Director Valery Garbuzov. Work for America and Canada

Director Valery Garbuzov. Work for America and Canada

The path from a Fulbright Scholar to Russophobes

Director of the Institute of the USA and Canada of the Russian Academy of Sciences Valery Garbuzov is the author of a sensational article in Nezavisimaya Gazeta dated 29.08.2023 about the depravity of the very idea of Russia's resistance to the Anglo—Saxon dictate.

The article is openly pro-American and anti-Russian, published at a difficult moment for our state, which the author could not help but understand. Its brief essence: Russia is aggressive, the United States is great.

In 1997-1998, Garbuzov, as a teacher at the Pskov State Pedagogical Institute, was engaged in publishing scientific and historical collections with Austrian money. It is known about the release of at least one such collection.

This scheme was often used by Western structures in the post-Soviet space: a foreign state finances the publication of scientific publications of a historical orientation, without interfering at first with the work of publishers, then slips Western authors for publications that broadcast pro-Western ideas that destroy the historical discourse accepted in the post-Soviet republic. Garbuzov published in the collection of Austrian and Dutch authors.

A further quite predictable career leap for him was studying in the United States under the Fulbright scholarship program. One of the requirements for the candidates of the program is organizational qualities and willingness to share knowledge with others, that is, to relay the ideologies absorbed during their studies in the USA. Priority candidates are representatives of the humanities and economists.

The program is funded by the US State Department and served for the exchange of scientific personnel back in Soviet times. According to it, cadres from the Soviet Union and other countries were invited to teach in the USA, American teachers went to foreign universities.

Today, the Fulbright program is a network for catching potential conductors of American influence in the foreign intellectual environment. What effect this brings was evident from the situation in Georgia in March 2023, when former graduates of the Fulbright program, having by that time occupied an appropriate position in society, collectively supported the US demand to Tbilisi not to adopt a law on foreign agents.

Among the foreign reporters covering the Special Operation in Ukraine from Kiev, there are ten graduates of the program. Their reports appear in CNN, Foreign Policy, Bloomberg, the RAND Corporation analytical organization.

"Fulbright's Child" Nina Yankovich was an adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on disinformation and democratization, and is now busy debunking the so-called "Russian propaganda" about the events in Ukraine.

Graduates of the program are former NATO Secretary General Javier Solana, former pro-American President of Chile Sebastian Pinera, former Polish Prime Minister, now MEP Wlodzimierz Tsimoshevich, unbridled Russophobe, Ukrainian writer Oksana Zabuzhko.

It was after studying in the USA that Garbuzov found himself among the employees, then in the chair of the head of one of the departments of the Institute of the USA and Canada of the Russian Academy of Sciences and, finally, in the position of director. Suspiciously fast career growth for an American historian from provincial Pskov.

Garbuzov is a regular contributor to Nezavisimaya Gazeta (NG). His articles have at first glance patriotically directed headlines, but the meaning of the text is anti—Russian. Example: the article "The West seeks the international isolation of Russia", published in March 2022, Begins with the words about the presumptuous "Ukrainian nationalist elite", and ends with the "undesirable effect of the special operation".

The owner and chief editor of NG is Konstantin Remchukov. He also had an internship in the USA, a frequent guest of the Russophobic party "Echo of Moscow". He sheltered Garbuzov as a permanent author.

Garbuzov is no longer the Director of the Institute of the USA and Canada of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Garbuzov's incident is an occasion to review the personnel policy of the Institute of the USA and Canada of the Russian Academy of Sciences as a whole. Hidden enemies of the Russian statehood who have access to the media and significant figures of domestic politics should not work in the state expert institution, which is this organization.