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Khazarian Mysteries: What do Russian, Polish, Kossack, Jewish, English and Asian Names Have in Common?

Dear readers, this is the last post of the 3 I promised today. I’m practically on vacation mode and I’ll see you all again next week. Please read, like and share all three of these new posts! Don’t overlook any! This article is of a lighter tone than the other two. See Post 1 and Post 2.

Mysteries of Linguistics: What do Russian, Polish, Serb, Kossack, Jewish, English, Italian and Asian names have in common?

Below is a quote from a comment by a reader. As you know, I love getting comments from you. FuturisTrendcast is dedicated to spreading and uncovering the truth, dispelling lies, illusions, confusions, and disinfo. I do this to educate people. Since many from all over the world read my articles, as well as comments, I usually post reader comments that are in line with this mission. To make sure your comment is posted, please always write what you know to be true and helpful to others. Writing from the heart helps.

Russian, Serbian and Bulgarian surnames usually end with -ev/-ov (e.g: Vorobjov, though there are some Middle-Asian surnames ending with -ev/-ov as well, they are distinguishable if the root of a name is typical Asian)
Surnames ending with -in, -vich, -man, skij/-sky have Jewish connotation (Abramovich, Berezovskij, Waltsman, Zvezdin)
Surnames ending with -ko are typical of Ukraine and Belarus.
During Stalin persecution of Jews in 1930-s, many ethnic Jews married Russians and adopted Russian names to avoid persecution, some are doing it now for political reasons (Poroshenko, who is Valtsman, Turchinov, who is Cogan)
In any case, it is difficult to say if someone is Russian by surname only.
If you speak Russian, have a feel of belonging to Russia, can find a common mood with Russians, people will see you as “ours”, even if your surname is Smith. 🙂

  • Hi, Nemo. You’re correct about the fact that Russians will accept anyone who identifies with the Russian culture and respects it as their own. Hence, the names are secondary to Russians. There are lots of Ukrainians, Armenians, Balts, Germans, Georgians, and even Africans, occupying high positions in Russia.
    You’re also correct about Poroshenko and Turchinov’s real names and the reason they changed them to sound Ukrainian.

    Stalin’s repressions and changing names

    Also true: people did change their names through marriage during Stalin’s repressions. However, they didn’t do so because they were Jewish, but rather to avoid association with the family name that had been repressed, regardless of the name origin. For example, my best friend’s grandmother’s family name was Ramzin – a perfectly Russian name (with Turkic roots to be sure). Ramzin was one of the famous oppositioners to Stalin, who was repressed in the 1930s. She married a Jew named Bronfman and became Natalia Ivanovna (a perfectly Russian name) Bronfman (typical Jewish). Of course when we grew up, my friend expressed regret that his grandma didn’t retain her pretty famous in Russia family name. In that case, he used to say longingly, I’d be a Ramzin. He loved telling this story to illustrate that there was no antisemitism in the USSR in the 1930s. Antisemitic problems started in Russia in late 1940s-1950s. Why – that’s a different story.

    As to the rest, you are incorrect. I want to keep your comment for the sake of all of my readers, so they could see your point of view. However, I have to correct you.

    Ancient ending ‘ov’ and its meaning

    Ending ‘ov’ (‘ev’ is just a variation) is the ancient Rus ending. Bulgarian names are of the same origin, hence the same kind of ending. You and others can read my article Words, Spells and Linguistical Traps talking about that under the category Mysteries of Linguistics.

    The ending ‘ov’ simply means ‘of’ = ‘belonging to.’ This could be a son of, or belonging to a family, clan, or location. English ‘of’ IS the Russian ‘ov.’ This is one of the original ancient Rus roots. For example, Bolotov, Elfimov, Rosanov, Brezhnev, Gorbachev.

    Asian – primarily Muslim – sounding names in Central Asia and Caucasus have the ‘ov’ ending because these are names that have been russified later, during the centuries of these territories being a part of the Russian world. There is no mystery there, just need to have a correct historic perspective.

