Expert: Russia Knew in Advance, Encouraged
Citizens to Cash Out Dollars
NemetsRussian press accounts and other activities by the
Russian government this summer indicate that the Russian government
knew in advance that something would happen to America, including a
"financial attack" against the U.S.
Monday, Sept. 17, 2001
During the past three months, Russian media and officials have
encouraged citizens to cash out U.S. dollars pending an economic
collapse there after an "attack."
Currently, the dominant view of the media is that the terrorist
actions in New York City and Washington were just a "bolt of thunder
from the sky."
Could it be? Yes, a well-organized group accomplished these
dastardly acts. But just how well organized was it?
Obviously, President Bush and Vice President Cheney are targeting
the powers behind these terrorist groups, the states that give them
safe harbor and backing.
Sponsors of state terrorism include Iran, Iraq, Libya, Cuba,
North Korea, Sudan and Syria.
Did you know that all of these countries have very close ties
with Russia and her military/intelligence agencies?
Could it be that the Russians actually expected this in advance
and even counted on it, discussing the possible consequences?
My suspicions were raised this July and August as I scanned and
sifted through all of Russia's major newspapers.
Considering Russia's close ties to these terrorist countries,
Russian activities need close scrutiny.
Pravda Wrote of Financial 'Attack' on U.S.
Consider the July 12, 2001, Page One report in Pravda still
considered the establishment voice of Russia's old guard communists
who control the military and intelligence agencies.
The Pravda article was entitled "Will the Dollar and America Fall
Down on August 19? That's the Opinion of Dr. Tatyana Koryagina, Who
Very [accurately] predicted the August Default in 1998."
This article struck me for several reasons. Major newspapers so
closely aligned with the government do not attempt to create panic
or fear in the public unless the government wants this information
to be publicly aired.
Also, a major newspaper would be reluctant to print a major
prediction for which it could be held accountable.
This Pravda article was published about the same time as another
strange event that took place in early July in the Russian State
The Duma held a conference entitled "On the measures to provide
the development of Russian economy in the environment of
destabilization of the world financial system."
The chairman of the Duma Commission on Economic Politics, Dr.
Sergei Glazyev, headed the hearings.
Some prominent foreigners, including Lyndon Larouche from the
U.S. and Malaysian Ambassador in Russia Yacha Baba, were among the
Tatyana Koryagina made a statement at the end of hearings as a
Russian expert in the shadow economy, shadow politics and
She is a senior research fellow in the Institute of Macroeconomic
Researches subordinated to the Russian Ministry of Economic
Development (Minekonom). The main theme of the Duma hearings was the
rapidly approaching economic crash of the United States.
The hearings focused on preparing recommendations for President
Putin as to what Russia should to do to soften the consequences of
this coming catastrophe.
Pravda also detailed its own interview with Dr. Koryagina.
Here is an excerpt:
Pravda: All the participants at the hearings stated that
America is a huge financial pyramid which will crash soon. Still, it
is hard to understand how this could happen in the first and richest
country of the world without a war, without missile or bomb
Koryagina: Besides bombs and missiles, there are other
kinds of weaponry, much more destructive ones. ...
Pravda: Well, economic theory. But how it is possible for
you to give an exact date [for the U.S. crash] August 19?
Koryagina: The U.S. is engaged in a mortal economic game.
The known history of civilization is merely the visible part of the
iceberg. There is a shadow economy, shadow politics and also a
shadow history, known to conspirologists. There are [unseen] forces
acting in the world, unstoppable for [most powerful] countries and
Pravda: Just these forces intend to smash America on
Koryagina: There are international "super-state" and
"super-government" groups. In accordance with tradition, the
mystical and religious components play extremely important roles in
human history. One must take into account the shadow economy, shadow
politics and the religious component, while predicting the
development of the present financial situation. Pravda:
Still, I don't understand what could be done to this giant country
[the U.S.], whose budget is calculated in the trillions of dollars.
Koryagina: It is possible to do anything to the U.S. ...
whose total debt has reached $26 trillion. Generally, the Western
economy is at the boiling point now. Shadow financial actives of
$300 trillion are hanging over the planet. At any moment, they could
fall on any stock exchange and cause panic and crash. The recent
crisis in Southeast Asia, which touched Russia, was a rehearsal.
Pravda: What is the sense of smashing just America?
