soros1_1496566b-300x184TND Guest Contributor: Wayne Madsen

Declassified Central Intelligence Agency documents clearly describe how international hedge fund mogul George Soros targeted the Soviet government of Mikhail Gorbachev as early as 1987. Soros, who was already quite wealthy, worked closely with a CIA-linked non-governmental organization (NGO), the Institute for East-West Security Studies (IEWSS), to take advantage of Gorbachev’s policies of «perestroika» and «glasnost» to infiltrate the Soviet economic and political systems to hasten their demise.

At the same time, the IEWSS included as board members Eastern European Communist government officials who were, by virtue of their positions in the IEWSS, aiding and abetting the Soros operations to destabilize the Soviet Union.

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently ordered two Soros organizations – the Open Society Foundations and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation – to cease their operations in Russia after being deemed undesirable by the Russian government because of their threat to the Russian state. The U.S. State Department immediately decried the ouster of the groups. However, the State Department’s anger was due to the fact that Russia ejected the operations of Soros, a longtime destabilizer of the USSR and Russia as demonstrated by his underwriting of the 1987 IEWSS report.

Also ordered out of Russia were the CIA-linked National Endowment for Democracy, the International Republican Institute, the MacArthur Foundation and the neo-conservative embedded Freedom House, all of which maintain close operational and financial links to Soros destabilization operations.

After the collapse of the USSR in 1991, Soros and the CIA turned their attention toward collapsing the Russian Federation by encouraging the amassing of obscene wealth by unscrupulous oligarchs and encouraging separatism by autonomous republics and regions of the federation. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the New York-based IEWSS changed its name to the EastWest Institute, which should not be confused with the East-West Center in Hawaii. However, both operations are heavily tied to the CIA. Today, the EastWest Institute includes as a board member the notorious neo-conservative ghoul Michael Chertoff.

The co-chairmen of the IEWSS in the 1980s were Joseph Nye of Harvard University and Whitney MacMillan, the chairman and chief executive officer of Cargill, Inc., a huge agri-business that had trade ties with the USSR. Cargill states as part of its official history that the «first business contacts of Cargill with Russia started more than 30 years ago when the Soviet Union was holding trading operations of selling surplus grain abroad». In 1972, Cargill sold two million tons of wheat to the Soviet Union in a direct sales operation. One can see how Soros opportunistically saw the Soviet Union’s dependence on Cargill for wheat sales as a potential pressure point on Moscow.

Nye of Harvard University was the father of «neo-liberalism,» the «liberal» version of neo-conservatism. Neo-liberal destabilization operations are part of Soros’s bag of tricks. Nye’s concept of «smart power» has been embraced by the Obama administration and dovetails with Soros’s use of social media to foment coups, revolutions, and other undemocratic changes of governments. Nye was rewarded by Obama with a seat on the Foreign Policy Advisory Board and the Defense Policy Board. Nye served as President Bill Clinton’s chairman of the National Intelligence Council.

In 1987, Nye’s and MacMillan’s special report titled «How Should America Respond to Gorbachev’s Challenge?» which was held in the CIA files and not released to the public until 2011, provided a blueprint for future U.S. relations with Moscow. The IEWSS task force that prepared the report received funding directly George Soros and the CIA-linked Ford Foundation. Therefore, with such financial strings attached, the report unsurprisingly concluded that any re-evaluation of Western relations with a more open Soviet Union had to be done from a position of strength rather than with a view toward an equal balance of power. The 1987 IEWSS report states up front that «balancing Soviet power and maintaining a strong Western alliance remain central to U.S. national interests». This policy doctrine is the reason why the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) did not dissolve upon the abandonment of its East bloc counterpart, the Warsaw Pact.

The IEWSS report urged the West to take advantage of the Soviet scaling back of its operations in the Third World, the easing of restrictions on Soviet Jewish emigration to Israel, and Soviet «flexibility» for eastern European states to pursue their «national interests». In fact, what this Soros-funded think tank report was calling for was the replacement of eastern European «national interests» with «NATO interests». The report also called for granting the Soviet Union observer status in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) – the present-day World Trade Organization (WTO) – and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a way to obtain openly more information about the Soviet economy.

The IEWSS report was designed to outline a «road map» on how Western power centers – intelligence agencies, banks, multinational corporations, and the military could take advantage of «perestroika» and «glasnost,» not in the interests of the Russian and other Soviet peoples, but for the projection of Western, that is American, interests into central and eastern Europe.

IEWSS included on its board such Soros cohorts as Lawrence Eagleburger of Kissinger Associates, Helmut Sonnenfeldt of the Brookings Institution, and Peter Tarnoff, president of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Representing the communist governments of eastern Europe on the IEWSS board were Ferenc Esztergályos, Hungarian ambassador to the United Nations; former Polish People’s Republic ambassador to the UN Ryszard Frelek; Yugoslav diplomat Ignac Golob who later became Slovenia’s chief liaison with NATO; and German Democratic Republic (GDR) deputy foreign minister Harry Ott, who later formed the «Blue Rose» organization of former and disaffected officials of the GDR.

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Soros and his cronies in the international «human rights» movements he financed went to work to dissolve the Russian Federation, a goal they continue to advance. What Soros wants to achieve is the shrinking of Russia to the old 1553 borders of Muscovy ruled by Ivan the Terrible. To this end, Soros’s operations in Russia have sought to encourage independence movements in the Kuzbass region of Siberia; Kaliningrad using German right-wing revanchists who want to restore Konigsberg and East Prussia, as well as Lithuanian nationalists; Tatarstan, North Ossetia, Ingushetia; and Chechnya, using pan-Turanian Turkic nationalists funded by Turkey; Buryatia; Tuva; Udmurtia; Karelia; Komi; Mari-El; Kalmykia; Bashkortostan; Sakha-Yakutia; Khakazia; Tyumen; Krasnodar; Stavropol; Rostov; and other autonomous republics and regions. Even before the collapse of the Soviet Union, Soros operatives were involved in fomenting separatism in what were then Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republics (ASSRs). Chief among the groups co-opted by Soros and his CIA case officers were the Tatar Public Centre (TOT), which called for recognition of Tatar sovereignty a year before the USSR’s demise. Other targets were the Bashkir ASSR, the Chechen‐Ingush ASSR; the ethnic Avars of the Dagestan ASSR; the Kalmyk ASSR; and the Tuva ASSR.

Today, Soros, deprived of his NGO offices in Russia, is relying on external operations on Russia’s periphery to continue to the advance the goal of restricting Russian rule to Old Muscovy. These bases of operations include Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Romania, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Arrayed against Russia are a developing coalition of Ukrainian fascists and neo-Nazis, Ukrainian and Moldovan Zionists; Islamic State guerrillas from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq; Turkish Grey Wolves nationalists and Salafist jihadists; and Chechen and Caucasus Emirate fighters. The connections between this growing coalition and the Soros operations, CIA, and NATO should not only be alarming to Russia but also to Belarus, Armenia, Iran, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Greece, Serbia, and other Slavic and Orthodox Christian regions.

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About Wayne Madsen:

Investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist. Has some twenty years experience in security issues. As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. He has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and MS-NBC. He has been invited to testify as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government. A member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Press Club. Lives in Washington, D.C.

This article was published at the Strategic Culture Foundation on-line journal and is reprinted with permission.