The Analyst Report: Russia has taken another important step to ensure that a Western colour revolution doesn’t erupt in the country, after the Prosecutor General’s Office announced that Russian citizens and organizations are now banned from any involvement with the George Soros Open Society Institute, and other associated groups. Known Western intelligence front organizations – including the National Endowment for Democracy and Freedom House – are also listed as undesirable groups in Russia.
Here is an excerpt from an article I wrote in August 2014 titled: Is St. Petersburg the Venue for a Western Sponsored Colour Revolution in Russia:
“The most experienced NGO that has been involved in the majority of the colour revolutions over the past two decades is the ubiquitous National Endowment for Democracy (NED), whose “funding is dependent on the continued support of the White House and Congress”. The historian Allen Weinstein, who helped draft the legislation in the 1980’s creating NED, remarked during an interview with the Washington Post in 1991: “A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA”. Carl Gershman, the President of NED, wrote in an op-ed for the Washington Post in September 2013 that “Ukraine is the biggest prize”, a few months before his organisation was heavily involved in orchestrating protests in Kiev.
Along with fellow regime changing organisations such as George Soros’s Open Society Foundation (OSF) and U.S. Agency for International Development (U.S. AID), NED controls proxy organisations across the globe. One Russian based organisation is the ‘Freedom of Information Foundation’ (FIF), which was founded by Ivan Pavlov and is based in St. Petersburg, whose chief supporters are NED, OSF and U.S. Aid. On 19th August, the Russian government expelled the wife of Pavlov due to Russian allegations of her promoting the “overthrow of the constitutional order”. Putin himself has acknowledged the threat to Russian security presented by western NGOs in a speech to the Federal Security Service (FSB) in April, asserting than many NGOs serve “foreign national interests”. U.S. Aid was also expelled from Russia in 2012 due to what the Russian foreign ministry said were “attempts to influence political processes through its grants”.
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