Was Ukraine Ever a Russian Colony?

In a reaction to my recent post, somebody posted this ignorant reply…

In reality, Ukraine is a part of Russia that was estranged by centuries of Western imperialism that took advantage of Russian weakness following the Mongol invasion. It was not a strange, distant land with an exotic culture, and unintelligible language like India was to Britain. It was a country with the same religion, where the people spoke a patois composed of Old Russian and Polish, the latter also being a language related to Russian. Finding differences between Greater Russia and Ukraine boils down to pointless and petty Borscht and Vodka wars.

As far as I am concerned, successive Russian rulers acknowledged this cultural difference of the Ukrainians and allowed them a share of autonomy. What however happens following such acts of kindness and understanding is the Ukrainians develop an enmity to the Greater Russians, and get consumed by betrayal and hatred for their kin to the East.

In fact, an opinion has it that if the Ukrainians ever abandoned their hatred for the Muscovites, they would seize to exist because Russophobia is their only raison d’être. Unfortunately, the Russians cannot tolerate a culture that acts like constant irritant to their state. According to many observers, Ukrainian nationalism would inevitably lead to a war with Russia. These observations have been made 100 years ago, and 30 years ago, and 15 years ago too. It is a perennial problem that stems out of the nature of the Ukrainian nationalism itself.

If Russia is waging a war to defend Russian speaking, pro-Russian Ukrainians from Ukrainian radical nationalists then how is this imperialism? Honestly, today’s Russia would much rather see Ukraine that accommodates all people and doesn’t engage in Russophobia but the fate ruled otherwise.

How the Czechs Discovered Africa

Sometimes, interesting stuff is being published in the mainstream Czech media publish, such as this article. It is rather short so I will translate it here.

Give them a lesson Russia, is being heard from Africa, anti-Western sentiment is being spread here.

There is an increasing anti-Western sentiment being spread in Subsaharan Africa. Local social media are being filled with messages supporting Russian actions in Ukraine. Russia is being defended by members of African governments, the opposition, and panafricanists. The television channels in Subsaharan Africa are airing the Russian version of events in their news programmes, and do not hide their support for the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

“Putin wants to elevate his country, he does not have the blood of slavers and colonisers on his hands. Even though he isn’t my messiah, I prefer him over those damned African presidents that are beholden to Western oligarchy,” -said supporter of panafricanism, Kemil Seba, reports AFP.

In a similar manner, the leader of the South African far left, Julius Malema: “We say to NATO and America that we are not supporting them. We are with Russia and want to thank them. May they give the West a lesson, we need a new world order, we are tired of taking orders from the Americans.”

On social media, an increasing number of people are critical of the “imperialists” and those that agree with Russia’s actions. “On YouTube, channels spreading destabilising discourse are bustling. They are distancing African regimes from the West, and serve Russian interests.” -Said Mahama Tawat from Malmö University in Sweden.

We can see Russian influence in practice on the streets of Bamako, Ndjamena, and Ouagadougou, where protesters with Russian flags express their displeasure with French military presence in the Sahel. And it is also visible in the media.

Panafrican television channel, Afrique Média, which broadcasts in Cameroon regularly features debates where support of the Kremlin and Kemil Seba is also frequently featured there. “Ukrainian-Russian war, how the Putin government has sown panic in the West?” and “The plan to murder Vladimir Putin, how far can West go?” are just two examples of debating topics on their Facebook page.

Some African governments also support this pro-Russian atmosphere, as was shown in the vote in the General Assembly of the UN that was held on 2 March on a resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Out of 35 countries that have abstained from the vote, 16 were African. Among them we need to count also Eritrea, which voted against the resolution, and 8 African countries that did not take part in the vote.

“The countries that have abstained are all, with the exception of Senegal, countries with authoritarian regimes, or those that have historical and often military ties [to Russia] since the days of the USSR.” -commented Tawat.

Some African nations have openly sided with Moscow. For instance, the Central African Republic has asked Moscow for help during an offensive of militant groups in 2020. Military units in these countries, according to the UN have been recruiting reinforcements in the form of many Russian mercenaries from the Wagner group.

Mali, that asked French troops to leave their territory receives weapons from Russia, including attack helicopters. Their military speaks of an “old and honest” partnership with Russia. There are many Russians heading to Bamako that are labeled as instructors, the French and their allies consider them to be close to the Kremlin affiliated Wagner group.

Russia adjusts its propaganda according to the receiving audience

English speaking Africa is in a similar situation. Tanzania has signed an agreement on military cooperation in 2016, which includes training of African soldiers on Russian bases.

The son of the president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, an important general named, Muhoozi Kainerugaba has recently expressed support for Vladimir Putin with a tweet saying: “The majority of the non-white people support Russia’s actions in Ukraine. Putin is absolutely justified here.”

As is featured in an analysis of the French institute for international relations, the Russians tailor their messages according to the public it is intended for. “Xenophobic appeals and statements against migrants and muslims are aimed at European society, while messages about decolonisation and the end of imperialism are aimed at Africa.”

A fertile soil for the spread of disinformation was created in Africa. The start of the war in Ukraine is congruent with the boom of panafrican social networks, where the Russian invasion is justified and Russian military might is demonstrated.

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It is a form of lazy analysis when one tries to blame Russia for opposition to mass immigration. But little do the authors realize that mass immigration in the West and neocolonialism are two sides of the same coin. The underdevelopment of Africa and its status as resource appendage of Europe, is the cause of Africans migrating towards Europe.

In this way, the Africans have a lot of in common with the Russians, who are as well victims of neocolonial policies in the West, and a peripheral nation, and thus shares many interests with Africa. It is in the interest of Russia and China to make Africa more independent of the West, however, I do not know why Russia would oppose mass immigration into Western countries? After all, immigrants from former colonies tend to hold a grudge against the West for colonial times exploitation, hence such immigration is weakening, not strengthening the Western societies.