Koryagina: The U.S. has been chosen as the object of
financial attack because the financial center of the planet is
located there. The effect will be maximal. The strike waves of
economic crisis will spread over the planet instantly and will
remind us of the blast of a huge nuclear bomb.
Pravda: Did Russia's crisis of 1998 have this
Koryagina: ... The Russian crisis of 1998 was
preconditioned by internal factors. Yeltsin's policy enlarged its
consequences. Now we have President Putin, and this is a good
Pravda: What do we have to do now?
Koryagina: Recommendations, compiled by the Duma
Commission of Economic Politics after the recent Duma hearings,
offer instruction on what should be done to escape the consequences
of a world crisis inspired by a financial catastrophe in the U.S.
This document will be sent or has already been sent to President
Pravda: What should Russian citizens do?
Koryagina: They should start changing their dollars for
rubles. President Putin and the Russian Central Bank are already
taking the necessary healthy measures. There are high chances that
after 19 August the ruble will become a very good currency.
Pravda: Why 19 August, say, and not the 21st?
Koryagina: Some fluctuation in this date is possible.
Serious forces are acting against THOSE WHO ARE NOW PREPARING THE
ATTACK ON THE UNITED STATES [emphasis added]. August, with very high
probability, will bring the financial catastrophe to the U.S. ...
The last 10 days of August have especial importance from a
religious-sensible point of view.
[End of excerpt]
It is important to note that this story was not an isolated one,
or a cute, human interest story as one may find occasionally on the
cover of the Wall Street Journal.
It was a serious news report, and story, discussed widely in
Russia, including on national TV programs. The thrust of the story
was that Russian officials were strongly encouraging Russian
citizens to cash out the U.S. dollar.
It is also important to understand that Dr. Koryagina is one of
the leading economists in a Russian social group which, from the
very beginning, has fiercely opposed "radical economic reform" in
Russia. She is a firm supporter of President Putin.
She and her network actively support Putin, especially his
foreign policy aimed at the diminishing America's global role.
In particular, they support Putin's policy of engagement of Iran,
Iraq and other nations of concern. Dr. Koryagina herself should be
considered as an insightful, well-connected and well-informed
Dr. Koryagina says much about the invisible and unstoppable
"international mystical-religious forces" preparing an attack on the
It looks like she knows the real nature of these forces and tries
to disguise them in a "conspiratorial fog."
She is sure that such an attack or strike of some kind sudden
and effective will soon take place, and will cause panic and an
ensuing crash of the U.S. financial system and the world financial
system, already unstable. However, Dr. Koryagina evidently does not
know the exact mechanism of the attack.
Duma Warned Citizens to Cash Out Dollars
The hearings in the Duma, which has become a rubber stump for
President Putin, have been inspired, without doubt, by the Kremlin,
"taking the necessary healthy measures" in advance of a U.S. crash
and world crisis.
The Kremlin clearly is thinking how it should operate in the "new
world" after the expected U.S. crash.
It is my belief that the Kremlin provided Dr. Koryagina with a
very small part of its information on the forthcoming attack against
Another article on this same theme was published by Pravda on
July 17, 2001.
It was an interview with Chairman of the Duma Commission on
Economic Politics Dr. Sergei Glazyev, one of the most prominent
The article was entitled "The Dollar and the U.S. Could Fall at
Dr. Glazyev, in his answers, did not mention the forces preparing
an attack on the U.S. and its financial system.
He merely discussed the forms and scales of the forthcoming
financial catastrophe in the U.S. and its consequences for Russia
mostly beneficial ones if the necessary measures are taken in
In particular, like Dr. Koryagina, Dr. Glazyev advised the
Russian public to change dollars for rubles and predicted that "the
ruble will become the reserve currency for Eurasia, particularly in
trade with China and India."
Third Article, More Media
Pravda published a third article on this theme on 31 July-1
August 2001. This article, called "The Dollar and the U.S. Will
Fall," was in the form of an interview with the Malaysian ambassador
Other Moscow newspapers published articles of this kind also.
As a result, New York's Russian-language TV channel in early
August was forced to state that "the Moscow rumors are ungrounded."
Within a few days the public forgot all about this story.
The tone of Moscow economists predicting the crash of the U.S.
financial-economic system is confident and somewhat delightful:
"Finally, it is going to happen!"
