September 10th, 2015 –
PolitRussia – translated by J. Arnoldski –
“Non-parliamentary parties outraged by meeting between American
diplomats and Navalny” –
** Note to Fort Russ readers – this piece follows up on the exposé we ran:
Chairman of the party “Right Cause”, Vyacheslav Maratkanov,
stated that it is far from a normal situation when there is a meeting with not
only representatives of this or that country, but diplomats who try to promote
the foreign policy of their country, in this case the United States.
Vyacheslav Maratkanov is sure that a meeting of diplomats with
political parties is “beyond ambassadorial activity.” The politician stressed
that among the participants of the meeting was the first secretary of the US
embassy, Bradford Bell, who, in his opinion, “is a professional provocateur who
worked in the Balkans and actively participated and participates in ‘promoting
democracy’ in the South and South-East.”
“We participate in elections in six regions. We are an
opposition, but a constructive opposition. But when there is a non-constructive
opposition, like PARNAS [People’s Freedom
Party for a Russia without Lawlessness and Corruption – J.A], they
don’t work for results, they don’t raise regional agendas, but are working for
federal resources in complete negation,” Maratkanov added.
According to the chairman of the “Rodina” (Homeland) party and
Duma deputy Alexey Zhuravlev, American diplomats insisted on meeting with the
representatives of his party in Kostroma. Regarding this affair, the deputy is
planning to send an official inquiry to the Foreign Ministry of the Russian
“The American diplomats persistently, with some nerve, called us.
They were immediately told that we are not going to meet with anyone, and we
have no interests with the US embassy,” the Russian politician relayed in an
interview with TASS. Zhuravlev added that representatives of the embassy called
his allies in the party and offered to organize a meeting in Kostroma at least
In the politician’s opinion, it might have been an “undercover
operation” for a meeting with Alexey Navalny and other opposition members.
Earlier it was reported that Navalny made a report to US
diplomats during the election campaign. The meeting, captured on video, took
place in one of the restaurants in Kostroma.