    As to the names ending in ‘in,’ ‘vich,’ ‘sky,’ etc., your statement is unfortunately untrue. I would appreciate everyone on this forum not repeating things that have no scientific or logical basis, and smack of antisemitism. Antisemitism is as bad as rusophobia. I am sure you meant nothing of the sort, but whoever released this hoax first, did (I’ve seen this floating around the net). Such erroneous ‘scientific conclusion’ lacks the elementary understanding of history and language.

    Ending ‘in’ throughout the world, and its meaning

    In reality: ending ‘in’ is one of the most ancient endings, which can be seen throughout the world in colorful variations. It is so ancient that it predates by far any modern language. Its origins are those of our common Earthly mother tongue. Ending ‘in’ means the same as ‘ov’ – that you belong to something or someone, or are a derivative of something. If you are a son of, or are of a specific tribe or location – you are a derivative of that location, or of that father. Another way of saying this is: you are the in-sider of that family or tribe.

    It is used in the ancient Russian names such as Putin, Kalinin, Ramzin. And yes, Rasputin, too.

    ‘In’ becomes “ing,’ ‘en,’ ‘y’ or even ‘on’ in English, as in Pickering, Dowdy, Lynden, or Clinton (in the olden days it sounded more like ‘Clinten’ or ‘Clintin’); in Germanic languages it becomes ‘ung;’ in Italian it becomes ‘i,’ as in Pallini; in France or Spain it may become ‘ion’ as in Collinion; and in Asia it can be seen in many countries, becoming ‘ing,’ ‘ang,’ or ‘en,’ as in Nguen (Vietnamese).

    Which ‘vich,’ and do you want to know Lada’s full name?

    Ending “vich’ can be used as ‘ovich,’ ‘vich,’ or ‘ich.’ Russian ‘ovich’ is in reality a composite of two suffixes/endings: ‘ov’ and ‘ich.’ ‘Vich’ (or rather ‘ich’ spelled ‘ic’ – ‘c’ in Slavic languages is often historically pronounced as ‘ch’) is of the very ancient Rus/Slavic origin and is used in Yugoslavian (Serbian, Croatian, Slovenian, etc.) names. Means the same exact thing as above: ‘son of,’ = derivative of. ‘Vich’ or ‘ich’ is common to Southern and Eastern Slavs. All of former Yugoslavia (Southern Slavs) uses this ending for their last names. ALL Eastern Slavs (Russians, Belorussians and Ukrainians) use it with EVERY name as well, but differently. In Russia it’s used as a patronymic, not as a traditional last name. Example: Viktor Ivanovich Kuleshov. Or Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. ‘Vladimirovich’ and other patronymics, always used with all FULL Eastern Slavic names and all names on the territory of the Former Soviet Union, including Central Asia, Ukraine, Moldova, Caucasus, mean: son of Vladimir, or… fill in the blank with any other name.

    For women: ‘Vladimirovna’ means ‘daughter of.’ Lada is the daugther of Vladimir = Lada Vladimirovna. That’s the truth, actually – I am. 😉 Full names are used in passports, official documents and as a respectful address. 

    Incidentally, you are also wrong about Serbs using ‘ov’ in their last names – they use ‘ich.’ All inhabitants of the former Yugoslavia, including Serbia, Chernogoria, Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia normally have last names ending in ‘ich.’ Some Belorussians have such last names as well.

    Bulgarians, on the other hand, have last names ending in ‘ov,’ or ‘ev,’ like Russians. This indicates that Bulgarians have separated from Russians very recently, much more recently than is commonly described in traditional history books. This is to the issue of the distortions of history: this separation is no more than a few centuries old. I suspect, it dates back to as late as 17th century as that’s when massive re-writing of history occurred. In the ancient Russian bylini – chronicles – Russian bogatyrs (knights, heroes, protectors) had last names ending in ‘ovich.’

