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Meet "Alcoholic Olga", Inventor of the Russiagate Theology

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The WSJ on the latest revelations (paywalled version) in the neverending RussiaGate Saga:

Quoting the most relevant parts:



Yet the source of some of the most critical allegations in that dossier and how they reached Mr. Steele have remained a mystery.

A Wall Street Journal investigation provides an answer: a 40-year-old Russian public-relations executive named Olga Galkina fed notes to a friend and former schoolmate who worked for Mr. Steele. The Journal relied on interviews, law-enforcement records, declassified documents and the identification of Ms. Galkina by a former top U.S. national security official.

In 2016, Ms. Galkina was working in Cyprus at an affiliate of XBT Holding SA, a web-services company best known for its Webzilla internet hosting unit. XBT is owned by Russian internet entrepreneur Aleksej Gubarev.

That summer, she received a request from an employee of Mr. Steele to help unearth potentially compromising information on then-presidential candidate Donald Trump ’s links to Russia, according to people familiar with the matter. Ms. Galkina was friends with the employee, Igor Danchenko, since their school days in Perm, a Russian provincial city near the Ural mountains.




Olga Galkina’s Facebook profile is still up. She has something of a “reputation” in Moscow hack circles.





Having grown up and finished university in Perm, Olga Galkina moved to Moscow in the early 2000s, where she worked as a parliamentary correspondent for state news agency RIA, after which she became a PR director for the governor of Saratov oblast and the Vice-Mayor of Saratov, and a smattering of other PR and media jobs.

She moved to Cyprus in the mid-2010s, where she continued doing various PR work for Russian entities.


While contributing to the dossier, the people familiar with the matter said, Ms. Galkina was in a messy dispute with her employer, Webzilla’s parent company.

Relations soured to the point where her manager went to authorities in the Cypriot city of Limassol in November of that year and filed a statement with police. According to the statement, which was reviewed by the Journal, Ms. Galkina was chronically showing up late to work, sometimes appearing drunk.

The manager told police that an acquaintance of Ms. Galkina had told him he would face deep trouble, including possible death, unless he paid €10,000 ($11,740) in compensation, according to the statement, which was confirmed by a Cypriot official and a person who attended its recording. Because the manager never filed a formal complaint, the matter was dropped, the official said.

In November 2016, Ms. Galkina was fired. Weeks later, she implicated Webzilla and Mr. Gubarev in the hacking, according to people familiar with the matter.



This is even more “powerful” than the infamous Trump Tower meeting with the lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who was at least was an energetic lawyer and grifter in local Moscow region politics.

Alcoholic Olga was basically just a disgruntled worker taking out her anger on a former employer through an old schoolmate paid for by the British spy Christopher Steele paid for by Fusion GPS paid for by the DNC itself.





Mr. Danchenko told the FBI that the task was “outside the normal scope of work and it wasn’t completely comfortable” for him. To find such information on Mr. Trump, he turned to his “social circle” in Russia, according to declassified FBI notes of the meeting.

Mr. Danchenko told the FBI that a school friend, referred to in heavily redacted FBI notes as “Source 3,” had provided him with information for Mr. Steele “across a wide range of topics,” and stood as the dossier’s most important contributor. The former high-ranking U.S. national-security official told The Wall Street Journal that the source in question was Ms. Galkina.


Slapstick as all of this is, it nonetheless dominated the American political agenda for the entirety of Trump’s term, earnestly and fervently believed in by the vast majority of both Democrats and the American elites:


torpedoing any hopes of a reset in US-Russian relations, creating a founding pillar of America’s Woke religion (with Russia playing the role of saboteurs in the USSR and Putler as the embodiment of Satan in this world), and perhaps ultimately dooming Trump’s Presidency (it’s not as if this latest news is going to change any minds; much like previous cardinal disruptions to the narrative, it’s not trending anywhere on Twitter or Reddit).

Then again, perhaps it is just as well that this happened. Might be a good idea to keep one’s distance from a country whose new religion is being written by the likes of Fentanyl Floyd and Alcoholic Olga.

Edited by Tomasz

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Why do you bother about Russiagate at all ?

Because it can cost Trump his second term ?

In medium term it is good for Poland as it prevents any closer Russia-US co-operation.

And I think that China-Russian implicit alliance makes Russia natural rival of US, with or without Russiagate.

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