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Streetwise Professor

April 20, 2014

May the Farce Be With You, Geneva Edition

Filed under: Military,Politics,Russia — The Professor @ 4:46 pm

Marx said that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.

Perhaps the best interpretation of Geneva, 2014, is that it is the farcical doppelgänger of Munich, 1938.

It was apparent to anyone not willfully blind that Geneva was doomed to failure. There was no enforcement mechanism. And within hours, it became clear that the Russians intended to use the agreement as a reason to ratchet up its offensive against the Kiev government, and had no intention to force evacuation of any buildings by its forces in eastern Ukraine. The Russians are demanding that the Kiev government go after any group that Moscow does not like.

And you know what will happen. The Russians will use the failure of Kiev  to bend to their will as a pretext for refusing to do anything in Donestk, and for invading or supporting separatists.

I have to conclude that Kerry enjoys getting punked by Lavrov in Geneva. If he doesn’t, why does he do it so regularly?

Insofar as enforcement is concerned, the Geneva agreement lays out a special role for the OSCE. But check out this organizations description of its activities in Ukraine. Totally passive. Merely an observer. I’ve heard of alpha males. I’ve heard of beta males. OSCE comes off as omega males. Who have been eunuched.

And not surprisingly, the Russian forces in eastern Ukraine are totally blowing them off.

But don’t worry, OSCE is going to persuade them with sweet reason!:

After a meeting in Kiev on Saturday with diplomats from the four parties to the Geneva accord, Swiss envoy Christian Schoenenberger, whose country is chair of the OSCE, said its monitors had already spoken to the separatists: “For the time being the political will is not there to move out,” he said.

“That’s the task of the monitors, to create this political will, inform the people, so eventually they will understand that the best option for them is to move out,” he told reporters.

I don’t know whether to laugh, cry, or pound my head against the wall.

The article I linked to is titled “Surrender talks set with separatists in Ukraine.” It is beyond obvious that it is OSCE whose surrender is being negotiated.

But the farce does not end with Geneva. Perhaps stung by the criticism of his dancing to organ grinder Vladimir’s tune, Eddie Snowden penned a defense of his conduct that ran in the Guardian. Never fear, people, the article had its allotted content of narcissistic Snowden gasbaggery. (Just how many times do you have to mention risking your life, Ed.) But the best (and by best, I mean worst) part was this:

Moreover, I hoped that Putin’s answer – whatever it was – would provide opportunities for serious journalists and civil society to push the discussion further.

When this event comes around next year, I hope we’ll see more questions on surveillance programs and other controversial policies. But we don’t have to wait until then. For example, journalists might ask for clarification as to how millions of individuals’ communications are not being intercepted, analysed or stored, when, at least on a technical level, the systems that are in place must do precisely that in order to function.

I have to say it. What planet does this guy live on?

Journalists? You mean the ones that are beaten or killed if they challenge Putin? (The name Politkovskaya ring a bell, Ed?) Civil society? You mean the individuals and organizations that Putin and the Russian state have relentlessly ground into the dust over the past several years?

And just what answer would Snowden expect Putin to deliver to any journalist-with-a-death-wish who poses these questions?

Snowden’s Guardian piece comes off as more of a taunt than serious defense. He was only allowed to ask his question because the FSB approved it, and set up the entire apparatus for him to ask it. The Guardian article means nothing, because the Russians have to at least attempt to maintain the pretense that Snowden is not the organ grinder’s monkey that he actually is.

To show how farcical this is, check out Kucherena’s explanation of the situation:

Mr. Snowden’s Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, denied his client had been pressured to participate.

“He decided to do this himself. There was no negotiation with the Kremlin,” he said. “Edward had the opportunity, so he asked the question.” Questions could be submitted ahead of the event in writing or in video form via a website or mobile application.

Um, just how did this “opportunity” magically appear?

Kucherena’s risible attempt to claim that this was not an FSB-arranged performance is the most telling proof that it was an FSB-arranged circus.

One more item in the farcical chronicles.  German FM Frank-Walter Steinmeier is pimping for Putin harder than ever:

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he wished as much emphasis would be placed on preventing an escalation of tensions with Russia over Ukraine as there is at the moment in threatening economic sanctions.

In an interview to appear in Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday, Steinmeier appeared to be referring to threats from the United States as well as from within Germany about the need for economic sanctions against Russia.

“I sometimes wish that the same engagement being used for the debate about sanctions would also exist when it comes to avoiding a further escalation,” Steinmeier told the Sunday newspaper, according to excerpts released before publication.

Yeah, because Putin is putting so much effort into avoiding escalation.

Steinmeier is a snake at the bosom of the western alliance. Germany is totally compromised, and the US must accept that when crafting its own actions, such as they are. Germany is giving more proof by the day that whatever resources NSA devoted to spying on it, it was not enough.

One piece of news is that the US is considering going after Putin’s billions. I’ll believe it when I see it. For now, that appears to be just another part of the FUD campaign that the US is waging in place of actually doing something. But FUD doesn’t work unless the threats are credible, and the threats aren’t credible unless you carry through on them. Obama has repeatedly failed to do so, and as a result, these whispered and leaked threats will have zero effect whatsoever.

I fear the farce will be with us, for many years to come. The current farce stems from a fatal lack of will in the west, and that is not going away anytime soon.

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  1. If you watch this interview with Ukranian PM http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/ukraine-pm-talks-russia-putin-n85221

    It sure seems like he exasperated and fed up with the West’s hesitancy. The way he talks about Russian suggestions about Federalism, sure doesn’t sound like he is happy at all. Kerry and the West probably forced him into the Geneva deal reading his tone and between the lines.

    Comment by sadness — April 20, 2014 @ 4:59 pm

  2. But unlike Crimea, the “little green men” in the East are locals.

    http://www.suomensotilas.fi/en/artikkelit/little-green-men-are-different-time

    Comment by So? — April 20, 2014 @ 7:07 pm

  3. The Germans seem to be the traitors to the American cause. After the USA did the bidding for the traditional German geopolitical interests of destroying Serbia in 1999, the Germans seem to be highly unreceptive to the American needs to destroy other countries. First, they – along with France, Russia and China – were against the destruction of Iraq in 2003, and now the majority of Germans object to the destruction of democracy in Ukraine. All three previous German Chancellors have come out on Russia’s side on the issue of the Ukrainian sniperous junta:

    http://rt.com/news/schmidt-crimea-russia-germany-465/
    Russia’s actions in Crimea ‘completely understandable’ – German ex-chancellor Schmidt

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10697986/Merkel-fury-after-Gerhard-Schroeder-backs-Putin-on-Ukraine.html
    Merkel fury after Gerhard Schroeder backs Putin on Ukraine – Telegraph

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/13/world/europe/on-ukraine-merkel-finds-limits-of-her-rapport-with-putin.html?_r=0
    In a strong indication of how worried even conservatives are about losing good contact with Russia, former Chancellor Helmut Kohl on Wednesday gave a statement to Bild, the country’s biggest-circulation newspaper, saying that “great omissions” had been made in policy toward Ukraine. “The mood of revolt in Ukraine was not intelligently followed. Equally there was a lack of sensitivity in the dealings with our Russian neighbor, especially President Putin,” he said. “We cannot forget: War is not policy,” he added.

    Comment by vladislav — April 20, 2014 @ 11:34 pm

  4. > If you watch this interview with Ukranian PM http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/ukraine-pm-talks-russia-putin-n85221

    There are two moments that I find interesting in this interview:

    http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/meet-press-transcript-april-20-2014-n85161

    1. He said:

    ARSENIY YATSENYUK: In the last four years, the former president, together with the Russian supporters, what they did, they just dismantled Ukrainian military and Ukrainian security forces.

    In other words, he admits that the previous opposition claims that Yanukovich strengthened the Ukrainian security forces and turned it against the opposition, were lies.

    2. He was asked by NBC about the notorious episode in which some masked men distributed leaflets threatening allegedly on behalf of the pro-Russian opposition leaders:

    DAVID GREGORY: There have been ghastly reports coming out of eastern Ukraine this week about some kind of forces forcing Jews in the eastern part of the country to register with local authorities. What do you make of this? Are these accurate? Are Jews particularly at risk?

    ARSENIY YATSENYUK: We got information that these so-called peaceful protesters with light ammunition in their hands, that they sent a number of bulletins saying that everyone who is a Jew to be indicated as a Jew. And today in the morning, I made a clear statement urged Ukrainian military and security forces and Ukrainian Department of Homeland Security urgently to find these bastards and to bring them to justice.

    Recall that the world already knows the real authors of these leaflets: the Dnepropetrovsk administration of the notorious new governor Kolomoysky, the Jewish oligarch who financed the Maidan revolution and who is the direct puppet-master of Yatsenyuk. Here is what our mutual (with LR and SWP) friend Julia Ioffe ( a wman who cannot be accused of not haitng Putin) confirming writes about this provocation:

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117415/relax-ukraine-not-ordering-its-jews-register

    Ukraine Is NOT Ordering Its Jews to Register

    Today, the Western press caught up with the Ukrainian rumor mill: apparently, the People’s Republic of Donetsk had ordered all Jews over the age of 16 to pay a fee of $50 U.S. and register with the new “authorities,” or face loss of citizenship or expulsion. This was laid out in officious-looking fliers pasted on the local synagogue. One local snapped a photo of the fliers and sent it to a friend in Israel, who then took it to the Israeli press and, voila, an international scandal: American Twitter is abuzz with it, Drudge is hawking it, and, today in Geneva, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry slammed the fliers as “grotesque.”

    The Donetsk Jewish community dismissed this as “a provocation,” which it clearly is. “It’s an obvious provocation designed to get this exact response, going all the way up to Kerry,” says Fyodr Lukyanov, editor of Russia in Global Affairs. “I have no doubt that there is a sizeable community of anti-Semites on both sides of the barricades, but for one of them to do something this stupid—this is done to compromise the pro-Russian groups in the east.”