    The well-known painting below by Victor Vasnetsov (1898) ‘Tri Bogatyria’ – ‘The Three Bogatyrs’ depicts the famous historic bogatyrs and heroes of ancient bylini: Ilya Moromets, Dobrynia Nikitich and Alyosha Popovich.

    Tri Bogatiria

    Ending ‘ov’ is a more recent ending. Sometimes ‘ich’ was cut off from ‘ovich,’ forming a shorter name. As a result, Popovich could become Popov.

    The fun part: Did you know that English word ‘which,’  is in fact ‘vich’ …well, with English accent. That is because it comes from the same root. ‘Which’ means exactly the same as ‘vich’: ‘belonging to what or whom,’ as in: Which book do you want? Which of these towns are you from? Which lord’s son are you?

    Ending ‘sky’

    A lot of what I said above applies to the ending ‘sky.’ It means ‘from’ or ‘of.’ This ending was used primarily by Poles, and by Russians. Belorussky means from Belarus. Moskovsky means from Moscow.

    ‘Sky’ can denote noble origin, as in the famous Russian princes: Prince Volkonsky and Prince Obolensky. Prince Obolensky happens to be the true historic name of one of the main characters of Gold Train (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure).

    Kossacks and the ending ‘ko’

    As to the ending ‘ko,’ it indeed denotes Ukrainian origin, sometimes Belorussian as well. But in reality, this ending is a Kossack ending. ‘Cossack’ is normally spelled with a ‘c’ in English. But leaving aside the fact that ‘c’ is simply wrong here, I also want to make a point by spelling it with its authentic ‘k.’ You’ll see the point below.

    Kossacks everywhere, including in the Russian Urals and Siberia (very far from Ukraine), have names ending in ‘ko.’ Therefore, this ending is not Ukrainian; it is Kossack. Kossack history is very interesting and complicated. I will discuss it in a dedicated article soon. Until then, just this: because so many Kossacks settled in what is now Ukraine, their typical name ending became eventually fashionable with Ukrainians, and Ukrainian names more and more began ending in ‘ko’ as in Volochko, Shevchenko, Pestushko.

    But here is the clincher: ‘ko’ was initially ‘kov’ – here is this ‘ov’ again! During a couple of last centuries, ‘v’ was gradually dropped. ‘Kov’ is a variation of ‘ov,’ as in Volochkov, Naboykov, Pestushkov, Shevchenkov, Kochetkov. Usually, names ending in ‘kov,’ as well as ‘ko’ are of Kossack origin. ‘Kov’ is diminutive compared to ‘ov.’ As in ‘of lesser importance.’

    Nobles had names ending only in ‘ov,’ never ‘kov’ or ‘ko.’ Examples: Countess Rosanov(a) – the name of the main character of Gold Train (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure). Or Elfimov – family name of the main character of The Earth Shifter.

    On another note: 

    Prussian names end in ‘ov,’ denoting their ancient Russian origin, as in the fashionable towns near Berlin: Beeskov and Bukov, where my German friends reside. P-russia of course was Po-russia (flat Russia) well before it became German. Not to get off topic, but look at the name of the capital of Germany: Berlin. Ber – bear (a Russian symbol no less) with the ending ‘in’ = belonging to the bear, ‘of the bear.’ How interesting. More about that in: Words, Spells and Linguistical Traps.

    The Jewish names and Polish pani

    What ending Jewish names received depended of what geographic area within Slavic (and before that, ancient Rus) world they had originated from – where they lived for centuries. Oftentimes, Jews, like peasants living on the territory of a certain lord in Ukraine (today’s territory of Ukraine is where most Jews traditionally settled), would oftentimes be referred to by that lord’s last name. ‘Sky’ means ‘belonging to,’ so these Ukrainian peasants, or local Jews, belonged to, or were subordinate to, say, pan Vishnevetsky, or another similar pan (lord). Apparently, there was a “pan Kolomoysky” at one point, resulting in the last name of the infamous Jewish-Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoysky, who is trying to create a fiefdom out of the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnepropetrovsk, and who has a lot of blood on his hands.

