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Anti-Russia Propaganda: Where Does It Take Us?

November 20, 2014  

I was surprised to find an article on the website of the New York Review of Books about the recently released photos that allegedly show a fighter jet firing a missile at Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over the Ukraine last July.

The article by Amy Knight is blatant propaganda in which she blames Russia for the downing of MH17 without providing any evidence.  Where is such anti-Russian propaganda meant to take us? 

The article, written by Amy Knight, is entitled “Flight MH17: Will Russia Get Away With It?” As the title suggests, the article is accusatory and blames the Russian government for the civil war in the Ukraine, which was actually precipitated by a U.S.-led coup d’étatthat installed an anti-Russian government in a nation with a large Russian-speaking population. 

The article begins with an unproven claim that a large number of Russian military convoys invaded the Ukraine last week:

Following the entry of more than 120 Russian military convoys into Ukraine last week, the US and its European allies appear to have reached a turning point in their response to the Ukrainian conflict.

Knight goes on to blame the Kremlin for being involved in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines MH17, a very serious accusation to make - without providing any evidence:

Judging from Russia’s recent military incursions in Ukraine—and its increasingly provocative and bellicose actions elsewhere in the world—the Kremlin apparently is assuming that the US and its allies will not pursue harsher measures to restrain Putin. This should not come as a surprise. When was the last time a country provided the weapon used to shoot down a passenger jet in a neighboring country, with impunity?

She also addresses the photographs that were shown on Russia’s Channel One on November 14, 2014, which she dismisses as fake:

Just last weekend, a program on Russian Channel One again produced images to show that a Ukrainian fighter plane was near MH17 just before the crash. However, it did not take long for Russian commentators on social media to determine that the photographs were fakes.

I find it very interesting that when it comes to debunking these photos people like Amy Knight take the opinions of “Russian commentators on social media” seriously, while similar American commentators - with professional credentials - who have presented solid evidence that the government/media version of 9-11 is nothing but a pack of lies are completely ignored by her and the media outlets she writes for.

Working on her utterly baseless accusations against Russia, Knight concludes that the West should apply tougher sanctions on the Kremlin and the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin:

Western leaders must keep in mind the lesson of Malaysian Flight MH17—that left undeterred, there is little the Kremlin won’t do in its efforts to assert its dominance over the former Soviet empire. As Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk observed last week: “[Putin] is testing the ground. He will move as far as the world will allow him.”


Amy W. Knight (born 1946, Chicago) is described as an American historian of the Soviet Union and Russia.

This article is an egregious example of the vicious anti-Russian propaganda found in the controlled media in the West. So, who is Amy Knight, this irresponsible propagandist who makes serious accusations against Russia and then encourages the West to take action based on her assumptions of Russian guilt?

The New York Review of Books offers a very brief biographical sketch of Amy Knight:

Amy Knight is a former Woodrow Wilson fellow. Her books include Who Killed Kirov: The Kremlin’s Greatest Mystery, Spies Without Cloaks: The KGB’s Successors, and How the Cold War Began: The Igor Gouzenko Affair and the Hunt for Soviet Spies.

Wikipedia says that she was born in 1946 and is an American historian of the Soviet Union and Russia. She studied Russian politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science and went on to teach there. It adds that Knight has been described by The New York Times as "the West's foremost scholar" of the KGB, and that she and her husband Malcolm have three children.

So, I asked, who is Malcolm Knight, the husband of the “West’s foremost scholar” on the KGB? Well, Malcolm Knight is certainly no slouch either. He is a Canadian who was the former Senior Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada (1999-2003) and General Manager and chief executive officer of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) from April 2003 until September 2008.  The CEO of the BIS is like being the Capo di tutti capi or "boss of all bosses" of the network of global banksters.

Malcolm Knight was Canada's central banker who then served as CEO of the Bank of International Settlements.

Malcolm Knight was the first person from outside Europe to hold this senior executive position at the BIS in Basel, Switzerland. He went on to serve as Vice Chairman of Deutsche Bank Global Group, based in New York, from October 2008 to March 2012.

Among other duties, Knight was a member of the Financial Stability Forum (now the Financial Stability Board), reporting to the G-8 and G-20 finance ministers on vulnerabilities in the international financial system from 2003 to 2008. Note that his position as an advisor on the “vulnerabilities in the international financial system” ended in 2008, the year of the trillion-dollar bail-out and global financial collapse caused by the unbridled greed of “banksters”.


Some might ask, does it really matter that this anti-Russia propagandist Amy Knight is married to one of the top central bankers in the world? 

Well, of course, it does. The anti-Russia propaganda campaign is a fundamental part of the economic war against Russia. Vladimir Putin and Russia have successfully resisted the global gangsterism of the international bankers, their controlled media, and the spineless politicians who serve them.  Thanks to the level-headed Vladimir Putin and his brilliant foreign minister Sergey Lavrov we have already avoided several wars in the Middle East.

If Amy Knight were truly a serious scholar on Russia, she would not make such serious accusations against the Kremlin without providing solid evidence to support her charges. The fact that she makes such allegations without providing any evidence indicates that she is working as a propagandist to sway public opinion against Vladimir Putin and Russia. This is extremely irresponsible and reckless because it could very well lead to war, which is exactly the way banksters do it. 

So, does it matter? Remember that it was very similar baseless allegations about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, made by Judith Miller of the New York Times, that took us to war in Iraq in 2003. That war of aggression wound up lasting a decade, cost our nation trillions of dollars, and destroyed an untold number of lives. 

Then think for a minute about where this anti-Russian propaganda campaign is meant to lead us and ask yourself if it’s worth resisting the lies.

Sources:  Amy Knight, Wikipedia, November 20, 2014

Biographical Note for Malcolm D. Knight, Bank of International Settlements, November 20, 2014

"Flight MH17: Will Russia Get Away With It?" by Amy Knight, New York Review of Books, November 19, 2014

Malcolm Knight, Wikipedia, November 20, 2014

"Russia Under Attack" by Christopher Bollyn, February 15, 2014

"The Downing of MH17 - Is Israel Involved?" by Christopher Bollyn, Updated August 13, 2014

"Understanding the Crisis in Ukraine" by Christopher Bollyn, Updated May 11, 2014

White Pages listings for Malcolm D. and Amy W. Knight in Summit, NJ

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