Biden Comes out as Putler Killer Cultist

So, as you may have probably heard, the senile president of the United States called Vladimir Putin a killer, after being asked in an interview if he thinks Putin is a killer…

Putler Killer has been a meme the Russophobic circles in the West have now peddled for some time. But what to make of it. I will tell you what to make of this. Biden is a senile old man, and a leader of a declining power. Russia is on the rise, and the more Russia strides forth, these old Russophobes will more hysterical. But otherwise, such comments are nothing to worry about. For instance, Boris Johnson likened Putin to Hitler in 2018, and predictably UK-Russian relations were getting progressively worse…

Yeah, Putin is Hitler and he is a killer, and he is the best leader Russia had in decades.

Russia Slows Down Twitter

Roskomnadzor, the Russian agency that monitors and sanctions media has decided to slow down Twitter…

RIA Novosti reports that such a decision was taken because the website refuses to block illegal content. The moderators of Twitter have allegedly failed to remove 3,168 publications containing calls for suicide, child pornography and about the use of drugs.

That is, Roskomnadzor does not care that people with a pro-Russian opinion (see here and here) are massively being blocked by US social media sites, and they come up with a lame justification for why an American tech giant should have their work made more difficult in Russia.

I personally believe that American websites such as Twitter, Facebook, Google and YouTube ought to be blocked in Russia (a market of 150 million people) as an answer to US and Western sanctions. These billion dollar businesses would be easier to ban than food imports. It is not like Facebook is something you necessarily need for living.

The Good Guys

Check out this infographic that I discovered…

Where is the lie actually? Did not the EU and affiliated groups pump money into destabilizing Ukraine in 2013-2014? If the EU did not provide support for what is happening in Ukraine, nothing would happen in Ukraine. The sanctions enacted by the West literally are governments shooting business into the foot with the hope that it will hurt the Russians. The Russians meanwhile found non-European (in many cases domestic) alternatives, and Crimea still belongs to Russia. Have the sanctions influenced anything?

Yes they actually did. In many areas where Russia depended on Western resources and services, Russia began a search for substitutions. Even in areas which were not sanctioned, that is because the threat of sanctions is in itself a sufficient motivating factor. In any case, the loser here is Western business.

I am glad there are still sensible politicians here in Europe.

The infographic comes from a fancy Ukrainian effort (probably Western funded) to combat Russian disinformation.

Why do We Need the EU to Determine What Medicines to use?

The major objection of Russophobes towards Sputnik V, the Russian anti-Covid vaccine, is that it first needs to go through approval of the EU Medicines Agency before their respective countries accept it. Acting unilaterally like we have seen in Hungary or Slovakia brings out indignation…

The question nobody asks is why do we need another EU organ to determine what is safe and good? Why can’t we do it here and now? This dear readers is how the EU works, by undermining in people the faith in national institutions and replacing those with transnational bodies that are said to be more trustworthy than the local governments. This is why many would gladly delegate their decision making to organs in Brussels, where decisions are made in the ideologically proper manner.

So, when a bunch of leftists from Italy, Spain, France and Germany in the EU parliament decide the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary must help their countries alleviate the burden of letting in hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, what are the people that cannot even make a decision on a vaccine going to say then? I personally hope they will fear the wrath of the populations they represent. But meanwhile, I urge you all to vote right-wing parties that want good policies, and FUCK THE EU in 2021…

There isn’t any Space for Holodomor Propaganda in Russian Donbas

So I ventured to the Atlantic Council and found an article discussing a recent forum held in Donetsk called Russian Donbas, where the head of RT, Margarita Simonyan called for Donbas to be reintegrated with Russia…

There some Lithuanian Russophobe discusses the doctrine of the Russian Donbas, which is the intellectual blueprint for the aims of the Donbas republics, which is the reintegration with the motherland. There he writes:

The Russian Donbas doctrine is the latest example of the Kremlin’s enthusiasm for rewriting history in order to suit its contemporary political requirements. This tendency to distort the past has been central to the information war that has accompanied Russian aggression against Ukraine.

