The Wall Street Journal’s front page featured a ridiculous propaganda piece that appears designed to counter the growing number of videos of Ukrainian soldiers rebelling against their chain of command. Matthew Luxmoore’s story, Documents Reveal Hundreds of Russian Troops Broke Ranks Over Ukraine Orders, sheds little light on the war in Ukraine but exposes the desperation of the propaganda campaign.
Here is a succinct summary (you owe me for sparing you the pain of reading his crappy prose):
Russian soldier Albert Sakhibgareev, 24 years old, was ordered to Russia’s Belgorod Region on 8 February for military exercises. When the Special Military Operation kicked off on 24 February, Sakhibgareev went AWOL. Guess what happened to him in Gulag Russia?
Military prosecutors eventually reached Mr. Sakhibgareev and his mother by phone and persuaded him to return to service. They allowed him a transfer to another base, one far from the front lines.
Oh my God!! Can you imagine such a horrible fate? Just goes to show what heinous monsters the Russians are. They gave an AWOL soldier due process and let him return unmolested to another unit away from the frontlines. OH THE HUMANITY!! (Forgive my sarcasm.)
At least Luxmoore reports accurately on the potential punishment Sakhibgareev faced:
Russian law calls for penalties of up to 10 years in prison for service members who abandon sworn duties. Deserters can be spared criminal charges if they can prove they acted under immense pressure or had personal issues that prompted them to flee. Service members also have a right to refuse orders they believe are illegal.
When you compare the treatment that Sakhibgareev received with that dispensed on the so-called insurrectionists now imprisoned in the United States for the audacity of walking into the U.S. Capitol on 6 January 2021, makes one reconsider the conventional wisdom that Russia is an authoritarian hell hole and the United States is the bastion of freedom. In fact, the United States has more people in prison than Russia by a significant factor.
Luxmoore insists on recycling the tired, discredited talking points that Russia is getting whipped in Ukraine:
Russia’s army stumbled badly early in its invasion of Ukraine and suffered thousands of casualties and the loss of an estimated quarter of its deployed military hardware, a senior Pentagon official said in April. Desertions and insubordination among soldiers, Interior Ministry troops and members of the National Guard are compounding the problem.
This is one more example of the psychological phenomena of “projection.” Luxmoore attributes to Russia the very problems that are enervating the Ukrainian army. There now are more than a dozen videos of rebellious Ukrainian soldiers abandoning their posts. There are no comparable videos with Russian soldiers doing the same.
But that fact does not stop Luxmoore from doubling down with the evidence free claim that the Russian military is melting down:
Western intelligence agencies say there is broad evidence of chaos and disorder among Russian forces in Ukraine. A senior U.S. defense official told reporters last month that Russian “midgrade officers at various levels, even up to the battalion level…have either refused to obey orders or [are] not obeying them with the same measure of alacrity that you would expect an officer to obey.”
I wonder if he means the chaos at the Azovstal steel plant where more than 2500 Azov former fighters “evacuated” into Russian prisoner of war camps? Maybe he is referring to Russia capturing Liman and Popasna? Just where exactly are these steely-eyed U.S. defense officials seeing “chaos and disorder?”
And there is a new voice joining the propaganda choir–the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Program aka OCCRP. The OCCRP’s April report insisted that the Russian military is plagued with “low pay, corruption and hazing of new service members [that] continues to undermine morale. In case you do not know, the OCCRP is funded by organizations tied to George Soros and the U.S. Department of State.
Thank God Almighty that the U.S. military is inoculated against corruption (SARCASM ALERT). The United States does not allow Generals and Admirals to retire from senior commands and then take up sweetheart jobs in the defense industry eager to sell overpriced weapon systems to the Department of Defense. Yep, no corruption there.
Here is a salient video that provides a great overview of the Urkainian/US propaganda campaign courtesy of HistoryLegends:
Thanks for reading it so we don’t have to.
It sounds ridiculous even by US media standards.
I red-pilled a guy today, told him what actually happened in Ukraine and why Russia did what they did. He said it finally all made sense when know the back story. He hadn’t heard a bit of it on “the news”
I don’t know how much more proof the average US citizen needs to acknowledge they are living through a blitzkrieg of propaganda, I describe it as industrial scale propaganda the likes of which no ng human alive has experienced, No WW1 or 2 of Vietnam or even weapons of mass destruction compare. There was a vocal anti-war movement during the Iraq Wars.
