Russia has become increasingly aggressive in the past few years. It has annexed Crimea, supported separatists in eastern Ukraine, and has been bullying the eastern European countries. Does it have anything to do with a KGB man who dealt specifically with the occult and parapsychological activities? Maybe yes, or maybe no. But Oleg Kashin of The Guardian digs deep into an interesting story about how the hallucinations of this guy could be influencing Russia’s foreign policy and military posture.

Is An Eccentric KGB Man To Blame For Russia's Increased Aggression?

What’ the source of Madeleine Albright’s quote?

Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of the Russian Security Council and the right hand of President Vladimir Putin, said in an interview with Kommersant that the United States was jealous of Russia’s rich natural resources. Americans believed that Moscow controlled these resources “illegally and undeservedly.” He tried to lend credibility to his claim by saying, “You surely remember ex-US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s claim that neither the Far East nor Siberia belong to Russia”.

Did Madeleine Albright ever say that? No. Hundreds of inaccurate foreign quotes do rounds in Russia as facts. Patrushev is one of the most important figures in Russia, so journalists rushed to discover the source of the Albright quote. In 2006, Russian language Rossiyskaya Gazeta had interviewed Boris Ratnikov, a retired Russian general, about KGB’s parapsychological and occult activities.

Alexander Korzhakov, an ex-KGB general who was the head of the presidential security service between 1993 and 1996, had a deputy called Georgy Rogozin. He was an expert in the occult and parapsychological activities. Georgy Rogozin made horoscopes for Boris Yeltsin, entered people’s subconscious through their photos, and raised the souls of the dead.

Boris Ratnikov served under Rogozin. He told Rossiyskaya Gazeta in 2006 that his boss had used a photograph of former U.S. Secretary of the State Madeleine Albright to penetrate into Albright’s subconscious, where Rogozin discovered the thoughts of U.S. wanting to strip Russia of the Far East and Siberia.

Patrushev is one of Russia’s most powerful men

BBC recently tracked down Boris Ratnikov. Ratnikov confirmed to BBC that Rogozin would lie down to enter the hypnotic state and communicate with the subconscious of Albright. Now in 2015, Nikolai Patrushev attributed words uttered by a KGB psychic two decades ago to Madeleine Albright.

You may laugh if off, but Nikolai Patrushev is one of the most powerful figures in Moscow. He has been with Vladimir Putin since 1999. Patrushev’s views are taken seriously even in the most important matters of the state, including war. On the basis of words pronounced by parapsychologist, Patrushev pens doctrines and draws conclusions, says Oleg Kashin. He must have expressed his views and opinion to President Putin.