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A Closer Look At Anti-Government Activism In Russia’s Yekaterininburg

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A Closer Look At Anti-Government Activism In Russia's Yekaterininburg

Rinat Nizamov (left). Click to see full-size image.

On May 20th, SouthFront already covered developments, which are currently taking place in Yekateriningburg, Russia’s Sverdlovsk Oblast.

The construction of a church was blocked by local opposition activists. However, the prorest appeared to be exploited by various destructive elements like separaratists swinging flags of the so-called Ural Republic. Some of the Leaders of the protests are linked linked to Western-backed individuals. Hardcore anti-government Russian-language outlets also launched a media campaign to fuel the local crisis.

In a follow up, it can be noted that in post-Soviet space the “popular protests” express the “voice of the people,” but that voice appears to come from representatives of big business. A good example is Ukraine’s Euromaidan, which financed the entire “Oligarch club” – Petro Poroshenko, Igor Kolomoisky, Dmitry Firtash, Sergey Levochkin and others.

In Russia’s Yekaterinburg, the “North Protest” is no exception of this observation.

Some organizers of the “war for the square” in March even intend to turn the “protest against the church” into an armed conflict.

“Yekaterinburg will become a hot protest on the map of Russia, which will not be easy to put out by local forces. This is an ideological war, which is about to develop into an armed conflict. As soon as heavy equipment comes out on Drama, Facebook activists will emerge from the Internet under the excavator’s buckets, the Cossacks will be given the command to protect the future church with whips, and Orthodox oligarchs will send thugs to help the Cossacks. It all looks scary, bloody and medieval. But from this nightmare – surprisingly – we must emerge victorious.”

This was said in March by Yekaterinburg’s Rinat Nizamov, one of the ideologues of the Ural “revolution”. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty modestly represented Nizamov as a “civil activist.” In fact, Nizamov is a highly paid media manager. He reportedly has patrons in local authorities. Otherwise how will such a young journalist assume leading positions in the federal media?

At the age of 17, Nizamov came to the editorial board of Komsomolskaya Pravda – Ural. By 2008, the 20-year-old Nizamov became the editor-in-chief of the Ural Komsomolskaya Pravda.

At the age of 23, Nizamov became the chief editor of KP – Ural. After less than two years, he moved to the Russian-American media holding Hearst Shkulev (HS), where they publish the expensive glossy magazines Maxim, Marie Claire and Elle. HS then created the Ekaterinburg Online news agency in Yekaterinburg, abbreviated E1. Rinat Nizamov became the chief editor of E1.

He is currently promoting the HS media production in Novosibirks.

E1 frequently publishes information in the form of interviews where it reflects a strong anti-government position.

“Of course, Rinat Nizamov, with the assistance of his Western colleagues, built everything competently: he himself does not openly speak out either against the Russian president or against state policy. The chief editor himself walks in the rally “Our Crimea”, but for some reason, he is friends with people who openly curse the incumbent president of Russia and walks with them around modern Kiev,” Yekaterininburg journalist Maksim Rumyantsev said.

The E1 website further published illegally obtained interviews in which disabled children from a boarding school on Lyapustin Street in Yekaterinburg without any permission.

Nizamov further continuously expresses his pride of working with Americans, often uploading pictures of himself on work visits to the US. He is a frequent guest in the US Consulate General in Yekaterinburg.

Frequently quoted E1 speaker Fyodor Krasheninnikov, the founder of the Political Council resource and a close friend of Alexei Navalny, regularly visits there. In 2011, Krasheninnikov invited Marko Ivkovic, leader of the Serbian Orange Revolution, to Yekaterinburg.

In 2014, Krasheninnikov, with the participation of the press secretary of Navalny Leonid Volkova, announced in Yekaterinburg the “March for the federalization of Siberia” and the “Peace March with Ukraine.” Behind the scenes of these Russophobic marches were the US Consulate General and the mayor of Yekaterinburg Yevgeny Roizman.

State authorities cooperate with Hearst Shkulev Ltd. without any tenders and auctions. On the E1 website it is indicated that the form of the legal entity responsible for the operation of the site is LLC, i.e. Limited liability company. There are no media registration certificates.

