Rostislav Ishchenko: Why the Bilderberg Club needed the Estonian Prime Minister

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


The president of the Center for System Analysis and Forecasting Rostislav Ishchenko on why the well-known Bilderberg club invited to its meeting the Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and what’s the relevance of the trans-baltic railway line “Rail Baltica” construction project here…

The Prime Minister of Estonia Jüri Ratas flew to Turin. He was invited to a meeting of the Bilderberg club. Apologists of the conspiracy theory immediately remembered that the extremely private Bilderberg club has a reputation of the “world government”. I don’t know what they are taking about.

Perhaps they hint that now the “world government” will be headed by an Estonian. Or on the contrary, the “world government” will liquidate Estonia.

But I am tormented by vague doubts. The matter is that, besides Bilderberg, there are other extremely private clubs that “experts” call the “secret world government”. For example, the Club of Rome. I don’t know why the world needs two (or more?) “secret governments”. Especially since similar, but open events are held in Davos, St. Petersburg, and in other places.

Who does it benefit?

During any of these meetings the largest private investors try to receive exclusive information from the most influential politicians. And politicians try to attract gushing streams of foreign investments into the countries. And the most known world media agencies highlight this process with ecstasy, often even without understanding how they are used gratuitously by both politicians and financiers for their own purposes.

The difference is that open economic forums are more accented on the media component (although in their framework a mass of meetings and events closed to foreign eyes take place), and the private clubs are focused on obtaining exclusive information behind closed doors (only for club members).

On the one hand, it is possible to assume that membership in such a private club offers an advantage (you possess exclusive, information that isn’t available to anyone else). On the other hand, the structure of invited persons to the latest meeting allows to judge what information interests club members, and it means to draw conclusions about their commercial and political interests.

Further, putting two and two together, it is possible to easily work out the corresponding people’s options of action.

Old English clubs in which people drank, ate, and played cards, discussing political and business subjects in passing, were some kind of social network of the past organised on professional (their own clubs for military personnel, their own club for brokers, their club for lawyers, etc.), political (their own clubs for the Tories and the Whigs), and class (even the richest bourgeois couldn’t enter into the club for ancient aristocratic families) principle.

Today’s clubs are simpler — just business, nothing personal. You can be a genius or feeble-minded; a loyalist or an oppositionist; not know your ancestors further than your grandmother or to be related to King Solomon along your father’s line, and on your mother’s line from the goddess Amaterasu; to control billions or to be a person of average prosperity. If you are a carrier of information that is important for the current business of the club members, then you will be invited.


At different times, at different meetings of the Bilderberg club, from among the Russian citizens there were Grigory Yavlinsky, Liliya Shevtsova, Anatoly Chubais, Aleksey Mordashov, and Sergey Guriev.

One can’t say that it somehow influenced the destiny of these people (their views, interests, way of life; their interests formed, and they achieved success in their fields of activity long before participation in the meetings of this club). It also didn’t have an impact on Russian politics, the priorities of the Russian government, and on the international positioning of Moscow.

Therefore, an answer to the question what Bilderberg members want from Estonians should be looked for in the plane of business interests — where they conjoin with political decisions. It is precisely the exclusivity of political information that allows members of the Bilderberg club to make the correct investment decisions.

The conjoining of business and politics earns money not by dictating decisions to politicians (this is the practice of the wildest oligarchs in the most backward countries, and it doesn’t bring anything good neither to oligarchs or the corresponding states). Civilised sharks of business earn money by knowing before others the decisions made at the political level. And it means that they have the opportunity to sell at growth peak and to buy at the time of the deepest falling of prices.

All go forward!

At the meeting of the Bilderberg club, besides the Prime Minister of Estonia, the head of the Baltic joint venture for the implementation of the “Rail Baltica” project Baiba Rubesa, and the chairman of the board of the “SEB” bank Marcus Wallenberg were invited. Due to a strange combination of circumstances, all of them are related to the specified Rail Baltica project assuming the creation of a uniform transit railway route from Berlin to Helsinki through Poland and the Baltics on the basis of the European standard concerning the width of railroad tracks.

This would allow to send echelons back and forth without changing wheeled carts and would reduce the time it takes to transportate cargo and reduce the price of their cost.

Some experts point to the military-strategic value of this railroad, from the point of view of ensuring the Baltic grouping in the event of war with Russia.

From my point of view its military value is doubtful. Not only because modern weapons will easily put the only railroad out of action, but also because NATO planned to create a grouping of troops sufficient enough to deter a hypothetical offensive of Russian troops towards the Baltics during at least two-three weeks, but only in five-seven year’s time. And these plans are of a two-year prescription. Considering the present condition of relations between the main allies (France, Germany, Great Britain) and the US, these plans are unrealisable in principle.

Besides this, it is necessary to understand that the possibility of adding to the group depends not only on the capacity of tracks, but also on the ability of the respective territory to provide them with everything necessary. The Baltics barely cope with the present number of NATO troops.

And lastly, to have excess railroad in the event of war, of course, is good. But such a war may happen or it may not, and if it does happen, then it isn’t known when. In expectation of war, the railroad must work, and if not to make a profit, then at least provide for its maintenance. Otherwise, by the time when it will be needed by the military, the idle railroad will simply disappear.

There is a need of cargo — or at least information

And it is here that there is a problem. By all accounts, there will be nothing to transport along the railroad. A stream of freight that isn’t that big goes from Germany to Finland and back — this isn’t the most animated direction for world trade. The existing infrastructure copes, and there is even a reserve. It’s also not possible to count on streams of freight from Baltic ports. Being deprived of Russian transit, they decay.

In general, in the Baltics and in Poland people started talking about whether it is worth constructing a railroad that will yield losses instead of profits. After all, it is the EU that is financing the construction, but there will be a need to maintain the railroad using their own money. There is serious fear that the railroad will never be constructed.

But on the other hand, in the Baltic countries (especially in Estonia, where the railroad must reach the ferry that goes to Helsinki) there are influential business circles that planned and continue to plan to earn decent money from the project financed by the EU. And they insist on its implementation. By the way, it is precisely they who try to “sell” this road to the public of their countries as a military-strategic object that ensures national security (after all, there is a need to pay for security no questions asked).

I.e., the situation isn’t clear, and the dear people need to understand: buy or sell. Moreover, they must draw a conclusion from the babble of “politicians on call” concerning what decision will be made in the long term, even if the carrier of information himself still hasn’t guessed it.

In fact, it is this that the art of big business connected to big-time politics lies in. If information donors from among the politicians invited to the meetings of these sorts of clubs were able to draw adequate conclusions from their knowledge, then they would turnover billions and reign in any private clubs, and current clubmen would consider attending their meetings at least once in their lifetime to be an honor.

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