Voices from Russia

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Ethnic Cleansing of Russians… Habsburg-Style

00g Memorial to Talerhof. Hanging of the Martyrs

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Editor:

Don’t believe a word that you hear from “Ukrainian Orthodox” or “Ukrainian Catholics”. Do note that they say nothing of their roles as rat finks for the Habsburgs or as willing bully boys for the Nazis. They scream, “A knife for the Moskals!” and “Ukraine for Ukrainians only!” If you support them in any way, you support racism of the most rancid Nazi sort… Hitler WAS an Austrian, wasn’t he? Talerhof was an Austrian death camp… fancy that…

Никто не забыт и ничто не забыто. No one is forgotten, nothing is forgotten.

BMD

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September 2014 marks one hundred years since the foundation of the first European concentration camp, Talerhof. Indeed, in fact, it was the first death camp in history. For us, this date is of particular importance, as the Habsburgs created this camp for those who considered themselves Russians. Its main objective was genocide of the Russian people, to carry out the Ukrainiasation of Western Rus, owned at the time by the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Ukrainianism is a peculiar ideology, it appears as a form of national patriotism, but in fact, it’s rather the opposite, having its basis in the rejection of a real native tradition. Primarily, this is due to the absence of a real ethnic identity on which it could draw upon for the basis of building nationhood. In other countries, nation-states arose on the foundation of already-existing historical traditions of ethnic and national identity, but Ukrainian nationalists had to “start from scratch”, they had to graft upon the local population a new, not previously existing, sense of self-identity and self-awareness. Historically, at the end of the 19th century almost nobody in Galicia and Bukovina considered themselves Ukrainians… only a small handful of people who participated in the so-called “Ukrainian” political movement thought of themselves as such. In general, their ideology stipulated that the Russian people of Southwestern Rus were entirely different from the Russian people in Northeastern Rus, as they needed to find a different name for themselves and create a distinct self-identity. From the 1890s, Vienna began to support these ideas actively and even helped to implant such notions officially, as it gave them an opening to try to overcome pro-Russian sentiments in the eastern Slavs of their empire, in an atmosphere of deteriorating relations with Russia amidst expectations of a major war.

Thus, as the Ukrainian movement lacked a real social base, its first steps in politics were concerned with changing the traditional ethnic identity of the population from its previous perspective. The only way to create a new Ukrainian people was through the ethnocide of the local Russian population. In reality, Ukrainians are inseparable from Rus… because that’s their very basis. Moreover, as even very harsh ethnocidal measures wouldn’t be enough to get millions of people to abandon their ancestral identity, there were times when those who approved of the so-called Ukrainian project needed to utilise direct genocide, that is, the physical destruction of particularly recalcitrant elements. Today, we see how governmental elements spread the Ukrainian ideology throughout the former Ukrainian SSR, and how they moved to outright extermination when the people in the Donbass resisted the violent Ukrainiasation of their region. The most important feature of this persecution, attesting to its genocidal character, is that this destruction isn’t just amongst active political and public figures; it applies to the whole population… children, women, and old people. Therefore, we shouldn’t be surprised at the numerous bombardments of residential areas… the killing and expulsion of civilians is the most important goal of the current hostilities.

The Talerhof anniversary reminds us that policies favouring the ethnocide of Russian people have been around for a long time. The first large-scale actions of this nature occurred a hundred years ago in Austria-Hungary, but the preparations for them took a few years. Waves of arrests began in 1909, the majority of Russian organisations had to suspend activities, they expelled Rusin MPs from Parliament, and everyone suspected of pro-Russian sympathies ended up on police lists. The Austrians treated Russian self-identity and the Orthodox religion as treason. We should note that commitment to traditional ethnic identities and religion didn’t always mean that one was a Russophile, as it came from loyalty to local traditions, not from a geopolitical orientation. However, the Viennese authorities considered any manifestation of Russian tradition as dangerous… so, they considered this traditional orientation criminal. Most often, they charged “Russophiles” with spying for Russia, although it’s clear that there couldn’t be thousands of spies. Another typical charge found in this campaign was “propaganda of Orthodoxy”, as we see in a series of high-profile political trials. From the very beginning of the 20th century, in all the Russian lands of the empire, there was a massive return of Uniates to Orthodoxy, so, Vienna decided to resist this with the harshest methods possible. The era of Western religious wars seemed long gone, but in the early 20th century, the Habsburg persecutions of those holding the “wrong faith” became the norm.

