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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Boiling Point: Podkarpatskaya Krai Threatens Kiev with ”Donbass Scenario”

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“Podkarpatskaya isn’t Galicia”

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Over the past year, the councils of a number of Ukraine oblasts (Poltava and Ivano-Frankovsk) adopted resolutions demanding that President Poroshenko put regional devolution in place. Kiev regarded these as manifestations of separatism. Now, not only is this taking place in Lvov, but also in Podkarpatskaya Krai. Indeed, it appears that Podkarpatskaya is gradually regaining the status of the main “separatist region” in the Western Ukraine. On 12 October 2016, the chairman of the Podkarpatskaya Oblast Council, Mikhail Rivis, demanded that the region have more funds to develop infrastructure. Otherwise, Rivis threatened, Podkarpatskaya might secede from the Ukraine. On 2 December, in the oblast capital of Užgorod, a meeting of Magyar (Hungarian) youth and local deputies proclaimed support for Rivis’ statement that the region could separate from the Ukraine and establish autonomy. Magyar activists then called on President Poroshenko to sign a special agreement which was read aloud by the leader of the initiative, Magyar activist Ivan Farkosz. Farkosz stated:

We invite Kiev to agree to an agreement on the devolution of powers, which would allow Hungarians to live in the Ukraine with dignity. We support the opinion of the head of the Podkarpatskaya Oblast Council, Mikhail Rivis, who announced the existence of objective preconditions for potential secession from the Ukraine. If Kiev wants this region to be part of its state, we demand the establishment of a quota of 20 percent for representatives of Magyar communities in the Podkarpatskaya Regional Council and television broadcasts in Magyar.

Magyars are about 12 percent of Podkarpatskaya’s population and have wide representation in councils on all levels. The raising of their demands for representation to 20 percent suggests that they’re feeling empowered and are actually dictating terms to Kiev. In turn, the SBU has opened a criminal case on the holding of anti-constitutional events and is carrying out an investigation. Following the example of the Magyars in Užgorod, the Poles in Lvov, the capital of Galicia, also asserted their rights. On 25 December in Lvov, a Polish forum of Lvov Oblast demanded that the Kiev government grant economic autonomy to the region. Sergei Lukyanenko, chairman of the Polish Association in Lvov, stated:

We’re 50 years behind Poland in economic development. Poland will allow Lvov residents to realise themselves. We still have a chance.

Note well that the Poles sympathise with Magyars in Podkarpatskaya. In March 2016, in Užgorod, a procession of Ukrainian fascists shouted, “Knife the Magyars!” This caused an outburst of indignation not only in Hungary, but also in Poland. To compare reactions, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry and Ukrainian authorities expressed indignation at Warsaw after one person (only one!) yelled “Death to Ukrainians!” at a march in Polish Przemyśl. However, these same authorities chose not to notice the calls for killing Magyars in Podkarpatskaya, a group that’s lived in the region for more than a thousand years.

On 22 December, representatives of Rusins in Podkarpatskaya also announced their intent to seek an autonomous Podkarpatskaya Krai. They demanded that the Ukrainian authorities recognise the results of the 1991 referendum, wherein locals voted for autonomy within the Ukraine. Ivan Palinkash, a member of the Presidium of the People’s Council of Rusins in Podkarpatskaya, said:

We have two main demands. They must recognise the Rusins as a nationality and they must recognise the results of the [1991] referendum, in which 78 percent of locals voted for autonomy within the Ukraine. We believe that there’s nothing wrong in this. We want to develop.

Next in the chain of events, on 23 December 23rd, Rivis called on the Ukrainian authorities to not allow the region to reach the point of a “Donetsk and Lugansk scenario.” Rivis issued his statement during a session of the Oblast Council, during which deputies voted for autonomous economic ties with other oblasts, in particular Poltava and Ivano-Frankovsk. Those oblasts also adopted resolutions on extending their rights, in addition to the demand that Kiev grant devolution to the oblasts. Rivis said:

The president appointed the administration, but the people elected the councils. We must convey our ideas so that they hear them, so that things won’t be like Donetsk and Lugansk, when people rose up and said, “You’re not listening to us”.

In other words, the dodgy Poroshenko régime opposes the legally elected deputies of the oblast councils. This is a dangerous legal and political precedent for Poroshenko. Moreover, Rivis’ words blatantly threaten President Poroshenko with a repeat of the Donbass scenario. Rivis and other deputies haven’t faced punishment for their words. Apparently, the regional SBU is afraid to use repression. The fate of the Ukrainian Berkut is still fresh in the minds of Podkarpatskaya SBU officers. What’s more, Kiev is afraid of upsetting Magyar “separatists”, because not only Hungary, but Poland and the EU as a whole could support them.

