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It’s Official: Russia’s KGB Financed The Punk Revolution and The Sex Pistols.

It’s Official: Russia’s KGB Financed The Punk Revolution and The Sex Pistols.

Above Photo: The Mask Slips in Eric’s Punk Club, Liverpool. Apparently the Russian Ruble was behind it all. (© Sharon Buchanan)

I love the way Punk bands and the Punk Movement from the 1970s are still making fresh worldwide headlines, even when it’s a load of old bollocks, as follows…

A former KGB officer, Alexandrei Varennikovic Voloshin, recently admitted on National Russian television that the KGB had financed the Punk Revolution and funded all the major Punk bands, including the Sex Pistols, the Clash and the Ramones.

The Sex Pistols discuss how they're going to spend their Rubles.

The Sex Pistols discuss how they’re going to spend their Rubles.

Apparently The Russian government (back then, the USSR) spent “hundreds of millions of rubles” on a covert operation designed to “create utter chaos” and “pervert Western youth to nihilist, anti-establishment and anti-american ideologies” he explained in an hour long interview.

Furious: The Clash take to the streets after hearing the news they'll get fewer Rubles than the Sex Pistols.

Furious: The Clash take to the streets after hearing the news they’ll get fewer Rubles than the Sex Pistols.

He claimed that famous Sex Pistols songs were even scripted by a team of Russian psychologists and war propagandists.  The lyrics of “Anarchy in the UK”, “God save the Queen” and other anti-establishment lyrics were intended to unleash a wave of cynicism towards authorities, promote the use of heavy drugs and entice the youth with revolutionary, counter establishment ideas.

Mr Big (Punk): Ex-KGB agent, Alexandrei Varennikovic Voloshin.

Mr Big (Punk): Ex-KGB agent, Alexandrei Varennikovic Voloshin.

The retired KGB agent also claimed the manoeuver was a success. “We understood at the time that music was a powerful means of propaganda to reach the youth” he explained.

A Punk serving behind the bar in Eric's Club, LIverpool, tries to calculate the Ruble-Sterling exchange rate as a punter hands over fistfulls of Rubles for a Red Witch.

A Punk serving behind the bar in Eric’s Club, Liverpool, tries to calculate the Ruble-Sterling exchange rate as a punter hands over fistfuls of worthless notes for a Red Witch. (© Sharon Buchanan)

“Our mission was to use teenage angst to our advantage and turn the baby boomer generation of the West into a decadent, pro-drug and anti-establishment culture that would create uprisings and bring Western democracies into utter chaos. We even infiltrated mainstream radios to promote their music and reach millions of people everyday” he admitted.

From Russia With Love: Eric's Punks toast their Ruble windfall inside the club. (© Sharon Buchanan)

From Russia With Love: Eric’s Punks toast their Ruble windfall inside the club. (© Sharon Buchanan)

“For many of us in the KGB, infiltrating the 1970s punk scene was one of the USSR’s most successful experiments of propaganda to date” he said.

Didn’t work out for them quite so well as this fanciful rubbish suggests though, did it – Pussy Riot anyone?

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The Clash travel to New York to assist in the spread of Russian-backed subversive Punk music.

The Clash travel to New York to assist in the spread of Russian-backed subversive Punk music.

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