    Why? The Russian government has been playing up the (real but small) role of fascists and neo-Nazis in the victory of the EuroMaidan in Kiev. The Ukrainian government, utterly powerless to fight off the Russians and their local stooges, have had to rely on other methods, like leaking taped phone calls of allegedly local separatists getting their commands from Moscow. This may be just another tactic to smear the so-called anti-Maidan in the east of Ukraine: you think we’re fascists? Well, take a look at these guys.

    Indeed, the Russian web chatter has sniffed the hand of the Dnipropetrovsk city government. (Dnipropetrovsk is another eastern Ukrainian city, but one that has been spared this chaos, in part because of the firm hand of its new regional governor, Jewish businessman Ihor Kolomoisky. One (Jewish) blogger said he received a similar looking flier from an official in the Dnipropetrovsk city administration:

    http://dandorfman.livejournal.com/498317.html

    Beware: provocation!

    Last night, the Dnepropetrovsk governor’s office (headed by the notorious pro- OUN/UPA Maidan gangster oligarch Kolomoysky) issued yet another forgery, written by the assistant governor of Dnepropetrovsk Boris Filatov, this time regarding Jews. On behalf of the alleged self-proclaimed leader of the People’s Republic of Donetsk, Filatov ordered all Jews of Donetsk and other cities in the region “to register” and pay $50 fee.

    This monstrous wild text is so absurd that no one with brains would believe it. Again, the author and INSPIRER of this bogus paper is Boris Filatov. To reminds readers what kind of a person Boris Filatov is, here is what he wrote about Crimean pro-Russian demonstrators: “No armed Maidan men should be sent there. No extremist statements. Right now we should pretend to give these scum promises, guarantees and concessions. And hang them? We’ll hang them later.”

    http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A4%D0%B8%D0%BB%D0%B0%D1%82%D0%BE%D0%B2,_%D0%91%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%B8%D1%81_%D0%90%D0%BB%D1%8C%D0%B1%D0%B5%D1%80%D1%82%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B8%D1%87#.D0.9F.D0.BE.D0.BB.D0.B8.D1.82.D0.B8.D1.87.D0.B5.D1.81.D0.BA.D0.B8.D0.B5_.D0.B2.D0.B7.D0.B3.D0.BB.D1.8F.D0.B4.D1.8B

    Interestingly, last Friday NBC News itself ran a segment admitting that there is no reason to suspect the pro-Russian people of writing this leaflet and the blame most likely lies with Yatsenyuk’s anti-Russian officials:

    http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/54986387/#54986387

    Also overseas tonight, the crisis in Ukraine is showing no signs of letup. Neither side is backing off from their positions and the mystery over who is handing out leaflets telling jews they must register has only deepened. nbc’s jim maceda is there and has our report tonight.

    >> reporter: the city’s jews pray today that ukraine’s dark days would not return.
    >> reporter: armed masked men handed out dozens of leaflets outside the synagogue that said all jews over 16 had to register with the new russian authorities or risked being stripped of citizenship, property confiscated.

    >> reporter: u.s. officials quickly condemned the leaflets.
    >> utterly sickening and they have no place in the 21st century.

    >> reporter: just a check that the threat was real, several jews came here yesterday to the headquarters of the pro-Russia militants as if registering themselves as requested. They were told to leave immediately, that no one here knows anything about such a leaflet.

    And today, pro russian authorities in Donetsk blamed the other side. This is just a provocation he said from the government in Kiev.

    Jews believe the leaflets were a hoax, but they’re still angry and worried. the days of scapegoating jews were supposed to be over. ukrainian police are looking for the source of the leaflets with help from the u.s. state department.

    US State Department:
    >> “the source is less important than how horrific the content was and the message it sent.”

    (In other words: “It is not important that these antisemitic threats were written by our pro-American stooges. What is important is that we want to blame Putin for our own virulently antisemitic pamphlet.”)

    >> reporter: a message that remains explosive in a country with a long history of antisemitisn. jim maceda, nbc news, donetsk.

    ———————————————–

    Look, Kolomoysky could have written these leaflets without Yantsenyuk’s knowledge, but the fact that after the the real authorship has been revealed, Yatsenyuk still accuses pro-Russian forces – that proves that Yatsenyuk and Kolomoysky are the Gobbelses of our time. No wonder the chief ideologue of Yatsaenyuk’s ally party “Svoboda” and its MP – Mykhalchyshyn – even founded the Joseph Goebbels Political Research Center.

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37752.htm

    Is the U.S. Backing Neo-Nazis in Ukraine?

    Exposing troubling ties in the U.S. to overt Nazi and fascist protesters in Ukraine.

    One of the “Big Three” political parties behind the protests is the ultra-nationalist Svoboda, whose leader, Oleh Tyahnybok, has called for the liberation of his country from the “Muscovite-Jewish mafia.” In the Ukrainian parliament, where Svoboda holds an unprecedented 37 seats, Tyahnybok’s deputy Yuriy Mykhalchyshyn is fond of quoting Joseph Goebbels – he has even founded a think tank originally called “the Joseph Goebbels Political Research Center.” According to Per Anders Rudling, a leading academic expert on European neo-fascism, the self-described “socialist nationalist” Mykhalchyshyn is the main link between Svoboda’s official wing and neo-Nazi militias like Right Sector.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukrainian_presidential_election,_2014

    In May 2013, Batkivshchyna (Tymoshenko and current President Turchinov), UDAR (Klitschko), and “Svoboda” (Tyahnybok) vowed to coordinate their actions during the presidential campaign, and they promised “to support the candidate from among these parties who wins a place in the run-off election.[4] In case the election format changes to a single round, the three parties have vowed to agree on a single candidate.[4]

    Comment by vladislav — April 21, 2014 @ 12:31 am

  5. Seems Putin will be awarding a military campaign medal for “The Return Of Crimea”

    However the date of the operation to return crimea is given as 20th February 2014 to 18 March 2014.

    Considering that 20th Feb isthe date of the Maidan massacre that does imply Russian involvement in the massacre as claimed by the Ukrainian SBU.

    Comment by Andrew — April 21, 2014 @ 1:13 am

  6. So?, you are being disingenuous. Just like in the East, the little green men in Crimea were also “local”. They only became Russian army after the operation had succeeded. If it had failed, they would remain “locals” forever, just like they will in the East.

    Comment by Ivan — April 21, 2014 @ 2:05 am

  7. Ivan,

    The “little green men” in Donetsk look and behave nothing like the ones in Crimea, and it makes perfect sense. Crimea is home to excellent naval facilities. It makes the South Stream possible without Ukraine (shallow water). Donetsk, OTOH, is extremely expensive, hard to get to coal. It’s been this ways since the 50s. They will get Thatcherized whichever side of the border they end up on.

    Comment by So? — April 21, 2014 @ 2:46 am

  8. So?, of course it makes perfect sense that, Donetsk being a very different region from Crimea, the Russian invasion tactics differ accordingly. In case you have not been following, Putin’s publicly announced plan is occupation of something that in his little vicious mind is “Novorossia”, and Donetsk is necessarily a part of that plan.

    Comment by Ivan — April 21, 2014 @ 3:36 am

  9. There is no truth in the Kremlin, or from Putler or Lavrov.

    Vlad Dracul Putler is a psycho, who has surrounded himself with other Kremlinoid psychos, to spew Kremlin Krappola.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/21/world/europe/photos-link-masked-men-in-east-ukraine-to-russia.html?_r=1

    Photos Link Masked Men in East Ukraine to Russia

    Comment by elmer — April 21, 2014 @ 9:11 am

  10. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2608527/Russian-actor-Moscow-outed-Twitter-addressing-public-meetings-Ukraine-claiming-Peoples-Deputy.html

    A Russian actor has been ‘outed’ by Twitter addressing public meetings in Ukraine pretending to be an elected politician.

    In a plot that could have come from the pen of Jack Higgins, Anton Kosenko claimed to be a ‘People’s Deputy’ from the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk.

    Kosenko was addressing a public meeting in Gorlovka, in eastern Ukraine when local journalists became suspicious and discovered that he was an actor from Moscow.

    Comment by elmer — April 21, 2014 @ 9:22 am

  11. Professor, do you think the oil companies would tolerate a pro-democracy foreign policy with respect to Russia? See the attached link. Lots of people are trumpeting Obama’s purported weakness, but would the conservative sector of our political factions have a stomach for suspension of the oil and gas deals with Putin? I have my doubts. I think as long as Shell and Exxon and all the rest keep kowtowing to Putin, and our political class kowtows to the oil companies, nothing will change. I think a narrow frame focus on Ukraine misses the real state of the play. TK

    http://www.defenseone.com/threats/2014/04/why-putin-isnt-worried-about-sanctions/82855/?oref=d-topstory&&utm_term=*Situation%20Report

    Comment by Ty Kelly — April 21, 2014 @ 11:45 am

  12. Wow, “vladislav” seems to be doing a pretty good job of trolling for Putin. The great eye of Sauron, sorry Putin, is on this website!

    Comment by Ty Kelly — April 21, 2014 @ 12:09 pm

  13. @Ty-yes, I think “vladislav” is my own special troll, who has been assigned to me by Sauron.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — April 21, 2014 @ 12:41 pm

  14. @Ty. I wouldn’t label it a conservative vs. liberal divide. I view it as a battle pitting corporatists vs. foreign policy internationalists. Ironically, the corporatists have some strange allies: the paleo right and the Paulian-Alex Jones-libertarian right, who often rail against corporatism. (The motley nature of this collection is sufficient to demonstrate that applying the label “conservative” here is can be misleading. Various factions commonly referred to as “conservative” or “on the right” are very divided on this issue.)

    I wrote a post earlier titled “Perfidious Exxon” which sort of sums up my views on the subject, and the substance of that post makes it quite clear whom Exxon is backing and whom it is casting aside.

    Insofar as this will play out, (a) you are exactly right that the supermajors think they can profit by dealing with Putin, and would fight any effort to impose truly punitive sanctions, and (b) I think their influence may indeed prove decisive. We’re not quite as bad as Germany, but I have no illusions about Obama/the US bucking the concerted opposition of the supermajors, and others in the energy business.

