Rumours of Maidan and War

So, you might have heard about Russian forces amassing on the Ukrainian border but events in Ukraine proper are even more tumultuous. Zelensky’s situation is very weak. He is hated by oligarchs and the plebs alike. The oligarchs, it is said, are preparing a new Maidan against Zelensky. It would seem they have received a green light from the West. Certainly forces in the West are interested in rocking Zelensky’s throne. The Guardian even dedicated an entire article to the Ukrainian leader in summer, in the connection with the Panama Papers, and this was carried over in Ukraine by a variety of Western funded talking heads.

Alongside all this, the Western governments are screeching about Russian forces amassing on Ukrainian border, preparing for an attack. I do not think Russia needs a war at present but equally, Russia will not stay idly by if Ukraine steps up her effort in the Donbas. Now, would Ukraine do the latter? Again, I am skeptical. The commander in chief, Zelensky, is so ubiquitously hate now that I do not think he commands any authority to muster a force that could take on Donbas. Nevertheless, he may try to save his rating by going full retard.

Mad times we live in, I bet the next year will be explosive, to say the least…

Boris Johnson Says We Need to Stop Buying Russian Gas to Help Ukraine

Does anyone have a good translation of what Boris Johnson means?

Because it is clear that some countries are simply not going to evolve towards free market democracies and we should be clear eyed about that. We have to deal with it, we have to manage it, we must have relations that are as friendly and pragmatic as possible.

But the consequence is that we work ever more closely with those who do share our values and instincts.

So when we say that we support the sovereignty and integrity of Ukraine, that is not because we want to be adversarial to Russia, or that we want in some way strategically to encircle or undermine that great country.

And never let it be forgotten, in this season of remembrance, that it was Russian blood that enabled us to defeat Nazism.

It is because we have a commitment to democracy and freedom that is shared now across the vast mass of the European continent. And when our Polish friends asked for our help to deal with a contrived crisis on their border with Belarus, we were quick to respond.

And we hope, I hope, that others may recognise, other European countries may recognise, that a choice is shortly coming, between mainlining ever more Russian hydrocarbons in giant new pipelines, and sticking up for Ukraine and championing the cause of peace and stability – let me put it that way.

Source

If Britain is really interested in peace and stability, Britain would condemn Ukraine’s radical nationalism, and the country’s destructive attitude towards Russia. Eventually, Russia will establish peace and stability in Eastern Europe.

Energy Poverty is Here

Something rather momentous is happening…

Driving to work, I have to pass through woods that were planted on the hill over centuries by the Schwarzenberg family that used the castle I work in as a residence and later as a hunting lodge. I saw and elderly, rather uncouth gentleman collecting tree branches. Energy poverty has arrived to my country.

At another instance, a friend of my sitting in a clandestine pub of ours (pubs were regulated out of existence here), said he finds it difficult to pay for the variety of fuels available in shops. My friend lives in a 16th century house, which does not have the insulation of modern homes. Heating homes with gas or electricity is a luxury for many in this country (the Czech Republic).

The EU seems to have reached the fruits of its labour. For years, I have heard about divesting from Russian energy, about making life hell for Gazprom. I have seen sanctions against the Russian energy sector. I have read claims that the countries of Europe will build a renewable infrastructure that will leave Gazprom in the cold. But the situation today is that prices of gas are through the roof. There is a deficit. Prices of electricity are also high and there isn’t any renewable energy infrastructure to make it cheaper.

Heck, there haven’t been any nuclear reactors installed in the Czech lands since the 1980s. Today the EU wants us to phase out coal, which is 20% of our energy output. But what do you think the people responsible for energy in the Czech Republic are suggesting? More renewable. More solar and more wind. However, there have been government subsidies for solar for years, and this scheme was absolutely corrupt. What makes anyone believe this time will be different?

The solution is to let the Russians deliver and distribute gas but our pride will not allow this to happen. Know this, the Western governments would rather have their people freeze in winter than make honest deals with the Russians…

What Constitutes a Pro-Russian?

