according to Israeli writer Uri Avnery, "are simply
unbelievable or would have been, if they had not come straight from the horses'
mouths: the heroes of the story, who gleefully boast about their despicable
exploits. The series was produced by Israeli immigrants from Russia."
Avnery writes that the oligarchs used "cheating, bribery and murder," as
they "exploited the disintegration of the Soviet system to loot the treasures of
the state and to amass plunder amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars. In
order to safeguard the perpetuation of their business, they took control of the
state. Six out of the seven are Jews." 
According to a Washington
Post story by David Hoffman, the group bought and controlled Russian
governmental officials at the highest levels. After financing Yeltsin's election
in 1996, Hoffman writes: "The tycoons met and decided to insert one of their own
into government. They debated who and chose [Vladimir] Potanin, who became
deputy prime minister. One reason they chose Potanin was that he is not Jewish,
and most of the rest of them are, and feared a backlash against the Jewish
In Russia, the oligarchs are deeply loathed, considered
villains who worked to bleed the country dry; during their reign many Russian
citizens saw their life savings disappear overnight. A new term was coined for
their dominance, "semibankirshchina" (the rule of the seven bankers), and they
were widely known to have wielded small, murderous armies. There are rumors that
Berezovsky, subject of the respectful AP article, was even responsible for the
gunning down of an American journalist, Forbes Moscow editor Paul Klebnikov.
While no one has been charged with the murder of Klebnikov, who had
written a book on Berezovsky, many suspect a Berezovsky connection. As a friend
of Klebnikov wrote: "Experienced expatriates in Russia shared an essential rule:
Don't cross these brutal billionaires, ever, or you're likely to go home in a
The Chechnya Connection
There is evidence that
Berezovsky's responsibility for death and tragedy may be vastly greater.
"Berezovsky boasts that he caused the war in Chechnya," Avnery reports,
"in which tens of thousands have been killed and a whole country devastated. He
was interested in the mineral resources and a prospective pipeline there. In
order to achieve this he put an end to the peace agreement that gave the country
some kind of independence. The oligarchs dismissed and destroyed Alexander
Lebed, the popular general who engineered the agreement, and the war has been
going on since then.
the end," Avnery writes, "there was a reaction: Vladimir Putin, the taciturn and
tough ex-KGB operative, assumed power, took control of the media, put one of the
oligarchs (Mikhail Khodorkovsky) in prison, caused the others to flee
(Berezovsky is in England, Vladimir Gusinsky is in Israel, another, Mikhail
Chernoy, is assumed to be hiding here.)" (Picture at right: Vladimir Gusinsky)
Yet, apart from the Washington Post, American media report on almost
none of this. Instead, US coverage largely portrays Berezovsky and his crowd as
American-style entrepreneurs who are being hounded by a Russian government whose
actions are, to repeat the media's commonly used phrase, "politically
US news stories, even when they occasionally do hint at
questionable practices, tend to use such phrases as "brash young capitalists" to
describe the oligarchs.  For example, a long series co-produced by FRONTLINE
and the New York Times referred to these men as "shrewd businessmen," and asked
"what it's like to be young, Russian and newly affluent?"  Massive violence,
dual loyalties, and control of resources are rarely, if ever, part of the
AP Moscow bureau chief Judith Ingram was asked for this article about
Berezovsky's Israeli citizenship, she claimed to know nothing about it, a
curious contention for someone who has been an AP news editor in Moscow since
1999. When Ingram was queried further, she hung up the phone. (Picture: Fugitive
Mikhail Chernoy on left, presenting American neocon Richard Perle with a Zionism
award at the Jerusalem Summit in NYC.)
An examination of Ingram's
reporting on the Berezovsky story cited above raises serious questions. Though
she is located in Moscow, Ingram interviewed only two people for her news story:
Berezovsky, who is in London, and Berezovsky associate Alex Goldfarb, in New
York. One wonders why she interviewed none of the Russians residing around her.
Similarly, one wonders why not a single AP story has identified
Berezovsky's considerable connection to Israel.
