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Lada’s Investigation: Who Benefits from the Death of the Russian Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov?

I said on various occasions that attempts to destabilize the situation in Russia, and various provocations against Russia, will continue. In January, I also said that we should expect a massive false flag, possibly something to do with killing of major politicians. I, as many others, was watching Ukraine for that. But following the rule that watched pot never boils, while we were looking at Ukraine, it happened in Moscow.

However, there still is a very clear connection to Ukraine. Read about that below.

Today, on March 1, the Russian pro-West neo-liberal opposition, together with its leaders Boris Nemtsov, leader of the right-wing party Parnas, and Alexei Navalny, planed a mass anti-Putin rally in Moscow. Just less than 2 days before that Boris Nemtsov was shot with six bullets into his back from a passing car, while strolling near Kremlin with his girlfriend, a Ukrainian model who just flew in from Kiev.

Boris Nemtsov isn’t just any politician. In 1990, when it was still the USSR, he was elected to then Russian parliament  at the age of 31. At 32 he became the youngest governor in Russia. As governor of the large industrial region of Nizhny Novgorod, Nemtsov presided over the 1990s privatization. In 1997 he became deputy PM of Russia, being so close to Yeltsin that he was practically considered as Yeltsin’s son and heir to the Russian presidency.

Then a rift happened. Nemtsov resigned and created The Right Block party. His party soon fell out of voters’ favor. He made a number of crucial mistakes and bad decisions, which put him in hard opposition to the Russian government. Despite being unable to get through the threshold for Duma elections, he was considered the most likable and popular neo-liberal opposition leader.

As Nemtsov turned into a poster boy of the hard-core anti-Putin pro-West opposition, he also became personal advisor and good friend to the 2004 Orange Revolution executor and former pro-US president of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko. That didn’t win him any fans in Russia. Nemtsov has been equally close to the present Kiev junta leadership.

That said, people also note that Nemtsov was honest, sincere and uncompromising in his views and that he was incorruptible. Because of that, he wasn’t a rich man. Some have been comparing his political career to that of Trotsky. Of course, it has to be remembered that the rule in Russia is to say only good things about the dead, or nothing – so take the above with a grain of salt.

At the same time, it is a well-known fact that all oppositioners in Russia have always been ‘fed’ and financed by Western NGOs, Soros and US State Department. They regularly attend meetings and have private discussions with US ambassador, inside the US embassy in Moscow. It’s anyone’s guess what they talk about. Nemtsov was a frequent guest at the US embassy.

Another truth that should never be overlooked is that he, as governor and Russia’s deputy PM/part of Yeltsin’s staff, contributed a great deal to the catastrophic privatization and the destruction of Russian economy in the 1990s. History will judge his real contribution to the country – good or bad. My impression is that overall, he was a harmful and negative influence on the country and economy.

Per my latest posts and YT videos, US and Kiev junta were unable to destabilize Russia and take over entire Ukraine as they planned. An attempt to destabilize Russian economy through the attack on the ruble and anti-Russian sanctions didn’t bring the desired results either (the Earth Shift Report on this conspiracy is coming).

Liberal opposition, despite generous contributions by the US State Department and Western NGOs, is unable to get enough votes to get into the Duma; its rallies attract fewer and fewer people, far below the numbers they need in order to start a Kiev-like maidan revolution in Russia.

Of course in view of all the above, the killing of one of the leaders of the opposition cannot be a coincidence. As usual, the question to ask is: WHO BENEFITS? And who doesn’t?

It doesn’t take a genius to see that certainly Putin, Russian government and political class do not benefit at all. It reflects badly on FSB and police, and Russian government again has to endure attacks from the West. Therefore, they have to be total morons to do such a thing in order to give the West yet another opportunity to malign Russia and Putin. Needless to say, Putin and his people aren’t morons.

As my readers know, I don’t watch or read Western MSM, but even I hear that as a result of the Nemtsov killing, the anti-Russian howling is on par, or even worse, than during MH17 downing last July.

