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Russian Spring Cancelled – Nyet to NGOs

In a wonderfully chess-like move, the Russian Parliament skillfully moved to block attempts to de-stablize Russia by using NGOs to encourage dissent.  AlJaZeera reported today that a new law had been passed with only one vote against and one abstention. The law would limit the operation of NGOs in Russia. Specifically foreign-funded NGOs would have to declare that they are foreign agents on all their publicity materials.

But what are NGOs exactly?

No one describes the NGOs better than Phyllis Schlafly who has watched them for decades: “The NGOs are energetic lobbyists for dramatic changes in the mission and structure of the UN to achieve global governance.  Most NGOs are also members of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which originated many of the global environmental polices set forth in the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on Climate Change, and Agenda 21.  The most prominent NGOs are the radical environmental groups such as the Sierra Club and the feminist and population-control groups such as Planned Parenthood.”

This Russian ruling against NGOs also links in a rather oblique way to another recent Court ruling in Russia which controversially banned Gay (LGBT) Parades for  the next 100 years. The two events are linked because it is through this kind of cultural marxism of the NGOs that countries are being taken over all around the world. It is plain to see and the Russians are no fools. The World Order has been using a variety of techniques to subvert and take over countries round the globe, economic hit-men, Cyberwar  & fake-liberation is very popular these days. But it turns out that Russian law change was only following in the foot-steps of those other great revolutionaries… The Iranians.

The Iranian parliament passed a bill in late March 2011 restricting the activities of NGOs and private organizations in Iran. The bill, which has become a source of grave concern for civil society activists in Iran will likely damage or halt entirely the activities of NGOs engaging in any endeavor that discomfits the Iranian regime.  You can find the English translation of the NGO Bill here.

The reason for this was that earlier in 2009 and afterwards Adam Werritty and others were using NGOs to encourage dissent and spread misinformation in Iran to create regime change. Liam Fox and Adam Werritty were operating an NGO called Atlantic Bridge  supposedly to foster better British-US relations but in reality they were plotting regime change through NGOs in Iran and by using social media to create hype and a potential coup. Much of this is extensively documented in Bill Noxid’s excellent article.

So NGO Friend of Foe?

This was the question that Daniel Mabsout asked 3 weeks ago on deliberation. In that article he made the point that NGOs are being used to promote peaceful activism and replace armed resistance. He makes the very very good point that this is being done to undermine any effective resistance and to totally render them irrelevant as a threat. It is no wonder then that Iran and now Russia have grown wise to NGOs being used in covert ways to achieve foreign aims.



24 Responses to Russian Spring Cancelled – Nyet to NGOs

  1. Barb Weir July 19, 2012 at 1:02 am #

    What about government sponsored NGOs? What about foreign government sponsored NGOs? What about domestic government sponsored NGOs? What about cash sponsored NGOs (as so many are in Russia)? What constitutes a foreign-funded NGO? 1% comes from abroad? When does foreign money become domestic money? Or does Russian wealth come entirely from a closed economy?

    Just wondering.

    • Jonathon Blakeley July 19, 2012 at 11:18 am #

      Good questions which need addressing. Nevertheless NGOs are being used as trojan horses to subvert the natural political process.

      I would say if more than 50% of the NGO income is foreign then they are very suspect.

  2. Ariadna Theokopoulos July 19, 2012 at 1:29 am #

    If foreign funding is the only criterion to get an NGO registered as a foreign agent that’s pretty easy to circumvent. In Russia there are enough oligarchs who have evaded jail and are even running for political office. They also have investments abroad so who’s to say where that money comes from.

    Also, as an aside, I don’t think Schlafly is in any manner the source to go to for a definition of NGOs–she dislikes mostly those who advocate family planning and are pro-choice. She has started a couple of her own in the US that are very much NGOs.
    She was one of the creepiest figures on the extreme right of the Republican Party, on the lecture circuit about “judeo-christian morality,” as disgusting in her own way and for her views (anti-desegregation, anti-nuclear disarmament, howling about the “red menace”) as was her opponent and eventual victor in her own way: Gloria Steinhem.
    NGOs are hard to tackle and it would be interesting to know details about how Russia will go about it. In the US I see “think tanks”as the worse evil and harder yet to identify –legally that is.

  3. who_me July 19, 2012 at 1:29 am #

    pcr has an interesting take on the new russian law in this piece (i’ll quote the relevant part):

    “The Russian government has finally caught on that its political opposition is being financed by the US taxpayer-funded National Endowment for Democracy and other CIA/State Department fronts in an attempt to subvert the Russian government and install an American puppet state in the geographically largest country on earth, the one country with a nuclear arsenal sufficient to deter Washington’s aggression.

