The European Foundation for Democracy Is Preparing a Colour Revolution in Russia Through the Nemtsov Forum
Boris Nemtsov‘s Foundation holds on October 9th and 10th a forum in the capital of Poland – Warsaw – bearing the name of the oppositionist on the topic “Strategies against fear in Russia and beyond”. Despite the loud name, the event is used as a springboard for interference in the affairs of the state. In particular, through the European Endowment for Democracy (EED), which is one of the sponsors of colour revolutions.
A little history
The prerequisites for the creation of EED appeared in 2011 after the “Arab spring”. The proposal was met back then with fair scepticism, therefore to embody the dream of democracy happened only in 2013. Officially, the purpose of the Foundation was to help democratic activists and “correct”/”independent” media in the Middle East, Western Balkans, and North Africa. The geography wasn’t limited to this: EED sponsored activists both in Russia and Ukraine, Moldova and other “almost European” countries. In fact, the Foundation was involved in interfering in the affairs of other countries and sponsored the holding of colour revolutions.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Jerzy Pomianowski is at the head of the organisation bringing democracy to the world. In an interviews with various media outlets he said that EED is a small organisation and its board of management consists of 12 to 20 people. The fund received and continues to receive funding from the countries of the European Union, as it was organised with the sanction of the European Commission, as well as from donations of people who are not indifferent to the imposition of Western democracy. Non-EU countries, such as Canada, also transferred money.
According to the EED report for 2018, the Foundation in five years of work supported various non-governmental organisations and democratic activists for the sum of €50 million. Financing always takes place not on a competitive basis, but on an “open” one, i.e., EED money is given to those who will like the management of the organisation more.
The activity of the European Endowment for Democracy was compared to work of the American National Endowment for Democracy (NED) (it is recognised as undesirable in Russia), which is suspected of financing protest moods before the “Arab spring” in 2011, the Ukrainian Maidan, and other revolutions. Pomianowski, who was reproached for the similarity between his goals of the funds’, did not deny this, explaining only that EED operates with a “European view”.
“It is quite possible to completely avoid natural associations with the NED (recognised as an undesirable organisation in Russia). However, it should be noted that, on the one hand, the experience of NED is a very valuable and inspiring factor for us, but, on the other hand, we are also deeply convinced that we have our own European experience and we would like to show an alternative,” said Pomianowski in an interview with “eastbook.eu”.
Nevertheless, the activity of EED is similar to the work of another organisation, namely the international fund “Vozrozhdeniye”, which appeared in Ukraine on the eve of the revolution.
The organisation is a part of network of “Open Society” foundations and is financed at the expense of the American businessman George Soros. Using the money of “Vozrozhdeniye”, grants of US Embassies, and the Netherlands in Ukraine and the money of EED, in November 2013 the “Gromadske” Television TV channel started broadcasting.
A month later the audience of the TV channel totalled nearly 8 million unique visitors, and media won first place in the rating of the Ukrainian Internet TV channels. The channel “carried out impartial journalism” on solid money: the first contribution was nearly 90,000 hryvnia, from the US Embassy 400,000 hryvnia, and from the Netherlands — nearly 800,000 arrived. In 2016 the budget of “Gromadske” equaled to 40 million hryvnia. The TV channel showed the “correct” picture of the conflict in the Southeast of Ukraine, invited oppositional figures to talk shows, and in every possible way helped to cover the “orange revolution” in the country.
With the assistance of EED “Gromadske TV” earned money while Euromaidan gained strength. In addition, the TV channel at that time was a revolution mouthpiece in Ukraine and, obviously, was created only for these purposes.
EED also pours money into the “independent” media of Armenia, Georgia, Tunisia, and other countries with an unstable internal situation.
The European fund also works in Russia. In particular, it sponsors the international organisation “Memorial” recognised in the Russian Federation as the foreign agent, which is headed is Lev Ponomarev, who is a frequent participant of illegal rallies and pickets. The anti-Russian organisation connected with series of scandals is engaged in the distortion of historic facts for the purpose of manipulating society.
It follows from an extract published on the website of the state services of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation that a bunch of foreign funds and organisations, among which it is possible to find both EED and NED, sponsor “Memorial” .
EED also cooperates with the Russian “non-systemic” opposition. It is obvious that Pomianowski will attend the event for further coordination, where he will become a moderator on the topic “Fear of Russia”. It is noteworthy that the topic will not at all be conducted by citizens of the Russian Federation: the professor of British King’s College Gulnaz Sharafutdinova, the former employee of the US State Department Daniel Fried, Polish journalist Maria Phillimore-Slonim, and Vice President of the Polish Forum of civil dialogue (FOR) Marek Tatala.
Pomianowski, in an interview with Nemtsov’s daughter Zhanna for Deutsche Welle, reported that he had not been to Russia for almost 20 years and did not believe that in order to understand the internal situation it is necessary to be present in the country. However, Gogol also noticed that from abroad it is better to see how to settle in Russia.
As a reminder, at the end of September the Federal News Agency released a new part of “Protest anatomy”, which described technologies for interference in the past Moscow City Duma election.
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