Ilya Belous: Yeltsin Center in the Context of Color Revolution Technologies & National Security Issues

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard



On March 16th I took part in a meeting of the expert group in the State Duma of the Russian Federation, devoted to the problem of the distortion of our history by Western funds.

The conference was called “formation of a positive historical image of the Tsarist, Soviet, and modern Russia”.

I made a report entitled “activities of the Yeltsin Center in the context of color revolution technologies and national security issues”.

In the report, I highlighted in detail, on the basis of facts, how the Yeltsin Center praises all forms of fascism and militant Russophobia.

Taking into account how well-organized, with the help of modern technologies and local administrative resources, the Ural youth is attracted for brainwashing in the Yeltsin Center, we faced a threat to soon receive a generation of “they’re just children”, ready to drag tires on the squares, to bring down the monuments to Lenin, and to burn anti-Maidan supporters.

This problem concerns each of us! This is our future, and our children.

The full report, with photos and video from the presentation and a recording of my presentation below.

Don’t be indifferent. Read, and click “share”. Let’s work together to maximally spread the information about the internal threat to Russia in such a way that no one can silence what is happening in Yekaterinburg!

The Yeltsin Center opened on 25th November, 2015.

Its activities are regulated by the Federal law of 13th May, 2008, “On centers of historical heritage of presidents of the Russian Federation ceased to carry out its powers,” signed by Dmitry Medvedev.

The main objective of the Center is to preserve, study, and offer an understanding of the historical heritage of Boris Yeltsin in the context of the political and social events of the 90’s, according to the official website of the President of the Russian Federation.

However, in practice, the policy of the Yeltsin Center began to be determined by people seconded from the US, or Russians who devoted their lives to the service of the close-to-the-government and spying American “democratic” funds.

These people are:

Dina Sorokina
The Director of the Museum at the Yeltsin Center.

She moved from New York, where for eight years she worked in the famous museum of modern art.

She participated in meetings of the infamous “Strategy-31” in support of Nemtsov, Udaltsov, and others, being close to supporters and relatives of Mr Berezovsky, Khodorkovsky, who live in the United States.

Lyudmila Telen
Deputy Executive Director of the Presidential Center B. N. Yeltsin.

As an ideologue, it is she who chooses guests and topics of events. She is an ultra-liberal journalist of the Yeltsin era, she he was the chief editor of “Radio Liberty”, and teaches media communications at the Higher School of Economics. Let me remind you: radio “Svoboda” was founded in 1949 by the CIA.

“The main aim of the radio station is the formation of thinking and direction of the will of the peoples of the Soviet Union on the necessity of the elimination of the Communist regime. Any radio stations working on behalf of or under the guise of Americans, will not be able to do this. The advantage of “Svoboda” is that, working under the guise of an exile radio station, it has the opportunity to speak on behalf of fellow citizens, to criticize the rules of the USSR, and to call on the population for anti-Soviet activities”.

Nikita Sokolov
Deputy Executive Director of the Presidential center B. N. Yeltsin in scientific work, Chairman of the Board of the Free historical society.

On the website “Wikipedia” it states that Sokolov is an expert on the formation of public consciousness. In the Yeltsin Center he is remembered for insulting remarks against the St. George’s ribbon, and a statement of intent to proceed with the rehabilitation of Vlasov. Nikita Sokolov is known for his anti-Putin interviews on the Ukrainian sites and publications on the website “Open Russia” of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, calling to abandon the Victory Day in its traditional format and semantic content, and to move to the “European format” of the day of mourning for the fallen.

Anna Pastukhova
The Director of EO Memorial (recognised as a foreign agent).

Anna Pastukhova is not an employee of the Yeltsin Center, however, she was involved in its promotion even before its inauguration, and with the beginning of work became one of the most frequent organizers of various exhibitions and ideological activities.

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The result of such a personnel policy became the distortion of the agenda of the Yeltsin Center into a format that we could see in the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory (Lvov), in Museums of Soviet occupation in Kiev, Riga and Lvov, or the Sakharov center.

Understanding the results of the governance of Boris Yeltsin, which is declared in the tasks of the center, grew into thorough “whitewashing” and creating a cult of personality of the first President, and events held in the Yeltsin Center, filled with propaganda of ultra-liberal values, falsification of Russian history, de-communization, the rehabilitation of Nazism, and radical criticism of the Russian authorities.