But this is where it gets interesting. Let’s see who clearly benefits:

1. USA and Anglo-American elites.

I wouldn’t say the West in general benefits, because there is a clear rift between the positions of France and Germany, as well as the majority of southern/western Europe, vs. US and UK joined by a few of their lapdogs, such and Poland and the Baltics.

The anti-Russian sentiment in the EU started slowly subsiding as Berlin-Paris and Moscow are trying to work together on Ukraine peace. Because there is a growing rift between US and EU, US needs desperately to re-awaken the anti-Russian sentiment and animosity between EU and Russia and to ‘re-subdue’ Western Europe to its will. US cannot afford NOT to have EU firmly in its corner as it would further weaken the US empire and petrodollar. But EU is slowly but surely breaking away.

What does US want to accomplish with this false flag? US wants a bloody color revolution in Russia; they want destabilization with eventual break up of Russia, in order to take Russia over economically and militarily. US cannot win a hot war against Russia, therefore, the only way is to blow up the country from within.

I wrote about how this works in my thrillers Gold Train and The Earth Shifter, which you can check out on Amazon, BN, Kobo, Sony, Apple and many other paperback and ebook retailers.

The added bonus for the US is that this assassination also serves as a warning for those EU politicians who may be starting to doubt the ‘US party line.’

Therefore, the biggest beneficiary of the Nemtsov tragedy is the US, with UK in tow. Let’s also remember that US has the means, vast black black ops experience, and all the dollars in the world to execute such assassination.

2. Ukraine and Kiev junta benefit tremendously. Russia is a huge irritant for them. Russia is in their way of trying to conquer Donbass. They think that if Russia is busy with color revolution on Moscow streets, then Kiev junta is free to resume the killing of the Donbass people. In addition, the revenge scenario for Crimea, Donbass, and all other Kiev’s real or perceived humiliations, is equally plausible.

However, the Ukraine junta’s SBU (security services) has much less experience and means than the US in executing such provocation. They certainly have fewer brains – remember the botched MH17 false flag in Ukraine?

The plus for the Kiev junta is that they may already have people on the ground in Moscow, Ukrainians speak Russian and blend in best.

3. Separately, far right ukro-nazi parties and battalions, who are not accepting Minsk peace agreements, could conceivably execute the killing on their own to provoke animosity, conflict and maidan in Moscow. And of course, revenge for losses and humiliations.

But it is less likely they would do so on their own. Ukro-nazis may be behind this as executioners, but they most likely would be acting on behalf of Kiev and US. Could Kiev be using ukro-nazis for that? It is less likely, as ukro-nazis are unruly and undisciplined.

It’s much more likely that SBU is using its people – probably Ukrainian black ops trained by US.

4. The anti-Putin opposition itself may also benefit, at least on some levels, although opposition politicians say that they couldn’t possibly do something like that. But surely, there always are rotten apples who would. Since the opposition’s influence is waning and they are unable to convince people to dislike Putin, whose rating is at 86% as of now, the only way to spur people into a color revolution may be a false flag such as this.

What I personally see:

In all likelihood, the killing was organized by US and Kiev jointly. I think the involvement of the opposition to provoke a maidan in Moscow is very minimal as it seems there is no upside here for them. As of now a lot of people look at them with suspicion that they may be behind it. Plus, they lost their most charismatic leader.

I believe that US and Kiev jointly needed to generate this false flag in order to start a new wave of anti-Russian sentiment in the EU, in order to: 1. derail the peace process; 2. destabilize the situation in Russia; 3. vilify Russia; 4. strain Russia’s resources; 5. and of course, as a revenge for their failures and humiliations.

For that they have used Nemtsov as a sacrificial lamb. The goal is to manipulate the ‘naive’ Russian liberal opposition in order to ignite a bloody revolution in Moscow. This scenario isn’t that different from what happened on Kiev maidan in 2014, where masses were manipulated by western MSM, sold-out politicians, well-trained militants and snipers, into a bloody mess.

The place of the killing – 200 meters from the Kremlin – was also chosen for this purpose. 

But as you will see below, there is a huge difference between Ukraine and Russia. 

