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Putin's Fantasy Island

Can he distinguish between fantasy and reality?
Can he distinguish between fantasy and reality?

You can learn a lot about someone from their delusions.

Consider Vladimir Putin's comments on January 26. Speaking to students at St. Petersburg, the Kremlin leader said the Ukrainian Army is not really the Ukrainian Army at all. Those soldiers fighting pro-Moscow separatists in Donbas? They're actually NATO's foreign legion. 

"We often say: Ukrainian army this, the Ukrainian army that. In actual fact though, who is fighting there? These are indeed official subunits of the armed forces. But to a large extent these are so-called volunteer nationalist battalions," Putin said.

"In effect, it is no longer an army but a foreign legion -- in this case NATO's foreign legion -- which does not of course pursue Ukraine's national interests. They have a completely different agenda that is connected with achieving the geopolitical objective of containing Russia."

Yep. He actually said that. 

Putin is doing a number of things here. On one level he is playing that old Kremlin game of drawing equivalencies. 

The West has long accused Moscow of manufacturing the separatist conflict in the Donbas, arming and supplying the militants, and sending in Russian troops to direct and reinforce them.

So Moscow naturally -- indeed almost instinctively -- says the West is doing the same with the Ukrainians: Look! NATO has little green men too!

But there is more here than the Kremlin's standard run-of-the-mill -- and entirely false -- whataboutism. It is more insidious than that.

There Is No Ukraine

Putin famously said that Ukraine "isn't even really a country." And here he is again peddling his longstanding meme that the Ukrainians themselves have no agency of their own. They are nothing but the playthings of great powers. Their army isn't even their army. And right now, they're just NATO pawns.

And this belief is actually pretty widespread in the Russian elite. In a recent article, political analyst Aleksandr Sytnik provided an eye-opening inside look at how decisions were made in the run-up to the Ukraine crisis. 

Sytnik recently left his post as a senior fellow at the Russian Institute for Strategic Research, a Kremlin-run think tank that provides expert analysis for foreign policy decision making. 

Sytnik writes that the institute's director, Leonid Reshetnikov, is a staunch Orthodox Christian who romanticized the tsarist Russian Empire. And the director of its Ukraine department, Tamara Guzenkova, was deeply hostile to the very notion of Ukrainian statehood.

The pair, Sytnik wrote, was fond of repeating phrases like: "there is no Ukraine, only Little Russia;" "Ukrainian statehood is a bluff and Ukraine is a failed state;" and "the Ukrainian language was artificially created by the Austrians and the Poles to break up Russian unity." They were backed up by dependent and subordinate researchers. 

Throughout the Ukraine crisis, the institute consistently gave the Kremlin bad advice based on faulty premises. It helped organize insurgency movements in eastern Ukraine and lobbied for the establishment of so-called Novorossia -- a strip of eastern and southeastern Ukraine stretching from Kharkiv to Odesa.

It isn't entirely clear whether the institute was the architect of Russia's Ukraine policy over the past year, or whether they simply reinforced the prevailing prejudices in Putin's inner circle.

What is clear, however, is that their analysis -- as represented by Sytnik -- overlaps completely with the policies that the Kremlin enacted. It also illustrates the prevailing groupthink about Ukraine in the inner sanctum of Russian decision making. 

We're Fighting NATO!

But Putin's widely shared delusions about Ukraine are not even the most disturbing thing about his comments.

What he is really getting at here is nicely captured in a tweet by journalist Natalia Antonova.

This really gets to the heart of things. Putin wants to view the Ukraine conflict as a twilight showdown between Russia and the West. But his endgame in this fantasy isn't Ukraine -- it's the West itself.

In a recent interview with the Kyiv Post, military analyst Pavel Felgenhauer recalled a conversation he had with a European ambassador present at high level meetings with Russian officials. 

"Russians all the time want to put a map on the table and carve up Europe, Yalta-style, or Molotov-Ribbentrop style," Felgenhauer said. 

"Russia is waiting for the West to begin talking on substance -- where Vilnius goes, where Lviv goes. In the Russian view, there should be a map and a line on the map. They can’t say so publicly. They would want a secret appendix."

Now that's never going to happen of course. But it nicely illustrates the level of delusion among Russian officials these days. And if that is indeed Russia's endgame it's still pretty damn chilling.

