THIRD BARBAROSSA. By ANTON BAUMGARTEN
This is a book-length combination of a journalistic investigation piece on the alleged conspiracy against Russia and an historical essay on the role of Soviet secret services in the destruction of the Soviet Union and socialist governments in Europe.
Baumgarten, founder and chief editor of Left.ru, alleges that there exists a complex international conspiracy against Russian President Vladimir Putin and his likely successor Sergey Ivanov with the goal of putting in power a group of people who will surrender Russia to the West in the manner Gorbachev and Yeltsin did with the Soviet Union.
The operational center of this conspiracy is the “consulting” agency “FarWest, LLC,” with headquarters in Dubai. This company serves as a front for an alliance of secret services of several countries, represented by mercenary private intelligence and military companies, as well as individuals. They include Diligence, LLC, KBR, and New Bridge Strategies for the CIA and DIA; “Erinys International,” “Meteoric Tactical Solution,” Aegis Defence Servicesfor MI6 and Defence Intelligence Service (UK). Other owners behind 18 offshore companies, registered in Bahrain, that constitute FW, LTD are
- family members of Turki al-Faisal and Adnan Khashoggi;
- Generals Vladimir Filin (covere name) and Alexei Likhvintsev (cover name), representing Ukrainian military intelligence (GUR);
- Brigadier-general Ruslan Saidov (cover name) and Hozh-Ahmed Nuhaev from “The Istambul Bureau” of Foreign Intelligence Service of the Republic Ichkeria (Chechnya), representing also Turkish General Staff and the Kadyrov's regiment under the command of Adam Demilhanov;
- Colonel Valery Lunev (cover name), representing Victor Sheiman, secretary of the Belorussian State Security Council, and the Belorussian KGB.
- Rolandas Paksas and Audrius Butkevicius from the Lithuanian Military Intelligence.
The book describes Farwest as a “system of fronts for the anti-Russian alliance of US, British, Saudi, Turkish, Ukrainian, Chechen, Lithuanian, and partly, Belorussian secret services. The alliance is the instrument for the geopolitical plans of the aggressive cliques of Atlantism, Panturkism, Panislamism, and Ukrainian nationalism. Some of them wish to cease control of Russia's natural wealth (above all, its oil and gas) and nuclear forces. Others – to carve out of Russian territory the “Great Turan” or the “Caliphate.” Some others dream about the “Great Ukraine.”
President of Far West, LLC is one Prince Rasheed who is a relative and represents the interests of Prince Turki al-Faisal and the General Intelligence Service of Saudi Arabia. Rasheed has not been fully identified by Baumgarten's sources. He is thought to be cadre officer of Saudi intelligence. Rasheed is 35-40 years old, speaks Russian and was in Chechnya with Hattab in 1997, apparently as liaison officer of Prince Turki.
The board of directors includes: Prince Rasheed, Vladimir Filin, Ruslan Saidov, Alexei Likhvintsev, Valery Lunev, Audrius Butkevicious, Anton Surikov, and Ruslan Berenis.
Ruslan Berenis is the financial director of the agency. He is said to be an officer of British Defense Intelligence Service working under the cover of international businessman, well-known in London, Dubai, Singapore, and Hong Kong. He served in Northern Ireland, the Malvinas, Kuwait (1991) and Bosnia (1993-96). Berenis represents the interests of PMC “Erinys International Ltd” (London) and acts as liaison officer for Sir Rodric Braithwaite, one of the four “generals” of the Second Barbarossa, as Baumgarten calls Braithwaite, Robert Gates, Prince Turki, and Fritz Ermarth for their role in the destruction of the Soviet Union.
The book describes in some detail the Special Department “R” (for “Russia”) of the army intelligence that the Ukrainian president Yushchenko created by a secret decree after his talks in Washington in the spring of 2005 and the Chechen Istambul Bureau of Foreign Intelligence, working under the protection of the Turkish General Staff.
Baumgarten explores in depth what he calls the Western “elite base” of FarWest—the informal Atlantic network of conservative and neoconservative elites bent on the destruction of President Putin and his political heritage by any means. He compiles a register of names and Westersn organizations and highlights the role of such individuals as Ambassador Richard Burt, Charles Powell, field-marshal Peter Inge and organisms like Atlantic Partnership, American Council on Germany, The Henry Jackson Society, Deutsche Bank, the lobbying firm Barbour, Griffith & Rogers, and some other.
Baumgarten identifies the “Russian-speaking” part of FarWest conspiracy as the group of renegade officers and agents of the Soviet military intelligence (GRU), some of who after the fall of the Soviet Union joined the military intelligence services of Ukraine, Belorussia, and Chechnya. The book alleges that the origins of this group go back to the early 1980s and identifies as its “Godfather” the general Yury Gusev of the General Staff. Gusev's area of responsibility included the so-called anti-CoCoM program whose goal was to circumvent the restrictive regime of high-tech import to the Soviet Union.
