British Target Russian Economist Glazyev: Mere Propaganda or More?

For weeks now, the mainstream media have served us the line that “Putin has lost the war, he’ll soon be ousted in a putsch”. That propaganda campaign was taken to new heights in a story published on Aug. 28 by the British daily The Sun, and taken up in other British media, which names outright three senior Russian politicians as would-be-successors to the Russian President. They are: Alexander Bortnikov, head of the Russian security service FSB, Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council, and Sergey Glazyev, Minister of Integration and Macroeconomics of the Eurasian Economic Union and former adviser to Vladimir Putin.

Naming Glazyev is of particular interest and the most unexpected, as he is relatively little known in western circles. He has been an outspoken opponent of the neo-liberalism which has prevailed among Russia’s financial and economic elites, arguing instead for development of the real economy. In 2000, he had personally introduced Lyndon LaRouche at a Moscow press conference, as someone whose views on economics, particularly on the urgency of a new just world economic and monetary system, he would trust. A book he wrote in 1997 on the economic and population warfare waged against Russia after 1991, titled Genocide, Russia and the New World Order, was published in English translation by EIR Washington.

None of that escaped the attention of the London-based monetarist elites , nor has Glazyev’s campaign today in favor of a kind of “Chinese approach” to building up Russia’s financial and economic sovereignty. As a key figure in the Eurasian Economic Union, he is actively organizing new monetary and trade arrangements with Russia’s partners outside of the transatlantic world.

The Sun story cites one Olga Lautman, a Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis in Washington, who calls Sergey Glazyev “a lunatic”, who would be far worse than Putin if he took over the Kremlin. She also claims he is “more mentally unstable and fascist than Putin”, and believes “the West needs to be destroyed”, even frequently discussing “nuking the whole West”. Very strong accusations indeed, but the British media offer no evidence to support them, because there is none. What Glazyev has pointed to, repeatedly, is the inner dynamic of the collapsing international financial system, which will inevitably lead to the West’s self-destruction. And concerning the role of the British more specifically, in the context of the assassination of Darya Dugina, he has accused the MI6, as well as the CIA, of basically running the Ukraine intelligence agency SBU, and deliberately exacerbating the conflict there.

The question is: if Glazyev is just a senior Russian economist, whose position within the Eurasian Economic Union, is almost never mentioned in the Western media, why does his name suddenly come up so prominently now, as someone powerful enough to replace the Russian President in a putsch? Could it be an attempt to set him up for falling into disgrace, or even for an assassination attempt? In fact, Vladimir Putin would have no reason to eliminate Glazyev, but some among the financial elites in London would certainly welcome his removal.

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