When None Dare Call It Treason – Part II

Treason doth never prosper, what’s the reason?
For if it prosper, none dare call it Treason.
John Harington

Boris: “All is proceeding according to the Plan, my Lord and Master.”

Proceeding with my plan…

Here is the link to the KP page which contains the now de-classified stenograms.

To recap:

  • The existence of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was effectively ended by the secession of its top four constituent republics:  Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia, and Kazakhstan.  This secession occurred when the so-called “Belovezha Accords” were signed by Boris Yeltsin (Russia), Leonid Kravchuk (Ukraine) and Stanislav Shushkevich (Belorussia), with the implied support also of Nursultan Nazarbaev (Kazakhstan).   This treasonous 4-way putsch  secret international accord left Mikhail Gorbachev, the President of the USSR, in an empty top spot, the leader of a country which no longer had a base.  After such a blow, it was a matter of only days before Gorbachev would resign his post and slink into the dustbin of history.
  • The telephone conversation between Boris Yeltsin and President Bush (Daddy) occurred on 8 December 1991, directly after these Belovezha Accords were signed.    Yeltsin rushed to phone Bush to report to him on what had just happened, before even letting Gorbachev know that he was toast.  The conversation between Yeltsin and Bush lasted for 28 minutes.
  • The telephone conversation between Gorbachev and Bush occurred a couple of weeks later, on 25 December 1991.  Gorbachev was just about to resign as President of the USSR.  Gorbachev phoned Bush to let him know what was going on.  Their conversation lasted for 22 minutes.
  • The conversations were recorded by the American CIA.  The transcripts were classified “top secret” and kept in an archive in the state of Texas, in the Presidential Library of George Bush Sr.  Only in 2008 did President Bush Jr. de-classify these transcripts.
  • According to Dmitry Pushmin, Head Curator of the Yeltsin Center:  “As we were preparing the exhibit for our museum, we discovered these archives in the library of President Bush Sr.  We sent a request and received electronic copies.  People often say that Yeltsin and Gorbachev rushed to ‘report to’ the American President about the dissolution of the USSR, but it wasn’t like that.  In reality, the situation was complicated.  The Soviet Union had fallen apart, and it was necessary to let the President of the United States know, that the nuclear arsenal of the USSR was under control.”

When Treason is afoot… James Baker is always Jimmy-on-the-spot!

Well, that’s HIS side of the story.  Now let’s read the transcripts, in my English-language translation, and I will let readers decide for themselves, whether or not the Yeltsin-Gorbachev tandem were heroes or traitors.  After all, as Marcus Tullius Cicero used to say:

“Nemo unquam sapiens proditori credendum putavit.”

[but first the Official yalensis Disclaimer]:

The transcripts, as printed by KP, are in Russian.  I am going to make an assumption here that Bush was talking in Texan and Yeltsin in Russian; and that some type of translation occurred via the intermediary of human simultaneous interpretors.  Having said that, I don’t have the English side of the conversation, only the Russian.  Therefore, as a disclaimer:  What I translate from Russian back into English may not match the original English words as spoken by President Bush Daddy.  However, in order to make my translation more authentic and add to the verisimilitude, I may from time to time add some colorful touches in the Texas dialect.

Phone Call #1:  Yeltsin to Bush

[The setting:  The Oval Office, American White House, Washington D.C.
Dramatis personae:  President Bush Sr., President Boris Yeltsin (voice offstage).
Date/Time:  8 December 1991, 13:08-13:36]

Phone:  Ring ring ring….

Bush:  Hello, Boris, how are you, sir?

Yeltsin:  Hello, Mr. President.  I am very happy to greet you.  Mr. President, you and I have agreed in the past, that in the event of circumstances of extraordinary importance, we are to inform one another, I – you, and you – me.  Today in our nation a very important event has taken place, and I wanted to personally inform you what has happened, before you read this in the newspapers.

Bush:  All right, thank you.

Yeltsin:  We met today, Mr. President, we the leaders of three republics:  Belorussia, Ukraine, and Russia.  We met, and after many lengthy discussions, which lasted almost two days, we came to the conclusion that the existing system, and the Union Agreement, which they [?] are trying to convince us to sign, does not suit us.  Therefore we met together and literally several minutes ago, we signed a joint declaration.  Mr. President, we, the leaders of the three republics — Belorussia, Ukraine and Russia — asserting that the negotiations about the new [Union] agreement have gone into a dead end, are cognizant of the objective reasons, according to which the creation of independent republics has become a reality.  Aside from that, noting that the quite short-sighted politics of the center has led us to economic and political crisis, which has touched all the spheres of production, and various layers of the population, we, the confederation of independent states of Belorussia, Ukraine and Russia, have signed an agreement.  This agreement, consisting of 16 clauses, in essence, confirms the creation of a commonwealth or group of independent republics.

Bush:  I understand.

Yeltsin:  The members of this commonwealth put as their goal, the strengthening of international peace and security.  They also guarantee the observance of all international obligations within the framework of treaties signed by the former Union, among others (repayment of) external debt.  We also support a unitary control over the nuclear arsenal and non-proliferation.  These agreements were signed by the heads of all three governments participating in these negotiations:  Belorussia, Ukraine, and Russia.

Bush:  Good.

Yeltsin:  In the room, from which I am calling you, together with me, are the President of the Ukraine, and the Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of Belorussia.  I also just finished speaking with the President of Kazakhstan, Nazarbaev.  I read out to him the full text of the agreement, including all 16 clauses.  He fully supports all of our actions, and is prepared to sign the agreement.  Very shortly he will fly into the Minsk airport, in order to add his signature.

Bush:  I understand.

