The George Soros and Russia Circus Continues.
The world is consistently getting treated to a circus of sorts. The circus puts the Russian government against hedge fund billionaire and philanthropist George Soros. These two parties have demonstrated bad blood in the public domain over the years.
The relationship got sour owing to ideological differences and has worsened over the years. To comprehend the situation, we would have to go back to 1979 when a successful George Soros ventured into philanthropy with the help of the Open Society Foundations.
The foundations formed networks with strategic partners all over the world and begun working on philanthropic projects aimed at promoting democracy, human right, education and social welfare. Among the pioneering works that George Soros and the OSF engaged in were the support of blacks in South Africa during the apartheid war and the rehabilitation of the defunct Eastern bloc after the fall of communism.
In the defunct Eastern bloc, George Soros facilitated cultural exchanges with western communities. The Open Society Foundations also set up camp in Northern Russia and Ukraine where they promoted peace, human rights, transparency and accountability in governance. While the Russian society seems to adjust to such ideas at a slow pace, the networks have still made progress, especially in Ukraine as Soros observes.
George Soros also happens to be a dedicated writer and author of best-selling books. All his scholarly work revolves around topics of interest to his career in investment banking, politics, economics, human rights, philanthropy and democracy. His writings are also published by major newspapers, journals and magazines around the world. One of his most controversial and headlining books, The Tragedy of the European Union was launched in 2014.
Throughout his work, George Soros has made damning observations about Russia, especially in the past decade. An example is a struggle it has with Ukraine. George cites the problems the conflict brings to the European Union. In fact, Russia is accused of contravening treaties and common laws and undermining the European Union. Back to the aggression against Ukraine, Soros writes to the western countries and the European Union to defend Ukraine and fund the Eastern nation.
Such strong sentiments seem to have put Russia on the defensive. The authorities hatched a plan to tame George Soros through his Open Society Foundations. Two pro-democratic groups have since fallen victim to a strategic ban imposed by the Office of the General Prosecutor in Russia. The two groups were accused of endangering the constitution and values of the land.
The ban took the world by surprise. The two OSF’s were denied the chance to defend themselves, but their official statement expresses their history and the collaborative effort with their Russian hosts. Following the ban, they have also appeared top on a stop list hence another operation to eradicate the projects in progress.
In other news, Russian authorities launched a ruthless operation on libraries in the Komi area that were beneficiaries of the Soros education initiative. The content of the books was pro-democratic in nature while others spread humanitarian ideals. A total of 500 books were rounded up an either burned or destroyed.