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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

LaRouche Predicts Russian Greatness

He predicted the 1971 collapse of the Bretton Woods agreement that fixed global currency rates and gave birth to the International Monetary Fund.

And he predicted the demise of the Soviet Union and the reunification of Germany 20 years later.

Now, Lyndon LaRouche, the six-time U.S. presidential candidate and author of dozens of political and economic tracts, is back in Moscow with a new prophecy — Russia is the only hope for global civilization.

The 78-year-old American, often called a political extremist for his incessant criticism of the U.S. political system, arrived in Moscow this week to share his vision "on fostering the Russian economy in a disintegrating global financial system," at an open hearing in the State Duma scheduled for Friday.

LaRouche is the guest of Sergei Glazyev, the architect of the Communist Party's economic manifesto for the 1999 parliamentary elections. With Glazyev at his side in the Central House of Journalists on Thursday, LaRouche repeated his theories about the inevitable disintegration of the global economic system and the prominent role that Russia is destined to play in the coming decades.

"For the next 25 years, the potential for growth will lie in Eurasia," LaRouche told a packed audience, which included journalists from publications ranging from the reputable Izvestia to the radical communist Zavtra newspapers.

"Russia is the only Eurasian nation that exists between the globally extended European civilization and Eastern and Southeast Asia," LaRouche said. In such a system, he said, there is no place for the United States.

"We have a disastrous new president, although some positive developments have taken place — Democrats have taken over the Senate and a significant number of Republicans are in revolt."

LaRouche, who plans to run for president again in 2004, earned his reputation as a forward, albeit unusual, thinker by predicting the demise of the Bretton Woods monetary system that pegged the U.S. dollar to gold.

In 1974 and 1975 he was one of the advocates for a new international monetary system. LaRouche's views were reflected in appeals for a just economic order made at the Sri Lanka summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in 1976.

Later, he was engaged in private exploratory talks with the Soviets, launching a plan to set up a ballistic missile defense system that envisioned U.S. and Soviet cooperation to foster a science-driven recovery of the world's economy.

In 1988 he was jailed for fraud in what he calls a political attack.

As for Russia, however, he says the political leadership is doing a great job putting the nation back on its feet.

"Putin has emerged as one of the leading world figures … . Putin continues what [Yevgeny] Primakov started as prime minister — building a Russia-China-India triangle," LaRouche said.

As for Russia's problems, from poor corporate governance to corruption, they are not of its own making.

"If you talk about corruption, let me tell you how George W. Bush became president," LaRouche said. "He became president with the support of major power companies. Russia imported corruption."