Navalny Aide Warns Against Broad Sanctions Against Russia

But not because it would hurt the people, but because it would be 'good for the Kremlin'

Editor’s note: Interesting insight into the minds of the Western-backed liberal opposition. They oppose broad Western sanctions on Russia. So far so good. You’d think it would be because they don’t want unnecessary hardship imposed on their people. But no, it turns out their actual and only rationale is that such sanctions would be an “enormous opportunity for the Kremlin”, the 145 million of their countrymen aren’t even part of the calculation.

Untargeted sanctions against Russia from the West over the poisoning of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny would be, paradoxically, an “enormous opportunity” for Moscow, a top aide to the politician said Tuesday.

“Any time a huge round of sectoral sanctions is adopted somewhere in Europe, they open a big box of champagne in the Kremlin,” Leonid Volkov told DW’s Konstantin Eggertin in an interview in Berlin.

Germany is considering broad sanctions against Russia in response to the near-fatal poisoning of Kremlin critic Navalny last month. His aides have accused the Russian government of ordering his poisoning, an accusation Moscow has denied.

“[Russian leadership is] very happy because every round of wide sanctions gives enormous opportunity for the Kremlin propaganda to support its narrative, like: ‘the whole West is against us,” Volkov said.

Better to target corrupt elite

The West should instead consider sanctions against individuals that would target Russian President Vladimir Putin’s lieutenants and inner circle, Volkov said.

“Billions of dollars stolen from Russian taxpayers are converted to luxury homes in London, hotels in Austria, chateaus in France, etc., etc …” Volkov said. “This is all dirty money, laundering money that corrupts European politicians, but that also corrupts European political institutions. And at some point, this has to be stopped.”

German threats to respond by cancelling the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline deal with Russia appear “artificial,” the aide said, cautioning against the move.

“I know there is already a debate [about the gas project] in Germany … on the fate of Nord Stream 2,” Volkov said.

“When they try to connect it with the use of chemical weapons, it sounds like — for Putin and his propaganda, also — it sounds like they are being opportunistic.”

Navalny has been recovering in Berlin and said he intends to return to Russia.

Putin sees West as ‘hypocrites’

Volkov, who has worked alongside Navalny for years, said he hopes the poisoning will change the way Germany interacts with Russia.

The “bridge-building strategy” Germany has employed for years with Russia is something Putin always considered a weakness, he said.

“When people try to approach [Putin] and try to discuss something … he was always thinking of his counterparts as hypocrites,” Volkov said. “Talking liberal values, talking freedoms, but actually they need [him].”

“‘Whatever I do, they will always again approach me because they are hypocrites and cowards,'” Volkov said, attributing the thought to the Russian president.

“That is the only outcome of all the attempts to build bridges with Putin.”

Source: Deutsche Welle

  1. cechas vodobenikov says

    “Putin’s great innovation was that he disliked the power and wealth of the oligarchs. He despised the patrimonial relationships created by Yeltsin. He reduced the wealth of the oligarchs by half and redistributed it into to social programs that benefited ordinary people”. Ivan Sezelyeni (NYU) New left Review Nov 2015
    If Clinton could assassinate Cassolero, Foster, Seth Rich, I suspect they could poison Navalny—-if the GRU/FSB wanted him eliminated they could employ 3 mountain Chechens….where he would join Jimmy Hoffa in some hidden purgatory

  2. cap960 says

    Le malade imaginaire a.k.a useful idiot believe his opinion matter. So funny! Molière would have loved him.

  3. Ronnie&MargaretInDementia says

    Isn’t the problem with this that the larger part of ‘corrupt’ Russian elite are actually living in the West, with all their stolen loot swilling through that pig sty in London, The City?

  4. Inferior says

    When he returns to Russia he should be arrested and interrogated simply because there is certainly a chance of him being compromised. Not that he means much in Russia but just for fun. And maybe this time they should make him bath in Novichok and send him back to Germany to be treated. These imbeciles think we are so stupid that we would fall for such gullible trap. Germany still withholds the date and refuses to share with Russia. I say the whole fish is rotten here.

  5. jm74 says

    Looks like this poisoning was a good publicity stunt for Navalny; doubt that in the long run it is of any benefit to him and just like that fake Venezuelan President Guaido his end will eventually come.

    1. Le Ruse says

      Hmm.. IMO Russian made NOVICHOK to replace snuff tobacco, NOVICHOK make you sneeze better ? & Navalny sneezed once only ??
      Vladimir ! Next time buy some VX gas from the US & use it , it will be more usefule & you wouldn’y look silly, as you are with that Russian made NOVICHOK !
      Like the western MSM said, Russia need western expertise ? This is truth, e.g. useless NOVICHOK…

  6. Saint Jimmy (Russian American) says

    Navalny must be the worst kind of little front running faggot there is…. He would sell out his country for beads and promises of riches. What a fucking moron. It seems the Russian people are smart enough to really not give him any support.

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