    BP’s travails (and Shell’s too, in Sakhalin) should give the supermajors pause, and make them reconsider (a). But they won’t. I think it’s only a matter of time before they will come to regret that, and the stronger Putin gets the sooner that will happen.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — April 21, 2014 @ 12:55 pm

  15. Wow, Ty Kelly seems to be doing a pretty lousy job of trolling for Tyahnybok. The mediocre mouth of Goebbels, sorry Tyahnybok, is on this website!

    Comment by vladislav — April 21, 2014 @ 1:37 pm

  16. Earlier, someone commented that all three German ex-chancellors have come out on Russia’s side.
    Has anyone yet pointed out that those ex-chancellors are all in the employ of Russia or Russian interests? And even stakeholders in Russian interests?
    I think that is called ‘talking their book’.

    Comment by Richard Whitney — April 21, 2014 @ 6:32 pm

  17. > Has anyone yet pointed out that those ex-chancellors are all in the employ of Russia or Russian interests?

    No. I know Schroeder is employed by Gazprom, but what about the other two?

    Comment by vladislav — April 22, 2014 @ 2:03 am

  18. Professor,

    I am just your libertarian (sub)conscience. Just like every sinner has to face his saintly subconsciousness, every American journalist, politician, “expert”, advocating geopolitical expediency over libertarian righteousness, knows deep inside that he is committing a crime.

    The end does not justify the means. You cannot spread the American influence the way rats spread the plague. You can not impose democracy through juntas; impose constitution and law by breaking them; fight government corruption by appointing corrupt oligarchs to rule the government; enforce the freedom of speech by shutting the mouths of your opponents; fight for peace by waging wars of aggression; spread the freedom of the press by bombing TV towers; fight for humanity by torturing prisoners; and finally (for the US media and politicians): fight for the “truth” by spreading lies, i.e., fight for pravda (truth) by imitating the Soviet-era “Pravda”.

    Comment by vladislav — April 22, 2014 @ 2:04 am

  19. There are three famous lines perfectly describing the last vladislav’s post:

    War is peace.
    Freedom is slavery.
    Ignorance is strength.

    Comment by Gene — April 22, 2014 @ 6:19 am

  20. @vladislav
    The same tired old rhetoric with little basis in reality. Yada yada yada ends means yada yada yada conscience yada yada yada humanity. And please at least look at the current epidemiological studies that reasonably conclude rats did not spread the plague and that it was in fact person to person transmission. Thankfully most people have an immunity to your type of BS after far too many years of exposure.

    Comment by pahoben — April 22, 2014 @ 6:20 am

  21. @pahoben

    amen

    Comment by elmer — April 22, 2014 @ 8:52 am

  22. BP’s travails (and Shell’s too, in Sakhalin) should give the supermajors pause, and make them reconsider (a). But they won’t. I think it’s only a matter of time before they will come to regret that, and the stronger Putin gets the sooner that will happen.

    Indeed. The supermajors are so desperate to get their reserve replacements up, they’re not thinking clearly. They’ll pay heavily for this.

    Comment by Tim Newman — April 22, 2014 @ 9:25 am

  23. > The same tired old rhetoric with little basis in reality. Yada yada yada ends means yada yada yada conscience yada yada yada humanity. Thankfully most people have an immunity to your type of BS after far too many years of exposure.

    Other than sharing with me a new epidemiological theory of the plague, what, if any, is the informational content of your post? “Yada yada yada …. yada yada yada … yada yada yada”? Which of my points do you dispute, and why? Here are some of them:

    1. You cannot fight for the sanctity of the territorial integrity of other countries by violating the sanctity of the territorial integrity of Serbia.

    2. You cannot prevent other countries form attacking and occupying each other by attacking and conquering Iraq.

    3. You cannot expect peace in the world by creating and funding Taliban and Bin Laden back in the 1980s.

    4. You cannot expect the Muslims to embrace the “humane American way of life” and to stop hating us by hoarding Muslims into Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay prisons and torturing them.

    5. You cannot fight for the freedom of the press by imprisoning journalists in Guantanamo, and bombing the Belgrade TV tower, Al Jazzeera headquarters, and journalists in the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade.

    6. You cannot promote “humanitarianism” by using depleted uranium on enemy civilians and soldiers in the 1991 Gulf War, the Bosnia war, the bombing of Serbia, and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

    7. You cannot promote the rule of law and democracy in Ukraine by illegally overthrowing the democratically elected president in Ukraine.

    8. You cannot promote free trade by imposing economic blockades on8. various countries like the fellow WTO member Cuba.

    9. You cannot promote moderate values in the Arab world by supporting Al Qaeda and other Sunni extremists in Syria.

    10. You cannot promote tolerance by supporting, hugging and embracing the neo-Nazis from the Social-National party “Svoboda” in Ukraine.

    11. You (Republicans) cannot fight for tax cuts, balanced budget and deficit reduction by wasting more than $1 trillion per year on the military- and prison-industrial complexes.

    etc.

    Comment by vladislav — April 22, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

  24. 12. You cannot promote the rule of law by invading Panama, killing hundreds of innocent people and capturing/kidnapping thousands more, kidnapping the President of Panama, taking him to Florida, organizing a secret trial for him in order to prevent the public from finding out how exactly the CIA organized its drug smuggling operations, and throwing him in a Florida jail, even though he had never lived in Florida or anywhere in the USA and thus has no obligation to obey the local US laws on controlled substances.

    Comment by vladislav — April 22, 2014 @ 2:08 pm

  25. Who says?

    The only time might doesn’t make right is when you don’t use it. Only fools expect peace in the world.

    Comment by pahoben — April 22, 2014 @ 2:21 pm

  26. “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind” /Hosea 8:7/

    Comment by vladislav — April 22, 2014 @ 3:11 pm

  27. “Should it yield, strangers would swallow it up.” /Hosea 8:7/

    Comment by pahoben — April 22, 2014 @ 3:20 pm

  28. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93n-EmGknEU

    Send the Marines – Tom Lehrer

    What with President Johnson practicing escalatio on the Vietnamese and then the Dominican crisis on top of that, it has been a nervous year and people have begun to feel like a christian scientist with appendicitis. fortunately in times of crisis just like this America always has this number one instrument of diplomacy to fall back on. Here’s a song about it.

    When someone makes a move
    Of which we don’t approve,
    Who is it that always intervenes?
    UN and OAS – they have their place, I guess,
    But first – send the marines!

    We’ll send them all we’ve got,
    John Wayne and Randolph Scott,
    Remember those exciting fighting scenes?
    To the shores of Tripoli,
    But not too mississippily,
    What do we do? We send the marines!

    For might makes right,
    And till they’ve seen the light,
    They’ve got to be protected,
    All their rights respected,
    ’till somebody we like can be elected.

    Members of the corps
    All hate the thought of war,
    They’d rather kill them off by peaceful means.
    Stop calling it aggression!
    Ooooh, we hate that expression!
    We only want the world to know
    That we support the status quo.
    They love us everywhere we go.
    So when in doubt – send the marines!

    /1967/

    Comment by vladislav — April 22, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

  29. /1965/

    Comment by vladislav — April 22, 2014 @ 3:32 pm

  30. Hey Vladislav,

    Is this a provocation:

    http://khpg.org/index.php?id=1398122609

    It seems in fighting your fictional extreme antisemitic Ukrainian nationalists you have cast your lot with real antisemitic black hundreds. Well, you are in good company: the European extreme far right are also on your side here.

    Comment by AP — April 22, 2014 @ 3:35 pm

  31. > “Might makes right”

    That’s what Napoleon and Hitler thought when they occupied Europe and invaded Russia. So did Johnson in Vietnam and Brezhnev in Afghanistan. Where are they all now?

    Poland too thought so in 1920 and in 1938, only to receive a massive payback in 1939.

    Comment by vladislav — April 22, 2014 @ 3:42 pm

  32. Vladislav,

    Lost of photos and links to “provocations” in this article:

    http://anton-shekhovtsov.blogspot.com/2014/04/russian-and-pro-russian-right-wing.html

    BTW, didn’t you admit that Svoboda were not neo-Nazis? And yet you wrote : “cannot promote tolerance by supporting, hugging and embracing the neo-Nazis from the Social-National party “Svoboda” in Ukraine”

    Comment by AP — April 22, 2014 @ 3:53 pm

  33. > Is this a provocation

    I have no idea. Never heard of it before. Given that the Maidan puppetmaster Kolomojysky and his friend John Kerry have been caught spreading virulently anti-semitic leaflets and blaming Russians for it, I would approach any new such stories as suspect. And given Kolomoysky’s men ability to generate new and new shit at blinding speed, I have no time to waste on their stream of forgeries and provocations.

    Given the situation, even anti-semites among the pro-Russian forces will not express antisemitism in public.

    Just ponder the US State Department’s reaction to the news that their allies have been caught red-handed forging this letter:

    US State Department:
    >> “the source is less important than how horrific the content was and the message it sent.”

    It’s like OJ’s lawyers saying: “Your honor, it doesn’t matter who killed OJ’s wife Nicole. What matters is how horrific this murder was. Find OJ not guilty!”

    Comment by vladislav — April 22, 2014 @ 3:59 pm

  34. @ vladislav,

    So because one leaflet may have been forged by Kolomoysky all expressions of antisemitism were forgeries?

    How about the support of western neo-Nazis for Russia here – also Kolomoysky’s work? Jobbik’s support – also Kolomoysky’s? What about the Donetsk Republic supporters marching with neo-Nazis? And Did Kolomoysky cause Russia to invite the western neo-Nazis to be observe the Crimean referendum?

    I’m wondering when your are going to find the Protocols of Kolomoysky to explain how every expression of antisemtism by Russophiles in Ukraine is actually a provocation by Kolomoysky and his evil all-powerful nest of oligrachic pro-Ukrainian Jews.