The idea to ponder what constitutes a pro-Russian political activist occurred to me while reading a recent article on Karlin’s blog about the rampant censorship of opposition media in Ukraine…

Anatoly Karlin made this statement:

Since the start of this year, the Ukraine has mounted an accelerating campaign to shut down all “pro-Russia” (apostrophes because more often than not they’re not so much explicitly pro-Russian, as merely less anti-Russian and more oppositionist than the mainstream) media.

Well, the climate in many East European countries is such that any conciliatory tone towards Russia is considered pro-Russian. That is, only hysterical Russophobia will do. You must believe any accusation towards Russia no matter how ridiculous that is. You must believe that not doing business with Russia is great thing. Otherwise, you will be branded pro-Russian, and will be cast out of polite society.

However, are any of these people branded pro-Russian any good for Russia? I have already questioned the pro-Russianness of Ukrainian political parties earlier on this blog. I am someone, who reads the Peremogi blog daily, and there is a central thesis there, no pro-Russian parties in Ukraine, and nobody Russia should trust. Well, I think the Russian official circles have already taken the memo to heart judging by attitude they take towards the various individuals branded as pro-Russian in Ukraine.

Here is something I found recently on the Peremogi. Recently there was a vote in the Ukrainian parliament on “addressing the UN to ask the countries of the World not to recognise the upcoming Russian parliamentary elections”. It was a classic ritualistic spitting in direction of Russia but let’s see how the pro-Russians voted?

None of the members of the Opposition Platform for Life voted against this motion. You would think that friends of Russia would vote against? So, whenever hysterical Russophobes accuse someone of being pro-Russian, the Russians should not take that at face value. Instead, before you call anyone “pro-Russian” ask these questions.

If he is Ukrainian or Belarusian, does he believe that his respective nations are a part of one Russian nation that was divided by the enemies of Russia? Or does he believe notions such as Ukrainians are more European than Russians, or more Slavic? Does he ever express those ideas in public?

The above is a fundamental of any pro-Russian sentiment among Eastern Slavs. You may further ask if they desire any integration with Russia. You might surprised how many of the pro-Russian start blathering something about sovereignty or neutrality. The latter is no pro-Russian sentiment.

If he is from the former eastern block, does he believe in normalizing trade relations with Russia? But a grade further would be, does he want any further economic integration with the Russian Federation?

Many of the Russophiles in Eastern Europe are nationalists and very much about self reliance, many support exiting the EU, and would not trade it for a Russian led union. And I am one of these.

Also, opposition to the glorification of Nazi collaborationists and defence of the Russian language in Ukraine are rather domestic issues than they are pro-Russian positions. Most Ukrainians use the Russian language daily, and most have ancestors that have fought the Nazis. Naturally, there is a part of the population that is receptive to such slogans. But anyone taking up these issues should not be automatically viewed as pro-Russian. Alexei Honcharenko once supported rights for the Russian language, but he switched sides after the Maidan.

It is without mentioning that any pro-Russian movement in Ukraine in the last 30 years was hopelessly unsuccessful and nothing worthy of Russian support…

The EU now Accepts Covid Vaccination Certificats From San Marino

The Italian peninsula micro state, San Marino applied to have the Covid vaccination certificate it issues in the EU. However, the San Marino government bought Sputnik V, the Russian vaccine which is not registered in the EU.

The EU purposefully refuses to register Sputnik V because of lobbying from Western big pharmaceutical companies that want the European market for themselves. San Marino is not in the EU and can do whatever it wishes, and I bet they can even make the EU acknowledge its certificate because many important people have money stashed there.

Meanwhile those that are enslaved by EU will pay more money for Pfizer and Moderna, and will be deprived of the Sputnik V option. Any exclusion of Russian and Chinese business from the European market will only lead to the Western companies making the best of their exclusivity.

On the example of San Marino we see the benefits of being out the EU. Sovereign thinking and acting in your national interests. As for Russia, Russians need to learn that they cannot expect fairness from the West…

Based on this video.

Molotov-Ribbentrop for Peace in Europe

Guys, I did not even realize it but the former Polish defense minister, Radek Sikorski likened the Nord Stream pipeline to the Molotov-Ribbentrop pack. Any Bismarckian move, which establishes cooperation between Russia and Germany is Molotov Ribbentrop.

