On May 15 Lyndon LaRouche representative Dr. Jonathan Tennenbaum addressed a seminar on the global financial crisis, held in the Diplomatic Chamber of the Kremlin Palace in Moscow. Approximately 150 representatives of the Russian government, business and financial circles, and press attended the seminar. The privately-organized seminar, which also heard presentations by analysts from a number of leading Russian think-tanks on the current situation in the United States, testified to a growing awareness among Russian elites, that the economic-financial crisis in America has a fundamental impact on the world strategic situation, defining opportunities as well as dangers for Russia.
Tennenbaum presented essential points from the May 4-6 Bad Schwalbach conference of the Schiller Institute, stressing Lyndon LaRouche's stark warning on the dangerous, albeit self-destructive character of the Bush Administration, and his conception of the role Russia should adopt, in the context of a Eurasian infrastructure-vectored development alternative to a threatened global New Dark Age. The Eurasian development theme was taken up by several of the Russian speakers, including Prof. Panarin of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Diplomatic Academy.
The Malaysian Ambassador to Russia also addressed the seminar, speaking of his country's experience in adopting capital controls and reasserting national economic sovereignty against the dictates of the International Monetary Fund. He presented a new, Russian translation of a book by Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohammed on the same subject.
A new atmosphere of growing self-confidence in Russia, was clearly evidenced in discussions in and around the Kremlin seminar--a sense that Russia has come through the most dangerous period of its ten-year internal crisis, and could deal effectively with a global financial-monetary collapse. It is generally acknowledged, that President Putin has succeeded in consolidating step-by-step his control over the government apparatus, while constraining the influence of the so-called Russian oligarchs to a significant extent. At the same time, the Eurasian thrust of Russia's foreign policy, as underlined by the recent rail transport initiatives, is converging on the requirements of a winning strategy for world survival, set forth by LaRouche at the Bad Schwalbach conference.