    Comment by AP — April 22, 2014 @ 4:08 pm

  35. @AP,

    When did I “admit” that “Svoboda” and its chief ideologue and MP – Mykhalchyshyn, the self-described “socialist nationalist” and the founder of the Joseph Goebbels Political Research Center, are not “neo-nazis”? If I did once, that must have been before I found out the details about them. Svoboda deserves all the “neo-nazi” and “fascist” labels that they receive from the Jewish organizations, the European parliament and the Western press.

    Comment by vladislav — April 22, 2014 @ 4:11 pm

  36. Svoboda deserves all the condemnation, and “neo-nazi” and “fascist” labels that they receive from the Jewish organizations, the European parliament and the Western press.

    Comment by vladislav — April 22, 2014 @ 4:12 pm

  37. > So because one leaflet may have been forged by Kolomoysky all expressions of antisemitism were forgeries?

    No. Just because there is a major campaign on the part of the junta to falsely accuse the pro-Russian forces of anti-semitism, doesn’t mean that some of this stream of accusations may not be factual. However, do you remember the story of the boy who cried “wolf”? As the saying goes, “if you lied once, who will now believe you?”. Kolomoysky should have thought twice before committing his forgery, and Kerry and the US media – before trumpeting it.

    Comment by vladislav — April 22, 2014 @ 4:19 pm

  38. > http://anton-shekhovtsov.blogspot.com/2014/04/russian-and-pro-russian-right-wing.html#sthash.ZvN5Tqg5.dpuf

    Anto Shekhovtsev was instrumental in pushing the Donetsk leaflet forgery:

    https://twitter.com/A_SHEKH0VTS0V
    Anton Shekhovtsov ‏@A_SHEKH0VTS0V Apr 17
    Donetsk leaflet: Jews must register or face deportation http://nblo.gs/W2eKC

    Anton Shekhovtsov ‏@A_SHEKH0VTS0V Apr 16
    Donetsk leaflet: Jews must register or face deportation – Israel News, Ynetnews http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4510688,00.html

    Comment by vladislav — April 22, 2014 @ 4:34 pm

  39. @ vladislav

    “Just because there is a major campaign on the part of the junta to falsely accuse the pro-Russian forces of anti-semitism, doesn’t mean that some of this stream of accusations may not be factual.

    The problem is that the mountain of evidence about Russian antisemitism in Ukraine precedes the recent leaflet. If a boy cried wolf here, he did so after wolves have already slaughtered a lot of sheep. Perhaps, in a particularly dramatic attempt to get attention for the wolf’s actions.

    “When did I “admit” that “Svoboda” and its chief ideologue and MP – Mykhalchyshyn, the self-described “socialist nationalist” and the founder of the Joseph Goebbels Political Research Center, are not “neo-nazis”?

    Less than a month ago:

    http://streetwiseprofessor.com/?p=8312

    “AP, let me go on the record: “Svoboda” is not Nazi, nor neo-Nazi. It is a fascist, virulently anti-semitic, xenophobic, chauvinistic party,”

    You were wrong after the word “fascist” and even borderline wrong with that label.

    At any rate Svoboda is useful for your type, as a way of deflecting from much worse creatures on the Russian side. Which is why you always mention them.

    Comment by AP — April 22, 2014 @ 4:34 pm

  40. btw Vladyslav,

    Your (deliberate?) channeling of Tiahnybok from 10 years ago when you complain about Kolomoysky’s web of influence in Ukraine is rather amusing.

    Comment by AP — April 22, 2014 @ 4:38 pm

  41. Shekhovcov’s article is full of false accusations. For example:

    > For example, here’s a hand-made poster which appeared in Luhansk during the unrest. And demotivators such as this were widely distributed by South-East Ukrainian pro-Russian activists in the Internet:

    http://lurkmore.to/%D0%A4%D0%B0%D0%B9%D0%BB:Gb.jpg

    In reality, this is a 2009 joke from the following Lurkmore encyclopedia article:

    http://lurkmore.to/%D0%A4%D0%BE%D1%84%D1%83%D0%B4%D1%8C%D1%8F
    Фофудья — изначально украинский жжшный форсед мем. Позднее широко распространился по всей кириллической жежешечке™ и даже за ее пределами.

    Lurkmore.to
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Russian Lurkmore or Lurkomorye (Russian: Луркоморье, a portmanteau of Lukomorye and the English online slang “lurk moar”) is an informal Russian-language MediaWiki-powered online encyclopedia focused on Internet subcultures, folklore, and memes.[4] As of December 1, 2013, Lurkomorye contains 6458 articles.[5] It is one of the most popular humor, as well as internet-memes-related, websites of the Russian Internet.[6]

    Comment by vladislav — April 22, 2014 @ 4:48 pm

  42. Thanks for the lurkmore clarification. Any other mistakes in his blog post? You said it was “full” of them but you provided only one. How about the protest videos and photos? Also fake?

    Comment by AP — April 22, 2014 @ 5:06 pm

  43. “Anton Shekhovtsev was instrumental in pushing the Donetsk leaflet forgery

    By linking to articles that themselves state that it may be a provocation?

    Comment by AP — April 22, 2014 @ 5:15 pm

  44. Interesting poll results, based on 3200 people sampled across Ukraine’s 8 southeastern oblasts. Looks like the Russian side is fading away outside the Donbas:

    http://zn.ua/UKRAINE/mneniya-i-vzglyady-zhiteley-yugo-vostoka-ukrainy-aprel-2014-143598_.html

    It’s not blue vs. orange anymore. “Russian Ukraine” is shrinking. Russian nationalist daydreamers used to hope that only Galicia was opposed to them. Eventually, slowly, they had to concede that Kiev and with it half the country was lost, too. Now it looks like they are mostly left with Donetsk and Luhansk.

    Comment by AP — April 22, 2014 @ 7:05 pm

  45. > Any other mistakes in his blog post?

    I looked at one claim at random. It turned out to be a deliberate lie. Other claims in that article can be confirmed or disproved only by those who live in Donetsk and only after a lengthy investigation. I don’t have time to travel to Donetsk for you. Life’s too short.

    Comment by vladislav — April 22, 2014 @ 10:26 pm

  46. BTW, have you noticed that the guy on the right looks like Yatsenyuk with extra hair?

    http://lurkmore.to/%D0%A4%D0%B0%D0%B9%D0%BB:Gb.jpg#sthash.PUreqMLo.dpuf

    Comment by vladislav — April 22, 2014 @ 10:32 pm

  47. I’ll translate some interesting poll results from Russian:

    http://zn.ua/UKRAINE/mneniya-i-vzglyady-zhiteley-yugo-vostoka-ukrainy-aprel-2014-143598_.html

    Poll measures attitudes in the 8 southern and eastern oblasts. Sample size a little over 3200 people.

    Some responses:

    Do you consider Yatseniuk’s government to be the legal authority?

    Dnipropetrovsk: 24.8% strongly yes, 22.8% weakly yes, 13.1% neutral/unsure, 15.1% weakly no, 19.6% strongly no
    Odessa: 21.5% strongly yes, 19.3% weakly yes, 16% neutral/unsure, 21% weakly no, 18.5% strongly no
    Kharkiv: 18.8% strongly yes, 14.6% weakly yes, 11.6% neutral/unsure, 19.3% weakly no, 31.4% strongly no
    Donetsk: 5.7% strongly yes, 10.9% weakly yes, 9.4% neutral/unsure, 18.6% weakly no, 53.5% strongly no

    No region considers Yanukovich to be the legal authority.

    Do you consider the events on Maidan to have been a popular uprising against corruption and the Yanukovich dictatorship, or a revolt organized by the opposition with Western help?

    Dnipropetrovsk: Popular uprising 54.5%, revolt with Western help 31.2%, unsure 11.1%
    Odessa:Popular uprising 50.1%, revolt with Western help 37%, unsure 9.4%
    Kharkiv: Popular uprising 47.5%, revolt with Western help 42.6%, unsure 7.7%
    Donetsk: Popular uprising 20%, revolt with Western help 70.5%, unsure 8.2%

    Do you believe that Russia is illegally interfering in Ukraine’s internal affairs?

    Dnipropetrovsk: 72% Yes, 21% no, 6% unsure
    Odessa: 61% Yes, 23.2% no, 14.6% unsure
    Kharkiv: 51% Yes, 41.6% no, 6.9% unsure
    Donetsk:17.3% Yes, 59.9% no, 22.3% unsure

    Do you want your oblast to leave Ukraine and join Russia?

    Dnipropetrovsk: 3.7% strongly yes, 3.2% weakly yes, 6.9% unsure, 13.1% weakly no, 71% strongly no
    Odessa: 3.2% strongly yes, 4% weakly yes, 11.9% unsure, 19.3% weakly no, 59.5% strongly no
    Kharkiv: 9.2% strongly yes, 6.9% weakly yes, 17.3% unsure, 16.1% weakly no, 49.5% strongly no
    Donetsk: 11.9% strongly yes, 15.6% weakly yes, 17.3% unsure, 17.3% weakly no, 34.9% strongly no

    EU vs. Customs Union:

    Dnipropetrovsk: 38.1% EU, 29.2% CU
    Odessa: 25.4% EU, 36.4% CU
    Kharkiv: 26.5% EU, 46.5% CU
    Donetsk: 9.4% EU, 72.5% CU

    (Mikolayiv on the Black Sea coast was even more strongly pro-EU than Dnipropetrovsk)

    Should Ukraine be a unified state as it is now (status quo), a unified state with some decentralization (what Yatseniuk’s government is proposing), or a federalized entity:

    Dnipropetrovsk: 19.6% status quo, 51% unified with decentralization, 11.4% federated
    Odessa: 29.1% status quo, 41.2% unified with decentralization, 17.5% federated
    Kharkiv: 23.3% status quo, 39.1% unified with decentralization, 32.2% federated
    Donetsk: 10.6% status quo, 41.1% unified with decentralization, 38.4% federated

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    It is time to stop lumping all of these territories together as “New Russia” when describing them politically. As I wrote, Russian nationalist daydreamers used to hope that only Galicia was opposed to them. Eventually, slowly, they had to concede that Kiev and with it half the country was lost, too. Now it looks like they are mostly left with Donetsk and Luhansk.