Further, nowhere does
Ingram's article convey the ruthlessness of the oligarchs' actions, or the
significance of their holdings, including control of its media. Unnoted in
Ingram's report is the fact that her subject and fellow oligarch Vladimir
Gusinsky have been two of Russia's most powerful media tycoons.
Putin's crackdown, according to the Washington Post, oligarchs had succeeded in
seizing "the reins of Russia's print and broadcast media, vital to the evolution
of the country's fledgling democracy and growth of its nascent civil society."
Berezovsky crony Gusinsky, who is close friends with Rupert Murdoch and was
about the launch a satellite network, fled to Israel when it appeared he would
be arrested." 
Somehow, AP's bureau chief seems to have missed all
Does this matter to Americans?
AP is the major news source for the thousands of news outlets around
the country who cannot afford to have their own foreign correspondents. When AP
chooses not to cover something, its omission is felt throughout the nation. When
national news networks and others leave out the same facts, the cover-up is
almost total. (Picture: President George W. Bush prays during the "National
Prayer Breakfast" held in Washington DC.)
Russia, despite its current
turmoil, contains enormous power. Its natural resources are gargantuan: it
possesses the world's largest natural gas reserves, the second largest coal
reserves, and the eighth largest oil reserves. It is the world's largest
exporter of natural gas, the second largest oil exporter, and the third largest
energy consumer. Russia's significance on the world stage now, as in the
past, is immense.
Similarly, the United States is currently the most
powerful nation on earth. It is therefore essential that its citizens be
accurately informed on issues of significance. Israeli citizens, Russian
citizens, and citizens of nations throughout the world know the information
detailed above. It is critical that American citizens be no less well informed.
For years, the neocons' push for war against Iraq was largely uncovered
by the US media. For even longer, the neocons' close connections to Israel have
gone largely unmentioned in mainstream American news reports. As a result, very
few Americans know to what degree many of those responsible for the tragic US
invasion and occupation of Iraq have been motivated by Israeli concerns.
The omission in coverage of Iraq has been profoundly disastrous, both
for the Middle East and for Americans. In fact, it is quite likely that only
history will show the true extent of this disaster. It is deeply troubling to
see the same kind of omission occurring on Russia.
Alison Weir is
Executive Director of If
 Interestingly, an AP report sent out only on its Worldstream wire
(i.e. to Europe; Britain; Scandinavia; Middle East; Africa; India; Asia;
England, but not to US papers) contained information on this at the end of the
 Washington Post: "Prayer Breakfast Includes Russian
Fugitives" (overall, the Post has been an exception to the general blackout on
this subject); the Seattle Times, which ran the Post story, and the New York
Times, in a short story on page 12 on Sunday, three days after the event.
Interestingly, the NY Times story was filed from Moscow (not Washington) and
quotes a "spokesman" for the two men, Charles Krause, who has worked as a
correspondent in Israel for the News Hour with Jim Lehrer. In the Times story
Russian attempts to prosecute these men are described as "politically
 This is a wise move, since Israel is known for never
extraditing Jewish citizens, no matter what their crime. Even requests for such
cooperation by the US, which gives Israel over $10 million per day, go unheeded
by the Israeli government. Private citizens wanted for committing murder in the
US, for example, are not returned for trial.
 Associated Press, Sept.
 "Tycoons Take the Reins in Russia," By David Hoffman,
Washington Post Foreign Service, Friday, August 28, 1998; Page A01
"Media and Politics in Transition: Three Models," Post-Soviet Media Law &
Policy Newsletter, Issue 35, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Feb. 27, 1997
 "Boris Berezovsky: Putin's Russia dangerous for Israel.', Bret
Stephens, The Jerusalem Post, July 5, 2005
" The Oligarchs", Uri
Avnery, CounterPunch, Aug. 3, 2004
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Russia," By David Hoffman, Washington Post Foreign Service, Friday, August 28,
1998; Page A01,
 "Same Old Ruthless Russia," by Michael R. Caputo,
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October 2003, Sabrina Tavernise,
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Media," David Hoffman, Washington Post, March 31, 1997; Page A01
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