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LaRouche Cited in Russia on Systemic Crisis
Oct. 31 (EIRNS)Konstantin Sokolov, vice president of former Russian Defense Ministry official Gen. Leonid Ivashov's Academy for Geopolitical Studies, cited some of Lyndon LaRouche's latest statements, in an Oct. 15 interview about the systemic nature of the current economic crisis. The broadcast on Russia's most popular web-TV channel, KM.ru, has been viewed by a quarter of a million people.
The ostensible topic of the interview was tensions between Russia and Belarus, but as soon as the interviewer asked if the conflict were being manipulated by "the West," the topic became the world breakdown. Sokolov stated that there exists a force "above the West," as typified by how the Federal Reserve System dictates the actions of U.S. Presidents.
Sokolov stressed that this supranational force wants to reduce the world's population to 2 billion people. Asked by the shocked interviewer if this could really happen, Sokolov pointed to the vulnerability of China and other great nations to epidemics, under breakdown conditions. Sokolov noted that Russia itself faces a food dependency crisis, given current levels of slaughter of herds under this year's drought conditions.
The interviewer remarked that Sokolov was talking about something so momentous, that it made their announced discussion topic about Russia-Belarus relations seem minor.
Sokolov said, "My gloomy forecasts about a deterioration of the situation are not only forecasts"they are already real. Polemicizing with those who talk about an ongoing emergence out of the crisis, he said, "The economic crisis has not been overcome. The measures adopted to supposedly cure the crisis are total nonsense. The latest information I received from LaRouche [on the Fed's hyperinflationary actionsed.] contained absolutely devastating data. There is an intensification of the situation."
Sokolov's interview is one of an array of Russian publications giving attention to LaRouche as a unique, authoritative voice in the world. The 2006 Russian film "Global Redivision," a critical look at globalization that featured an interview with LaRouche, is undergoing a revival in the Russian-language segment of the Internet, in connection with the Kremlin's ongoing push to join the WTO. The introduction to Academician Sergei Glazyev's new book, A Development Strategy for Russia in the Global Crisis, released in September, cites LaRouche as the first name on a short list of economists who foresaw the onset of a systemic crisis. Also published this year is a book by economist Mikhail Delyagin and journalist Oleg Bobrakov, What the Presidential Messages Don't Tell You, which reportedly cites LaRouche extensively on the conflict between the financial sector and the real economy.
First Train Leaves Mongolia for Russian Far East Port
Oct. 30 (EIRNS)A 30-car train carrying coal from Mongolia's Tavan-Tolgoi mine left the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator Oct. 28, bound for the Russian port of Vostochny. Previously all Mongolian freight traveling through Russia went to the West. This is the launch of an entirely new line, developed in collaboration between the Mongolian authorities and the state-owned company Russian Railways.
Russian Railways President Vladimir Yakunin said at the ceremony launching the train, "Today we are witnessing a historic event. This is the result of a colossal amount of work carried out jointly by Russia and Mongolia. We and our Mongolian colleagues have developed the whole transport chainfrom creating a modern, powerful locomotive and rebuilding infrastructure, to setting competitive tariffs. The launch of rail freight services from Mongolia to Far East ports is a clear demonstration of the potential for diversifying sales of Mongolian products on world markets."
The Russian Railways president said the new route will allow coal to be delivered from mines in Mongolia to Japan and South Korea via Russia's Far East ports, and also in the future via the developing port of Rajin. Through these measures, Mongolian freight is being given a reliable link to the coast. The first "pilot" train, launched Oct. 28, was pulled by a 2TE-116UM locomotive, specially built by Transmashholding to withstand the Mongolian climate, with hauling capacity of 6,000 tons. After serious debate in the Mongolian parliament, the decision was made to build the rail lines with the Russian gauge of 1,520 mm.