– Parliamentarians from Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan Meet to Discuss Formation of Eurasian Parliament, Add Political Dimension to Proposed Eurasian Union
Whoever doesn’t regret the USSR has no heart. Whoever dreams of bringing back the USSR has no brains. Whoever doubts that we will create a new union is just a fool.
— Meksat Kunakunov, counsellor to the president of the parliament of Kyrgyzstan, Akhmatbek Keldibekov; quoting then Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at Moscow roundtable, November 17, 2011
In his 1984 book New Lies for Old, KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn, who lived incognito for decades and who would be 86 years old if he is still alive, predicted that the Soviet communists would:
- feign their demise, which took place in 1991 with the stage-managed collapse of the Soviet Union and the fake, temporary banning of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union;
- eliminate any rational for NATO’s existence, which took place in 1991 with the so-called end of the Cold War and the integration of economically backward “ex”-communist states into the Western military alliance;
- install a communist puppet in the White House, which took place in 1992, with the election of alleged KGB asset Bill Clinton, and again in 2008, with the election of avowed socialist Barack Hussein Obama, who has received the endorsement of the Communist Party USA; and
- rebuild the red world order, which began in 1991 with the creation of the Commonwealth of “Independent” States (CIS) and, afterwards, numerous other international organizations across the post-Soviet space
Even though the “ex”-communists and “ex”-KGB types in the Kremlin are very obviously assembling a new, improved, and even larger version of the Soviet Union before the very eyes of the world, European and US government leaders are oblivious to or complicit with said objective.
On September 13, reports the Armenian media, citing Valentina Matviyenko, speaker of the Russian parliament’s Federation Council, parliamentarians from Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus will meet to discuss the creation of a Eurasian Parliament. “A working group to discuss the future of the parliamentary dimension of the Eurasian Union has been created. It includes parliamentarians from Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus,” Matviyenko said. “Personally, I believe the new Parliament should be in Astana as Kazakhstan as today there is no doubt it is the engine of Eurasian integration,” Matviyenko added. In October 2011, Vladimir Putin, then Russian Federation prime minister, floated the idea of a Eurasian Union as a counterweight to the European Union, although Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev first broached the concept in 1994.
Although the Eurasian Union is billed as economic union, the formation of a parliament suggests that it will also be a political federation, much like the old Soviet Union or the EU, which has its European Parliament. Historically, the Supreme Soviet of the USSR was the rubberstamp legislative body that governed that multi-national state, although real power rested with the Politburo of the CPSU. In any case, the Kremlin’s stated ultimate objective is political union between Russia, the former Soviet republics, and beyond.
Last November, the presidents of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan–Dmitry Medvedev, Alexander Lukashenko, and Nazarbayev–met in Moscow to sign three documents of integration: Declaration on Eurasian Economic Integration, Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Commission, and Regulations of the Eurasian Economic Commission. To be launched in 2015, the Eurasian Union will manifestly transform the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, founded nearly three years ago, into a full-fledged economic union and nascent political union under the direction of the Eurasian Commission, modelled on the European Commission.
That Putin, a career Chekist and president once again since May 2012, and Medvedev, a Soviet Komsomol graduate and prime minister since the same month, would be committed to restoring the Soviet Union, albeit under a new name, should surprise no student of communism. Shortly after Putin proposed the formation of the Eurasian Union on the back of the Common Economic Space, Medvedev articulated Moscow’s official line
You remember the kind of words that accompanied the collapse of the Soviet Union. It was a very hard, sad time. We are working now to unite on a new basis, and I am certain that this union will have a very good future.
We would like for each state that wants to join the Customs Union, the Common Economic Space, and in future the Eurasian Union, to make that choice consciously, so that nobody then says they were roped in.
I could not have dreamt up in a worst nightmare what started happening after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The Soviet Union succeeded in creating a Soviet people from many different nationalities. This model had worked and this was an absolutely legitimate goal. It did not have any ideological colours. It was a means of survival for the giant nation living on the vast territory of our country.
We should not be shy when bringing back the ideas of ethnic unity. Yes, we are all different but we have common values and a desire to live in a single big state.
Domestic and foreign critics of the Kremlin have rightly fretted that Russian-led integration in the post-Soviet space is simply a brazen attempt to restore the Soviet empire, a personal ambition of Putin, who in 2005 called the collapse of the USSR “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century.”
