A Scandal of The West’s News-Suppression, to ‘Justify’ U.S.-v.-Russia War

Eric Zuesse

An accountant, Sergei Magnitsky, was employed by a wealthy American investor, William Browder, and died in a Russian prison on 16 November 2006. How did it happen; who was to blame for it? The Russian Government was blamed for it, and this blame produced in 2012 the first set of economic sanctions to squeeze Vladimir Putin out of power.

Magnitsky’s death in prison thus provided the factual basis for the first of the economic-sanctions regimens that were imposed by The West against the Russian Government, the 2012 Magnitsky Act — sanctions that preceded the 2014 sanctions which were imposed on account of Russia’s response to America’s February 2014 coup in Ukraine. However, that account of the Magnitsky incident is full of lies, according to a 2016 documentary investigation into the matter. But publication of this video investigation — at youtube or anywhere — is effectively banned in The West.

Here’s how Gilbert Doctorow, who is one of the extremely few people in The West who managed to see this totally-suppressed-in-The-West investigative news-documentary that was done (and which he said proved to him that the basis of the Magnitsky Act is lies) expressed his shock, at what he saw and learned from it:


Nekrasov [the investigator] largely allows William Browder to self-destruct under the weight of his own lies.


The case against Browder that Nekrasov unintentionally stumbled upon when making the film is clearly so persuasive and so massive that even some leading members of the anti-Putin coalition in Europe feel strongly that the truth must out, whatever the consequences. … [But] lynch law necessarily operates. Human rights watchers everywhere, beware! … Nekrasov has not been a friend, still less a “stooge” of the Putin regime. Indeed, as he explained at the start of his brief speech, before taking the assignment to do a film about Magnitsky. … Nekrasov had friendly relations with Bill Browder [the U.S. oligarch who was behind Magnitsky].


Furthermore, another investigator, Alex Krainer, had his book, which was published on the matter, withdrawn promptly without explanation; so, Krainer put his investigation online, and its findings were entirely consistent with Nekrasov’s findings. Here is an excellent interview of Krainer about what he said in his book:


Here is the producer’s transcript of that interview:


And here are my own transcriptions of highlights from the video:

22:00 “The Magnitsky Act is essentially where the new cold war started” “in 2012, yes? And that’s right before Ukraine.”

25:00 “The bigger agenda is … Basically what happened during the 1990s when Russia went from communism to capitalism, there was a massive massive transfer of wealth from Russia to The West. So, Western financial institutions and government organizations like the United States Treasury and State Department and USAID, the IMF, the World Bank, and so forth, they arranged this massive transfer of ownership over Russian assets to the Western hand, some of it legally, some of it illegally, but they so completely infiltrated the Russian Government.”

26:00: “Between $200 billion and $600 billion, depending on whom you ask, of Russian assets were moved to Western ownership. And Bill Browder himself, I think, made maybe a hundred million dollars, maybe a few hundred million dollars, for himself. The reason why his ability to frustrate Russian investigations of his tax-fraud and of his theft of Russian asssets that he was involved with [is that] at the same time [he] protect[s] all of the people and organizations like … HSBC, and Bank of New York, and who knows who else, it’s … legal immunity from prosecution, for all of them.”

27:00 “So, it’s not just Browder’s few hundred million, but up to $600 billion of stolen assets, so that when Russia goes to Western courts, they are obstructed.”

29:40 “Bill Browder is in this network where, essentially, laws don’t apply to them.”


This is the Krainer book, which, finally in 2017, he placed free online:


And this is an excerpt from Krainer’s book.


It is clear that shock “therapy” was little more than a relentless, cruel strangulation of Russia’s economy to facilitate looting of her vast industrial and resource wealth. Nonetheless, most Western-published analyses of this episode tended to treat it as [a] failure of good intentions. While lamenting the outcomes and certain questionable practices, most analysts essentially attribute the failure of [the] Russian transition to honest errors, Russia’s endemic corruption, and perhaps inexperience in many of the drama’s protagonists. In New York Review of Books, Robert Cotrell provides a typical example: “One cannot really fault the youthful democratic movements for this failure. They were amateurs and innocents with a hazy grasp at best of what they wanted to achieve and no grasp at all of how concretely to achieve it.” 84 Goldman Marshall [Nov. 2004 Foreign Affairs, Marshall I. Goldman https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/russia-fsu/2004-11-01/putin-and-oligarchs and complete http://web.archive.org/web/20161003140949/https://maynon2013.wordpress.com/2015/10/03/putin-the-oligarchs/] of Harvard and the Council of Foreign Relations, wrote: “To be sure, there were unsettling reports of shady dealings during the takeovers, but most observers explained them away as inevitable side effects of such a far-reaching transformation.” Naturally, Marshall fails to detail how or where he polled these “most observers,” but his message to the readers is unmistakable: move along folks, there’s nothing to see here – especially pay no attention to the fact that many of those thousands of westerners who came to Russia “for the best of reasons,” including Bill Browder, Andrei Schleifer and Jonathan Hay,85 returned from Russia as multi-millionaires. Financial reporter Anne Willamson, who covered Russia for the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, [and whose book on the subject has likewise been banned] rightly remarked in her Congressional testimony that, “Americans, who thought their money was helping a stricken land, have been dishonored; and the Russian people who trusted us are now in debt twice what they were in 1991 and rightly feel themselves betrayed.”


