Ilya Belous: The US Consulate General in Ekaterinburg Invited Russia’s Fifth Column to Celebrate American Independence

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard

10/07/2018 (a dead link – Ilya Belous’ blog was removed by Yandex)

The American Consulate General in Ekaterinburg, whose employees do not hide their anti-Russian position, continues to attempt to create a “fifth column” in the city entrusted to them by the State Department.

One of the oldest and most effective methods of recruitment is the organisation of social events for the local liberal audience with buffets and champagne.

During such parties there is the informal communication between employees of the diplomatic mission and the opposition, politicians, political scientists, media workers, activists, and others. Without witnesses, telephone conversations, and instant messengers, hiding behind the specious pretext of an official visit for international friendship.

The American Consul General, the experienced diplomat Paul M. Carter, skilfully uses such platforms to develop the necessary contacts.

Thus, on July 3rd, 2018, another reception was held in honor of the US’ independence Day, which is celebrated by the Americans on July 4th. The reception was key for the winning around the local elites on the eve of elections to the City Duma of Ekaterinburg that are scheduled for September.

The event took place on the shore of the Ramada hotel “lake”.

At the reception in honor of the national holiday, the US Consul General Dr Paul Carter took the floor for a solemn speech:

“242 years ago, 13 colonies in North America declared their independence from the British crown. Their declaration said: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness’.

These words are some of the most memorable in American history. And they had the most important implications for it. The American Republic has established a new type of governance. It is based on the rule of law, democratic elections, and respect for the rights of the opposition. Lincoln called it ‘a government of the people, by the people, for the people’.”

The US Consul General in Ekaterinburg speaks at a reception on July 3rd, 2018.

Then there was a concert of live music and informal communication.


I will separately note that, unlike past receptions, this event was not guarded by the police. That’s right: there are more important things to do than to watch over American diplomats.

Here is who I recognised from the guests who came.

1. Elena Chesnokova, Press Secretary of the Consulate General of Great Britain in Ekaterinburg.

In relation to her, the Russian Foreign Ministry sent to the British Foreign Ministry a number of protest notes demanding the dismissal and non-recognition of Chesnokova as an acceptable member of the staff of the Consulate.

2. The President of the Ural Chamber of Commerce and Industry Andrey Adolfovich Besedin.

3. The Deputy of the Ekaterinburg City Duma and representative of the Yabloko party, a tireless oppositionist/white ribbonist Dmitry Golovin.

A colleague of the former mayor Evgeny Roizman, Dmitry Golovin, is well-known for his phrase “patriots are people who lick the balls of the authorities”, which he said at a pro-Banderist march of peace.

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Paul Carter and his wife and Dmitry Golovin

4. Nataliya Larionova – Deputy Secretary of the Aramil city branch of the “United Russia” party.

Nataliya Larionova founded Fairy Tale Park in Aramil, which is implementing education, local history, and public programs. Students are led on excursions and are given free lessons in ecology.

5. Dmitry Moskvin, the political scientist and moderator of the “club of young political scientists of ‘United Russia’ in Sverdlovsk”.

6. Project and PR coordinator of Ekaterinburg’s “LGBT resource centre” Alla Chikinda. Chikinda previously worked at Cambridge University Press.

The LGBT resource center holds pickets in defense of gays and lesbians and is engaged in winning over the Ural youth. It’s not a coincidence that they located their office on Turgenev street, near the exit of the Ural Federal University of Boris Yeltsin, and encourage all those who are misunderstood to come to their comfortable atmosphere of understanding.

The Sverdlovsk regional branch of the Russian LGBT network has been operating since 2010. Until 2012 its activities were limited to participating in international and all-Russian actions in support of the LGBT movement, and psychological groups for the LGBT community were also held.

The LGBT resource center was established in February 2014 on the basis of the Sverdlovsk branch of the LGBT network. On April 30th, 2017, the community center in front of the university was opened.

