Multipolar World and Deja Vu
(Includes the WWII story of Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill)
Humans reinvent themselves much more often than most think, and history gets changed or distorted much more often than anyone imagines.
The world is quickly changing again as we are facing a global consciousness revolution of unheard of proportions. In the middle of the 20th century humanity went through the most devastating war in the recognized human history. As a result of the two meetings of Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt in Teheran, Iran and Yalta, Crimea, Russia, the 20th century world architecture that is crumbling around us today, was devised by these three leaders and their respective global powers. The victory in the Great War (WWII) was primarily possible because of the immense sacrifice and suffering of the people of Russia and entire Soviet Union, who managed to defeat the German Nazism. In doing so, Russia/USSR were fulfilling their karmic and historic role of the ultimate global balancer.
The world plunged into the Cold War almost immediately after WWII was over. The beginning of the Cold War was provoked and orchestrated via two events:
1. The US Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombing, a horrific ‘showcase’ of the new American nuclear toy of which Truman famously said: “now we have a stick against the Russians.” Of course, it didn’t take long before USSR developed its own nuclear stick in RESPONSE. Could it have been any other way?
Incidentally, having looked back in history, I’ve become convinced that the fast Russian development of their own nuclear bomb, the talented Russian physicists notwithstanding, was due in part to the fact that at least one (possibly more) of the scientists involved in the creation of the American a-bomb had passed vital information to Russians after Hiroshima made him understand what kind of a monster he helped create in the USA.
2. The Fulton Speech by Churchill, promising the “Iron Curtain” against the USSR. It was Churchill’s Fulton speech that officially marked the beginning of the Cold War and the “Iron Curtain.” Make no mistake – it was the aggression and provocations of the West that started and perpetuated the Cold War. USSR was a very reluctant and purely defensive participant at all times. It’s just that the overly aggressive, distortedly yang West has always, in known human history, initiated the aggression.
We are now at a breaking point: the West must become significantly more yin for its own good, and in order to restore balance on the planet.
The undeniable proof of what a reluctant warrior Russia had always been is how peacefully, on a handshake, the USSR split up, including (stupidly, I might add) sacrificing such core Russian territories as Crimea, eastern and southern Ukraine (Novorossia).
In defence of the ’90s Russian leadership, and in defence of the people of Ukraine at the time, it has been shown that they were simply duped. Dr. Natalia Vitrenko, long-term head of the Ukrainian Progressive Socialist Party and Rada deputy, who also occupied high-powered positions in the ’80s and ’90s, has confirmed that when people voted in a national referendum for independence and Soviet Union dissolution in 1990-91, they were told that a new commonwealth or new union would be formed instead, minus the Communist Party (Vitrenko’s podcast in Russian here).
Indeed, attempts to create a new union existed in the ’90s. To this day, there is a disfuntional structure called CIS (SNG in Russian), uniting most of the post-Soviet states. However, within 6-10 years, the initial plans were scrapped as each of the ‘leaders’ of the former republics started feeling like a big feudal boss, as oligarchs sucked the money out of their respective countries, and as Soros/NGOs/MSM and Western fifth column made each former republic more and more anti-Russian. (Present day situation is a little different: the process of awakening has started and the tide is changing both in the West and in the post-Soviet republics.)
This is why to this day so many people all over the former Soviet Union feel confused and betrayed. Sure, the fault is partially that of Russia’s elites, and especially oligarchs. But it’s even a bigger fault of those ‘leaders’ of specific former republics who became power and money hungry at the expense of their own population. Even before the Russian authorities pulled out of the former republics, Western propagandists and economic hitmen were already present there, softening up the local elites and creating the MSM fifth column. The predisposition and willingness were amply available after the disappointments of the Soviet collapse. The void left by Russia’s withdrawal created an extremely fertile ground for the mushrooming rusophobia.
Do you know what the snake in the garden of Eden really looks like? That’s right – exactly like the Western economic and geopolitical hitmen! I wonder if the Biblical story of the snake in the Garden of Eden was written specifically to warn of snakes such as these. In those days they may have been called ‘money changers,’ today they may be called banksters, MSM and NGOs. It is the lust for power, greed, fear and ignorance that always get humans in trouble by creating divisions, wherever they may live.