    Comment by AP — April 22, 2014 @ 11:16 pm

  48. @ vladislav,

    “I looked at one claim at random. It turned out to be a deliberate lie.

    No evidence of that being a deliberate lie vs. a mistake. However you have stretched the truth about the blog’s author when you claimed that
    he “was instrumental in pushing the Donetsk leaflet forgery” wen he merely linked to articles that state that these leaflets may have been provocations. I think you owe him an apology.

    “Other claims in that article can be confirmed or disproved only by those who live in Donetsk and only after a lengthy investigation.

    Nonsense. You can go the the link to the Berkut fanpages.

    BTW the new authorities in Donbas towns are looting gypsies:

    http://novosti.dn.ua/details/223201/

    The pattern is to lie about the pro-West Ukrainians, then imitate and emulate the false picture. Those who lied about violent xenophobic looters and thugs have created rule by violent xenophobic thugs.

    In a strange way this is like the post-Soviet approach to capitalism: after lying about the capitalists being exploitative, cheating greedy thieves, the new post-Soviet capitalists became….exploitative, cheating greedy, thieves.

    Comment by AP — April 22, 2014 @ 11:26 pm

  49. Not really strange-use western ideals/thought against them to the maximum extent possible. Appeal to reason, logical consistency, and fairness while pursuing pure self interest without regard to any of these.

    Comment by pahoben — April 23, 2014 @ 1:42 am

  50. Putin plays the victim very well.

    Comment by pahoben — April 23, 2014 @ 1:58 am

  51. @AP
    BTW-very good posts.

    Comment by pahoben — April 23, 2014 @ 2:02 am

  52. When he hit 60 he stressed and started thinking-So much territory to conquer and so few years left.

    Comment by pahoben — April 23, 2014 @ 2:06 am

  53. Megalomaniacs have mid-life crises too but they come a bit later.

    If post-Saddam US policy in Iraq would have been rationale Exxon would not have to grovel in the Kremlin now.

    Comment by pahoben — April 23, 2014 @ 2:25 am

  54. Thanks, Pahoben.

    Comment by AP — April 23, 2014 @ 7:08 am

  55. Cut the middleman! Biden for President of Ukraine!

    http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/i_m_ho/25019411/1176896/1176896_600.jpg

    Comment by vladislav — April 23, 2014 @ 1:24 pm

  56. Mass anti-Russian demonstrations in West Ukraine:

    https://scontent-a-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/10255675_10152366946008007_7606165821290136045_n.jpg

    Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the heroes! Glory to the Western values! Zieg heil!

    Comment by vladislav — April 23, 2014 @ 2:13 pm

  57. > If post-Saddam US policy in Iraq would have been rationale Exxon would not have to grovel in the Kremlin now.

    Absolutely correct. The purpose of the Iraq aggression was to use US taxpayers’ money and blood in order to give the Iraqi oil to the US and UK oil companies. The first goal was accomplished: the Ameican taxpayers have lost $2 trillion and thousands of lives.

    However, the profits to the oil companies from Iraqi oil has been quite small: maybe $50 billion?

    In other words, if our government didn’t invade and occupy Iraq, but instead gave, say, $200 billion of taxpayer money to oil companies, everybody would have been the winner:

    1. The oil companies and the Washington, DC lobbyists and the US congressmen in their employ would have been $150 billion wealthier

    2. The budget deficit would have been $1.8 trillion lower

    3. Thousands of American lives and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives would have been spared

    4. Iraq would have been off limit to Al Qaeda

    5. The american reputation around the world would not have been further damaged

    Comment by vladislav — April 23, 2014 @ 2:52 pm

  58. News Brief
    Ukrainian separatist TV channel to combat ‘zombie Zionists’
    April 22, 2014 6:11am
    (JTA) — Ukrainian separatists pledged to combat “zombie Zionists” in what appeared to be a promotional video for a newly-launched pro-Russian television channel.
    The video was one of the first materials shown by KPE TV, which was established on Sunday, the news website tvplus.dn.ua reported Monday.
    Coming amid a string of anti-Semitic attacks and incidents in Ukraine, the video showed three men standing in what appears to be a broadcast room while boasting about the new television channel.
    Twenty seconds into the video, one of the three unnamed men is seen describing the channel as “a powerful blow to the biblical matrix and zombie Zionist.”
    The television channel is based in Slovyansk, a city located 60 miles north of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, where three unidentified men last week handed out anti-Semitic fliers calling on Jews to register with authorities and pay a special fee for what the fliers’ authors called Ukrainian Jews’ pro-Ukrainian sentiments.
    Separatist leaders have denied any involvement in the distribution of the fliers, calling them a provocation.
    Several areas in eastern Ukraine, where many millions of ethnic Russian live, have seen separatist rioting against the Ukrainian government, which came to power last month after the ousting of former president Viktor Yanokuvych in a revolution that erupted over his perceived pro-Russian policies.
    Since the revolution erupted in November, Ukraine, which has relatively low levels of anti-Semitic violence, has seen several serious attacks including a stabbing and the attempted torching of two synagogues, most recently last week in Nikolayev.
    The Ukrainian government and Russian government officials, as well as their supporters in Ukraine, have exchanged allegations of anti-Semitism.
    “For the last two months Russian propaganda has promoted the idea that the new reformist government in Kyiv – which includes a Jewish Deputy Prime Minister, and two Jewish governors in major population centers – is anti-Semitic. Now the truth is out: many of the far-right pro-Russia separatists are anti-Semites with strong links to Russian fascist and xenophobic groups. They are now threatening Jews, Ukrainians, Roma, and other non-Russians. This is the set of allies and agents President Putin has put into play,” Adrian Karatnycky, co-director of the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter and a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, told JTA Tuesday.

    Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/04/22/news-opinion/world/ukrainian-separatist-tv-channel-to-combat-zombie-zionists#ixzz2zlyZRzYS

    Comment by Andrew — April 23, 2014 @ 9:59 pm

  59. > Separatist leaders have denied any involvement in the distribution of the fliers, calling them a provocation.

    So, Andrew, the previous time (last week) that you published “news” about anti-semitic fliers in Donetsk, it turned out to be the work of the criminal oligarch and Maidan financier Kolomoysky, the new junta’s governor of Dnepropetrovsk. Any evidence that it was not Kolomoysky but another Maidan financier? I mean, it would be boring to spread falsifications from the same source more than once per week. Mix them up. Next time post anti-semitic falsifications from different Maidan criminals.

    Comment by vladislav — April 23, 2014 @ 11:35 pm

  60. Russian forces occupy New York!

    Remeber how the US media declared that the Donetsk militants are Putin’s soldiers because they spoke Rusisan and not Ukrainian?

    Look at this news and video:

    http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/bus-passengers-beat-man-harassing-elderly-couple-video
    Bus Passengers Beat Up Man Harassing Elderly Couple (Video)

    Look at this man:

    http://www.secretsofthefed.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/BUSS-PASSENGERS-BEAT-UP-599×275.jpg

    He is dressed like those men in Donetsk and he speaks no Ukrainian! He even has a red star on his Red Army hat!

    https://img0.etsystatic.com/039/0/8491256/il_570xN.581088748_dmh6.jpg

    Proof positive that Putin’s forces have landed in New York and are harassing the elderly!

    Comment by vladislav — April 24, 2014 @ 2:11 am

  61. he purpose of the Iraq aggression was to use US taxpayers’ money and blood in order to give the Iraqi oil to the US and UK oil companies.

    Okay, let’s run with this for a while.

    The first goal was accomplished:

    Right, with you so far.

    However, the profits to the oil companies from Iraqi oil has been quite small: maybe $50 billion?

    Okay, at this point any intelligent person would be asking themselves whether their initial premise, i.e. giving money to US and UK oil companies was valid.

    Then when you consider that there is only one major American oil company, and one major British oil company, operating in Iraq, both of whom had to bid in a competitive round for the privilege and secured deals which were not considered favourable; and then you further consider that Russian and Chinese oil companies have also won licenses in Iraq, the whole premise is revealed as being absolute bollocks.

    Comment by Tim Newman — April 24, 2014 @ 5:35 am

  62. What evidence Vladislav? From Russian TV? Not seen anything about it in trustworthy sources

    You do realise Ihor Kolomoyskyi is Jewish right?

    Comment by Andrew — April 24, 2014 @ 9:00 am

  63. > What evidence Vladislav? From Russian TV? Not seen anything about it in trustworthy sources

    Thank you for asking.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/18/antisemitic-donetsk-peoples-republic-ukraine-hoax

    Antisemitic flyer ‘by Donetsk People’s Republic’ in Ukraine a hoax

    City’s chief rabbi states pamphlet is fake, claiming it is meant to discredit pro-Russian protesters or Jewish community

    When seen by the Guardian on Friday, several aspects of the document immediately called into question its legitimacy. Pushilin is officially the chairman of the temporary government and has avoided being labelled its governor or leader. Also, the Donetsk People’s Republic stamp shown there is poor quality and a different size than normally used, and the order is not signed.

    Here is what our mutual (with LR and SWP) friend Julia Ioffe ( a wman who cannot be accused of not haitng Putin) confirming writes about this provocation:

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117415/relax-ukraine-not-ordering-its-jews-register

    Ukraine Is NOT Ordering Its Jews to Register

    Today, the Western press caught up with the Ukrainian rumor mill: apparently, the People’s Republic of Donetsk had ordered all Jews over the age of 16 to pay a fee of $50 U.S. and register with the new “authorities,” or face loss of citizenship or expulsion. This was laid out in officious-looking fliers pasted on the local synagogue. One local snapped a photo of the fliers and sent it to a friend in Israel, who then took it to the Israeli press and, voila, an international scandal: American Twitter is abuzz with it, Drudge is hawking it, and, today in Geneva, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry slammed the fliers as “grotesque.”