Since 2018, the resource center is a member of the international organisation ILGA-Europe. This is the International Lesbian and Gay Association working on human rights for LGBT people. The umbrella includes more than 600 LGBT organisations in 110 countries. On 25th July 2011, ILGA received consultative status at the UN Economic and Social Council.

ILGA is sponsored by:

  • the European Union;

  • the Arcus Foundation (founded by the head of the Stryker Corporation, Jon Stryker, in defense of lesbians and gays);

  • COC Nederland (the oldest European lesbian and gay organisation);

  • the Dutch government;

  • RSFL (the Swedish federation of LGBT);

  • And also – ATTENTION! – an organisation well known to us for the implementation of “color revolutions” – Freedom House!

Freedom House is a NGO headquartered in Washington. It was founded in 1941 by Eleanor Roosevelt, Wendell Wilke, and other rich Americans. It is funded by donations from governments (80%) and organisations and individuals, and the Freedom House supervisory board includes prominent business and trade union leaders, prominent journalists and academics, as well as former diplomats and government officials.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky hosts the annual Freedom House Awards in 2014.

Until 1991, Freedom House actively supported Soviet dissidents. Until 2005, the head of the organisation was the former CIA Director James Woolsey. The board of trustees of the organisation included:

Zbigniew Brzezinski; Donald Rumsfeld, US Secretary of Defense 1975-1977, and 2001-2006; Paul Wolfowitz, US Secretary of Defense in 2001-2005 and President of the World Bank in 2005-2007; Kenneth Adelman (former US Ambassador to the UN); Diana Negroponte (Brookings institution employee, wife of John Negroponte, Director of US national intelligence, 2005-2007), Alberto Mora (former high-ranking official in the presidential administration, former General Counsel to the US Navy).

They are rather experts in war and intelligence than in the field of defending rights!

The President of Freedom House Adrian Karatnycky in an interview with French journalists directly testified about the preparation by his agency of protest activists:

“These activists back in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s were led by the CIA. Thus, these people became a tool of the US intelligence agencies. If earlier this practice had a secret nature, then today the White House decided that from now on the US will conduct such a practice transparently, publicly, and, of course, through NGOs.”

In 2005 Freedom House participated in the organisation of a coup in Kyrgyzstan (“Tulip Revolution”). Calendars hang in the office of Freedom House with the dates of what revolutions should happen in the world.

A poster in the office of Freedom House in New York.

Thus, the LGBT resource center is a part of the same association that, among other things, is controlled by an American semi-spy organisation, recruiting activists to demolish political regimes that are unwanted by the US.

It follows from this that the LGBT resource center is a tool of Western agents to control the Sverdlovsk LGBT community. Taking into account that, traditionally, gays and lesbians are very often in opposition to the government and society at large, the LGBT resource center performs a very important mission for Western organisations.

The centre’s website mentions that it is supported by the British Embassy in Moscow and the PlanetRomeo Foundation (PlanetRomeo is the largest German virtual dating service for gay people, founded in 2002 and has more than 1.4 million registered users worldwide).

The LGBT resource center offers the Sverdlovsk youth free psychological counselling; group psychological support; free legal advice; board games; poetry readings; film screenings; psychological, legal, and social support for LGBT families (unless they have already been legalised?) and LGBT teenagers; a parent club for parents whose children belong to the LGBT community; and emergency assistance for LGBT people who find themselves in a difficult life situation.

The legal name of the “LGBT resource center” is NPO “Aktesent”. Anna Plyusnina is the director of both organisations.

7. Anna Plyusnina also came to the reception at the Consul of the United States.

Anna Plyusnina (left) and Alla Chikinda (right, back turned)

Anna Plyusnina in her activities is focused on the UK. In early February she was among those invited to the reception of the British Consulate to meet with Baroness Elizabeth Smith.

8. Elena Novomeyskaya, the Director of the non-state international Business School Center for Civil Initiatives.

Elena Novomeyskaya with friends

The “Center for Civil Initiatives” specialises in: internships and business trips abroad – in the US and Europe; youth programs and internships for young professionals in the US and Europe, youth camps abroad; intensive English courses in mini-groups of different levels, preparation for TOEFL exams, and studying in schools and universities abroad; professional translations, including notary certification.