According to reports from Podkarpatskaya, Hungary actively issues passports in the region. Even Rusin activists acknowledged that local residents received 500,000 passports from the Hungarian government. It’s likely these are inflated figures; the number of issued passports is hardly likely to have exceeded 150,000-200,000. Just a year ago, one came across the figure of 100,000 passports. Even this number is significant, however, given that the region has (including migrants working abroad) only 1,260,000 people. This centrifugal process in the Ukraine will only increase in view of the obvious crisis of Ukrainian statehood and the destruction of the very idea of Ukrainian statehood. This process is being led not by “separatists” from the former Southeast, but by “patriots” from the Western Ukraine. Back in 2008, the author of these lines predicted a similar scenario. I’m convinced now, as I was in 2008, that the Ukraine will lose territory in the West and Southwest as the Ukraine’s current allies (Poland, Hungary, and Romania) will take advantage of the Ukrainian state’s weakness and foolishness to return territories annexed from them by the USSR, which these countries still consider their own.

10 January 2017

Eduard Popov

Fort Russ

http://www.fort-russ.com/2017/01/boiling-point-transcarpathia-threatens.html

Editor:

There’s no need to rehash the entire history of the Rusin people and their political hegira through the ages. Needless to say, they weren’t part of the notional “Ukraine” until 1945. Up until 1918, it was part of the Kingdom of Hungary under the Dual Monarchy… it had no ties with Galicia, either political or social. On the one hand, they were part of different “kingdoms” with different laws and customs; on the other, the Carpathian Mountains cut the land of the Rusins off from the Galicians, let alone other “Ukrainians”. To top it all off, the Unia imposed on the Rusins was not that of Brest (rammed through by the Poles in 1596), but rather it was a Unia ratified at Mukačevo (Munkacs) in the 17th century.

History conspired to make Rusins a distinct people from “Ukrainians”… nationalist cries to the contrary notwithstanding. The Rusins weren’t part of the Habsburg plan to destabilise Russia by using the Galician Uniates. The Rusins were a quiet people living in their valleys and towns… they wanted to be left alone and leave others alone. All in all, the Rusins, as a people, were superior to the Galician “Ukrainians”… they had (and have) no arrogance, no lust for power, and no overweening national hatred.

The Rusins want peace… they don’t want to be “Ukrainian”… they just want to live and let live. We should let them do that. Reflect on the fact that the USA wants to throw them to the Galician Uniates… great, isn’t it? The Anglos stole their land, grew rich off of slavery, murdered the First Nations, and invented outrageous lies as national myths. Can you see why they support the Galician Uniate nationalist junta in Kiev? I certainly do…

BMD

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Nativity Greetings from Comrade Zyuganov: Christmas… A Holiday of Hope and Expectation

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On the bright evening of the Nativity of Christ,

From the depths of my soul,

I want to wish you happiness and health,

And to greet each day with a smile.

Happiness, Love, and Health to you…

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These illustrations were part of the original post. You may believe this or you can take credence in the lies that issue forth from the usual cast of rightwing suspects… it’s your call… choose wisely

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People hunger for social justice, the nations crave equality, and our Earth wants our solidarity and unity in the causes of conserving nature and of  achieving peace in the world

Dear comrades and friends, dear compatriots!

For the past week, we’ve lived in the New Year; now, it’s time for the first state and folk holiday in our new year… the Nativity of Christ. The light and sincere joy of Christmas illuminates the whole coming year. This is an encouraging and life-affirming holiday. Christmas is a time of hope and expectation. After all, the events that occurred more than 2,000 years ago in the Bethlehem manger brought in a new era of civilisation. Christmas is a holiday of unity for mankind, families, generations, and peoples, indeed, unity with all living things, a unity that we have to cherish and keep for the future.

Such is the nature of the Russian people that they think not only about peace and prosperity for their families, but also for the other people in the world. We rejoice in the fact that Christmas flashed a light of hope in the world to an ancient land, for Syria is truly the cradle of Christian civilisation. The light of the guiding star led the sages and magi; it foreshadowed the birth of a new world. The apostles and saints preached there; Apostle St Paul showed by his preaching and deeds that labour and the merciful Word are the foundations of right living. We are proud of the fact that Russian strength and diplomacy freed this ancient land from diabolical encroachment. However, that’s Russia’s historical destiny… to come unto our suffering brethren, those who need help and support. The main features of our soul are compassion and sacrifice, even though many of those that we saved and bestowed benefits upon didn’t always faithfully preserve the memory of it.

In 2017 we’ll celebrate the centenary of an event that marked a new era in the struggle for social justice and labour, the world-renowned Great October Socialist Revolution. Since ancient times, people craved justice and the peoples craved friendship and equality. After all, the fields, rivers, mountains, and natural resources, the vast expanses of land and sea, belonged to a narrow circle of people, those who through cunning and treachery appropriated the common domain. It shouldn’t be so that some nations put themselves above the others and deal unjustly with those who are weaker. As F M Dostoevsky put it:

The highest and the most characteristic feature of our nation is a sense of justice and a desire for it.

