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In the 1990s and early 2000s, the post-Soviet Russian government was swarming with CIA workers, and they eventually had to be cleaned out and sent packing back to the US, Russian President Vladimir Putin disclosed on Thursday, December 9 (RT).
Speaking to a meeting of the Council for Civil Society and Human Rights, Putin used the example of Americans within the Russian government to show how foreign countries attempt to interfere in their country’s internal affairs.
‘In the early 2000s, I had already cleaned everyone out, but in the mid-1990s, we had, as it later turned out, cadres of the US Central Intelligence Agency sitting as advisers and even official employees of the Russian government,’ Putin explained.
‘They were later prosecuted in the United States for violating US law and taking part in privatization while they were CIA employees working for us,’ the president told the Press.
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According to the Russian leader, some American specialists were stationed at Russian nuclear weapons facilities and even sat at a desk with a US flag.
‘They lived and worked there. They didn’t need such subtle instruments of interference in our political life because they controlled everything anyway,’ he continued.
This isn’t the first time that Putin has shown clear evidence of America interfering with Russia’s internal affairs, especially in the immediate aftermath following the fall of the Soviet Union and the privatization of government-owned assets.
In 2013, the president says that CIA officers worked in the entourage of Anatoly Chubais, the deputy prime minister who oversaw the privatization process. He later went on to become Kremlin chief of staff.
Earlier this year, Ruslan Khasbulatov, the former chairman of Russia’s parliament, disclosed that the first post-Soviet Russian president, Boris Yeltsin, was surrounded by hundreds of CIA agents who told him what to do throughout his tenure as leader.
Khasbulatov even claimed that Boris Yeltsin would send security officials and heads of departments to the US so the Americans could examine them and give conclusions. Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!
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