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Saturday, 8 August 2015

OFFICIAL Letter of LNR Chairman of the Government I V Plotnitsky on the Anniversary of the South Ossetia War of 2008




Today, 8 August, is seven years from the day when pro-American Saakashvili junta forces treacherously attacked the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinval. Georgian artillery shot into the sleeping city and attacked Russian peacekeepers. In those days, this vile crime against humanity stirred up all the Donbass. Then, Ukrainian President Yushchenko sent military aid to the aggressors. However, it didn’t help the forces of evil… the Russian army routed the invaders and restored peace. Then, we were happy for this triumph of justice, and we grieved with the long-suffering people of South Ossetia over the war’s victims.

No one could have imagined that, just a few years later, the flames of war, fanned by the same foreign agitators, would flare up in the Ukraine, and the tragedy of Tskhinval repeated itself in Lugansk, Pervomaisk, Slavyanoserbsk, Khryashchevatoe… then, we couldn’t know that fanatic nationalist aggressors would come to our homes, just as they did in South Ossetia, to brutalise and kill civilians. Furthermore, in no way possible could we have imagined that the bloodthirsty murderer of Tskhinval would become a governor in the Ukraine.

An old proverb wisely says that you find out who your friends are when you get into a jam. We were able to withstand the aggressors and the Ossetians were able to withstand the aggressors, and both of us were able to rise up again from our knees with timely and effective assistance from fraternal Russia. The first state to recognise the LNR was the Republic of South Ossetia. Thanks to the development of cooperation with South Ossetia, products from our enterprises gained access to international markets. This summer, some of kids had a summer holiday and fun in the in the hospitable Ossetian land. Yes, thousands of kilometres and the Caucasus Mountains separate us… the brotherhood of the peoples of South Ossetia and the LNR came together in common crisis, we share our common joys and our common goals.

We’ll stand together and win!

00 I V PLOTNITSKY 01. 110715I V Plotnitsky

Chairman of the LNR Government

8 August 2015

LITs Lugansk Information Service



Friday, 19 June 2015

19 June 2015. We Won’t Get Neoconned Again! This is What Happened in the Last American Proxy War

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As bad as the Republican neocons are, the Democratic “Humanitarian Interventionists” are worse than they are. That’s to say, Chilly Hilly and Butcher Biden are FAR more evil and nasty than McCain and Rubio are. That’s why Bernie Sanders has created such enthusiasm. He’s the only candidate not in the pocket of the oligarchs. Make no mistake on it, Hilly and Biden are as much in the pay of the oligarchs as are Rand Paul and Bill O’Reilly. Please, though, take a care with groups purporting to support Bernie. Some are really pro-Hilly groups in drag… they talk about not allowing criticism of Hilly and other Dem sellouts, so, if you see that, it’s a sign that the group is phony-baloney Sanders, and really in favour of Hilly. I got fooled myself, to be frank, but that’s OK… we all make mistakes, and we all learn from our mistakes (or we should).

Hilly hasn’t renounced “welfare reform” and she’s still persona grata with the grasping Waltons of Wal-Mart. That is, the only thing that she deserves from all decent people is damnatio memoriae. Have a care, there be cowpats on that there road, and shit is hard to clean off one’s boots…


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

24 September 2014. A Blast From the Past… DO NOT Rile the Bear… He DOES Tend to Get Feisty n’ Gnarly…

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There’s much rot written about the 2008 South Ossetia War, especially by Anglo Americans. Let’s state some home truths. The Georgians started the war with a sneak Grad attack on sleeping civilians in Tskhinval. They did so with the full knowledge and approval of their American puppeteers (captured documents at the American base in Gori made that clear… yet the Anglo liars continue to deny, deny, deny). Russian forces defeated a Georgian attempt to attack the Roki Tunnel before the Grad attack… it’s not clear whether the attack was merely American-led or that Russian forces captured Americans special ops sorts and sent them back home quietly (I’ve heard both stories; I don’t have enough evidence to vet either one definitively). The Russian forces won because the Georgian forces deserted and went home en masse. The way to Tbilisi was open, but the Russians didn’t go there. That is, they could’ve, but they didn’t. That’s because Russians are qualitatively better people than Anglo Americans are… they don’t believe in “winning is the only thing” as greed-crazed Americans do (we’re sinners… we know that… we don’t view ourselves as “exceptional” and beyond all laws as the demented Anglo American toddlers do). We don’t view ourselves as perfect models for the whole world to emulate as Anglo narcissists do.

Russia won fair n’ square and the Anglo Americans still pout over their defeat (for defeat it was). It’ll be worse after the Americans lose in the Ukraine… betcha that rightwing pukes like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz will hold hearings on “Who lost the Ukraine?” I’ll tell you why the Americans will lose in the Ukraine… as in Georgia, they backed pure and unmitigated evil. Full stop. Thus always to tyrants…


Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Five Years After the Five-Day War, Everyone’s Learned Their Lessons

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Russia and Georgia’s clash over South Ossetia happened five years ago, but today it feels like an age away. Much has changed since then in Georgia and Russia, as well in all the countries that were indirectly involved in the conflict. Georgia was the first post-Soviet republic to engage in a direct military clash with Russia, certainly an extraordinary event. Georgia changed politically since then, with a new government coming to power last fall. The five-day war didn’t topple Mikhail Saakashvili, as many in Moscow hoped it would, but it did seriously mar his moral and political image. Little by little, Saakashvili’s government abandoned its pro-reform policy and turned into a repressive régime that wanted only one thing… to remain in power at all costs. When a strong political rival appeared three years later, it turned out that Saakashvili’s chair was much shakier than many thought.

Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Georgian Dream, which won the parliamentary elections last fall, promised to examine the causes of the military conflict and the role of Tbilisi in it. Some members of the current Georgian government said that the government made gross mistakes, but Georgia is unlikely to do a U-turn on its attitude toward the war. The war did major damage, and if a leading politician tried too abruptly to change the idea that Georgia was a victim in the events, the political consequences might be unpredictable. It’s unclear whether anyone should do this at all, although such a positive change would be of truly revolutionary importance for relations with Russia and a breakthrough in relations.

The new Georgian authorities are grappling with many problems. However, most predictions agree that the Georgian Dream will easily win the presidential election in October and that Saakashvili’s United National Movement is losing weight. Firstly, Georgia still heavily depends on the West, which sees Georgian Dream’s attempts to restore political order as a persecution campaign, even if there may be very serious reasons behind it. Therefore, the government should move slowly and act prudently. Secondly, people heaved a sigh of relief when the previous government’s pressure eased, but they soon became aware of drawbacks in the new democratic rule. Georgians are heatedly discussing their problems, and political life is in full swing, but there are few practical results so far. Furthermore, with the United National Movement discredited and no other serious political forces in the country, the government is in a dangerous position, with no opposition to keep it in check. Life without opposition corrupts, as we know from history. Nonetheless, it looks like Georgia learned its lesson and is unlikely to act opportunistically again.

The West took a warning from the Georgian example. The August 2008 war put an end to the idea of NATO’s eastward expansion, which the West hasn’t discussed since, at least not in practical terms. Only a major change in American policy would bring this issue back in focus. However, so far, events have gone in the opposite direction. NATO’s extensive development, which masked the lack of a strategy in the 2000s, gave way to attempts to adapt the bloc to the more practical tasks at hand. These tasks have very little connection with the Caucasus, and the bloc is no longer enthusiastic about the post-Soviet space as a whole.

The five years after the South Ossetian war were a time of quest for Russia. Many saw the defeat of Georgia as a major landmark and a psychological resurgence after more than 20 years of geopolitical retreat. At the same time, it became clear that Russia wouldn’t pursue an expansionist policy to regain the losses it sustained after the dissolution of the USSR, which the West and some neighbouring countries feared would be the case. Moscow is gradually abandoning the post-imperial mentality rooted in the Soviet collapse and related feelings in favour of a new vision of itself and its interests in the neighbouring countries. The Customs Union idea proposed several months after the war was a major improvement on all previous plans. It focuses on economic expediency and the logic of mutually beneficial integration rather than reunion for the sake of reunion.

Russia’s most controversial postwar move was the recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. In the five years since, Russia hasn’t convinced any major country to do the same, and it’s unlikely to succeed any time soon. Moscow had to make the decision because the situation was rocky and they needed to stabilise the state of affairs. Nevertheless, it hasn’t resolved the problem. It only put the political and diplomatic conflict on ice, and it’s a fact that what’s frozen sometimes melts. A final settlement will come only when we find a solution that suits all sides, which means that aggravation is still possible, even though the status quo is stable and no one wants an escalation.

One can describe the South Ossetian war, which is deeply rooted in the dissolution of the USSR, as the closing page in a long chapter. The global financial crisis, which broke out a month later, put into question the results of an era that began in the 1990s and was a time of triumph for the West and its market ideology. It also engendered processes that have made things even more problematic. The Arab Spring, which began two-and-a-half years after the South Ossetian war, further complicated matters. There’ll be many more such events before a new world order emerges from the chaos. Russia paid a high price for being a lead actor in 20th-century history. It had its share of shocks and would rather be a spectator from now on, unless a new play develops in direct proximity to its borders.

01 Fyodor Lukyanov RIA-Novosti8 August 2013

Fyodor Lukyanov



Editor’s Note:

The above is far different from the narrative that’s still bruited in neocon and interventionist circles. They claim that Georgia was the totally-innocent victim of Russian neo-imperial aggression. Such wasn’t so… indeed, they’re the most disgusting apologists for AMERICAN neo-imperialism. Since 1991, American neocons and interventionists have been drunk on their ”victory” in the Cold War. Factually, the Cold War ended in 1987, after the Reykjavik Summit, not the 1991 implosion of the USSR, which was something else altogether (and had nothing to do with Socialist vs Market ideologies, in any case). America has run riot… showing all concerned that the leading elements of the USA are greedy, self-centred, and violent; they’re incompetent, uncivilised, uncultured, and indecent, not fit for the role of a “world leader”. That’s true of both the Right and Centre in American politics (there’s no Left in the USA… the last Leftists were FDR and Henry Wallace).

We see the moral bankruptcy of the trend in the USA (and the West, in general) that’s been regnant since the time of Slobberin’ Ronnie. “Might makes right” has run rampant in the USA… “Greed is Good”, “The race goes to the swiftest”, and “You earned it” sum up its evil credo. It’s Social Darwinism (actually, a misnomer, as it owes everything to Spencer, not Darwin) writ large. America’s become a McMansion… glitzy on the outside, cheap softwood plyboard inside (with the termites busy at work). It’s time to put things right… but shall we? That’s up to YOU…

If we don’t, the consequences will be dire… I’m not advocating chaos and bloodshed, I’m predicting that it could happen if we don’t scrap our present neoliberal Rightwing arrangements… that’s two very different things…


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