Today, the Future of Russia Looks Frightening

Aleksey Lebedinsky

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Today, the future of Russia looks frightening. I have fear. Really, I do.

I am frightened because Russia has Putin. You certainly know why.

However, I would be frightened if Russia lost Putin. Because for the last 15 years, the people in Russia were deprived of the opportunity to get acquainted with any decent and well-educated person who would be able to win the people’s trust, and also to take over the governing of the country and its people given the pathetic shape they are in right now. Therefore, if Putin goes, his place will be taken by one of his courtiers, who has his hands and his thoughts as dirty as Putin’s. Things might get worse.

So, Putin or no Putin, nothing good will happen to my dear, beloved country in the foreseeable future. Nothing good will happen to my family, close friends, colleagues, and, generally, to all the decent and luminous people of Russia, because they cannot be brownnosers. That makes me especially afraid.

And it is not the current regime that instills fear in me. Rather, it is this aggressive and merciless howl of the Russian lumpen-proletariat, of the people who have gone mad in their looking forward to the approaching slaughter. These people have no historic memory whatsoever. They are ready to rename their cities, again, honoring the names of the murderous maniacs who have arranged the genocide of their own people, the sadists who are obviously guilty in wiping out millions of human lives – including the lives of grandfathers and great-grandfathers of these very lumpen-proletarians.

The crowd that has gone mad, the crowd of men and women who have lost all their reason and memory, is a terrifying thing. On the other hand, the genes have the memories of their own, and these genes are waking up, and they are the ruthless genes of those whose ancestors used to be executioners and secret agents, the bloody hands and the heartless toy soldiers of the regimes that rid themselves of humanity, the regimes where it was normal to betray a person’s mother or child, reporting them to the secret police. And why did these ancestors of the contemporary Russians do all those terrible things? What for? Ask the contemporary Russians – and you will see that they still cannot quite understand that or sort that out. They remind me of the scene from an old Soviet movie, “Chapaev,” where one Red Army commander is asked by his aid-de-camp, “Are you fighting for Bolsheviks or for Communists?” The commander looks bewildered, but then says: “I am for the International!” The aid-de-camp asks, “For which International, for the First or for the Second? The commander gets totally confused, but then blurts: “For whatever Lenin is, I am fighting for that, too!”

These people have instantaneously swallowed the bait thrown into their brains, crippled by cheap movies about the Chechen war or about brave Russian troops liquidating domestic terrorists or even Mexican drug cartels. Their minds are also made foggy by the Russian government campaigns aimed at banning Americans from adopting Russian children (the so-called “Law of Dima Yakovlev” and the like). And what is this bait? Well, it is the contemporary “Russian National Idea.” This idea is simple, although impossible to explain or prove rationally. It is the idea that Russia is far superior to all other countries and that a Russian person is far superior to a person of any other nationality in the whole world. Moreover, this idea implies that Russia is somehow more important for a Russian than the life and freedom of his or her own children.

So this crowd is triumphantly carrying this precious National Idea, which, no doubt, will very soon develop into the Idea that it is OK to physically kill anyone, including your own neighbors, friends, or colleagues merely for their thoughts that do not match the Idea. There will be the ultimate “Those who are not with us, are against us” time.

Does it remind us of something? Oh yes, and this something happened so recently, less than a century ago. However, only very few survivors (of that tragedy, the Communist revolution of 1917 and the subsequent decades of terror and genocide. –GP) remember the horrible pain of losing their families, friends, the pain of torture and deprivation. Very few of them are alive now. But even if they are alive and want to share their stories, nobody will ever listen to them. The headless, mindless Millions Who Are For The Idea are incapable of listening.

These headless creatures can be fought only using brutal physical force and deceit. Yet, my friends and colleagues do not know how to use force, and they cannot deceive. They haven’t accumulated enough brutality and enough skills to deceive, because they have always been too busy implementing the words of a Russian poet, Nekrasov, who said that the goal of a noble, decent person is to “saw the seeds of rationality, kindness, and eternity.” Therefore, at the moment, the outcome of the possible battle is quite obvious.

Well. I am no Batman. So the only thing I can do is to pray for all of us. As we all know, when the cannons talk, the muses are silent. Hardly can we expect that a song and dance will be of any use. Although… maybe it will. I know for sure that somewhere, deep inside me, there is still this voice, powerful, husky, and overcoming all indecisiveness or doubt. Continue reading

Kherson mayor asks Patriarch Kirill to stay home

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Mayor of Kherson Volodymyr Mykolayenko

The Mayor of Kherson Volodymyr Mykolayenko believes the head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill should drop Kherson from his travel plans, reports Expreso TV, June 18, citing the mayor’s press service.

“We support the development of spirituality in Kherson, but I’m afraid that right now Patriarch Kirill has nothing to do with spirituality. In short, Mr. Kirill, nobody is waiting for you here. To elaborate, we know how much protection Mr. Patriarch requires. Kherson has a population of only 350,000, and it would be difficult to assign half of them as guards. Moreover, our city executive committee has lost its Photoshop license, so it would be difficult to add the required flocks to Patriarch Kirill’s photos.” Mikolayenko said. Continue reading

Moscow patriarch not welcome in Kyiv, says Culture Ministry

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Patriarch Kirill with Vladimir Putin © AFP/File YANA LAPIKOVA

Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture has announced that a visit to Kyiv by Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, is undesirable.