Simultaneously with the glorification of the image of Boris Yeltsin in the events aimed by its format at young people, the romanticisation of the era of the 90’s in the minds of those who were born after 1999 and who even didn’t live in this era takes place.

The most Patriotic schoolchildren of the Yekaterinburg and Sverdlovsk region for participation in the annual action “Post №1”, in which 1300 children and teenagers in the region stand in honor near the obelisk during the memorable date, were awarded with tickets for a tour of the Museum at the Yeltsin Center.

Thanks to the agenda of the Yeltsin center, the adoption of the liberal political course of the 90’s as the right one for Russia is being planted in the minds of young people.

On weekdays, the Yeltsin Center is attended by 500-700 people, weekends – up to 2000 visitors.

Here are specific examples of activities at the Yeltsin Center in the context of the aforementioned ideology.

Activities of foreign consulates

• The Consul General of the USA showed in the Yeltsin Center the American Director Christopher Beaver.

• At the end of 2016 a “parade” of consular Christmas trees was held.

Christmas and New year German-style.

Christmas and New Year in Italian-style, Austrian-style, French-style, and New year in American-style.

The Consulate of the respective countries organised events. Bright formats attracted the youth.

• On 3rd December, 2016, the Yeltsin Center conducted the world day of the fight against AIDS. The speakers on the stage were Dina Sorokina…

…and the United States Consul Marcus Micheli.

The main sponsors of the event were shared by the General Consulate of the USA, Cyprus, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, and Bulgaria.

The events of the liberal opposition

• Federal coordinator of “Open Russia” of Khodorkovsky, Deputy Chairman of Parnassus Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr., living in the USA, presented in the Yeltsin Center the film “Nemtsov”. The task – the creation of a feeling that Nemtsov had become a “victim of Putin’s regime”.

• Recently, Nikolai Svanidze presented the film about Nemtsov “Man who’s too free”.

• May 14th, 2016 – Makarevich performed on the stage at the Yeltsin Center.

• May 25th, 2016 – at the event dedicated to the 95th anniversary of Andrei Sakharov, Mikhail Kasyanov made a report “the First President of Russia B. N. Yeltsin as a democratic leader”.

• June 12th, 2016 – during the celebration of the Day of Russia as a triumph of Yeltsin, the leader of the Sverdlovsk PARNAS Mikhail Borisov stated from the stage that it is necessary to remove Putin from power as soon as possible.

• Gerhart Baum, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Germany between 1978 and 1982, now an activist of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch read in the Yeltsin Center a lecture on “Freedom or security: how not to sacrifice the rights of citizens for the sake of protection from international terrorism”.

Dmitry Moskvin, Julius von Freytag-Loringhoven, Gerhart Baum, Anna Pastukhova.

Rehabilitation of Nazism

• On August 10th, 2016, at a conference on the anti-Soviet project “The last address” the Deputy Director on scientific work of the Yeltsin Center Nikita Sokolov stated that it is necessary “to go beyond the narrow understanding of the repressed and to expand it”.

According to Sokolov, an important social problem is the memory of groups of individuals “who were not rehabilitated and created a real military groups to resist against Soviet power”, including “Vlasov” members. Sokolov himself is “not sure that modern Russia should consider them as the ‘enemies of the people'”. “If we receive such a request (about opening a memorial plaque to the people who fought against the Soviet regime with weapons in their hands), we will start a public debate on this bill,” stated Nikita Sokolov. He specified that “Vlasov” members are a big question, “which there is a need to finally answer”.

• On 16th January, 2017, the Yeltsin Center showed a film about the 36th colony near Perm, about “prisoners of conscience”, “tortured by the Soviet regime”.

Note that most of those who were kept in Perm-36 are made up of former auxiliary policemen, Vlasov members, Ukrainian nationalists, OUN members, those who fought in the Waffen SS, “Forest brothers” from all Republics, and soldiers convicted of military crimes.

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A. K. Simonov, Chairman of the Board of ANO “Perm-36”: “Guys that were labeled ‘Banderists’ — they are the most noble, nice people! Wonderful! I am familiar with them. I am proud to know them”.