US economic (and geopolitical) hitmen, so brilliantly described by John Perkins in his awesome book, have been gladly capitalizing on these qualities of the human race. People all over the world should heed this warning and stop fighting between themselves. It’s time to start disappointing the hitmen.
Back to the Cold War: the short-term WWII allies reverted back to being long-term enemies. However, despite the obvious animosity and rivalry, after WWII the two worlds managed to achieve parity, which kept the world spinning without massive global armed conflicts – until now. The former USSR and today’s Russia played, and continue playing, the role of the global balancer, despite either irresponsible, or openly malicious aggressiveness of the West.
Despite obvious differences with today’s events, some things in the video below sound and look like a deja vu. Quoting the same grandpa Churchill, those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
I’ve translated the key pieces:
0.01: Stalin speaking on November 6, 1941, when Hitler’s army was standing near Moscow (as we know, Moscow was successfully defended in 1941 and Hitler failed to take it. This became the first Russian victory in that brutal 4-year war). This speech was delivered deep underground, at Metro Station Komsomolskaya, as Moscow was being bombed by Germans: “Comrades, Russians must see clearly who their enemy is. These people (Nazis – LR) have the audacity to call for the destruction of the Great Russian culture, the culture of Tolstoy and Chekhov, the culture of Suvorov and Kutuzov (generals who defeated Osmanic empire and Napoleon- LR). They came to us with war we didn’t want, and war shall they receive.”
1.00: The authentic footage of the Teheran Conference between Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin, 1943.
Lada’s notes: Few know that as the world leaders were arriving to Teheran, Russian intelligence uncovered a plot to assassinate the three of them. As a result, Churchill and Roosevelt stayed with Stalin on the territory of the Soviet embassy compound in Iran – the only safe place in Teheran. There is a great Russian movie about that assassination plot and the work of the Russian intelligence, called ‘Teheran 43.’
2.06: Footage of the Yalta Conference with the famous Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt photo op, 1945, Russia.
Lada’s notes: After the Teheran near fiasco, this time the trio met in the safety of the Russian territory specifically because it was the only safe place during WWII. Food for thought, don’t you think?
3:07 Speech by Stalin, November 6, 1944: “The Red Army fulfilled its duty and freed our motherland from the enemy. From now and forever our land is free from the fascist darkness. There is one mission left for our army – to complete together with our allies the destruction of fascism and to place our Victory Banner over Berlin.”
It is worth noting that Stalin was originally from Georgia, where he is still considered a national hero by many. He never lost his Georgian accent. When I was in Tbilisi, Georgia around 1990, I saw Stalin’s portraits displayed even in the driver cabs of the city trolleybuses. At the same time in Russia and Ukraine Stalin’s portraits and statues were all but banished as he was considered a tyrant and dictator, according to my Soviet era school history books.
Interestingly enough, Stalin wrote in his bio: “Russian of Georgian descent.” Like many in the Greater Russian World, he in fact considered himself Russian.
Presently, there is a large movement in Russia and former Soviet republics that is re-evaluating the actual role and contribution of Stalin and other Soviet leaders, as well as the Soviet Union itself. Many are coming to a realization that in the Soviet Union they lost something that was unique and great. The baby was definitely thrown out with the bath water. Now many are scrambling to catch the baby, or what’s left of her, and place her safely back where she belonged. See my post, Raising Chi Against Hatred: The Suppressed Story of Russian Songs that Unite World Cultures. Also see my Russia pages.
It has been determined that much of the Soviet history, including Stalin’s period, was twisted by Khrushchev who had a personal grudge against Stalin and by Gorbachev and his team, who were trying to get on the West’s good side by admitting mistakes that perhaps never happened or weren’t mistakes at all. Some may have been Stalin’s great geopolitical victories turned on their head to please the West. Of course the West was pleased: they wanted to see Soviet Union – the only global balancer capable of zeroing out their aggression – destroyed. It’s open for debate whether it was naiveté, ego or treason by Khrushchev and Gorbachev that led them to such actions.
Just like Roosevelt and Churchill, Stalin was a great geopolitical mind and a formiddable world leader. His methods and certain actions are certainly open for debate. I used to be clear about Stalin as a tyrant. For me, the jury is still out and it has to be noted that others acted just as badly, or much worse, in different or similar circumstances. To be fair, many documents are surfacing lately that tell a different story than the official version we all know.