A century ago, people gathered under the banner of hope, wanting happiness, well-being, and equality of all peoples of the earth as their highest values. A new era in the history of mankind changed the face of the world. The struggle of the working people of the world for their rights, inspired by the victory of October, bore fruit in many countries.  The colonial world collapsed and people won their freedom and independence; working people in the West and the East, receiving support from the USSR, won many social gains. Under the banner of the Great October, our country won over the world forces of evil… fascism. It achieved unprecedented breakthroughs in science, technology, and space exploration; it built a society based on humanity, where the people were friends, comrades, and brothers. However, victory is never final. We must seek it again and again. Betrayal, treachery, cowardice, greed, blind credulity, hypocrisy, and cowardice are ever-present. As Apostle St Paul said, “By both word and deed”, we must struggle for lofty ideals constantly, every day and every hour.

People of goodwill and pure thought yearn for peace throughout the world. The socialist state, for which we struggle, has the duty to ensure the fundamental rights enshrined for the first time in October 1917 for all peoples. Working people have a right to creative work that brings joy and inspiration. Parents have a right to universal and free education for their children. Everyone everywhere has a right to affordable health care… no one should have to rely on “philanthropists” to provide life and health for both the young and those beat down by the hard path of life.

Yes, a quarter of a century ago, our country guaranteed these rights, and the older generation remembers it. They could tell younger people about Soviet childhood, youth, and formation, about the achievements that brought forth the revolution that took place a century ago, when our people embarked on building a great future. We firmly believe in the ideals of peace and labour, liberty and justice, and equality and fraternity. These ideals are eternal, and therefore indestructible. We believe that mankind will rise, and the polyphony of a genuine ode to joy will sound over the entire planet.

On this festive day, I wish good health and optimism to everyone, fulfilment of your good wishes and aspirations, harmony and well-being to every family, and a happy childhood and joyful youth to our young people. I work for and have confidence in the future of all people, peace and prosperity for all peoples in the world, dedicated to the eternal ideals of goodness and justice.

To the holiday! To the Nativity of Christ!

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G A Zyuganov

Head of the KPRF faction in the RF Gosduma

Chairman of the TsK KPRF

KPRF.ru

KPRF official website

https://kprf.ru/rusk/161364.html

Monday, 2 January 2017

2 January 2017. Bad Galician Uniate Nationalist PhotoShop Exposed as Fake and Provocation

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The above is phony… it’s fake… it’s spurious… it came originally (as far as I could trace) from a GALICIAN UNIATE NATIONALIST website! I’d like to emphasise that not all Galician Uniates are drooling nationalist fascist nutters… indeed, Galician Uniates have the HIGHEST draft evasion rate in the Ukraine! One village even put all of its military-age men on coaches to Novosibirsk (where the Russians welcomed them and helped them out). I stress that I’m speaking of Galician Uniate NATIONALISTS… who are bloodthirsty fascists and terrorists (“The Ukraine for Ukrainians only!”… I rest my case). The rest are just harmless workaday human beings, who want to live and let live. Do have a care with criticising Galician Uniates and “Ukrainian Orthodox” nationalists… they like to report people for “hate speech” and other such rot. Don’t give them a pretext… they learnt the lying game well from their Anglo paymasters and puppeteers.

As for this image… as far as I could tell, it surfaced in 2014 on a Galician Uniate nationalist forum, where the poster liberally peppered their submission with “katsap” and “moskal” (but I’d betcha they’re mad as hell if someone uses “kholkhol” against them!). It could even have been a deliberate Langley provocation using one of their Galician employees or associates. Since then, it’s been attributed to various cities, usually, at times when fascist nationalist nutters hold torchlight marches in memory of the terrorist S A Bandera (he was a convicted murderer in Poland). It’s a phony… there are telltales for those expert in Photoshop… in a real torchlight procession, there’d be more lit areas around the torches, and in such a small area, it’d light up the square more brilliantly than shown. Also note the amateurish melding of the tree and the swastika… where the tree meets the light, it should mask it, but it doesn’t fully. The poster didn’t go far enough in increasing the size of the image to impose it properly and they didn’t pay enough attention to the edges of the image details (a sign that a klutz did this). The poster superimposed a classic image from Nazi Germany (covering a larger area at one of the Party Rallies) over a New Year scene in the modern Ukraine (of a more confined space). What a clueless scumbag! In short, a carelessly executed and slapdash PhotoShop… but that’s typical of such sorts. It does give you a peek at their character. As I said, they learnt falsehood well from their Anglo masters (“Russian hacking” anyone?).

Whenever you see this one… call it out for the fake that it is… it’s a deliberate and lying provocation meant to make Russians look stupid… but it does the exact opposite. It’s a classic “biter bit” item. Never forget that the Anglo Establishment and its running dogs throughout the world have very flexible ethical standards (that includes the Quislings amongst diaspora Orthodox). “Winning is the only thing”… do remember who said that… a draft-dodging American Football coach who hid out serving in World War II under a teacher’s deferment. “Show me a man’s idols and I’ll show you the man”… indeed…

BMD

Sunday, 1 January 2017

1 January 2017. Onward, Christian Soldiers!

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What more need I say? The world won’t be safe until we kill neoliberalism and “conservatism”… greed is the capital sin, after all…

BMD

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