Margarita Simonyan interview on 60 Minutes

January 7, 2018

Margarita Simonyan was interviewed on 60 Minutes. She said during the 1990s, the US had Russia wrapped around its finger.  But in reality, Russia had kompromat on Stanley Fischer and Larry Summers who controlled IMF loans to Russia. Furthermore, this in effect extended to president Clinton.  This is because Clinton knew this was happening and used it to make Larry Summers audit Paula Jones while Summers was in control of the IRS reorganization in the mid 1990s.

Margarita Simonyan: We found that absolutely unfair, outrageous– illegal because it wasn’t approved of by the United Nations. It was a shock. America had Russia wrapped around it little– little pinky through the whole ’90s. We did everything you told us. And we were eager to do more and more. The whole nation– Russian nation was like, “Tell us what else we can do to please you. We want to be like you. We love you.” And then in 1999 bam. You bomb Yugoslavia. And that was the end of it. In a minute, in one day. And that’s when you lost us unfortunately.




3 Responses to “Margarita Simonyan interview on 60 Minutes”

  1. It was embarrassing watching Stahl get outsmarted by Simonyan, it’s as if was Stahl was unprepared for Simonyan’s agressive answers. Stahl never asked the right probing question, she looked weak. Imagine how much different the interview would have gone were it either Safer or Wallace. Simonyan would not have gotten away with her utter lack of honesty. Sixty minutes , to me, has lost it’s toughness, that segment was hard to watch.

  2. oldatlantic Says:

    Good point. I think you are right that Stahl was unprepared for this interview. She does not have depth on Russian history since the fall of the Soviet Union.

    Simonyan had probably prepared her comment that the bombing of Serbia had ended support for the US in Russia. Interesting that she calls it the bombing of Yugoslavia, even though it no longer existed at the time of the bombing.

    Putin probably wishes Yugoslavia had not broken up not just the USSR.

  3. oldatlantic Says:

    Apparently, Serbia was using the name Federal Republic of Yugoslavia until 2003. This was probably to bolster its claim to other parts of Yugoslavia such as Bosnia.

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