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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Who Shut the West’s Eyes to the Ukrainian Far Right?

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When CNN’s Christiane Amanpour attempted to counter the arguments of Stephen Cohen, a veteran expert on Russia and the USSR, she used a classical argument deployed by all appeasers and Holocaust deniers. You can judge it for yourself. Professor Cohen said, “There’s a small but resolute rightwing nationalist movement in the Ukraine. It’s quasi-fascist, and it’s dictating terms to this parliament in Kiev… which isn’t legitimate in law, international or constitutional”. Having heard this, Amanpour retorted by saying that one shouldn’t call ALL Ukrainians neo-Nazis or fascists. In this way, she echoed many similar claims from Western political leaders such as Barak Obama to EU chief diplomat Catherine Ashton, who allowed photographers to snap her along racist leaders of the Ukrainian ultra-right.

So, are they all fascists? Indeed, they aren’t. Even in Hitler’s Germany between 1933 and 1945, people with Nazi views might not have made up a majority. The Nazis never won an absolute majority at the relatively fair elections held in Germany in 1920s and the beginning of the 30s. Nevertheless, certainly, it doesn’t remove responsibility from the German people for what happened to their own country and to other European countries in that period. At a certain moment, the Nazis became the most vocal, the most active, and the most determined part of Germany’s political spectrum. However, the deeply immoral character of their movement was visible to all who had even the most limited access to the Nazi agenda and newspapers. Therefore, shame on the German voters of that period and on the governments that whitewashed the ideology of National Socialism, including the well-known Soviet appeaser, Vyacheslav Molotov.

Alas, today, the bulk of Western public opinion behaves worse than Molotov did. Using modern media, we can get unlimited access to the agenda and ideas of the neo-Nazi Svoboda faction, which now controls four ministries in the new Ukrainian junta, as well as the General Procurator’s office. You can find out their programme by reading their material:

  • To make people running for important positions tell their ethnic origin
  • To make what they call Ukrainophobia a criminal offence
  • To proclaim Nazi collaborationists heroes of the Ukrainian nation

These ideas are deeply dangerous, not only for minorities in the Ukraine or for the Ukraine’s neighbours. They are destructive to the Ukraine itself. After 1991, the Ukrainian nation got a chance to build a state on territories that were far greater than the old Ukrainian heartland. It included sizable ethnic minorities, such as Russians in Crimea, Jews in Odessa, and Moldovans in Bukovina. The activities of the Svoboda bloc in the junta erode ethnic peace and mutual trust amongst people of different ethnic groups, which was typical of the region for centuries. Obviously, the fear of Ukrainian nationalism found in Crimea, Kharkov, and Donetsk didn’t start yesterday, nor even the day before yesterday. All 23 years of Ukrainian independence showed people that the Ukrainian ultra-right isn’t a myth and that they’re extremely dangerous. The Western supporters of the Euromaidan simply refused to notice the radicalism of their anti-Russian allies. Now, we see that the time for building trust between the various groups in the Ukraine is gone. The Western supporters of the Euromaidan share responsibility for this tense situation with their brown-shirted Ukrainian allies.

11 March 2014

Dmitri Babich

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_11/Seeds-of-impunity-who-shut-the-west-s-eyes-on-Ukraine-s-far-right-2751/

 

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American Protestors: No Taxpayer Funding for Ukrainian Neo-Nazis!

00 Fascism. Bushism. 12.03.14

“Fascism – Bushism”

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The American political action group National ANSWER is mounting a campaign to “flood” Congress and the White House with thousands of e-mails demanding, “Not one cent of taxpayers’ money be spent for the new Ukrainian government”, which it described as neo-Nazi. The activists stigmatised top US State Department officials for standing arm-in-arm with neo-Nazi leaders of the Euromaidan protest movement, who now hold many of the most powerful Cabinet positions in the Ukraine, including in the military. The online campaign emphasised on its webpage that the new Ukrainian junta’s anti-Russian and anti-Semitic rhetoric spoke volumes, as did their use of Nazi-styled symbols. Those who now have seats in the Rada, and make up the core of its ruling parties also supported many acts of vandalism against war monuments to Soviet World War II vets, including Ukrainians who chose not to collaborate with the German Nazis.