Yeltsin:  This is extremely important.  These four republics produce 90% of the entire gross production of the Soviet Union.  This is an attempt to preserve this commonwealth, while liberating us from the total control of the center which, for the past 70 years, has been giving all the orders.  This is a very serious step, but we hope, we are convinced, we are sure, that this is the only way out of the critical situation, in which we have found ourselves.

Bush:  Boris, you….

Yeltsin:  Mr. President, I must tell you in confidence, that President Gorbachev does not know about any of this.  He knew about our intention to meet, in fact I myself told him that we are planning to meet.  Naturally, we will send him right away the text of our agreement since, no doubt, he will have to make certain decisions at his level.  Mr. President, I have been today very, very open with you.  We, four governments, believe that there exists only one possible way out of the critical situation which has come about.  We don’t want to do anything in secret, we will shortly issue a press release.  We hope for your understanding.

 Bush:  Boris, I am grateful to you for your call, and for your forthrightness.  We will immediately study these 16 clauses.  What do you think, what will be the reaction of the Center?

Yelstin:  For starters, I have spoken with the Defense Minister [Yevgeny] Shaposhnikov.  I want to read out (to you) the sixth clause of the agreement.  Shaposhnikov in fact is fully in agreement, and supports our position.  And now I will read out to you this Clause #6…

Bush (cutting him off):  That’s okay, we of course want to fully study all of this.  We understand that these processes must be decided by the participants, and not by third parties, such as the United States.

Yeltsin:  We guarantee that, Mr. President!

Bush:  Well then, I wish you luck, and thanks for your call.  We will await to see the reaction of the Center, and the other republics.  Only time will tell, I think.

Yeltsin:  I am convinced that all the other republics will understand us, and will soon want to join us.

Bush:  Once again, thanks for your call, after such a historical event.

Yeltsin:  Good-bye.

Bush:  Bye bye.

[End of conversation.  Next installment:  Gorby’s conversation with Bush]

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5 Responses to When None Dare Call It Treason – Part II

  1. davidt says:

    To me, Yeltsin had essentially no redeeming features. I forced myself to watch this RT documentary, “Black October ’93: Tanks in Moscow, Blood on Streets”, a few weeks ago. (I don’t know whether it’s good history and you need to be strong to watch it. John Helmer was there and reported on the sniper fire from the agent provocateurs.)

    Russia was lucky to survive. I agree with the pundit who quipped that “if Putin is incompetent then it’s even better- for God must be on our side”.

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    • yalensis says:

      Dear David:
      Yes, the ’93 putsch was Russia’s Maidan. From everything I have read about it, it was actually much worse, and much more bloody, than was reported at the time.
      There was talk of dozens of bodies being dumped in the Moscow River.

      This was a bloody counter-revolution, in every sense of the word. Russia came within a whisker of complete destruction at the hands of her external enemies.
      Russia could have ended up like Libya, with no money, no gold, no assets, no functioning government, and the population at the mercy of warlords and jihadis.

      As it is, it took over 20 years for Russia to recover from this Yeltsin-induced catastrophe.
      Other countries (former Soviet republics) didn’t share Russia’s good luck or good management in pulling out of this engineered destruction. Look at Ukraine, for example, and look what has happened to her people. This is what happens when one maliciously destroys a functioning system.

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  2. Jen says:

    My impression from reading this English-language phone transcript – and I read it a few times over – is that Boris Yeltsin deliberately withheld vital information from Gorbachev about what he, Shushkevich and Kravchuk planned to do. Nazarbayev may or may not have been railroaded into signing the agreement as well. By depriving Gorbachev of this information, Yeltin in effect was pushing Gorbachev into a position where he would not have much option but to sign off on what Yeltsin et al wanted him to do.

    The very fact that Yeltsin blurts out what he does to Bush before notifying Gorbachev would constitute the basis for a charge of treason if Yeltsin were still alive today. What political leader finds it necessary to keep the US President up to date with every minute detail of his/her government’s doings, day after day, week after week and so on, if s/he were a truly independent head of state? Yeltsin is acting like an informant.

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    • yalensis says:

      Absolutely agree. If this isn’t full-out state treason, then the word has no meaning.
      Plus, the phone call is just the icing on the cake, one has to take into account, that this is just the “official” phone call, which was set up in advance, the time, the place, etc., and specifically recorded by the CIA. One wonders how many other calls there were, which were “off the record”.

      How many back-room meetings had there been, and how many times had Boris met with his handlers to prepare all of these events?
      Meantime, the Soviet people were left in the dark about all of this skullduggery, they had no say in anything that was going on, and no chance to voice their opinion. Every referendum showed that the people actually wanted to preserve the Union. The majority didn’t want it to collapse, they just wanted it to be reformed.
      Then they just wake up one morning and find that they are living in different countries, and mostly under U.S. occupation.
      I remember reading a book about this period of the early 90’s. Russian generals and military/security types were astounded to see Americans just running around everywhere, even at classified sites, and acting like they owned the place. And there was nothing that anybody could do about it.

      There are people who say that such a top-heavy coup could only occur in “authoritarian” countries like Russia, and are not possible in “true democracies”, where power comes from below. But I think that actually this sort of coup from the top could take place in any country, under the right conditions. Russia is not unique in this. Just the poster child for this type of disintegration.

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      • yalensis says:

        P.S. – once again, I regret that I don’t have the “English” side of the conversation. i.e., Bush’s utterances, which were then translated (presumably by a human interpreter) into Russian. All I have is the Russian, which I have to translate back into English. Which is absurd. And I know it can’t match the original utterance exactly.

        But Bush’s utterances are not as important in this as Yeltsin’s, obviously.
        Bush Sr. was always a class-act, he just says nice, smooth things and never crosses the line. Yeltsin was the one blurting things out, and it is equally obvious in whichever language you like, that he is committing treason.

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