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INSIGHT - RUSSIA/US - few tidbits from Surkov on US trip

Released on 2012-05-10 01:00 GMT

Email-ID 5532194
Date 2010-01-25 04:39:40
LG: Met with Surkov in NYC for brunch... we only had 2 hours bc I gave him
short notice, but we discussed very little on his cause for being in the
States and a lot on the Kremlin Wars stuff.

Surkov arrived late Thurs night. He was suppose to have meetings arranged
for him in DC, but there is a general boycott going on in the city against
him. He is VERY displeased about it.

Surkov held a private chat with McFaul this weekend & will hold the Civil
Society group with McFaul on Wednesday.

His other meetings (he wouldn't say who with) were canceled because 71
members of Congress are demanding that the US boycott the Obama-Medvedev
Civil Society group and Surkov's visit to the US overall. It is Surkov
himself they have a problem with. The way the congressmen say it is that
Surkov is behind Russian authoritative course-which he said laughingly
reminding me that Russia has only known authoritative rule for a thousand

Surkov had only to tell McFaul what he wanted while in the states-about
Russia's new reality. Russia's ability to do what it needs without fear of
the US, though the US still needed Russia. But McFaul wouldn't listen to
anything from him, bringing up the same stalled issues of START, etc.
Other than that, he said McFaul was a "fool" and it was a pity that this
was the man Obama listens to on Russia.

Because of the unwelcome reception in DC, Surkov has stopped off in NYC
for a few days with his delegation (lawyers, economists, Gazprom, etc).

Other than this, Surkov didn't want to discuss his current trip. He seemed
really angry over the general boycott against him, since it wasn't
anti-Russia sentiments (which he thrives off of) but anti-Surkov
sentiments. It seemed to me that there was something else pretty big in
that which he wasn't telling me.

**LG: I'll type up the Kremlin wars stuff and some small other things in
the morning. Crashing now

Lauren Goodrich
Director of Analysis
Senior Eurasia Analyst
T: 512.744.4311
F: 512.744.4334