However, truly massive repressions began only with the beginning of the war. In the early stages, the police carried them out using pre-prepared lists, drafted after receiving reports on “politically unreliable” subjects from Polish and Ukrainian political activists. During the first days of the war alone, the police arrested about 2,000 Russophiles in Lvov alone. Soon, the prisons held a significant part of the Russian intelligentsia. The Austrians arrested thousands, including peasants, although they mainly carried out massacres in villages on the spot. There wasn’t enough space in the normal prisons for such a large number of suspected “traitors”, so, the Austrian authorities decided to build concentration camps. The first camp appeared in Talerhof, near Graz in Styria. The Austrians adopted the idea of concentration camps from the British, who were the first to apply this innovation at the turn of the 20th century during the Anglo-Boer War. However, Talerhof was the first concentration camp in Europe. It’s noteworthy that neither the South African nor the Austrian camps were POW camps or prisons for convicted criminals; their sole purpose was to isolate and destroy populations suspected of showing sympathy for the enemy.

The first prisoner convoy arrived at Talerhof on 4 September 1914, the day after Russian troops occupied Lvov. Soon afterwards, another camp for Russophiles opened in Terezín in northern Bohemia. Here prisoners had relatively better conditions as it was a prewar fortress. Many prisoners went to Terezín first, then, to Talerhof, where there wasn’t even barracks until winter 1915… the prisoners slept on the ground under the open sky. Thousands of people from Galicia, Bukovina, Podkarpatskaya Rus, and Lemkovshchina suspected of pro-Russian sympathies landed in concentration camps. There were even mass roundups of entire villages. Amongst the prisoners, there were many women and children. Just at Talerhof, from 4 September 1914 to 10 May 1917, by the most conservative estimates, more than 20,000 people passed through the camp, a few thousand of them died. Prisoners were systematically beaten and tortured, executions occurred regularly. The camp invented a number of new types of execution (for example, a kind of hanging on poles), which were then often used in both World Wars. Due to terrible unsanitary conditions, people died in large numbers from disease. In the winter of 1914-1915, there was a typhus epidemic. Creating conditions for the death of prisoners from disease was typical for the German concentration camps in Poland and its POW camps for Red Army men, but the first use of such was at Talerhof.

At the end of May 1915, German troops retook eastern Galicia. After the Russian troops withdrew, the Austrians intensified their repressions. Many Galicians fled to Russia. This movement pleased Vienna, as it helped them in their main goal… cleansing Galicia of all pro-Russian elements. Since the line between “Ukrainians” and “Russophiles” often ran between brothers or generations in the same family, the repressions affected almost all the Eastern Slavic population of the region. In general, during the First World War, from 30 to 40,000 Russophiles ended up in camps, and the total number of repressed according to the Talerhof Almanac, was more than 120,000. However, in the countryside, the Austro-Hungarian army often destroyed entire villages, and these victims aren’t included in the calculation of the repressed. The Talerhof camp closed on 10 May 1917 under the new emperor, Karl I, who wrote in his decree that the camp didn’t imprison the guilty, but the authorities arrested them precisely so that they wouldn’t commit crimes. Because of this genocidal campaign, the proportion of Eastern Slavs who lived in Lvov shrank by one-half, and the Ukrainian movement, which incited hatred of all things Russian, grew from a marginal movement to the predominant force in the region.

During the interwar period, a Talerhof Committee existed in Lvov, comprised of former prisoners of the camp. Their purpose was to document war crimes and to reinforce the memory of the genocide. They managed to publish four issues of Talerhof Almanac, which published evidence and eyewitness accounts of the tragedy. In 1928, the Talerhof Museum opened in Lvov. On the anniversary of the opening of the camp, the Russian community in Lvov held Talerhof Memorial Days. Later, under the Soviets, such activities became impossible. In interwar Poland, the authorities favoured a split amongst eastern Slavs, so, people with Russian and Ukrainian identity in Galicia were approximately the same in number, as evidenced by the 1931 Polish census. However, communist Moscow dealt the “Old Russian movement” a final crushing blow. They closed all Russophile organisations; the majority of leading Russophiles landed in Soviet camps or they fled abroad. After moving the majority of Poles in Galicia to the Polish People’s Republic, in a couple of decades, the Communist Party and the Soviet authorities created an almost purely Ukrainian Galicia… a result that radical Ukrainian nationalists of previous decades didn’t even dare to dream of.

