An Unpaid Advertisement for Western Warmonger Anders Åslund

Phil Butler
4 min readFeb 26, 2022


Anders Åslund is losing his mind today. I’m afraid his enthusiasm over the Ukraine conflict may well cause him and his world order colleagues a collective aneurysm.

The glee club of the liberal world order convened. Anders Åslund with Washington Post editor David Hoffman at an event at Foreign Policy Magazine editor Susan Glasser’s House in Washington, DC in 2012— Debut Prize photo

“How vile and despicable war seems to me! I would rather be hacked to pieces than take part in such an abominable business.” — Albert Einstein

The author of “Russia’s Crony Capitalism,” which is on sale at Amazon, is Tweeting his brains out advising western leaders and their people to throw more gas on an already raging geopolitical fire. He is an active participant in the current killing going on in eastern Europe. But before I continue, here is his “pinned” Tweet, just so you know the main reason he is hating Russia so acutely today.

Another Tweet reads “I hope that Trump’s unabashed support for the bestial dictator Putin has discredited him even to his most narrow-minded supporters.” He goes on to ask who among us supports murderers and dictators? And I am glad he asked so that I can take the gloves off to pinch this windbag psychopath in his digital face.

Get this. Åslund served as an economic adviser to the governments of Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Ukraine at the moment when Yeltsin was busy helping western banksters carve up these former Soviet regions for the plunder. As we all know, Putin stepped in backed by Russian loyalists, kicked out big mouth Hermitage Capital pirate Bill Browder, jailed then banished Yukos Oil mafioso Mikhail Khodorkovsky and a slew of others, and rescued the Russian people’s legacy.

It was Åslund’s job to help the western elites get the privatized businesses going in the former Soviet states to work for them. The Swedish economist worked closely with Ukraine’s criminal President Leonid Kuchma, who allegedly ordered Ukraine’s police minister to “take care” of the journalist Georgiy Gongadze, among other crimes. So the reader knows, Leonid Kuchma has been instrumental in the failure of the Minsk agreements over which the current Russia-Ukraine conflict is centered. So, Anders Åslund is a key asshole in all this, one of the persons most responsible for the bloodletting we see going on today. At this juncture, I’d like the reader to take a timeout to observe Åslund wishing Russians dead over Ukraine.

Now, to continue. Åslund was appointed to the supervisory board of Ukraine’s 23rd largest bank, Kredyt Dnipro, owned by Ukrainian billionaire Viktor Pinchuk, back in 2016, in case this is an interesting fact for you readers. Victor Pinchuk, whose wife is the daughter of Leonid Kuchma, got his billions in the privatization deals, Kuchma, with the help of western economists like Åslund, set up for the new class of oligarchs. Pinchuk switched sides, of course, as it became apparent that Russia would not for too long tolerate NATO beating against her doors. But sellouts like Åslund have their bread buttered elsewhere. Åslund was also on the board of Ukrainian Railways until infighting with currently besieged (by overwhelming Russian forces in Kyiv) President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Anders Åslund is now jockeying for a position in the Ukraine game during this bloodletting so that he can influence what goes on in eastern Europe for his handlers, and for personal reasons. This psychopathic Russia hater is being quoted for his alleged expertise on virtually every mainstream media outlet in the west, and all the think tank publications. Searching his name on Twitter or Google, one finds hundreds of articles from Barron’s to the Miami Herald citing Åslund, at the New York Times, and on to the Atlantic Council beating out his brand of economic psychosis. This report at the relatively obscure Small Wars Journal proposes that “the west” does not understand so-called “hybrid warfare,” but that Anders Åslund and his buddies can teach Washington how to do it. No, I am not kidding. There is a kind of dirty dealing warfare that America is too innocent and pure to understand.

“War does not determine who is right, only who is left.” — Bertrand Russell

Make no mistake here folks, this Anders Åslund NATO trolling Russophobe is one dangerous little mean shit. He’s laughing and poking on Twitter about the Kremlin’s website being hacked right now. It’s astonishing to me that western businesses and agencies, the leaders of our civilization, would give any voice at all to such horrible human beings as this. I leave the reader with this, while I dig deeper than anyone before into this dangerous man’s dealings throughout these crises. What kind of fascists have we cuddled up to this time? Economists who are not economists at all, but fanatics fueling more killing. Does this nasty little man believe Russia will retreat?



Phil Butler

A journalist, analyst, husband, father, and animal lover. I am semi-retired now, and living on Crete island.