That said, you can’t turn back the clock. For better or for worse, humanity must evolve past the limiting bi-polar global architecture set up by the WWII winners: USSR, USA and UK. The UK empire ceased to exist when its colonial system collapsed and India claimed independence. The USSR, right or wrong, collapsed in 1991. USA is next.
We are moving towards a more equitable, more balanced and more inclusive world. This new world structure will be multipolar. The new structure of the world is being decided now, and as it happens during the times of great change, the geopolitical power struggle, mass confusion, anger and even psychosis (born of confusion and fear of change), as well as depression, grow exponentially.
Shedding the light on things to help people understand what is happening and where all this is going is especially important now. This is why I do my work, which is to explain, uncover the truth, set the record straight, enlighten, and predict.
P.S. To answer a reader from Japan, Patricia, who asked where to read more about the real role of Stalin, I suggest author Nikolay Starikov. He has a number of books on Russian geopolitics and history, including his book, “Stalin, Remembering Together.” Starikov is very logical and meticulous with his sources, just like yours truly. He also has a popular blog in Russian, which can be found on my Resources page.
Also read: Present and Future Plans
Scott Hogan2h writes on Lada Ray Blog: “Hi Lada, love your blog and this most recent interview. Just wondering if you’ve seen this youtube video about plans for St. Petersburg this September. And, if you have, what are your thoughts on it from your perspective on things on the horizon. Thanks, Scott.” Link to the video by Russian Duma deputy, Evgeny Fedorov: There will be Maidan in St Petersburg.
I find this to be a very good question. Yes, I’ve seen the original video a few months ago, when it first appeared.
Background: Evgeny Fedorov is the leader of the NOD – People’s Liberation Movement of Russia. He had lived through the wholesale looting of the country in the 1990s. What’s important, he was a Russian Duma Deputy even back than. Here is the way he describes what was happening at the time in Russia. There was an AMERICAN supervisor (commissar, using Russian terminology) who was assigned to every politician, head of every organization, every company, etc. ALL decisions on all levels had to be CLEARED with the American commissar assigned to them. In short, in the ’90s Russia was a fully occupied country, with no voice and no ability to move a muscle without clearing it with a Western supervisor. Russia in the ’90s was what Ukraine is today.
I’ll be honest with you, dear readers. Having written the above phrase, I had sudden chills going through my body, as if putting it in writing made it especially real and scary.
From this background I suppose it is understandable why Fedorov tends to take a very tough position and maintains tough rhetoric. Many thinkers in Russia lived through the ’90s, and watched their country being taken over by forces that wanted Russia’s destruction, or those who wanted to suck her dry (much like what is happening in today’s Ukraine). This created a whole line of Russian geopolitical analysts with very tough rhetoric. Fedorov’s position is that since the ’90s Russia regained a large part of its sovereignty, thanks to Putin’s policies and will, but it’s still far from fully independent, hence his People’s Liberation Movement (NOD).
Fedorov never minces words, and he believes that he needs to scare people into acting = rising against the ‘aggressors and oppressors.’ He believes in shock therapy by word in order to prevent adverse actions by known perpetrators from materializing. He is right in many things, but I do not believe in his approach. He not only scares, but also depresses people, and that is the recipe for paralysis. He also creates undue animosity. Finally, his information is often based on good data, but he sometimes tends to exaggerate.
As my readers know, I don’t believe in fear. I believe that people need to rise above fear to the level of reason in combination with love, in order to see the world clearly and act correctly.
I think Fedorov is generally right to warn about the possibility of a maidan in St Petersburg. Better safe than sorry; this is the time to warn people so they can organize against the destructive forces.
Fedorov takes the view I generally take – Ukraine was just the prelude and training grounds for creating the mayhem of the century in Russia. The big prize is Russia and her destruction. I have warned many times that this is the big goal and the mega-prize for the US, the West, or, if you will, NWO.
Moreover, Putin and Russia have been routinely derailing all possible and impossible plans of the West, especially throughout 2013-2014. Even the takeover of Ukraine didn’t go as planned. Therefore in the West’s view, Russia must be punished.
In this interview, Fedorov motivates his prediction of a maidan in St. Petersburg this way. There will be governor elections in St. Petersburg in September, and St. Petersburg was always an ‘opposition’ city within Russia. The change of the guard would be an excellent time to create big mayhem. Both 1917 Russian revolutions started there. The goal isn’t to elect a governor they like. It’s much bigger: igniting a revolution in the entire Russia and unseating Putin, just like it happened in 1917.
