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…

Ukraine Needs to Suffer a Bit More; Russia Will Fall and Will Give up Crimea

Did you know that the eschatological belief in the future collapse of Russia and relinquishing of Crimea is very common among Russophobes?

From RT:

Ukraine need not worry about territorial disputes with Russia over Crimea because the neighboring nation will fall apart altogether sometime in the future, leaving the land up for grabs, one veteran Lithuanian politician reckons.

Vytautas Landsbergis, the former chairman of the Supreme Council of Lithuania, who led the nation as it broke away from the USSR, claimed in an interview on Tuesday that the Russian state will one day fall in on itself, as it has done in the past. When it does, he believes, Crimea will be returned to Ukraine. Asked by Ukrainian news site Day, “How do we defeat [Russian President Vladimir] Putin? How do we stop him?” Landsbergis argued that the time will eventually come when Russia will collapse under its own weight.

“Russia will fall apart because all empires have their end. Russia has already fallen apart twice and will fall apart for the third time,” he alleged. “Especially when the empire is bloody, violent, which people do not like and do not want it. Therefore, it is only a matter of time, tragedy and sacrifice and the misery that this dying state, which has set itself against the world and is setting the world against itself, will bring. Because they have already understood the threat that Russia will not calm down and will not agree to be on its own, to take care of its own people.”

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The Russian Empire even included Finland and Poland. It fell but Russia remained. The USSR fell but it emancipated Russia in the process. The Russian Federation is literally an ethnostate of the Russians with 80.9% of the population being Russian. Lithuanians in Lithuania make up 86.4%, is Lithuania an empire?

Crimea belongs to Russia and will never return to the loving embrace of the nationalist Ukraine. Ukraine too could be called an empire with only 77.8% of the country’s population being made up of Ukrainians.

Putler Controls All in Georgia

Watching Georgian politicians accuse each other of being pro-Russian is kinda cute…

Headline Above: “The head of Georgia’s ruling party, Kobalhidze said that Saakashvili acts in the interests of Russia”; Headline Below: “Saakashvili’s ally, Dekanoidze: the ‘pro-Russian’ government in Georgia will fall”

Mikhaïl Saakashvili recently returned to Georgia, probably in hopes that the “pro-Russian” government there will fall but the latter did not happen. Now he is in jail…

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Ukraine has a Hero

And his name is Oleksandr Usyk

The boxer, Oleksandr Usyk defeated the British fighter, Anthony Joshua and returned belts to Ukraine. However, Svidomites and Russophobes have given him a cold shoulder because Usyk is a Vatnik. Not a single Ukrainian TV station aired Uskyk’s match with Joshua. And some Ukrainian nationalists even supported Joshua. Usyk is a brave man, who is unafraid to say things that are politically incorrect and he elicits salty reactions from Nazis and peddlers of Russophobia.

Klymenko time has a good summary of the triggering…

First comes Serhiy Sternenko, already profiled on this blog. I even saved his sour grapes from his YouTube post:

If you are ready to pardon Usyk for his statements about “Russians and Ukrainians being one nation”, being bros with the occupiers, “Crimea is Crimea”, and a suggestion to hang oneself if you support decommunisation.

Ok, that is your right. However, I am not ready to just forgive.

I am sorry I am spoiling your celebration by the reminders above. One time public appearance in the Ukrainian language and gloves with the slogan “Simpheropol is Ukraine” do not bespeak Usyk’s change of mind.

Medvedchuk also says Crimea is Ukraine and sometimes speaks Ukrainian. However, he does not quit, just like Usyk, to adhere to Russian values.

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Russia was divided into three by her enemies and nothing good ever came of this division. Ideas are more powerful than any weapon because ideas shape the future and this idea will shape the future of Eastern Europe. It will be more powerful than any nuclear bomb.

I have not investigated Usyk’s biography but from what I have gathered, he certainly has a deep connection to Crimea. It ultimately is up to the Crimeans to decide where that peninsula will belong.

Well guys, I am no fan of Communism. I believe our East European countries will be overcoming the legacy of this system for the rest of this century. However, one cannot deny that contemporary Ukraine is almost entirely a Bolshevik creation, it is another problem created by Communism. Decommunisation in Ukraine is basically going against the territorial, ethnic, and industrial history of that country.

It is no surprise that when forces hostile to the Soviet past prevailed in Ukraine, the country was met by an internal unravelling, and industrial decay.

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…

All Post-Soviet and Ex-Comecon Countries Will Succumb to Russophobia and Russia Must Punish Them

Well, the Russians will have no other choice…

So dear readers, recently I have encountered reports that they have so called language patrols in Kazakhstan. That is when activists come to a shop and demand the shopkeeper serves them in the national language of the given ethnic bantoustan instead of Russian. Scenes like this were common in Ukraine but Kazakhstan was off the radar for a while.

