FLASHBACK: TIME Magazine In 1996 Bragged About How U.S. Interfered In Russian Election.
The mainstream media has suffered a serious bout of amnesia — a Russian concussion, if you will.
Of course, the MSM is ignoring the clear evidence that Hillary Clinton is guilty (very guilty) of altering the course of the Democratic primary to defeat Sen. Bernie Sanders (just skim through those Democratic National Committee emails and you’ll see). But the media is also pretending (or is simply unaware, not sure which is worse) that nations don’t try to alter the outcome of elections in other nations.
Take 1996. Boris Yeltsin, the president of Russia, was up for re-election in the summer and the United States felt that he was easier to deal with than his opposition, Communist rival Gennadi Zyuganov. But Yeltsin, the hard-partying and affable leader, had health problems and his approval rating was dismal — single digits. His chances did not look good.
Enter the United States, which, in a clandestine operation successfully helped Yeltsin pulled out a win.
“For four months, a group of American political consultants clandestinely participated in guiding Yeltsin’s campaign, ” Time magazine wrote in a cover story titled “Yanks To The Rescue — The Secret Story Of How American Advisers Helped Yeltsin Win.” Here is the inside story of how these advisers helped Yeltsin achieve the victory that will keep reform in Russia alive.”
The 6,000-word story tells a tale of how Felix Braynin, a close friend of some of Yeltsin’s top aides, thought Yeltsin would need help to win.
Most of Yeltsin’s confidants believed the President would be magically re-elected despite the Duma catastrophe, but Braynin thought otherwise. The President, he reasoned, could lose without the same kind of professional assistance U.S. office seekers employ as a matter of course. Braynin began a series of confidential discussions with Yeltsin’s aides, including one with First Deputy Prime Minister Oleg Soskovets, who at the time was in charge of the President’s nascent re-election effort. Finally, in early February, Braynin was instructed to “find some Americans” but to proceed discreetly. “Secrecy was paramount,” says Braynin. “Everyone realized that if the Communists knew about this before the election, they would attack Yeltsin as an American tool. We badly needed the team, but having them was a big risk.”
Read the rest at: Russian Election