The film was produced with the support of the German private Fund of Robert Bosch.

“We are involved purposefully, consistently in anti-Soviet activities…” – the Director of the Museum “Perm-36” V. Shmyrov

The film was presented on the stage of the Yeltsin Center by Viktor Pestov in embroidery, who was imprisoned in Perm-36 for the creation of an underground anti-state organization “Freedom Russia”.

V. Pestov in a Banderist cap at a “peace March” in Yekaterinburg, September 2014, and in embroidery on the stage of the Yeltsin Center during the presentation of the film “Perm-36”

Pestov is a member of the society “Memorial”, one of the signers of the letter of “Ukrainian intellectuals”, in defense of the Museum, which, along with him, was signed by members of UPA and UNA-UNSO. On social media Pestov loves to stroll around in the outfit of a Nazi.

Romanticisation of the 90’s

Project Island of the 90’s describes everything that was best in the culture of the 1990’s.

How has it changed the era of 90’s music, media, literature, cinema, fashion and lifestyle, “the sexual revolution“.

Many roundtables were organized…

E. Roizman at a roundtable on the teaching of patriotism in schools and on stage at the Yeltsin Center.

…speeches, lectures…

Dmitry Zimin and Lyudmila Telen on a tour through the Museum.

…prominent liberal activists were invited.

Lev Rubinstein, Mikhail Eisenberg, Linor Goralik, Maria Stepanova. Ekaterinburg on the “Island of the 90’s”.

Top rock bands performed, such as Mumiy Troll, etc. Different elements of the 90’s era – spontaneous trade, etc., were presented as something “cool”.

The Yeltsin Center itself became a “hangout” space. There is also a rooftop verandah, where newlyweds come, where there are fountains, and girls make selfies against a wall with the signature patterns of the Yeltsin Center.

The falsification of history

The exhibition of the Yeltsin Center is tendentious, and follows the canons of American Sovietology in the spirit of the Brzezinski. “The whole history of Russia is a search for freedom and democracy”, it is written on the wall in front of the entrance to the Museum of Boris Yeltsin.

Next, we plunge into the horrifying and gloomy pictures of national history, represented in the Yeltsin Center as the struggle of slaves and rabble against the bloody Tsars and dictators.

In the cartoon, which the exhibition in the Museum begins with, absolutely wild for any connoisseur of Russian historical things are pronounced.

“Even the Tatar-Mongol invasion did not lead to the destruction of Veche democracy, only two centuries later, during the sunset of the Golden Horde, did Ivan III manage to force the Novgorod people to renounce independence”.

Thus, the Yeltsin Center spoke about Marfa Boretskaya, which negotiated with the Grand Duke of Lithuania and the King of Poland Casimir IV on the accession of Novgorod to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

“In 1565, Ivan IV introduced a regime of oprichnina. The response to oprichnina was the civil war, which was called Smuta. The war of all against all swept across the country.”

It is known: the scale of oprichnina is inflated, and the reason for Smuta was the national betrayal by five boyar families, who decided to swear allegiance to the Polish-Lithuanian kings.

“Violence became the main political instrument of the post-revolutionary regime. Stalin put the destruction of people on a conveyor belt. In all the years of repression the country lost from ten to twenty million people – so many that still no one knows the exact numbers.”

These numbers are well known. Over the years of the so-called “Stalinist repression” of 1937-1938, 681,692 people were sentenced to capital punishment. From 1930 to 1936 – 40,137 people, 1939 to 1953 — 54,223 people.

What millions?!

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Further, the exhibition gives way to halls packed with technologies, in which Yeltsin appears to be a popular, democratic leader who finally stopped a thousand years of slavery, who turned Russian history on its back, and who gave her freedom.

On 4th February, 2016, on the site of the bookstore “Piotrovsky” a presentation of the book “Killed in Katyn”, published by the society “memorial”, was uploaded. It speaks about the alleged “fault of the USSR for the execution of Poles” near Katyn – i.e., the visitors of the Center are proposed the version of events of Goebbels. The author denounced the USSR for the fact that the latter occupied Poland and “killed thousands of prisoners of war”.

Anna Pastukhova, Director of the EO “Memorial” at the presentation of the book “Killed in Katyn”

The conference was held with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (Germany).


