Accuracy in Media

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi aren’t the only platform for Russian President Vladimir Putin to assert himself on the international stage. He is reportedly planning to preside over a major Moscow conference in September sponsored by the World Congress of Families, a pro-family coalition that includes several high-profile American conservative organizations.

Putin, who is recently divorced and is said to have a mistress, will present himself as a defender of the Christian faith and Christian values, in contrast to the decline and decadence of the West. He is counting on conservatives in attendance to ignore the fact that he was a Soviet KGB officer and ran its successor, the FSB. One of the main specialties of the Soviet/Russian intelligence services is propaganda and disinformation.

The event, to be partly financed by Putin crony Vladimir Yakunin, will be held in the Kremlin, the Duma (the Russian parliament), Lomonosov Moscow State University, and the Christ The Savior Cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church.

One of Putin’s allies, Alexey Komov, made an appearance in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday at a National Press Club news conference and blamed Wall Street bankers for funding the communist Bolshevik revolution in Russia in 1917.

Komov, who is the Russian representative of the World Congress of Families (WCF) and helps handle “international relations” for the Russian Orthodox Church, declared that “Wall Street bankers” were among the “international professional forces of evil,” that had “introduced communism” and “imposed” it on Russia.

To some in the audience, the comments echoed incendiary claims on anti-Semitic websites that Jewish bankers were behind Russian communism.

In addition to this controversy, Komov seemed to accept claims advanced by the so-called 9/11 “truth” movement that hidden or mysterious forces, possibly linked to the U.S. government, were behind the September 11, 2001 al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on America.

Komov was pressed repeatedly on his backing of the Putin regime and its oppression of the Russian people. I personally presented him with a list of political prisoners being held in Russia and asked him to seek their release.

Trying to turn the tables on the questioners, he brought up such topics as:

  • Racism in America
  • Treatment of the American Indians
  • Giving California to Mexico and Alaska back to Russia
  • The alleged murders of witnesses to the JFK assassination
  • The U.S. invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan
  • “Political prisoners” in the U.S., such as the terrorists at Guantanamo Bay
  • “Who did 9/11?”

In regard to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, Komov said “I don’t know” who did it, adding, “I didn’t do the investigation.”

Al-Qaeda leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the architect of the 9/11 attacks, is being held in U.S. military custody at Guantánamo Bay. But Komov claimed that these are “political prisoners,” comparable to the human rights activists being imprisoned in Russia today.

He declined to explain why there have been no government prosecutions of those behind the murders of journalists in Russia.

WCF executive director Larry Jacobs was also a speaker at the press conference, and disclosed that he is trying to finalize confirmations from members of the U.S. Congress who will be attending the Moscow summit.

But the involvement of conservatives may be in jeopardy when they learn, as Jacobs confirmed at the event, that Vladimir Yakunin, a close associate of Russian President Putin, is behind the Moscow conference.

The Economist has described Yakunin, who runs the railway monopoly in Russia, as “a former diplomat who served his country at the United Nations in New York and is believed to have held a high rank in the KGB.” Jessica Stein states directly in the Harvard Political Review that Yakunin is not only a member of Putin’s inner circle but a former KGB official.

The World Congress of Families describes itself as an international network of pro-family organizations, scholars, and leaders from more than 80 countries that seeks to restore the natural family as the fundamental social unit of society. Conservatives agree that its work has been very worthwhile on a global basis.

However, its Russian connection is raising eyebrows.

Komov insisted that “Russia’s not a communist country anymore” and that Putin and other Russian leaders have not only turned away from their communist past and involvement with the KGB, but are Bible-believing Christians today.

Although Putin created his own “United Russia” political party, Komov admitted that the Communist Party of Russia is still a significant force in the country and is the second most powerful political party in the Russian Duma. In fact, Putin has identified Communist Party head Gennady Zyuganov as one of Russia’s most influential politicians, and presented him with an early Soviet edition of the Communist Manifesto as a birthday gift.

Komov, who describes himself as an anti-communist, claimed that the Russian revolution in 1917 was the result of “international specialists,” saying, “Leon Trotsky landed in Russia from New York City with the financing of Wall Street bankers—200 people—they hardly spoke Russian. So there were international well-prepared professional revolutionaries who have overthrown the Czarist Russian regime and introduced communism.”

He promised to supply an Internet link to a book to prove his claims.