Atom and the Yeltsin Center, in particular, have been financing the public on VKontakte under the name Parks and Squares of Yekaterinburg for about a year.

Anna Baltina, a frequenter of Yeltsin Center and also a political shareholder, administers the public Parks and Squares.

In April, in an interview with the regional portal 66.ru, Baltina admitted that Atom financed through her “popular protests” against the re-establishment of the Catherine Cathedral in the city.

Baltina said that Atom in 2016 financed the protests of the “hipster” -urbanista against the construction of the church of St. Catherine on the city pond.

In 2019, the “Hipster”-urbanists appeared again. At the “Drama”, to protest the construction of a church, the patrons of these “hipsters” had other commercial plans.

With what they are precisely related, it is difficult to say. they have nothing to do with the protection of ecology and the protection of democratic freedoms in Russia: pure commerce, nothing personal.

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  • Rob

    Everything will be fine if Russia remove Jews from own media and Intelligence institutes because they can use that as a weapons against Russia.

    • iosongasingsing

      It is not so easy Hitler tried, also supported by the Zionists, but without success. Many are the Russian Jews who support Putin, surely I am against the Orthodox Christian church, but how come they haven’t betrayed him yet I can’t explain it.

      • Harry Smith

        In Russia there is a saying: if God wants to punish a person, he just take the wisdom out from the person. And you’re a perfect example of this theory. You can’t explain the behavior of Russian Jews because you have not wisdom to understand that not all Jews are Zionists and not all Zionists are Jews.

        • Rob

          Be careful Jews should never be trusted because they have butchered their own children, women and prophets. If you want to live in peace then avoid Jews.

          • Harry Smith

            Apostles, first Christians and first Christian martyr all were Jews. Once you understand the difference between jews and zionists, your vision over global situation will be more objective.

          • Rob

            I know Jews so much that where the go create conspiracy, terrorism (state and economic both).

            They have disintegrated USSR.
            They have taken Palestine and now dream for to take Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Syria, Iran and Turkey to build greater Israel.

            For this purpose they use Washington, UK, France, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and Russia as a leverage.

            The Jews greater Israel is very huge project.

          • Harry Smith

            Well, if LGBT is Jewish business, then you can freely show me some homosexuals inside the Orthodox Jews communities. Can you?

          • Rob

            If one has humanity then he must be Christian or Muslim. The Jews history is very dirty. Do you believe in Sodom and Gomorrah, LGBT, BDSM etc. That is why there is no end of war in our world because these termites live in it.

          • iosongasingsing

            I have to break a spear in favor of the Jews, the Rosenbergs were and they died to ensure peace to humanity. Those who say that non-Zionist Jews do good should be heard.

          • Jens Holm

            Yes, of course You can find very bad jews as well.

            Communism also was made as movement against the terrible conditions the poor had around the world fx by Adam Smit.

          • iosongasingsing

            Jean I say that non-Zionist and non-fundamentalist Jews are my brothers, I fight a political movement not a religion that I respect as it is, like Hindus, Taoists or Muslims.

          • Jens Holm

            Again only crap. What You tell about Sodoma and Gomrra are in the Muslim Agenda as well.

            We have the same background. Muslims in ME even are semittes as Jews, so Yopu blame Your cousins.

            Adam is the same, Moses is the same, KIng David is the same, Noah drinking wine behaving and not getting frink all the times as muslims probatly would do – are the same.

            You are barking mad and not even know You own religios history books.

          • Harry Smith

            Rob, if you are the Christian, you should not wonder for all that’s happening today. Read the Revelation and it will be like watching the nowadays tv news.

          • Rob

            Yes revolution have started in America.

          • Jens Holm

            People like him only look at videos and pictures now and then, to regain his hypocrasy and bad temper :)

          • Jens Holm

            Thats not jews doing that, but all of us.

            Very much as You are disintegrated Yourself.

            Hard to see the schekel is strong and jews there are sitting in golden bathtubs.

            You are worse then blind.

          • Jens Holm

            Thats not allowed to know for people like Rubber dog.

          • Rob
          • Jens Holm

            You have a nice family

          • Rob

            Yes Netanyahu and Trump both are my family members why you have any objection?