Then along came ( I don’t do dumb wars, just drone wars”) Obama and the Democratic Party killed the anti-war movement which was and is obviously fickle anyway, further eroded by Identity-politics suckering Black folks and Leftists along. See, we got Lloyd Austin! Hip, hip, hooray!
Today you have the ACLU being anti-democratic and anti-free speech when I remembered them representing Nazi’s right to march in predominantly Jewish Skokie, IL .
The MSM, Big Tech, Legacy Media are way more effective than Pravda, Pravda didn’t have social media denizens and cultural influencers that have been at the forefront of expanding Westerns Culture for decades. Pravda didn’t have toys, and movies, and fast food restaurants and amusement parks and Disney and DreamWorks pushing American Exceptionalism, Shiny City on the Hill, Biggest and Baddest, Bestest and the Brightest, Envy of the World on and on ….
Pravda nor Goebbels could never imagine the tools and the symbiotic pieces and parts of Full Spectrum Propaganda. Thank God for web and Telegram and other outlets.
This NYT “columnists” undoubtedly visits many of the same sources we’ve visited on Telegram , excellent military channels, he’s cognizant of developing facts on the facts on the ground, the Ukraine being chewed up and spit out, territorial gains increasing, and yes, asshole, men from Ukraine defecting. Where is you story about where those billions of resources for the military went? Why are front-line soldiers rationing bullets and w/o kits?
Good Lord can only image what the Black Market looks like. But you there’s no inventory or supply chain issues there.
People like this are either naïve and career-driven/struck, captive to the social and professional atmosphere and perks, White House Correspondent dinners, Georgetown soirees, being on the inside, yada yada yada. Or perhaps some of them neigh most of them are just plain ol evil?
You have to be evil to encourage people to die, to knowingly send people to death, to watch a country be destroyed in real time, even if you don’t stand with Ukraine. We’re witnessing one of the greatest War Crimes of the 21st century with an unfolding crime scene that will stain the planet, because the reverberations haven’t even began.
Food shortages, chip shortages, fuel prices shortages and price shocks will foment more war, avoidable war. We’re at this moment in time because of the ravings of mad men. And their solution, let’s start another unwinnable war with China, or Iran if China doesn’t pan out.
And we wonder why we have mass shootings in America? We can’t be that disconnected from reality that we don’t see how OUR COUNTRY is engaged in mass shootings every day, somewhere around for the world, for what? No money for mental health or homeless who are typically addicted or have mental health issues, and billions for a losing and needless war in Ukraine, or Yemen, Sahara/ Africa. And we wonder how and why– just completely perplexed at mass shootings? To quote the philosopher Mr. T, a TV cultural icon, one of many we learned “biggest and baddest” from: “I pity the fool.” “We the people” are the fools.
History will not be kind to this era assuming there is a future.
Hopefully they will see the archives we all leave behind and grant that not all us were brainwashed, imbecilic sheep.
historian from 100 years in the future will study USA and wonder why a country so richly blessed in land and people become impoverish due to it’s leader’s insistence on being the global ruler inspite of the horrible toll on their own people. The future historians will look at the incredibly wasteful military spending and note the arrogance and exceptinalism attitude of US leaders even when their own society crumbling.
I think the actual question will be why a seemingly intelligent people would line up and do the bidding of corrupt morons.
Victor’s write history.
The attacks on historians in recent years has been diabolical.
Assange is treated like a terrorist.