    The Donetsk Jewish community dismissed this as “a provocation,” which it clearly is. “It’s an obvious provocation designed to get this exact response, going all the way up to Kerry,” says Fyodr Lukyanov, editor of Russia in Global Affairs. “I have no doubt that there is a sizeable community of anti-Semites on both sides of the barricades, but for one of them to do something this stupid—this is done to compromise the pro-Russian groups in the east.”

    Why? The Russian government has been playing up the (real but small) role of fascists and neo-Nazis in the victory of the EuroMaidan in Kiev. The Ukrainian government, utterly powerless to fight off the Russians and their local stooges, have had to rely on other methods, like leaking taped phone calls of allegedly local separatists getting their commands from Moscow. This may be just another tactic to smear the so-called anti-Maidan in the east of Ukraine: you think we’re fascists? Well, take a look at these guys.

    Indeed, the Russian web chatter has sniffed the hand of the Dnipropetrovsk city government. (Dnipropetrovsk is another eastern Ukrainian city, but one that has been spared this chaos, in part because of the firm hand of its new regional governor, Jewish businessman Ihor Kolomoisky. One (Jewish) blogger said he received a similar looking flier from an official in the Dnipropetrovsk city administration:

    http://dandorfman.livejournal.com/498317.html

    Beware: provocation!

    Last night, the Dnepropetrovsk governor’s office (headed by the notorious pro-OUN/UPA Maidan gangster oligarch Kolomoysky) issued yet another forgery, written by the assistant governor of Dnepropetrovsk Boris Filatov, this time regarding Jews. On behalf of the alleged self-proclaimed leader of the People’s Republic of Donetsk, Filatov ordered all Jews of Donetsk and other cities in the region “to register” and pay $50 fee.

    This monstrous wild text is so absurd that no one with brains would believe it. Again, the author and INSPIRER of this bogus paper is Boris Filatov. To reminds readers what kind of a person Boris Filatov is, here is what he wrote about Crimean pro-Russian demonstrators: “No armed Maidan men should be sent there. No extremist statements. Right now we should pretend to give these scum promises, guarantees and concessions. And hang them? We’ll hang them later.”

    http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A4%D0%B8%D0%BB%D0%B0%D1%82%D0%BE%D0%B2,_%D0%91%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%B8%D1%81_%D0%90%D0%BB%D1%8C%D0%B1%D0%B5%D1%80%D1%82%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B8%D1%87#.D0.9F.D0.BE.D0.BB.D0.B8.D1.82.D0.B8.D1.87.D0.B5.D1.81.D0.BA.D0.B8.D0.B5_.D0.B2.D0.B7.D0.B3.D0.BB.D1.8F.D0.B4.D1.8B

    NBC News itself ran a segment admitting that there is no reason to suspect the pro-Russian people of writing this leaflet and the blame most likely lies with Yatsenyuk’s anti-Russian officials:

    http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/54986387/#54986387

    Also overseas tonight, the crisis in Ukraine is showing no signs of letup. Neither side is backing off from their positions and the mystery over who is handing out leaflets telling jews they must register has only deepened. nbc’s jim maceda is there and has our report tonight.

    >> reporter: just a check that the threat was real, several jews came here yesterday to the headquarters of the pro-Russia militants as if registering themselves as requested. They were told to leave immediately, that no one here knows anything about such a leaflet.

    And today, pro russian authorities in Donetsk blamed the other side. This is just a provocation he said from the government in Kiev.

    Jews believe the leaflets were a hoax, but they’re still angry and worried. the days of scapegoating jews were supposed to be over.

    US State Department:
    >> “the source is less important than how horrific the content was and the message it sent.”

    (In other words: “It is not important that these antisemitic threats were written by our pro-American stooges. What is important is that we want to blame Putin for our own virulently antisemitic pamphlet.”)

    Comment by vladislav — April 24, 2014 @ 1:08 pm

  64. “This monstrous wild text is so absurd that no one with brains would believe it.”

    And you, Andrew, believed it. Congratulations: yet another person has diagnosed your handicap.

    Comment by vladislav — April 24, 2014 @ 1:12 pm

  65. http://nypost.com/2014/04/18/fliers-ordering-jews-to-register-in-ukraine-a-hoax/

    Fliers ordering Jews to ‘register’ in Ukraine a hoax

    Anti-Semitic fliers ordering Jews in Donetsk, Ukraine, to “register” with authorities were an elaborate hoax, the region’s chief rabbi said Friday.
    The Nazi-era-style leaflets — which instructed Jews to register as pro-Russia separatists and declare all property — were likely used as a tool get the international community involved in the battle between Russia and Ukraine, the rabbi told The Guardian.

    I think someone is trying to use the Jewish community in Donetsk as an instrument in this conflict,” said Rabbi Pinchas Vishedski. “That’s why we’re upset.”

    On Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry denounced the fliers as “grotesque” and the story of their distribution quickly spread, deeply disturbing Jews in the region and all over the world.

    In response, Denis Pushilin — the pro-Russia separatist linked to the fliers — called them a “complete lie” and a deliberate “provocation,” Fox News reported Friday.
    “This provocation has been done unprofessionally — first of all, [the flier] is signed as ‘people’s governor Denis Pushilin,’ and I never referred to myself as such and nobody called me like that first,” said Pushilin, chairman of Donetsk’s “temporary” government. “Secondly, the stamp that is there, it is bigger in size, meaning simply it has been done in a Photoshop. And third, if you read the text, you will see that it’s relatively badly written.”

    Pushilin claimed that pro-Ukrainian groups were circulating the leaflets to outrage Jewish people and get other countries involved in the conflict in Donetsk, where militants have taken over government buildings in a bid to bring control of the city under Russian rule.

    Comment by vladislav — April 24, 2014 @ 2:15 pm

  66. Yet another example of the US-sponsored campaign of falsification:

    http://rt.com/news/154548-pictures-russian-troops-false/

    Pictures presented by Washington and Kiev as evidence of Russia’s involvement in Ukraine, and published on Monday by the New York Times, were unverified and in fact contradicted the claims they were to support.

    The US State department acknowledged the error and the New York Times back-tracked on its Monday story, which claimed “photographs and descriptions from eastern Ukraine endorsed by the Obama administration … suggest that many of the green men are indeed Russian military and intelligence forces”.

    The proof was this particular picture with an inscription “Group photograph taken in Russia”.

    Freelance photographer Maxim Dondyuk took the photo.

    “It was taken in Slavyansk [Ukraine],” he told NYT over the phone. “Nobody asked my permission to use it.”

    The picture was amongst others Kiev gave the OSCE mission to Ukraine to ‘prove’ Russian involvement in the massive unrest gripping the Donetsk region.

    The State Department repeated the claims, citing ‘confirmation’ of Moscow involvement.

    “We see in the photos that have been again in international media, on Twitter, publicly available is that there are individuals who visibly appear to be tied to Russia. We’ve said that publicly a countless number of times,” Jen Psaki, State Dept spokeswoman said.

    The New York Times eventually published a climbdown Wednesday – ‘Scrutiny Over Photos Said to Tie Russia Units to Ukraine’, where it admitted failing to properly verify the Kiev photo dossier.

    The NYT also cited the State Dept’s Psaki admitting “the assertion that the photograph in the American briefing materials had been taken in Russia was incorrect”. She explained the picture was only part of a draft packet that wasn’t used by Kerry at the talks.

    Psaki then claimed to have other evidence connecting “the Russians and the armed militants” in eastern Ukraine but would not provide details.

    Comment by vladislav — April 24, 2014 @ 2:38 pm

  67. - Concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong
    - People will believe a big lie sooner than a little one
    - If you repeat it frequently enough, people will sooner or later believe it
    /Hitler’s philosophy on propaganda/

    Comment by vladislav — April 24, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

  68. Vladislav, in all that bile where is the actual evidence that Kolomoyskyi is responsible? Wikipedia.ru does not count.

    As to your last post regards photos, RT does not count either.

    Comment by Andrew — April 24, 2014 @ 10:48 pm

  69. Andrew, given your own anti-semitism, you should really lay off of your fake concern for Jews.

    As far as Kolomoysky goes, re-read the above posts about his assistant, Filatov, writing and faxing these leaflets to Jews.

    Kolomoysky, of course, is the most evil persona in modern Ukraine. For many years he has been accused of being the sugar daddy of the Social-National party Svoboda, although the latter denies it, for obvious reasons. A couple of days ago, the notorious fascist bandits from the Right Sector have announced moving their operations to Kolomoysky’s Dnepropetrovsk, evidently the only place outside of West Ukraine where they won’t be hunted down by the junta and by the pro-Russian forces, thanks to Kolomoysky’s protection. Expect Dnepropetrovsk to become the main catalyst of the impending civil war.

    Comment by vladislav — April 24, 2014 @ 11:29 pm

  70. What ant-semitism Vladislav? That I pointed out Yagoda and Yezov were Jewish when you blamed Georgians for all the USSRs ills?
    Or when I pointed out that it was odd that you supported the USSR/Russia so hard when they were and are working quite hard for the destruction of Israel?
    As a life long supporter of Israel I find it funny indeed.

    Anyway, since you love polls so much:

    NEW IRI UKRAINE POLL: OPPOSITION TO RUSSIAN MILITARY INTERVENTION STRONG THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, ENTHUSIASM FOR ELECTION IS HIGH
    April 24, 2014

    Kyiv, Ukraine – A new Ukraine poll (PDF), released today by IRI, found that, although there are divisions in the country, opposition to Russian military intervention remains high, voters in all regions are looking forward to the upcoming presidential election and, despite the continuing crisis, public confidence in the government remains steady.

    Due to Russia’s occupation of the peninsula, residents of Crimea were unable to be included in this poll.

    Opposition to Russia Military Intervention Strong in All Regions
    Despite Russian propaganda and the claims of pro-Russia militants that Russian-speaking citizens need protection from Moscow, an overwhelming majority of respondents (85 percent) oppose Moscow sending troops to protect Russian-speaking citizens.