Mini Me: The Shrinking 'Collective Putin'

Part of the reason such groupthink is prevailing among Russian decision makers is because the group calling the shots is getting smaller and smaller.

According to media reports, the so-called "collective Putin" -- that inner sanctum of decisionmaking -- has shrunk to just a handful of trusted advisers -- all of them hardliners associated with the security services.

The economic elite both inside and outside government, which has been urging an exit from the Ukraine crisis, has been marginalized. Bloomberg reported recently that officials dealing with economic issues complain of needing to wait months just to present their policy proposals to the president. 

Political analyst Gleb Pavlovsky, who advised Putin during his first two terms, told Bloomberg that there was “a very high level of concern among a fairly wide circle of people” in the Russian elite.

"There is a group of people in the upper echelons trying to protect themselves from losses," Pavlovsky said. “They are critical of Putin but they can’t challenge him because he can easily crush them. That makes them even more unhappy."

Not only is Putin not talking to his economics team -- he apparently isn't even thinking about the economy.

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Since the Ukraine crisis erupted, the Kremlin disinformation machine has been in constant overdrive. And we've learned a lot about the role of propaganda and subterfuge in hybrid war. 

Nutty statements from Russian officials are so commonplace that we almost don't even notice them all anymore. 

But we seem to be crossing a threshold and getting close to a very dangerous point. When you build up a make-believe world and surround yourself with only people who reinforce it -- there comes a point where you cannot distinguish reality and fantasy.

And if Putin really believes his own hype, then we're in a very frightening place, indeed.

-- Brian Whitmore

Tags: Vladimir Putin,Russian politics,Power Vertical blog,Ukraine Crisis

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by: Jack Kastel from: Meghri, Armenia
January 27, 2015 18:12
Yes of course. Like the perfect English speaking soldiers caught on camera in Ukraine.

You know what the real fantasy is? That fascists can defeat Russia. That didn't work out well last time.

You really think America will stick their neck out for Poland or the Baltics? Should they be so stupid as to attack Russia?

No RFERL, the delusion lies with you. The Brzenzinski delusion that NATO will dominate the Eurasian landmass.
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by: Regular Joe from: USA
January 27, 2015 22:05
"You really think America will stick their neck out for Poland or the Baltics? Should they be so stupid as to attack Russia?"

This is exactly the sort of delusional thinking and projection that the article is speaking of. Why would Poland or the Baltics "attack" Russia? Which reasonable person would even consider that to be a possibility?

Hello Sputnik Jack!!! It's Russia that is attacking her neighbors. The rest of Eastern and Central Europe wants to be left in peace to pursue prosperity without Russian meddling.

You can post all the staged Russian videos and you want, but it doesn't change the fact that Russia has invaded Ukraine.
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by: Kim Patrick Noyes from: Paso Robles, CA
January 28, 2015 18:02
"Jack" is FSB and frequently chimes in on articles about Russia anywhere and everywhere.
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by: Gregory Adair from: Novato, California USA
January 27, 2015 22:47
Putin has nearly created the thing which he -- and Post-Soviet Russia -- seem to fear. A real western containment policy. What is most bizarre is that the West was drgged whining and screaming into this paranoid fantasy world. It is as if Russians are a suicide pact with themselves. A tightening sanctions regieme is one step, the introduction of western weapons technology for defense on the lines of contact in Ukraine (inevitable, and least hopefully) will be another step. Russia will then be isolated, unable to engage in commerce, participate in international institutions, or even conquer territory to "justify" the aggressive policy. Then what? These events are deeply remeniscent of Europe in the 1930s...
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by: Ivo from: Europe
January 28, 2015 09:08
That's an excellent description: Putin is creating the reality he fears in his delusions.

Not sure if Russians are in a suicidal pact, but they're definitely a special breed which values glory of the motherland more than anything else (living standards, prosperity, freedom be it economic or any other).

And with the bizarre mix of the extremes of all three — chauvinism, USSR-nostalgia/revanchism, and Orthodoxy, they're becoming some sort of a Islamic State of Europe.
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by: Chris Stos from: Vatican
January 28, 2015 03:35
Hey jack, you are nuts
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by: vaclav from: kyiv
January 28, 2015 03:43
oh go bow down to your russian masters, another russian troll. if there were such "evidence" your pathetic lavrov would be parading it around. only you brainwashed titushky follow putin like hitler youth.
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by: mark bewsh from: canada
January 28, 2015 03:46
Russia is a Mafia state.
Just like drug dealers fight for control of a street corner Putin fights for control of countries so his oligarchs' can continue to plunder and rob from both the Ukrainian & Russian people.
Putin can not allow a democratic Ukraine to exist, he is afraid that success of Ukraine will create the same for Russia a Maidan in Moscow.