The Russian Orthodox Church recently came under criticism for publishing a 2014 calendar in honor of Soviet mass murderer Joseph Stalin. Komov insisted the church was not directly involved in its publication.

However, scholar Keith Armes has observed that the Russian Orthodox Church “survived the collapse of the Communist system” and “is having difficulty maintaining its identity and credibility after seventy years of faithful service to the Communist Party.”

Former KGB officer Konstantin Preobrazhensky has called the church “Putin’s Espionage Church,” and devotes a major portion of his book, KGB/FSB’s New Trojan Horse, to its use by the Russian intelligence service.

The implication in the current context is that the World Congress of Families event in Moscow could become a vehicle for Russian authorities to exercise influence over American conservatives.

Nevertheless, Austin Ruse of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute strongly supports the upcoming Moscow summit and told the press conference that he believes Russia is converting to Christianity under Putin.

The curious financial dealings of Vladimir Yakunin, an underwriter of the WCF Moscow event with close links to the hierarchy at the Russian Orthodox Church, are the subject of a recent report that AIM publicized on massive corruption within the Sochi Olympics.

The report, “Winter Olympics in the Sub-Tropics,” states that while Yakunin was working on various Sochi-related construction projects, he “began building his own property in the village of Akulinino” that includes an owners’ residence, apartments, a guest house, a servants’ quarters, a garage for 15 cars, sauna, swimming pool, and prayer room.

“According to the realtors’ appraisals, the value of the property is $75 million,” the report said. “Yakunin’s confirmed income for 2007, according to the newspaper Vedomosti, was $1.5 million. Thus, Yakunin’s legal income was clearly insufficient to build such a costly property and maintain it.”

The report says Yakunin is an old friend of Putin’s and a member of the “Troika of Champions” benefiting from the $50 billion that is being spent on the games. It says $30 billion of that total has been stolen by Putin and his allies.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies hosted a roundtable discussion on Vladimir Yakunin back in 2007, which described his relationship with Putin as follows: “Their acquaintance probably dates back to the 1980s under Gorbachev, when Yakunin was working with the U.N. and Putin [was] working with the KGB in Germany. In addition, both Putin and Yakunin lived in St. Petersburg from 1991 onward and it is likely they had considerable contact. Their relationship continues to be close to this day.”

Conference participants predicted Yakunin could one day succeed Putin as president of Russia.

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  • American Kulak

    “The Russian Orthodox Church recently came under criticism for publishing
    a 2014 calendar in honor of Soviet mass murderer Joseph Stalin” This was one publisher Cliff, not the entire Church, and their calendar was almost immediately renounced. Nice try though.

    Mr. Komov’s source for the claim that the Bolsheviks enjoyed strong Wall Street support to take over Tsarist Russia was probably the American Hoover Institute author Anthony Sutton, who wrote “The Best Enemies Money Can Buy” and whose videos are freely available on YouTube, like this one here where Dr. Sutton is being interviewed by Dr. Stan Monteith (are you saying Monteith and Sutton are Communists Cliff?):

    But keep pleading ignorance Cliff about Wall Street’s collusion with the Communists, including via Armand Hammer, who conducted trade with the Soviets for a decade before the U.S. established diplomatic relations with the USSR under FDR. These facts have been known Cliff for decades and I doubt you would have the guts to accuse the late Cleon Skousen of being an anti-Semite for reporting the same facts in the early 1970s with “None Dare Call it Conspiracy”, a book I’m sure you’ve either read or are familiar with:

    You rely on the ignorance of your readers as well as false contradictions — like the insistence that Barack Hussein Obama could not possibly have been simultaneously raised by CIA grandparents while turning out to be a red diaper baby under the tutelage of Frank Marshall Davis (his real father?) and Bill Ayers. And yet the evidence is overwhelming, not from Wayne Madsen, but from Angelo Codevilla of the conservative Claremont Institute:

    Thus your attempts to portray the Obama CIA AND Red Diaper baby story as the sole creation of a leftist named Wayne Madsen are falsehoods. You or any other conservative who gets paid to write on these issues cannot possibly be ignorant of Codevilla’s essay “The Chosen One”.

    No Cliff, you’re deliberately ignoring it because Accuracy in Media is a creature of the U.S. intelligence community, and has been a ‘conservative’ vehicle for psyops against the American public ever since it was founded, and continues to be funded with crumbs from various globalist energy, Beltway contracting and other tables.

