Jewish Oligarch Boris Spiegel Behind Kremlin’s Propaganda Against Ukraine and the Baltics

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Boris Spiegel wearing the “St. George” ribbon, popular among the Donbass separatists

The Kremlin’s propaganda against Ukraine reads like an old Soviet propaganda ministry manual, mixed with an Anti-Defamation League press release. In a press conference after the 2014 revolution, Putin attacked the Maidan revolutionaries as “reactionary, nationalist and anti-Semitic forces.” The day previously, he claimed Maidan was led by “anti-Semites and neo-Nazis on a rampage.”

Putin’s ally, the Chabad Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar, lended his support to the Kremlin’s propaganda against Ukraine. In an interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency on 24 March 2014, Lazar raised concerns of “anti-Semitism” in the new Ukrainian government: “In the last 15 years I’ve never seen in Russia anything similar. And sadly, in Ukraine and in certain parts of Ukraine especially, there is a history of anti-Semitism.”

Lazar attended the “victory” speech Putin gave at the Kremlin after the Russian occupation of Crimea. In July 2014, the Russian Chabad leaders organized an international press tour via chartered plane from Moscow to draw attention to Ukrainian “anti-Semitism”. They attended a speech Putin gave in Sevastopol, where he thanked the Chabad rabbis for their efforts to “combat fascism”. One of the first acts in Crimea after the Russian occupation was a “holocaust” memorial organized by the local Chabad Rabbi Benjamin Wolf. Chabad’s loyalty was rewarded with a synagogue in Simferopol.

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Spiegel and Berel Lazar

One notable Russian-Jewish oligarch who has spoken at Chabad conferences is Boris Spiegel, an Orthodox Jew “closely tied to the Kremlin”. Spiegel grew wealthy from his company Biotek, a major pharmaceuticals producer dominant in more than seventy markets across the Eurasian landscape. As chairman of the World Congress of Russian Jewry, he joined the Kremlin’s propaganda effort when he called for the establishment of a tribunal that would investigate the Republic of Georgia’s “war crimes” and “genocide” in 2008.

Since then, he has accused the former Soviet-occupied countries Ukraine and the Baltic states of “rapid nazification” and has called for a common history textbook for all Europe based on “serious scientific study, as well as the decisions of international judicial and political authorities on which basis the postwar world order had been built.” In other words, a textbook indoctrinating Europeans into idolizing the Soviet Union and beating themselves up over the “Nazism” and “anti-Semitism” inherent within their own countries.

In 2010, Spiegel founded the “NGO” World Without Nazism (WWN), which one US Jewish publication called “a kind of Moscow-based Anti-Defamation League”. Much like its American counterpart, WWN is a Jewish political advocacy group that attacks any political trend or figure it opposes as “anti-Semitic”. Despite its claims of being non-governmental, WWN is actually a “governmental non-governmental organization” as tied to the Kremlin as is its leader. Most of its efforts are devoted to accusing any nationalist trend in Ukraine, Finland and the Baltic states as “neo-Nazi” and harkening back to those countries “collaboration” with Nazi Germany. Its solely because these countries don’t idolize the “glorious” Soviet Union’s occupation of their lands or deny the Bolshevik/Stalinist crimes against their peoples.

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Spiegel led the initiative to construct a Red Army “Victory Monument” in Netanya, Israel in 2012. Designed to commemorate the more than half a million Jews who fought for the Red Army during World War II, it was unveiled at a ceremony attended by Putin and Shimon Peres. “What I just heard has warmed my feelings toward the Jewish people and especially toward Israel,” Putin said at the ceremony. The Red Army nostalgia harkened back to the WWN’s own foundation ceremony, where Soviet songs were sung and with chants of “We’ll come back with victory! The Red Army is the strongest!”

In February 2014, Spiegel led a WWN delegation to meet with pro-Russian Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in Kiev, offering their support against the “extremism and neo Nazism” represented by his Ukrainian nationalist opposition. In September, the WWN bestowed “Freedom of Speech” prizes posthumously upon six journalists – including four who worked for Russian-state media – who died covering the “fight against the rebirth of Nazism” in Ukraine. Shortly after Maidan, the WWN released a statement to the Russian news agency TASS that warned “The absence of the international community’s reaction can repeat the Kristallnacht for non-Ukrainians and other ethnic minorities.” The statement continued: “Only those who want see Europe under Nazi and radical nationalists will condemn Crimea.”