Sikorski’s quote resurfaced recently with the capitulation of Washington in the business of stopping Nord Stream, many salty articles on this matter in British and American press. They have probably realized in Washington that the project is in large part a German endeavor to become the dominant energy supplier in Central Europe. Even the Poles will be buying Russian gas from Germany.

The question is why do the former Eastern bloc countries allow themselves to become tools of the Anglo-saxons that try to drive a wedge between Russia and Germany? In the end, our transatlantic allies will ditch us in favour of the big players like Germany and Russia.

The small players of Central-Eastern Europe will have to eventually orient themselves towards Berlin or Moscow to stay afloat. I actually envision some of the more Russophobic places like the Baltic states or Ukraine toning down their Russophobia and going to Moscow to discuss business.

It may take years or decades but the abandonment of this region by its current Western partners must inevitably lead to a state in which Eastern Europe is once again divided by Germany and Russia. If only economically.

What do you Want From Biden?

Dear readers, what a text I have discovered, it almost confirms the message of one of the videos I uploaded to my YouTube channel recently, (check it out if you have a command of Russian and Ukrainian)…

A Ukrainian [person]: My relative lives in the Urals, Russia. And he asks: “What do you want from America and Biden?! I thought a bit and replied…

  1. I want American military bases on Russian borders. In Lugansk, in Donetsk, in Sevastopol, and in Simferopol. That the US 6th fleet may feel at home.
  2. That the strategic aviation may fly, bombers, fighters, tankers… And that the AWACS may fly over and shit on the heads of enemies.
  3. That US nuclear weapons and the boot of the NATO soldier, to the maximum level, so that Putin may shit himself from the anxiety.
  4. That our military may learn from their military, for a fully fledged alliance and bubble gum. You do not have to fight for us, we can fight already. For us, with us does not matter. We need to become frightening so that one would piss himself just from seeing us.
  5. We need Murican judiciary because our judiciary is comatose.
  6. Also, customs and fiscal policy should be transplanted because ours is comatose.
  7. May American capital enter and with their capitalists, managers, technicians. I have worked with Westerners and I have worked with compatriots. I will say, the Americans, the British, the Canadians are welcome. And our pseudo-proletarian dung should learn from them. Blablala…

I hope dear readers, that you liked this little translation. And would you like to defend Ukraine?

More Info on Protosevych’s Involvement in the Donbas War

Anatoly Shariy has dug out an old article, which is an interview with a soldier by the code name “Kim”, who served in the Pahonia platoon, a Belarussian unit, that looks very much like Roman Protosevych, who was arrested in Minsk few days ago…

From the article

Protasevych told about first shooting at a man. “It is you or me, I don’t regret anything.” Lukashenko said in front of Belarussian parliamentarians that Protasevych is guilty of war crimes committed in the Donbas.

See my main post on Protasevych

Update: Another photo has surfaced.

The guy in glasses is identified as Belorussian, Stanislav Goncharov. He served in Azov between 2014-16. Goncharov is now in Belarussian prison but not for being a member of the Azov and fighting in the Donbas. His sentence is for hate speech, robbery, and pornography.

30 Waffen SS Division

Update 2: Protasevych in a swastika themed t-shirt.

Hat tip: Peremogi (and one more); and Anatoly Karlin

500 Seconds of Truth About Ukraine Videos are Censored on the Territory of Czech Republic

500 Seconds of Truth About Ukraine is a series of videos created by Mikhail Onufrienko, a blogger from Kharkov, (see his blog on livejournal and his YouTube channel) now resident in Crimea, where he moved after 2014. The videos piece Ukrainian nationalism apart. It is a must watch by anyone interested in Ukraine and there are videos with English subs on YouTube too. And what is funny, they were made in Ukraine by a person with a completely Ukrainian surname, and a South Russian accent. To my dismay, I found several of them blocked on the territory of the Czech Republic. I guess somebody doesn’t want the Czechs to know the truth about Ukraine…

I am going to try to salvage whatever videos I can and give them English subs.

Update: So dear friends, yesterday I managed to download all 12 episodes in one go but when I tried to reupload it to my channel. This is what happened:

Seems like YouTube wouldn’t allow us to have nice things.