    And the book you cite alleging that the Moscow Patriarchate is ‘the KGB’ trying to take over the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia is a collection of baseless smears.

    Meanwhile Cliff, who funds your operation to troll Russ Tice and NSA whistleblowers? Who told you to show up at the National Press Club and try to convince Tice the NSA was justified in building J. Edgar Hoover-style dossiers on members of Congress who ALL presumably were Communists or linked to Communists like Bill Ayers:

    If AIM is acting as an NSA or other three letter agency’s sock puppet, it’s going to come out Cliff. Count on it. You will be asked about it on camera at CPAC, the National Press Club, or any other public event if I have anything to do with it Cliff. You don’t go after people who are authentic like Matt Drudge and not get asked what your real motives are and who’s pulling your strings.

  • Rebecca

    Nice reporting! The Russians have released documents over the years stating the KGB was active in the ROC, and that the Communists were in America during the Bolshevik Revolution. Nothing has changed…. One difference between Marxists in Russia and those outside, is the homosexual question, and Marxists enjoy a battle over ideas….Lenin and Stalin were proud of what they did to Christians in Russia, which included the gulag… Putin is following in their footsteps. Infiltrate, use and destroy. When someone believes the end justifies the means- that means- they can lie cheat and steal to get what they want, and they do. Aren’t the Russians involved in the World Council of Churches? Now this. Thanks for the article.

  • Douglas Mayfield

    To me, the basis of the activities of any conservative organization should be the crucial concepts of freedom and individual rights, and their corollary, limited government.
    I find it, at best, peculiar, that ‘conservative’ organizations should schedule, mush less attend, a conference in a fascist slave state run by a vicious tyrant like Putin.
    Whatever time, effort, and money are being invested by those organizations in attending, participating in, this conference would, in my view, be much better spent on condemning, in writing and speech, the outright tyranny of Putin and the current Russian government.
    Although I have no direct knowledge, it strikes me that donors to those organizations have abandoned their responsibility to see that the money which they donate is well spent.

  • Richard Hellstrom

    The American Government and the Russian Government are equivalent when it comes to human rights but in an overall aspect of public morality the Russians edge the Americans out. They both utilize programs of psychological and electronic warfare to dictate society. Just because your born in America doesn’t mean your going to be allowed to live here. Our government carries political aversions against our citizens , religions and have a vast amount of racial discontent and political hostilities against a lot of our families. Don’t let them fool you ! They have some of the worst morals in the world and the haughty eyes of Satan ! Their entire political base is based on bearing false witness against their neighbor. They might as well be communist ! At least it would be an honest and a non cowardly process. !

  • Jeff Baker

    Kincaid generally has the brains of a chocolate shake (he didn’t catch BRN’s intro to “Media Monitor” that had him as “Don Kincaid” for about eight months a few years ago) but I’m with him in not groveling to Putin just because of Putin’s anti-gay hatred.

  • terry1956

    Some good points there, some need more study for accuracy, your question about Mr. Kincaid,AIM and a NSA connection is a likely no way although I do think some of his defense of the NSA was a wrong call.
    The lumping all of Wall Street from the past together by the Russian Putinist that is likely not accurate either although it very well could be many ( but not all) helped the communist in the Soviet Union, the Nazis in Germany and the Fascist in Italy, as well as try to help set up a total centrally planned corporatists/ economic fascist system under FDRs National Recovery Act and some are still working towards that via a one world central government today.
    As Quigley points out in one of his interviews there are competitive factions for domination.
    Today the six top competitors for world domination in I think the order of strength listed would be.
    1. The Multinational Corporate Round Table- with subfaction competitors such as the Anglo/American against the Franco/German and others.
    2. The EU and UN technocrat style fascist.
    3. The Chinese Communist Party of Red China.
    4.The International Marxist.
    5. The International Sunni Sharahist theocrats
    6. The Authoritarian Putinist in Russia.
    Also in the competition would be
    7. German Nazisism.
    8. A faction in the Roman Catholic Church wanting a forced world wide Holy Roman Empire.
    9. A faction in the Jewish Zionist movement( just about ever nationality, ethnic group, race, trade, business type, religion including atheistism has some members who wants their group to rule the world)
    10. American Neoconservatives which has two competiting subfactions seeking world domination.
    one is in support of number 9 and the other is seeking the domination of the world by the USA under an Imperial Presidency.
    The competitors will often intermingle with each other, although not necessarily with every competitor.
    Obama will likely lay down in bed with any of the above dogs except number 7 in seeking power.