    This overwhelming majority opposed to Russian intervention extends to every region (97 percent, west; 94 percent, center; 69 percent, east; 75 percent, south), to all age groups (18-29 year olds, 85 percent; 30-49 year olds, 85 percent; 50 and older, 85 percent) and to men and women (men, 84 percent; women, 86 percent). In addition, 68 percent of Russian-speaking citizens oppose military intervention by Moscow.

    As in IRI’s March poll, more than half of respondents (55 percent) consider military intervention by Moscow to be an invasion and occupation of independent Ukraine.

    When asked if it was necessary for the Russian military to come into eastern and/or southern Ukraine to protect Russian speakers and ethnic Russians, an overwhelming majority (88 percent) said no. That majority was seen across all regions of the country, 98 percent in the west, 95 percent in the center, 73 percent in the east and 86 percent in the south.

    Furthermore, 73 percent of respondents believe Ukraine should remain a unitary country governed by a central government.

    Voter Enthusiasm for Election is High
    Despite the fact that 64 percent of respondents believe Russia will try to disrupt or discredit the May 25 presidential election, an overwhelming 84 percent said they either will or are likely to vote. Although enthusiasm for the presidential election is highest in the west (91 percent) and center (92 percent), a majority in all regions say they either will or are likely to vote, 79 percent in the east and 62 percent in the south.

    Although support for Petro Poroshenko has increased from IRI’s March poll, with 29 percent of respondents indicating they would vote him, a second round run-off election seems likely. Of the other candidates, Yulia Tymoshenko is in second place with 13 percent, Serhiy Tihipko is next with six percent, followed by Mykhailo Dobkin with five percent. Oleh Lyashko and Petro Symonenko each received four percent.

    Asking respondents who they would vote for in a second round run-off Poroshenko or Tymoshenko, 41 percent responded Poroshenko and 15 percent said Tymoshenko, 21 percent would vote against both, 12 percent would not vote and 11 percent said they didn’t know.

    The presidential election will be critical to stabilizing Ukraine and is clearly something that Moscow does not want.

    Confidence in the Government Holds
    Despite continuing concerns about the crisis in eastern Ukraine, confidence in the government has remained steady. Forty-six percent of Ukrainians (up from 42 percent) approve of the job Oleksiy Turchynov is doing as acting president of Ukraine. Fifty-two percent (up from 47 percent) approve of the job Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is doing.

    The current parliament, elected in 2012, which Moscow propaganda would have people believe is an illegal government, maintains a plurality of support.

    Respondents continue to support the government’s agenda of strengthening ties to Europe with 53 percent preferring to join the European Union and 54 percent indicated they would vote to join the EU if a referendum were held today.

    Methodology
    The poll was conducted in all regions of Ukraine (excluding Crimea) from April 3-12, 2014, with a randomly selected sample of 1,200 permanent residents of Ukraine older than the age of 18 and eligible to vote. The margin of error does not exceed plus or minus 2.8 percent, and the response rate was 65 percent.

    The survey was conducted by Baltic Surveys/The Gallup Organization, with field work carried out by Rating Group Ukraine. The survey was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

    http://www.iri.org/NEWS-EVENTS-PRESS-CENTER/NEWS/NEW-IRI-UKRAINE-POLL-OPPOSITION-RUSSIAN-MILITARY-INTERVENTION-STRONG-T

    Comment by Andrew — April 25, 2014 @ 6:12 am

  71. And also, if Svoboda is anti-Semitic as you claim, why would they be funded by a Jewish oligarch? Or do you follow the Russian line of a secret cabal of Jewish Nazis trying to destroy the Russian people?

    Comment by Andrew — April 25, 2014 @ 6:14 am

  72. > And also, if Svoboda is anti-Semitic as you claim, why would they be funded by a Jewish oligarch?

    Why not? Svoboda is in Kolomoysky’s financial and political interests, and his money is in Svoboda’s interests. Some Jews do even worse. Take, for example, the chess genius Bobby Fischer, a Jew:

    Anti-semitic statements

    Fischer, whose mother was Jewish,[30][34][35][259] and whose probable biological father was Jewish,[30] made numerous anti-Jewish statements and professed a general hatred for Jews since at least the early 1960s.[259][478] Jan Hein Donner wrote that at the time of Bled 1961, “He idolized Hitler and read everything about him that he could lay his hands on. He also championed a brand of anti-semitism that could only be thought up by a mind completely cut off from reality”.[225] Donner took Fischer to a war museum, which “left a great impression, since [Fischer] is not an evil person, and afterwards he was more restrained in his remarks—to me, at least”.[225]

    Although Fischer described his mother as Jewish in an article he wrote as a teenager,[259] he later denied his Jewish ancestry.[30] In 1984, Fischer denied being a Jew in a letter to the Encyclopaedia Judaica, insisting that they remove his name and accusing them of “fraudulently misrepresenting me to be a Jew [...] to promote your religion”.[479]

    From the 1980s on, Fischer’s comments about Jews were a major theme in his public and private remarks.[480] He openly denied the Holocaust, and called the United States “a farce controlled by dirty, hook-nosed, circumcised Jew bastards”.[481] Between 1999 and 2006, Fischer’s primary means of communicating with the public was radio interviews. He participated in at least 34 such broadcasts, mostly with radio stations in the Philippines, but also in Hungary, Iceland, Colombia, and Russia. In 1999, he gave a radio call-in interview to a station in Budapest, Hungary, during which he described himself as the “victim of an international Jewish conspiracy”. In another radio interview, Fischer said that it became clear to him in 1977, after reading The Secret World Government by Count Cherep-Spiridovich, that Jewish agencies were targeting him.[482] Fischer’s sudden reemergence was apparently triggered when some of his belongings, which had been stored in a Pasadena, California storage unit, were sold by the landlord who claimed it was in response to nonpayment of rent.[483]

    Fischer’s library contained anti-semitic and white supremacist literature such as Mein Kampf, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and The White Man’s Bible and Nature’s Eternal Religion by Ben Klassen, founder of the Church of the Creator.[484][485] A notebook written by Fischer contains sentiments such as “8/24/99 Death to the Jews. Just kill the Motherfuckers!” and “12/13/99 It’s time to start randomly killing Jews”.[486][487]

    Comment by vladislav — April 25, 2014 @ 2:02 pm

  73. > Or do you follow the Russian line of a secret cabal of Jewish Nazis trying to destroy the Russian people?

    From whom exactly in the Russian government or mass media have you heard that “a secret cabal of Jewish Nazis is trying to destroy the Russian people”?

    > And also, if Svoboda is anti-Semitic as you claim…

    Are you saying that you are not aware that Svoboda is anti-Semitic? I posted hundreds pieces of evidence. Every mention of Svoboda in the Western media is accompanied by the adjective “anti-semitic” and often “neo-nazi”. Here is one example, explaining the position of the world Jewish organizations:

    http://www.jpost.com/Jewish-World/Jewish-News/World-Jewish-Congress-urges-ban-on-neo-Nazi-parties-312395

    REUTERS, BUDAPEST, May 4, 2013

    The World Jewish Congress calls for European ban on ‘neo-Nazi parties’

    Delegates representing Jewish communities in more than 100 countries approved the resolution calling for the ban on parties like … Ukrainian “Svoboda” due to the rise of far-right nationalist movements in Greece, Hungary and the Ukraine.

    Comment by vladislav — April 25, 2014 @ 2:18 pm

  74. In these days of strife, let us not forget what unites Russians and Ukrainians:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYyKHX5e-hc
    Graduates of the National “Yaroslav the Wise” Academy of Jurisprudence, Kharkov marching to the immortal “Frarewell of the Slavic Woman”

    Comment by vladislav — April 25, 2014 @ 11:35 pm

  75. The problem with comparing Kolomoyskiy to Bobby Fisher is that Kolomyskiy hold Israeli citizenship, is president of the United Jewish Community of Ukraine.

    He is an unpleasant character from the perspective of his business dealings (to put it mildly), but to describe him as a self-hating Jew is absurd.

    Russian nationalists have traditionally tried to drive a wedge between Ukrainians and Jews, to the detriment of both peoples. This game is largely over, within Ukraine, although it goes on in the minds of Russians.

    Comment by AP — April 26, 2014 @ 8:10 am

  76. @AP – Kremlinoids have traditionally tried to drive a wedge between everyone. The modus operandi is that everyone is supposed to love it when the Kremlinoids beat everyone over the head to spread “Russkiy mir”. The Kremlinoids love misery – it makes them happy.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/25/want-a-good-look-at-putin-s-pervy-propaganda-see-the-furies-of-maidan.html

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hCx-mnI9NA

    04.25.14
    Want a Good Look at Putin’s Pervy Propaganda? See ‘The Furies of Maidan’

    A Russian MP’s wild rant at a pregnant reporter was inspired by an ‘investigative report’ that blames Ukraine’s revolution on sexually frustrated women and claims, ‘They like it hard.’

    Even amid the increasing surreality of Vladimir Putin’s Russia, ultranationalist MP Vladimir Zhirinovsky’s tirade against a pregnant reporter who asked a question about Ukraine stood out.

    Besides telling the woman she shouldn’t work while pregnant, instructing a male aide to rape her, and shouting, “Damned lesbian!” at another female reporter who tried to rebuke him, Zhirinovsky lashed out at the women of Ukraine’s pro-independence Maidan movement, assailing them as sex-starved harpies. “There’s going to be a film about you, The Furies of Maidan,” he railed, apparently taking the female journalists for Maidan sympathizers. “You’ve all got uterine frenzy, the women of Maidan,” he ranted. “If it weren’t for this uterine frenzy, there wouldn’t be any Maidan.”

    Zhirinovsky, who has apologized for his outburst at last week’s press conference and faces likely censure by the Duma, Russia’s parliament, is known for his outrageous antics. But it turns out The Furies of Maidan is not a figment of his imagination. It is a real “investigative report” that aired last Saturday on NTV, one of Russia’s major television networks. Subtitled “Sex, Psychosis, and Politics,” the 30-minute feature makes exactly the same point as Zhirinovsky’s rant: that the displaced energy of sexually frustrated or pathological women was a driving force behind Ukraine’s Euromaidan revolution. In the dramatic words of the 45-second promo: “They like it hard. They are turned on by danger. And woe to anyone who fails to appreciate them.”