          • Jens Holm

            Thos site is not about Idlib.

        • iosongasingsing

          More than the God of the Russians, what you mention seems to me to be the God of the Jews. My little wisdom and a lot of curiosity pushes me to ask myself: So all the Zionists went to the USA and Israel? I know that the Jews in Israel consider those who did not do the Aliyah, Abnormal. Interesting to know how these abnormal, judge the state of apartheid, racial and for only Jews of Israel.

        • Jens Holm

          They mainly are not like that at all.

      • Jens Holm

        Again the same crap. If things really are and were as You descriebe, its our own fault. But its not.

        You represent Your own fault and even blame others.

        • iosongasingsing

          Listen to me, the Talmud is your stuff, the chosen people is your stuff, the Halakhah like Sharia that prescribes not to help a non jew in life-threatening is your stuff, spitting on the Christian churches is yours, the state of apartheid for Jews only is yours. I stop here, there’s enough crap out of you Jews. I’m not a racist, I leave you with your inhuman beliefs like the Wahhabis or the cannibals of Papua New Guinea. Respect and dialogue with non-Zionist Jews who recognize this abomination of their religion.

    • Sinbad2

      Termites yes, termites are very difficult to remove, you think you have got them all, but many remain hidden.

      “Race is a controlling influence in the Jew, who, for two millenniums,under every climate, has preserved the same character and employments.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

      • Jens Holm

        You are much worse then them. Most jews are fine people.

        • Sinbad2

          “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

          Only a handful of Jews have the courage to criticize the Jews that commit great evil. I heard Natalie Portman criticized Netanyahu, that’s one fine Jew, how many can you name?

    • d’Artagnan

      More like parasites as they suck blood out of gentiles and nations.

      • Jens Holm

        Thats because You are stupid.

    • Jens Holm

      Very good 1001 arabic night excuse.

  • AM Hants

    Talking of Ukraine and the crowd wishing to return Russia back to the Yeltsin Era, when the oligarchs of other nations, controlled the Russian natural resources, this article made me sit up and take notice. It so needs sharing.

    MAJOR: Dutch senator says Ukraine could be responsible for MH17 crash… https://www.fort-russ.com/2019/05/major-dutch-senator-says-ukraine-could-be-responsible-for-mh17-crash/

    17 July 2014 – MH17 False Flag and how many died?

    • Jens Holm

      Bad things happens, but I hardly see it has any relevance today.

      Both Ulkraine, Russia and the rest of the Sovjet Empire has to reagin themselves as Hindus but having big problems. They are never learned.

      First Zars chrashed, and next Communism. It also was true parts of them were taking over by greedy robbers. In the other hand shit happens, and You have to start as something totally different or stay low but more stabile.

      Out of context I recall Venice and Genova being small superpowers with Ottomans, but then somebody found, we could trade south of Africa.

      Ukraine as well as Russia has to fin their own ways, and it will take generations as long as Russia insist in being almost as in old days and Ukraine has oligarks too.

      I hope the new President of Ukraine and the new election can step them op, but dont expect miracles. By the way the same goes for Makron in France. He was elected because everybody else would not handle very needed things.

      Brexit is the most far out, I have seen from Britts in many years.

      For going back to Russia is a normal thing, but they cant expect anything better from there. The main issues are non corruption and getting old productions started and restarted better as well as implementing copying good things from tbe west. Very few things from east are improvements and dont make them money to buy fx oil and gas for.

      • AM Hants

        LOL, not even worth bothering to reply as I carry on laughing at your comment.

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1f9e536b9fde7e455fab3d7244bbf12d6a50030ae349a11ce20f6cff00a76545.png

        A picture tells a 1000 words. Which nations own the most world debt?

        BREXIT, we voted 3 years ago, in June and still waiting for the idiots we elect to sort it out.

        • d’Artagnan

          The guy is a certified nutcase :)

          • Jens Holm

            Its because You only has Your non shaved asses looking how the rest of the world is.

        • Jens Holm

          Another very good example for, You dont understand how our economy works at all.

          Next You will tell me poor kurdish farmers are richer then fx americans, because they have no debt :)