One of Russia’s longest-tenured government officials, Anatoly Chubais, who, being Yeltsin’s finance minister, was (still is) a much-despised “young star” of Russian privatization and shock therapy of the 1990s…..
…..and who was allowed (due to a commitment Putin made to Yeltsin, and/or because Putin is a “nice guy” who doesn’t purge anyone who’s not an obvious problem) to stay on in the Putin government (most recently as some kind of “climate advisor”—I suppose Chubais’ name is so toxic, he could not jump off and find a suitable private sector job)…..
……and who disappeared and “fled” Russia like a rat, within days of “the invasion”, being spotted at an ATM in Turkey and a supermarket in Cyprus, before Russia’s press lost interest and stopped with the “Where’s Waldo?” treatment…..
…..has lately made his way into the intensive care unit (i.e. he’s flat on his @$$) of an unspecified hospital in an unspecified European country, according to Russian oppositionist “celebrity chick” Ksenia Sobchak…..
…..and although suspicion immediately fell on his former employer, with police in hazmat suits sent to his hotel room to “collect evidence” (you know, radioactive sushi, poisoned doorknobs or whatever)…..
…..the diagnosis, according to Sobchak, is Guillain-Barré syndrome, which, as every informed person must know by now, is a fairly rare but very well-established side effect of (at least) the Assstra-Zenekkka vakk-seen against the ko-rona.
Reporting on this, Western press outlets have run the obligatory “other exiled former Russian officials have been poisoned” line. Of course (and this is really, really shocking…NOT), no “mainstream” press outlet mentioned the vakk-seen angle of Guillain-Barré. (Not 1 in 100 people had ever heard of this syndrome until well into 2021, gee whiz…)
I’m guessing that, as part of his “defection” process, Chubais decided to get vakk-syn-ay-ted with something non-Russian. You know, a sort of loyalty oath to his new home. Again, I don’t know this, but it seems logical and in fact, likely. If so, “It was a bad call, Ripley. It was a bad call.“
Many other high-profile Russians also left Russia just after “the invasion”, including the country’s most popular TV comedian as well as a former Deputy Prime Minister who had covered the North Caucasus portfolio (no doubt the CIA loved chatting with him), both of whom “fled” to Israel (the former is of part Jewish descent, the latter has a Jewish-descended wife)…..
…..among other high-profile Russians of Jewish descent to “flee” to Israel, Europe, or even the Ukraine. (Frankly, doesn’t look good, we’ll leave it at that. Please abide by my comments policy, at bottom. I will mention that 18,000 loyal Jews died fighting for Germany in World War 1, and a comparable number died for France. Today’s small remaining Russian crop (most of them are not truly, “religiously” Jewish) is mostly dogsh*t. (Same for the fascist-aligned Ukrainian crop, incidentally, who are all Russian as there was nothing left of Ukrainian Jewry after 1943.)
Yes, to avoid what they thought would be collapse and chaos and financial ruin, they came to Israel, the world’s second or third-most Pffye-zzer’ed (or the first by a mile, if you count being booss-tted and then booss-tted again) country. You following this?
When the Pann-de-mmyk of the Vakk-syn-ay-tted (POTV) commences, Israel—with its largely un-vakk-synn-ay-tted neighbors who, uh, how shall I put it mildly, don’t like it so much—may quickly descend into World War F*cking Z.
And here’s where we come to the second dumbest thing you can do. Yes, the dumbest (I mean like, really dumb) is to get one of these sh*tty Western vakk-seenz, and to get booss-tted and then booss-tted again. The second dumbest thing you can do…..
…..is to be Russian, living in Russia, and leave Russia (and your career, and any goodwill they may have had for you), because you expect the place to come apart because of the war and the sanctions. LOL, sorry folks, it won’t be Russia that comes apart.
PS: Vadim Bakatin, the guy who, in the last years of the USSR, functionally neutralized the USSR’s Interior Ministry and then its KGB, making the empire’s collapse inevitable, and who then told the U.S. ambassador about the KGB listening equipment in the embassy—the listening equipment BEING the embassy, with tens if not hundreds of thousands of little sound bugs mixed into the cement, powered by the flow of air through the elevator shafts and between the walls—has just died, of natural causes, as little as one day after the Chubais news came out. I find this to be very interesting timing.
PPS: I am not defending the Russian vakk-seen, but at least it doesn’t cause Guillain-Barré syndrome. Also, Russia had just about the highest prevalence of ko-rona infection (and deaths, and natural imm-yoo-ni-tee for the survivors) of any industrialized country BEFORE they started pushing the vakk-seen, as well as one of the very lowest vakk-syn-ay-shun rates, and one of the lowest booss-ting rates… So, Russia should do much better than most, when the SHTF.