Below are links to a very interesting open letter and testimonials from the descendants of the so-called ‘white Russian emigration.’ They are adding their voice to the chorus of those who expose the hypocrisy of Western MSM and politicians in vilifying Russia and Putin. The original letter is in Russian and French. Many thanks to FuturisTrendcast reader Nemo1024 for the links and English translation.
You can read Nemo’s own English translation of the open letter by following the links below. On his blog, Nemo also provides his own angle to the background to the white emigration. Before you dive into the letter, I want to say a few words of my own by way of a background.
The terms ‘white emigration’ and ‘white movement’ – as opposed to the ‘red movement’ signifying Bolsheviks or communists (with leaders Lenin and later, Stalin) – is used to describe the large and multifaceted forces that fought the Bolsheviks during the 1918-1920 civil war in Russia. These were primarily officers of the Tsar’s army, who wanted to restore the monarchy, various Russian aristocrats, members of the oligarchy and rich industrialist/merchant class, about one half or more of the intelligentsia, including scientists, authors and artists. After the 1917 revolution and especially, after the white movement lost the civil war, most chose to emigrate, hence the term ‘white emigration.’
While I grew up in the USSR, certain members of my family were in the white movement; some of them emigrated after 1918. In my adventure thriller, GOLD TRAIN (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure), I write about the 1918 Civil War and a coup supported by the Western intelligence to unseat the Russian president and restore the monarchy in Russia. In it I describe how some members of the aristocratic Russian emigration, with the help of a Russian oligarch, plot the coup, while other members of Russian aristocracy help to uncover and diffuse it. I also talk about the lost gold reserve of the Russian Empire. As in my other book about Russia, THE EARTH SHIFTER, the theme referring to attempts of the overturn of the Russian government by Western intelligences is prophetic. We have just seen this scenario executed in Ukraine; and we are continuously seeing attempts to accomplish that in Russia, all unsuccessful.
While the book is fiction, it is based on true historic events. The gold reserve of the Russian Empire was stolen from its vaults in the bank of Kazan in August 1918. The members of the white emigration really were, throughout many years, implicated in subversive anti-Russian activities and its members served as spies in the CIA and MI6. There were in the past unsuccessful plots to overturn the Soviet government by the members of the white emigration, financed by the US and UK. At the same time, the character of the American journalist Jade Snow, aka Countess Rosanova, and her grandmother Anastasia Rosanova, are based on those descendants of the Russian royalty, who choose to love and protect Russia and her people despite prevailing trends and tough going.
Moreover, the character of the Russian oligarch Yury Gurevich is based in part on an oligarch I knew personally, as well as on the well-known figure of the recently released from jail oligarch Khodorkovsky, who is again making attempts to promote himself as future ruler of Russia (while living in Switzerland). Finally, the character of the FSB operative Alexei Moguchev, aka Prince Alexei Obolensky, is based in part on my own family history. Alexei is a descendant of someone who could have become part of the white emigration, but chose to stay. Certain characters, such as Duchess Vera Golitsina, are cumulatively based on people I knew in New York.
We all grow up in a specific environment. I grew up in the USSR, but from the age of 20 I traveled all over the world, having lived and visited nearly 30 countries. I lived in the USA for years. All this gave me a very broad, multi-faceted and often acutely insider view of many things in our world.
My life has always been of someone who sees and understands the opposing points of view. I was a middle child, who spoke foreign languages since the age of 5, who trained as comparative linguist and translator, who explained to Russians about America and to Americans about Russia. I always pulled together the seemingly divergent viewpoints and made one side see the point of view of another.
As you see, even my family history is such that it bridges the gap between the white movement and the red movement.
Today, as always, my goal is to provide a balanced, complete picture. A few words to complete the picture:
As will be clear from the letter by the white emigration members, they state that they still reject everything to do with the Soviet Union. It’s a pity. This weakens their letter tremendously, which could have been a very powerful piece otherwise. Don’t reject a part of you – make peace with it. This is the only way forward. For as long as they are stubbornly denying that piece of their country’s history, divisions will persist. United we stand, divided we fall…
It is positive that the understanding of the fallacy of the Western way of confrontation and maligning of Russia has penetrated even the white emigration circles. I see it as huge positive and a harbinger of change.
Incidentally, I agree with Nemo that most of the members of the white emigration love Russia and her culture, however many of them understand love very differently than and average Russian citizen. As I mentioned, during the Soviet past, there were many of them who served as spies and who tried to overturn the government, albeit unsuccessfully. However, I disagree that the white emigration descendants are still treated with suspicion in Russia. In fact, both the Russian government and people have embraced those members of the former Russian royalty who chose to extend a friendly hand. How this works is described, in a fictional way of course, in GOLD TRAIN.