    Just as earlier this year Egypt expelled hundreds of people associated with foreign-funded “non-governmental organizations” (NGOs) for “instilling dissent and meddling in domestic policies,” the Russian Duma (parliament) has just passed a law that Putin is expected to sign that requires political organizations that receive foreign funding to register as foreign agents. The law is based on the US law requiring the registration of foreign agents.

    Much of the Russian political opposition consists of foreign-paid agents, and once the law passes leading elements of the Russian political opposition will have to sign in with the Russian Ministry of Justice as foreign agents of Washington. The Itar-Tass News Agency reported on July 3 that there are about 1,000 organizations in Russia that are funded from abroad and engaged in political activity. Try to imagine the outcry if the Russians were funding 1,000 organizations in the US engaged in an effort to turn America into a Russian puppet state. (In the US the Russians would find a lot of competition from Israel.)

    The Washington-funded Russian political opposition masquerades behind “human rights” and says it works to “open Russia.” What the disloyal and treasonous Washington-funded Russian “political opposition” means by “open Russia” is to open Russia for brainwashing by Western propaganda, to open Russia to economic plunder by the West, and to open Russia to having its domestic and foreign policies determined by Washington.

    “Non-governmental organizations” are very governmental. They have played pivotal roles in both financing and running the various “color revolutions” that have established American puppet states in former constituent parts of the Soviet Empire. NGOs have been called “coup d’etat machines,” and they have served Washington well in this role. They are currently working in Venezuela against Chavez.

    Of course, Washington is infuriated that its plans for achieving hegemony over a country too dangerous to attack militarily have been derailed by Russia’s awakening, after two decades, to the threat of being politically subverted by Washington-financed NGOs. Washington requires foreign-funded organizations to register as foreign agents (unless they are Israeli funded). However, this fact doesn’t stop Washington from denouncing the new Russian law as “anti-democratic,” “police state,” blah-blah. Caught with its hand in subversion, Washington calls Putin names. The pity is that most of the brainwashed West will fall for Washington’s lies, and we will hear more about “gangster state Russia.”

    there is one segment of foreign influence which pcr missed with regard to russia. he’s well aquainted with zionist influence in the usa, though i don’t know what he knows about their influence in russia. the worst problem these laws don’t seem to address is that of zionist influence because most of the influence is accomplished by native jewish people. since they have citizenship, they can subvert what they want to benefit israel/jp and other countries, as well. all jp or a foreign country needs to do is slip the local sayanim money and materials, which they then use as their own. it’s how jp operates in the usa, it’s how they operate worldwide.

  4. Ariadna Theokopoulos July 19, 2012 at 1:35 am #

    I was going to comment on pcr’s:

    “Washington requires foreign-funded organizations to register as foreign agents (unless they are Israeli funded). ”

    but further down I noted that you had already addressed that in the last 7 or 8 lines of your comment.

    • who_me July 19, 2012 at 1:42 am #

      i thought you had gone on your summer vacation. earlier today, jay knott had gone through and made snide comments after a lot of your posts and i thought he waited till you knew you had left then cowardly went on the attack. so i berated him after those posts for cowardice. 🙂

      guess i should try and find those posts up and make amends.

      • Ariadna Theokopoulos July 19, 2012 at 2:15 am #

        Hi, see my reply on vacation. As for jay, I can’t find his little offerings in a sea of K&L flotsam.

        • who_me July 19, 2012 at 2:39 am #

          i just did, enjoy spain. 🙂

          “As for jay, I can’t find his little offerings in a sea of K&L flotsam”

          yeah, i started to look for them when i thought you hadn’t left on vacation a little while ago, but i couldn’t remember which thread to look on any more and any post more that an hour old was already buried under k’s “kill the shea” rants. i guess jay knott will have to learn to live with being labeled a coward. 🙂

          • fool me once... July 19, 2012 at 7:51 am #

            Who_me it was on the “Iran:-Assad” thread about 100 comments down.
            Jay Knott
            July 18, 2012 at 11:23 am
            Ariadna does sometimes present ‘debating positions’ in a way which look reasonable at first glance, as if she is actually trying to answer the arguments she disagrees with:
            Other times, she illustrates the binary Stalinist approach I parodied above:
            Will the real Ariadna please stand up?

          • who_me July 19, 2012 at 8:07 am #



            but since jay knott did know that at was going on vacation, and obviously posted his chickensh*t comments out of the cowardice of a typical tory public schoolboy figuring there would be no response (since the thread would be long inactive by the time at returned), i no longer think there is any reason for me to retract any of the comments i made towards him and his weaselly behaviour. 😉

          • fool me once... July 20, 2012 at 1:10 am #

            “weaselly” 😀
            Did the real Jay Shady just stand up?