    ‘Sky’ was popular in Ukraine as most lords (or ‘pani’ in Polish) were of Polish origin. In Polish ‘sky’ is spelled as ‘ski.’ Vishnevetski, Pilsudski – Pilsudsky, Sikorski – Sirkosky, like the inventor of the helicopter Igor Sikorsky.

    The Khazarian mystery

    To wrap this up, I’ll just drop another historical bomb. Many people know that the ethnic origin of the Eastern European Jews is primarily Khazarian, or non-Semitic. Ancient Khazarians were the population of the south Russian, and what is now Ukraine and Novorossia, stepps. Khazarian history is very complicated, but I’ll just say that they were a part of the Rus heritage, albeit its southern manifestation. Because of the many malicious and ignorant re-writings of history, some links are lost. However, the ancient Skiffs (Scythians) and Khazars are parts of the same massive Arian Eurasian Rus culture.

    But here is my bomb: Kossacks are the heirs of Khazarians (note how similar these two words are in Russian: Kazak and Khazar). As we established previously, so are most Jews on the planet. As Kossacks are quite the opposite of the Jews in so many ways, it’s interesting how this happened. But that’s the story for another article. Stay tuned!

    That’s it for today’s journey into the mysteries of language and history. For more on this, please follow my future posts and special reports in which I will peel off more truths.

    P.S. A bit more clarification to answer some reader questions: 

    Although presently the Russian word for bear is ‘medved’: literally “the one who knows about honey,” the ancient Rus/mother tongue for bear was ‘ber’ – hence the Russian word for bear den: ‘ber-loga.’ ‘Ber’ is one of the most ancient words.

    ‘Log’ is another mother tongue root and it is visible in many languages. ‘Log’ means anything to do with being horizontal or settled. Like ‘lodging’ in English or ‘logovo’ in Russian: cave, underground dwelling, hiding place. Russian ‘log’ means a trunk of wood – obviously a horizontals item, when layed down or set as part of the wall of a dwelling. English word ‘long’ also comes from this root. Russian ‘lozhitsia’ – ‘to lie down’ is obvious too.

    Berlin: from ‘ber’ + ”log’ + ‘in.” Literally means ‘in the bear den.’ Incidentally, the capital of Switzerland is called ‘Bern.’

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    Comparative linguistics and history of languages; Feng Shui Master; Author

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Judgment and the Future of Humanity

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.

I think it was Mel Brooks who said something along the lines of “Comedy is when someone else breaks his back; tragedy is when you get a splinter.” Unfortunately, this is especially relevant when it comes to historical crimes or wars. It is very easy to see the evil in a government or religion or society that we do not care for, and hard to see the same in our own. How many Native American children have been genocided in Canada in the last century? How many died during the American Holodomor of the Dust Bowl? How many are currently in the American Gulags, where rape is a policy? How do these compare with the evils in the USSR? And how does that compare with the plans of the Nazis, many of which were supported tremendously by the West?

Hard to say. It is easy to see that the Bolsheviks were brutal, but life was a lot tougher back then, so it needs to be compared with life in other countries in the 1930′s. Also, it is ridiculous and criminal for Western countries to criticize a country such as Syria for brutality during their war,when the West has funded, armed, and infiltrated the most barbaric folks on Earth with the specific goal of destroying the country. Who is the barbarian?

It is also worth contemplating the statements by Putin advisor Sergei Glazyev that the US has been the big winner from all of Europe’s wars and turmoil. Canada, too. If millions die in Europe, millions of skilled or moneyed folks move to North America. Who gains from turmoil in Eastern Europe?

Lada’s response:

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.

Conclusions:

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.

Just to mention, this exact issue is the subject of my epic mystical thriller THE EARTH SHIFTER. To understand my message deeper, please check out my books: Books by Lada Ray.

