Category Archives: Russia

Money Brings Peace To Ukraine

Up until a few days ago, the situation in Ukraine appeared dark for the hope of peace, but suddenly things are becoming quiet and Russian soldiers are the border will soon back off. Why? Rinat Akhmetov is the richest person in eastern Ukraine and he owns factories in which over 300,000 people work. His estimated wealth is about $12 billion. The plant owner pointed out a simple fact to his workers, many of whom were deeply involved in the movement to have eastern Ukraine secede from the rest of the country. He quietly informed his workers that if eastern Ukraine joins Russia, most probably the plants would close since their economic future lies in the west, not the east. Within days, “worker patrols”were in the cities of eastern Ukraine and those who had taken over government buildings quietly and peacefully left.

Barriers are being removed, officials are being asked to return to their jobs. The Ukraine flag has returned. There is scant likelihood of more violence. In the end, jobs and economics triumphed over the desire upon a part of the population to return to Mother Russia. Much better to seek Father Akhmetov!

Return To Mother Russia

During the past several months, Senator John McCain and many Republicans have been demanding that President Obama “take action” in order to halt Russian seizure of land in the nation of Ukraine. Fox News even claimed the recent seizure of girls in Nigeria by Boko Haram stemmed from refusal on the part of President Obama to resist Russian actions with military actions on our part. Of course, Boko Haram leaders have absolutely no idea as to the nation of Russia nor something that is called, Ukraine. In this case, Barack Obama has kept his cool, drawn upon economic sanctions, and did not send a single American soldier into harm’s way. Instead of an endless brutal war in Iraq or Afghanistan, the situation in Ukraine is now concluding in a peaceful manner.

President Vladimir Putin announced that Russian troops on the border of Ukraine will return to their bases. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu sent a similar message to US Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel. The crisis is defused, why?

1. America used economic weapons rather than military ones.
2. Ukraine industrialists decided there were economic consequences for themselves and their workers by continued chaos in the country.
3. Workers were sent into cities to end violence and protect their jobs.

NO AMERICANS DIED.

I wonder if Fox News will make any mention of an Obama success story??

Let’s All Secede!

President Vladimir Putin made clear to the Tatar minority in the Crimea they now are part of Russia, and keep your mouths shut. “Today we must all realize that the interests of the Crimean Tatars today are tied to Russia. The Tatars represent 12% of inhabitants of the Crimea and they are Sunni Muslim in contrast to the majority Christian population. As I pointed out the other day, Tatars were brutally persecuted under the regime of Joseph Stalin and thousands sent off to Asia during World War II. The new government, or should I say, the new stooges of Putin, have made clear there will not be any demonstrations in the coming months because that would impact the summer tourist trade.

Let me get a few things clear:

1. Putin insists the rights of regions in eastern Ukraine have the right to be independent since they prefer Russia as their homeland.
2. But, regions in the Crimea –12% of the people–who seek to remain part of Ukraine do NOT have that right because majority rule holds!

Anyway, here is some good news for those living in the Crimea, it has just been announced that President Vladimir Putin played in a hockey game against professional athletes. Despite the fact he only learned to skate five years ago, he dashed and pushed his way to score FIVE GOALS! I trust Crimea Tatars can now be happy knowing their new leader is not only a brave man, but a great hockey player!!

Republic Of Donetsk Proclaimed!

All Hail the new Republic of Donetsk. Actually, this area of the Ukraine was created in the 1870s by a Welshman named John Hughes and for years it bore his name. But, today, proud Russian citizens who are either citizens of Ukraine, citizens of Russia, citizens of Donetsk or just plain citizens of some place or somewhere. Oh, they did have a vote, a referendum in which those who wanted to become citizens of the Republic of Donetsk came out to cast their paper ballots, and those who opposed this motion believed it was better to remain home than attempt to vote in what was not regarded as a legal election. Heck, they counted the thousands of paper ballots in the Republic of Donetsk within two hours and had the results. I wonder if they require a government issued ID like Republicans desire for Americans??

Anyway, calmer people are attempting to create a form of government in Ukraine which would decentralize some power to regions and other powers to a central government in Kiev. This might be a logical resolution of issues between regions and the central authority. There is now evidence that Russian President Putin has second thoughts about inheriting the economic mess of the Republic of Donetsk.

Putin Stands For Truth And Peace!

It is now official, those living in eastern regions of the nation of Ukraine want to leave and become independent bodies that no longer are controlled by Fascists and Nazis in Kiev. The “people” in a free election informed the world by a margin of 96% to 4% of their desire to secede and become independent. OK, so some armed guys were conducting the poll, OK, so if you voted they counted. Does anyone doubt that men whose faces are covered and carry a gun would fail to adhere to the right of someone to oppose them? It is clear the Putin government agrees this was a free election. “In Moscow, we respect the will of the people of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions” who conducted a “referendum in a civilized manner.” It is now time “to abandon violence ” and engage in a “civilized dialogue” in order to ensure that peace and prosperity are enjoyed by all Ukranians.

Sounds fair to me. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov points out that among the entire world media it is only the Russian which “tells the truth” about what is happening in the Ukraine. Who would doubt that Vladimir Putin ever denies equal rights to anyone. In fact, he even sent members of Pussy Riot to a nice pleasant resort in Siberia where they could enjoy the freedom of a wonderful jail cell. He respects the rights of people.