Well, OK…

When Russian forces first seized Crimea in spring 2014, Moscow propagandists were quick to declare that the Ukrainian peninsula had “always been Russian.” In reality, Crimea is an ancient land with a recorded history stretching back almost three thousand years that includes extended periods as part of the Byzantine Empire, Golden Horde, and Ottoman Empire. Meanwhile, Russia’s involvement in Crimea began comparatively recently in the late eighteenth century. Clearly, it is nonsensical to claim that this highly cosmopolitan geopolitical crossroads has “always been Russian.”

Please show me any academic Russian historian that made the claim that Crimea was always Russian. If anything, Crimea was a territory transferred from the RSFSR to Ukraine by the Bolsheviks, who have created Ukraine as we know it. I understand that in the Atlantic Council they prefer narratives that would derusify the Russian history of Crimea.

Regardless of whether the authors were Ukrainian, Russian, or Western, most traditional academic histories of the Donbas have tended to focus on three key aspects of the region’s early development. These accounts typically begin with details of how the Donbas was first colonized by Ukrainian Cossacks and peasants, who moved into the borderland regions previously known as the “Wild Fields” following the gradual retreat of the Crimean Khanate.

Next came waves of colonization from different parts of Europe and beyond. This was followed by an extended period of intensive international involvement that fueled the industrialization of the region throughout the second half of the nineteenth century.

Western investors and industrialists were instrumental in the development of the Donbas, bringing vital capital and technologies to the region. The most famous of these was Welsh businessman John Hughes, who founded Donetsk in 1869. The city was called “Hughezovka” in his honor until 1929, when it was renamed “Stalino” by the Soviet authorities.

The Russian Donbas doctrine outlined in Donetsk on January 28 made barely any mention of these crucial factors in the history of eastern Ukraine. Instead, the discussion focused almost exclusively on Russians who played prominent roles in the region’s growth.

The Ukrainian Cossacks and peasants did not have any notion of being Ukrainian. They thought themselves as Orthodox Russians. The region was always international and Russian was the lingua franca that served the people as means of interethnic communication, and the Russian people are an amalgam of ethnicities united by loyalty to the Russian state and the Russian language. Ukrainians on the other hand are an ethnographic subgroup of Russians that aims to build a separate nation and state.

There was no mention of the systematic Russification policies adopted during both the Czarist and Soviet eras, and no room for an honest exploration of the Holodomor, the artificial famine engineered by the Soviet authorities in the early 1930s that killed millions of Ukrainians and ravaged the region. Other Soviet atrocities were similarly ignored.

However, forum delegates did find time to condemn the Ukrainian authorities for recent efforts to return historical names to towns and cities throughout the Ukrainian-controlled areas of the Donbas. This was portrayed as evidence of the Ukrainian government’s anti-Russian policies.

Kremlin efforts to criticize the Ukrainian authorities for the “Ukrainianization” of Ukraine speak volumes about Russia’s deeply entrenched imperial thinking. This kind of ideology has roots stretching all the way back to the Czarist past, an era when Ukrainians were branded “Little Russians” and their language was suppressed as a mere dialect.

The only systematic nationality policy in Ukraine was Ukrainization under the Soviet union, which was presented in waves because Ukrainization always finds resistance from the people. The Russification of the late Tsarist era also came in waves because it encountered resistance in Central and Western Ukraine but it was much less systemic. Obviously, there is no way a Russian patriot would be interested in some Ukrainian nationalist bleating about how bad Russians Russified Ukraine.

Now, the author does show an absence of knowledge of Ukraine. the region itself was only joined to Ukraine by Lenin. It had nothing to do with any Ukrainian state prior to that and the names of cities all appeared during the Late Tsarist and Soviet eras. They either bear the names of the early settlers, communist revolutionaries, or something unrelated to Ukraine. For instance one village was called Novgorodske, and was given back its old name New York, which was probably a remnant of the early British colonization of the region but was renamed in 1951, right at the start of the Cold War. I don’t know where you see Ukrainization in the decision to give this town its old name, not even Ukrainization in inverted commas.