Anne Williamson’s book on the subject, Contagion: The Betrayal of Liberty, Russia, and the United States in the 1990s, was to have been published by a major publisher in or around 1999. It too was completed, but never published; and she did not place hers online, because she’s still hoping for a publisher. But she has summarized, here, her findings:


In an interview, Williamson explained why no publisher has published her book on the subject:


More about Harvard’s involvement in “the rape of Russia” can be found here:



An excellent article about the ways in which today’s Russian Government is trying to extricate itself from the enormous harms that the rape of Russia perpetrated, can be found here:



The war between The West and Russia has been restored, on the basis of news-suppression, if not of outright lies. For some reason, anyone who independently investigates the ‘historical’ account of the origin of the Magnitsky Act is effectively blocked from making public their findings. And, for some reason, the findings, in the three independent investigations that have been done, seem to be essentially the same as each other, and they contradict, each in the same ways, the ‘history’ that has been published about the matter, in The West.

The other main basis for The West’s sanctions against Russia concerns Ukraine (the U.S. coup there in 2014), and that matter produced both the increased sanctions against Russia, and the massing of NATO weapons and troops on and near Russia’s borders — all likewise on the basis of lies.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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16 Responses to A Scandal of The West’s News-Suppression, to ‘Justify’ U.S.-v.-Russia War

  1. kimyo says:

    do ya still think bernie is the bee’s knees? or will you finally admit he’s every bit a part of the corrupt apparatus as is clinton, pelosi, brazile or schumer?

    is he informed? then how can he make such wild accusations? is he not informed? then how in the world has he earned your endorsement?

    Bernie Keeps Promoting The New Cold War, And Yes, We Need To Talk About It

    “How can he not talk about the reality that Russia, through cyberwarfare, interfered in our election in 2016, is interfering in democratic elections all over the world, and according to his own CIA director will likely interfere in the 2018 midterm elections that we will be holding?” asked the Vermont Senator.

    do you still think there’s a innocent explanation for the podesta email?

    This isn’t in keeping w the agreement. Since we clearly have some leverage, would be good to flag this for him. I could send a signal via Welch–or did you establish a direct line w him?

    (podesta was reacting to bernie’s statement): Asked about the Clintons’ wealth, Sanders responded: “Theoretically you can be a multibillionaire and in fact be very concerned about the issues of working people. Theoretically that’s true. When you hustle money like that, you don’t sit in restaurants like this. You sit in restaurants where you spend, I don’t know what they spend, hundreds of dollars for dinner and so forth.

    • collette.robert@yahoo.com says:

      Are you commenting on this article or just dropping your pearls of wisdom for us? Bernie Sanders would have won the election if Hillary hadn’t stolen the primary. Justice? Just us.

      • kimyo says:

        The war between The West and Russia has been restored, on the basis of news-suppression, if not of outright lies.

        when bernie says ‘the reality that Russia, through cyberwarfare, interfered in our election in 2016’, is this not an outright lie?

        yes? no?

        if yes, then isn’t sanders guilty of exactly what zuesse is talking about above?

        • cettel says:

          “kimyo” I’ve been disgusted by Bernie Sanders on this, and especially by his having explained his vote against increasing anti-Russia sanctions by saying that anti-Iran sanctions were included that would terminate the Iran nuclear deal.

      • Sanders winning the election, as you point, very possible except for the incurable corruption of the Democrats, is an irrelevant argument. We are talking about Sanders being a phony, a man who due to his cowardice or corruption, has joined the Russiagte train of dangerous lies pushing te world ever closer to nuclear confrontation.

    • cstahnke says:

      I wouldn’t say Sanders is as corrupt as most other members of Congress but I will say that as Senator he has to go along to get along. All legislators must have some level of oiliness to get into the two houses of Congress. The political System is systemically corrupt–anyone in the System has to be corrupt. Everyone must play by the rules and you play the game as it is arranged. The notion that someone like Jefferson Smith can go to Washington and be anything but crushed is ludicrous. Today, the political operatives play a rougher game than shoving newsboys around.

      Anyway, Sanders and a few others are the only ones that can begin to bring us out of the swamp. If not the whole thing will either collapse into chaos, some version of neofuedalsm, or fascism. I believe it will be door number two.

      • kimyo says:

        no single person did more to advance clinton’s despotic campaign than sanders. (if you disagree, name one.)

        he should disgust you. his handling of the v.a. scandal – revolting. his push for the f-35 program – despicable. his pseudo-single-payer proposal – traitorous*.

        and what about the $68 million in ad buys from ‘old towne media’

        What is unusual is that no one seems to know who Old Towne Media is and how a totally unknown firm came into possession of the most lucrative account in presidential politics.