The goal is also to tear the country apart, creating a number of small, powerless, subservient to the West, pieces. One of them, per some Russian ‘democrats’ proposal should be the independent Republic of St. Petersburg.
Fedorov describes how it will happen: all candidates, except the one supported by the majority, will be showered with Western money to overwhlem the front-runner. Terrorists from Kiev/Ukraine maidan will appear, posing as locals – since they speak Russian and look Russian, you won’t be able to tell them apart; they will rent apartments ahead of time and blend in, until there is a signal for them to act. There will be attempts to create military-style provocations, including shooting people from the passing vans and cars, as they have done in Ukraine. This, he says, will be the hard-core terrorist component, like in Kiev. He also believes that up to 50-100k will be the ‘peaceful’ paid component armed not with firearms, but with sticks – again as it was on Kiev maidan.
As an aside, both Putin and Medvedev are originally from St. Petersburg, so creating mayhem in St Pete is especially devious.
My view and predictions:
I think Fedorov is right – there will be an attempt to create a maidan in St Pete. I am also absolutely sure it won’t succeed. Who will make an attempt to create a St Pete maidan: Western paid/ Soros funded NGOs, the ‘democrats,’ and the so-called revolutionaries, such as Navalny. There are still a lot of Western-funded and trained neo-liberal presstitutes in Russia, just like in any other country. They call themselves ‘democrats,’ and this is the title that has discredited itself. Many of the Western-style democrats are concentrated in Moscow, and even more so in St Pete. In the rest of the country their influence is negligible at best.
Unfortunately, most representatives of the western-style democrats are the so-called Russian intelligentsia, who in fact are just the stuck-up, pseudo-intelligent intellectual elites from the two capital cities: Moscow and St. Petersburg. I used to be proud of the fact that I belonged to the Russian intelligentsia – the real one, to which Chekhov and Tolstoy belonged. Not any more; that intelligentsia doesn’t exist. I have long resigned from the ranks having seen how much what passes for ‘Russian intelligentsia’ today has done, and continues doing, for the destruction of Russia. Russian intelligentsia is unfortunately a misnomer – a very sad one at that.
The parties of the ‘democrats,’ such as Yabloko, can’t even gather enough votes to get into Duma. They will try to organize demonstrations, but won’t gather too many supporters. They may get a few thousand, perhaps under 5-10k, for a demonstration. Most, if not all, will be paid stooges. 5-10k is not much for a 5 million city. In addition, if they are trying to recreate a 1917 scenario, Novalny or Kasparov are certainly no Lenin. They are nowhere near Lenin’s class and intelligence. And of course, they won’t succeed because Russia is now governed by the right people. Although attempts to cause havoc will continue in the future.
Will there be an infiltration of Kiev terrorists? An attempt will most likely be made, but it simply cannot succeed. I am a little confused as to Fedorov’s position (to the issue of his creating fear and confusion with his statements). Of all people he should know the capability of the Russian FSB and OMON. Russia isn’t Ukraine; Putin isn’t Yanukovich – Fedorov should also know this.
As an example: there were at least hundreds of attempts to infiltrate Crimea (Krim) in order to disrupt referendum, including armed provocations. Only one succeeded, when a sniper killed 2 people, one on the Ukraine army side, another – a Cossack volunteer. These were the only two casualties of the entire Crimea’s transition to Russia.
I believe that the demonstrations countering the attempted maidan will be substantially larger. They won’t succeed in creating violence either, at least on a large scale, as police will be on top of it.
Forewarned is forearmed: the more noise we make now, the less of a chance they surprise anyone. Most likely this will be a non-event.
Will there be howling by Western presstitutes that Russia is oppressing someone’s rights? You bet. But what else is new?
Whatever the ‘Western-style revolutionaries’ and NGOs attempt in St Pete will only make them more unpopular, thus accelerating Russia’s turning away from the West.
I think it is an excellent time for those European countries that have some sense, to distance themselves from the insane policies of the US and Brussels.
For a detailed analysis of the geopolitics of Russia, West, NWO and US see Is Putin Part of NWO?