Another couple of things to remember and take with a grain of salt when you read the material in the link:
Many members of the white emigration emigrated to France, but also to the UK and US. Some went to China or Turkey, and from thereon, experiencing great hardship, they proceeded to other countries, many in Europe, but some went as far as South America. Emigration was good to those who managed to smuggle across the border family jewels, Faberge eggs and portraits to sell. It was also good to those rich merchants and shrewd royals/oligarchs who managed to transfer their money abroad ahead of time. However, the majority of the white emigration was destitute and penniless. Former captains, generals, countesses and princes had to serve in Paris as waiters, bouncers, drivers, governesses and dance girls. The inflow of the Russian royalty, who used to be the toast of Winter Palace royal balls, took over Paris and New York, and so did the Russian ballet. In addition to the Russian artists who emigrated, some of the members of the former Russian aristocracy were surprisingly good dancers.
The last thing I want to point out is that both during Soviet times and presently, there has been a lot of literature and film in Russia embracing and speaking candidly, sympathetically and with acceptance about the white movement and emigration. The best examples are the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov (my favorite author) The White Guard and the two films based on his novel: The Days of the Turbins and Flight. Another noteworthy TV series about a Russian aristocrat and white emigration descendant turned Western spy, turned Soviet double agent is Mistake of the Resident, Fate of the Resident and Return of the Resident. All the above are from the Soviet era. One of the newer Russian films that made a splash is My Admiral (Moi Admiral) about one of the main leaders of the white movement, Admiral Kolchak, who’s incidentally connected to the Russian Empire Gold Reserve disappearance story. A great TV mega-series, with mystical elements, about the 19th century Russian aristocracy and commoners alike, including future emperor Alexander, is The Poor Nastya. There are many more.
A famous song (also very sympathetic to the white movement) is Porutchik Golitsin. A historic note: Princes or Dukes Golitsin is one of the very well-known real names of the Russian royalty. In GOLD TRAIN I used several of the best-known real family names of the Russian royalty, including the above. One of the main characters is called Duchess Vera Golitsina.
Rest assured – no one in Russia (at least no one with any sense) holds a grudge against the white movement. Russians at large have accepted everything that happened in their turbulent history and have learned to appreciate all the twists and turns that led them to today. It doesn’t mean they had forgotten what happened and why, and it doesn’t mean that they don’t understand the manipulative forces present in the world today.
It is a very wise position, the one that allows a culture to move forward. My recommendation is that the white emigration people follow suit. My further recommendation is that people in the West do the same. This is the only way to release the heavy karma the West has accumulated. This karma is dragging down all of humanity, not allowing us to move forward.
“Descendants of the White Emigration wrote an open letter against the blatant russophobia in the Western MSM and among the European political leaders.
I have translated the open letter in my post above, and gave some historical perspective comments. The original letter can be found, following the links below.
Letter in Russian: http://www.russkymost.net/spip.php?article71
Letter in French: http://www.russkymost.net/spip.php?article70
The letter and interview with Prince Shakhovskoy: http://www.rg.ru/2014/12/25/pismo.html”
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One of my readers posted this wise comment in response to my two pieces and a reader discussion. These are the articles in question: Distorted Reality: Ukraine is a Disposable Lemon to Be Thrown Out and The Real Truth About USSR: Golodomor and Collectivization in Ukraine. I thought his voice contributed to the discussion so much that I decided to post it here, along with my response. Both Paul’s and my words contain a good advice, and a warning. See for yourselves.
Wise words. The only salvation for humans is to set aside their petty squabbles and start judging their own acts by the same measure they judge others. It’s certainly so much easier, and oftentimes so PROFITABLE, to see faults in others. There is an excellent Russian proverb: “to notice a tiny straw in someone else’s eye, while ignoring a whole trunk in your own.”
Spiritual people will tell you more: stop judging altogether, and then you will obtain peace. Unfortunately, there are those whose whole life’s mission is to take constant advantage of those who don’t judge and want to live in peace. Naive people, who don’t see the clear picture of the world, can be manipulated too easily, even when they have the best intentions.