In February 2015, Spiegel issued an official statement commemorating the 72th anniversary of the Soviet victory at Stalingrad. “Today neo-Nazis are once again raising their heads. Their ideology is poisoning civil society in the very heart of Europe,” Spiegel claimed. He asserted that Ukrainian “neo-fascists and neo-Nazi battalions” were committing atrocities against those “who honor the memory [of Soviet soldiers] over the Nazi machine of death.” He threatened the Ukrainians defending their own country from Russian-backed neo-Soviet separatists that they would “risk being surrounded in a new Uranus pincer,” referring to the Red Army operation that recaptured Stalingrad.

Spiegel’s useful idiots are very active in Finland and Estonia, openly denying those countries’ sovereignty and promoting Russian imperial objectives. On 23 March 2009, the WWN-affiliate organization Finnish Anti-Fascist Committee (SAFKA) staged a protest in Helsinki against the Estonian Embassy’s seminar about Stalin’s forced removal of thousands from the Baltic States. Brandishing Russian flags, other participants at the protest include dozens of members of the Russian Nashi youth organization, founded with links to the Kremlin; the pro-Russian Estonian Nochnoy Dozor (Night Watch) movement, initially founded to prevent removal of Soviet statues and symbols in Estonia and attacks its opponents as “Nazis”; and ten members of the Finnish Islamic Party, an Islamist political party led by self-admitted KGB agent and Muslim convert Abdullah Tammi. The Bolshevik Revolution was “social progress” according to SAFKA.

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Johan Bäckman in anti-Ukrainian separatist uniform

SAFKA leader Johan Bäckman also co-founded WWN and serves as a governing board member. He has become notorious in Finland for his aggressive pro-Russian activism, frequently accusing various politicians, journalists and academics who don’t tow the Kremlin line as “Russophobes” and “anti-Semites”. He became notorious in Finland for his pro-Soviet historiography, which denigrated the Finnish war against the Soviets in the 1940s as a “racist” effort to create a “Greater Finland” and “ethnically cleanse” Russians in collaboration with Hitler. Even though he openly engages in such anti-Finnish activities unhindered, one pro-Kremlin propaganda source claimed he was “persecuted” in Finland, oblivious to the treatment of dissidents in Putin’s Russia. This traitor completely ignores the discrimination faced by his fellow Finns under Russian occupation in Karelia.

Bäckman has uttered such absurd and bizarre statements as “Stalin was very gentle and sweet”, and has denied the sovereign existence of Estonia and Latvia, condemning their efforts to repudiate the Soviet era as “an apartheid that represents the criminal discrimination of Russians” and dismissed the Soviet occupation as a “Nazi myth”. He even wants anti-Soviet dissent in Estonia criminalized: “In my opinion speaking or writing of Soviet ‘occupation’ should be criminalized as a form of racist propaganda. I demand five years prison sentence to everyone who dares to say Estonia was ‘occupied’ by Soviet Union.” He has been expelled and barred from both Estonia and Moldova for such subversive activities.

His activities connect him directly to the Kremlin. He is the Northern European representative of the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies (RISS), an organization staffed by former Russian intelligence officers which is funded by the foreign intelligence service and presidential administration of Russia. Bäckman was a member of the “elections observer” delegation of notorious pro-Russian political figures that rubber-stamped Russia’s annexation of Crimea, even while he labelled the Maidan Revolution as “an illegal seizure of power”. He is the Finnish representative of the separatist “Dontesk People’s Republic”, warning the separatists against two Finnish journalists he claimed were “agents of the USA and Ukraine”. He has recruited Finnish fighters for the separatists under the cover of “travel” to Donbass and even “ski training”. Bäckman established the “Novorussian Embassy” in Helsinki, despite the lack of official recognition.