Who will be left to write a true account that masses will read.
in the mid 18th century david hume wrote as part of his essays on government:
Nothing appears more surprizing to those, who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few; and the implicit submission, with which men resign their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers. When we enquire by what means this wonder is effected, we shall find, that, as Force is always on the side of the governed, the governors have nothing to support them but opinion. It is therefore, on opinion only that government is founded; and this maxim extends to the most despotic and most military governments, as well as to the most free and most popular.
what we see now in the west and especially within the usa is the disconnect between reality on the ground felt by 99% of the people just as the control of opinion forming the faltering and becoming overtly de-legitimized political elites are experiencing as they desperately try to sell us a bag of dog squeeze only 5 years ago they could pass off successfully as caviar. yet today they and the msm organs they control look preposterous to increasing numbers of ordinary people.
this is THE message in a bottle as the usa and the west nears ever closer to what the russians experienced in the late 1980’s……….a system no longer capable of providing for its own people as all its founding and operating mythologies are coming to be seen as grotesque caricatures neither actually believed or able to sustain the underlying system rendering the most important institutions charged with maintaining those mythologies in the public mind and heart as bereft of honesty, integrity and trust.
the western elites are right about regime change just not where its most likely to occur!
With the major litigation’s out of the way, you would think that the WSJ would now be concentrating on what the US public really needs to know!
Covering the important legitimate US foreign policy issues.
The Pirates of Snake Island.
Plus sneak peak trailer of the next installment..Sparrow’s Spratly (The Fountain of Truth).
watch for increased mass shooting , gun issue resurfaced , hate-republican (not that republican is any better in foreign policy) vote-dems messaging
all to hide the incompetence and irrelevance of current administration in handling sinking US economy
The sad thing is I can’t dismiss what you’re saying. That’s the scary part. I voted for Biden only because i thought Trump was erratic and too emotional, and intentionally, and unnecessarily divisive. Biden would be the grownup, I expected nothing more. I knew he was/is a Neo-con in his DNA, but sometimes you hope people change as the near the end of life. The Octogenarian Warmongers in Congress now disabuse me of that naivete.
Only voted twice in my life so per Princeton Study don’t believe we have a democracy.
Trump was also funny as hell in many ways and inherently anti-war. I never suffered the mental illness of Trump Derangement Syndrome. That’s for mental midgets. The larger story whether you supported Pres. Trump or not and I just told you I didn’t, is that he will go down in history as the first US President to experience an organized coup planned and executed by every elite institution in US society. There is no way to explain what they did to Trump other than an administrative, legalistic, public relations/security apparatus supported coup, replete with phony impeachment proceedings and criminal surveillance as the cherry on the stop.
I don’t have to be a supporter of Trump to speak the truth about the sedition and infamy he endured anymore than I have to “Stand for Ukraine” to speak the truth about the criminality of the Biden Administration, NATO, Western security state, Big Tech/Media in promoting death and destruction in Ukraine, turning it into a rump state and likely terrorist hub while destroying lives callously. Why else were bullets and equipment rationed? This is a mafia operation.
Unfortunately for them, most Americans have sourced on restraint of thought and communication and signs of promoting techno-feudalism, and corporate supremacy via neo-liberalism.
As I told one of my colleagues, nobody cares that inflation was rising before the war, it was, so what. This will, as it should, morph into Biden and the Incompetent Democrats War not Putin’s. And when Russia wins decisively and dictates peace terms a new episode of paroxysms will alight. See, nobody likes a loser. The US and NATO got their noses bloodied, they proved they can’t withdraw in defeat with ample lead time, nor fight a proxy war effectively let alone manage the world’s economy. So we trust these dim-witted losers to take on China? ROFLMAO.
It will be a PhD topic to study how this atrocity further erodes confidence in our institutions, communication systems, leadership, and government and the B.S. “Rules-Based System” coming from the Animal House and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest real-world actors. (See how that American culture comes in handy? LOL).
I own an electrical contracting firm associated with a union. The union of course endorsed Biden out of habit.
I had the union agent tell me in a conversation that the Biden Administration will be boring, nothing will change, nothing will get done, just business as usual. I told him that “business as usual” was worst case. How wrong I was but not near as wrong as he was.
Our last conversation was quite a bit different.
Larry Johnson says
Elaborate. What did he say now?
Larry Johnson says
The reality is that United States leadership has become the spitting image of the Soviet Union in its dying days. Line up Biden, Pelosi, McConnell, etc. Ancient doddering assholes. Nothing good comes of that.
It makes you stop and wonder who is really in the driving seat?
Some of the propaganda is so bad it seems to be meant for the Government, not the people lol.
