Moscow Appears Likely to Exploit Its Involvement in US Politics Long After November
August 5 – Most Western commentators have focused on the ways in which Vladimir
Putin is seeking to use his agents of influence to affect the outcome of the
American presidential election, but a report in today’s “Novaya gazeta”
suggests he may be counting on what he is doing today to affect and destabilize
the US longer after the votes are counted.
Panov, the Washington correspondent for “Novaya gazeta,” provides in his paper
today the most detailed Russian summary yet of Western articles about how the
Kremlin has sought to influence the campaigns of both Donald Trump and Hillary
Clinton to Russia’s advantage (novayagazeta.ru/politics/74077.html).
the end of that article, the Russian journalist makes a comment that suggests
that once again, in contrast to Americans, Moscow is taking a longer view about
its role in the US presidential vote and about what may happen both
independently and as a result of Russian involvement in that process.
writes the following: “The year Americans are confronted with a choice of ‘the
lesser of two evils.’”And that has
consequences: “Victory in the elections does not mean that the [current]
scandals will disappear. The winners do not await ratings of 80 percent but new
investigations in the Congress and the media, with the worst variant being
involvement with campaigns could easily become the basis for such
investigations and even for suggestions that the outcome of the elections was
illegitimate, and that could be a reason why Moscow has not tried to conceal what
it is doing but rather has almost flaunted it as an indication of Russian
other Russian commentaries this week, one by Igor Eidman and a second by Igor
Yakovenko, provide additional reasons for drawing that conclusion because they
highlight the way in which Moscow has proceeded quite publicly and without its
usual caution to show that it is influencing this or that American political
on the Kasparov.ru portal, Eidman argues that “Trump is Putin’s last hope”
because the Republican’s coming to power would “inevitably destroy the anti-Putin
coalition of Western countries and in general introduce into the camp of
democratic countries discord and division” (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=57A36985814BA).
other of Eidman’s observations are more to the point here. He says that “Putin
of course wants not only to help but also to influence Trump,” and he observes
that Russian special services began playing a long game in the 1990s by paying
court to American political consultants who had come to Russia.
Among those, the Russian commentator
says, was Paul Manafort whom the Russian agencies assisted and who now is in
Trump’s inner circle. It is beyond question, Eidman continues, that this “link
with Russian overseers has not been lost,” yet another indication that Moscow seeks
to use such people to promote its own interests over the long haul.
And also on the Kasparov.ru portal,
Yakovenko suggests that it is time to dispense with Lenin’s term “useful idiots”
and instead use the term “useful scoundrels” to describe those who are
cooperating with Moscow to spread its influence in the US and elsewhere (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=57A3995200596).
He observes that
“Lenin called Western bourgeois politicians and public figures who supported
the Bolsheviks useful idiots.In Lenin’s
time, they really could be ‘idiots,’ that is, people who did not understand whom
and what they were supporting.” But with the rise of the Stalin regime, they
were more like scoundrels than like idiots.
are various reasons useful scoundrels masquerading as idiots have who
supposedly do not understand the threat to the world that the Putin regime
poses,” Yakovenko says. Some like former German Chancelor Schroeder or IOC head
Bakh do so for “obviously” selfish interests.
Trump, “are seeking together with Putin to increase chaos in the world because
in a world of order and stability, they do not have any political prospects,”he argues, adding that these politicians will
suffer the same fate as their predecessors who indeed were “useful idiots,”
And that fate is
this, he says. Their names will become symbols of those who are prepared to
betray their own civilizations and reach out instead to “the enemies of civilization”