    While the report could be mistaken for a clever if over-the-top parody clip, it is not. A wild mélange of paranoia, smear, sleaze, misogyny, and homophobia that makes Rush Limbaugh look politically correct, The Furies of Maidan offers a disturbing glimpse into the state of Russia’s government-run mainstream media—and into the toxic sludge of propaganda it regularly dumps on a largely uncritical public.

    Comment by elmer — April 26, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

  77. > He is an unpleasant character from the perspective of his business dealings (to put it mildly), but to describe him as a self-hating Jew is absurd.

    Nobody did so. “Self-hating” is the last description that would fit him. He is in love with himself and everything about him. His connections with Svoboda and Right Sector are pure business and self-interest.

    > Russian nationalists have traditionally tried to drive a wedge between Ukrainians and Jews

    Nonsense. There are too few Jews left in Ukraine to struggle for their support. The reason why the emergence to power of West Uke extremists is pointed out, is because now they want genocide of tens of millions of Moskals of all ethnicities, and they now have both the power and the heavily armed paramilitary units to kill, kill, kill.

    > This game is largely over, within Ukraine, although it goes on in the minds of Russians.

    Their game is just beginning. They will not go away quietly, they are no silent lambs. Here is a small sampling of their demonstrations demanding physical extermination of Moskals:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3Mr_ZrrqEQ
    Москалей на ножи, Правый Сектор идет по городу.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4WMU0rQqkc
    Марш бандеровцев УПА: москалей на ножи!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS0soKFrhqA
    Киев. 27.03.2014.Правосеки перед штурмом Верховной Рады.”Москалей на ножи”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCCH1BTLFro
    Приезд Фарион в Одессу Москалей – на ножи!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOVnsd6e4_Y
    Хватит бухать пора воевать! Москалей на ножи!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbH_kj21rVk
    25 03 14 Правый сектор Россия, жди! Москалей на ножи!

    ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX_ja9OezuE
    14.3.2013 №10 Москалей на ножи!

    They even indoctrinate Ukrainian school children – entire schools! – into genocide:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrJC6rU9lG0
    Школьная линейка в украинской школе. Москаляку на гилляку.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbAVIsF2UuA
    Школьная линейка Дрогобича. Школьники скандируют Москалей на ножи!

    Comment by vladislav — April 26, 2014 @ 3:41 pm

  78. “Москалей на ножи!” means “Stab Moskals!” and is the second most popular nationalist slogan after “Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Heroes!”

    Comment by vladislav — April 26, 2014 @ 3:44 pm

  79. The third most popular nationalist slogan is “Кто не скаче, той москаль!” – “If you aren’t hopping/jumping, you are a Moskal!”. It’s how the Maidan crowds kept themselves warm and motivated in cold winter nights during their illegal occupation of the center of the capital in November, December, January, and February (thanks to the police inactivity):

    http://wikireality.ru/wiki/%D0%9A%D1%82%D0%BE_%D0%BD%D0%B5_%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%B0%D1%87%D0%B5%D1%82,_%D1%82%D0%BE%D1%82_%D0%BC%D0%BE%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%B0%D0%BB%D1%8C

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkHAr23LMww
    Евромайдан. Майданутые: “Кто не скачет – тот москаль”.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wf9QSL9UNZ4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6rfqr9afMc
    Хто не скаче, той москаль

    Comment by vladislav — April 26, 2014 @ 3:53 pm

  80. SWP, I’m not sure how you were selected to have your own personal Kremlinoid troll on your blog, but it’s obvious that you have one. vladislav the little Kremlinoid Krappola purveyor, is foaming at the mouth, working overtime, to flood your blog with stuff that only “resonances” in the Kremlin, and in certain parts of the Rasha.

    Anyway, I thought people might like to see pictures of the results of Vlad Dracul Putler’s handiwork in Crimea:

    https://twitter.com/euromaidan/status/460111843768287233/photo/1

    That’s a meat counter in Crimea – obviously, Vlad Dracul Putler has decided to turn everyone in Crimea into vegetarians.

    https://twitter.com/golub/status/460140164170670080/photo/1

    And a grocery store – empty shelves.

    Actually, I keep thinking of that 38 second clip, from his recent marathon TV monologue, when a villager asked him for help with the bad roads in the Rasha, and Putler responded:

    “why do you need a car, if there are bad roads? what is this, a provocation?”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=s7RY4exvrno

    Comment by elmer — April 26, 2014 @ 9:41 pm

  81. Andrew, to continue our discussion of military zieg-heils, what do you think about this seemingly authentic picture of an Ukrainian armoured vehicle going to “pacify” its fellow East Ukrainian citizens:

    https://scontent-a-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/1898212_629404187139073_2681160552707945065_n.png

    Comment by vladislav — April 27, 2014 @ 1:35 am

  82. Do you remember the big scandal the US media made over a Russian RTR’s channels’s segment about the automatic Russian nuclear retaliation system that can annihilate the USA even if the USA’s fist nuclear strike kills everybody in Russia?

    Well, the US mass media simply had to retaliate. I just saw CBS 60 Minutes advertise its segment on “Inside the nuclear missile control centers of a US Air Force base” later today. I can’t wait to see the other US mass media express the same outrage over this program as over RTR’s program earlier. :-)

    Comment by vladislav — April 27, 2014 @ 4:38 am

  83. What do the “little green men” who “aren’t in Ukraine,” according to Vlad Dracul Putler, do with Ukrainian tanks?

    Well, they pull donuts!

    http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/xwtb3c/the-empire-takes-back—tank-tricks

    vladislav, our personal little Kremlinoid Krappola troll, will not like that Daily Show report about Putler and Snowden and the rest.

    You know – because vladislav is “one of us Americans”

    Comment by elmer — April 27, 2014 @ 1:25 pm

  84. > vladislav, our personal little Kremlinoid Krappola troll

    Ask your mommy to change your diapers. You start to smell.

    Comment by vladislav — April 27, 2014 @ 3:04 pm

  85. The Chicago court has ruled that the Maidan demonstrators and other Molotoff cocktail throwers are terrorists and should be thrown in jail for 6 years:

    http://korrespondent.net/world/3354816-v-ssha-sud-pryhovoryl-troykh-protestovavshykh-protyv-sammyta-nato-k-19-hodam-tuirmy

    Comment by vladislav — April 27, 2014 @ 3:32 pm

  86. sanctions designation against additional persons, including Sechin, and companies:

    http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20140428.aspx

    Comment by elmer — April 28, 2014 @ 7:55 am

  87. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/28/statement-press-secretary-ukraine

    For Immediate Release
    April 28, 2014
    Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine

    The United States has taken further action today in response to Russia’s continued illegal intervention in Ukraine and provocative acts that undermine Ukraine’s democracy and threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. At the contact group meeting in Geneva on April 17, 2014, Russia, Ukraine, the United States, and the European Union decided on a number of steps to deescalate the situation in eastern Ukraine, including refraining from further violence or provocative acts. Since April 17, Russia has done nothing to meet its Geneva commitments and in fact has further escalated the crisis. Russia’s involvement in the recent violence in eastern Ukraine is indisputable.

    Comment by elmer — April 28, 2014 @ 8:01 am

  88. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/29/world/asia/obama-sanctions-russia.html?hp

    MANILA — The United States on Monday imposed additional sanctions against Russian government officials and companies deemed close to President Vladimir V. Putin, accusing Moscow of failing to live up to its agreement to defuse the crisis in Ukraine.

    The Obama administration ordered travel bans and asset freezes for seven Russian officials, including two said to be in Mr. Putin’s inner circle, and froze assets for 17 companies. Thirteen Russian companies will also face additional restrictions as the government will cut off the export or re-export of American-made products to them.

    Additionally, the State and Commerce Departments announced a new policy to deny export license applications for high-technology items that could contribute to Russia’s military capabilities. The two departments will revoke existing export licenses along those lines, the White House said in a statement.

    Among those targeted on Monday was Igor I. Sechin, president of the state-owned Rosneft oil company and a longtime Putin adviser. Although administration officials said over the weekend that they also expected Aleksei B. Miller, the head of the energy giant Gazprom, to possibly be targeted, Mr. Obama ultimately chose a list that did not include him.—-

    The European Union is expected to announce similar measures within a day or so, as Mr. Obama and European leaders strive to keep a united front in their campaign of pressure on Moscow.

    ————

    But Mr. Obama acknowledged, “We don’t yet know whether it is going to work,” and he left the door open to more sweeping sanctions against Russian industries like banking and defense.

    “The goal is not to go after Mr. Putin personally; the goal is to change his calculus, to encourage him to walk the walk, not just talk the talk” when it comes to diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis, Mr. Obama said.

    Mr. Obama said the sanctions would affect high-tech military exports to Russia, because they are not “appropriate to be transferred in the current environment.”

    Comment by elmer — April 28, 2014 @ 8:37 am

  89. > Among those targeted on Monday was Igor I. Sechin, president of the state-owned Rosneft oil company and a longtime Putin adviser.

    How powerful! What a simple and elegant solution! Had Napoleon thought of financial sanctions against the (future) Russian poet Pushkin, Russia would have immediately surrendered to him, and Europe would now be called the French Empire, with greatly improved cheese and pastry selectikons. :-)

    Comment by vladislav — April 28, 2014 @ 1:02 pm

  90. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hennadiy_Kernes

    In 2010 had his candidacy nominated for the Party of Regions in the elections to local authorities.

    Following the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution, he was accused of fomenting separatism

    He was noted for holding a strongly ‘pro-Russian’ stance and a supporter of Viktor Yanukovych. He was accused by Ukraine’s new pro-Western leaders two months ago of promoting separatism. However, more recently he is believed to have softened this position.[13]

    Comment by vladislav — April 28, 2014 @ 11:59 pm

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