It is so obvious!
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by: Kim Patrick Noyes from: Paso Robles, CA
January 28, 2015 18:04
Russia is a kleptocracy and if Putin ever retired or stepped down or was voted out of office he would certainly face criminal prosecution hence his need to perpetually stay in power to stay out of the slam.
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by: Bill from: Montreal
January 28, 2015 04:36
Mr. Jack Kastel from Armenia....I have been to Armenia, and worked in Armenia. Teh reality, without the protection of RUSSIA Azerbaijan would swallow you all...that is why you have to defend the paranoid language of the Kremlin. I understand and sympathize....Russia has Armenia's back, Armenia has Russia's back. But who has the back of the Ukrainian people. Many Armenian speak english very well, are they members of NATO too?
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
January 28, 2015 06:31
WHY CIVILIZED WORLD WOULDN'T CALL GENERAL ASSEMBLY?
HUMAN CIVILIZATION PREPERED BY RUSSIA TO FALL!
_____________________________________________
VARANGAS, LENIN, DOCTRIN OF BESTIAL ANYMALS:
School of Revolutionaries in Europe?
Over- Civilized idiots!
Just gang of Russian Varanga-Prussians street criminals,
"Vory v Zakone", as Russian animals were for 11 Centuries, only with better organized "Expropriations" and murders.
_____________________________________________
Lenin tried conquer Europe, his instigation of revolution in Germany and Hungary was plot to kill such possibility,
So that Russia would monopolize World conquest in name of Revolution and butcher-repopulate Human Civilization.
When Germans and Hungary were crushed, he and his gang were dancing in joy.
___________________________________________
Stalin didn't follow Lenin, Russian animals, Varanga-Prussians did, contrary to Stalin's advised end of Dictatorship,
Restoring Common Wealth of independent nations and autonomies for ethnic groups, free elections, Democracy.
Russians became furious, they brought Hitler to power, coordinated pogroms, against farmers, specially non-Russians in 1932, Jews and Polls in 1936, Georgians in 1937.
They armed Hitler with Messershmidts, disarmed soviet armies, brought Germans to walls of Moscow.
Threatening join with Hitler, they forced temporary USSR...
________________________________________________
MAIN CRIME OF LENIN - CRIME OF VARANGA, ANIMALS THAT INVADED EASTERN EUROPE 11 CENTURIES AGO WITH TOTAL GENOCIDE, LENIN MODIFIED BY PSEUDO-WESTERN WORDINGS:
1.
CONQUER AND PLUNDER THE WORLD IN NAME OF REVOLUTION;
2.
EXPROPRIATE ALL FROM ALL, DYING NATIONS AND PEOPLE, TO BREED VARANGA-PRUSSIAN BOLSHEVIK TYRANNY;
3.
DICTATORSHIP AND GENOCIDE TO MORTIFY PEOPLE AND NATIONS, TO GET TO POINT OF REPOPULATING WORLD IN RACE WAR;
4.
EXPROPRIATE CREATIVETY, PLAGIARIZE FOR VARAGA-BOLSHEVICS:
"IF ONE CREATE NOT WHAT HE MIGHT - SHOT WITHOUT MERCY";
"IF ONE CREATE, PAY NO MORE ROYALTY THAN TWO WEEKS VOCATION, REMAINING MONEY STEAL, BRING HIM BACK TO WORK";
"IF ONE CREAT MILLION, HE MUST CREATE MORE, FOR BOLSHEVIKS, IF HE DONT - SHOT WITHOUT MERSY";
"CREATE AND WORK IN BRIGADES, SPYING ON EACH OTHER, SPECIALLY AFTER CREATIVE PEOPLE - FOR VARANGA BOLSHEVIKS";
ALL MUST BE SQUEEZED AND DIE, TOTALLY EXPROPRIATED FOR OUR VARANGA-PRUSSIANS - WE'LL INHERRIT HEAVEN AND EARTH".
_____________________________________________
It is what they doing to me all life, many brigades of brain suckers-plagiarists even in USA, all around my apartment building and any place I go...
I deny them - they murder - my grandfathers and grandmothers, my father an mother, me..
My genuin family line is ended...
They stole al lot and corrupted all world by shear of "blood of Jesus", only my concepts and solutions in computers and electronics sold $100 Trillions of goods on World markets...
It is how Russia infiltrate, corrupt, breed...
Only in this building population of Russians multiplied twice since 2000...
My mother was murdered here to blackmail me by Russian brigades in 2012...
Not unlike EXES of Lenin and TerPetrosyan, their descent is all here...
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
January 28, 2015 06:36
(continuation)
__________________________________________
IT IS WHAT PUTIN AND HIS RUSSIA STILL DOING.
GENOCIDE AGAIN FROM HUNGARY THROUGH AFGHANISATAN, FROM CHECHNYA, OSSETIA,
GEORGIA THROUGH UKRAINE, FROM ASIA
THROUGH EASTERN EUROPE, FROM 9/11 USA
THROUGH FRANCE.
IT IS WHAT THEY DO IN OCCUPIED TERRITORIES,
LIKE UKRAINE:
"NA KOLENI HOHOL!"
OR IN RUSSIA, MAKING LABOR, ELDERLY AND OTHERS
THAN VARANGA-PRUSSIANS DYING-OUT SERFS AND BUMPS.
NATO AND USA DON'T WANT TO GO THERE, IF NOT RUSSIAN AGGRESSION AND CALL FOR HELP FROM
NATIONS RUSSIA INVADING!
WHY WOULD THEY OPEN GATES TO THEIR CITIES
TO INVADING HORDS OF RUSSIAN CANNIBALS?
BUT THEY MUST HELP, PEOPLE ASK FOR HELP,
HUMAN CIVILIZATION IS UNDER ATTACK BY EVIL
LOCUST LEAD BY CRIMINALLY INSANE "WAR OF RUSSIAN SALAMANDRAS".
THE ONLY LEGITIMATE INTERESTS RUSSIA WOULD
HAVE IS MUTUALLY BENEFITIAL TRADE AND PROJECTS,
BUT IT IS WHAT THEY DELIBERATELY RUIN, BECAUSE
THEY ARE "NEDOCHELOVEKI" THAT WANT TO EAT US
AND PARASITICLY FEED ON OUR REMAINS...
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by: Matthew from: NYC
January 29, 2015 15:23
I also see that neosoviet Russia is threat to civilization, but take my advice- see a doctor, your mental help is in taters.
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
January 30, 2015 22:08
My mental health is much better than yours.
Unless you are Briton beach message, sent Lugovoy's.