The attack was very well thought out. There were several killers. The 6 bullets were all from different manufacturers, to make it harder to trace, shot from different guns. 4 wounds were lethal. All were shot from the back, so the Ukrainian girlfriend would have plausible deniability and could honestly say that she saw nothing. It was dark and there were very few pedestrians. People seemed to have seen a white car, but couldn’t see who was in the car.

After a late dinner at one of the GUM cafes on Red Square, Nemtsov and his Ukrainian girlfriend were taking a stroll across the bridge in the direction of the Bolotnaya Square, where Nemtsov’s opposition had previous rallies, including the protest rallies in 2011-12, when liberals were trying to prevent the re-election of Vladimir Putin. Perhaps, the girlfriend asked him to show her that ‘famous historic place.’ It was extrmely easy to catch on to the couple on the deseted bridge, with perfect view of the Kremlin, but away from eye-witnesses.

The killing was styled to appear as the 90’s style mafia hit, very close to the style of the Vladimir Khodrokovsky’s crony Nevzlin, who is now hiding from prosecution in Israel. This was done possibly to confuse the investigation.

Incidentally, Nemtsov was a very independent person, who went anywhere he pleased, was always public and never used bodyguards, despite often getting death threats. Those who did the killing knew that.

The important detail is the presence of a girlfriend from Kiev, who flew in just previously. All experts say as one that usually during a professional contract killing such as this companions never survive. This one did – unharmed. She knew him for a couple of years, they say. Was she a CIA asset, who was making sure Nemtsov was kept on a leash? Or was she for real, but with the latest events in Ukraine either ukro-nazis or the junta SBU got to her and her family? Was she threatened or paid off to lead him into the spot where he was shot and she lived? Either way, the girlfriend from Kiev is a very suspicious detail.

Another very interesting detail: The color revolution in Russia was being prepared in 2011-12, in time for the Vladimir Putin re-election, and Boris Nemtsov was supposed to be one of the leaders. At that time, oligarch Boris Berezovsky was plotting it from his London mansion. He openly said that the best way to start a maidan in Russia was to execute ‘the right sacrificial lamb.’ Berezovsky considered the charismatic and popular Nemtsov the right candidate. Nemtsov knew that.

It’s interesting that Berezovsky himself became that sacrificial lamb a year later, after his plot failed. He was found in his London house after he ‘hung himself’ as UK investigators concluded,  but with suspicious bruises on his neck. It turned out that just previously, Berezovsky passed a secret letter to Putin asking for pardon and promising to spill the beans on his UK handlers. Shortly after, he died. Seeing that, Russia made public Berezovsky’s letter to Putin, which made it impossible to pin this murder on Russia and Putin, as they did with Litvinenko a few years earlier. As a result, UK had to urgently come up with the suicide verdict, despite the dead give away of the neck bruises.

Out of all Russia’s pro-Western oppositioners, Nemtsov made the best sacrificial lamb in order to provoke violence. He was best loved and respected, being considered honest and incorruptible. Another leader, Kasyanov is very unpopular and hardly loved, and Navalny is under house arrest and is being watched by police patrol, whom he should thank as they have probably saved his life.

Vladimir Putin announced that he would keep the investigation into Nemtsov’s death under personal control. Today’s planned opposition rally was cancelled and instead, the Moscow administration authorized a march in Nemtsov’s memory in the area where he was shot, next to the Kremlin. This shows the strength of the Russian state and its confidence that they can keep order.

In another positive development, many leaders of the opposition, as well as all other politicians in Russia, are calling for unity and restrained actions during today’s march. Of course, in social media there are very ugly and volatile comments, calling for violence, revenge, revolution, etc. However, these are MOST DEFINITELY US and Kiev shills.

Predictions:

This false flag assassination is clearly a desperation move. I see this false flag backfiring on its organizers, just like the previous ones did.

This attempt to create mayhem in Russia will fail. There will be no color revolution or Kiev-style maidan in Russia, although, as I continue warning, the attempts by the US/West to create it will continue. As we see, they’ll stop at nothing to try to tip the balance in Russia into chaos.

