Category Archives: Russia

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!

May Day In Russia –May Day Warning!

May Day in Russia and the good old days were back. Thousands of Russian troops marching to the sounds of heroic music while the new boss man of Russia, one Vladimir Putin gazed at the masses assembled to hail him as a reincarnation of the Çzar himself. Just think, shiny new armed helicopters up in the sky, new tanks and new weapons of war in a nation which is slowly descending to a massive decline in population and drunken men and women stumbling through the streets of shame. In his May Day sermon to the world, Putin warned the government of Ukraine to get its troops out of the Ukraine. Let me repeat his comment- the government of the Ukraine is warned that it has no right to send Ukranian soldiers into eastern region of its country because Putin does not want any interference in actions by thugs and Russian soldiers-dressed in civilian clothes– to take over government buildings. In the city of Slaviansk, the ELECTED mayor, Neili Shtepo was forced to resign at gun point.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Putin to persuade the thugs he had sent into eastern Ukraine to release observers from the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe who are currently their hostages. Throughout eastern Ukraine armed groups are seizing government buildings, beating up the police or persuading them to become part of the secession movement.

I assume the National Rifle Association will make these thugs the new heroes of what a gun can do for a criminal. Just pretend you are fighting for freedom from “the government”and Fox News will hail you as a hero and patriot for freedom. Perhaps, Cliven Bundy will move his cattle to the Ukraine and graze free of charge-forever!

Ukraine’s Future!

Chaos is spreading in eastern Ukraine and the Russian inspired thugs or, the Russians pretending to be Ukrainians, are slowly, but surely gaining further control large areas in eastern Ukraine. Putin will shortly demand that Ukraine pay up its gas bill, the EU or the US, will send a few billion to stem off creditors. Eventually, a few people will wind up dead due to someone firing weapons, and then President Putin will appear on television with tears flowing down his face in order to announce that in the name of peace and humanity, he MUST dispatch members of the Russian army into eastern Ukraine in order to prevent bloodshed. It is a 100% guarantee the CIA will be blamed for any deaths. President Obama will also appear on television in order to denounce anything said by Putin. There will be meetings, there will be protests, there will be a few more deaths.

Eventually, the Russians will arm the necessary number of thugs and goons who will have an opportunity to play at being a soldier. OH, a few innocent people will die. More meetings, more statements by Russia and the US and the EU and the UN. In the end, there will be something that is termed a “referendum” and guess who will win that “referendum?”

So, relax, have a cup of coffee. There is NO news from the Ukraine. However, there are lots and lots of statements and threats.

Goodbye East Ukraine?

Each passing day witnesses a growing movement toward separation of east Ukraine from the remainder of the nation. There is no doubt President Vladimir Putin is behind the so-called “separatists” who intend to become Russians so they can enjoy benefits of the Russian nation. These armed thugs have intimidated local police who now stand idly be as goons beat up those seeking to remain part of the Ukraine. Apparently, local police lack equipment, have low pay and may be enticed to become part of Russia which guarantees a dramatic increase in pay, more modern weapons, and greater respect from the local population. Unfortunately, the Ukraine government lacks weapons, it lacks money, it lacks means of transportation and is fighting for its own survival. The “Donetsk People’s Republic” intends to hold a May “referendum” which will decide if the population desires unity with Russia.

What can be done?

1. The UN General Assembly could designate Ukraine as a sovereign state.

2. As a sovereign state, the Ukraine would be entitled to request aid from the United Nations.

3. The European Union should immediately accept Ukraine as a member nation.

4. The European Union should then demand that a UN supervised referendum should be held in eastern Ukraine.

Merkel Ain’t Fooling

Chancellor Angela Merkel is making clear to Russian President Vladimir Putin that his nonsense simply does not register to her mind that his behavior is other than that of a five year old who refuses to accept reality. She is furious at failure of Russia to cease sending into eastern Ukraine bullies and Russian soldiers whose only goal is to destroy the Ukraine government. This is one tough gal and when she gets mad, look out because she is ready to meet Vladimir at high noon. “I spoke to the Russian president this morning and made clear again that, one the one hand Ukraine has taken a whole series of steps to implement the Geneva accord, but on the other hand I see no Russian backing for the accord.”

Barack Obama has threatened for so many years that tough words do not impact other leaders. But, Angela is one tough gal and she made clear to the Russian leader a new day is dawning. “We will have to contemplate further sanctions” with the near future. This is one mean tough gal!

Ukraine Stories Depends Upon Speaker

The Ukraine is like a house that has been torn to pieces by a hurricane and is barely standing up straight. Thousands of Russian soldiers are wandering up and down the border claiming they are simply stretching their legs in case of trouble. The Ukraine government did an outrageous thing, it sent Ukrainian soldiers to clear road blocks in eastern regions of the country, and during this legal process one or two pro-Russian separatists were killed. President Vladimir Putin, the defender of free speech and the right to disagree, warned the Ukraine government: “If the Kiev government is using the army against its own people, this is clearly a great crime.” These words from a man who throws in jail dissidents, and, most probably colludes in the beating, if not murder of others.

So, what can be done?

1. Russia would veto a resolution to send in UN troops or observers.

2. However, nothing prevents UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon from sending UN observers into eastern regions of the Ukraine and report what they discovered.

3. Nothing prevents Ban Ki-moon from assuming new powers that would include sending UN helicopters into eastern Ukraine for observation purposes.

An ‘Incident” To Occur!

The world watches in horror as armed masked men dressed in Russian uniforms, speaking Russian and behaving just like Russians do under the regime of Vladimir Putin. They resort to violence in order to create a situation which simply awaits the moment when an “incident” will occur in which someone dressed in the Russian uniform is shot or killed. This will provide the moment for President Putin to order in the Russian army in order to “protect” Russians from the horror of a free Ukraine. Vladimir Rybak was a councillor in the east Ukraine city of Rybak. He attempted to get into city hall only to be pushed away by supporters of Mother Russia. Suddenly, a car pulled up and four masked men grabbed him. The next day his body was found sixty miles away in a pro-Russian stronghold, he had been tortured and his body drowned. Naturally, the Russian government insists this is simply another CIA plot to smear its wonderful reputation.

Several other people who seek to remain part of the Ukraine are now dead. Putin insists their death were the result of a plot by the CIA and are examples of attempting to force him to send in troops to protect people. God forbid that Vladimir Putin would ever use force in order to get his way. Just ask gays or those who oppose his rule in Russia how this man of peace, law and order simply wants to make the law in order to ensure those against him understand, agree with Putin or risk death!

How To Start A War?

In late August, 1939, some Nazi German soldiers dressed in uniforms of the Polish army attacked a German outpost on the border of Poland. Naturally, Adolf Hitler had to “defend Germany against attacks by the Polish army,” and thus began World War II in Europe. In April, 2014, pro Russian militants established road blocks in the country of Ukraine and suddenly according to one man, “four cars pulled up to our roadblock. We wanted to conduct a check and then they opened fire on us with automatic weapons.” A few days ago an agreement had been reached between Russia, the US and the European Union which called for an end to violence in eastern Ukraine. The Ukraine government denies opening fire on anyone, but it does insist that Ukraine soldiers should be in charge of Ukraine territory.

We await a speech by President Vladimir Putin in which the bare chested leader announces that Russian troops must invade the Ukraine in order to “protect Russian citizens” from the Ukraine government. I guess that means Mexico can send troops into the United States to protect Mexican citizens from the American government.