What does Russia win from supporting anti-immigrant parties in the West, who are not exactly pro-Russian?

Cope, Hope, and Dope

I really did not know what to call this collection but here it is…

Vlad is an acquaintance of my friend in Moscow, he wrote: Remember, the defenders of Mariupol have not surrendered and become POWs. They have executed the order of the commander in chief in context of a humanitarian mission, which is as agreed upon by the parties to the conflict under international mediation. And the Russian idiots can continue deluding themselves that they were taken captive.

The level of delusion is incredible here…

So what is it that Twitter does not want you to see?

Well, let me break the news to you, we live in a globalized world and your women are emancipated. So don’t be surprised that while you are defending the interests of your local and global oligarchs, your women will run off to safety of other men. There ain’t no peasant girl waiting for your return, your girls are like the second or third generation after the contraceptive pill, and the Sexual Revolution. The ease of travel is unprecedented and will only increase with the introduction of new tech.

Isn’t this the best argument against war? Well, you can actually be gay, and rejoice with the boys.

I actually believe that standing armies fighting to defend a nation will soon be a thing of the past, as there will not be many nations worth fighting for and we will go back to pros and soldiers for hire. Drones and robots will play a larger role too.

Zelensky is George Floyd
My understanding of Polish is limited but I assume it says: Do not feed Putin, use public transport…

Many people out there hope to defeat Putin but don’t want to do much for it. Any fight Ukraine has with Russia is a losing game for Ukraine. Not even weapons deliveries will help.

The Leader of the Neonazi Azov Battalion in Mariupol is Denis Prokopenko

Coincidentally, my mother’s maiden name is Prokopenko. This distant relative of mine really let himself go…

Here his opinion is featured on CNN. CNN promotes Neonazis in 2022.

Black Sun Azov Magazine featuring Prokopenko, with what looks like an Israeli made rifle…

Azov goons cower behind civilians, and shoot at them should they try to leave.

Reports are coming in that Prokopenko has given up the defense of Azovstal and surrendered to the Russians.

Video is in Czech, meanwhile on Daily Mail.

Propagandistic posters have appeared in Ukraine accusing Zelensky of betraying the Azov.

Denis Prokopenko said Zelensky betrayed him and he will betray you too…

On Slavery

So I watched this short documentary on Vice about British aristocratic residences being built on the backs of slave labour. It is a typical left wing agitprop that shits on the traditional order and European history in my opinion.

In my opinion, every phenomenon needs to be seen in its historical context, including slavery and bondage. You know what else was built using slave labour? The pyramids and just about any other ancient monument. Slavery existed since the time of the Bronze Age, when the world was divided into those that had bronze and those that served those that had bronze.

Matter of fact, the vast majority of people in the pre-modern times lived in some kind of bondage, and there was very little social mobility. Everyone knew his place in the society. In the Middle Ages, the vast majority of people were enserfed peasants. In the cities, the guilds were hereditary affairs, where sons would inherit the father’s trade. The nobles were the warrior and priestly class, and they did not always live the high life of hunting and banquets. This high life came with the obligation of military service to the suzerain. The suzerain had to be strong because he could easily be deposed by ambitious rivals.

The transatlantic slave trade could be viewed as an injustice done against the Africans but the European choice of African slaves was motivated by their availability. Wars between the African kingdoms generated a large number of captives that the economies of the African states could not accommodate. It was wiser to sell them to the Europeans for exotic products such as guns. Without this African assistance, the transatlantic slave trade would not have been possible.

It was however the Anglo-Saxons and other West Europeans, who were the first abolitionists in the World, and were responsible for eliminating the practice in their colonies. This is an unprecedented historical development because the practice of slavery was common since the pre-historic times. And it all happened in the Western countries. From the eighteenth century onwards, various forms of bondage in the West began to be abolished. Serfdom, the guilds, noble titles and privileges…

The rest of the World was gradually assimilated to this development.

Light a Candle for Ukraine

Somewhere in Britain…

Source

Guys, update, I wrote that the above is somewhere in Britain because that was written in the caption of the photo but here I am looking at a Portuguese fact checking website that made a mention of my blog in connection with the above photo, and it seems that various locations have been shared in connection with the photo, including the Portuguese pilgrimage site, Fatima.

I really love how they render a description of this blog.

“curiosidades, informações proibidas e imagens amaldiçoadas”

The above is a cursed image, wherever it was taken.

Murican Wunderwaffe Javelin Being Seized by the People’s Militia of the Donbas

I can barely tell the American Javelin system from the British N-LAW, so excuse me if some pictures get mixed in. Also, I don’t think most of the soldiers are People’s Militia of the Donbas but regular Russian force.

These are Chechen forces in an abandoned ammunition depo near Zaparozhye, the source say the Ukrainian force fled without engaging them.

More seized guns coming:

Anti-tank guns are not the only gear being seized…

Does anyone have reliable statistic on how many Russian tanks were destroyed by Javelins in the Ukraine conflict?

Anti tank missile launcher shown on Russian TV.

Vita Zaverukha is the Icon That Defines the Kiev Regime

Just so that you remember, in the video where the Nazis, Korchinsky and Serdyuk promise not to take any prisoners of war, there was featured Vita Zaverukha of Right Sector, Aidar fame and known for saying “death to the Orthodox”… that’s all folks. And don’t tell me we aren’t fighting Nazis in Ukraine.

I remarked to my friend in Kiev at he start of the current war that the face of the Kiev regime is Vita Zaverukha shooting an RPG at a village.