I await Cliven Bundy and his NRA buddies holding a free and civilized election out on the plains of our west and voting to leave the USA and have their own country.

Understanding Putin

In m any respects, Vladimir Putin is a riddle wrapped in a mystery whose every move may be confusing to those of the Western world. Putin was raised to be a good Communist, he spent his early years convinced that Karl Marx was correct in predicting that capitalism was a doomed method of economics that would be replaced by Communism. The decline and downfall of Communism was not merely a mental assault upon Putin’s mind, but it also meant the collapse of Mother Russia which he adores. He has spent the past twenty years seeking an intellectual replacement for the dreams of youth. He is an authoritarian ruler because that is the form of government that was his early intellectual foundation. Just as conservative Republicans can not shake off their early beliefs that “government is evil,” neither can Putin shake off his early beliefs that communism or some form of that economic system is the best form of government.

We in America fail to recognize that young Putin inhabited a nation which regarded itself as being surrounded by hostile enemies. Shortly after he became President of Russia, then President Bush pushed for sending missiles to be placed in Poland that were aimed at Russia. A deliberate threat to the Russian people. We must understand that NATO should not be moving eastward. President Obama should make clear there is a fundamental difference between the European Union and NATO. The Ukraine could enter the European Union, but it should give assurances to Russia that it will not be a member of NATO.

Many Russians ARE frightened by the fear of military action from the West. After all, over FORTY MILLION RUSSIANS WERE KILLED BY GERMANS DURNG WORLD WAR I AND WORLD WAR II!!

Let’s Have A Referendum!

The situation in eastern Ukraine is not much different today. Fights between government forces and separatists continue. The problem with this entire conflict is that no one has any idea how many people in eastern Ukraine seek to separate. Of course, no one has the faintest idea as to what is the question to pose concerning something about separating and then the next question is who should provide an answer? The so-called “separatists” in places like Donetsk insist they represent “the people.” They want a referendum as to whether or not eastern Ukraine should separate. Heck, out in western areas of the United States bands of gun toting nut cases are demanding the right to take over Federal land. Should these bands be allowed to “vote” for secession?

This is not the time nor the place for referendums and votes. The initial step is to establish law and order in the Ukraine. The next step is to offer people in eastern regions choices regarding local rights. Everyone in this region should vote-freely. The counting of votes should be in the hands of a European group that is not connected to either the Ukraine government or separatists. Or, a new government could be established drawing upon the American model of rights to the central government and rights to states.

Jeers For Russians

A problem with being a citizen in a nation that has aroused the anger and hate of the world is what your leader does influences how others view your presence. Eurovision 2014 is currently in progress and Russian entries are discovering that being a Russian means instant dislike regardless of talent or sill. The Tolmachev twin sisters are singers and were able to gain a spot in the finals, but when they appeared on stage boos and catcalls resounded from the audience in Copenhagen. The boos were not really for the girls, but for President Putin and his anti-gay policies as well as behavior in the Ukraine.

Lee Adams of the popular Eurovision fan site, Wiwibloggs noted that “there are a large number of gay people in the Eurovision crowd. In the wake of Putin’s anti-LGBT laws, they are particularly sensitive and I think that came through last night.” According to contest rules people can not vote for those from their own country. There is scant doubt, the twins will not win anything other than anger that is meant for Putin!

War Around The Corner

It is simply a matter of time before Russian troops leap across the border and enter Ukraine in order to restore law and order to the embattled country. After all, who other than Vladimir Putin supports human rights and will not tolerate disorder close to his borders. Fighting in eastern sections of the Ukraine increase in ferocity each day. Most probably fewer than a hundred have died as Russian backed separatists clash with the Ukraine government. A major problem is the presence within eastern regions of a high percent of people who actually believe becoming part of Russia will be a glorious experience. Mixed in with these confused folk are Russian troops who possess military experience and can readily handle most ill trained Ukrainian forces.

Vladimir Putin has proposed negotiations in which separatists sit on an equal level in discussions with government officials. I assume Vladimir will extend similar rights to gays and dissidents within Russia. Putin wants an excuse. He will find an excuse. He will then pose as the only one ready to create a peaceful Ukraine.

The mystery of the hour is exactly what are the policies in the Ukraine of President Obama and the European Union.

Odessa Tales Of Woe

Anyone who has studied the history of Russia is familiar with the important role played by the city of Odessa in the twentieth century. During the reign of the Czar is was always a center of resistance and its citizens fought for freedom and democracy. Communist leaders like Leon Trotsky were involved in establishing trade unions in the city and ending the rule of Czarism in Russia. It is not surprising that the people of Odessa are in the forefront for the establishment of a democratic Ukraine. Fighting broke out in Odessa between pro-Russian separatists and those seeking to remain part of the Ukraine. Pro-Russians seized a trade union building which resulted in weapons being fired, Molotov cocktails hurled down and hurled up, and by the time the conflict became fierce, the building was on fire. Reports indicate at least 31 died in the smoke and fire.

There is no doubt this type of conflict fits into plans of President Vladimir Putin. He wants violence, he wants deaths, he wants an excuse to send in Russian troops to restore “law and order.” Of course, he is responsible for the violence and the end of law and order in eastern Ukraine. At this point, the best solution is a joint EU/Russian commission which sends in observers to restore law and order!