I am glad that the people of East Donbas are free from Holodomor propaganda because Holodomor is hateful hype of anti-Soviet forces. You see, the famine of the 1930s is a real event but Holodomor is something else, it is a spin on that event. In that interpretation, the famine was engineered by the Soviets to kill Ukrainians, and in the modern interpretation Russians are blamed for it. It first appeared in the press of Nazi Germany, which had a strong community of Ukrainian exiles from the Skoropadsky regime and was coaching Ukrainian nationalists to fights against Poland and the Soviet Union.

The story about the artificial famine was widespread in Western Ukrainian circles before WWII and that is why today, we see more people in Western Ukraine believing in Holodomor than in Eastern Ukraine where it actually happened. When I asked my relatives if my great grandmother, who was a Ukrainian peasant, ever spoke about Holodomor, knowing she was no fan of the Soviet government, I was told that she never did. She only complained about being made to work in a collectivized farm. She was not subjected to Holodomor propaganda. Famine was something that she experienced thrice, during the Civil War, during 1930s, and in the 1940s during WWII. My grandfather had to leave Ukraine and fend for himself after the War, he joined the military and moved across Russia.

Into the Mind of an EU Parliamentarian who Wants to Free Navalny

Guys, I am amazed about the level of discourse concerning the jailing of Navalny…

Alexey Navalny has a reputation of a fraudster, who has a contempt of court. Remember Kirov les? Now the authorities stepped in, and finally jailed the guy. The reason he was getting away from jail for so long, despite the many cases of fraud against him, is partially due to foreign pressure. And you see European parliamentarians, foreign minsters, members of national assemblies, presidents and prime ministers do not care whether Navalny is guilty as charged, all they care about is that he is a pro-Western rabble rouser that is going to jail and will not be able to influence the kiddies…

Markéta Gregorová is a Czech MEP representing the leftist Pirate Party, who almost constantly makes statements critical of Russia. The main object of her critique is the Russian law on foreign agents that she calls an attack on civic society. Because it ain’t civic society unless it is financed from abroad by George Soros…

Markéta Gregorová and Alexey Navalny

She had this this to say about the jailing of Navalny:

It does not matter that he is guilty before the Russian courts. What matters is that it was without a doubt proven that there was an order to have him killed as was proven not only by the investigative group Bellingcat?

So, the Russian court does not matter. It does not matter that the Yves Rocher case was purely commercial, it was launched by the Russian branch of the Yves Rocher, and Navalny was given a suspended sentence, and he was now jailed for failing to fulfil the requirements of that suspended sentence.

Bellingcat? Are you kidding me? The same people that have uncritically peddled Ukrainian secret service fakes regarding the doomed MH17 flight? Here on this blog I let my dog tear apart Belligcat.

A Curious Identity Shift Among “Little Russian” US Emigrants in Autumn 1914

Similar shift happened in Austrian Halychyna shortly before WWI and most definitely during the Great War…

Note that the Austrians were rather successful in their support for Ukrainian nationalism, and the USA were neutral in 1914. Ruthenian and Little Russian is used interchangeably here. Although Little Russia was the area around the Dnieper River, Ruthenia is a Latin corruption of Rus.

Source

Hungarian Way vs. Anal Way

Which way Visegrád man?

Václav Láska is a Czech senator, who suffers a serious case of cargo cult delusion. He toured the country few years ago giving speeches on how “the Czech Republic belongs to the West.” Above is his curious post, I translate:

The Hungarian way? The Hungarians are following only one way. How to become a vassal of Russia without the Warsaw Pact and the Comecon. Through Russian vaccines, through the construction of nuclear power plants by Rosatom. I would rather “go to the arse” than go the Hungarian way.

In Czech, the term “do prdele” to the arse is a common insult, identical in meaning to the Italian “va fan culo”.

Naturally, the responses to this magnificent tweet were often along the lines: “start packing suitcases.” I often responded to the suggestion that I should move to Russia with saying “you should move to arse, where you belong.”

I do not get what is wrong with Russians supplying a cure and keeping the lights on. And quite frankly, the choice between a “Hungarian way” and the arse can have more levels of meaning in our times.