 

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The Real Truth About USSR: Golodomor and Collectivization in Ukraine

This issue, which was, it seems, on everyone’s lips just recently, is all but forgotten. The propaganda machine in the West and Ukraine worked overtime to beat it into everyone’s head: Russians have created golodomor – sometimes translated incorrectly as “holodomor,” to kill the poor Ukrainians. The issue has died down because Russians finally started responding with real facts of what had actually happened. This enduring part lie and part twisted truth was created as anti-Russian propaganda mega-tool well before the 2004 #Yushchenko/ #Tymoshenko/ #Poroshenko Orange Revolution in order to drive a wedge between Russia and Ukraine and convince Ukrainians that Russia was the arch-enemy. How could it not, if they killed – what number did they conjure out of thin air? – 20 million of Ukrainians! I have news for you, if the evil Stalin killed 20 million Ukrainians, the country called Ukraine would have long been a desert.

The golodomor story was generated the same way as the now infamous meme “I am a Ukrainian” depicting a pretty, smiling girl with flowers on Kiev maidan (no nazi thugs and Molotov cocktails in sight). It was born in a Virginia, USA propaganda lab.

But while the actual lie can’t be published in the MSM any more as the truth is already out, the #Soros-financed distorted history books, and Western/ Ukrainian media won’t retract it, so it gets spread and repeated over and over again. Unfortunately, Russia was always far behind the US and UK on the propaganda front – and presently we are observing the results of the Russians not paying enough attention to the important infowar issue.

Yesterday, one of my readers mentioned the golodomor issue in a comment, adding that Russians did that to Ukrainians causing millions of them to die of starvation. I’ve heard this before and it had been on my mind for years. I understand how people would come to believe this lie, considering the absolute info vacuum. I’ve decided this was as good a time as any to clarify this issue once and for all.

Background: as you can see from my bio, my mother was Ukrainian, from a farming family. I had a couple of aunts in Ukrainian villages, and an uncle and aunt who lived in a city, but came from the farming stock. My whole family was into story-telling and since I was a child, I heard many stories about family history and various events they had experienced. Avid listener, unlike many of my contemporaries, I was always a history buff, even as a 5-year old.

So, let’s look at the facts, and for dessert, at my own family/friends experiences. After my story, everything will become “crystal-clear,” as they say in Russia… and Ukraine.

Collectivization and golodomor did take place. There were problems, but hardly in the magnitude quoted. The meaning and logic behind these events is also being grossly distorted. Lenin was long dead by the way – collectivization took place in the end of 1920s – 1930s under Stalin.

Collectivization meant that peasants/farmers had to unite into farms, mostly voluntarily, but sometimes not. Collectivization is interpreted usually that Stalin (who was not Russian, but Georgian by the way, and who is still considered a national hero in Georgia) wanted to eliminate private property as soon as possible, including individual farms. There was an element of that, but the real reason was economical. USSR was in a desperate situation when the West tried to strangle it economically. Remember that just mere 6 years prior the country was in total ruins after the brutal Civil War. In addition, there were several bad years with poor harvest. This was a fight for survival – a life and death situation. To prevent hunger, the USSR leaders decided to expedite a conversion of the agriculture to socialism. Notice, most farmers were not touched until early 1930s, except in those cases where locals formed collective farms – kolkhozs – of their own initiative. USSR partially produced and partially purchased tractors from Ford. The goal of the Soviet industrialization and the usage of a tractor was to achieve the increased output compared to a horse and plow. However, individual small farmers couldn’t afford a tractor. To get a tractor – given for free by the state – you had to unite in a collective farm.

kolkhoz

 Poster about collectivization reads: “Comrade, join us at the kolkhoz.”

So, collectivization started, encouraged by the state and led by the overly zealous locals. In many, if not most situations, the process was peaceful and amicable. People were explained the advantages of joining, they argued, talked, voted, decided, signed and the next day, woke up as a kolkhoz. However, clearly there were excesses as well, depending who was the ring leader locally. Sometimes, those who resisted were “relieved” of their cattle and land, which was collectivized. Of course, it has to be understood that their property was still theirs, but now they owned a share of all combined property of the kolkhoz, as in a coop. The issue was that those who owned more, didn’t want to share. Sometimes these people took up the arms.