He also has ties with the Eurasianist leader Alexander Dugin, who has often visited Helsinki at his invitation, and he has in turn been promoted as an authority by Dugin’s Geopolitica. Much like Bäckman’s links to Boris Spiegel, Dugin has his own links with the hardcore Zionist Avigdor Eskin and has claimed that both Jews and Russians are “chosen peoples”. Certainly a useful idiot like Bäckman is only too willing to agree and sell out his own people and nation in the process.

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10 Comments on “Jewish Oligarch Boris Spiegel Behind Kremlin’s Propaganda Against Ukraine and the Baltics”

  1. There is a very dangerous trend in Western right wing circles of following and trusting the Kremlin sources such as RT , RI or Sputnik which constantly spread the information that the Kremlin wants the readers to believe such as that America is bad and occasionally seeing deluded people say how Putin fights Western Zionism and is actually a person of nationalist character that is fighting what West allows such as mass migration and other problems infecting it when it is not true , Moscow is most migrated city in the world almost , believe it to be in 2nd place , though anti national laws except for those who support the expansion in Crimean region , Putin is by no means no enemy to zionism or whatever nor our friend or ally he is just another puppet like majority of politicians.

    1. I completely agree! Its indeed a sickening trend, just part of the National Bolshevik takeover of the Western alternative right-wing and their consenting to be useful idiots just like Anatoly Golitsyn identified in previous decades with the useful idiot leftists of the West. Those Kremlin sources also give a major platform for those harming our societies. For example, the likes of Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, Anetta Kahane and Sukant Chadran, among others, in their pro-migration, anti-white/European rants were broadcast on RT.

      This playing of both sides is part of the destabilization project, they want to demoralize – just as Golitsyn had earlier identified with the KGB – just as Dugin says “the left and right against the center”, meaning to polarize and weaponize the far-left and far-right “alternative” political movements and figures to use in this strategy of tension.

      The proofs are too many as to Putin’s connections to Netanyahu and the close cooperation between Russia and Israel; the Chabad connections to the various oligarchs around Putin; and of course the mass immigration. I don’t know about the numbers, but St. Petersburg and Moscow are indeed being flooded with huge numbers of Central Asian and African immigrants, such that the very appearance of those cities as Russian is changing. This is a major source of discontent and anger from nationalist Russians, but every protest against it has been condemned and suppressed by the Kremlin.

      In essence, Putinism/Duginism is not a Russian ethno-nationalism (both have condemned it in no uncertain terms) or even a Pan-Slavism. Rather, its a neo-Bolshevik Eurasianism that looks upon the Soviet Union that murdered and enslaved millions of Slavic peoples with nostalgia. There is a huge number of non-Russian/non-Slavic, even non-white/European, soldiers among the Russian Army elements fighting alongside the separatists against the Ukrainians, just as earlier the Red Army was known for its massive number of Mongol/Tartar soldiers.

      This is the ultimate betrayal of even their own heritage, that they would fight alongside such foreign elements against a fellow Slavic people, while opening up their own country to huge numbers of immigrants and even allowing China to buy up large swarthes of territory in Siberia. Those who identify Putin with traditionalism or nationalism are obviously delusional and foolish at best, but at worst (and more likely) they are active disinfo agents doing the Kremlin’s bidding.

  2. Thanks a lot for the article!
    I’m a Russian nationalist and I do not support the anti-White Putin’s regime. The typical far-right sympathies for Putin and his oligarchic multicultural regime seems very disgusting and irrational. I’m glad there still exist articles like this one, which sheds light on the Kremlin-Jewish connections, especially in Ukrainian issue, that’s been traditionally misunderstood by the European and American nationalists.
    The list of powerful Jews on Kremlin side can be continued, many Jewish representatives of business, culture and rabbinate in Russia ultimately support actions of Putin and blame Ukraine in fascism/anti-semitism.
    We also collect such articles in Russian part of Stormfront, if one day you visit our site, welcome to our part of forum or “Project “Novorossiya”” social group of the forum.

    1. The current neoliberal pro-EU government in ukraine of Prime Minister Groysman, a jewish man himself and also an oligarch. Can’t be antisemitic when jews get to become ministers and prime ministers in ukraine. Actually all of Eastern Europe has disasterously low birthrates since the 1990s, and that is self-enflicted degeneracy and hedonism. Under “bad communists” birthrates and demographic growth rates were higher. Blaming a particular politician or jews for a long term ststemic problem is idiotic and constitutes running away from personal responsibility.