The new Kiev regime is a mixed bag of rightwing and openly fascist forces, with the line between them only visible to those in the know. The movements behind the recent coup… the erstwhile Social National Party now all-Ukrainian Union Svoboda and the Right Sector… are in the ascendancy, as shown by the fact that they’ve taken over the military and other key positions in the state apparat. For instance, the junta’s Minister of Defence, Igor Tenyukh, one of the three Vice Prime Ministers, Aleksandr Sich, the head of the National Defence and Security Council Andrei Paruby, are all Svoboda neo-Nazis. In fact, Paruby co-founded Svoboda in 1991. At that time, it was the Social National Party and had the Wolfsangel (wolf-hook), which closely resembles the swastika, as its symbol. Paruby’s deputy is Dmitri Yarosh, who led the rioters of the fascist Right Sector on in Maidan. Yarosh gained notoriety after saying, “National socialist ideas are popular here. We want a clean nation, not like under Hitler, but a little bit like that”.

Today, Svoboda chieftain Oleg Tyagnibok is one of the most powerful people in the Ukraine. Speaking at memorial to a commander of the Nazi collaborationist UPA, which butchered tens of thousands of Poles, Jews, and communists, he once called on Ukrainians to fight against the “Russian-Jewish mafia”. Other notorious people in power include Oleg Makhnitsky, the Svoboda-affiliated General Procurator, who began his term in office by indicting Crimean leaders after they spoke out against the new order in Kiev, and Boris Filatov, the Deputy Head for the Southeastern Ukraine, whose approach to any anti-Kiev dissent in the east is, “Give the scum promises, give them guarantees, and, then, hang them”.

13 March 2014

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_13/US-campaign-no-taxpayer-funding-for-Ukraine-neo-Nazis-3198/

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00 KPRF. Red Fist Smashes Nazi Swastika. 02.03.14

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Editor’s Note:

I believe that the junta timed a major provocation to coincide with Yatsenyuk’s trip to Washington. However, two things intervened to fuck it up, I think. Firstly, the Russians got wind of it… the junta is “leaky”, as it dismissed most of the pros in security; ergo, they lack the ability for serious counterintelligence and competent proactive intelligence. Furthermore, many underlings tell the Russians what’s what on the QT, as they’re convinced that the junta’s not long for this world. That’s quite bad enough… but that’s not all. Even the pro-junta Defence Minister admitted that the forces are useless… their training sucks, their equipment’s in bad order, their morale is in the toilet, their units are understrength… but I’ll betcha that their paper “ration strength” is up to TO&E so that senior officers and politicians can steal funds for THEIR mansions (after all, Yuliya, Kuchma, Kravchuk, Yushchenko, Turchinov, and Yatsenyuk did set an example, a bad one, but an example, nonetheless)… if that ain’t all, they lack proper sustenance, funding, and munitions (due to the massive graft and corruption by the Ukrainian political/oligarch class over the entire period of “independence”).

Note well the junta’s decision to form a “National Guard”. This will be a militarily worthless organisation. It wouldn’t be able to stand against the Crimean militia, let alone proper Russian troops. This element will lack training, discipline, and cohesion. It won’t have units that’ve had the proper time to season (a new formation needs at least 6-12 months to properly gel and form the bonds necessary for a steady combat unit). It’ll be an armed mob with a “licence to kill”. That is, I don’t believe that this “National Guard” is a proper military unit at all… the junta intends it as an anti-coup force and as its mailed fist against dissenters. It’s a new Schutzstaffel; in all ways, it’s a Svoboda Leibstandarte. The junta tells the world… “We seized power by force and we’ll not relinquish it. We’ll crush all those who dare disagree with us”.