  • terry1956

    Oh by the way I’ve notice some back biting competition in otherwise friendly conservative circles.
    For example the heck that M Statuton Evans and Mrs Black caught for bringing out the stuff about the soviet agents in the FDR White House and that maybe such close ties with Stalin was not a good idea in WW2.
    I Think Mr.Evans especially was able to put his extreme critics in their place.
    I think AIM and AIA for help in giving the two authors a media out let.

  • American Kulak


    Since you seem sincere, and have already done some homework checking out Bill Clinton’s Georgetown mentor Prof. Carroll Quigley, my suggestion to you is do some digging into the publically available data on AIM and Kincaid. Check out the SourceWatch pages — although they are compiled by a Lefty org and Kincaid has not disputed their contents:

    First, according to the link above, Cliff was an aide in the late 1980s to then Col. Oliver North, a CIA operative who was heavily involved in the so-called Iran Contra affair. It should be noted that at that time

    Col. North wasn’t merely involved in the transfer of arms to the Islamic Republic of Iran in return for freeing American hostages held by the Iranian proxy Hezbollah (which I for one could find justifiable, since we often have to deal with enemies diplomatically).

    The real problem with Col. North’s conduct was that according to the book “Compromised: Clinton, Bush and the CIA” published in the early 1990s Col. North was also involved in trafficking in cocaine to fund the Contras in Central America, and that cocaine smuggling was conducted with the full complicity of then Governor Bill Clinton via Mena, Arkansas. Thus Kincaid’s struggle against Bill Clinton throughout the 90s was semi-skin deep. Kincaid never ‘went there’ because Kincaid appears to have a hero-worship complex towards the CIA (for example, he claims it’s impossible for Barack Hussein Obama to have simultaneously been a red diaper baby and protege of Bill Ayers and the late real father Frank Marshall Davis AND have had his first job out of college at the CIA with a gay Pakistani friend that he happened to vacation with during the early 1980s in Pakistan when the CIA was flooding that frontline state with spooks, cash and arms to fight the Russians).

    Second, look at the foundations and corporations that SourceWatch lists as funders of AIM. You’ll find several companies enriched by what President Eisenhower called ‘the military industrial complex’. There’s also a lot of Big Oil there with strongly vested interests in continuing U.S. military overseas involvement, despite the boom in our domestic oil drilling in this country. On that SourceWatch list you will find corporations and contractors that work directly with NSA or indirectly benefit from contracts with the Agency like IBM. Thus Kincaid is merely serving his behind the scenes masters and string pullers. Kincaid’s effort to ‘discredit’ Russ Tice by claiming NSA had a damn good reason to spy on then Illinois State Senator Barack Hussein Obama and 100s of members of Congress fell apart quickly.

    Frankly Cliff just isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, judging by how easily Tice dismantled his ‘NSA was justified in spying on all the Commies in Congress’ argument by correctly pointing out not everybody he saw on the list was Commie-leaning. But Cliff is typical of the kind of mediocrities who hang around conservative think tanks/orgs for decades. If Cliff could be a successful business person I think he would’ve done so.

  • American Kulak

    Lots of backbiting and purges underway in conservative circles. Look at rumors that was going to force Ben Shapiro and Andrew Breitbart’s other handpicked friends from that org. I hope it’s not because Steve Bannon thinks Breitbart has been too sympathetic toward NSA critic Sen. Rand Paul or otherwise ‘deviationist’ from straightforward old school RINO Republicanism that has no future but prefers to go down fighting all libertarians tooth and nail while clinging fanatically to a bloated military industrial intelligence complex.

    Hell lately Kincaid seems more interested in smearing Matt Drudge for being too friendly with Alex Jones (who the hell appointed AIM the arbiters of who is and isn’t a conservative? ExxonMobil and Phillips Petroleum?). Is it coincidence that Kincaid and AIM’s ponderous YouTube videos trying to discredit Drudge for not having a formal education in journalism or for being a semi-closeted gay Catholic struggling with his homosexual tendencies occurred at the same time that Media Matters was viciously attacking Drudge from the Left? I don’t think so. Kincaid’s job is to maintain the fraud of the hard Left-Right paradigm at all costs as many conservatarians realize the RINOs and Obamacrats all worship at the same trough and Federal Reserve counterfeiting altar.

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