Russian OMON and police are fully capable of keeping order. But Russian government and people must be very vigilant. Also see my video report about AntiMaidan:

As a result of this false flag, I see the Russian society further consolidating around Putin.

It seems no one in Russia – not even Russian liberals – is buying into the ‘hand of the Kremlin’ idea. I foresee that as a result of this provocation, some Russian liberals may finally see the light and change their views from pro-Kiev-junta and pro-US to a more pro-Russian patriotic and balanced stance. One thing is to fight corruption and another thing is to work to undermine the Russian state, whether willingly or unwillingly. I see more anti-Putin Russian liberals opening their eyes to the fact that they are being a destructive tool being used by the US/West for their ulterior motives.

P.S. As I was finishing this article, I saw the video, which confirmed what I said. Thousands of people gathered near Kremlin to pay respects to Boris Nemtsov, in a sea of Russian flags. The event was urgently authorised as an exception by the Moscow mayor. I notice it’s very well-organized, with lots of portable toilets and very tight security. As expected, everything is peaceful.

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The Ugly Mask of Fascism in Ukraine 2: Letter From a Russian Liberal

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Thank you, Paul Plane of The Plane Truth show, for providing the letter in question! See my interviews with The Plane Truth.

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An interesting letter from a Russian liberal activist to another after a trip to the Ukraine. Russia could stay out and do nothing, yet this still has catastrophe written all over it. The Russian liberals hate Putin, of course, and want to like Kiev, but the letter talks about what is reality in Odessa and Kiev. It might take till 2016 or 2017 for the flame of hatred to burn out. It seems really strong, again, even if foreign countries did nothing. For one thing, there is the issue of revenge for losing in WWII to the Russians.

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Liberals are just not very smart (but they think they are) and they still run on their old grudge against USSR, while thinking the West is awesome. Why not, that’s where they get all their grants. But not all of them are evil, some are just slow, and still living in 20th century. These will come around.

From Lada:

Below is a letter from a Russian liberal, anti-Putin, pro-West, etc., etc. … He goes to Ukraine and discovers for himself the truth about Ukraine fascism, which apparently turns his entire world upside down. I just can’t stop being amazed at the pseudo-intelligence of the pro-Western neoliberals. No wonder there is such mess in people’s heads everywhere. Neoliberals are those who often control the public opinion in their respective countries; they usually are in the media and in other communications professions, go for elected offices, into law, etc. And they are that blind? The author of this letter is Russian, he is right there, and without a trip he didn’t get what was really happening in Ukraine?

I imagine his fellow liberals are much worse, as at least after a trip, this one saw the light. That said, this is a very telling testimonial as it comes from the most unlikely source!

My readers may not be familiar with the Russian political scene, so let me put this in perspective. Russian liberals are very unpopular (in recent elections something like 1.2% of the electorate supported them) and they continue losing their popularity as more and more people discover their adverse role in the ’90s free-for-all privatization and their advocacy of the predatory ‘capitalism.’ Russians also don’t take kindly to the fact that Russia’s (this concerns all of post-Soviet space) liberals are financed by Western NGO grants, and the fact that their stated goal is to unseat Putin, whose approval rating is very high, around 87-90% – in fact, the highest of any world leader.

Again, not all liberals are the same, but en masse, this is their simplified MO in a nutshell. Some really do think they are Russian patriots, except they don’t like anything or anyone in Russia, being critical of everything around them. Others are openly hateful and don’t even hide that they want to appeal to Western audiences, their goal being the overturn of the present government. Some are more reasonable and some are much worse than I’ve described here. The point is: they are in harsh opposition to the present-day Russia. Before, they could pretend that they were people’s advocates, criticizing mistakes, corruption, shortcoming of the officials, which made some think they were sincere. With the advent of the Ukraine crisis, their siding with the Kiev junta and against the Russian government, including promotion in liberal Russian media (such as Echo Moskvi) of the idea that Russia invaded Ukraine and their support of ukro-nazis, showed their true colors, which didn’t earn them any supporters.

