Hromadske’s Bohdan Kutepov is an Assohole

Following the Sentsov press conference, Hromadske’s journalist wrote on Facebook that “good” Ukrainian journalists should beat up “bad” Ukrainian journalists…

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I think this, so that we don’t see squeaking about suppression of the freedom of speech, journalists should fuck over other journalist personally. And female journalists should be fucked over by female journalists. Those that are asking stupid questions should be sat down, or simply dragged out of the hall. And those that come, pretending to be journalists, from Shariy, Medvedchuk or Kremlin dumps like Strana.ua must be mercilessly fucked over. S for Self-regulation. “WHAT WERE YOU ACCUSED OF?” “WHAT ARE YOUR CREATIVE PLANS?”

This self-regulation led to the murder of Oles’ Buzyna and started the war in the Donbass. If you don’t know what Hromadske TV is, it is grant eater institution par excellence. The Hromadske emerged in 2013 in the early days of the Euromaidan, and serviced the so called “Revolution of Dignity”. An article on Strana.ua from 2016, reveals who the sponsors are:

1) The European Commission

2) The Omidyar Network

3) USAID and its Swedish and Canadian counterparts

4) The German embassy

5) Ukrainian World Foundation – diaspora in Canada

6) The Dutch Embassy, Internews Network, Swiss Agency for Development, The Swedish International Liberal Center, The Thomson Foundation

^All of the named above support violence, repression, radical nationalism, intolerance, and ethnic cleansing…

Russians Hold Hostages vs. Ukrainians Jail Criminals

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Julian Röpke is a journalist for the German tabloid BILD, and a big fighter against Russian disinformation. He blocked my current twitter account…

What Julian is referring to is the exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine. One of these prisoners was Oleg Sentsov, an activist of the Automaidan in 2013, who was arrested by FSB because he allegedly planned to blow up Soviet monuments in Crimea, so that the “Moskals experience terror!” The EU awarded him a Sakharov Freedom of Thought prize. Western media referred to him as a film director. It is true, Sentsov has one amateurish film that he made, which none of his fans have watched. I bet Julian didn’t watch it either.

We have to thank the new President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky for making this exchange of prisoners possible. It was something that he worked on over Summer, he personally phoned Vladimir Putin. Oleg Sentsov and the others were a source of cheap propaganda for the previous president, Petro Poroshenko and the dupes at EU have only aided him in this.

I wish all the luck to Oleg Sentsov, and I hope his career as a film director will only flourish from now on…

Ekho Moskvy Audience Is Apparently Representative of the General Russian Opinion

I have always been rather sceptical of the quality of the anti-Russian-disinformation disinformation efforts (see here and here). 

So the other day I learned this at EU vs. Disinfoan official website of the EU dedicated to the fight against Russian disinformation:

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No they don’t!

The source of this is an Ekho Moskvy telephone poll.

Radio Ekho Moskvy polled its audience on whether “the assessment of KVN and similar shows as a propaganda tool makes any sense”. By Monday, 68% of the answers among those who voted online agreed with the study and answered that it makes sense. Among those interviewed by phone, 60% shared that opinion.

You might as well ask the viewers of Rachel Maddow what they think about Donald Trump, and the result would be just as representative of the general opinion in the US.

Haven’t the EU vs. Disinfo committed disinformation here, and purposefully mislead their readers, who might not be familiar with Russian reality?

According to EU, the Bezviz will be over in 2021

What is the “Bezviz”? It is the ability of Ukrainians to travel to the EU without a visa, and a source of pride for the current president, and one of the greatest of peremohas (victories) for Svidomites (nationally conscious Ukrainians)…

In my opinion, the Bezviz, which came into being in 2017, was never much of an achievement. It should be mentioned, that this was something the government of Yanukovych was already working on. Where once you needed a visa, a stamp in the passport, you now need these documents:

  1. A biometric passport
  2. Insurance covering the entire time of your stay
  3. Destination or itinerary
  4. In case you are not travelling by car, you will need return tickets
  5. If you are going for a business meeting, you need an invitation from the company
  6. If you are going to study, you need invitation from the school
  7. Hotel reservation, or invitation from friends with whom you are staying
  8. 20-50 Euros per day in the least, and proof of having this kind of money
  9. If you are going to work in Poland, you will need an invitation from the employer, and 200-300 zloty.

Failure to provide any of these documents could result in rejection of entry. I still remember, in 1991 my parents used just Czechoslovak passports to travel with us to France. But 1991 was a different era I guess, Bezviz back then was not Bezviz now.

Anyway, the other day Stop Fake, a project of the Faculty of Journalism of the Kyiv Mohyla Academy, whose mission is to fight Russian disinformation, reported how the Russian media said the Bezviz will become more complicated.

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Ukraine, Entry into Europe will Become Harder; A Special Permission will be Needed by Everyone.

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Bezviz for Ukrainians will Become Harder, now they will need a Special Permission

The talk is about a new security system called ETIAS, which will start working in 2021, and will require an online registration and a fee of €7,-. Stop Fake came to the conclusion that this isn’t a complication, and that the Russian media are lying. But when one turns to CNN, as this new regulation will be obligatory not just for Ukrainians but for Americans as well, they are outright calling this new demand a “visa”. And it seems the EU does as well.

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I quote:

The European Union announced on Friday that American travelers will need a new type of visa — a European Travel Information and Authorization System or ETIAS — to visit the European Schengen Area.

And I have to ask, if this is a visa, is calling the regime Ukraine has with the EU a “Bezviz” still objective beyond 2021?

From Daily Mail:

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The requirement to apply for a visa is said to be a retaliatory measure since the US still require some EU countries to apply for a visa.

The US had been in a disagreement with the European Parliament and European Commission, CNN reports, over visa requirements it has for citizens from five EU member nations:  Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, Romania and Cyprus.

The European Commission called for the US to reciprocate visa-free status to those five countries as it does for the other 23 EU nations part of the Schengen Area, the EU’s visa-free travel zone, in a 2016 report.