9. The arrival of the German Consul and his wife.

10. Dmitry Pobedash, a lecturer at Ural Federal University named after Yeltsin.

11. Sergey Belyaev, President of the human rights organization “Sutyazhnik”.

The human rights organisation “Sutyazhnik” is registered in New York.

The rise of “Sutyazhnik” started after Russia ratified the European Convention on Human Rights in 1998, and Belyaev started to file claims against Russia in the Strasbourg Court of Human Rights. Belyaev began with the punitive method of hospitalisation in psychiatric hospitals, and the first victory was the case “Rakevich vs Russia”, which he won in the ECHR. The court awarded compensation to the victim of involuntary treatment. Later, there will be dozens of winning anti-Russian legal proceedings and hundreds of complaints.

“Sutyazhnik” was noticed by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which began to finance various human rights projects.

In the summer of 2014, when “Sutyazhnik” was subjected to verification by the Prosecutor’s Office and the Ministry of Justice under the law on “foreign agents”, Sergey Belyaev was very afraid of something, and refused to return from his business trip to the United States. He simply didn’t catch the flight. However, he returned to Russia some time later.

“Sutyazhnik” challenges federal laws, defends the rights of prisoners, the rights of sexual minorities, and also contributes to the LGBT resource center of Anna Plyusnina.

The Supervisory Board of LLC “Sutyazhnik” includes the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Sverdlovsk region Tatyana Merzlyakova, the President of the international Helsinki Federation Lyudmila Alekseeva, Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School Catherine Hanley, and a number of other well-known human rights activists.

12. Lyudmila Varakina is the host of the program “Vazhnye Ptitsy” on “Komsomolskaya Pravda” radio in Ekaterinburg and the head of the working group “Ekaterinburg-300” in the public chamber of the Sverdlovsk region.

13-14. Yuliya Grekhneva and Nurzida Bensgier – the Deputy Director and Director of the International information center.

15. Igor Chernogolov, President of the Penetron-Russia group of companies, which for 27 years has been an exclusive dealer in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine of the ICS Penetron International LTD American company producing dry water-proof mixtures.

16. Polina Greisman — the wife of the prominent local national-traitor Fedor Krasheninnikov.

Polina Greisman in the foreground

Both of them are ardent Russophobes and regular guests of the party at the Consul of the United States.

Krasheninnikov and Greisman are supporters of the so-called “Ural Republic”.

They have great sympathy for Nazism.

In early June 2018, a branch of the new party of the opposition leader Aleksey Navalny “Russia of the Future” appeared in the Sverdlovsk region.

Polina Greisman, who previously worked in the headquarters of the Navalny in Ekaterinburg, became the head of the branch.

Viktor Barmin and Polina Greisman

17. Maksim Putintsev, the head of Echo of Moscow in Ekaterinburg.

18-19. Evgeniya Sidorova, the head and founder of the networking project Heap of speech, and Nika Logunova, an English Guru and creator of event projects, as it is said on her FaceBook page.

20. The former head of the insurance company “Severnaya Kazna” Aleksandr Merenkov, who was sentenced to 1 year and 1 month of imprisonment for committing crimes under Article 172.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Falsification of financial accounting documents and the reports of a financial organisation”), part 3 of Article 30 of the Criminal Code, part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Attempted fraud committed in especially large amounts”).

After leaving “Severnaya Kazna” Aleksandr Merenkov was a business coach and mediator. According to some reports, he is now engaged in individual consulting.

Aleksandr Merenkov and Evgeniya Sidorova at the reception of the US Consulate General. July 3rd, 2018

21. Ekaterina Malyshkina – the friend of Polina Greisman from Navalny’s HQ in Ekaterinburg.

Below are photos of those who I didn’t recognise. Let’s keep these photos for the record. If you recognise someone, contact me via social networks.

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