Putin allying with Europe’s far right to change Europe, Eidman says

"DNR" flag carried in the march by German neo-Nazies in Heidenau (Image: Boris Reitschuster)

"DNR" flag carried in the march by German neo-Nazies in Heidenau (Image: Boris Reitschuster) 

2016/02/22 • Analysis & Opinion, Politics

Most commentators have suggested that Vladimir Putin is supporting the Russian extreme right to force the governments of Germany and other European countries to lift sanctions against his country, Igor Eidman says; but in fact, Putin’s goals are “much more ambitious.” He wants to change the nature of European countries and of Europe.

Igor Eidman

Igor Eidman

“The goal of Russia’s information and lobbying attack is to change Germany society,” Eidman says, “to destroy its liberal foundations and to set it against European integration. Only after having changed Germany could Putin find a common language with it and make it his ally.”

Moscow’s chief instruments in this effort include “propaganda of xenophobia, dirty information technologies, the export of corruption, and the buying off of elites.”

German far-right protesters at Cologne’s main train station in January 2016. (Image: AFP)

German far-right protesters at Cologne’s main train station in January 2016. (Image: AFP)

Until recently, “many leaders of European countries were friends of Putin,” but Chancellor Angela Merkel “showed from the very beginning that she would not make friends with the former Chekist,” at least in part because she is the only West European leader who grew up under communism and thus understands what her “Russian partner” represents.

Because of her resistance to him, Merkel is Putin’s chief target; and his “immediate goal is to achieve her retirement from office.”

Unfortunately, “there are several categories of Germans who are helping Putin” in this effort: “deceived or false leftists, ultra-right ideological supporters of Putin, ‘pragmatic’ businessmen who for short-term profit are prepared to condemn their country to long-term problems,” and those who simply take bribes and payoffs.

  • “The strangest and most unnatural of these are the leftists,” Eidman says, given that they must know that “in Putin’s Russia rule all that the German leftists are struggling against in Germany and on a bestial scale: social inequality and the violation of labor rights, corruption and arbitrariness of the police, pollution by corporations and the seizure of free urban spaces, racism and homophobia, sexism and clericalism, an imperial foreign policy and militarism.”
  • A second category of “’Putin’s helpers’” are pragmatic businessmen, he continues. Their attitudes are not that surprising given that Lenin reminded the world that capitalists will always be ready to sell the rope that will hang them. Now, tragically, some business types are “prepared to sell Putin the rope he hopes to use to hang European democracy.” When they oppose sanctions, these business people think that “they are simply defending the interests of German business. In reality, however, they are helping the Putin regime to stabilize the economic situation and to find the resources for expansionist activities in the international arena, for an ideological and information attack on democracy in Europe.”
  • The most active “friends of Putin” in Germany are “those who participate in projects paid for by Moscow” and thus do so for selfish interests. “The Russian authorities are buying up wholesale and retail German politicians, journalists and ‘experts.’ By corrupting the German elite, the Kremlin not only achieves loyalty to its policies but also changes Germany and destroys its democratic and law-based state.”
  • But in Germany there are many who support Putin because they share his views, Eidman says. These include in the first instance the far right. They would like their country to become like Russia today, and they often chant that “Merkel should be sent to Siberia, and Putin summoned to Berlin.” They and Moscow have been especially energized by the migrant crisis.

“In Russia,” Eidman concludes, “government propaganda long ago made liberalism and tolerance practically curse words. The Russian authorities are trying to promote the same attitudes in German public opinion. Merkel’s retirement is only an intermediate step for the Kremlin. It really wants Germany to become like Russia, “reactionary, clerical and xenophobic.”

Pro-Moscow outlets using social media whipped up the Russian German community, sparked demonstrations in a variety of German cities over an alleged rape and against refugees, and called into question the ability of the German police to protect Germans from Muslims and Turks. (Image: AP)

Pro-Moscow outlets using social media whipped up the Russian German community, sparked demonstrations in a variety of German cities over an alleged rape and against refugees, and called into question the ability of the German police to protect Germans from Muslims and Turks. (Image: AP)

Edited by: A. N.

