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Monday, 1 January 2018

Aleksei Zhuravko: Trash Piles Up in Kherson

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Dear Friends!

The municipal authorities in Kherson didn’t even bother to remove the trash in the city on New Year’s Eve. The piles of rubbish near their entrances shocked everybody in town. Oleg, a Kherson homie, said:

Well, honestly, it’s really too much. Lies… more lies… this wasn’t the first time. I wonder… when are they going to clean it all up?

People say that you’ll spend the year the same way that you met it. One of my New Year wishes for 2018 is that the current [Ukrainian] régime will end on the rubbish tip of history.

In respect,

Aleksei Zhuravko

1 January 2018

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Sunday, 31 December 2017

New Year Greetings from Aleksei Zhuravko… A Real Hero and a True Mensch and Stand-up Guy

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Dear Friends!

2017 is passing… we’re supposed to be cheerful, as the New Year is coming soon. I’m trying to be in the mood, but my soul hurts for my motherland. As a man who’s had a tough road, I want:

  • The ending of this terrible and tragic war shaking the entire Ukraine
  • For all Ukrainian troops to withdraw
  • That the present Kiev régime and all the troubles and tribulations of the Ukrainian people should become a thing of the past
  • Peace to return to the Donbass in 2018

This year, I want to ask my friends and my relatives for the trouble I bring them from my position. Moreover, I ask forgiveness from those people who, despite everything, continue to believe in me and work with me. I know it’s very difficult and not easy for them. I’m sure there’ll be a time when all this horror is in the past. We’ll remember this always.

I want the next year to take all that’s best from this year, with all the troubles left behind. That’s what I want. I want the Ukraine in the New Year to be without war and to see the end of the Kiev junta. I hope that in the coming year, our real patriots and professionals would return to the country… people who’d actually change something in the state and lift our motherland from the abyss that it’s now in, instead of issuing empty talk and screaming.

PS

For these three years, I’ve had to live in another country in political exile; I really miss all of you.

I hope the New Year will bring you all that you want!

Our Cause is right!

God is with us!

Victory will be ours!

In respect,

Aleksei Zhuravko

30 December 2017

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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Aleksei Zhuravko: “Soon, Everybody Will Turn Away From the Ukraine, Including its American Masters”

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Dear Friends!

The herd [on the Maidan] shouted:

The whole world’s with us! The Ukraine is part of Europe!

Yet, today, we see Poles burning the Ukrainian flag. More and more, we see beatings of Ukrainians in Poland. Poles hold street rallies demanding that their government stop the flow of Ukrainian migrants. The “European” government of the Ukraine, which took power via a coup d ‘état, brought the country to a complete collapse through its domestic and foreign policy. Soon, everybody will turn away from the Ukraine, including its American masters.

In respect,

Aleksei Zhuravko

11 November 2017

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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Aleksei Zhuravko: “What Kind of Country Do We Want to Leave Our Children and Grandchildren?”

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Dear Friends!

I offer my sincere congratulations today as Russians celebrate the Day of National Unity! Some say it’s a new and made-up holiday, but I think it’s a wonderful holiday; Russia needs it. Moreover, it’s a pity that there’s no such celebration in the Ukraine. Some say that we have a Day of Unity*, but it’s a very different thing.

  • A V Zhuravko uses two different Russian words for “unity”. Firstly, he uses “едиснтва”, the derivation from the Russian word for “one” is apparent. That is, unity as a singularity. Secondly, he uses “соборности”, which is a trickier word to “English”. It comes from the Russian word that denotes an “assembly”, or a “cathedral”, or a “collection”. It implies “togetherness” or “collected”, but not necessarily “oneness” (it can mean that, but it depends on the context… here, it’s obvious that it doesn’t). In addition, he uses Россияне, not Русский, for “Russian”. The first connotes a citizen of the Russian state (who needn’t be ethnic Russian); the second designates an ethnic Russian (who needn’t be a citizen of the Russian state).

Judge for yourself… the Ukrainian day celebrates the country. That is, a piece of land. We drew some boundaries on a map; it involves the people living within these borders. Because of this approach, we now have a civil war. We kill former Ukrainian citizens in the Donbass and try (extremely unsuccessfully) to starve the Crimeans because the land and marks on a map are more important to us than the people living on these lands are. Often, people accuse Russia of imperialism, but “empire” is when we value territories and lands more than the peoples who live there… in this sense, the Ukraine has far more imperial issues than Russia does.

The day of National Unity isn’t about the land… it’s about people and about the nationalities who live in Russia. Over 190 different nationalities live together in Russia! They create and develop what is Russia. Russia has 22 republics with 37 official languages. Besides these, 15 more languages have official status in Russia! Friends, imagine this number of different ethnicities and cultures working together to build a common future… there’s nothing else like it anywhere else in the world! By the way, I’d like to point up something about the Crimea. Under the Russian Federation, the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar languages have official status. On the other hand, the Ukraine, where more than half of people speak and think in Russian, couldn’t give Russian official status in 25 years, whereas in the Crimea, where (at most) 10 percent speak Ukrainian, the Russian Federation resolved the issue of the official status of the Ukrainian language immediately upon the Crimea’s accession to the Russian state. The unity of different peoples, ethnicities, religions, and languages for the sake of a common cause is the foundation of a federal system of statehood. E Pluribus Unum… “out of many one”… we love this motto from the USA. However, that’s why some are afraid of a federal system.

My Friends!

Fellow Ukrainians!

On this Russian Day of National Unity, I encourage all of us to think about what kind of country we want to leave our children and grandchildren. Do we want a country where the state values its territory above all, prepared to kill its own citizens by the thousands to preserve this territory? On the other hand, do we want a country where different peoples, different faiths, different religions, and different subgroups come together to form a Ukrainian Federation and work for the common good? For me, the choice is obvious. It’s clear that no matter how much the authorities try to demonise Russia, we’ll always be brothers and one people.

Guys, let’s live together!

In respect,

Aleksei Zhuravko

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