Take for example the exiled Tibetan monks, including Dalai Lama, whose plight and suffering has been exploited by the West; their bitterness and desire to return to their homeland was made into a propaganda weapon against China, which in the end hurts only Tibetans themselves. We visit and support Tibetan Buddhist monasteries often, and we are involved in various efforts in regards to Tibet. What a beautiful culture and beautiful people! The fact that their plight has been exploited for geopolitical reasons by the US and other Western countries is just beyond…
Another example: the White (anti-Bolshevik) Russian emigration after 1917 Revolution and 1918-20 Russian Civil War. The tragedy of the bitterly divided society was exploited by the West to create a long-term animosity between Russians in Russia and abroad, in order to ultimately destroy Russia. Let’s not forget the fact that it was the West, primarily the British Empire, that financed Lenin and the Bolshevik Revolution, thus creating the division in question. It was the tragedy of the White (anti-Bolshevik, pro-Tsar) movement that they thought the West was helping them. See what I mean about naive people who don’t see the world clearly?
The goal of the ultimate destruction of Russia failed (not for the lack of trying), but the tragedy and the festering wound still remains to some degree, fostered by the Western propaganda. It is well-documented that because of their hatred of “the Reds” some in the Russian White movement became spies against their own motherland, and some even collaborated with Hitler, all under the pretext of “liberating their country from communists,” which turned them into the opposite of what they wanted to be.
I just watched a movie about one such spy and his slowly coming to this realization. Incidentally, I write about this extensively in my spy thriller GOLD TRAIN (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure). The story of the disappearance of the entire gold reserve of the Russian Empire in 1918 and the related present day conspiracy is based on true historic events. Some of the characters in the story bear resemblance to my own family history.
My point is this: see how easy it is for humans to lose their way; get confused; see black as white, and white a black? See how easy it is to exploit the humans’ lowly emotions for someone else’s advantage?
Incidentally, the recently uncovered data suggests that the last Russian Emperor Nikolay II and his family were executed in 1918 not by the Bolsheviks, as was commonly believed even in Russia, but by the so-called Essers (social-revolutionaries) acting on direct orders from the British Empire. Russian geopolitical author Nikolay Starikov writes about that in one of his books.
I was born without any judgement. I never judged, envied, or gossiped about anyone. This doesn’t mean however that I didn’t see the truth about the people, the world in general, and the Western world in particular. As my readers well know, I see everything very acutely. I would have probably died without judgement, if not for the events in Ukraine which were based on outright lie, coupled with blatant Western interference for the same purpose – destroy Russia as the only competitor they had ever seriously feared. And this fear goes MUCH deeper than the material world.
Ukraine was the last straw and I decided to share ALL my knowledge and all experience, as well as my vision of the future, with as many people as possible. This is how FuturisTrendcast blog and EarthShift TV you see today, were born. We, as humans, are on a major crossroads, and only the knowledge and clear understanding of what’s happening and why will allow humanity to choose the right road. So, if you see me at times getting impatient that my message isn’t heard by many more people – you’ll know why.
So far, humans exist in the conflict-driven and contrast-driven 3D reality. For as long as this is the case, we must always compare, judge and remember history. We must always vigilantly monitor the present, exposing any distortions and lies so not to repeat past tragedies in the future. In the midst of distortions and vacuum of the Western MSM propaganda, which has pretty much hijacked the entire world, the voice of the alternative media and the voice of the people – sharing information, spreading the word – is especially important.
The lack of wisdom and the inability to see the world for what it really is, are the two biggest tragedies of the human race. These unfortunate traits are now fully exposed as the planet’s existence is quickly coming to its culmination. Some of us see the truth and reality for what it is, but the vast majority doesn’t. Humans either learn and move forward, or perish, dragged down by their heavy karma and inflexibility.
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We are firmly in the 21st century, yet the newly formed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (together forming the Donbass region) once again face the old Lenin’s dilemma: to nationalize the Ukraine oligarchs’ assets, or not. The primary backers of the euro-maidan and the present junta in Kiev, possessing significant assets in Donetsk and Lugansk, include Renat Akhmetov, Igor Kolomoyskiy (the same guy who finances his own private army and who treats nearby Dnepropetrovsk as his fiefdom) and a few others. It appears the main wrath of the people is directed currently at Renat Akhmetov, who is a Donetsk native.
The dilemma, to nationalize or not, is the old one. Lenin agonized over the same after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and in the first years of the young Soviet Republic. After the referendum of May 11, 2014, during which 90%+ of the Donetsk and Lugansk citizens combined voted to form a broad autonomy with subsequent secession from Kiev, both young Republics started experiencing financial problems. Kiev turned off financial sources and threatened to stop paying pensions and salaries. Meanwhile, taxes were still being collected in Donetsk and Lugansk to be sent to Kiev. Read the rest of this entry