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Alexander Mercouris:April 6, 2013 at 6:32 amDear Kievite,
I donít know whether you remember the discussion we had last year about the cost to the west of funding the protest movement. On the strength of the money poured into NGOs in the four months after the NGO law was passed it looks like we both grossly underestimated the amounts involved. $1 billion in four months is quite simply a staggering sum even if some of this money is being used for legitimate purposes and even if we assume that there was a one off surge of money into Russia before the NGO law came fully into force. It shows the sheer scale of the effort and the strength of the commitment to it especially when there is so little to show for it. The latter by the way leads me to think that without it the White Ribbon opposition would not even exist and that if the western money tap was turned off Navalny, Chirikova, Udaltsov & Co would simply vanish as public figures.
Incidentally the fact that Putin was able to quote this figure (which no one has disputed) shows that since the NGO law came into force someone (and it can only be the FSB) is now keeping tabs on what is going on. That in a way is reassuring. What is not reassuring is that apparently no one was doing it before. I donít know what I find more alarming: that the White Ribbon opposition is being bankrolled by the west on this scale or that by his own admission until a few weeks ago not even Putin knew about it.
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