Is Russia Blog’s Charles Ganske a Kremlin Agent?
On May 28th the British newspaper The Guardian reported that Alexander Sternik, a senior diplomat at the Russian Embassy in London, had launched a full-bore public relations offensive trying to convince the West that Iran did not pose a strategic threat. His argument came in connection with what The Guardian called a “blistering” attack on the proposed U.S. missile defense system in Eastern Europe.
That very same day, almost as if they were reading from the same playbook, Russia Blog editor Charles Ganske left a long comment on the Streetwise Professor blog arguing that Russia can’t be expected to have any influence over Iran and therefore can’t be pressured into using any.
Coincidence? We don’t think so.
Ganske is an American citizen, but he works for a Russian citizen at Russia Blog, Yuri Mamchur, and spends his time tirelessly churning out material that might just as well have been written by the Kremlin itself. Russia Blog works in close cooperation with Russia Today, the Russian government’s propaganda TV network, and the Russian Embassy in Washington DC (sponsoring an annual forum arguing what a wonderful country Russia is and “advising” U.S. policymakers to give the Kremlin whatever it wants). Russia Blog routinely publishes material designed to drive a wedge between the NATO countries, and Ganske’s most recent diatribe on RB is an attempt to claim that “America is becoming Russia.” Before that, Ganske was openly lobbying Congress to abandon missle defense.
Is Ganske, in fact, an agent of the Russian Kremlin? On March 31st he wrote: “Perhaps Washington’s leading conservative Cold Warriors, that still believe a policy of confrontation with Russia is in America’s national interest, ought to rethink their position.” He claimed that Russia is a “conservative country” that American conservatives should want to befriend, and argued that Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon would adore Putin’s Russia. How can this be viewed as anything other than an effort to subvert the American democracy in exactly the same manner practiced by Soviet spies during the first cold war?
If you find it difficult to explain how the Kremlin would have written these pieces any differently, so do we. If you find it unsettling that an American citizen employed by a Russian citizen would be the mouthpiece of the Kremlin, a Kremlin that is providing military aid to Venezuela, Iran, Syria, Hamas and buzzing American military bases with nuclear bombers, so do we.
The relentless torrent of lies spewed out by the lunatics at Russia Blog has been well documented by us in the past, our archives are packed with such examples. And it’s now clear that the dishonesty of Russia Blog, which is funded by the corrupt and discredited anti-evolution Discovery Institute, knows no bounds.
Here’s a simple example: On May 25th, Yuri Mamchur published a post claiming that RB had issued “1,050 original posts” since 2005 and received 7,000 comments from readers (our blog, which didn’t get started until 2006, has more than 20,000 comments to date). That means Mamchur is claiming Russia Blog posts average 6.7 comments each. Yet, on May 28th there were 30 posts displayed on RB’s home page and they had collected only 56 comments — an average of just 1.9 comments per post, three times fewer than Mamchur claimed. At that rate, less than 2,500 comments would have been generated by RB’s 1,050 posts. Nine of the 30 posts, nearly a third of the total, had zero comments. So either Mamchur was lying or Russia Blog is dramatically deterioriating in terms of reader interest from the level it once had. Either way, it’s epic failure, made even more humiliating by comparing RB to LR. On that same date, our home page displayed 21 posts and they had collected a whopping 565 comments, an average of 30 comments each, 15 times higher than RB’s average. Not a single one of them had zero comments. In other words, Russia Blog’s comment tally is laughable, and plummeting into the absurd.
But this is no laughing matter. The democracies of the West, whether they know it or not, are locked in battle with the dictatorship that is Vladimir Putin’s Russia, and Putin’s friends among us are feverishly trying to undermine us from within. We must not let them succeed.