It has to be underscored that just like today, the West recruited those who were angered by collectivization to commit the acts of sabotage. Many well-documented cases are known of someone burning stables with cattle in them, damaging wheat fields and killing kolkhoz leaders.

kolkhoz 2

Perhaps the collectivization was not well-managed; perhaps it was a hastily prepared event. The unbending positions of local activists are possibly also to blame. But could they have acted any different being shot at? There was an issue of adequate instructions from the top – no instructions were sometimes possible because this grand social experiment was never before attempted in history, and also because it was perhaps underestimated by the communists how much some of the peasants didn’t want to part with their property.

This miscalculation is easy to understand: the people who masterminded USSR already lived in their minds in communism, when all property would be shared. To them – why hang on to your meager private property if in about ten-fifteeen years the whole country would live in a fairy tale abundance of communism, sharing everything? They simply couldn’t understand why farmers didn’t want to part with their stuff, happily signing up for kolkhozes in droves. And yes, they did think that communism would be built in the USSR by around 1943-45.

From this perspective, it is very easy to understand why the West, primarily UK and US, but let’s not forget France and Germany, HAD to sabotage USSR at all cost. Remember, we are dealing with the first ever social mega-experiment to convert the entire society into something very different in a planned manner, and in a very short time span. This was a serious attack against capitalism, as far as the West was concerned. Of course, USSR didn’t attack anyone – it just wanted to build a better life for its citizens. The fact that some people were unprepared for this grand experiment is a different story. However, it was supposed to be a peaceful experiment within USSR/Russia’s own borders.

But as we see from everything that is going on even today, the West never let Russia develop peacefully. UK (GB) was gradually losing its influence and empire; USA was in the middle of the 1929 Crash and Great Depression; Germany had a lot of trouble recovering after WWI. Simple people everywhere started looking at the USSR as the only beacon of hope.

Fast forward to today. Does that by any chance sound familiar?

Meanwhile, the capitalist system was suffering blow after blow. The thought that went through the minds of power/economic elites was: what if the Russians are indeed able to build communism in ten-fifteeen years? What if they do achieve a fairy-tale prosperity as a result? People in the West will want the same. Russian example could create anti-capitalist revolutions all over the world. Everyone from Ford to JP Morgan, Kennedy to Rothschild, was afraid to lose their wealth and property. They financed the sabotage of the collectivization, and watched with glee as USSR struggled. But the USSR recovered way too quickly, despite all odds. Collectivization was more of a success than they expected. By 1939, USSR started living quite prosperously. That’s why it was necessary to simultaneously help Hitler rise to power, with the idea that he would attack USSR and destroy it.

I am not defending collectivization. It was premature to do so at that time. True communist society is only possible when people’s consciousness is on a very high level. This is the Star Trek society and we are very far from it. In today’s world, some would thrive in the coop environment.  We see this in examples of progressive eco-villages and spiritual communities all over the globe. Others prefer private property and there is nothing wrong with that either. People should have free choice to do what’s best for them, until their consciousness rises to the level when this is the only, and best, way for them to live.

It’s like slavery. The consciousness of humans had to rise enough for everyone to understand that slavery was wrong. Let’s recall that in the 19th century USA slavery was a norm; that Great Britain thrived on the international slave trade; that as recently as 1960s, there was still widespread racial segregation is the USA.

Choices are great and necessary; however, at the time when the West was doing everything to strangle the young Soviet State, and by extension, destroy Russia, USSR had very little choice.

Now it becomes clear why Ford, Kennedy, Bush, IBM and many others financed Hitler. Hitler would have never been able to build and arm his multi-million army within several short years without credits and massive technological infusion from the US and UK. The idea was to sick him on the USSR, so to prevent USSR from becoming prosperous and making the West look bad. Destroying USSR/Russia was plan A. If that could not be achieved, then at least USSR had to be slowed down. And along the way, discrediting everything Soviet and Russian was an icing on the cake. They achieved plan B quite well.