This. Applies all the same to the EU I am afraid. We are not a “nation”, of course, and not comparable to the mighty US, but still… Some of us are old enough to remember the final days of “communism”. At least at that time there was overall sense of restrained optimism what the new brings… This time, I cannot register any optimism with my friends, be them coming from the EU or Ukraine or Russia for that matter.
How can we stop this runaway train of clusterfuck??
indeed larry, i fear and think we are going to have just ahead (2024+) our yeltsin moment when the nation morphs into an actual, visible gangster state as a means of forestalling the collapse of our elites control over the trough they feed within.
It was a funny conversation. At first he blamed Trump. He said if Trump wasn’t so bad he wouldn’t have been forced to support Biden.
I guess he saw my eyes widen on that, then back tracked a bit.
I pressed him on what was so bad about Trump. (I myself had plenty of issues with The Don) he couldn’t really point to anything other than calling him a carnival barker who used Twitter too much.
I submitted that he hated Trump because he was told to. He said he wasn’t told to, but I threw a few examples at him. Then it was because he too close to Putin. The usual crap.
But after 10 minutes of pressing for reasons he hated Trump he finally admitted it was a lot better, the Union had more men working.
Then he started in on Biden. This was the guy who defended Bidens, “stutter” when I told him Biden looked in mid-stage dementia back before the election.
But he finally did admit that things were better and trends now are “worrisome”
But, he still thinks the Democrats are going to save us.
My last comment to him was the Democrats only want to save themselves and the billionaire oligarch patrons.
He gave no reply on that but hopefully it planted a seed.
Disney studios is going to be busy I guess. But where they get that many LGBTQWERY+ actors to play the parts?
I’ve been asking myself now for 2+ years, WHY such a ludicrous and obvious amount of propaganda is in use? The bureaucrats in DC and the military higher echelons may be deluded, but they are not stupid. I keep going back to WW2 and the fact of what happened to so many Nazi officers after the hostilities. Larry has written and spoken of that often.
And then today, I read this excellent historical piece from Matthew Ehret and it makes me think that the Russian SMO is really the first battle of WW 2.1. Here’s the link:
the suicidal finnish govt who acted like US led dogs , in the opposition of ordinary finns who prefer neutrality..
Just wondering why the PTB so concerned about truth and information countering their disinfo and propaganda ? it is obvious this propaganda is directed to US/EU people and not for the world (which everyone else in this world know the media lies). WHY the overly iron fisted information control for the western population ? WHY ?
The professional military guys in US / EU military know the real facts about russia’s capabilities and performance during SMO , i wonder how these professional taking this load of BS from their leader(s) and media ?
Hopefully when the time comes to lock down the disobedient areas they will sit it out.
What will they do, send Austin and Blinken?
Milley going send his 69th Intersectional Dildo Brigade, aka Bidens Butt Rangers up against SEAL One?
So will President Putin be inviting this guy to the Kremlin the way President Obama invited Beau Bergdahl to the White House?
The narrative of ‘russian army losing tanks/soldiers so badly’ seem gone now after the real truth / fact about russian success cannot be hidden anymore.
but WHY the western powers-that-be want to potray russian military as incompetent , including making up stupid stuff like ghost-of-kiev , using videogame footage , using social-media trolls to flood the internet spreading lies and so on and so on..
i know there’s always narrative-shaping IO in every wars but this is the first time the intensity of the IO go full thru the roof and this is going to be worse in the near future.
is it that necessary for the leader of the ‘free world lol’ to make their own citizens hate russia and russian people by telling them ridiculous lies ?
it is like the whole west are lead by russophobes who do not care what their action will do to the western own economy and future.
there is only one way to clean the US govt , by civil insurrection of US patriots..
Naw, we just ignore them. Stop the trucks from delivering to the bicoastal blue cities, shut off the power and water and food ( which all come from red states)
Blockade the highways then wait a few weeks andit willall be over.
James Owen says
“Russia is an authoritarian hell hole ”
They say this about every country on Earth. They also say that Russia is just a gas station with nuclear weapons.
But the US is not much more than a printing press. At least Russia makes useful things. All the US makes is green pieces of paper that half the world covets for some reason like they are precious instead of being printed in infinite quantities.
i read robert monroe’s books (he was tied to CIA program Star Gate along with Hall Putoff and Ingo Swann). it was in the 60s when he saw future event in USA , watching people walk out (no cars) from cities devoid of power (EMP Attack? natural disaster ?) , while unmanned flying craft swoop down and destroy certain buildings (possible drone tech)
reality ? or just fantasy prediction from famous robert monroe ?