The book claims that Gusev's association with Americans goes back to the 1980s when he cooperated with the CIA, the Pakistanis and the Saudis in the heroin business in Afghanistan. For this purpose he formed a special intelligence unit “N” (for Narcotics).based in Shindand, in which all the future leaders of FarWest had a tour of duty. Gusev's heroin operation used Cuba as a transit point for smuggling the drug into the United States.
Baumgarten also argues that, on Gorbachev's orders, Gusev's GRU, as well as Vladimir Kriuchkov's KGB planned a military coup in Cuba in 1989. Their point man was General Arnaldo Ochoa Sanchez, who had extensive ties with the Soviet military brass. One chapter reconstructs the th erelations between th ehead of the Soviet KGB Vladimir Kriuchkov and the CIA chief Robert Gates in 1987-1990. In particular, Baumgarten suggests that the so-called “August putsch” of 1991 was the result of a complex conspiracy, manipulated by the CIA.
The historical part of the book explores the ideological and bureaucratic origins of the FarWest conspiracy. While Baumgarten borrows his general theoretical framework from Trotsky's Revolution Betrayed, in particular, he focuses on the little known figure of Ernst Henri (Henry, Genri), a pen name for Nikolai Rostovskii, in turn, a cover name of Leiba Khentov—an agent of Comintern and the Soviet military intelligence in Europe between 1920-1940s. Rostovsky has been known as one of the political recruiters of the “Cambridge Five.” Baumgarten reconstructs some of Rostovsky's activities and contacts in Britain and speculates about the triange H. G. Wells, Moura Budberg and Bruce Lockhart as a channel of unofficial communications between British conservative elites and Soviet intelligence. He then traces what he calls “The Henri Vector” from the so-called “Henry—Hopkins Plan” for a geopolitical alliance between Roosvelt's United States and the USSR to Rostovsky's re-emergence in the early 1960s in Moscow as journalist and political scientist, to his involvement in the dissident movement (Baumgarten calls him the “godfather of Dmitry Sakharov”) and his hypothetical role as a liason between the procapitalist groups in the Soviet bureaucracy and conservative Anglosaxon elites.
The final part of the book describes the gist of the alleged conspiracy for which the Far West, LLC group plays a key role. Baumgarten argues that since Western “ultra-imperialism” has presently no external instruments of “integrating” Russia into its “neo-feudal” system of domination it plans to exploit the intra-bureaucratic struggle around Putin. The plan is actually very simple. FarWest has long-standing relations with the Igor Sechin power block in the Kremlin, which consists of high-ranking bureaucrats, secret services brass, the businessmen allied with them. This group has been involved in the massive corruption and redistribution of property. If Putin leaves the Kremlin they stand to lose not only their power and control over cash flows but in some cases risk revenge from those whose property they appropriated by force. For the last three years FarWest publicly blackmails and manipulates the most vulnerable and aggressive group within the Sechin power block, whom Baumgarten calls “dumb motherfuckers” (Rus. 'otmorozki'), in order to provoke a coup d'etat in Moscow, perhaps, even the assassination of Putin or/and his heir apparent-- Sergei Ivanov, or to force Putin to accept the third term and become virtually the hostage of the Sechin Group. Baumgarten outlines several scenarios that could follow such a coup, including a disarming first strike by the United States and the occupation of Russia by Nato. He also draws a parallel between this plot and the August Putsch of 1991.
A Necessary Preface
Ernst Henri and the Second Plan Barbarossa
The Mafioso-Political Society “FarWest”: Memo by the International Board of burtsev.ru. Letter to the author. General information about the leaders, structure, and political relations of FarWest. Preliminary notes. What Is FarWest and What Are Its Goals? The commercial structure of FarWest – “Far West, LLC.” Special Department “R”of the Ukrainian Military Intelligence (GUR). The Istambul Bureau of the Foreign Intelligence Service of the Republic of Ichkeria. Characteristics of FarWest leaders. Appendices: 1. Political trajectory of FarWest since the failure of the “geopolitical project of Sergey Kurginyan” in 2003 to the resignation of Prince Turki al-Faisal and secret meetings in Washington in December 2006. 2. The black propaganda projects of FarWest after the meetings in Washington. 3. Ruslan Saidov and Chechnya. 4. FarWest and Sufi tariqats. 5. FarWest and the “Great Turan.” 6. Ruslan Berenis.
