EDITORIAL: Frolov Plumbs new Depths

EDITORIAL

Frolov Plumbs new Depths

Two weeks ago, the streets of Moldova exploded in flames.  Thousands of outraged Moldovans took to the streets directly flouting the authority of the Communist regime and sending out echoes of the street protests in Ukraine that marked the famous “orange revolution” that, for the clan of KGB spies that populates the Moscow Kremlin, were terrifying.  Russia has been desperately seeking to control the Moldovan state and wedge free a strip of territory along its eastern border in manner very similar to what it tried in Georgia with Abkhazia and Ossetia, with the obvious ultimate goal of resabsorbing the entire country.

The Putin regime reacted with frenzy and panic. Russia’s Foreign Minister wildly accused the protesters of being “pogrom-makers” and state-controlled television portrayed them breathlessly and continuously as criminals and agents of foreign countries.

“The Moscow authorities are afraid of spontaneous mass protests in the regions…and for this reason Russian television is showing what is happening in an exclusively negative light,” said Russian political analyst Dmitry Oreshkin.   Yevgeny Volk of the Heritage Foundation agreed:  “If the economic situation in Russia deteriorates, such a rebellion could become really possible. Young people will suffer the most from the economic collapse… and this is what the authorities are most afraid of. It’s a serious challenge for the leadership.”

But you’d never know about any of this by reading the crazed rantings of Kremlin stooge Vladimir Frolov in his most recent Moscow Times column.

Frolov wrote:  “Contrary to some reports, the Kremlin’s strategy in Moldova is working to achieve its strategic objective of securing Moldova’s non-NATO status and to become the ultimate arbiter and enforcer of the final settlement to the decade-long Transdnestr conflict.”

So according to Frolov, all Russia wants in Moldova is that the country doesn’t join NATO and it can continue trying to grab the Transdnestr region.  Russia doesn’t care, in other words, if an orange revolution sweeps through Moldova and crushes the pro-Russian Communist regime.

Those are pretty limited objectives, to say the least. But let’s explore Frolov’s “analysis” on its own terms.

How is Russia succeeding in its efforts?  Frolov writes:  “Moscow in the past three years has applied a masterful array of economic and political measures in Moldova — as well as its rout of Georgia in the five-day war — that made Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin and separatist Transdnestr leader Igor Smirnov accept Moscow’s leadership role in Moldova.”

What gibberish.  Not one single specific fact proving this “masterful array” is offered and the need to bring in Georgia clearly betrays the total lack of such facts.  Like the rest of his KGB clan, Frolov apparently takes some pride in gigantic Russia’s ability to “rout” tiny Georgia, a fact which is demented enough by itself but which, when considered alongside the fact that Russia was not able to dislodge Georgia’s government and received the condemnation of the entire civilized world, including even China, sounds truly like the ravings of a psychotic.

Frolov continues:

As a result, Russia’s show of strength has proven effective in securing Voronin’s geopolitical turnaround and his pledge not to seek NATO membership. The recent opposition street riots in Chisinau, shrouded in Romanian flags, help draw Voronin much closer into the Russian orbit and serve to further marginalize pro-Western opposition groups as “enemies of Moldovan independent statehood.” The Kremlin quickly recognized the importance of Voronin’s regime to Russia’s interests and worked hard to deny support to those who might challenge him from the West. It was successful.

He seems to have forgotten the point, namely the massive outpouring of protesters directly challenging the authority of the Kremlin’s puppet regime and Russia’s total inability to do the first thing about it.  This kind of nonsensical propaganda is exactly the same sort generated by the USSR, the same sort brought that wretched nation to its knees because of its blind ignorance of reality.

He then forgets all about Moldova entirely; apparently, at least subconciously, he realizes he’s simply babbling.  So he goes off on Georgia and Ukraine:

In Georgia, Moscow is providing nonintrusive, soft-power support such as extensive media coverage to the array of opposition groups that seek to dethrone Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. The Kremlin is fully aware that Georgian opposition is hardly pro-Russian, but it is working with what there is to work with on the assumption that virtually any new Georgian leader would be a major improvement for Russia. Moscow is also detecting hopeful signs of Saakashvili fatigue in Washington.

With the Ukraine presidential election scheduled to occur in six months, Moscow has no preferred candidate among the two most likely to reach the second round — Yulia Tymoshenko and Viktor Yanukovych. It will not repeat the mistakes of its 2004 embrace of Yanukovych. The message from the Kremlin is: “We support pro-Russian positions, not candidates, and we will judge by deeds, not campaign promises.” This is another smart policy.

Simply amazingly stupid.  He admits the Georgian opposition hates Russia, yet he seems proud of the fact that Russia’s goal is to be hated slightly less by a nation that should be one of its best friends.  The he admits that Russia doesn’t have a single friendly politician left in Ukraine, but claims it doesn’t want such friends and only wants to see pro-Russia policies. Pray tell, Mr. Frolov, where are those polices to come from? Will Almighty God implant them in the brains of Ukraine’s leaders on Russia’s behalf?

This is another breathtakingly stupid Russian liar.

One response to “EDITORIAL: Frolov Plumbs new Depths

  1. But wait, there’s more!

    The young female journalist, who was exiled from Roosha because she dared to expose secret Kremlin funds that financed political parties, has been arrested – for Twittering.

    http://www.rferl.org/content/Moldovas_Twitter_Activist_Under_House_Arrest/1610122.html

    excerpt:

    Exiled From Russia

    Before returning to her native Moldova in 2007 and founding the Internet forum ThinkMoldova, Morar worked as an investigative journalist for the Russian magazine “New Times,” where she covered politics (she still freelances for them).

    Morar told “The Independent” that people close to Russia’s Federal Security Service warned her many times that her political investigations — like her article on government officials’ involvement in money-laundering schemes — could cause problems.

    After exposing a Kremlin fund that was secretly financing political parties during parliamentary elections in early 2007, Morar was exiled from Russia. She was a permanent resident of the country, a graduate of Moscow State University, and had applied for Russian citizenship.

    Igor Yakovenko, general secretary of the Russian Union of Journalists, called the exile — which was also justified on the grounds that Morar was a threat to national security — “a new form of censorship.”

    Morar pointed to the billions Russia spends on national security and told “The Independent” that “it’s fairly worrying if a young girl can threaten it.” Yakovenko told RFE/RL’s Russian Service that he was “ashamed” that a “large, strong country is afraid of a small journalist.”

    Although she has been unable to report in Russia for over two years, Morar thinks the Kremlin is behind the Moldovan authorities’ crackdown after April’s unrest. It was only after Russia “expressed strong support for Moldova’s position on the elections, and condemned the protests, that they started targeting us,” she said.
    The protests over disputed election results turned violent

    Ties between Russia and Moldova are strong. On April 9, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov personally commented on the country’s recent protests, saying that they were caused by foreign intervention.

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