Putin and corruption: Rotten teeth of Western propaganda machine
The BBC that has repeatedly found itself in the midst of corruption scandals about grants from the EU and funds from the United States has released a propaganda documentary about Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In the documentary, the BBC interviewed Adam Szubin, who oversees US Treasury sanctions. Mr. Szubin told the BBC that the United States was aware of Putin's corruptness for many years.
Does the US Treasury official have any proof for his words? Of course, he does not.
"We've seen him enriching his friends, his close allies, and marginalising those who he doesn't view as friends using state assets. Whether that's Russia's energy wealth, whether it's other state contracts, he directs those to whom he believes will serve him and excludes those who don't. To me, that is a picture of corruption," Adam Szubin told the BBC.
Interestingly, the US official said that it was Putin, who was enriching his friends, not vice versa. Is the US Treasury jealous or what? Does the US have a list of those, who need to own Russia's "energy wealth" or receive state contracts? The US has a very extensive experience in lobbyism. Noteworthy, it was Putin who demanded state contracts should be published for transparency.
Bush corrupted Bin Laden, and the son of Mr. Biden "suddenly" turns out to be a top manager of a gas company that is to develop deposits in the Donbass. Is that not corruption?
One shall assume that US officials may soon accuse Russia of corrupting NASA. Why not? The latter, instead of developing its technology for years to come, prefers to purchase Russian RD-180 engines for American rockets.
Adam Szubin continues with saying that Putin receives the annual salary of about $110,000 which is not all of his income. "That is not an accurate statement of the man's wealth, and he has long time training and practices in terms of how to mask his actual wealth," the US official said.
In fact, no one in 15 years of Putin's stay in power has ever published one single proof of his corruptness. It is probably only international financier William Browder, who keeps "enlarging" Putin's fortune saying that he has $40 billion, then $100 and finally $200 billion. Again, those are just words and nothing more.
Not that long ago, many international publications and the Russian opposition raised the flag of Alexander Litvinenko and his partner Alexander Goldfarb. Strangely enough, the latter wrote in his book (surprise) that "Putin had the reputation of a non-corrupt official that was very rare during those times."
Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that all of those remarks were fictitious. Indeed, if you want to receive an official comment, where are comments from other high-ranking officials? Where is a comment from Merkel, Obama, Kohl, etc? This is a serious accusation, after all. Or does Putin, who holds indisputable leadership in international rankings of politicians need to urgently comment on accusations from the US official, who only knows how to use the word "probably?"
It appears that the whole Western propaganda machine likes to operate on the basis of probability. Yet, this is a standard technology that the United States has been using for years, including in Ukraine. At first, they find a leader that they need to destroy and then accuse him or her of corruption, violence and then expect national rebellions or conspiracy of elites to end the whole process with "democratization." In Russia, a revolution does not seem to materialize, and bombing a nuclear power is not something NATO would be willing to take up.
The tongue ever turns to the aching tooth, as they say. Most recently, Gallup has conducted a curious opinion poll about corruption in the United States. The poll showed that 75 percent of Washington residents believe that corruption is a common phenomenon in the US government. The number of those who share this point of view has increased from 67 percent in 2007.
This is how we can see the professional purity of the BBC journalism. What can we expect from the corporation that referred to the Soviet War Memorial in Berlin as "The Tomb of the Unknown Rapist?"
Russians respect Putin as before