Volodymyr Yushkevych, the head of the Department of Religious and Ethnic Affairs at Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture, explained his reasons in an official statement posted on the Ministry of Culture website, June 19, referring to the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate that currently taking place at the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra: Continue reading

Terrorists Pose As Defectors from Ukraine’s National Guard

Gunmen dressed in Ukrainian Armed Forces uniforms have appeared in Chervonopartyzansk, Luhansk Oblast. They appear to be posing as National Guard members who have defected to the Russian side, as reported by Volodymyr Chepoviy, spokesman for the Information Center of the National Security Council of Ukraine (NSC). “We wish to officially state that no units of Ukraine’s National Guard are stationed in or near Chervonopartyzansk,” he said. Chepoviy called on local residents to remain alert to possible provocations by terrorists in the region.

As Ukrinform reported, citing InfoResist’s Dmytro Tymchuk, Russian militants Ukrainian uniforms keep moving in on Ukraine’s eastern borders and are prepared for provocations.    Continue reading

Odious Russian personality launches web-based project called Ukraina.ru

Russia has established yet another platform in its information war against Ukraine. On June 18, the Russia Today Agency headed by infamous Russian jingoist Dmitry Kiselyov, launched a new information resource called Ukraina.ru. This web-based platform is intended to inform readers about the crisis in Ukraine and to become, in the words of the author, a supposed ‘reflection of Russian-Ukrainian relations.’ However, analysts are concerned that this new resource, like its parent Russia Today, reflects the Russian government’s desire to increase its foreign propaganda efforts, according to BBC Russia.

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“UN: Right Sector is involved in the Odesa events”

Ukraina.ru will be managed by Ukrainian journalist Alyona Berezovska, who was rumored to be very close to ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. 

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Militants create civilian disaster scenes for Russian media

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Russian terrorists  fired at Ukrainian military positions at the Kramatorsk airfield Thursday, June 19, reported ATO (antiterrorist operation) spokesman Vladyslav Seleznov on his Facebook page, reports Ukrainska Pravda. “Then the militants launched 82mm mortar fire at civilian areas in Kramatorsk,” he wrote.

Citing sources, Seleznov reported that once again Russian journalists appeared within minutes at locations bombarded by militants. A few days earlier, the ATO center had warned that militants would be shelling Kramatorsk in order to create a humanitarian catastrophe and provide appropriate images for Russian TV. According to Seleznov, this has been going on for several days. Continue reading

International Memorial Flashmob June 21, 11:00 GMT+3 and GMT-6 | Wreaths4Peace at Russian embassies worldwide. Join us!

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PRESS ALERT

Contact: Alya Shandra, euromaidanprart@gmail.com, +380937536869

WHO: Euromaidanpr, DigitalMaidan, Russia Hands off Ukraine, Euromaidans and Ukrainian communities in Vilnius, Warsaw, Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Brussels, The Hague, Kyiv (list here).

WHAT: Place funeral wreaths to honor Ukrainian heroes killed by Putin at Russian Embassies and consulates around the world. Follow our action on Twitter #StopPutinNow Continue reading

Donbas: The Proletarian Revenge

The supply of Russian weapons has turned the separatist-controlled territories into a real war theater. The population supports the insurgents because they promise to restore order and Soviet values. The region can rapidly turn into new Transnistria.

Today the region is embroiled in war. Not everywhere, only in a triangle 200 km long on each side, with the corners of this triangle being the cities of Sloviansk, Donetsk and Luhansk.One month was enough for Donbas to change drastically. At the end of April there was only an anti-Maidan, that engaged in mass activities imitating the methods used by protesters in Kyiv, however, in this case to express distrust to the new government of the country. Continue reading

Crimean Tatars Banned from Celebrating Flag Day

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Crimean Tatars have been banned from celebrating their national Flag Day in downtown Simferopol. Dilyaver Akiyev, Head of the Council of Medjlis, reported this on Wednesday [18 June].

According to him, on 26 June the Crimean Tatars had planned to hold a number of public cultural  events, with kids’ contests and exhibitions. They filed relevant applications with City Hall. However the authorities refused the applications, alleging that the Tatars will prevent tourists from relaxing. Instead, the occupation authorities proposed that the Tatars hold the festival in another park, located in the outskirts of Simferopol. The Majlis turned down this option; and the Tatars will file another application to hold the event on Simferopol’s central square.

As reported earlier, in May the Crimean Tatars were banned from commemorating their Day of  Mourning on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Tatar deportation from Crimea. Continue reading

Activists Present Judiciary Reanimation Package of Reforms For Ukraine

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Appeal to the Government of Ukraine, by NGO Representatives and Legal Activists: Regarding Restoration of Confidence in the Judicial System

Distrust of Ukrainian courts – the judicial system as a whole and of each judge in particular – is a sensitive topic for everyone in Ukraine. Despite the numerous events that have taken place during recent months, aimed at reforming the judiciary and restoring confidence in the court system, the level of trust continues to be low.  Instead of the promised progress, we are seeing the return of the old methods of control over the judiciary.

State authorities should increase their efforts to convince the public of their intention to guarantee every person in Ukraine the right to a free and fair trial. Continue reading