Prediction: liberal influence in Russia will continue waning. That said, a certain amount of dissent is good and necessary in any healthy society. Compare this with Ukraine fascism, where any dissent gets dealt with via bombings, kidnappings and destruction.

To answer Paul’s question: How bad is it in Ukraine? Refer to my Predictions on top bar. I said before that Ukraine will change between 2016 and 2018. Right now, it’s bad and getting worse, as far as fascism goes. Unfortunately, cancer has been allowed to metastasize into all organs of Ukraine’s body. But it’s also correctable. However, this generation of ukro-nazi deadbeats is disturbingly, shockingly cruel and dangerous. That said, these, just like any cowards, are brave only when they have a huge gang around them and when they have to fight with unarmed, peaceful, older people, such as the one on the video in The Ugly Mask of Fascism in Ukraine 1: Urge to Destroy. They are good at bombing civilians in Donbass as well. In other words, true dregs of society.

Unfortunately, during the past 23 years of ‘independence,’ too many such young dregs grew up in Ukraine. Thanks to Soros-sponsored re-written history books, Ukro-MSM hatred propaganda and US/EU (including in large part Poland and Lithuania) supporting the worst of fascism in Ukraine, it has gone out of hand. I hinted on this before and I’ll say it again: eventually, these ukro-nazis will be pushed out of Ukraine and they will move to Europe, and possibly to the N. American continent. The West will have to deal with the monster they created.

This can be finished quite easily and right now: all the US and EU have to do is withdraw support of the Kiev junta and start HELPING to truly investigate all the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed every day in Ukraine! Most of these young ukro-nazi deadbeats will dissolve by themselves once they know their crimes will not go unpunished. However, as we have established so many times previously, the West’s goal instead is to do everything to continue destabilizing Ukraine and to continue enabling crimes against humanity by imparting a feeling of the all-permissiveness on the ukro-nazis.

This is exactly how US and Britain brought Hitler to power. They supported, financed and appeased him – until the monster was created. The rest is history…

The goal of bringing Hitler to power in Germany was to destroy the Soviet Union by his hand. The goal of WWI was to destroy the Russian Empire. The goal of bringing to power this new crop of Ukraine fascists is to destabilize the Russian Federation with the ultimate goal of splitting it up and destroying. Ideology matters not – forget the 20th century ideology. The goal has always been to do away with Russia in any guise. My future Earth Shift Reports will cover this in more depth. Read more in Predictions and other posts on this blog, as well as Interviews.

RUSSIAN OPPOSITION ACTIVIST LETTER: THE TRUTH ABOUT KIEV REGIME

A letter from one Russian liberal opposition activist (Alexey Sakhnin) to another (Alexey Gaskarov), who was arrested for inciting violence and causing harm to police officers during the riots of May 6, 2012 in Moscow, regarding his trip to Ukraine:

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“..I asked him, “you have half the city of people who disagree, how will you live with them?” And he says to me, verbatim: “for them, we have a compromise. They sit quietly at home. If they want to talk about the “junta”, they can say a whisper to the toilet bowl. If they go out on the streets, we will start shooting ”
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“Alex, hello, buddy. You know, ever since I got your last letter, I took a trip to Ukraine. Spent there 9 days. And now I have a lot of live experience about how things are arranged over there. I’ll try to tell it without superfluous emotions, though it is difficult.

First, perhaps, Putin’s propaganda in the fight with Ukraine is self-defeating. It is so discredited that many believe the opposite is true. Of course, this does not prevent it from creating an atmosphere of hysteria among the majority, but many activists both in Russia and in Ukraine and in the West perceive it exactly like you: “The truth is exactly the opposite.” Unfortunately, this is not the right approach.

Secondly, you know, the propaganda in Ukraine is even worse. After many years, when the country had relative pluralism, watching what is happening now is very bizzare. Well it is clear – all channels, newspapers and websites inciting a wild national patriotic hysteria. Well, let’s say it is a side effect of war. But what about facts? We visited the editorial office of one of the most moderate websites. The type of people from Lugansk working in Kiev, some former leftists out there involved. They claim to be against torture, kidnappings and so on. But on the wall hangs a large poster on which are written the aims and principles of editorial policy. The first among them “to create a conducive atmosphere for ATO ” (anti-terrorist operation). That means – fueling the war. Accordingly, the facts are selected for publication. All that is conducive for the “atmosphere” — is published without validation. Everything else is simply not published. Forget about the TV box. NTV and Lifenews could learn from them.