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The negotiations between Russia and Ukraine regarding gas price, mediated by the EU, have failed. Russia set the final deadline for Ukraine’s gas non-payment – this coming Monday. Four other deadlines came and went, while Kiev never expressed any desire to pay even a small portion of its debt. Kiev’s debt to Gazprom is now $4,5 bln. Gazprom said it would accept partial payment of debt as a show of good will. In exchange, it would agree to lower the price of gas to $385 from the market price of $485 – which is what Europe pays. More discounts are possible, should Ukraine continue in good faith. However, Ukraine refused to accept this compromise offer.
Yes, the country is broke, but it just received IMF loan, which Ukraine motivated in part by the desperate need to repay its debt to Russia. So, does it mean Ukraine lied on its IMF application too? Certainly, this is a rhetorical question, as we all know why the IMF loan was really given to Ukraine – basically as a repayment to #Poroshenko, #Yatsenyuk, #Turchinov, #Klitchko and other Western stooges, for maidan, for destroying Ukraine and causing serious trouble for Russia (the more trouble, the more payment = IMF loans). But those naive people in Europe and the US who still think the IMF loan was given to prop up the Ukraine economy, for you this is food for thought!
The failure of the gas negotiations was the absolutely predictable outcome! I had no doubt the negotiations were a farce, and a stalling tactic by Kiev junta and their HQ in Washington. The Ukraine side never intended to reach any agreement with Russia. In the old days this would be called: acting in bad faith. And today, it’s called: fulfilling the boss’s order.
Let’s examine what happened and what it means for the future.
I think it is no secret for anyone who is clear-minded and awake what is really going on in Ukraine. Kiev and most of Ukraine, have been taken over by the forces, which are a combination of the western Ukraine fascists and pro-American stooges that are ready to sell out their own country in exchange for money and power, backed by the US guns. Can’t even say it’s backed by the US money, as the US is actually being quite stingy financially. It appears, US wants better results from the Kiev junta than it was so far able to deliver. Killing a few hundred more people in eastern Ukraine? Destroying even more residential quarters? More phosphorus bombs dropped on own population? But regardless of how much US/EU shell out to Ukraine, all of it will end up in the pockets of Poroshenko, #Kolomoysky and other oligarchs.
It is clear that the EU association agreement Ukraine is ready to sign, will rob the country blind. It is clear that #fracking deals signed by Canada PM #Harper and US reps will damage the prized Ukrainian chernozem soils. Fracking has already began in Ukraine and untold riches from the shale gas extraction have been promised to the Ukrainians the same way they were promised to those in Pennsylvania and Texas, who now have to live with poisoned land and flammable water.
Ukraine also signed a deal with the US and EU to bury nuclear waste on their soil. Ukraine has no necessary expertise nor equipment to do so. But it does have Chernobyl. Out of one Chernobyl, they want to create a hundred Chernobyls by burying nuclear waste without proper precautions. One thing Soviet Union was able to prevent in Chernobyl was ground water contamination. Burying of nuclear waste in Ukraine without proper technology will contaminate the water table. And this water table is connected to Russia, Europe and even parts of the Middle East via the Black Sea. It is clear that the EU and US do not care what becomes of Ukrainian land and people, when it’s turned into nuclear / fracking wasteland. It seems they don’t care even about their own people…
It’s also clear that the present rulers of Ukraine don’t care about their population even a bit. Otherwise, they would not be bombing eastern Ukraine with banned white phosphorus. See my previous article about that.
And then, there is Russian gas…
Because of how the economy was designed during USSR, most pipelines transporting Russian gas to Europe were built through Ukraine. In part, it was so Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic’s economy didn’t depend on Russia’s help as much. Gas pipeline provided large employment for locals, and Ukraine also made substantial transit fees. Today, Ukraine still makes transit fees from Russia, while the pipeline was built during Soviet days by Russians and while gas running through it is Russian. By the way, Ukraine recently increased transit fees for Russian gas. This sharing of the wealth, which was a common Soviet ideology, and of which I spoke in one of my previous writings, has really backfired on Russia once the colored revolutionaries #Yushchenko, #Tymoshenko and #Poroshenko came to power in 2004.
