Quick history of Russia that they won't teach you at school ...
Since I am qualified to be a history teacher and obviously the American school system doesn't teach you any history East of Italy, I find that I may have to try and make a crash course of Russia and what happened.
The myth that Russia collapsed because of the arms race with Reagan is just that a total myth and oversimplification. What is more important is understanding the transfer and consolidation of wealth into the hands of the Oligarchs.
Who are the Oligarchs? See this for a profile run down, of where they were and where they are now.
There are 7 oligarchs. These seven Oligarchs are all criminals. It is not prejudice to mention that they are Jewish as they have connections to Zionism and Israel it is relevant. This is a bit out of date but Thayer Watkins of San Jose State University lists them as follows:
Boris Berezovsky, industrialist, owner of Avtovaz and many media holdings; Jewish, now in exile in Britain, where he was granted 'political asylum' by the pro-Jewish UK government after Russian President Putin started investigating his business dealings. Some say that Putin used Berezovsky and his media power to destroy his political rivals but now has abandoned him.
Vladimir Gusinsky, banker and media boss; Jewish, leader of Russian Jewish Congress. Now in exile in Greece, from which country the Russian courts have, so far unsuccessfully, tried to extradite him for charges relating to his many shady business dealings.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, banker, currency manipulator, corporate raider, owner of conglomerate Menatep, owns major stake in Yukos oil company; Jewish. Presently under investigation by the Russian General Prosecutor's Office for possible fraud. It is said he managed to fob off his private debt on the state and acquired his multibillion stake in Yukos for essentially nothing.
Alexander Smolensky, construction contractor, banker, black market trader; Jewish, fled Russia to Vienna temporarily until he made a deal under which the disappearance of millions of dollars of his depositors' money would not be investigated.
Vladimir Potanin, banker, corporate raider, owner of Interros; not confirmably Jewish but a close associate of Anatoly Chubais and George Soros, both of Jewish ancestry. Under charges from Moscow City Prosecutor for questionable nickel deal.
Vladimir Vinogradov, banker, art collector, former aviation engineer; not Jewish and now essentially bankrupt, having been outmaneuvered by the other, mostly Jewish oligarchs. The Russian Web site exile.ru states: "Often accused of hoarding bank assets in Switzerland... Other oligarchs never let him join in their reindeer games; he was completely left out of loans-for-shares [deals]... Was one of original "group of seven" oligarchs, although Boris Berezovsky conspicuously declined to include him in his famous 1996 interview with The Financial Times about the bankers...Owes about 2 billion dollars to various creditors following August mess."
Mikhail Friedman, black market operator, international trader, corporate raider, owner of Alpha Group; Jewish; he recently sold British Petroleum a 50% stake in his consortium Tyumen Oil Company -- receiving $2.4 billion in cash, with which he's continued to buy up Russian assets left and right.
It a nut shell here is what went down.
Back when the Borris Yeltsin was in charge of Russia, who was an absolute drunk, (I remember once Yeltsin was so drunk while eating dinner with the Clintons the Bill Clinton had to talk over him and rush to end the discussion because Yeltsin was acting like a total fool.) Under the crook Yelson's rein in office, a Harvard professor named Jeffery Sachs and an economist named Yegor Gaidar (the PM of Russia in 1992) got together some other economists and hatched a plan of how best to take advantage of the coming Russian implosion. Russia was about to burst with hyper inflation. (easy to rig when you run the central bank) Russia had its currency the Ruble, diminished to nearly nothing.
As the joke used to go, "hey Olath, what's cheaper, to buy toilet paper or just wipe your ass with rubles?." the joke is not funny. People had their life savings wiped out. It didn't matter how much they had saved because it would be like if all your dollars turned to pennies. Some people could not afford clothes for the coming horrible Russian winters. People could not eat and some people died. Prices numerically rose of course because the ruble was falling but value-wise they were actually cheaper because of the desperation. But the prices didn't rise in dollars. A few people made fortunes by correctly predicting (actually by having insider knowledge) the wild price gyrations. They knew what to buy up and when to do it.
The Zionists, the same that manipulated the banks, knew ahead of time what the plans of the 'reformers' were. But it went well beyond that. They lied, murdered and pulled every trick in the book to get their wealth. They defaulted on valuators. They took money for investments and never invested it, and just pocketed the money. They ran the media in Russia and fought with one another. When money becomes worthless certain things have intrinsic value like land and assets. They bought these things up cheaply with dollars from people who risked either selling for less than it was worth in dollars or possibly by the next day losing everything if it remained in rubles.
Number 3, Mikhail Khodorkovsky of Yukos oil, is now in jail (serving 8 year sentence) and while he was in prison he claimed that had his face slashed open by a knife but according to the prison he was just punched in the nose and got a scratch.
There is a film you can probably find it called a Dimes worth of difference: beyond the lesser of two evils. Uri Avnery (a non-zionist Jews) wrote an fairly good article on the film in counterpunch.
"his is a TV series about Russia. But it could have been about Israel. Or about the United States. It is entitled "The Oligarchs" and is now being screened on Israeli television.
Some of its episodes are simply unbelievable--or would have been, if they had not come straight from the horses' mouths: the heroes of the story, who gleefully boast about their despicable exploits. The series was produced by Israeli immigrants from Russia.
The "oligarchs" are a tiny group of entrepreneurs who exploited the disintegration of the Soviet system to loot the treasures of the state and to amass plunder amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars. In order to safeguard the perpetuation of their business, they took control of the state. Six out of the seven are Jews.
In popular parlance they are called "oligarchs"--from the Greek word meaning "rule of the few".
In the first years of post-Soviet Russian capitalism they were the bold and nimble ones who knew how to exploit the economic anarchy in order to acquire enormous possessions for a hundredth or a thousandth of their value: oil, natural gas, nickel and other minerals. They used every possible trick, including cheating, bribery and murder. Every one of them had a small private army. In the course of the series they are proud to tell in great detail how they did it.
But the most intriguing part of the series recounts the way they took control of the political apparatus. After a period of fighting each other, they decided that it would be more profitable for them to cooperate in order to take over the state.
At the time, President Boris Yeltsin was in a steep decline. On the eve of the new elections for the presidency, his rating in public opinion polls stood at 4%. He was an alcoholic with a severe heart disease, working about two hours a day. The state was, in practice, ruled by his bodyguard and his daughter; corruption was the order of the day.
The oligarchs decided to take power through him. They had almost unlimited funds, control of all TV channels and most of the other media. They put all these at the disposal of Yeltsin's reelection campaign, denying his opponents even one minute of TV time and pouring huge sums of money into the effort. (The series omits an interesting detail: they secretly brought over the most outstanding American election experts and copywriters, who applied methods previously unknown in Russia.)
The campaign bore fruit: Yeltsin was indeed reelected. On the very same day he had another heart attack and spent the rest of his term in hospital. In practice, the oligarchs ruled Russia. One of them, Boris Berezovsky, appointed himself Prime Minister. There was a minor scandal when it became known that he (like most of the oligarchs) had acquired Israeli citizenship, but he gave up his Israeli passport and everything was in order again.