Today, the Graz-Talerhof airport obliterates the site of the concentration camp, and its runways are as smooth as is the Galician historical memory. Back in 1934, a modest monument to the Talerhof victims was set up in Lychakovsky Cemetery in Lvov, which you can see today. However, modern Lvov is unaware of it. Even graduates of the local history department and historians are surprised when they hear something about Talerhof… it’s removed from the memory of local residents. The total Ukrainisation carried out under the Soviets erased this memory, because this memory undermines the Ukrainian national project. However, we should nevertheless note that at the beginning of October, 2004, on the eve of the “Orange Revolution”, the Verkhovnaya Rada adopted a decree, “On the 90th anniversary of the Tragedy at the Talerhof Concentration Camp”, which quite honestly said, “The Austro-Hungarian authorities repressed those citizens of its Empire who considered themselves Rusins, who saw themselves as part of the undivided Russian people”. This document included efforts to perpetuate the memory of the victims of the Habsburg terror. Further developments opened a new page in the history of the modern Ukraine, then, it became quite problematic to mention the country’s real history. The 100th anniversary of the tragedy didn’t lead to any formal decisions or official statements in the Ukraine.

Unfortunately, in our own days in Russia, the memory of the first European camp that was designed to torture and kill those who confessed a Russian self-identity and the Orthodox faith, is relevant for a very small part of informed society. The efforts of a few activists to educate Russians about the history of this tragedy and honouring its anniversaries haven’t yet attained the proper results. In general, we think that this terror killed about 60,000 victims, although exact figures aren’t available. However, we have to admit that this genocide was very successful, as evidenced by its results. Russophilism, Orthodoxy, and traditional identity virtually disappeared in Galicia, and took a heavy blow in neighbouring areas. Sadly, the predominance of the so-called Ukrainian movement in modern history only testifies to the effectiveness of such measures. In our days, events in Novorossiya show us that the Ukrainian leadership approves of the destruction of the “very stubborn” to cleanse the region. On the 100th anniversary of Talerhof, we see similar ideas and methods of the Habsburg terror campaign carried out in other regions of the Ukraine, on its opposite end. If it’s successful, then, a few decades later, only a few will remember that people in the Donbass used to speak Russian.

14 September 2014

Oleg Nemensky

Russkaya Vesna

http://rusvesna.su/recent_opinions/1410684097

20 September 2014. Video. A (Goofy but Nice) Rusin Easter…

00 Carpathians. 03.10.12

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Let’s keep it light for the moment. A kid in Podkarpatskaya made this for a project… good healthy stuff. Note the liquor… “Hruška”, a vodka distilled from pears. Marvellous stuff and unavailable here (Rusin friends say so). “Hruškovitz” is BRANDY distilled from pears… you CAN get a German (nasty-ass) version of that here. However, Hruška is **VODKA** distilled from pears. Very different… very different, indeed.

We all need a smile after all the nasty war news. Yes, it’ll still be there tonight. Yes, we’ll go back to it. However, one does need a break from it…

BMD

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Bishop Longin Zhar Attacked Americans for their Role in the Ukrainian Civil War

00 evil uncle sam. 28.05.14

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Vladyki Longin Zhar, Bishop of Banchensk, Vicar of the Diocese of Chernovtsy (UPTs/MP), called “The Father of 400 Orphans”, preached an extremely harsh sermon against the Ukrainian Civil War and the against the so-called Ukrainian “leadership”, which he called “cursed” and “Servants of Satan”. Moreover, he urged Ukrainian believers not to send their children to death, as it’s contrary to the Orthodox faith.

Bishop Longin on the Mobilisation

I urge you to be as one… don’t send your children to death! Our Orthodox faith doesn’t allow us to kill each other. They want us to kill our people, who live in peace and in God, for the sake of their petty political interests, for the sake of their business, to defend their leadership positions. My dear ones, you should NOT shoot and kill. God gives life and He takes it. Ukrainian leaders said, “The Orthodox faith is the greatest enemy of the Ukraine”. That’s what these oddballs said; that’s the unvarnished truth, they’re all blind.

Bishop Longin on the Victims of the Conflict in the Ukraine

How can you pick up arms and shoot at God’s creation? He, like you, has a mother, wife, and child. Who’s forcing us to kill each other? What was secret is now obvious… tens of thousands have died, but they claim that it’s only been hundreds. I do NOT bless you to take part in this war. We should act as peacemakers. About 10,000 soldiers died in this war, they don’t even tell their mothers that they’re no longer alive. I’m not involved in partisan politics, but the painful truth is that this war isn’t a war with an external enemy; it’s a fratricidal intramural war. The cursed leadership defends the USA, they want to see Orthodox people kill each other, meanwhile, they eat, drink, party, and make merry… all whilst blood flows in our holy homeland.

