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.