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  • Quartermaster

    Merkel is setting the stage for her ouster because of the “refugee” crisis. She is stupidly allowing the country to be overrun with Muslims who could not care less for the legal foundations of Germany. I don’t doubt that Putin sees the opportunity this presents and will take advantage of it.
    German businessmen have always been highly mercenary. Since the former militaristic regime that was destroyed in 1945, German business men have been happy to deal with anyone that has money to buy their stuff. Those same people will be the downfall of Germany, if they are allowed to keep functioning as they have in the past.

  • Turtler

    A nice article, but one marred by one point. The idea that only deceived or “false” leftists support Putin is- for better or worse- utter balderdash. There are quire a number of die hard Soviet nutcases, Red-Brown types, and those who use the term “Cold Warrior” as a slur who happily and WILLINGLY support Putin.

    I know, I live in one of the most leftist states of the US, and I know far too many of those who have the pom poms for him. Of course I also know a number of nutjob rightists and “rightists” who do as well. But believing that one side of the political spectrum stands only for opposition to Putin is a mistake.

    It could be a fatal one.

  • Yoshua Zafoy

    Ukraine is a failed state and a prelude to what is coming to Europe. Europe is on the brink of collapse today, Communists and Fascists are already fighting in the streets in Europe.

    The era of cheap oil is over. The high production cost of oil has made the oil business extremely volatile and sensitive to oil price fluctuations… especially to a collapse in the oil price. Russia is a good example of this volatility.

    High oil prices on the other hand is suffocating oil consumer nations. Ukraine is a good example of the economic ruin that follows high oil prices.

    The economy is the driving force behind what is taking place politically in Europe.

  • Dirk Smith

    This is old news that the West has failed to grasp quite yet. This was initiated last March when the neo-Nazi conference was setup in St. Petersburg. This is when the groups received their initial $$ and verbal support. Then, the gay dwarf unleashed the refugee waves by assisting one of his gauleiters by carpet-bombing civilians. This is a two-pronged hybrid blitzkrieg on Europe by challenging political correctness. The gay dwarf’s Asperger’s compounded by megalomania and appeasement on behalf of the West has him attacking the civilized world. He needs to be shut down sooner than later. Obama’s ‘reset’ appeasement enabled this monster and the gay dwarf understands he has less than a year in power before he his disciplined for his misbehavior by a GOP administration. Deeper sanctions and lethal aid to Ukraine will derail his plans; if it’s not too late.

  • David

    The Germans knew the horrors of civil bombing (from the democratic allies) and the cruelty of the red horde, this is why they are predisposed to help people who are suffering the same horrible fate. However, Putin and its “deceived” far left allies in Greece are using the refuges to create tensions and conflicts within the EU, Putin is also setting the stage for an anti-NATO far right take over, who will probably betray Ukraine and the Baltic states.

  • David

    The Germans knew the horrors of civil bombing and mass migrations (from the democratic
    allies) and the cruelty of the red horde, this is why they are
    predisposed to help people who are suffering the same horrible fate.
    However, Putin and its “deceived” far left allies in Greece are using
    the refuges to create tensions and conflicts within the EU, Putin is
    also setting the stage for an anti-NATO far right take over, who will
    probably betray Ukraine and the Baltic states.

  • David

    The Germans knew the horrors of civil bombing and mass migrations (from the democratic
    allies) and the cruelty of the red horde, this is why they are
    predisposed to help people who are suffering the same horrible fate.
    However, Putin and its “deceived” far left allies in peripheral europe (Syriza, Podemos) are using the refuges to create tensions and conflicts within the EU, Putin is
    also setting the stage for an anti-NATO far right take over in Central Europe, who will
    probably betray Ukraine and the Baltic states.