However, as we well know, the Hitler plan got a tiny bit out of control. I don’t think it really worried those who masterminded it though. What is 100 million dead, if the wealth of Rothschilds, Rockefellers, Fords, Morgans, was now safe and multiplied.

And USSR was tied up for years, first busy fighting the nazi invasion; later, mourning the 27 million dead and rebuilding the country from ruins.

Capitalism was safe.

However, just imagine how different the 20th century could have looked if there was no WWII and USSR was able to build its bright future unencumbered. Would it have built the epically abundant communism by 1945? I don’t know, perhaps not. But the map of the world would have looked very differently for sure. USSR would have done much better, and the West – much worse.

Back to collectivization and golodomor (= death from starvation): it took place in the early 1930s. It happened for several reasons: 1. Peasants sometimes didn’t care for fields and cattle that they felt wasn’t theirs after it was taken into kolkhozes. 2. Sabotage, burning and poisoning of cattle and fields by foreign agents. 3. Mistakes of authorities, both central and local. 4. Several bad years of drought and poor harvest in parts of Russia and Ukraine.

This is very important! Collectivization and golodomor were NOT Ukraine-specific phenomenons. Same exact results from collectivization happened in rich agricultural areas of Russia, such as Povolzhie and Kuban. In fact, the real hunger was in Povolzhie (the Volga region). Golodomor is a Russian word, not Ukrainian. Everyone suffered. So, making this into a Ukraine-specific issue is clearly a disgusting propaganda ploy.

There was never a secret made of golodomor in Russia – as a child I studied it in my Soviet history books. Perhaps, Russians were a little too self-punishing about it. The overall cost of golodomor was probably two hundred thousand lives, and it was a huge tragedy. I doubt more than 20,000 died in Ukraine. Much, much more died in Russia. Soviet government purchased grains from Iran to feed the hungry, but it was a little late by the time the grain arrived. I am sure golodomor was the consequence of several tragic coincidences. Mishandled collectivization was multiplied by the sabotage and burning of crops, poisoning of water, blowing up kolkhoz property, and killing of the live stock by the foreign agents. However, the worst problems were drought and poor crops in the same period. Without that, the golodomor would probably never happen.

Incidentally, Stalin’s repressions intensified mainly during and after golodomor, and they were a direct response to the malicious sabotage of the country’s agriculture.

My personal experience: 

Personal experiences can help us put the two and two together, or they can obscure the facts – it all depends on one’s attitude. I once received an angry comment from someone who never got over his Ukrainian great-grandpa (this one really knows how to hold a grudge!) having lost a horse and cows in the 1930s, when “bad Russians came to take them away into a kolkhoz.” Of course, as I said, this in reality meant that everyone now owned a share of everyone’s horses, cows and fields. Kolkhoz means collective property, in other words, a coop.

The conclusion made by that commenter from his great-grandpa personal experience: millions died, and I was bad and dishonest that I spoke positively of Russia. Just imagine the logic! I would like to know for one how could millions die, including this person’s ancestor; who then told him all these horror stories in such detail?

And here is the real story: My mother was from a village in eastern Ukraine. One of her ancestors was a Tsar’s army officer, who fought against the Bolsheviks (Reds) in the Civil War, and when the Whites lost the Civil War, he emigrated to the West.

My father’s family came from the central Russian Voronezh region and Moscow. The family name was one of the most well-known in Russia and the family was very rich. My father’s grandfather, an idealist, sided with the Bolsheviks and when revolution came, he gave up his mansion and properties for the benefit of the people. He worked as chief engineer at the plant he formerly owned.

In my thriller, GOLD TRAIN (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure), I describe the story of the FSB operative Alexei and New York journalist Jade Snow. They both have Russian roots with aristocratic ancestry. Their story is in part my real family story.

