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Tuesday, 01 March 2005 15:41
Stepping Stones to Absolute Authority: A Public Sacrifice

Way before the 9/11 conspiracy theorists sharpened their pencils and asked the crucial question no-one else would: Cui bono? Who benefits? there was an eerily familiar precedent to the 2001 terrorist attacks in America unfolding in Russia.

Stepping Stones to Absolute Power: A Public Sacrifice

M1, '05

The infamous apartment building bombings in 1999 had the effect of bolstering then-new President Vladimir Putin's sagging public support during his unremarkable early days in power to a soaring, even heroic status. In the few short months following the bombings, he was also able, incidentally, to bring to fruition his determined effort to take a second swipe at the resolute rebellion in Chechnya. And, maybe in the process, make himself a "War President."

Putin's newly minted Czar-like status lent him the unquestioned authority to "rearrange" the constitution and concentrate legislative power in his own hands. Over the brief few years since the terror campaign against everyday Russians, Putin has managed to use the attacks to reverse virtually all the democratic reforms that resulted from the fall of communism and subsequent break up of the Soviet Union. But, it's not the ghosts of Chechnya keeping Putin up at night these days.

If he appears a man besieged, then he's a perfect portrait of Russia today. The United States and its allies in NATO have drawn a cordon around the former Empire, digesting it slowly with "democracy movements," support of regional tyrants, "shock and awe" extravaganzas in Russian neighbours, Yugoslavia and Afghanistan, and the emplacement of dozens of "hardened" U.S. military bases across the nation's southern flank.

Whispers of government complicity in the apartment bombings began early on; heirs to the Soviet system have an ingrained suspicion of power. But, who best benefits the apartment building bombings? For many, the answer comes up Putin and his hawkish friends in the military/intelligence complex. Afterall, the continued war and occupation of Chechnya hasn't been bad for everybody. Certain Russians, and their confrere elites elsewhere were, and are, making like bandits. 

After three buildings had been felled within that black September, former KGB agents were caught by local residents and police planting explosives in the basement of a fourth building. Their arrest and identification as "Good" guys amplified hoi polloi whispers of conspiracy to a chatter; a disquiet not quelled by the feeble official explanations offered for the red-handed arrest of their admitted agents.

Lame even as a shoolyard defense, Russia audaciously testified: "The agents were simply testing security." They also maintained, sacks of apparent explosives being laid down by their agents when caught in the act were actually harmless "flour." A feeble lie, made immediately apparent by former military men familiar with expolsives at the scene of the crime.

Or was it a crime? No charges were laid.

So, what we are left to ponder is: Would a president use the secret services of the nation to plan mass murder against his own people to forward a sinister conspiracy to undo democracy and create a military dictatorship?

Who could believe such a claim?

Alyona Morozova's family resided in one of three apartment buildings destroyed in the mad 1999 campaign of mahem that rocked Russia, and was all blamed on Chechen rebels.

Chechyna had already suffered a brutal war that saw the razing of cities on a level exeeding even NATO's destruction of Belgrade and the Former Republic of Yugoslavia. But the Chechens, never shy about inflicting damage against their hated oppressors, accepted no credit for a bombing campaign against civilian targets. Morozova wanted answers, and now says her questions have marked her for murder by those fearing the truth most. Now,  following her near obsessive investigation of the bombings, she points her finger squarely at Putin.

Her accusations have today, placed Alyona Morozova herself centre stage in a global diplomacy power play that pits the two old Super Foes nose to nose. By filing for asylum in the United States, and the acceptance by the U.S. of her claims of a Putin-backed assassination plot against her, Morozova has become the newest piece on a developing new Great Game Board. It's a game still including massive destructive capabilties, including nuclear, on both sides. But for now, the match is more focussed on the subtle thrust and parry of cagey old pugilists...

Move: Russia - Technology leak to Iran {feint}

Counter: U.S.A. - Alyona Morozova {checkmate}

Though the Bush administration may enjoy Vladimir's discomfiture now, they may find themselves a-dangle on their own petard before long. The parallels between Russia's "little 9/11" in '99 and the greater subsequent Broadway production in 2001 have already been drawn, and the full scope of Alyona's story may lead to other loose bricks in the New W. Order closer to home for George W. It could even prove to shake further the foundations of what already appears to be an increasingly shook World Order.

For Morozova: She just wants out of a country run by a president who wouldn't think twice about haphazardly murdering her neighbours; she wants better than a government treating the citizenry as serfs and fodder, pawns in a cynical game of self-aggrandizement.

Alyona Morozova says she has to go. Too many of her friends and colleagues questioning what happened in September '99 have met with misadventure. Too many fatalities. But, should her story echo too loudly, it could become a precedent-parallel tale, for the attacks staged in America. Alonya Morozova may want to reconsider her destination.

Look for more on the Morozova Affair, coming soon. It could prove an unraveling worth watching. {Lex  }

Lex produces and hosts Gorilla Radio, broad/webcast live from the University of Victoria every Monday between 5-6pm pscific time.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 March 2005 15:41

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