    • fool me once... July 19, 2012 at 1:52 am #

      Hi AT, aren’t you ‘sposed to be chillin’, long walks with the dogs, fresh air and all that, making us all jel? Got to admit it was good to see yer nick, as it was turning a bit into Khalid Central on the comments. Who_me’s suggestion to ignore him seems to be a good one though. Oh yeah, Jay tried to sly a move on ya! Anyway gnite

      • Ariadna Theokopoulos July 19, 2012 at 2:09 am #

        Hi fmo, yes, I am in Madrid but chilling is not the right word. I was met by a wall of HEAT… My hotel has wifi so I thought I’d check in.
        I think who_me is optimistic. I don’t see the K&L duo stopping. It’s too bad. Good night.

  5. who_me July 19, 2012 at 3:32 am #

    There is zionist/jp influence in russia, like in most countries. how much, i don’t know, but one can see this jewish influence in even russian government owned media, such as in the following article on rian. the article is jp/western biased in jp/western favour (bennetts is your basic sleazy jouro from the guardian). something the people commenting picked right up and condemned.

    there is another law about foreign ownership in the media. i don’t know if it is part of the ngo law, or in a separate bill. i read that foreign ownership of a media outlet needs to be 50% for the outlet to be considered foreign owned and therefore needing to be labeled as foreign owned, like the ngos. but that is about all i know about it. i don’t know if those working for a media company need to make any kind declaration if they are foreigners.

    i don’t think any of the new laws will address this zionist/jp influence problem, which is very bad throughout russian media, even throughout government run media, like voice of russia and rian. and they (jp/zionists) can be very devious about it, too. for example, one article at vor had a title about what lavrov had to say on syria recently, but instead of being about what lavrov said, it turned out to be an american interviewing some chalabi-like mouthpiece spewing the usual zionazi anti-syria propaganda.

  6. Gilad Atzmon July 19, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    very important piece Jonathon, i just put it on my site… it is obvious that by the time people around realise what is going on with Palestinian NGOs, hell will break loose… my findings are very concerning yet very revealing… i guess that i won’t be able to keep it in for much longer …

    • Jonathon Blakeley July 19, 2012 at 11:22 am #

      Great spread the word. Have you looked at NGO monitor. it has some very revealing info on Soros and co.

      • Roy Bard July 19, 2012 at 11:46 am #

        Surely there can be no doubt that NGO monitor is a Zionist site?

        • Jonathon Blakeley July 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

          I am glad you confirmed my suspicions. 🙂

          • Roy Bard July 19, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

            Professor Gerald Steinberg is president of NGO Monitor and professor of Political Studies at Bar Ilan University. His research interests include international relations, Middle East diplomacy and security, the politics of human rights and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Israeli politics and arms control.


            I should think his concerns about Soros are very different to Gilad’s concerns :-/

          • Jonathon Blakeley July 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

            the plot thickens… cheers Roy.

  7. Jonathon Blakeley July 19, 2012 at 9:32 pm #


  8. who_me August 5, 2012 at 2:55 am #

    looks like some of zionism’s swedish assets got popped with their hands in the cookie jar:

    “Belarusian President Lukashenko dismissed two military chiefs for “failing to ensure national security” in the wake of the stunt. Two civilians accused of aiding the Swedish airplane pilots have also been arrested.

    “There should be no violations of border breaching. All of them must be prevented with all available measures, including arms, no matter what,” Lukashenko said.

    The Belarusian Foreign Ministry also denied that Ericsson had been expelled, and issued a statement saying that “it was decided not to prolong [the Ambassador’s] accreditation”.

    Ericsson’s was aiming at “ruining Belarusian-Swedish relations rather than strengthening them,” Ministry press secretary Andrey Savinykh alleged.

    Officials had allegedly obtained documented evidence of Stefan Ericsson’s “illegal behavior” in the country, Belarusian state TV channel ONT broadcast Friday night: “The ambassador Ericsson personally handed the money to representatives of the Belarusian extremist organizations, who were preparing for a coup to overthrow Belarus’ government.”

    The broadcast also alleged that the Swedish embassy was also being used to train individuals from radical groups, including “how to organize mass disturbances, riots and attack police.”

    the response from belarus is an effective way to deal with these kinds of foreign criminal subversion.

    • who_me August 5, 2012 at 2:58 am #

      this puts into perspective the role sweden is playing with regard to assange. it’s sad to see the country of sweden reduced to the role of israel’s gofers.