• On May 8th, 2016, in the Yeltsin Center the exhibition “Different wars. School textbooks about the Second World War” took place.

The exhibition reflected “different interpretations of the history of the largest war in the history of mankind, comparing textbooks for high school students in several countries”. Among them, in addition to Russia – Germany, Italy, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, and Poland. It is easy to notice that the books gathered are mostly from the countries that were allied to Hitler, plus Poland, whose real foreign policy position connects her, rather, with the aggressors than with Russia.

The ideological message of the exhibition was obvious. It focused on the fact that the war in the first place was a “global” one, and not “domestic”. The choice of countries shifted the attention of the observer from the winning side to the Nazi side. The expansive interpretation of the war as a global one made its “domestic” component less important, secondary.

The exhibition was prepared by the working group “Historical memory and education” of the Civil forum EU — Russia, and its Russian part — the international society “Memorial”.

• Scientific discussion “Different wars. A reflection of global events in the national ‘images of history'” stated the aim of the event is to understand whether it is possible to avoid the devastating effects of the “war of memories”, i.e., a conflicting clash of the versions of history of different countries.

Panelists were: Yury Pivovarov (INION RAN), Irina Glebova (INION RAN), Irina Shcherbakova (“Memorial”), Nikita Sokolov (Yeltsin Center), and Sven-Olov Karlsson (Deputy Head of the EU delegation in Russia).

Sven-Olov Carlsson, Yury Pivovarov, Irina Shcherbakova, Irina Glebova, Nikita Sokolov at the roundtable “Different wars”.

It was stated that our historiography of the Great Patriotic War and the celebration of the 9th of May itself are Kamlanie on the cult of Victory”, a part of noxious and “selfish myth about the War”, which pits us against the rest of Europe. Because we occupied Europe, and not liberated it. And that descendants of Vlasov members, Banderists, Cossacks of Shkuro, and forest brothers “have the right to know who their grandfathers fought against”.

Irina Shcherbakov, Yury Pivovarov, Nikita Sokolov at the roundtable “Different wars”.

The thesis of Pivovarov was sounded, about how “we” collaborated with Hitler, and millions of citizens rightly fought against the Soviet power, that Poles and Ukrainians have every right to hate us, and monuments to Soviet soldiers should be demolished. They justifiably hate the Russians (for “occupation”, “Holodomor”, and so on). And in general, Russians were “more horrible” than all those collaborators — because “we were bigger and stronger. We even punished ourselves and others.” And in anyway, how is it possible to talk about any moral assessment while we still have streets named after Lenin, who was a “criminal murderer who hated Russia”?

And the Deputy Director of science for the Yeltsin Center Nikita Sokolov is in full solidarity with Pivoravov. He would only add that “most likely, Russophobia would disappear in all the world if in Ekaterinburg and all other cities of Russia the streets of Lenin disappeared”.

And these are just a few examples.

Anti-sovietism is present in everything that the Yeltsin Center does.

In conclusion, I want to remind you what is absolutely not reflected in the exhibition of the Yeltsin Center.

The era of Boris Yeltsin’s presidency is one of the darkest pages of Russian history.

The Yeltsin era is characterised by a decrease in the population of Russia by 10 million people, a catastrophic decline in living standards, the unlimited power of the oligarchy, the criminal auction of mortgages, Anatoly Chubais’ vouchers affair, a sharp rise in level of poverty, deaths from drugs and alcohol, and the death of infants.

The budget of the country was reduced 13 times, the army was almost destroyed. Bloody local conflicts, terrorism, banditry, and racketeering broke out in the country. Science and sport declined, the norm became the worship of profit at any cost, sexual perversion, Nazism, and corruption.

For Russians, the Yeltsin era is the lack of faith in the future, fear, and depression.

“#Yeltsinera”,”Meet-up with America”, “Please God not again”

As a result of the Belavezha conspiracy between Yeltsin, Kravchuk, Shushkevich, contrary to the will of the people expressed at the referendum on preserving the USSR, the Soviet Union was liquidated. The Soviet people became the most divided in the world. In a single moment millions of people found themselves outside the borders of their Motherland.

The child educated by the Yeltsin Center will never learn about this.

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