"My wife didn’t want to take maternity pictures, so I hired a photographer and took her place…" [x]
I. AM. CRYING.
Si baciarono sulla terrazza.
Molti si baciano sulla bocca.
- Alessandro Bergonzoni.
Oggi è la Giornata Mondiale dell’orgasmo. Ho visto donne far finta di festeggiare.
Q:Quali sono i migliori metodi per liberarsi della cellulite ?
Recently I’ve had a fierce discussion with Western libertarians about Ukraine. I’ve already submit to the fact that Russian propaganda bears its fruits inside Russia, but I was unpleasantly shocked to find how much it is spoiling the minds of people abroad. People who are supposed to be our allies seriously talk about State Department spreading cookies on Maidan and compare terrorists of Donetsk with The Founding Fathers of the United States. The following is my view of the situation, but I am sure it is not fair to discuss the Ukrainian affairs without Ukrainians. I invite them to join the discussion and to prove they’ve never got cookies from McCain or Nuland for fighting with Yanukovich troops in Kiev last winter.
I don’t know who convinced Western people that State Department played the leading role in the Ukrainian revolution. Maybe Russia Today, a network whose mission is to spread hatred and hostility spending our tax money. We all understand that a state-owned media is not a reliable source of information, though Western libertarians believe Russia Today because the channel is criticizing Obama. But enemy of my enemy is not always my friend. We in Russia don’t fall into a trap like this and don’t pray NATO to come and save us from Putin.
Luckily, I don’t have to choose between Russian and American propaganda to find out who started the revolution in Ukraine cause I’m a reporter myself and I eye-witnessed the Maidan protests. I talked to entrepreneurs who bought medicines, food and clothes for protesters. I’ve spent a night in a revolutionary camp with volunteering students. My cousin is studying in Kiev and she was strongly in favor of Maidan though she’s never been interested in politics before.
Who are the fascists in Kiev RT is talking about? The leader of “Right Sector”, the only party that can be called ultra nationalist, gained 1% of votes on last president elections. The winner, Peter Poroshenko, is an ordinary liberal democrat. Ukrainian libertarians criticize him for many reasons, and he deserves this criticism in many ways, but he invited Kakha Bendukidze as an economic advisor, a great reformer, working closely with Cato Institute, who has made Georgia the most economically free country of all the post-Soviet republics.
By the way, 2014 European Students For Liberty Ukraine Summit will be held in Kiev in October, which is absolutely impossible in Russia and was impossible in Ukraine in Yanukovich time. Some of my libertarian friends escaped from Russia to Ukraine after the revolution seeking for political asylum.
As half of my family lives in Eastern Ukraine, I can say for sure that people of that regions never thought about “self-determination” until people like Igor Girkin and Alexander Borodai, both native Muscovites, came to Donetsk with Russian weapons and declared themselves the saviors of “Novorossiya” (a term promoted by Russian MPs, Russian Acadamy of Science and Russian state-owned media to legitimize the military intervention to Donetsk and Lugansk). For those who have been following the statements made by separatists leaders, it’s too obvious that the Boeing 777 crash was caused by the Russian government giving street thugs serious weapons and a feeling of impunity.
What happened on July, 17th? At about 5:20 p.m. flight MH17 went off the radar. Half an hour later Igor Girkin, the leader of separatists, reported that a Ukrainian aircraft was shot down in that area. Half an hour later it became clear that the shot plane was a civilian liner with 300 passengers on board. “If it was a passenger plane, it was shot down not by us”, Alexander Borodai, the self-proclaimed Prime Minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic, said immediately. Then Security Service of Ukraine published presumably intercepted phone conversations of separatists admitting downing a civilian plane. What did the heroes of Donetsk resistance say after the fatal mistake was revealed? “That means they were carrying spies. They shouldn’t be f…cking flying”. Later on Igor Girkin claimed that “a significant number of the bodies weren’t fresh”. Some weeks before that separatists openly boasted about the new weapon they had captured and published a photo of Buk missile launch system. Now they say they never had devices like that.
Ordinary gangsters who had no idea about geopolitics were given deadly weapons and told they are no more ordinary gangsters but fighters for a new world order. This kind of strategy used by Russian government always led to tragedies. In the middle 2000’s Russian authorities used football hooligans to dismiss opposition rallies. As a result, some of those hooligans brutally attacked Oleg Kashin, a famous journalist who is critical to Putin’s regime. And no one, including Kashin himself, suspects the president or his surroundings of planning the assault. It was just the impunity the gangsters felt being backed by the authorities. This is too often the case, when the state, arrogating the monopoly on violence to itself, occasionally delegates it to others in return for loyalty.
Remember the rule “practice what you preach”? Russian government is promoting values abroad that are illegal in Russia, like the right to self-determination. The will of the people to secede is indisputable, unless it is expressed at gun points. The Crimean referendum was forced from the outside by the country in which there have been no referendums for the last 20 years. Expressing “separatist views” is strictly forbidden in Russia according to a new bill and may cost you 7 years in prison. After the Crimean referendum a group of people in Kaliningrad held a rally demanding to split from Russia and join Germany (as historically it was a German territory). They are all under trial now.
I assume you think we hate Putin so much because we are mislead by the Western media. No, we hate him just because we live in Russia. And if the russophobia is spread by mass media channels and Western newspapers, I highly recommend you not to fall under its influence because Russian government and Russian people are not the same thing. I myself have been arrested seven times for anti-Putin protests, and there are millions of people in Russia who don’t support Putin’s policy.
We have the same problem here: Russian people confuse Obama’s administration and American people. Every political activist in Russia is officially treated as an American spy, especially if he or she often travels to America, like me. I usually say to my suspicious co-patriots that my American friends are only people who criticize Obama even more than Russian TV does. And it helps sometimes