All Leftists should take two things into account, firstly, Darya Mitina of the Left Front said:

Those who shout about “imperialist intervention” must remember that the primary goal of any anti-fascist front is that we eliminate the Nazi bastards. In this case, we see part of the Ukrainian bourgeoisie, who aren’t in cahoots with the Nazis, who, with the help of the Russian bourgeoisie, crushes another part of the Ukrainian bourgeoisie that chose to ally themselves with Nazi stormtroopers. It’s quite clear with whose side the sympathy of the majority of the Ukrainian people lies, when it suddenly came face-to-face with a criminal-Nazi dictatorship.The main problem is that if one wants to end the fascist threat, one can’t localise it to only the territory of the Crimea, that’s why Russia announced that it’s not logical to send troops only to the Crimea, but also to the rest of the Ukraine. We mustn’t and shouldn’t support a war. We must and should support attempts to prevent bloodshed. One shouldn’t confuse the desire for peace with pacifism and defeatism. If the entry of the Russian army will serve as a deterrent, to condemn such is stupid.

Secondly, VVP is setting the stage for a communist revival after his exit from politics. Recently, when he named Gennady Zyuganov one of the most influential politicians in Russia, journalists tittered. I’ll tell all Marxists out there… the Putin period is a New NEP… Putin never coddled the oligarchs as much as they’re coddled in most post-Soviet states (after all, he did make Khodorkovsky bust rocks under the Arctic sun for more than a decade). The KPRF is the only organised political force in the country at all levels, and Putin, Zyuganov, and the up-and-coming Sergei Udaltsov all know it. Never forget, VVP was a KGB counterintelligence officer… and the Organy didn’t recruit fools. Take a look at VOR, RT, and the Russian side of RIA… they’re all much more friendly to the Left than any Western media outlet is. I believe that a new Communism will arise… Land, People, Faith, and Army… a new Marxism that’d internalise the mistakes taught by the former USSR, Empire, and crapitalistic Russian Federation… a new synthesis of Patriotism, Idealism, and Religious Belief. Remember, Marxism isn’t a static construct… it’s Hegelian, which means that the thesis and antithesis contend, but it leads to a new synthesis. That is, the old “militant antitheistic communism” is dead… the new “believing and patriotic communism” is alive… it LIVES! “Socialism lived… Socialism lives… Socialism WILL live!” Note well that the West opposes that. Oh yes, John Kerry, Victoria Nuland, and Baroness Ashton call the junta’s actions and intentions “democracy”… excuse me, I’ve gotta hurl.

BMD 

 

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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Ukrainian Junta in Tough Straits… Selling Off Government Vehicles to Raise Funds to Meet Budget… What’ll They Do When They Sell Everything Off?

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UNIAN reported that Ukrainian junta would sell 1,500 cars assigned to the central authorities, directing the monies raised to the budget. Economics Minister Aleksandr Shlapak said, “There’s only one car left in the ministry. We’re not doing the same thing with operational police and fire vehicles. We’ll assess the use of all other public vehicles, and sell off the surplus”. A few days ago the government introduced austerity, forbidding state institutions to carry out repairs and hire employees without special permission, and limited spending by subordinate officials on foreign trips {of course, the junta leaders and their oligarch cronies won’t be so restricted… they’re special, y’know: editor}.