Well, propaganda is a military tool. Now about the occupation. I was not in the zone of ATO. Whether Russian troops are there, I don’t know. We were deep in the homefront. In Kiev, Odessa, Kharkov. Alex, I swear to you, what’s happening over there is a civil war. Without any intervention. The internal war. The worst — in Odessa.

7 out of 10 ‘ordinary people’, i.e., taxi drivers, pensioners who rent rooms for visitors, waitresses, passengers of public transport repeat the passwords: ‘junta’, ‘fascists’. I dont have any stats, and in this situation it would be impossible, but it feels like its a majority in the city. And you would not imagine the degree of tension. Typical words of one taxi driver: “We’re just looking forward to when it will be possible to take revenge.”

And, on the other hand, I gets more interesting. We were interviewing the Right Sector (I went there as a Swedish journalist). They are 18-year-old slacker enthusiasts. A complete copy of those who came to the LF in the 2011-2012. The same naive and inexperienced romantics. But they are reading not Kagarlitsky, but Yarosh. And their heroes are Mussolini and Franco. They say “those who don’t like the new Ukraine — suitcase, train station, Russia”. This is a no nonsense fascist organization, which is supplied with green youth in abundance. But it’s not the worst. The worst thing is the moderates.

I’m not saying names, but I have all the interviews. Picture this: a nice office in the centre of the city. At the gates is an armored car. In the courtyard – a bunch of meatheads with machine guns. And the map of Ukraine. They are the ‘community activists’. Collecting money from businesses for patriotic purposes [racketeering]. They have a great system. Enough money and ammunition and their own territorial defence battalion and a bunch of armed guys on call. Think about it — they’re nobody, they have no official status. But they have real power: money, weapons, organization. And no official authority can do anything against them. They are the moderates. “We hate Ukrainian nationalists, they are provocateurs.” But I asked them, “you have half the city of people who disagree, how will you live with them? And he says to me, verbatim: “For them we have a compromise. They sit quietly at home. If they want to talk about the ‘junta’, they say a whisper to the toilet bowl. If they go out on the streets, we will start shooting “.

You know, Alex, but it is real fascism. Without the clowns with swatsikas. And Odessa and other cities have sworms of these guys.

And the capacity of civil dialogue is limited to this: “We’ll shoot.” And they have weapons, money, organization. And it’s not empty threats. They already shot. In broad daylight.

A journalist there told me that about Anti-maidan in Odessa. A crowd of people, of whom 10% really pro-Russian. The remaining – against Maidan, but not against Ukraine. Leaders of the Antimaidan were afraid of drastic measures, were against the seizure of buildings, etc. This journalist said “the authorities were so lucky to have this ‘opposition’ “. But instead they arranged May 2. And May 2 was prepared in advance. Probably no one had planned for such victims, but dispersing the opposition camp was ordered from above in a carefully prepared operation. And this is not Putin’s propaganda.

Now about the crackdown. 78 people in prisons in Odessa are ‘political’. Only in Crimea – about 30 active political immigrants. And repression continues. The guy who we interviewed from former Anti-maidan was arrested 12 hours after we talked. He arrived in the old “Five” (Rusian car Zhiguli), sitting in cafe, scolding the junta, feared nothing. Then drove us to look at the painted with swatsikas statue of Lenin. Then we got into the Kharkiv train, as he drove home. At night he was taken. Arrested by the nazis. The same ones who beat him on May 2. Again beaten with iron rods. Planted with explosives. Now charged with terrorism. From 8 to 15 years. And this is not Putin’s propaganda. This I saw with my own eyes. I was talking with his girlfriend on the phone, trying to calm her down …

I checked on Yandex. Yes, Kharkiv Governor in July stated officially that in Kharkov area for April-June were arrested 314 “separatists”. Just an ordinary news, already outdated. Alex, I understand that from the Russian TV you would like to think that all is exactly the opposite, but it’s true. Heck, it’s just kind of an overwhelming chilling truth.

