Who is the author of Russia’s “Genocide Master Plan” essay?

The Russian author of a recent item it was double a “genocide project” in Ukraine is a long-time Russian political operator with ideological ties to one of the most influential figures in the Kremlin.

Timofei Sergeitsev explained how to ‘denazify’ Ukraine in his Sunday essay ‘What Russia Should Do in Ukraine’, calling for ‘ideological repression’ of civilians and saying Ukraine should lose sovereignty for at least a year. generation. The article was published on Sunday, the same day evidence emerged in the Ukrainian town of Bucha that Russian troops had carried out summary executions of civilians.

Obscure columnist, political consultant and spin doctor, Sergeitsev has never aroused such media interest. While he worked for high-profile clients, including pro-Russian former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, as well as Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, he remained largely in the shadows.

The ideas put forward by Sergeitsev are “phantom ideas”, Andrei Kolesnikov, a political analyst at the Carnegie Moscow Center, told the Moscow Times. Consultants like him can be used to propose strategies to the authorities, but they “have no serious influence on anything”, he added.

Segreitsev is a self-proclaimed acolyte of the late Soviet philosopher Georgy Shchedrovitsky, whose cult includes President Vladimir Putin’s powerful deputy chief of staff, Sergei Kiriyenko.

One of the participants of a philosophical club founded by Shchedrovitsky, Segreitsev was involved in discussions on the development of the idea of ​​the “Russian world”, which was widely used by Russian nationalists after the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and in the Kremlin’s support for the rebels. in eastern Ukraine.

Other arguments made in Sergeitsev’s RIA Novosti article include that the vast majority of Ukrainians are Nazis, or have ties to Nazi ideology, and that they need to be “re-educated” through “ideological repression” and political, cultural and educational censorship. He also suggests that new “people’s republics” be formed to replace the state of modern Ukraine.

Segreitsev spent time working as a political consultant for Ukrainian President Yanukovych, whose election victory in 2004 led to widespread protests dubbed the Orange Revolution. The vote was later canceled and Yanukovych lost the new race.

During the 2012 Russian presidential elections, Segreitsev found work as a consultant for Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov and his centrist Right Cause party. Widely seen as a Kremlin political project, Prokhorov won only 7% of the vote and soon left politics.

“There were a lot of strange people around Prokhorov, to put it mildly,” said former Right Cause co-chairman Leonid Gozman, who left the party shortly before the 2011 parliamentary elections. never met this bastard,” he said of Segreitsev.

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