      1. @Roman: “The current neoliberal pro-EU government in ukraine of Prime Minister Groysman, a jewish man himself and also an oligarch.”

        Ach! There you go again with your strange shilling whenever anyone says anything about Putin. I’m not fully aware of what your agenda is, but I’ll answer accordingly. I never expressed any support for the Ukrainian government, and in my various comments actually quite the opposite.

        The Ukraine that the likes of Spiegel, Putin, Malofeev, Dugin, Eskin, and anonymous online personas named “Roman” is not the “Ukraine” of the government, but the nationalist movements outside government, the consciousness of the people there who are having an awakening after throwing off Judeo-Bolshevik shackles.

        Don’t you think its funny that in their own propaganda, the aforementioned always cite the “anti-Semitism” and “Fascism” of nationalist groups and the nationalist views of common folk? Yet they don’t attack the neo-liberal government in Kiev which actually has relations with Russia. Nor do they attack their liberal positions, which they obviously have no problem with, whereas they do attack constantly in their propaganda the Ukrainian nationalists who are very socially conservative and traditionalist.

        Incidentally, for the same exact reason the only “opposition” tolerated within Putin’s Russia is the phony social liberal opposition; this is the same “opposition” that the West expresses its sympathy towards. The REAL opposition by the Russian nationalists is suppressed and they are both imprisoned by the Putin regime and vilified in the Western media. This fact should go a long way in exposing the dialectic, so I encourage you to think beyond such dialectics.

        “Can’t be antisemitic when jews get to become ministers and prime ministers in ukraine.”

        Talk to your friends Putin, Eskin and Spiegel about that; I merely quote the Kremlin’s own propaganda. And what about Yanukovych’s Jewish ministers? Not only Firtash, but also the two ministers who fled to Israel after Maidan: Education Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk and Energy and Coal Industry Minister Eduard Stavytsky. Why not a peep about them from you? Or the Donetsk separatists’ Foreign Minister Alexander Kofman?

        “Actually all of Eastern Europe has disasterously low birthrates since the 1990s, and that is self-enflicted degeneracy and hedonism. ”

        Combination of that and social and economic policies that have been imposed. Much like what we’re facing in the West as well.

        “Under “bad communists” birthrates and demographic growth rates were higher.”

        So, Germany under National Socialism also reversed the declining birthrate, but I don’t see you defending National Socialism. You seem to have nostalgia for Communism, on the other hand.

    2. Thank you for the support! True Russian nationalists such as yourself I regard as allies and with sympathy, and I try to stress that the Putin regime is as little representative of the nation as the governments in our own countries, each beholden to the same Jewish-Oligarchic interests.

      Myself, and others here, are unfortunately in a minority in alternative political movements in Western Europe and North America, because we haven’t jumped on the Putin bandwagon. Unfortunately, most nationalists in our countries have fallen for the propaganda, perhaps because they are too desperate for a “savior” but more probable because of the neo-Bolshevik influence.

      I will definitely take you up on the offer about visiting the site. And when I do, I’ll write more accordingly.

      1. Actually different nationalists of various European societies initiated World War One. Forgot that one. German nationalists for example hated Britain, France and Russia back in 1914. Competing nationalisms caused World War One, any respectable professor will tell you that. Actual historical Russian nationalists were monarchists, which would contradict the democracy and liberty worship on this site. While actual historical British or French nationalists of the early 20th century were supportive of colonial empires, which contradicts the silly purity and self-determination for everyone obsession here. Different nationalisms are never going to be compatible with each other as World War One and other things proved that. Here it is some kind of democratic anarchism combined with a fetish for anyone with a nazi symbol.

  3. I see Roman hasn’t taken the time to look into just how goddamned disproportionately Jews have been and are involved in Communism – waaay out of proportion compared to whites, just like how the leading Bolsheviks were massively disproportionately Jewish.

    Wouldn’t have been any forces working behind the scenes to create any of those massive wars either, would there have, Roman? I mean the banksters sure don’t want war either, n stuff.

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