Between 2004 and 2010, under Yushchenko and Tymoshenko, Ukraine refused to pay for gas on several occasions, while using Russian gas for free for months at a time. As a result, on two occasions, Russia shut off gas to Ukraine. In response, Ukraine started stealing gas designated for Europe. The theft was so substantial that Gazprom started suffering serious losses. At that point, Russia had no choice but to stop the flow of gas to Europe, which created a stellar opportunity for the West to vilify Russia. Let me say it again: when Russia complained to the EU that Ukraine was stealing gas flowing to Europe, Europe said, “it’s your problem, and has nothing to do with us.” When Russia had to stop gas flow in oreder to contain business losses, EU said, “bad Russia, you are blackmailing us and poor Ukraine with your gas.”
The Western MSM and politicians are pounding into everyone’s heads that Russia uses its gas as a geopolitical weapon. As if getting paid for her goods and services is something Russia has no right to.
These instances also created an amazing opportunity to brainwash the citizens of Ukraine. And US, EU, Western #NGOs, and #Soros pounced. Ukraine authorities, along with Western sponsored and financed NGOs, were yelling day and night that Russia wants to strangle Ukraine by shutting off gas and letting people freeze to death in the middle of a winter – therefore, Russia is Ukraine’s enemy. I have no excuses for those in Ukraine who let themselves be brainwashed with this lie. This kind of brainwashing was only possible for those who wanted to be brainwashed or for those who sold out.
What was clear to me in 1995, 2004, 2007, 2010 and today is this: There never was an independent Ukraine. Moreover, there never was an honest government in Ukraine that cared for the well-being of its people. Back in 2007 and 2010, Yushchenko, Tymoshenko, Poroshenko were acting on orders from their bosses in Washington.
Fast-forward to today! Note Kiev’s incongruously stuck-up and unbending position in gas price negotiation with Russia. This is yet another demonstration of the same. Kiev owes Russia $4.5bln for unpaid gas, which Russia has been supplying for free since last year; Ukraine is facing the gas supply shut-down, which Russia warned about for months. Yet Kiev is dictating to Russia what price they want to pay for Russian gas and on which conditions they will, or won’t, start paying?
Russia is asking for a partial repayment so the gas keeps flowing. Otherwise, Ukraine will be put on strict prepayment schedule, meaning that Ukraine will only receive gas they already paid for – which at this point is none. Ukraine says, no, this won’t work for us – give us the discount Belarus is getting (the country which is part of Customs Union, therefore entitled to the insider price), and then MAYBE we’ll repay you part of our debt. Even Europeans seem to be shocked at this audacity.
The only possible reason Yatsenyuk, Poroshenko, and Co. would be so arrogant and audacious is because they have received direct assurances from the US that it will be behind them 100%. The infamous #neocon Victoria #Nuland just visited Kiev. She didn’t bring any burgers and cookies for maidan this time, but she brought something else – direct orders.
The goals of Nuland’s visit were as follows:
1. To give orders to use phosphorus bombs in eastern Ukraine. Read Lada Ray’s Warning: Phosphorus Bombing of Slavyansk and Ukraine APCs Breach Russian Border
2. To give the green light to the Russian border provocation via Ukraine APCs. See the same article. Also read related: Ukraine Part 6. Striking Geopolitical Similarities: Georgian War – Beijing2008 and Ukraine – Sochi2014. and Predictions page.
3. To sabotage gas price negotiations at any cost, which in the end will hurt both Russia and EU! Watch report: Gazprom sets last gas payment deadline for Ukraine.
Ukraine PM #Yatsenyuk gave order to all his underlings to prepare for the gas shut-off on Monday – the last deadline given by Russia for past due payment (4 deadlines have already gone by). Yatsenyuk and Poroshenko would rather have the entire country be without gas than agree on something reasonable with Russia.
Here is why.
1. They received a direct order from the Washington HQ to destabilize Russia and Europe, and to drive a wedge between them.
2. They desperately need to paint Russia as a villain who turned off the gas to the poor Ukrainian citizens, so later they can say that Russia is to blame for the economic collapse of the Ukraine. In reality, the collapse has been underway for the past 23 years. When Ukraine became “independent,” its economy was grossly mismanaged. The majority of assets were routinely siphoned off by oligarchs. That includes Poroshenko, #Yanukovich, Kolomoysky, Tymoshenko, #Avakov, #Akmetov, among others. Per reports, the newly elected president of Ukraine Poroshenko’s wealth just a year prior was estimated at $600mln. After the 2014 Kiev maidan and Yanukovich’s ousting (who was yet another oligarch and mafia boss), Poroshenko’s wealth all of sudden jumped to $1.3bln. It is understood that he, along with his cronies, such as Kolomoysky (the original mafia boss), Avakov, and others have taken over the assets of the “Yanukovich family.” In addition, part of the $5bln that Victoria Nuland so loves to brag about that the US spent on “subverting Ukraine” has ended up in the oligarchs’ pockets. There were payments in addition to that: some alternative media sources have talked about multi-million payments by the West to the Ukraine stooges after maidan. You can google this info, or find it on YT.
