Why’s the West Meddling in Russia’s Upcoming Legislative Elections?

The West isn’t just waging a Hybrid War on Russia, but also on the minds of its own people.

Explosive evidence has emerged confirming Western meddling in Russia’s upcoming legislative elections. RT journalist Murad Gazdiev shared footage on Twitter of Western-financed foreign agent Golos, which hides behind the unconvincing front of being election observers, telling people at a meeting that “Our job is to show these elections are illegitimate… Unfortunately, there are fewer violations… So we have written instructions to get all of you kicked out of voting stations, to show these elections are illegitimate”.

This coincided with Foreign Minister Lavrov telling the press that “Russian officials are waiting for an answer after presenting the American ambassador with a dossier on purported examples of US attempts to interfere in the country’s upcoming elections”, according to RT. The country’s top diplomat said that US tech companies have refused to block prohibited content on their platforms. All of this comes after NATO agent Navalny‘s suspicious health crisis last year and subsequent jailing upon his return to Russia for parole violations.

This meddling operation is intended to discredit the upcoming vote in order to increase pressure on Russia regardless of whether or not its ruling United Russia party wins. It won’t realistically shape the outcome all that much so it can be concluded that its purpose is more about perception management than anything else. It’s unclear if any sanctions will follow the elections, but these efforts at the very least might slow down any possible thaw between Russia and the EU following Nord Stream II’s completion.

The typical “talking point” that most Alt-Media commentators might make is that all of this shows the hypocrisy of the West’s prior accusations of Russian meddling in their own democratic processes, but there’s much more to it than just that. The means themselves deserve to be paid more attention to than the optics. From the three cited examples, it can be seen that a NATO agent operating under the cover of an anti-corruption activist was mysteriously poisoned and then deliberately returned home to be arrested in order to provoke a scandal.

This was then exploited as the pretext for encouraging his supporters, including misled minors, to take to the streets in unsanctioned rallies. The point in doing so wasn’t to carry out a Color Revolution since such a scenario was impossible to pull off in that context but simply to capture footage of the security services’ response to their provocations and then propagate decontextualized edits thereof in order to add fuel to the infowar campaign aimed at discrediting Russia’s political process.

Following that, Big Tech deliberately flouted Russian regulations in order to generate more headlines that can then be deceptively spun to concoct the false narrative that Moscow is “cracking down on free speech” or whatever else. At the same time, realizing that Russia’s democratic process is a lot more solid than many of its own operatives were led to believe, one of the most internationally influential foreign agents in the country was ordered to tell its cohorts to get themselves kicked out of voting stations in order to cause a scandal.

None of these steps are carried out in a vacuum but are integral components of a larger sequence of events that can be described as part of the Hybrid War process. In this particular context, it isn’t seriously being waged to overthrow the government and/or influence its opponents to take up arms against the authorities and thus become terrorists like what happened in Ukraine, Syria, Libya, and elsewhere that it’s been practiced, but is almost entirely predicated on infowar ends.

To explain this observation more at length, it’s not only about discrediting the Russian government in the eyes of the Western public, but also about discrediting those of their own leaders who hope to have pragmatic ties with Moscow. From the perspective of the average person indoctrinated with the West’s weaponized infowar narratives about Russia, those who break ranks with the West by talking about the need to cooperate with Russia in pursuit of shared interests are “traitors” and possibly even “Russian agents”.

Preconditioning the public to believe this about their own democratically elected leaders is meant to facilitate the efforts of their opponents in those countries’ permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies (“deep state”) who might then try to provoke their own grassroots pressure against such figures through Hybrid War means such as by organizing Color Revolution-like protests against them or at the very least defamatory campaigns. The whole point is to pressure Western governments to toe the line on Russia.

The ideological dynamics of the New Cold War are such that Russia and the West are on opposite sides with respect to how they treat their citizens. The first-mentioned believes that they should have the choice to live their lives however they’d like so long as this is done responsibly without infringing on others’ rights while the second is obsessed with imposing hyper-liberal lifestyles upon them. The West’s only defense of its ideologically crazed crusade against its own citizens is that it’s supposedly a “democracy” while Russia is a “dictatorship”.

That’s quite clearly an inaccurate claim if there ever was one, especially as evidenced by Mr. Gazdiev’s video footage confirming that one of the West’s most influential foreign agents in Russia acknowledges that they can’t credibly cast aspersions on that country’s democratic process, which is why their weaponized infowar narrative has increasingly become divorced from reality and based on the Hybrid War process that was earlier described. The West thus isn’t just waging a Hybrid War on Russia, but also on the minds of its own people.

This is being done in a desperate attempt to keep their own critics in check by indoctrinating the masses and then deterring those few brave leaders who represent them from breaking ranks with the West. It’s struggling to succeed though, both in terms of generating the false basis upon which its weaponized narratives are derived and also in scaring certain leaders away from speaking out about the need to pragmatically cooperate with Russia on certain issues such as energy, vaccines, and climate change.

The takeaway from all of this is that the ideological dynamics of the New Cold War are shifting in Russia’s favor as more Westerners naturally begin to question their governments’ counterproductive policies towards the Eurasian Great Power. This explains the desperation with which their “deep states” are trying to discredit Moscow in the minds of their own people in a last-ditch attempt to save their years-long brainwashing campaign against them. A true thaw in relations might still be some time coming, but it’s inevitable.

By Andrew Korybko
Source: OneWorld

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