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Russia's Ministry Of Mind Reading

Then-U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright with then-Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov in Moscow in January 2000
Then-U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright with then-Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov in Moscow in January 2000
By Brian Whitmore

It's the urban legend that just won't die.

It is usually raised by Russian officials when they want to back up claims that the United States is bent on destroying Russia. Everybody states it as fact. But I was never able to find any evidence of it ever actually happening.

So what is it? It is comments that former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright allegedly made that Siberia's vast natural resources were too important to the world for Russia to unfairly control on its own.

The claim came up in Vladimir Putin's annual call-in program back in 2007 when an engineer from Novosibirsk asked about it -- giving the Kremlin leader the opportunity to deliver this line: "Such ideas are a sort of political erotica. Perhaps they give somebody pleasure, but they are unlikely to lead to anything positive." 

It came up in an interview Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev gave to Kommersant just this week. The United States "really would like it if Russia did not exist as a state at all," Patrushev said.

"This is because we have a lot of resources and the Americans think we don’t deserve them or have rights to them; they think we don’t use them as we should.Remember the statement made by Madeleine Albright who claimed that neither the Far East nor Siberia belonged to Russia."

And it came up countless times in between.

So, where did it come from?

Well, back in December 2006, in an interview with Rossiiskaya Gazeta, retired KGB General Boris Ratnikov claimed he was involved with a top-secret occult project and had -- yep, you guessed it -- read Albright's mind. 

"In Madame Albright's mind, we found a pathological hatred of Slavs," Ratnikov said. "She resented the fact that Russia had the world's largest mineral reserves. She believed that Russia should not control its reserves but that they should be shared by all of humanity under the supervision, of course, of the United States. And the war in Kosovo this was considered only a first step to establish control over Russia."

So there you have it. One nutty claim made nearly nine years ago, and it is repeated ad nauseum as fact so often that everybody believes it is true. Call it the propaganda data point that just keeps giving.

Beyond the Albright mind-reading claim, the Ratnikov interview is so surreal, so weird, so wacky, and so nuts that you need to read it over several times before you get the full scope of its utter craziness.

Ratnikov claimed he was involved with a top-secret occult project that originated in the Soviet KGB. In the Soviet Union, he said, "almost all the people with supernatural powers were controlled by the KGB" and were used by the Soviet authorities.

"You can't even imagine the war of brains that unfolded in the first half of the last century," he added. "I'm hardly exaggerating when I say that sometimes there were astral battles. And all this was kept secret and camouflaged, probably not less than the nuclear project."

Ratnikov added that in the mid-1980s, there were concerns that the Soviet Union's enemies could use "psycho-generators" to remotely read and manipulate people's minds -- and Moscow spent hundreds of millions of rubles to counter it.

After the Soviet Union broke up, Ratnikov worked in the Federal Protection Service, where he claims he used his occult skills to prevent anybody from reading and manipulating President Boris Yeltsin's mind.

In this way, Ratnikov claims he stopped Yeltsin from turning the Kurile Islands over to Japan and prevented a war with China.

He also claimed that in the early 1990s he read the mind of U.S. Ambassador Robert Strauss and concluded that the U.S. Embassy had "equipment for psychotronic influence on Muscovites."

The fact that the claims about Albright's designs on Russia's natural resources came from this surreal interview has been exposed in the English-language media, initially in an investigation by Moscow Times reporter Anna Smolchenko in 2007. 

But nevertheless, it is the talking point that just won't go away.

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Comment Sorting
by: Gordon Ball from: Ottawa Canada
June 23, 2015 10:25
I have read about American remote viewers.
In Response

by: Mark Hahn from: Dundas
June 23, 2015 19:35
"read about" them? can't you feel them in your mind?

by: Ghost
June 23, 2015 12:46
The Russians love the Spywar. Statements like this will spook the West and make the West think that the Russians are mad. We all of course know that they are mad, but...how mad ? Is the Russian president delusional ? Perhaps we should keep an eye on the Russians ? Perhaps we should look in to this matter ? Perhaps there is something to it ? Are we going mad as well ?

by: Blueberry
June 23, 2015 13:51
The mind is the most complex thing that we have encountered so far in the cosmos. We are made of the same stuff as the stars, but through us the cosmos has gained consciousness of her self.

The Soviets made a lot of experiments with hypnosis, and still today no one can fully explain what hypnosis actually is or what happens under hypnosis.

I have seen an experiment in the west with a so called medium and a subject person connected to EEG scans. The interesting thing was that the mediums brainwaives became synchronized with subject persons under the test.

There are still things for the science to explain, untill that day the unexplainable will be used for all kind of nefarious aims by the secret services in their psychological war.

by: John from: Desert
June 23, 2015 13:58
Engage a Russian in the believability of superstitions sometimes and then you can understand the impact of this statement. While most advanced cultures have moved forward on the understanding of such things the Russian psyche continues to grapple with such things.
In Response

by: Sharik
June 24, 2015 05:56
It's true that Russians believe all manner of preposterous things, but so do most people in the world. The critical thinking skills of the people of the world are generally very weak; if they weren't so weak, the preposterous religions of the world wouldn't be threatening to destroy our liberty and subjugate us all.

by: Jack from: US
June 23, 2015 19:48
Mrs.Albright is a war criminal, responsible for instigating wars in Bosnia and Kosovo. She is also responsible for importing tens of thousands of Somali Muslims into US.
In Response

by: Mike Hunt from: North America
June 23, 2015 21:42
How is Herr Putin's granddaughter Alina doing these days?

by: Mike Hunt from: North America
June 23, 2015 21:41
Gee, now I know where Karnak the Magnificient got his material and it wasn't from a mayonaise jar on Funk & Wagnell's back porch...YGTBSM, no one is that gullible, sorry, we did say Russia was involved. I forgot myself.

by: Idrian from: Surrey, BC
June 23, 2015 23:45
Soviet version of "Men Who Stared At Goats"

by: Clint from: Doha
June 24, 2015 06:33
Yet more proof of why Hollywood is so successful ;-)

by: Mamuka
June 24, 2015 11:59
I can't wait to see History Channel documentary on Ratnikov's "Astral Battles." Hey where is Igor Ivanov now?

by: WO.
July 04, 2015 02:36
I like that "radio free to lie europe"

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