Bishop Longin on the Participation of the USA and the West in the Conflict

They will pay in full for the blood that stains their hands and their clothes. It’s all the handiwork of Damned Europe, of which the Holy Fathers said, “Don’t worship the beast”, and of America, who only sows hatred and bloodshed wherever it intervenes. Now, it watches us and enjoys the fact that Christians shed each other’s blood. Brethren, we all feel ourselves on the threshold of a Third World War. That’s why I appeal to you… Repent! I’m grateful that all the villages of Bukovina, that all its people rose up. We all say the same thing… “We won’t give up our children unto death!”

Bishop Longin on the Current Ukrainian Leadership

I’ll never commemorate the damned “leaders” of our country in the Divine Liturgy; they’re unbelievers with no fear of God, who sit in the seat of power and hand out orders to murder. There’s only one prayer possible for people like that… “Lord, if you still can, enlighten them, because they’ve taken darkness and Hell upon themselves”. They don’t want anything other than bloodshed, in which they find pleasure. They’re Satanists! They’re Servants of the Evil One. If they don’t stop what they’re doing, then, God will stop them, but only at the cost of great suffering.

16 September 2014

Tatyana’s Day

http://www.taday.ru/text/2135448.html

Editor:

I was listening to the TV news today, and the absolute ignorance and hate poured out by Republican congressmen on our Russian motherland was just mindboggling. It’s clear that no Orthodox Christian can support any Republican candidate or support its theomachistic ideology. This is especially true of Anglo konvertsy… who’re in bed with godless Republicans. This is especially true of so-called “Ancient Faith Radio”, which indifferently associates with godless Evangelicals (“Jayzuss” isn’t related to the Lord Christ, and that’s that… a Russian bishop called them “Christian atheists”, and I agree wholeheartedly). They not only push theologically suspect notions (like the “toll houses”… a notion that the Church told us NOT to discuss), they also spread unreasoning hatred in Church circles, especially in re those that they consider “homosexuals” (I seem to notice that their “gaydar” is FUBAR… look at how WHO they support… I rest my case).

We face the same sort of evil here. The Republican Party worships Unbridled Evil… it bows low before the Almighty Dollar. Evangelicalism is nothing but a religious apologia for such Evil… it has little, if any, relation with real historical Christendom. Lex orandi, lex credendi… as one worships, so one believes. Indeed… it’s clear that Evangelical worship isn’t Christian liturgy, so, it’s clear that they aren’t Christians. We associate with such trash at our peril.

Anglo America stands for objective evil… and the Republican Party is the main source of that evil (“Winning is the only thing”). That’s that. It’s time to raise our voice…

BMD  

Monday, 15 September 2014

Petition to the Government of Hungary for Transcarpathia

00 Greek election 17.06.12. 02

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We the undersigned are committed Magyar people who on this 28 March 2014, gathered in Budapest at the Plaza of Polish General Joseph Bem, in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to demand that the Hungarian territories occupied by the Ukraine would be returned to Hungary and in protest against the sanctions to the Russian people of the Crimea peninsula because they practised their right of self-determination. We demand that the Government of Hungary undertake the following steps unconditionally, especially on Section D of the Constitution, which proclaims that the fight for the rights for the collective rights of the separated Hungarian communities must be a national government policy. We can’t keep passive, just observing, and without taking action when history gives us a new chance to destroy the unjust framework that trampled on our self-determination rights with the Trianon dictate.

It’s more than clear that we must apply the self-determination rights guaranteed by international conventions to the 200,000 Magyars and almost 1 million Rusins of the Transcarpathia Region. This was so far the case in 1991 when a national vote tried to enforce self-determination measure, but the Ukrainian state sabotaged it. The current changes in the Ukraine that were influenced by outside powers, and the return of the Russian community of the Crimean peninsula to Russia by a legitimate national referendum, points up the unconditional duty of the Hungarian Government. As a regional power, it must demand an international military presence to ensure the regarding their return to Hungary, together with the Rusin nation, which lived in friendship with Magyars from times immemorial. We must see to it we guarantee a full territorial autonomy to them, as it is mandatory by the Resolution of the Parliamentary Convention of the European Council n. 1832/2011, which makes such measures compulsory on member states. We’re committed to send signals of enhancement and encouragement to our Magyar brothers and to the Rusins in Transcarpathia, and to other nationalities… Polish, Russians, Rumanians… living in the Ukraine about their right to self-determination and to the Government of Hungary to stand up straight for the above objectives, whilst we condemn any cowardly and subservient behaviour. Therefore:

