Empire Files: America’s tawdry meddling in Russia


The utter hypocrisy of the United States complaining about Russia meddling in U.S. affairs is, to say the least, mind-boggling.

Never mind that American intelligence agencies have yet to share the full body of information they say would prove that Russia hacked the emails of the Democratic National Committee.

And never mind the fact that the U.S. has directly interfered in scores of other countries’ elections — at least 81 times between 1946 and 2000 alone, according to one study.

Only consider the fact that the United States directly and repeatedly interfered with post-Soviet Russia in countless ways and with hundreds of millions of dollars, all aimed at ending decades of social protections and ensuring the rise of the oligarchs.

In this, the latest edition of her teleSUR English series, Abby Martin sits down with veteran Russia-watcher Mark Ames and lays bare the scale of American efforts to bend Russia to its will:

Empire Files: Post-Soviet Russia, Made in the U.S.A.


Program notes:

The increased aggression towards Russia from US politicians and media is made more clear when taking into account the real history of the post-Soviet period. The hidden story of Boris Yeltsin’s presidency explains how deeply the US government, along with Western capitalist institutions, cheered, shaped and exploited the country after the fall of the Soviet Union, paving the way for the political system they all condemn today.

To uncover just how much the US Empire has interfered in Russia’s political evolution, Abby Martin interviews Mark Ames, an American journalist who spent a decade reporting from Yeltsin’ and Putin’s Russia and witnessed the country’s transformation from an American “colony” to it’s “number one threat.”

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