Predictions: #Russia, #Gazprom #gaswar, #US motivations in #Ukraine
I discussed in my previous articles that within several years, Russia will deliver most gas it sells to Europe bypassing Ukraine. It will also deliver the majority of its gas to #China, thus taking away the blackmailing leverage from Ukraine.
USA is 100% aligned with the Kiev government (who are on their payroll anyway): anything to paint Russia as the villain will do. And of course no one either in Ukraine or US cares how all these attempts to weaken and vilify Russia will impact Ukraine’s ordinary citizens – and the impact will be catastrophic! Kiev junta doesn’t care about that, as long as they get to blame Russia, thus shifting the blame and people’s wrath away from themselves when Ukraine economy collapses totally and completely – and this will happen soon. With their crazy actions, Kiev is expediting the country’s downfall.
I explained all this further in PREDICTIONS, where I also said that Ukraine will eventually turn away from the West, and will want to join the Eurasian Union. But unfortunately it will only happen AFTER Ukraine economy is completely ruined. Russia will have to pick up the pieces and the tab to re-build Ukraine’s economy.
The main USA’s goal in Ukraine is to turn it into an area of permanent instability on Russian borders. Ruining of Ukraine is part of the plan. It is possible that those who masterminded this whole mayhem in Washington and #CIA may even realize that they won’t be able to hold on to Ukraine for long. Ukraine, like an over-stretched rubber band, will snap back to a better equilibrium with Russia. Another way of saying this is: the Ukraine pendulum has swung too far in the direction of deception, lies and the West; it is bound to swing back to Russia within 2-4 years. But when it does, Washington wants it to end up in as bad of a condition as possible. Hence fracking, nuclear waste disposal, gas deal sabotage, and bombings of eastern Ukraine.
Further, USA is desperate to hurt not only Russia’s and #Putin’s reputation and prestige, but also Russian economy! This is extremely important to understand. They are simply dying to derail Russian economy. This is not new and the playbook has not changed for years. I talked about how it was done during the early years of the USSR in: The Real Truth About USSR: Golodomor and Collectivization in Ukraine.
Although many in the West still have blinders when the words USSR, collectivization, Stalin, etc., are mentioned, I do recommend you read this article, as well as the comment section, with an open mind. It may seriously enrich your understanding of what really went on in the 20th century. I have added my own family history and recollections, which shed additional light on many things. I think this is perhaps the most valuable part of the article from which a lot can be learned. My job is to offer the truth – the rest is up to you!
Last, but not least, USA’s big goal is to weaken its competitor, the EU, and to drive a deep wedge of distrust between Russia and EU.
Look at the chain of events that already happened twice before, and which are about to happen again! Ukraine doesn’t pay for gas. Russia has no choice but to switch to pre-payment schedule, and doesn’t supply gas Ukraine hasn’t paid for. Ukraine starts stealing EU transit gas. EU doesn’t get enough gas to keep its large, gas dependent economy running. At some point Russia has no choice than to shut-down gas to Europe to minimize losses and keep Ukraine from stealing European gas. EU crisis deepens as large companies start suffering losses, as plants stop and as individual consumers can’t cook or heat their houses, which is especially worrisome in winter. Western MSM and politicians, as well as Kiev, start yelling that Russia is blackmailing Europe, using its gas as a weapon, therefore Russia and Putin are villains. Next, the kind fracking companies from USA and Canada offer fracking contracts to EU to save them from bad Russia. Read: Why Is Canada’s PM Harper in a Rush to Visit Ukraine?
Mission accomplished: people brainwashed and confused, EU/Ukraine/Russian economies sabotaged, Russia vilified, Putin hated, Ukraine and EU fracked into oblivion, US/Canada make billions, US empire collapse postponed.
A time-tested divide-and-conquer strategy of the US empire – the legal heir to the British empire!
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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.
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.
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!