“6/12/63 e: My family and I are in a situation where the wholepopulation of the city we live in is trying to leave. Gasoline is unavailable, electric power has been shut off. There is a great sense of fatality among everyone. It doesn’t seem to be the product of atomic war,and there is no concern as to radioactive fallout. There is principally a feeling of doom and the breakup of civilization as we know it due tosomething momentous having taken place, a factor beyond human ability tocontrol.
4/11/64 : My family and I are in a large city, and there seems to be great trouble. Everyone is trying to leave. I leave •what seems to be anapartment to try to find some way for us to get out into the country. Out in the street, the whole city is in a turmoil and panic, with cars stalled and jammed together, much like an anthill that has been disturbed.There are many more, personal, general, specific, local, worldwide.
10/20/62 : I am with other people in a suburban street. Looking up, I see what appear to be airplanes through a large break in the clouds. I take a closer look, and realize these are a type of aircraft I have never seen before, evidently powered by something other than propellers or jets(impression is of a unique form of rockets, but not chemical). Three of the aircraft dive down in a descending turn, and I can see they have blacksides and white square windows, but no wings to speak of. The three make alow pass over a nearby street Houses and buildings collapse in their wake,not from bombs but from something emitted from the machines themselves. Weall dive for a ditch for safety.
WSJ publishes fake news more often than not. I cancelled my subscription several months ago because I caught a lie filled article.
WSJ used to be a trusted news org….no longer
These guys are truly shameless.
Thanks for keeping the counter going. Very impressed with your video on Saker.
Daily Mail, UK biggest circulation paper, allegedly, has a video up claiming to be Russian troops surrendering or quitting. Looks fake. Looks Ukranian.
The guys in the video seem 40s unfit, messy, looks nothing like Russian army personnel.
That said Donbass troops did have equipment issues. Not sure if these are LPR or DPR possibly.
Someone who speaks Russian should be able to tell.
But you know, if you cab change gender if you really believe it and avoid covid of you really believe in masks then why can’t you believe Ukraine is winning if you really feel deep down that’s right and get upset at other “truths”.
Covid and trans agendas have substituted objective truth for belief and desire as substantive reality.
We are adults living in a world of make believe.
Yet most of us are here because we know what the world was like before.
We are Alice.
The West is Wonderland.
Biden is the Queen saying “jam yesterday, jam tomorrow, but never jam today”
There is a looking glass we are trying to break but we can’t. If we don’t. Much of humanity will be wondering around saying “jam yesterday, jam tomorrow, but never jam today and thinking it makes perfect sense.
Around the Queen Biden, there are those who see both sides of the looking glass and keep it in place. Those are the guys we need to name.
People generally seem unable to see how the faults they attribute to Russia are present to sometimes an even greater degree in their own societies.
My favourite was an article that claimed they are dominated by oligarchs but we are not!
I found this text which says that Russian forces fighting in Ukraine are “primitive”.
Carl Schurz says
unexcited situation report from the Austrian military
The conduct of our administration, intelligence, and MSM on the subject of the Russian Federation has been and is criminal, prior to and including all aspects of this war. It enrages me, the pure deceitfulness of the continual created propaganda. It’s dishonorable, demonstrable of a nation lacking integrity. Those who would innocently disagree simply have not been watching our international actions.
But it is nothing new. Such has been going on for many decades as our population of innocents is swayed by continual repetition of purposeful manufactured lies to support our manufactured crises of threats and resulting efforts to destroy government after government – for profit, resource control and strategic key geographical control.
REMINDER: US Intelligence Agencies Admit to Leaking Fake News About Russia War for Propaganda
US intelligence officials have leaked information about the Ukraine conflict that wasn’t “rock solid” and outright made up some claims, all to win an “info war” against the Kremlin, according to an NBC News report on Wednesday. The officials admitted to, and boasted about, releasing this misinformation.
Larry Johnson says
Thanks for this. I’ve added a full piece on it.