  1. We require that the government immediately ask for a session of the UN Security Council to secure for the Magyar and Rusin community, which lived for almost 1,000 years in Hungary, a referendum under international control to express their right of self-determination as embodied in the UN International Convention of Political and Human Rights The government should ask that the UN Security Council introduce international peace keeping forces and international observers in sufficient numbers to secure the legitimacy of a referendum in Transcarpathia.
  2. We request that the government recognise immediately the Crimean referendum of 16 March 2014 as an act compatible with international law, as an expression of self-determination, and recognise the return of the Crimean peninsula to the Russian Federation as valid.
  3. We request that the government immediately withdraw its support for all sanctions against Russia in connection to the Crimean referendum and the return of the area, and that the government wouldn’t support any such sanction in the future. In addition, the government should declare that such sanctions conflict with the international norms of guaranteed self-determination, norms disregarded at the 1920 Trianon peace dictates when referenda weren’t allowed and when Hungarian territories were separated from the country and 3.5 million Hungarians were simply and illegally separated from their motherland.
  4. We request that the government immediately ready Hungarian military units to provide security to the 200,000 Magyars of Transcarpathia, of which more than one-third, more than 50,000, are Hungarian citizens, so, EU citizens. In order to do this, we request that we bring all Hungarian military personnel home from foreign lands where they serve foreign interests and that they should serve the motherland and their compatriots according to their oath.
  5. We request that the government immediately announce its claim to the Transcarpathia region, where for many centuries Magyar and Rusin people lived peacefully together, that it return to Hungary, similar to the precedence proven on 15 March 1939 with a revision of the unjust Trianon Treaty. Until that time, these oppressed and second-class citizens of Transcarpathia should be able to voice their desires, to see if they wanted to return to Hungary. We request that Hungary enforce the results of the 1991 Transcarpathia referendum, which requested sweeping autonomy for Rusins, including a Hungarian autonomy for Magyars in the Bereg region (located directly at the present Hungarian/Ukrainian border).
  6. We request that the government stand up for the self-determination rights of all national groups now oppressed on the territory of the Ukraine, especially for the Polish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Rusin, and Russian minorities, to support their cause, and that together with the countries responsible for those nationalities, we’d take all reasonable diplomatic, strategic, and tactical steps for the common success of their self-determination objectives.
  7. We request the immediate removal of Janos Martonyi as Minister of Foreign Affairs, who for many long years showed, especially with his current expressions, that he’s unfit to represent the interests of the Hungarian state in foreign relations in the light of his treasonous and cowardly acts and in his handling of the situation regarding the Ukraine. His acts and releases are to be taken even more seriously in the light of the fact that whilst there’s a historical moment for Magyars to assert our national interests and to at least partly adjust the illegitimate and unjust peace diktat of 1920, an act in collision with international law that sentenced our nation to death, and in spite of which not only in Transcarpathia, but also in former Northern and Southern Hungary and in Transylvania, a sizeable Magyar community managed to survive when faced with persecutions and deprivations of their rights. With regard to this, it’s important that the government bring the issue of all separated Hungarian territories to international forums, as well as before the UN Security Council to highlight the unjust borderlines in the Carpathian basin, to ask for their readjustment, as so far all nations in the area have a measure of self-determination except for the Magyars.
  8. We request that the Hungarian Government raise the issue at the EU Foreign Service and at the EU Council of protecting the rights of 200,000 Magyars, specifically in the light of the fact that more than 50,000 are Hungarian citizens, consequently EU citizens, so the EU has a responsibility to protect them.

The World should see that Magyars are a freedom-loving nation, and together with the Poles and the Russians on our side, we should be able to bring back freedom to Transcarpathia, which is under illegitimate Ukrainian occupation. Finally, we quote Count Istvan Szechenyi, “Everything has its moment in a certain time, which if lost, the virtues and honour are gone forever, and with it, life and all hope”. The above points were accepted unanimously by the members of the demonstration with one vote; we ask all people of good will in our country, in the Carpathian basin, and everywhere in the World to join us, to request together with us the steps described above, at the earliest time, to protect the Magyars of Transcarpathia and to reunite Transcarpathia to our homeland again. We await your effective actions and reply.

Budapest

28 March 2014

In the name of the participants of the demonstration and who voted for the Petition:

Dr Tamás Gaudi-Nagy

Deputy of the National Assembly and Executive of the National Legal Protection Service

György Budaházy

patriot

Dr János Drabik

lawyer

Lorant Hegedus Junior

Protestant pastor

Dr Balázs Lenhardt

Deputy of the National Assembly

Dr Krisztina Morvai

independent Member of European Parliament

György Gyula Zagyva

Deputy of the National Assembly, President of HVIM

http://www.gaudinagytamas.hu/petition_government_hungary_transcarpathia

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