Is Putin fighting to stop the clot-shots?
An important question
What is Russia fighting for in Ukraine? We have heard many interesting theories, some more plausible than others.
In some corners of the internet, the conflict has been described as a grandmaster shadow-play which (among other geopolitical checkmates) will liberate Russia, and possibly the whole world, from Virus Tyranny.
We’ve already listed some reasons why this claim is highly tenuous. But there is another aspect of this creative theory that we find puzzling: it presupposes Vladimir Putin actually wants to topple Permanent Biosecurity.
Does he though? Your humble Moscow correspondent is not so sure.
Perhaps it’s time for a quick refresher course on Putin’s ceaseless clot-shot peddling. Below are a few observations for your consideration.
1. Putin is a clot-shot shill
Putin—who claims to be giga-vaxxed—has been a tireless promoter of Sputnik V, placing particular emphasis on the drug’s unimpeachable safety and efficacy.
“After many millions of administered doses, our authorities have not recorded a single lethal outcome from the use of this drug, while other manufacturers, unfortunately, have such tragic cases,” Putin explained to journalists on June 4, 2021.
He’s correct of course—but only because the Russian government does not disclose post-vaccination complications.
Russia does not have a VAERS-like database for reporting and monitoring suspected adverse reactions, and doctors who question the vaccine’s safety or efficacy have been threatened with exorbitant fines and prison time.
This is probably because Sputnik V is an unproven, WEF-linked genetic injection that has maimed and killed countless people.
“The fact is that nothing is documented in Russia. Therefore, it is very difficult to understand how many serious complications there are. There are many cases and we can say that they are related to the vaccine. There is a lot to say. Or you can stick your head in the sand and say there is nothing at all,” Pavel Vorobyov, Chairman of the Moscow Scientific Society of Physicians, said in an interview in September.
How “safe and effective” is Sputnik V? So safe and so effective that in January of this year the health ministry decreed that clinical trial results for the Russian vaccine were “confidential and contain information constituting a trade secret.” In the same month, the ministry also decided it would be “inappropriate” to publish information on the number of deaths among vaccinated individuals as this data “may cause a negative attitude towards vaccination.”
Notably, there’s absolutely no evidence that vaccination has improved “public health” in Russia. Actually, Russia’s health-destroying COVID policies have led to a catastrophic decline in the country’s population.
But at least Putin made sure Sputnik V was always 100% voluntary, right?
2. Putin promoted coercive vaccination even while claiming he was personally against mandatory injections
On numerous occasions Putin has professed his opposition to compulsory vaccination.
“I once said, as you remember, that I do not support mandatory vaccination. And I continue to adhere to the same point of view,” the Russian president told journalists on June 30, 2021.
If this is true, he has a funny way of showing it.
A few weeks earlier, on June 15, celebrity doctor Denis Protsenko gave a prophetic interview to RT calling for compulsory vaccination—just a few hours before compulsory vaccination was announced in Moscow.
Putin surprised Protsenko with a telephone call four days later: not to debate the merits of coercive vaccination, but to offer the doctor a seat in the State Duma.
Protsenko was a true visionary: mandatory COVID shots for certain categories of citizens were introduced in all Russian regions by the end of October 2021. At the same time, federal subjects began adopting digital IDs confirming proof of vaccination or negative PCR results.
The Kremlin repeatedly voiced support for these coercive measures, and encouraged further restrictions against those who refused the jab. On October 25, Putin instructed regional governors to implement a self-isolation regime for unvaxxed residents over 60.
There was certainly no reason to believe that promoting coercive policies would land you in trouble with the Kremlin. In a November 7 interview with Izvestia, Alexander Gintsburg, the big-brain behind Sputnik V, demanded that a “line be drawn” to “sharply distinguish” between Vaxxed Citizens and No-Jab Vermin.
The next day, Putin awarded Gintsburg the Order of Alexander Nevsky. The honor was bestowed upon the accomplished scientist (who repeatedly failed to introduce a vaccine into the international market) in recognition of his “years-long dedicated work.”
(Gintsburg is arguably Russia’s most vile clot-shot fanatic. For those who are unacquainted with his numerous exploits: read this.)
Putin eventually dropped the charade: in December he openly supported de facto compulsory vaccination for the majority of Russians.
3. Putin supported the creation of a national vax pass system
By mid-November, the federal government decided it was time to create a national vax pass. On November 12, Russia’s Cabinet of Ministers sent the State Duma two bills outlining a QR code system for use in public places and for long-distance travel.
The legislation was a slap in the face to the Russian public, which overwhelmingly opposed coercive “health” measures.
For example: on November 1, state-run RIA Novosti invited Russians to vote on whether they were in favor of compulsory vaccination policies. 78% of the 190,000 respondents said they were against these unprecedented coercive medical interventions.
Pushback against the digital vax pass was even more fierce. A poll from November 14 found that out of nearly 1.5 million respondents, 92% opposed the introduction of QR codes and believed they violated the rights of citizens. The results of a November 25 survey on VK.com were remarkably similar. Of the 360,000 individuals who shared their opinion, only 20,000 voiced support for digital vaccine passes. 91% of respondents rejected the use of QR codes in public places.
None of this stopped Russia’s president from publicly backing the legislation. While insisting the national vax pass should be designed to avoid “unnecessary difficulties” for citizens, Putin called on the State Duma to finalize the deeply unpopular bill.
