Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Separatist Commander 'Strelkov' Bans Cursing

An Orthodox priest blesses pro-Russian separatist commander Igor Strelkov (left) during a religious service in the eastern city of Donetsk on July 10.
An Orthodox priest blesses pro-Russian separatist commander Igor Strelkov (left) during a religious service in the eastern city of Donetsk on July 10.

With the Ukrainian army making gains against pro-Russian separatists, the leader of the rebels has issued an urgent order.

Stop cursing.

"We call ourselves an Orthodox Christian army," Igor Girgkin says in the decree. And besides, "Foul words do not have a Russian origin and were used by Russia's enemies for the desecration of holy places."

Girkin, who goes by the nom-de-guerre Strelkov, or "Shooter," has told reporters that he served in the Russian Security Service until March 2013.

Kyiv says he is working for Russian military intelligence and was sent to Ukraine to stir discord. He has been accused of ordering abductions and executions.

Whether separatist fighters -- who appear to be retreating to the rebel stronghold of Donetsk as the Ukrainian army advances -- will follow Girkin's order is an open question, but some who have reported on the men appear dubious.

Girkin, though, is emphatic.

Apparently tying cursing to Ukrainian, Girkin closes the decree by claiming it is "forbidden to use the Russian language of the enemy soldier. It demeans us spiritually and leads an army to defeat."

-- Glenn Kates

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Comment Sorting
by: Jaycey from: Ukraine
July 30, 2014 10:04
When I see a Grad heading straight towards me I promise to say "Oh dear'.

by: Richard M from: North Carolina
July 30, 2014 12:13
Girkin is a war criminal since his days in Bosnia, and the priest blesses him? What does this say about the Russian Orthodox church? Are they God's church or on the other side?

by: Demetrius M from: My House
July 30, 2014 19:27
Finally something I can agree with that f***** a****** on...

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
July 31, 2014 03:04
All religions have it -"Our God is good, Your God is bad,"
even if they have same God - Russian expansion always
prized by lying Varag-Prussak "Stervyatnik" and its clergy
and both were using dirty language in all occasions of life.

What change?

So-called "Moslem" battalions from Chechnya, Caucasus
and Central Asia so called Russian Army's "dobrovol'tcy",
with no "dobraya volya" but go or be shot, more religious.

Russia try to show that it is better than "sado-sacko-licko"
USA, that Russia and imperial resurrection corrupted to it.

Brigants from Russia try create better Global impression....

People get killed in action and because Russia just dropped
them as invaders, without population support, now they trying
at least die good, blessing their amock with new self-respect...

By the way, God in Russian language translates:
"O where are ours pagan bestial pleasures, now we have to go to church - no fan"

by: Gregory from: USA
August 01, 2014 17:55
Cursing is the least sinful problem the militias of Donetsk and Luhansk need to worry about. Their violence and human rights violations toward Ukrainian speakers, Jews, Romani (Gypsies), Orthodox Christians unaffiliated with the Moscow Patriarchate, Greek Catholics, Roman Catholics, Protestants and LGBT folk fly directly in the face of these commands from God: "Thou shalt not murder," "Love your neighbor," "Love your enemy" and "Treat others the same way you want to be treated." Girkin obviously doesn't know the Gospels.

by: Los Lobos from: Stockholm
August 02, 2014 18:38
Girkin or Strelkov have additional worries, how to prevent his Serbian friends (from the Visegrad massacre of 3000 Bosniaks) fighting for him in Ukraine not to curse

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