Vienna Restores a Soviet Monument

A tale of two cities and two different approaches to WWII memorials…

In Vienna, on the Schwarzenberg Plaz, restoration works on the gold plating on the Memorial to soviet soldiers. The healing of the memorial, the restorers are wearing white coats like medics. The restoration works should be completed in the beginning of May, right for the Celebration of the Great Victory.

How Many Rubles for the Heads of Novotný and Kolář?

Ondřej Kolář is the mayor of Prague 6, who recently removed the statue to the Soviet liberator of Prague, Ivan Konev. Pavel Novotný is the mayor of Řeporyje, a village that forms the outskirts of Pragua. He brings plenty of traffic to this blog, and recently came up with the initiative to commemorate the soldiers of the Russian Liberation Army. A Nazi collaborator group formed of Russians, who at the very end of the War turned on their Nazi masters and helped the revolt of Czech patriots against the German occupiers...

The Czech Republic is a funny place. Following the removal of Konev’s statue, Russia reacted with enacting a law that would prosecute people, who desecrate the monuments to Red Army in Eastern Europe. But the reaction of the Czechs has been rather hysterical. Not so long ago, a piece of news began circulation that the Czech secret service, the BIS, has information that a man has arrived in Prague, who can be a potential danger to Ondřej Kolář, Pavel Novotný, and the principal mayor of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib. All, as I know, were placed under police protection. Recently, the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs said he knows of Russian actions and that should anything happen to Kolář or Novotný, they will know who did it.

I personally think, the BIS has links to Kolář and this is a conspiracy to create a moral panic with the aim of damaging Czech-Russian relations, and the current government in the Czech Republic as all the mayors represent the opposition. The opposition in the Czech Republic is normally represented in urban areas, whereas the government and the president represent the countryside.

Some people seized on the opportunity to have a bit of laugh at the expense of the eccentric mayors of Prague. Some Zdeněk Pernica from an obscure regional right-wing party asked on Facebook how much is the reward, and added that he lost money due to Corona and needs to cover the losses. He did not mention anyone in text but included a doctored picture with himself holding a rifle and the three mayors seated.

Novotný and representatives of the Czech liberal wing went into hysteria and tried to get the police involved.

Police CZ, thank you, here is a man worthy of investigation from Brno…

The journalists were also active…

This is an explicit threat of death made by Zdeněk Pernica, this should be of interest to the police. The police president was also tagged.

I really hope the police still has some sense of humour left unlike the liberal turds that went ratting on the man. The issue was widely reported in mainstream media, which tried to create a moral panic.

“Do you know the size of the reward in rubles?” -wrote on a social network, the head of the movement, Slušní lidé (polite people) and included a picture of Prague politicians, who are facing threats because of the removal of the Konev statue. All three are under poĺice protection.

The Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Denies Agency to Crimeans

Recently, the journal Foreign Affairs published a commentary by John O’Laughlin, Gerard Toal, and Kristin M. Bakke largely in reaction to the statement published by the State Department, confirming the latter’s opinion that Crimea is Ukraine. Their argument boils down to this:

But when Ukrainian activists and Western politicians claim that the residents of Crimea are “living under occupation,” they mistake the experience of some for the experience of all. The majority of Crimeans do not experience Russian rule as oppressive, alien, or unwelcome.

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Basically, it does not really matter what the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo thinks. It does not reflect the realities on the ground.

The commentary raised the ire of the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, who was compelled to write a reaction where he says:

But there are several fundamental problems with measuring popular opinion during an illegal occupation. There is no free environment in Crimea in which one can express political views, especially if those views contradict the Kremlin’s line. Moreover, the people of Crimea have spent more than six years under a heavy barrage of Russian TV propaganda without easy access to alternative sources. 

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Kuleba basically said that the people of Crimea lack agency because of Russian repression, and because of being subjected to Russian propaganda barrage. He goes on to mention the repression of some subversive elements, particularly from the ranks of the Crimean Tatars without telling us that these repressed elements represent a minuscule sample of the Crimean population.

Using the same logic, one may argue that we are unable to objectively measure pro-Russian sentiment in Ukraine because people with pro-Russian views, pro-Russian media in Ukraine, Russian TV, Russian social media platforms etc. have been repressed and banned, put in jail, or outright murdered like Oles’ Buzyna.