As TASS reported on December 17:
In speaking of the adoption of vaccination certificates, Putin noted that, contrary to expectations, he cannot announce that QR codes are unnecessary.
“I cannot end this on the note expected by certain social organizations and figures, taking into account both moral motivations and the duties of my office,” said the head of state, pointing to the continuing complications in the fight against coronavirus.
He said this with the full knowledge that the vast majority of Russians opposed being digitally tagged.
After weeks of public outcry, the State Duma shelved the national QR code law on January 17. At the regional level, United Russia continued to cling to digital cattle tags.
However, by early February it was becoming clear that regional vax passes were no longer sustainable. Russians were hanging effigies of their governors and organizing boycotts against the vax certificates. On February 4, Russian truckers announced they were planning a Canada-inspired “freedom convoy” in hopes of ending regional QR codes and compulsory vaccination decrees. In the following weeks, governors began to phase out QR codes—a process that lasted until mid-April.
However, many regions have kept mask rules and compulsory vaccination. Some parts of Russia have even adopted new and peculiarly strict measures: Primorye recently ordered mandatory PCR testing for certain categories of citizens.
Even if Sputnik V is neither safe nor effective, perhaps Putin saw it as a “lesser evil” when compared to the Big Pharma clot-shots? Maybe, but Putin also openly supported Russia’s collaboration with AstraZeneca.
4. Putin endorsed Russia’s clot-shot alliance with AstraZeneca
Putin’s support for unproven genetic injections has not been limited to Sputnik V. In December 2020, Russia’s president hailed a partnership deal between AstraZeneca, the Gamaleya Center, Russian pharmaceutical firm R-Pharm, and Russia’s sovereign wealth fund.
“I am absolutely convinced that such an attitude towards partnership today can serve as a good, convincing example of combining scientific forces, technologies, investments for a common goal—to protect the life, health and safety of millions of people on the planet as a whole,” Putin said during a videoconference marking the new cooperation agreement.
Addressing AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot, Putin added:
I want to wish you success not only in the Russian market, but also in global markets, and express the hope that the new year will be favorable for your company and for solving the problems that we are now talking about.
In February 2021, the Russian leader reiterated the need for “joint efforts” to combat the dreaded Virus, and cited Gamaleya’s alliance with AstraZeneca as a shining example of mutually beneficial cooperation:
[Putin] recalled the example of cooperation between the Gamaleya Center, which developed the world's first vaccine against COVID-19, and AstraZeneca.
“I am pleased to note that we will now combine efforts with our European partners,” the President of the Russian Federation added.
And what have these “combined efforts” resulted in?
The seemingly endless reports of AstraZeneca-linked blood clots have not dulled Russia’s enthusiasm for the British-Swedish shot. On March 15, almost a full month after Russia launched its “special operation” in Ukraine, R-Pharm applied to register AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine in Russia.
It’s worth noting that while dozens of western firms have exited the Russian market in the past three months, AstraZeneca and other pharmaceutical giants have chosen to continue doing business in the country.
This is far from reassuring. As Strategic Culture Foundation observed in December 2020:
The ten largest pharmaceutical corporations (Big Pharma) - Pfizer, Roche, Novartis, Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, AbbVie, Sanofi, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and AstraZeneca are controlled by US investment funds Vanguard Group, Fidelity, Black Rock and others operating tens of trillions of dollars.
In March 2021, the same website (which is famous for its cutting-edge Russia analysis) linked AstraZeneca’s shot to shadowy organizations that promoted “the rise of eugenics [policies] throughout Nazi Germany and North America.”
If this is true, someone should definitely tell Putin. (Or maybe he already knows?) On December 17, 2020, Russia’s president boasted during his annual press conference: “The Anglo-Swedish company AstraZeneca is ready to work with us, they are now signing the relevant agreements. This is very good, it makes me very happy when specialists at such a high level—and this is a large, good company with a worldwide reputation—join forces, including with Russian partners. I am sure that the result will be very good not only for our citizens, but for the whole world.”
What has changed, fundamentally?
The Virus has taken a backseat to the “special operation” in Ukraine—this is undeniable and we are not suggesting otherwise. But this does not mean the foundational dogma of the “public health” scam (including unnecessary, unproven and dangerous clot-shots) has been repudiated and tossed into the dustbin.
As one essayist recently pointed out:
It would be a mistake… to assume that masks, lockdowns, vaccine mandates, and other restrictions are gone for good. There has been no fundamental reconsideration of the premises that guided the pandemic response, despite the demonstrable failure of these policies…
This is true in Russia, just as it is true in virtually every corner of the earth.
It’s very difficult to believe Putin is fighting for a world free of coercive genetic injections when the Donetsk People’s Republic announced in early May that it would continue to require various businesses and organizations to ensure 90% of their workers are vaccinated. Yes, even during wartime.
Is anyone naïve enough to think Denis Pushilin is unilaterally extending compulsory vaccination in Donetsk against the wishes of Moscow? No, sorry. He is owned and operated by the Kremlin.
What else can be said? To quote Marko Marjanović: “Putin is a COVID normie.”
We are willing to consider alternative viewpoints, provided they are backed by actual facts and not salacious Kremlin fan fiction.