Reporting on May 5–9, 2018 events in the US: The demonstration of military might in combination with the soft power campaigns raises concerns about the Russian expanding aggression against the West.

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By Zarina Zabrisky with her permission.
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  • A Russian tank in Ohio.
  • The hammer and sickle in front of the White House.
  • A car sticker in Moscow: “Made it to Berlin — will make it to Washington.”
  • The symbol of Russian imperial ambitions over the Statue of Liberty.
  • 8,000 marching in Russian military uniform and carrying Soviet flags in 20 American cities.
  • American daycare centers teaching history by the USSR textbook.
  • The US Senators approve it.
  • The Kremlin funds it.

Reporting on May 5–9, 2018 events in the US: The demonstration of military might in combination with the soft power campaigns raises concerns about the Russian expanding aggression against the West.

“Understanding just how extensive and coordinated Russia’s operations against the West are represents the first step in confronting — and defeating — Putin’s increased aggression, particularly as it becomes clear that the 2016 election interference was just a starting point. “If there has ever been a clarion call for vigilance and action against a threat to the very foundation of our democratic political system, this episode is it,” former director of national intelligence James Clapper said this spring“I hope the American people recognize the severity of this threat and that we collectively counter it before it further erodes the fabric of our democracy.”

Below is an analysis of the latest hybrid war campaign:

  1. Photos and description of the campaign events;

2. Brief background and cultural commentary on the nature and origin of the events;

3. Organizers of the events: individuals, agents and groups funded by the Russian Federation and the Administration of the Russian President Vladimir Putin;

4. Facilitators of the events: The US legislators and Senators

5. Other aspects of the Kremlin’s effort to divide and demoralize the US;

6. A few suggestions on pushing back.



In 2018, about 8,000 people took part in the “Immortal Regiment” in twenty US cities, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, Miami. New cities joined the action this year: Kansas City, Birmingham, Houston, Vancouver and Phoenix.

Secret invasion
Americans dressed in Soviet uniforms.


Over 700 people in Russian military uniform gather in front of the White House, with a Russian Ambassador to the United States in attendance.

Americans in Russian uniforms
“Immortal Regiment” in front of the White House.


A Russian tank T-34 takes part in the re-enactment of the Stalingrad battle in Ohio.

Silent invasion.
A Russian tank T-34 takes part in the re-enactment of the Stalingrad battle in Ohio.

Putin’s favorite broadcaster, the main anchor of the Russia Channel One, “the voice of Kremlin,” infamous for once threatening to reduce the US to the radioactive ashes, reports on the story.


In 2018, the festival costs came up to 14,000 dollars of which 5,000 dollars was paid by the Russian consulate.

In 2017, the FBI agents visited the offices of the Russian-American Initiative for Cooperation in Seattle.

Spies, Traitors and Fools.

Snowden naive fool
Finding Freedom in China and Russia.

America now has a bloated and not very effective Homeland Security empire.  Almost 5 million people with security clearance work for this almost unmanageable conglomerate.  People need to understand that in such a huge group of employees, no matter what you do to improve personnel screening, another Snowden or Manning will happen.  Guaranteed.  Just a matter of time. 

Americans want security.  We the American people want our Government to protect us.  First of all we have to understand that nothing can make the country 100% safe, no matter what we do.  And the Boston bombing is a good example.

I don’t have proof but I suspect that further expansion of the Homeland Security apparatus becomes less and less effective.  There is the Pareto Principle (The 80/20 Rule).  In other words 20% of people in any organization do 80% of the work.  So, out of 5 million, 4 million are dead wood.

The inefficiency of size takes the form of an increasingly skewed noise to signal ratio.”

In a way what Snowden did will help (hopefully) to improve the system and maybe even help to streamline the operations and improve efficiency. 

Snowden fled to Russia
Putin the Stalwart of Democracy

About the “whistle blower”…he is not a hero.  A well meaning fool with means can do a lot of damage.  The unilateral disarmament is not a working option at the present time.  And the fact that he is on the run and, out of all places, he ran to China and Russia?

I don’t even blame nor am I surprised that they (China and Russia) did not return this fool to the US.  We would do the same and jump at the opportunity to get the documents he stole from the NSA.

So, yes, there may be some benefits from this incident but this guy harmed the security of the US and perhaps put some lives in jeopardy.  I doubt that Snowden is a spy…probably just an idealist.  But actions speak louder than words.  He went to China and Russia – the ”bastions of Democracy.”  Fool!