Russian Political Establishment Tilts To Trump – Part I

Dear Readers:

I saw this piece in the Komsomolka, it is pretty interesting.  The headline reads:  “Trump’s Advisor Conducted Secret Negotiations in Moscow.”

So, let us work through this piece together and see what they are talking about.  The piece is written by Evgeny Chernykh in the context of an interview with Russian economist and political pundit Mikhail Delyagin.  It’s Delyagin’s job to analyze American politics in the context of U.S. – Russian relations.

The topic of the story is a recent visit to Russia by a man named Carter Page.

Page works for Presidential candidate Donald Trump, serving as his advisor on foreign policy.  If Trump wins the election, then it is thought that Page will become his Secretary of State.  Page appeared as a keynote speaker at a Russian institution called the Russian Economic School, handily abbreviated as РЭШ (RESH) in Russian.

What Is the RESH?

The RESH is a hotbed of kreakls and traitors neo-liberal pro-Western economic thinking in the Russian capital.  By tradition, around this time every year it graduates a cohort of around 100 future Fifth Columnists eager economists who, with Bachelor’s or Master’s degree clutched in trotter hand, probably go on to work for government or private think-tanks.  At the annual graduation ceremony in Skolkovo it is customary for the graduates to meet their new masters listen to the speeches of such imperialist lackeys international luminaries as:  Barack Obama, Leszek Balcerowicz, Stanley Fischer, and Ernesto Zedillo.  Carter Page followed in the footsteps of these eminences on 7 July by delivering a speech called “How to increase your potential during unstable times”.

Future President of the USA?

The piquant point being made here, by Delyagin, is that in comparison to the above list, which includes a U.S. President, a Polish Prime Minister, a head of the IMF, and a Mexican President — in comparison to these guys, Page looks a bit out of place.  A bit of a lightweight, even.  It would have been entirely appropriate for Trump himself to show up at this gala event.  With this in mind, Delyagin is not so much belittling Page as trying to develop a conspiratorial point:  That Page’s appearance before the RESH graduates was just the cover for a deeper mission.  For a series of top-secret negotiations that had to be masked from, among others, the American public.

What Is Trump’s Foreign Policy?

Page spent several days in the Russian capital, all the time insisting that he was there “just as a private individual”.  Again under the supposition that Page could well be the next Secretary of State in a Trump administration, it would behoove Russia to be on good terms with him.  But, according to Delyagin, Page’s Russian connections could actually prevent him from getting the Secretary gig.  Why?  Because Page used to work as an advisor to the Russian company Gazprom, and that could be seen as a conflict of interest.

“Advisor to Gazprom??!!” Chernykh ejaculates [in the Dickensian sense].

Gazprom HQ in Moscow

“Yes!” Delyagin assures him.  “There was such a moment in Page’s biography.  Having graduated from the Naval Academy, in which he had enlisted from patriotic motives, Carter worked as a comptroller for the Pentagon.  In all he has received three higher degrees, including a Doctorate in Philosophy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London.

“In the year 2000 Page was engaged in investment activities.  Working in a London filial of the American mega-investment company Merill Lynch, Page entered into an economic relationship with Ukrainian multi-billionaire [Viktor] Pinchuk.  This experience led [Page] into the arena of new markets, including the Russian one, where he opened a new filial in Moscow.”

Delyagin continues his exposition:

Carter Page

Working in the Russian market, Page established good ties with the management of the Russian company Gazprom, and helped them to “liberalize” their shares, whatever that means.  He consulted on big huge deals involving the purchase of oil and gas deposits on Sakhalin Island and in the Sea of Okhotsk.  Page was there with Gazprom at key meetings of investors  in London and New York.  Eventually he came to be considered a major player in the Russian financials segment, especially in the sphere of government-owned companies.  In 2007 Page returned to New York.  They threw him a going-away party in Moscow, which was noticeable for the volume of high-ranking governmental celebrities spotted at the gala event.

[To Be Continued]

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