When Russian President Vladimir Putin “christened” the new Presidential Library devoted to “Russia’s First President”, Boris Yeltsin
– well, a lot of people groaned in dismay. People who regard Yeltsin as sort of the epitome of the Russian Traitor. On a par with Dmitry the Pretender, who brought Polish troops right into the Kremlin in 1605. Every Russian schoolchild knows how False-Dmitry ended his life: Torn apart by a mob, cremated, his ashes stuffed into a cannon and shot in the general direction of Poland.
Many Russians believe that the same fate should have accrued to Boris Yeltsin, as well as to his midwife: Mikhail Gorbachev. Except their ashes should be fired further West, at the U.S.A.
For example, take Georgiy V. Fedorov, a member of the Russian Parliament, and the Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Social Politics, Labor Relations, and Quality of Life.
After certain tidbits from the Yeltsin Library archives were published on 10 December in the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, Fedorov demanded of the Federal authorities that Gorbachev be prosecuted for High Treason.
What KP had published were formerly secret stenograms of telephone messages conducted between either Yeltsin or Gorbachev, on the one hand; and U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush (aka Bush I, aka “Bush Daddy”), on the other For the purposes of this blogpost, let’s just call him “President Bush”, and stipulate that we are not talking about his son, George W. Bush Jr., aka “W”.
Yeltsin’s phone conversation with President Bush occurred on 8 December 1991, and lasted for 28 minutes.
A couple of weeks later, on 25 December 1991 Gorbachev also spoke with President Bush over the phone.
Both conversations were secretly recorded by the CIA. The conversations were then typed out by stenographers. The “stenograms” were classified until 2008, at which time they were handed over to the “Yeltsin Center” recently opened in Yekaterinburg. And now they reside in the Yeltsin Presidential Library.
Having read the contents of the stenograms, as published by KP, Duma Deputy Fedorov was outraged and demanded an investigation. In his view, the stenograms prove that both Yeltsin and Gorbachev plotted with the U.S. government to destroy the Soviet Union. At the very least, Yeltsin and Gorby leaked classified information to Russia’s geo-political enemy. Fedorov demands, in his letter to Russian Prosecutor Yury Yakovlevich Chaika, that the stenograms be authenticated; and if authenticated, then a treason trial would be the next order of business.
Chaika has 30 days to respond to Fedorov’s demand.
While Chaika is thinking about this, let me take a moment to Nostradamize:
I hope I am wrong, but I don’t believe that anybody is going to be prosecuted for these treasonous activities. For starters, Yeltsin is dead. Gorby is still alive, but is considered an international “icon”: He is the man who unified Germany, and his prosecution for treason would be like throwing raw meat to the Western propaganda machine. Furthermore, the current government of the Russian Federation, headed by President Putin, as the successor to President Yeltsin, tracks its legitimacy based on the supposed legitimacy of Yeltsin and his 3-way putsch. Nobody, therefore, is going to allow Yeltsin’s dubious legacy to be attacked. Even if there were actual videotape of Yeltsin slipping microfilm to George Smiley.
[Next: In which I translate some of the juicier bits… to be Continued]