Category: Chekisti

About the KGB men, or chekisti, who took over post-Soviet Russia.

Forward defense for frontline states: Exploit Russia’s internal vulnerabilities

In the face of unprovoked danger from Moscow, NATO’s front-line states should exploit Russia’s internal weaknesses to deter external aggression. Visiting Lithuania last week as a guest of the foreign ministry, I urged the country’s leaders and its growing online community to be assertive in the face of Russian subversion of their small country. Moscow has begun a propaganda campaign...

Investor’s Business Daily: Hillary Clinton’s email server a foreign spy magnet

The private email server of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, set up for personal secrecy purposes, was a “spy magnet” for foreign intelligence services. I wrote about the problem in Investor’s Business Daily. It is worth noting that I gave Clinton’s office a week to respond to my questions, and no one there chose to comment. The text of...

Anniversary of two articles: Foresight in hindsight

This weekend marks the anniversary of two articles that I wrote concerning Russia. They were about the future, based on learning from the past. About foresight. They weren’t anything special, really. What made them significant was that they examined and interpreted facts that most people didn’t want to know or discuss. The first article, written in 1999 for Insight magazine,...

In Forbes: Die-hard KGB men are still planting forged documents to pollute our thinking

“A once-feared KGB general now sits on suicide watch in a Vienna jail, a tawdry end to terrible tale. His strange story—worthy of a thriller—is a case study of how the former KGB uses forged documents to influence Western reporters, diplomats and politicians.” That’s the lead of my piece in Forbes, published September 3, which focuses on a former KGB...

Attacking NATO where it has no defense

Russia’s successful subversion and partition of Ukraine can be replicated inside NATO countries without triggering the collective defense provisions of Article 5 of the Alliance’s treaty. We commented on this in a recent piece titled “Against All Odds: Why Putin is Winning.” In that article, we noted a concern by Paul A. Goble, considered the dean of experts on nationalities...

InFocus: America’s ‘provocative weakness’

The Jewish Policy Center ran my article, “America’s ‘provocative weakness,’” in the winter edition of its quarterly journal, InFocus. The piece relates to how US strategy toward dealing with Russia (presuming that there is a strategy), and important foreign policy positions concerning Iran, Syria, the Muslim Brotherhood and Europe, are playing into the Kremlin’s hands and giving Vladimir Putin an...

Fox News: Discussing threats to Olympics, with Laura Ingraham

In the wake of two terrorist bombings in southern Russia ahead of the Sochi Olympic games, Laura Ingraham of Fox News interviewed me on The O’Reilly Factor. By coincidence, I was in Boston for the interview, just blocks from the site of the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing executed by two Muslim Chechens. Chechen terrorists declared open season on the Sochi...

Investor’s Business Daily: Celebrating 96 years of gangster government in Russia

Headlined “Putin Celebrates Birth of KGB, USSR’s Hated Spy Service,” in Investor’s Business Daily, December 21-23, 2013. by J Michael Waller The bloody birth of the most murderous secret police in history occurred 96 years ago and is being celebrated across Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Always feared, the KGB is now revered. “In the past, the services worked for the Communist...

Cult of personality and satire surround Putin’s 60th birthday

The Russian government is outdoing itself with a Cult of Personality campaign to mark the 60th anniversary of strongman Vladimir Putin – an event that coincides with the sixth anniversary of the unsolved murder of Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya. The former KGB man, once known among his colleagues by the nickname “Stasi” for his work with the East German secret...

Canada cites Dr Waller in deportation of Russian ‘illegal’ spy

(Institute of World Politics news release) The Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) extensively cited Dr Waller in support of its request for a Montreal court to hold an alleged Russian “illegal” spy. The alleged Russian deep-cover agent, who goes by the assumed name Paul William Hampel, is being held under a rarely-used “security certificate” so that he can be...