What about people with Ukrainian flags in Mariupol, you wrote … I don’t know, maybe there are these people in Mariupol. Or maybe it’s the National Guard mobilizing them with assault rifles. Or Akhmetov. I was on the train travelling from Kharkiv with a family from Donbass. The train was going from Yasinovataya, which is closest to Donetsk station. They are afraid to talk. But I pulled some info out of them. They say that the army was shelling each day with artillery and missiles on residential quarters (the gift of that truce). Young guy, says, “Well, I am Ukrainian. But now decided that Ukraine for me does not exist.” Its harsh, Lesha. Scary to ask questions. The people saw things that make you want to cry.

But in Kiev, there’s a patriotic consensus. There, every third is sporting a vishivanka or a t-shirt “death vorogam” (death to enemies). On each wall: “Ukraine above all”, and even drunks who argue for taxi shout “Glory to Ukraine. ” There exactly the national consciousness is ‘in order’. And at the same time all pubs, discos and clubs are open. The horror is less evident.

In short, summarizing, Ukraine remains divided. This is most definitely, no Russian propaganda. At least, the South-East. The intensity is such that any outbreak will lead to civil war everywhere. Without Russian intervention. And it’s excluding the contradictions between the various flanks in the camp of the ‘winners’. Secondly, by its brutality and idiocy Ukrainian regime will give Kremlin a run for its money. For falsity of propaganda, intolerance, repressions. For nationalist populism. This is a very weak regime, which loosely controls its territory, but is torn apart by conflict. But its scary to think what will happen if it gets stonger. And third, the most terrible thing is that the mass movement does not oppose the violence, lawlessness, nationalism, but intensifies it. It’s not calling for greater democracy and pluralism, and negates the social agenda to the nationalistic hysteria. A mass movement under the influence of radicals and those for whom war has become a business. Because of their passivity and lack of experience it is almost completely controlled by the darkest force imaginable. That’s exactly what we have rescued the Russian movement from, retaining its democratic capacity (and at the same time deprived it of support of oligarchs and doomed to be defeated), all the worst that happened to the Ukrainian movement.

This is a grim picture. It turned out to be much worse and intense than I imagined. I don’t know what’s going on in the ‘People’s Republics’. Admit that there might be some things questionable, too. But about the situation in Ukraine, I no longer have any illusions.

That on Russia and the Russian society the whole story with Ukraine has reflected pitifully, I agree. And that propaganda plays its part too. And what to do about it – is not fully clear. But here’s my take on the anti-war campaign. Our liberals seem to do everything to turn this into a failure. Waving flags of the Right Sector. Or prohibit to criticize Kiev regime. In the end, they just turn from supporters of peace to supporters of victory of one of the parties. And therefore very few people will join them. And certainly the credibility of the opposition will not grow.

On the other hand, you know, if you believe Levada, since March the number of people who support the idea of putting troops in Ukraine declined by half. That is propaganda hysterics lost effectiveness. But instead of talking to people about the truth, part of which is absolutely freezer-burn nature of Ukrainian regime, our Liberals fully side with Kiev, reducing the ‘peace movement’ to their eternal mantra about this country.

It seems to me that we must not yield to the temptation “to make friends with all the enemies of our enemies.” We can not take any of the so-called ‘pro-Ukrainian’ position. In fact, it is not a pro-Ukrainian, it’s a pro-fascist position. I think that no matter how difficult, but we have to be a ‘third force’. I understand that for you it is still much harder than me. But I can not be quiet about this)

I wish you as always, courage and mental strength. Write how things are going with your appeal. Is there any hope? What do the lawyers say? Can I help?

In general, hold on!

Alexey Sakhnin
September 18, 2014

Translated by Kristina Rus

More correspondence between Russian political prisoners:http://rosuznik.org/letters/1736

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P.S. I’ll take a few days off, but I’ll continue approving and replying to comments.

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