Vladimir Putin has declared war on the billionaire George Soros. Last year, Putin publicly announced that Soros would never be allowed to either set foot in Russia or conduct business there again after his harmful financial speculation in the country caused considered damage to the Russian economy when the country was in the vulnerable process of adapting to capitalism.
Now, it appears that Putin’s dislike of the financial speculator has hit an even more intense peak as he has declared Soros a ‘threat to Russian national security’ and called for his arrest.
VLADIMIR PUTIN DECLARES GEORGE SOROS A ‘THREAT TO RUSSIAN NATIONAL SECURITY’
It is likely that the intensifying of Russian anger against Soros has a great deal to do with the allegations that his organisation has been conducting covert operations designed to destabilise the country. Leaked files have emerged from his Open Society Foundation speaking explicitly of this aim. One particularly revealing passage read; “Our inclination is to engage in activities and with actors that will understand and counter Russian support to movements defending traditional values…Naming and shaming from us is problematic: we are also in the business of channelling money into other countries for political purposes.
”The Open Society Foundation claimed the Putin was a greater threat to the European Union than Islamic State and claimed that the Russia air strikes in Syria, which have badly affected the civilian population, were designed to force the Syrian people to flee en masse and flood Europe with desperate refugees. If the Open Society Foundation have evidence for making these sensational claims against the Russian state they have chosen not to share it. Russia is not the only party that has shown dissatisfaction with Soros in recent years.
The controversial Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has also suggested that Soros and his organisation have been attempting to impact political circumstances across the world for their own financial benefit. The statements by these two leaders mirror the views of writers and journalists who have been warning about Soros’s behaviour over the decades. As Phil Butler once said; “George Soros has a finger in every political pie there is. If there is a crisis on our world, it’s a safe bet he’s had a hand in it.”