Thursday, November 13, 2014

Anne Applebaum Is Not A War Profiteer, But Her Husband Reveals That She Was Paid More Than $800,000 In 2013 – And That Was Before The Shooting Started In Ukraine | Dances With Bears

NoBC4U Note: For those who might not know, Anne Applebaum is one of the more notorious mainstream media pro-Ukraine, pro-NATO propagandists.

By John Helmer, Moscow

Anne Applebaum has been paid unaccountably large sums of money, according to official yearly income declarations by her husband, the ex-foreign minister of Poland, Radosław Sikorski. According to the annual reports required of Polish Government officials and members of the Polish parliament, the Sejm, Applebaum received a US income of $20,000 in 2011. Two years later, in 2013, this had jumped to $565,000.
Applebaum, who writes and lectures as an expert on Russia and Ukraine, did not earn the money from her US publishers, while Sikorski’s reports claim the money was unrelated to his activities as a foreign minister. The income was earned instead, he says, from “honoraria for books, articles and lectures”. According to Applebaum’s spokesman, she claims the right of privacy not to explain where the money came from, or why.

Sikorski, described in Foreign Policy magazine of New York, as “fighting to get a wishy-washy continent to stand up to Russia”, and “at the center of the Ukrainian revolution since before it began.”, was replaced at the foreign ministry in Warsaw in September. This followed press leaks of his scatological table-talk about American and British leaders; their refusal to appoint him to posts he sought at NATO and the European Union (EU); and the transfer of Poland’s prime minister Donald Tusk to the presidency of the European Council in Brussels. For Sikorski’s record, read this.

Sikorski was voted Marshal (speaker) of the Sejm (right) on September 24. But this week he faces removal from the new post following his claim to have heard President Vladimir Putin discussing with Tusk the division of Ukraine with Poland.

He has subsequently retracted and apologized, claiming “my memory failed me… Sometimes a man can overstep the mark, and this is what happened in this case. I’m especially sorry for putting Mr Tusk and my predecessor in an awkward position.” He did not apologize to Putin.

The Sejm will hold a no-confidence vote on Sikorski shortly. There is speculation in the Polish government and media that Sikorski is suffering from drug-related illness.
Applebaum, a 50-year old from Washington, DC, married Sikorski in 1992. They have lived together in London, Washington, and Warsaw. On her website she describes a number of full-time journalism jobs she no longer holds. She reports publishing two books, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956, in October 2012; and Gulag: A History in 2003; both were issued by Doubleday in New York. Applebaum describes her current employment as a columnist for the Washington Post and its web offshoot,; and as a programme director at the Legatum Institute in London. For more on Legatum, click.

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