by: Jack Kastel from: Meghri, Armenia
January 27, 2015 18:16
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-25/out-my-face-please-why-are-us-soldiers-mariupol


Riiiight.......

You guys are so predictable.
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by: Joe smoo from: Usa
January 27, 2015 21:12
The video clip is highly suspect, a russian news org created it, if in fact as putin surmised nato is on the ground in ukraine, do you believe that video would have survived, ... More likely russians staged this ..
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by: john from: canada
January 27, 2015 23:38
Could be the videos aren't fake. I replayed them and could be the English speaker is either American or Canadian but so what? There are US adventurers fighting for Russian invaders in Ukraine, such as "Hunter": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vflmOXEyBoE
- And if you hear French, it might be from these Eurasianist enthusiasts killing Ukrainians for Russia:
http://anton-shekhovtsov.blogspot.ca/2014/08/french-eurasianists-join-pro-russian.html
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by: Jack Kastel from: Meghri, Armenia
January 28, 2015 04:45
Yes staged.....like WMD's Iraq.
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by: Juris from: Riga
January 30, 2015 16:50
The explanation for that video can be simple. US has OPENLY(!) admitted that they are giving help http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/pyatt-us-to-train-ukrainian-military-and-supply-high-technology-to-ukraine-370087.html which probably is number of military consultants, probably some technologies or intel. But it is hardly unlikely that there are thousands of US contractors in Ukraine - the professional NATO contractors / fighters (infantry or special forces) are very expensive and it is much cheaper to train local Ukrainians. It is different though, if Ukraine has openly invited for outside help, whereas Russia pretends that it has nothing to with suddenly increased military capabilities of "insurgents" in East Ukraine. The amount of military equipment, munition. fuel that "insurgents" have spent points that there is Russian controlled stream over Russiaon/Ukraininan border.
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by: ,, from: Estonia
February 02, 2015 09:18
They might as well just be adventurers, volunteers for a cause of some sort, expatriates who want to chip in. Not the first time we've seen those.

