Russia has fomented the rise of the far right across central and eastern Europe. Like a virus attacking its host, malign Russian influence seeks out and attacks democracies.
Eroding the foundations of democracies takes years to fully achieve the desired destabilizing and disabling effects, as the western model of democracy becomes more discredited and undermined so the Kremlin’s model rises up.
Russia’s networks of influence are complex, rendering a countries ability to conduct oversight through transparency, accountability and the rule of law extremely vulnerable to exploitation and manipulation.
They deploy tactics of insidious nuturing such as pouring money into the pockets of rising politicians, sucking up to prominent businessmen, ensuring corporations become well positioned in Govt.
These patterns of exchanges are then integrated into the host countries Establishment at the highest levels. They are basically building blocks for a monetised coup.
It is a straight forward and simple plan, the disaster capitalist trope of simultaneous attacks on the stable economy of a country leaves the population divided, disorientated and fatigued.
Russia knows that democracies are by their very nature relying on weak systems of transparancy and accountability across their entire infrastructure so for them it’s like shooting fish in a barrel.
Russia prides itself on traditional, conservative, and nationalist values (rooted in Eastern Orthodox Christianity), the Kremlin supports a core group of European political parties and individuals ostensibly from the far-right of the political spectrum.
The Kremlin’s authoritarianism, its model of illiberal “sovereign democracy” reinforces & serves as a source of inspiration for right wing European leaders who seek to maintain & extend their hold on power by stoking blame and division in order to increase their personal wealth,
by extension their Russian friends investments in influencing & shaping populist policies. All along while secretly swearing fealty to Russian values. The mainstay of this is endemic corruption that can be seen in Belarus, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Latvia, Serbia & UK.
Once business deals are signed, they are impossible to undo, this has the effect of the host country being held hostage by Russia. Energy dependence cements a host countries inability to extricate itself as domestic & Russian companies take the lions share of contracts
& sub contracts, the ‘unvirtuous circle’ is completed. MP’s from pro-Russian Bulgarian Socialist Party legislated to tailor energy laws to circumvent EU law in favour of the South Stream pipeline project while in Hungary a similar push was enacted to open the door for Gazprom,
Hungarian politicians and Prime Minister Orban himself was well placed to avoid cutting ties with Russia for fear of losing the economic (and political) benefit of these lucrative deals and contracts.
I dread to think what lies in store for the UK considering that London is the money laundering capital of the world and that Russia’s meddling and financing of Brexit was aided and abetted by British far right politicians as well as hostile actors from Austria, the US
and Australia, a pincer movement was executed and post Brexit Britain will have a lot to answer for as the Russian scenario plays out in front of the entire world.

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