“Glory to Hong Kong, Glory to Heroes!”

Yet another example of cross-pollination between Hong Kong and Ukraine has surfaced…

The slogan “Glory to Ukraine, Glory to Heroes!” has become very popular during the Ukrainian Euromaidan. The origin of this slogan is among the Ukrainian nationalists of 1920s and 1930s, who often combined this with the Roman salute. Today’s Ukronazis do throw a little Sieg Heil as well.

A photo of a helmet has surfaced featuring a text in Cyrillic saying: “Glory to Hong Kong, Glory to Heroes!”

Ukrainian Embassy in the US Teaches Americans English

Anatoly Karlin notes that far more confident Western nations are cool with the article “the”…

Read Anatoly’s article on the matter of confidence deficient nations of Eastern Europe trying to control language.

While we see a lot of institutions in the West adopting the spelling Kyiv (out of pure Russophobia in my opinion), the prononciation of Kyiv must be very difficult for the Anglo-saxons.

Bryan MacDonald notes that while the spelling has changed, the pronunciation has not…

Stepan Bandera Suffocated Cats

I was interested in verifying an old claim made by Oles’ Buzyna…

In an essay, “Bandera, the Suffocator of Cats”, the late journalist, Oles’ Buzyna made the claim that the young Stepan Bandera liked suffocating cats. He quoted a biographical book by Halyna Hordasevych, Stepan Bandera, the Person and The Myth, where it said this:

If the incident with cats really took place, it was not out of an inborn tendency toward sadism, but out of a boyish and perhaps not so smart wish to test oneself, would he be able to kill another being? Since on the path of revolution, that Stepan Bandera has chosen, he would have to kill ennemies.

This, it needs to be noted, is a favourable biography from a fangirl. And while I trust Oles’ Buzyna’s integrity, I had to verify this information anyway.

So I requested a friend in Kiev to get me this book. He said the bookseller was very happy because apparently few were after this kind of literature. Neither was I going to read it, I was only looking for that particular quote:

The book cover:

Young Stepan Bandera (on the right) as a plastun:

Ukrainian Cryptofags Plug Bitcoin Mining Equipment to Systems at a Nuclear Power Plant

At the Southern Ukrainian Nuclear Power Plant, geeks have plugged in Bitcoin mining equipment to local systems…

According to Unian, because of this installation, reports of the physical safety of the station (which are a state secret) became public.

SBU discovered the installation during a sanctioned search on 10 July.

Mining bitcoin is more profitable than being a nuclear physicist, let that sink in.

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…

The Russophobia of Attempts to Remove the Statue of Ivan Konev

Something ridiculous is happening in Prague 6 (one of  the self-governing parts of Prague)…

In August, somebody painted over the monument to Ivan Konev, the Soviet general that led the liberation of Prague. The municipality of Prague 6 decided not to clean the statue because, as they say, the statue gets vandalised every year. The anonymous vandals blame Konev for suppressing pro-democracy revolt in Hungary 1956, building the Berlin Wall, and lending support to Soviet intervention in Czechoslovakia in 1968. However, the monument itself commemorates liberation from the Nazis. The statue has been the target of vandalism for the last four years, it has survived for most of the post-Communist era without eliciting any passions. The municipality seeks ways to remove the statue built in 1980. They have asked the Russian Embassy to take it, which I understand the embassy refuses.

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No to the bloody Marshal, we will not forget!

Activists, some say pro-Russian activists, have therefore decided to clean the statue themselves, which they did within three days. According to their words, the paint was easy to remove without application of chemicals.  The cleaning attracted a number of weirdos, a guy with a Soviet flag, a guy with a far right Czech party symbolica, and yet another guy with a ROA t-shits, and even mainstream politicians. Then the municipality put up scaffolding over the stature, and covered it with a screen. The screen was immediately torn down by activists. Mind you, this is a municipality that does not take care of other monuments very well.

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A “smart bench” that cost a quarter million CZK, that is $10,000 USD, a bench with a garden. The garden dried up because there was nobody to water the plants.

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^Expectations…

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^Reality

A monument to a Czech war hero, a pilot in the RAF, Frantisek Fajtl, which featured a grass silhouette of an airplane, overgrew because nobody was mowing the lawn.

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^Expectations

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Somehow the municipality finds money to pay for scaffolding, and the works to cover the statue of Konev. The municipality also found money, some 50,000 CZK (more than $2000) to pay to the Playboy Magazine for a feature story about the mayor, Petr Kolář. This is him…

kolar.jpgThe issue of Konev’s statue has already reached Russia. The Russian Culture Minister, Medinsky rather disingenuously called Kolář a Nazi. However, the campaign against the statue has all the hallmarks of Russophobic campaigns elsewhere in Eastern Europe. Prague for instance features the statue of Winston Churchill, who has starved out the Indians, and sold Czechoslovakia off to Stalin. And nothing happens to it. There is an attempt on the part of the East European countries to diminish and tarnish the contribution of the Red Army to victory over Naziism. The motivations might vary; nation building, or building support for NATO. The bottom line is that support for anonymous vandalism by the Prague municipality is an unfriendly act…