by: Bo from: Czech Kingdom
January 27, 2015 19:49
We should in fact provoke and poke this aging KGB aparatchik more and more. Because as delusional as he has become he will make mistakes and those mistakes will cost him his thrown and hopefuly even his head.
Let's exploit his paranoia and wreak havoc into the Kremlin circles. Then just take a popcorn and go watch the show.
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by: Jack Kastel from: Meghri, Armenia
January 27, 2015 22:36
Oh please do so Bo. Then we'll see how your worthless army stands up against the Bear.

You think America will risk 10,000 dead soldiers to defend Prague? Keep dreaming. Your so called NATO is a paper tiger, indebted to China.

Remember Barbarossa was a "provocation" too.
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by: Bo from: Czech Kingdom
January 30, 2015 16:57
Go and spend some worthless roubles on buckwheat, poor ruski troll.

by: Zoltan from: Hungary
January 27, 2015 20:12
Putin went mad. He simply lost his mind. This is why he is so dangerous.

by: Hektor Uranga from: America
January 27, 2015 20:18
What a pity that so large a country as Russia has become so deluded by the relentless propaganda machine. But this has opened a kind of Pandora box for Putin because what is the use for docile, blinded and deluded citizens when there is a need for free and creative thinking to propel the failed Russian economy?
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by: vaclav from: kyiv
January 28, 2015 03:45
as we older folk remeber germany's fall, it will be hard. soviet union died without a fight, putin is like hitler and will sacrifice anything to be the big little dictator. china will win, the east will be returned this time.

by: Lev Havryliv from: Sydney
January 28, 2015 00:09
Many Russians appear to suffer from an acute form of post-imperial syndrome. They lament Russia's fall from being a superpower.

To compensate for this a new imperial messianic ideology is taking hold. This is a resurgence of old style Russian chauvinism seen in both Czarist and Communist periods. The aggression against Ukraine and hostility to Ukrainian nationhood is central to this.

The world has changed, but Russia seems to be taking comfort in the past by resisting democracy, pluralism and tolerance.

Putin's Russia has become essentially an aggressive, repressive, insular petro-state, choked to the neck with conventional and nuclear weapons.

It has very little to be proud of.
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by: Jack Kastel from: Meghri, Armenia
January 28, 2015 16:02
Much like Americans do? Fearing their empire will crumble? So they go for broke and start invading and destroying countries at record pace.
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by: Matthew from: NYC
January 29, 2015 16:23
It's obvious you are strong believer in ideals pumped in Russian brains on daily basis. I don't see imperial ambitions among my neighbors. They are deeply involved in production of goods and services, politic is left to so diversified leaders, you being neosoviet organism wouldn't comprehend such diversity. As an undisputed, leading in all aspects nation, Americans are leading international military forces in fight against danger of return to darkness of Middle Ages promoted by mostly Islamic terror groups, danger known also in Russia. Americans and Europeans fear not of crumbling of theirs "empires" (one of yours Freudian reflections/urges), they fear, that for years to come will have to constrain false/strange ambitions of large mass of people (140 mill. is a lot) and then 400 mill. in EU and 320 mill. in US will have to endure hardship of rebuilding this behemoth (1/6 of world landmass; 1/2 of Eurasian continent)- analyzing retroactively, this country never was able to produce something useful, but petrol and rockets or tanks. They used to live of neighbors. There would be left not as much, as crouching China on the Amur River is waiting for mistake on part of BRICS "partner". Nobody, but maniac or madman will go to war today, but believe me, economy is nowadays weapon of mass distractions, and your leader is asking to deploy it. Counterstrike with sanctions (?) will mean hardship, but EU and US has mechanisms in place to lesser pains of it. Sorry, but you are between hammer and hard place. Only from you, and you alone (Russians) depends if you will go forward in peace, along civilized world, or will grind to a stop in development, reduced to huge but defunct Asiatic satrapies. 2015 is turning point for Russia.

by: quill from: US
January 28, 2015 01:15
Putin is a criminal with criminal motives. Applying the political propaganda to Putin is backwards. The propaganda comes from the criminal. Putin faces life in prison or worse. Loose power equals go to prison. The motive is to stay out of prison and stay in power. Criminal mentality, not political motivation. Political propaganda is just a cover for criminality.

