Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 09.09.2017
Igor Dodon is an agent of influence of the Kremlin, who Putin went to a great deal of trouble to make president of Moldova. The election victory of Dodon over Maia Sandu was tainted by voter suppression (especially among the pro-Europe expatriate community), oligarch-owned monopoly media, poll falsification, and corruption of public officials. In Moldova, a man who is under the influence of a foreign power ‘defeated’ a woman patriot serving her country – but really he didn’t.
Donald Trump is an agent of influence of the Kremlin, who Putin went to a great deal of trouble to make president of the United States. The election victory of Trump over Hillary Clinton was tainted by voter suppression (especially among the black and Latino community), an infowar attack against Clinton, poll falsification which went unaudited, hyper-partisan control of weak state-level election apparatuses, and the inexperience of Americans faced for the first time with an all-out Russian onslaught against their democracy. In the US, a man who is under the influence of a foreign power ‘defeated’ a woman patriot serving her country – but really he didn’t.
Putin is a sabotage and disruption agent from the KGB. He is not a very bright man and he has no master plan. Putin looks to gain momentary tactical victories by exploiting weakness as he finds it. Dodon and Trump are weak men. Democratic institutions in Moldova and the United States were just weak enough in November 2016 for Putin to pull off election falsification in both countries.
What is beyond Putin’s understanding is that not all the world is as venal and self-serving as he is. Believing only in domination, Putin does not believe spontaneous, genuine, mutual, co-operative communities can exist. He has no idea that civil society is real and can be powerful. That is his mistake, and that is why he fails to follow through and exploit his puppets Dodon and Trump effectively.
Dodon tried to ban his country’s armed forces from going to NATO’s “Rapid Trident 2017” exercises in western Ukraine. He failed. The government of Moldova overruled Dodon, and the soldiers went anyway. A division arrived at Yavoriv, Ukraine on September 8.
Trump tried to keep the “something for nothing” promise he made to Putin, that he would lift sanctions without requiring Russia to stop its war against Ukraine first or to end its occupation of Crimea and Donbas. Instead, Congress passed a veto-proof bill to widen and toughen sanctions on Russia, which Trump had no choice but to sign.
Putin seated his creatures in executive office in Moldova and in the United States but he is incapable of turning that to his advantage. Despite Russia’s gross interference in Moldovan democracy, Moldova is slowly and shakily moving towards the EU and NATO and the de-occupation of the Trans-Dniester region. Despite Russia’s gross interference in American democracy, the United States is moving towards fulfilling its obligations to Ukraine.
Russia won Pyrrhic victories in November 2016. Even little Moldova has brought Putin up short. And now with the United States waking up to what was done to it by Russia, the KGB man has unleashed the righteous fury of the world’s only superpower.