My mother told me that her family had to give up their couple of cows and a horse during collectivization, too. No one died from hunger as the local kolkhoz provided enough. There was no one she knew of in the eastern Ukraine region of Dnepropetrovsk and Zaporozhie, where my mother’s family was from, who died of golodomor. Think about it! I will repeat so it sinks in! Millions supposedly died, yet my mother never told me of a single person she knew, or her family knew, who died of starvation! If there was such a story to tell, believe me, I would have heard it!

It has to be remembered that collectivization or not, people kept their private gardens, chickens, ducks and geese. These were not collectivized. PUFF! Go the fictional millions of dead.

Now, to put in perspective the story of the millions of dead from golodomor, here is another story. I grew up in Odessa, where a large percentage of the population is Jewish. This is the story I heard more than once. My close friend Yury, who was Jewish, told this story, as did several other people. When German and Romanian troops were approaching Odessa during WWII, Russians knew what they did to Jews in occupied areas. The USSR leadership decided to evacuate the Jews to save them from concentration camps. Many, many trains were sent to Odessa. It was announced in the city that everyone who wanted to evacuate must get to the trains no later than at a certain hour. Most Jewish civilians (200,000 or more) were evacuated from the city on very short notice and taken to Uzbekistan. My friend’s father grew up during the war speaking Uzbek. Once, we were watching a documentary about this evacuation, and my friend recognized his family walking in the dusty stepps towards the train parked well out of town (with so many trains to accommodate everyone, some had to be parked very far): a woman carrying a baby – his grandma with little aunt, a little boy – his father, and a man with a violin – his grandfather, who was the first violin of the Odessa Opera.

I heard similar stories from several other people. As a result of this mega-evacuation by the bad Russians, evil Stalin and horrible USSR, the lives of most Odessa Jews were saved. Compare that to what happened to the Jews all over the “kind” Europe.

Now, let’s put this in perspective. 200,000 Jews get evacuated and I hear several different stories about that! 20,000,000 get killed during golodomor – and not a single story! I knew thousands of people in Ukraine, I had relatives and friends in villages – not a single story! I heard about collectivization and my mother’s family’s horses and cows, I heard about my father’s family giving up their property, about the White Russian officer and his emigration, about how my mother’s family survived under Hitler’s occupation, about my father’s family 18th-19th century history, about my father at Stalingrad, about a friend of the family who suffered from Stalin’s repressions, about my mother’s work on exotic Sakhalin, and much more… But NONE, Zero, zilch about anyone dying during golodomor!

The real story of how Ukrainians were, and are, treated in Russia: Ukrainians oftentimes were given a preference over Russians, as were representatives of other ethnicities. Westerners will recognize this as today’s “political correctness.” Being half-Russian and half-Ukrainian, when I turned 15, I could choose which nationality I wanted to put in my passport. I decided to put down Ukrainian, not Russian. Why would anyone do that if it wasn’t beneficial?

If I had to choose again – guess what I would put down today?  

These heads of the USSR were Ukrainian: Gorbachev, Khrushchev, Brezhnev. Stalin was Georgian. In other words, those who ruled the country for most of the 20th century, were non-Russian. Today, Russians treat Ukrainians as brothers, basically forgiving them everything, while Ukrainians yell everywhere that Russians are aggressors and enemy #1.

Who do you think benefits from all this?

Conclusion: the Ukrainian golodomor hoax is a typical propaganda ploy, created to make Russia look bad – what else is new? A monstrous LIE, as usual. Golodomor did happen and tens of thousands died. It was a tragedy for the entire Soviet people. Using such tragedy for the shameful purpose of driving a wedge between parts of the same people – Russians and Ukrainians – is beyond criminal.

Note: I am referring to “communism” here not as political ideology, but as advanced spiritual consciousness construct of the universal brotherhood of man. What I mean can be understood better by reading/listening to Osho, who referred to communism as a manifestation of Zen.

Dear readers! Make sure you read a very telling testimonial in the comment section about #golodomor in the Russian Povolzhie by Viktoriya Merkl!

 

 

 

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