        Inquiries by journalists into the ownership/management have gone unanswered by both OTM and Bernie 2016. Bernie 2016 does not attempt to hide any of their other major vendors, and it is unclear why OTM exists other than to hide either Shelli Hutton-Hartig and/or Canal Media Partners’ involvement as the primary ad-buyer for Bernie 2016, and those operating OTM appear to have taken steps to confuse and mislead anyone attempting to track them down. Tax evasion doesn’t seem particularly likely, and what Bernie 2016’s motive for concealing information about this specific vendor remains a mystery.

        How Bernie Sanders beat the clock — and avoided disclosure

        As a Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont vociferously argued for political transparency, especially when money was concerned.

        Sanders insisted, for example, “on complete transparency regarding the funding of campaigns.” He decried “huge piles of undisclosed cash” benefiting candidates.

        But when federal law required Sanders to reveal, by mid-May, current details of his personal finances, his campaign lawyer asked the Federal Election Commission for a 45-day extension.

        Request granted.

        On June 30, Sanders’ campaign requested a second 45-day extension, saying the senator had “good cause” to delay because of his “current campaign schedule and officeholder duties.”

        Again, regulators approved Sanders’ punt.

        Now that Sanders’ second extension has expired, spokesman Michael Briggs confirmed to the Center for Public Integrity that the senator won’t file a presidential campaign personal financial disclosure after all.

        “We were told that since the senator no longer is a candidate there was no requirement to file,” Briggs said.

        *Medicare: We Cannot Begin From a Position of Compromise. Sanders Bill “To Cover All Americans”?

        Recent reports are that Sanders’ bill falls far short of HR 676 in fundamental ways. In fact, Sanders’ bill is a multi-payer system not a single payer system. His bill reportedly would allow private insurers to compete with the public system, allow the wealthy to buy their way out of the public system and allow investor-owned health facilities to continue to profit while providing more expensive and lower quality health care.

    • Southern says:

      I’m confused, how does Bernie Sanders [BS] relate to this article?

      • Jay Hansen says:

        I share your confusion.

      • kimyo says:

        from the title:

        to justify us v russia war

        let’s pretend that sanders, in last thursday’s sotu response, is correct when he said that ‘Russia, through cyberwarfare, interfered in our election in 2016’.

        is this not grounds for an immediate declaration of war with russia? such an affront cannot be addressed by sanctions, it requires either a full apology and explanation from moscow, or war.

        remember: many of those u.s. officers with their fingers on the buttons (how many of these people are out there? 200? 300?) believe that a nuclear attack is a valid option in response to a cyber attack.

        sanders is lying, and one of the possible outcomes is nuclear war. if it were bush or cheney what would you be thinking? sanders deserves the exact same reaction.

        ps: my dream: bernieoprah2020. not even zuesse could bring himself to support that nonsense. (imagine, though, if he tried: ‘my prediction: bernieo will win the white house’, ‘scientific gallup polling shows…’, ‘trump’s campaign is effectively over’)

        • Southern says:

          Very early on some people took the trouble to explain me the details about Sanders long standing deal with the democrats.

          Bernie Out of the Closet: Sanders’ Longstanding Deal with the Democrats

          I harbor no illusions about Sanders – just where did all his supporters go?

          • kimyo says:

            bernie’s supporters are right where he left them, ditched by the side of the road.

            criticizing them is blaming the victims. they were motivated, they tried to vote for him. their votes were replaced by coin tosses or recorded on provisional/placebo ballots. their party affiliations mysteriously disappeared. any fair count of brooklyn or california would have shown him two to one over clinton.

            one hopes that his supporters will now come to realize that sanders was only there to provide the appearance of an opponent for clinton. that he was never serious, and his failure to call her out on saudi arms or her email server or uranium one or haiti is proof of same.

            one hopes that alt-media will stop treating sanders as if he is a decent human being. the presidency was his. it was completely in the bag. he chose to allow the dnc to defraud the voters. he said nothing. trump’s presidency is the direct result of sanders standing aside.

  2. Todd Millions says:

    Weird-I just dug up the Kraimer interview yesterday. So much for excerpts for succinct snappy comments!
    Well the amplification points I wished to insert it to is Propornot. I suspect connections between Maganscamski-could be more than cloying.
    Maybe a grid of stories/sources being disappeared recently plotted against an axis of ‘interested parties”
    may form very deep money tracks.
    Waterboarding Browder’s new accountants(even the ones he calls lawyers)carefully should produce useful lines of inquiry.
    I expect Ukrainian Nazi connections with orders out of tel avia with monies from the state deptment-would be the most productive soonest. Were Is Igor Kolomosky hiding(currently) now anyway ?He’s not rooming with Hendry Kissinger I hope!

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