They are not only discussing the future, they are evidently
trying to issue a self-fulfilling prophecy, transforming this future
into the present. This is because the prospects described in the
above articles are extremely attractive for the Russian elite for
the following reasons:
a) It will become possible to pay off Russia's huge foreign debts
with devalued dollars; it would be really easy enough if oil prices
jumped to $100 per barrel or more.
b) Russia would become really equal among a weakened G-8 group of
c) Investment conditions in Russia would become really attractive
in comparison to the bleak global background. Russia could become
the goal of huge foreign investment.
d) If the U.S. military might is undermined (and it might be, if
the financial system collapses), Russia will regain its control over
the former Soviet republics, spread it to the Balkans and reacquire
its former super-empire status.
Such a prize, such a temptation for the criminal Russian "elite"!
One small push, and such great booty! While reading these articles,
it is almost possible to visualize how they are licking their lips
So, those in Moscow had very serious reasons not to share
information with the U.S. about the coming attack on the latter if
they indeed had such information.
Very likely they did, and the maximum amount of information was
concentrated in the Kremlin. According to numerous statements
published by prominent U.S. economists after the tragedy, the time
and places of the attacks were chosen more precisely, pretty well
calculated as if the terrorists or those backing them had tried to
do their best to undermine the U.S. financial system and political
system and to cause a financial-economic crisis in the U.S.
There is some evidence that another targeted aircraft, a TWA
plane at JFK airport, did not take off and perhaps another crash was
thwarted. Was it intended for the New York Stock Exchange?
"It wasn't a healthy economy to begin with, and this could be
just enough to push us into a mild recession and render a blow to
consumer confidence," one of these economists told the UPI.
He continued: "There has been a complete disruption of passenger
flights. Besides the airline industry, tourism, retail and the
shipping sectors will feel the negative effects of Tuesday's attack.
Tougher security measures now in place at the nation's airports will
increase shipping and travel expenses that will be passed along to
And the consumer confidence index, low already, declined
However, those in Moscow very probably waited for much greater
Remarkably, immediately after the events in New York and
Washington at approximately 6 p.m. Moscow time the dollar
exchange rate in Moscow street exchanges fell from 29 rubles to
15-20 rubles as if the Moscow financial experts had awaited the
strikes or expected greater panic and collapse.
It is important to note that such a great fluctuation in the
exchange rate happened in no other world capital. The next day, the
dollar in Moscow gradually returned to its previous exchange rate.
A network of terrorist groups mostly in the U.S. and Middle
East merely provided the fingers to implement the terrorist
After all, Arab terrorist groups are supported by rogue nations
Libya, Syria, Iran, Iraq and Sudan.
These countries are "hands."
U.S. Needs to Look at Source
Now, if the U.S. and NATO forces carry out retaliatory strikes on
Afghanistan, the "hands" will be punished.
And where is the body, the heart of the beast?
And who provides the advanced military technology including
that needed for "special actions" to these nations of concern? Who
supports them in the U.N.? Who demonstrates daily the desire to
diminish or undermine America's global influence?
Moscow and Beijing. And Moscow, probably, is even more evil and
impudent. Let us consider the Moscow rulers.
Yes, of course, Putin immediately sent condolences to President
Bush and the American people.
It should be taken into account here that in September 1999 Putin
conveniently used the apartment explosions in Moscow and Volgodonsk
(KGB-organized actions, in the opinion of most of the Russian media
and in the opinion of the author) to gain supreme power in Russia.
Now the Kremlin is making statements about a "joint struggle
against world terrorism," about "the ties between the actions in New
York and the actions in Moscow in September 1999."
Indeed, these are probably closely tied to one another, and the
same forces are behind the actions in New York and Moscow. But what
is the real name of these forces? The investigation should go to the
bottom of the barrel and provide the proper answer.
Editor's note: NewsMax columnist, Col. Stanislav Lunev, has
warned of Russia's plans against the U.S. NewsMax has just published
his audiotape set called "CIA Files." Click
here for more information.
Dr. Nemets is a consultant to the American Foreign Policy
Council (AFPC). An expert in Chinese-Russian strategic-military
alliance development, he has spent the last several years
researching Chinese and Russian economic and military issues. Dr.
Nemets worked from 1986-92 at the Presidium of Russian Academy of
Sciences. He immigrated to the United States in December 1994.
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