The devastating period of the Wild ’90s during Yeltsin’s reign of chaos, is a topic which I have previously covered on multiple occasions, and which I will be coming back to in the future.
This time, I want to draw your attention to the newly-declassified documents, pertaining to the communications between Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin. These documents are especially telling in the current “Russian elections meddling” hysteria, which has engulfed the United States. In a flurry of accusations, backed by so far zero evidence, the US accuses Russia of swaying the public opinion in Trump’s favour by placing a few ads on Twitter. As the Russian saying goes, “a thief is always screaming ‘catch the thief’ loudest of all”. This perfectly illustrates the situation in the USA, in light of their continued and brazen track record of meddling in other states’ affairs, and in this case, specifically the Russian affairs during the Wild ’90s period.
The Clinton Digital Library declassified the Documents Concerning Russian President Boris Yeltsin.
RT made a short digest of 5 highlight points from this 591 page long publication:
‘Smart’ Putin & election loans: 5 must-read Clinton-Yeltsin exchanges released
The exchanges include:
- Clinton sends ‘his people’ to get Yeltsin elected
- Yeltsin questions NATO expansion
- NATO bombing of Yugoslavia turns Russia against the West
- Yeltsin asks US to ‘give Europe to Russia’
- Clinton on Putin: ‘He’s very smart’
Well, the first and the last points both constitute the direct meddling in the Russian elections. In the first case Clinton’s administration “spun Boris” and got min re-elected in 1996 despite his approval ratings being in the area of 10-15%. Here are a few quotes:
For example, a transcript from 1993 details how Clinton offered to help Yeltsin in upcoming parliamentary elections by selectively using US foreign aid to shore up support for the Russian leader’s political allies.
“What is the prevailing attitude among the regional leaders? Can we do something through our aid package to send support out to the regions?” a concerned Clinton asked.
In another exchange, Yeltsin asks his US counterpart for a bit of financial help ahead of the 1996 presidential election: “Bill, for my election campaign, I urgently need for Russia a loan of $2.5 billion,” he said. Yeltsin added that he needed the money in order to pay pensions and government wages – obligations which, if left unfulfilled, would have likely led to his political ruin. Yeltsin also asks Clinton if he could “use his influence” to increase the size of an IMF loan to assist him during his re-election campaign.
But it’s the last bullet point that is striking and ironic. In a way, Clinton elected and ratified Putin as the next president of Russia. Luckily for Russia, Putin would not become an American asset in dismemberment and the murder of Russia. He would slowly and painstakingly carefully stop the destructive processes, reverse them and rebuild the independent Russia. All the while being meek enough to not raise the alarms in the West – right up until his München speech of 2007.
Here are a few key points from the Clinton – Yeltsin exchange regarding Putin’supcoming election:
In a conversation with Clinton from September 1999, Yeltsin describes Putin as “a solid man,” adding: “I am sure you will find him to be a highly qualified partner.”
Here’s how Boris Yeltsin introduced Bill Clinton to Vladimir Putin, back in 1999: “(Putin) is thorough and strong, very sociable. And he can easily have good relations and contact with people who are his partners. I’m sure you will find him to be a highly qualified partner.”
A month later, Clinton asks Yeltsin who will win the Russian presidential election.
“Putin, of course. He will be the successor to Boris Yeltsin. He’s a democrat, and he knows the West.”
“He’s very smart,” Clinton remarks.
I rest my case.