The local elites however are no strangers to playing the anti-Russian card. The language patrols in Kazakhstan get a police cover and are clearly sponsored by the government. Attacks on national minorities are a common scene in weak postcolonial regimes, it is a way of asserting authority. Think Idi Amin in Uganda, and the Asians, or Adolf Hitler and the Jews. This is an old tactic…

Russophobia is a serious problem that concerns every post-Soviet nation and the former Comecon countries too. Here is an old video of Dmitry Medvedev, then Russian president, complaining that Lukashenko employed anti-Russian rhetoric in pre-election campaign. Russia needs to react severely to any such displays, her honour depends on it. As of writing, there is some indication that the organiser of the Kazakh language patrols has fled to Georgia, it seems the Kazakh authorities came to their senses. So what are the strategies available to Moscow?

1) Well, I will turn to an article by Mikhaïl Delyagin. One of the obvious things is to ban the people engaging in Russophobic campaigns from entering Russia. This is more effective than you might think. I have observed it first hand, activists from the 2014 Maidan in Kiev that have just yesterday shouted anti-Russian slogans, have become gastarbeiters in Russia a while later. Far from being true to their creed, Russophobes aren’t against making money in Russia. Russia is by far the most formidable economy in the post-Soviet space. Russia is a true superpower.

We may call this first method “Idrak” after Idrak Mirzalizade, a stand up comedian of Azerbaijani origin, who happens to be a Belorussian citizen. He was recently made persona non grata in RF for his Russophobic jokes. He lived in Russia because he was avoiding military service in Belarus and Azerbaijan. According to recent reports, Idrak left Russia for Turkey via Belarus.

2) However, the above strategy is something that is readily practiced. Think the many foreign journalists, who did not have their visas extended. I am not certain there needs to be another law on the books for that. Instead, I believe that instances of Russophobia need to be monitored more carefully and this should be established by law.

Delyagin also suggests that businesses employing known Russophobes ought to be expelled from Russian market. This is a good idea but this would require a careful surveillance of the phenomenon of Russophobia on many levels. Something like a Russian version of ADL with an even broader reach.

3) A little diplomatic effort can make wonders. The Russian state still has a lot of influence they may exercise. Some efforts on the level of intergovernmental communication can make wonders.

4) Divesting from notoriously Russophobic regimes in Eastern Europe by building bypassing infrastructure. In this department Russia has made tremendous strides. Russia built a port in Ust’ Luga on the Baltics bypassing the need to use Latvian ports, and Russia also built two lines of the Nord Stream to bypass Ukraine and Poland in its transit of gas. This is having a profoundly beneficial effect on the budgets and infrastructure of these countries, just as what they deserve.

I am not an insider, just a casual observer, so I hope the Russian government takes this seriously.

Media and Shitheads all Salty About Russians Winning in Olympics

Guys, remember one thing, no Russian success will ever be forgiven by rabid Russophobes...

I personally do not watch the Olympics, and do not cheer any of the teams. I am working over the summer season and find it difficult to even update my blog, let alone enjoy the Olympics. But even I was not saved the display of Russophobia towards successful Russian athletes.

RT reports:

Even though their country has been punished, some Russian competitors in Tokyo are being tarred with the brush of a doping scandal that has nothing to do with them. It seems some people can’t handle their mere presence in Tokyo.

Russian world number two Daniil Medvedev reacted angrily on Wednesday when asked by a reporter in the Japanese capital: “Are Russian athletes carrying a stigma of cheaters in these games and how do you feel about it?”

“You should be embarrassed of yourself,” Medvedev fired back.

I think you should [remove] him from the Olympics, I don’t wanna see him again.”

I personally believe that the so called doping scandal was a contrived conspiracy in a long line of anti-Russian provocations, many of which have a very weak grounding in actual facts. Think the Browder-Magnitsky affair, or the more recent Petrov and Boshirov adventures in rural Czech Republic. Maybe there was an instance of doping in Russia but the media in the West turned it into a state sponsored doping campaign. Because literally everything in the Russophobic narrative is directed against the Russian state, and the Russian president Vladimir Putin, the latter is the main target of this hysteria.

How many time did you hear a Russophobe say that he is against Putin, not the Russian people. Quite frankly, this statement is an oxymoron because arguably, the life of Russian people has only but improved under Putin. Most of them want Russia to be neutralized by internal problems. And internal problems will eventually mean the decline of Russian sport.

More from RT:

US swimmer Ryan Murphy suggested the Olympic 200m backstroke final “probably wasn’t clean” after Evgeny Rylov beat him to pick up his second gold medal of the Tokyo Games for the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) team.

Having already scooped 100m backstroke gold earlier in the week, Rylov stormed to the 200m title at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on Friday in an Olympic record time of 1 minute 53.27 seconds.

American swimmer Murphy – the defending champion from the Rio Games five years ago – was forced to settle for silver with a time of 1 minute 54.15 seconds.

Britain’s Luke Greenbank won bronze, finishing just over half a second further back.

It is evident that these swimmers are victims of their own domestic Russophobic campaign, and cannot accept their loss. As far as I am concerned, Russia needs to learn to live with these provocations because eventually, they will come of them as winners…