The Elite Base of FarWest. PMCs Meteoric, KBR, and Erinys. Private intelligence company (PIC) Aegis Defence Services – Field Marshal Lord Inge – Hakluyt & Co. Elisabeth Smith and “European Movement.” “Intermarium.” “The Scottish League” and Hitler's mountaineers. David Urquhart – Kipling – Knights of the Round Table – Maclean. Fitzroy Maclean as theoretician of secret war against Soviet Russia. The Maclean Memorandum. “The Promethean League.” The Maclean Commission. Maclean as courier for conservative elites and the Great Britain—Soviet Union Association. Diligence LLC. Richard Burt. Atlantic Partnership. The Lobbyists: Barbour, Griffith and Rogers. Burt and financial-industrial groups. Diligence, LLC and Alfa-Group. Charles Powell. The Henry Jackson Society. Conclusions. The Nuclear Establishment.
The Generals: Prince Turki. Fritz Ermarth. Robert Gates. Sir Rodric Braithwaite.
The Problem of Motivation. What Makes FarWest Invisible? “My position is simple: business, money and nothing else.” Not by the bread alone. Courchevel or Eternity? The professionalism of FarWest. The FarWest gang as victims of the Frankenstein Complex. This time it's Russia, not the Kremlin at stake.
The Behind-the-Mirrors World of Sergey Kurginyan. Information about Kurginyan. Ethereal and material worlds. Kurinyan's book was intended to protect the FarWest cover in the Ukrainian cruise missiles deal. The controlled leak by Turchinov and Kozhemyakin indicates that burtsev.ru was moving in the right direction. FarWest was in charge of setting up a WMD trap for Iran. What is permitted Jupiter is not permitted a cow?
The Legend of the USSR and the Truth of It. What is legend? The regime of confrontation as the ideological cover of Anton Surikov. The problem of the ruling class is in its absence: Revolution Betrayed by Leon Trotsky and his theory of Soviet bureaucracy. The Truth and Untruth about the Legend of the USSR. Why Gorbachev did not end up in the mental asylum where Reagan and Thatcher would have surely found themselves had they proclaimed a “capitalism with a human face.” Russian state bureaucracy remains orphaned. The ruling class is much more than political economy tells us. The Error of Isaak Deutscher. Exemplary internationalism of new Russian bourgeoisie. FarWest and secret service bureaucracy.
The Fifth Column of Ernst Henri. Strange aspects of Henri's essay “The Second Plan Barbarossa.” Henri as the godfather of dissident Andrei Sakharov. Who in the world Ernst Henri was? His operational name remains unknown: Leiba Khentov—Nikolai Rostovsky—Ernst Henri as political intelligence agent of the Red Army Intelligence Directorate and liaison between the Western and Soviet elites in 1930-40s. Henri comes out of the shadow.
Prometheus, or the Vector of Ernst Henri. First generation of Comintern analysts put their hopes on the United States and Germany. The Anti-Stalin Vector after 1933. The Henri-Hopkins Plan. Stalin, H. G. Wells, and Henri. Wells as channel between Western and Soviet elites. Chanel Budberg—Lockhart--Milner's Kindergarten. Henri's bestsellers as messages to British pro-Nazi elites. Rostovsky and General Grigorenko. The Henri—Gusev Vector.
The Amber Room of General Gusev. Sick late progeny. Generals Izotov, Polyakov, Gusev. The Penkovsky Affair and the Kurginyan Defense. Do you remember Afghan, Anton? 1989: Failure in Cuba, success in Romania. Raul Catro's intelligence group. The Scottish castle over Bogota. The toiler of the invisible front and of the Soviet theater.
Dinner in the restaurant Maison Blanche. Vladimir Kriuchkov as the clandestine communication chanel between Gorbachev and the hawks in Washington. Soviet brass decides that Trotsky was right after all. The mystery of Robert Gates' last meeting with Kriuchkov. Gates and Condi Rice establish a “super secret group.”
The GKChP August Putsch-91, or the “Final solution of Russian Question” is postponed. “Lord Almighty” from Langley and two possible outcomes of the Putsch. The thrid GKChP will be not! Kurginyan, neocons, and “Stalinists.” Robert Gates' V-Day in the Red Square. TV, Kurginyan, and GKChP-08?
The Geopolitics of Ultra-Imperialism and 2008. Dick Cheney's Endspiel. Surikov gives away the Republicans. Mort Zuckerman and Sergei Kurginyan. Brzezinsky and the collective unconscious. Lenin and Kautsky about ultra-imperialism. Lenin's Testament (the true one). The Guard (and the Anglo-Saxons) do not surrender.
Dumb Motherfuckers and the Party of the Third Term. The hook and the bait for Russian Capitalism. Putin and Secret Service Bureaucracy. Third Term-ists. The Structure of Igor Sechin's Gang. Who Are the Dumb Motherfuckers? How does Farwest provoke the Sechin Group: thematic threads and samples. Legend and the second bottom of the “new cold war.” Two scenarios of Barbarossa-3. Third bottom. Fourth bottom, or the scenario of Ernst Henri.
Postscriptum. A copy of the letter by FarWest to bosses in Moscow. Comments.
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Outline by Viktor Zaitsev
Anton Baumgarten is founder and chief editor of Marxist weekly Left Russia.