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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Experts Warn of U.S. Subversion Efforts

Experts have warned legislators that the United States could sponsor efforts to undermine the Kremlin and help bring pro-Western forces to power, Nezamisimaya Gazeta reported Thursday.

Valentin Falin, a former top Soviet Communist Party official, and retired Lieutenant General Gennady Yevstafyev, a former top intelligence official, alleged in a confidential policy paper that the United States was likely to launch a series of moves over the next two years to weaken President Vladimir Putin's government, the newspaper reported.

Parliamentary elections will be held in late 2007 and the presidential ballot follows in the spring of 2008.

The newspaper said the United States could encourage corruption allegations against top Russian officials and businessmen, try to freeze Russian assets in the West, refuse to recognize election results, increase support for the independent media and the opposition, and even encourage regional separatism.

Falin and Yevstafyev said the United States hoped to encourage "a covert regrouping of forces" within the political and business elites that would "pave the way for a 'quiet' Orange Revolution, Russian-style."