Last year, political analysts closely allied with the Kremlin also spilled the beans with respect to Russia’s plans for manufacturing Soviet Union Version 2.0. At a roundtable in Moscow in November, organized by the ruling (potemkin) United Russia party, experts insisted that all countries “loyal to Russia’s interests” should be absorbed into the proposed Eurasian Union. These would include ex-Soviet Bloc states like the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Bulgaria, openly communist countries like Vietnam, “ex”-communist countries like Mongolia, historically neutral countries like Finland and, surprisingly (or maybe not), Russia’s top allies in the Western Hemisphere: Cuba and Venezuela.
At this roundtable, Boris Gryzlov, another Soviet Komsomol graduate and president of the State Duma, the lower chamber of Russia’s parliament, said that “instruments and historic arguments” spoke in favour of establishing a Eurasian Union, which would embrace 250 million people. According to Gryzlov, a common history as constituent republics of the Soviet Union and a common language, Russian, would serve as the instrument of “international cooperation and economic cooperation.”
Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s ambassador to NATO until December 2011, was quoted as saying that the project was designed “to unite not so much the lands, but rather peoples and the citizens in the name of a common state body.” Rogozin pleaded in favour of Russia earnestly considering the request of an estimated 20,000 Serbs in Kosovo who recently applied for Russian citizenship. Rogozin also pleaded for Russian to become an official language of the European Union, and said he would push this cause forward by gathering a million signatures using the recently launched European Citizens’ Initiative.
During the roundtable, Meksat Kunakunov, counsellor to the president of the parliament of Kyrgyzstan, Akhmatbek Keldibekov, quoted Putin as saying: “Whoever doesn’t regret the USSR has no heart. Whoever dreams of bringing back the USSR has no brains.” Kunakunov added on his own behalf: “Whoever doubts that we will create a new union is just a fool.”
Incidentally, we should point out that there are a number of political, economic, and military organizations currently operating in the post-Soviet space, many associated with the CIS. These often appear to replicate one another’s functions, but in the future, when the neo-Soviet strategists decide that the moment is propitious, they may be rolled into new agencies of one enormous super-state, such as the Eurasian Union.
Economic bodies include the Eurasian Economic Community and Common Economic Space, the main building block of which is the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. The Collective Security Treaty Organization developed from the military alliance binding many of the CIS states. In 2007, the CSTO signed a protocol of cooperation with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which includes Red China, a key participant in several Sino-Russian “Peace Mission” military exercises since 2005.
Separate political bodies in the post-Soviet space include the Union State of Belarus and Russia, which has facilitated the economic and military integration of the two former Soviet republics. In 2007, Pavel Borodin, State Secretary of the Union State, boldly asserted that by 2014 the European Union would seek to join the Russian-Belarusian Union State. Incidentally, in 2001 Borodin was arrested in the USA for money laundering and extradited to Switzerland, where he had allegedly received bribes from construction companies bidding on projects in Moscow, but returned to his homeland after the Kremlin paid his bail to a Swiss court. Borodin was one of President Boris Yeltsin’s closest confidants.
For students of the Soviet deception strategy, a merger of the European Union and Russian-BelarusianUnionState would not be a surprising development since, in any case, the former is apparently a project of the Leninist masterminds in Moscow. In 2006, former Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky disclosed that, after the “collapse” of communism, he had the privilege of examining documents of the Soviet Politburo that outlined a conspiracy between Moscow and Europe’s leftist parties to transform the European Common Market into a federal super-state. This, of course, came to pass with the signing of the Maastricht Treaty in February 1992, several months after the Soviet Union vanished into the dustbin of history, only to await resurrection more than two decades later. (See above.)
In Left-Wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder, Vladimir Lenin, the Soviet Union’s founding dictator, wrote of the need for a “really centralised and really leading centre capable of directing the international tactics of the revolutionary proletariat in its struggle for a world Soviet republic”:
It is now essential that Communists of every country should quite consciously take into account both the fundamental objectives of the struggle against opportunism and “Left” doctrinairism, and the concrete features which this struggle assumes and must inevitably assume in each country, in conformity with the specific character of its economics, politics, culture, and national composition (Ireland, etc.), its colonies, religious divisions, and so on and so forth. Dissatisfaction with the Second International is felt everywhere and is spreading and growing, both because of its opportunism and because of its inability or incapacity to create a really centralised and really leading centre capable of directing the international tactics of the revolutionary proletariat in its struggle for a world Soviet republic.
Under the guidance of Lenin’s disciples Putin and Medvedev, the communists are close to realizing this goal. Meanwhile, the West slumbers, pre-occupied by economic woes and enervated by total moral failure.