30-01-2021: It didn’t take long. Barely three days into the tenure of the fraudulently installed Biden Administration in Washington, the US deep state orchestrates an attempted colour revolution in Russia. The choreographed return of CIA asset Alexei Navalny to Russia was likely timed to coincide with the bizarre scenario of a Democrat Joe Biden inauguration which is supposedly so “popular” 20 000 National Guard troops were required to secure the capital. As an encore to four years of the exhaustive but evidence free narrative of Russiagate (ludicrous claims that the Russian government manipulated the 2016 US Presidential Election), the Western corporate media has, on cue, hyped up the fanciful “repression” of Navalny after his arrest – for open bail violations. He is only jailed for 30 days, and if convicted (yet again) for embezzlement, he will only receive a 3-year term. Regardless, liberals in the West prattle on with wildly distorted claims of Russian government suppression.
Navalny the Russian Juan Guaido
Navalny is being used by the CIA as a Russian version of right-wing puppet Juan Guaido, who declared himself President of Venezuela with the backing of the US government, without having ever run in such an election. The Western corporate media makes risible claims that Navalny is THE “opposition leader”, or AN “opposition leader” in Russian politics. In fact, Navalny is a very minor player, and even when his multiple convictions do not prevent him for running for office, he never garners more than 5% of the vote. Most Russians either reject him or do not know who he is. In his own blog, Navalny admits that he was funded by the US government regime change arm the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in 2007-8, and Navalny was a co-founder of the Democratic Alternative (DA!) in Russia – where the US state department itself lists DA! as a recipient of “youth movement” funding. It is not hyperbole to describe Navalny as a CIA stooge.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov even explicitly made the link between Navalny and the CIA, where usually diplomatic norms are to avoid such accusations. Peskov stated that CIA specialists are working with him and giving him different instructions. This stands to reason, as Navalny would never have returned to Russia if it was actually true that the Russian government had attempted to poison him. It is entirely plausible to suspect that the CIA instructed Navalny to return to Russia – even if he was jailed – as this would provide a narrative of a detained “opposition leader” supposedly being martyred for attempting to rally Russians for “democracy”. The US deep state saw a perfect opportunity to rally Western liberals for yet more war pressure on Russia and did not hesitate to act.
US grates against Nord Stream 2
It is also likely that the Navalny “poisoning”, farcically claimed by the West to be carried out with Novichok, was another effort to derail Nord Stream 2. This hydrocarbons pipeline, which stretches from Russia to Germany, is around 90% complete. The US government is desperate to prevent its opening, as it will not only increase Russia’s gas exports but will boost Russia’s political standing in Europe. Russia will not only be a gas supplier, it offers at least an alternative source of energy and commerce without political interference from the US Empire. Russia is far from being an economic powerhouse on the world stage, but simply the independence of Russia from US/EU imperialism is more than enough to earn the ire of the Washington elite. And this is despite the fact that the Russian government has capitulated to, and played along with, the fake Covid-19 storyline, even going to the extent of fast tracking the development of its own “Covid vaccine” – Sputnik V.
Navalny has an unsavoury political past, to say the least. In 2006, Navalny made headlines by publicly backing the ultra-nationalist Russian March. This march was criticised by his own party at the time, the Yabloko Party, as containing fascist, Nazi and xenophobic content. Navalny was later excluded from Yabloko for attempting to overthrow the leadership. Navalny posits himself as being a fighter “against corruption”, even while he has himself been convicted for….corruption. His Anti-Corruption Foundation (ACF) was in practice a front for his dubious activities. Millions of dollars raised for the ACF was in fact used by Navalny to buy private properties for himself, and to fund recreational trips abroad. What a sterling example of political and personal integrity!
Hands Off Russia!
The Russian Federation in 2021 is a middle ranking capitalist economic power, yet it possesses military power and military technology which far surpasses the comparative arsenals of both EU and US imperialism. Some of this military power was inherited from the days of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), while some of it has since been developed domestically, e.g. its hypersonic missiles and gliders. These weapons ensure that Russia can effectively destroy large parts of any American or European imperialist state which attempted to strike it. Russia’s military superiority has occasionally been used to contain and roll back US imperialism itself, e.g. its crippling air strikes which disabled the US backed ISIS mercenaries attempting to overthrow Syria from 2015 onwards.
Workers of the world need to uphold the right of Russia to defend itself against US/EU imperialism both externally and internally. The Russian state thus has the right to detain Navalny and each of his supporters, charge them with treason, and punish them – given their links to the CIA. At the same time, the Russian government is itself co-operating with the very imperialism which has blatantly set up an attempted colour revolution in Moscow using Navalny as bait. At each step, the Russian government has mimicked the imperialist West’s Covid assault on working people, by forcing them under lockdowns and threatening them with an experimental gene altering “vaccine”. These actions are more evidence that the Russian government does not see imperialism as an enemy and wants to be seen by imperialism as a partner in administering the “Great Reset”.
This is a wildly naïve hope. Imperialism has never forgiven Russia for the overthrow of capitalism in 1917 and the establishment of the Soviet Union – the world’s first workers’ state. That state has not existed for 30 years, but today Washington cannot tolerate Russia’s independence. Russia is self-sufficient economically, in natural resources, and possesses enough military firepower to block ANY imperialist state which oversteps boundaries. Simultaneously, the Russian government betrays the workers of the world by seeking to prop up and maintain global capitalism – as long as it is offered a seat at the table.
The tasks of workers internationally are thus to defend Russia against imperialist backed internal subversion AND the constant threat of US/NATO triggered war provocations. Marxists maintain a critique of the Russian government from the left while simultaneously opposing those forces attempting to overthrow the Russian Federation from the right, e.g. Navalny, the CIA, pro-Western liberals and the US/EU funded “human rights” industrial complex. Russia needs socialism to once again return to the land of Lenin and the Bolsheviks, but this time led by an international workers’ vanguard party which can see through imperialism’s Covid mask. Working-class resistance to lockdowns must be combined with resistance to the Empire’s war on Russia.