Earlier, the junta stated that the Ukraine is in financial crisis. On 27 February, one of the junta leadership, Yatsenyuk, said, “The treasury is bare. Over 20 billion USD (720 billion Roubles. 22.1 CAD. 22.3 billion AUD. 14.6 billion Euros. 12 billion UK Pounds) in foreign exchange is gone and 35 billion USD (1.25 trillion Roubles. 38.7 billion CAD. 39 billion AUD. 25.5 billion Euros. 21 billion UK Pounds) worth of loans vanished. Only 4 million gryvnia (15.3 million Roubles. 428,000 USD. 472,000 CAD. 477,000 AUD. Euros. 256,000 UK Pounds) remain in the treasury… which isn’t enough for anything”. The EU claimed that it was ready to give the Ukraine 11 billion Euros (544 billion Roubles. 15.1 billion USD. 16.7 billion CAD. 16.8 billion AUD. 9 billion UK Pounds) of financial help over the next two years. The USA claimed that it’d give Kiev a billion dollars (36 billion Roubles. 1.1 billion CAD. 1.12 billion AUD. 728 million Euros. 598 million UK Pounds). Late last year, the Russian government agreed to give 15 billion USD (540 billion Roubles. 16.6 billion CAD. 16.7 billion AUD. 11 billion Euros. 9 billion UK Pounds) worth of financial help to the Ukraine. It transferred the first tranche of 3 billion USD (108 billion Roubles. 3.32 billion CAD. 3.35 billion AUD. 2.2 billion Euros. 1.8 billion UK Pounds) in December, but after the putsch, it froze the rest. On 4 March, President Vladimir Putin said that Russia did that “because they asked the West to help them under the aegis of the International Monetary Fund“.

5 March 2014

Lenta.ru

http://lenta.ru/news/2014/03/05/money/

Editor’s Note:

Shlapak is a prominent Orangie who’s been out of politics since Yushchenko‘s removal in 2010. He’s held no political office since then… but he’s a longtime crony of Yuliya‘s, which makes him A-Number One as far as the junta’s concerned. In short, a pro-American bum-kisser of the first water… but the Americans didn’t help their friend, did they? The junta is in very tough straits, indeed. Over the next two years, it requires a minimum of 40 billion USD (1.44 trillion Roubles. 44.3 billion CAD. 44.6 billion AUD. 29.2 billion Euros. 24 billion UK Pounds) just to meet its bills, but the USA/EU is only offering it 16 billion (576 billion Roubles. 17.7 billion CAD. 17.8 billion AUD. 11.7 billion Euros. 9.6 billion UK Pounds). That is, only 40 percent of what it needs. Add to that the fact that Gazprom just imposed market rates on Ukrainian natural gas purchases, well, you can see what’s going to happen. By the way, the above figures do NOT include what the government has to spend to repair damages caused by the rioters… which adds even more to their woes, doesn’t it?

The Ukrainian economy is knackered after 23 years of mismanagement by “Ukrainian” nationalists and outright theft by the oligarchs. The Ukrainian SSR was the jewel in the crown of the USSR, but the nationalists and Western crapitalism sucked it dry. There’s nothing left, hardly… so, the junta is selling off the government’s assets. When that’s gone… they’re up shit creek without a paddle… and the IMF/EU/USA Troika won’t help them. “You must be responsible and cut the budget”. The junta may not last until the so-called 5 May election… it needs cash and it needs it NOW… but its Western backers aren’t coughing up. Perhaps, Yuliya could sell one of her mansions…

BMD

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Sunday, 23 February 2014

23 February 2014. A Friendly Warning From Your Editor on the Ukrainian Mess

00 Evil to Triumph. Oleg Tyagnibok. 09.02.14

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I’d say that the next 48 hours are critical for what’s really going to happen in the Ukraine. In fact, the only conclusion that I could come to was that no one knows anything… all “news” stories that I’ve read contradict one another. The only people who have any real sense of what’s going on are the commies. They’re the only ones with any genuine intel, and the story that they tell isn’t good. The fascists are on the rampage… led by the Svoboda pigs. Make no mistake on it, they’re ready to unleash a new pogrom on all non-Ukrainians, especially, on the few Jews that are left. Like all stupid and envious people, they blame all their ills on the Jews.  Ergo, I’d warn you to mistrust all media reporting, especially, that from Western sources.

We won’t have a clearer picture for another few days… I’d say that the West is cheering prematurely. Stay tuned… the worst is yet to come. The Uniates and schismatic Orthodox are attacking loyal canonical clergy and churches of the UOC/MP again. Yet again, the only true friend of the real Church in the Ukraine is the KPU. Pray for the real Church… Satan’s minions are on the march… with American approval. God do bloody help us…

BMD

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