Start here

Comment regarding audio evidence on #Glazev orchestrating 2014 “#RussianSpring” in Donbas @UaPosition

The most important aspect of these conversations are the dates on which they were reportedly recorded, i.e. in late February and early March 2014. They imply that not only the so-called “civil war” in Ukraine was triggered by Russia. The social conflict that preceded the use of guns had also already been secretly orchestrated, guided and financed from Moscow, as I suspected in my September 2014 comment “In Defense of Conspirology” for PONARS Eurasia. See: http://www.ponarseurasia.org/node/7274
Most Ukrainian presentations of these audio documents miss the fine distinction between Moscow’s “help” to the instigators of the “civil war” starting in April 2014, and Moscow’s earlier “help” in organizing and financing the “Russian Spring” of February-March 2014 that preceded the actual war. For the Western public, that is an important difference as it concerns the nature and origins of the entire conflict.
There were various earlier signs like the many revealing statements by Igor Girkin or the reports on Russia’s military activities in Eastern Ukraine by the Eurasia Center of the Atlantic Council, The Interpreter Magazine, Bellingcat or Boris Nemtsov. The earliest most important scholarly paper already indicating the above was published in 2015 by Nikolay Mitrokhin and can be downloaded here: “Infiltration, Instruction, Invasion: Russia’s War in the Donbass” http://spps-jspps.autorenbetreuung.de/files/07-mitrokhin.pdf
Even Andrew Wilson may have to revise his recent argument in “Europe-Asia Studies” about Russia’s relative role in the escalation of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.  See: The Donbas in 2014: Explaining Civil Conflict Perhaps, but not Civil War http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09668136.2016.1176994
PS: Facebook comment by Anton Shekhovtsov:

I also noticed two very important aspects that I’m afraid I underestimated before:

(1) Moscow’s urgent need for massive _local_ insurgency – no matter whether those locals would be ideologically mobilised or simply bought, Moscow needed them to present a picture of a native uprising and justify the military invasion “in defence of the people”.

(2) Moscow explicitly referred to the “Crimean case” and the permission to use Russian armed forces outside the country stressing that insurgent Ukrainian regions would be joined to Russia. At the moment, it is impossible to determine whether Moscow lied or didn’t lie about the intention to join those regions; however, it is very important that such a promise (“we will help, as we helped in Crimea”) was intended to radicalise the locals and mobilise them to fight against the “Banderites” to their last breath.

 

PPS: A follow up discussion with various journalists about the reporting of this issue, in Western mass media, may be found on Facebook: All Quiet on the Eastern Front? A Sensation Missed at:  https://www.facebook.com/andreas.umland.1/posts/10208609738334392?pnref=story

How Does RT Fight Western Propaganda?

To Inform is to Influence

How Does RT Fight Western stories highlighting Russian attacks on Syrian civilians?

  1. Blame the United States
  2. Say bad publicity will increase the Syrian war.
  3. Attack bad publicity’s credibility
  4. Deny. Say “they lie”.
  5. NEVER accept responsibility
  6. Trot out a “useful idiot”, Lew Rockwell, to espouse a Russian perspective.
  7. Use evil words like “imperial” when referring to the US.
  8. Say “the government” is behind adverse publicity for the Russians.

RT is predictable in their tactics, above.

In ‘Aleppo child survivor image will be used as propaganda for more war – not less’, RT follows all the classical steps to defeat Western propaganda. Unfortunately, the West is much more savvy than a Russian audience, so their tactics are easily identifiable.

But the kicker, the ironic disclaimer ending to the article, says “The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those…

View original post 880 more words

Fascists, Friends of Russia

Voices of Ukraine

How does one explain the Kremlin’s cooperation with far-right radicals in Europe, including neo-Nazis?

By Yuri Federov
28.07.2016
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Carnival in Düsseldorf. Caption: "The right-wing European parties." Photo: Shutterstock Carnival in Düsseldorf. Putin figure propping up with money a saluting arm that bears the words: “Right-wing European parties” with their names and country flags listed below that. Photo: Shutterstock

The Kremlin, as well as its propagandists and political analysts, love to label the Ukrainian government established after the events of 2013-2014 as “Fascist.” They aren’t discouraged by the fact that President Petro Poroshenko isn’t a charismatic dictator, that the political regime in Ukraine is far from being authoritarian (if anything, it resembles the aristocratic democracy of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth), and that right-wing parties and nationalist movements hardly managed to get 7 – 10% of votes between them.

This begs the question: are Kremlin denizens simply projecting onto Ukraine the features of Russia’s own political system? And how…

View original post 1,088 more words

@EmigRussia_org – группа поддержки российским политическим беженцам в Украине

EmigRussia

EmigRussia – гуманитарный инфо-проект Фонда “Свободная Россия”. Миссия проекта – оказание поддержки российским политическим беженцам и эмигрантам в Украине. http://emigrussia.org/
@Emigrussia_org
https://www.facebook.com/emigrussia.org/

Vladislav Inozemtsev: The Calm before the Storm

The Russian Reader

A common sight: first-floor commercial space for rent in downtown Petersburg A common sight: first-floor commercial space for rent in downtown Petersburg.

The Calm before the Storm: Can We Avoid Economic Collapse in 2018?
Vladislav Inozemtsev
Slon.ru
August 1, 2016

Last week, Tatyana Nesterenko, one of Russia’s most experienced financiers and a person distant from politics, a person who has held the post of deputy finance minister and head of the Federal Treasury for almost twenty years, said the Russian economy should expect serious financial problems as early as next year, comparing the current situation with the “eye of a storm, [meaning] a condition in which everything [merely] looks quiet and safe.”

In my view, Nesterenko is undoubtedly right. The government has recently appeared to be the epitome of tranquility. It has even been drafting a new three-year budget, although in terms of revenues for 2016, the previous such plan (for 2014–2016) was off by 42%! Revenues were projected at 15.9 trillion rubles…

View original post 1,634 more words

Looking Back on Paul Golding and the BNP

Paul Jackson's Blog

Paul_Golding_leader_of_Britain_First

On 29 July 2016, Paul Golding (pictured), leader of the extreme right group Britain First, narrowly avoided a jail sentence after admitting he breached the Public Order Act of 1936. The Act itself was initially designed to restrict Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists, so its interesting to see that it still plays an important role in curtailing the current generation of British fascists.

It is often noted in reporting on Britain First that, before forming the group, Golding was a prominent member of the British National Party. For a while in the early 2000s, he even edited one of its key publications, Identity. So, what does looking back on some of these old articles tell us about the roots of Golding’s political views?

Firstly, they highlight in his BNP days Golding was certainly very happy to promote a quite overt, racial idea of nationalism. He was keen to…

View original post 466 more words

EU-US negotiations on TTIP: State of Play

Originally posted on European Parliamentary Research Service Blog:
Written by Laura Puccio, At the conclusion of the 13th round of negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), held in New York in April 2016, discussions between the European Union and the United States had succeeded in covering all of the agreement’s chapters. The…

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 12,244 other followers