Russia, the system rather than the country (formerly the Soviet Union) has caused the most death, destruction, massacres to protestors in the history of humanity it is still going strong in its support for the brutal Arab dictatorships. It looks almost as an attempt to continue its communist expansion using the bastardized relationships between them to share their dirty secrets of torture, murder, and rape of innocent people.
Russia was one of the very few countries that supported the brutality of Gaddafi against the freedom fighters of Libya in their honorable revolution. Russia maintained its position against the Arab Spring, thus denying the Arab peoples their natural rights and freedoms. This is not at all surprising, given Russia’s similarly vicious soviet-style repression in Dagestan, Chechnya and neighbors.
Russia is one of the main instigators of the conspiracy claim that the US was responsible for the Arab Spring. As if Mohammad Al Buazizi received an order from the US to burn himself alive. Russia’s deceitful media readily makes the outrageous claim that the millions of men and women who filled Cairo’s Tahrir square on the 25th of January 2011 were not in fact Egyptians.
Official Russian media sources continuously spread misinformation about the Arab Spring, especially in Libya where they condemned the NATO “invasion”, claiming that Libya was sold at the hands of “traitors” of the National Transitional Council (or as the Russian media would have you think). The Russia Today media channel has little credibility on the Arab street; it represents a small portion of the larger campaign of misinformation perpetrated by the Russian state sponsored media sources.
On Russian support for Libya
Russia supported Ghaddafi to a large extent by opposing the UN Security Council in a preposterous stance of principle, and to appease the outraged Russian people in regards to its positions. It justified that position by claiming it stands against Western aggression on Libya.
Russia was one of the few countries in which Gaddafi operatives and ‘revolutionary committee’ agents worked in complete autonomy. Through intimidation and extortion they forced many Libyan students, doctors and engineers not to take part in or support the uprising of 17 February. Gaddafi’s revolutionary committees went even further than just threatening Libyan students. They were also engaged in a vast recruitment drive for Russian and Ukrainian mercenaries to fight alongside the Ghaddafi forces in Libya.
Russia’s support of Ghaddafi continued throughout the initial months of the uprising, and then suddenly they changed their tune and demanded he rescind power, when it became clear that his forces were falling apart. This switch was evident as well in their abstention when the Security Council voted on military action against the Gaddafi forces.
From the start of the Libyan revolution and even after its success, Russia stood against it. Even when Gaddafi fell, official Russian media accused US forces of assassinating him and demanded an international investigation into his death. This was in fact demanded by no less than Putin and Medvedev in person.
The fall of the Gaddafi regime cost the Russian state tens of billions of dollars in arms and weapons deals. Deals that would have slowly siphoned off Libya’s wealth to build an incredible arsenal that would have safeguarded his personal empire and to fund the various African conflicts with Russian made weapons. Ever more amazing are the billions of dollars of Oil and Gas exploration contracts in Libya and other African states proxy controlled by Gaddafi, also lost after the former’s death.
Russia has indeed lost a great ally in Gaddafi, even worse for Russia however is the loss of the Libyan people who will never forget the support and help Russia gave to this demented tyrant.
Even now Russia is supporting another tyrant (the brutal Assad dictatorship) and spreading lies about a supposed NATO conspiracy to topple. Russia never ceases to amaze us in its uncanny ability to take the side of the deteriorating tyrant.
During the December 2011 anti fraud protests post- election that almost toppled the ruling government in Russia. Protestors predicted an end for Putin similar to that of Gaddafi. So while official Russian media went on spreading its lies, online activists were sharing around a picture of Putin’s face photo shopped onto Gaddafi’s infamous Bedouin garb.
Russia’s support for the Assad regime
Russia’s support for Assad’s crumbling regime is strongly connected with the interests it has in Syria. Even the naive accusations and claims carried over by official Russian media sources are very similar to the claims made in the case of Gaddafi (NATO’s western domination conspiracy). This time it added a bit of flavor, that of Syria’s importance for its alleged animosity and stand against Israel. As if Russia itself isn’t an ally to Israel.
The Russian government is nothing but a corrupt agent that sells its veto to the highest bidder, much like China. Its ownership of the right to veto is like a whore’s right to sell her body. So who will be the highest bidder for the Russian government’s veto?
You will not find the answer to this question in the ludicrous conspiracy theories of the Russian state media that makes its way to the Arab street through the back ways of Iran over the backs of Russia loyalists from amongst the Arabs. There are those who would benefit from the stability and longevity of the criminal Assad regime, to secure Assad’s support and protection since the time his father took control of Syria by force.
Israel will benefit greatly from Assad’s remaining in power, because until now there is no alternative to Assad that can ensure Israel’s safety and security as he did and as his father did before him. Behind the theatrical shielding and supporting of resistance groups. The Syrian regime has never supported any credible resistance movements against the Zionist entity. Other than condemnations and allowing for some offices for political wings.
Israel and its proponents are those who are pushing Russia to ensure the Assad regime is unchallenged either by the UN Security Council or any others to find real solutions for “peace” or even to retrieve the occupied Golan Heights.
The Russian government earns hundreds of millions of dollars for every speech and statement it makes against the Arab Spring and especially against the Syrian revolution. If not directly from the various Arab tyrants then through other means from those who don’t want to see a change in the geopolitical status quo. Hence the incidents of election fraud that took place in Russia to ensure the same leadership and its entourage remain in power to fill their blood soaked coffers.
The Russian governments have foolishly chosen to sever its relationship with peoples who won their freedoms, and it continues to sever relations with the Syrian peoples fighting for their freedom from the tyranny of the rabid Assad regime.
The Russian government was happy with the Arab (Islamic) silence over its human rights abuses in the ex soviet countries and the massacres in the neighboring countries over many years. Russia fears its possible inability to continue its oppression of the Muslims under its power. It is concerned that the newly freed Arab masses will come to find out and publicize its massacres, rapes, tortures and incarcerations of its Muslims. So it decided to side with the tyrannical Arab leaders to keep the masses enslaved.
After the Russian government recruited many Russian Muslims, it’s quite possible that those agents will be Russia’s way in getting friendlier and closer to the new post Arab Spring governments. It is very likely that the new face of Russia will be more Muslim friendly, Russian owned, Arabic speaking, trying to pass off as “free” Russian Muslim citizens honored in their mother country Russia (or one of the neighboring satellites) .
The Russian government learnt its lesson in befriending the Muslims and Islamists living within its borders, thus stopping dissension and revolution, or any demands for separation or independence like Georgia or Armenia did before.
So it has started this policy of finding agents that look like us and speak like us, it trained them and cultivated them until they became loyal only to mother Russia, and started eating the flesh of their brothers, our children.
We will never forget that Russia funded and supported our Tyrant leaders for decades while we lived under their oppression, brutality and terrorism against us. We will not forget that Russia is perpetrating unspeakable atrocities to the Muslims inside Russia and until today is killing thousands of them wholesale. They may think we Arabs have a short memory span and will try to intervene in our politics post uprisings under the guise of democracy
Since the time of the Tsars and until today, Russia has never been a friend to the Arabs. It has proven to us that it will always be an enemy of our freedoms and our struggles for our rights and dignities.
Will the new free Arab peoples and leaders forget the role Russia played in supporting our past killers and tyrants. The support still offered today to Syria’s Assad?
This article is translated from Arabic to English by Nasser Alkhateb ( @Naza_kat ) .