by: Marko Perkovic from: Serbia
January 28, 2015 07:10
If I were leader of Russia I would get rid of that bitch Tamara Guzentova. If I had started this war my intentions would to unify Ukraine with Russia and Belarus. They do speak the same language after all and have history together. I cannot understand why Ukrainians don't want anything to do with Russia. They won't get slaughtered since this is not the Soviet Union nor the 20th century so why not unify? Yugoslavia got torn apart by power hungry people and it is Poroshenko that has no interests besides his own. I myself would love to see some unification in the world. Call me delusional and an imperialist but this could end really well without the sanctions and some good old pact with all the great powers off the world.
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by: James from: Liverpool
January 28, 2015 23:27
"They won't get slaughtered since this is not the Soviet Union nor the 20th century so why not unify? "
But they are being slaughtered!!
Ukrainians don't care about the spoken language of a country but their moral values and can see through Putins sick games. The Russian bear may have claws but if it also has brains it will realise it should tread carefully before starting a war with the west which it CANNOT win.
Ukraine is Europe not Russia and we will stand by our brothers and sisters in Ukraine.

by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
January 28, 2015 08:22
Anglo-Saxons problem is that they can not understand the mentality of the russian bully who was born and raised in Leningrad
It is clear that Putin is a nationalist and xenophobe as the most people who were born in Leningrad
he has a bad temper and he nasty man so what can we expect from this type of person?
I think that you Mr. Whitmorе should bow to Putin that he had not yet unleashed a nuclear war
Putin is lying?
What a big deal-)))))
Putan does it for 10 years but Mr.Whitmore just started talking about this
remember I said that only a maniac may recognize abkhaz bandits who killed women and children and ossetians looters who burned schools, destroyed cemetery and you laughed at me?

I would now be laughed at Mr. Whitmore but in the light of the Ukrainian events I want to cry ...



by: Nicholas Olson from: USA
January 28, 2015 09:57
Ukrainian Deputy: US to stage a civil war in Ukraine This was 20.11.2013 BEFORE Maidan
–––––TRANSCRIPT–––––
Deputy Oleg Tsarov has the word

Honourable Colleagues
Honourable Vladimir Vasiljevitch

In my role as a representative of the Ukrainian people…
…activists of the public organisation "Volya" turned to me…
…providing clear evidence…
…that within our territory…
…with support and direct participation
…of the US Embassy in Kiev…
…the "TechCamp" project is realised…
…under which preparations are being made for a civil war in Ukraine.
The "TechCamp" project prepares specialists for information warfare…
…and the discrediting of state institutions using modern media…
…potential revolutionaries…
…for organising protests…
… and the toppling of the State Order.
The project is currently overseen and under the responsibility…
…of the US ambassador to Ukraine…
…Geoffrey R. Pyatt.
After the conversation with the organisation "Volya“…
… I have learned…
…that they succeeded to access Facilities in the project "TechCamp“…
…disguising as a team of IT specialists.
To their surprise, briefings on peculiarities of modern media were held.
American instructors explained how social networks and Internet technologies…
…can be used for targeted manipulation of public opinion…
…as well as to activate protest potential…
…to provoke violent unrest on the territory of Ukraine…
…Radicalisation of the population and triggering of infighting.
American instructors show examples of successful use of social networks…
…used to organise protests
…in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.
"TechCamp" representatives currently hold conferences throughout Ukraine.
A total of five events have been held so far.
About 300 people were trained as operatives, which are now active throughout Ukraine.
The last conference "TechCamp" took place on 14 and 15 November 2013…
…in the Heart of Kiev on the territory of the US Embassy!
You tell me which country in the world would allow…
…a NGO to operate out of the ​ US Embassy?
This is disrespectful to the Ukrainian government, and against the Ukrainian People!
I appeal to the Constitutional Authorities of Ukraine with the following question:
Is it conceivable that representatives of the US Embassy…
…which organise the "TechCamp" Conferences…
…misuse their diplomatic mission?
–– Let him speak ––
Carry On
UN Resolution of 21 December 1965 regulates…
…inadmissibility of interference in the internal affairs of a state…
…to protect its independence and its sovereignty…
…in accordance with paragraphs one, two and five.
I ask you to consider this as an official beseech…
…to pursue an investigation of this case
Thank You!
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