Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

April 15, 2014

Before Jews like Trotsky divided us.

Filed under: Ukraine — louisproyect @ 12:31 am

Pro-Russian militias fill the vacuum as Kiev’s control in eastern Ukraine slips

Andrey Krischenko, Horlivka chief of police, who was badly beaten after trying to hold off the mob

Andrey Krischenko, chief of police in Horlivka, who was badly beaten after trying to hold off the mob as it seized the police HQ in the eastern Ukrainian city. Photo: Rex

On the steps of Slavyansk’s occupied town hall a group of armed men in fatigues posed happily for photos. They were equipped with Kalashnikovs – military-issue AK-74s – commando knives, flak jackets and walkie-talkies. Round the back, close to the main square with its Lenin statue, was a green military truck. It bore no insignia.

Who exactly were they? “We’re Cossacks,” one of the group explained. “It doesn’t matter where we are from.” He declined to give his name. Instead, he offered a quick history lesson, stretching back a thousand years, to when Slavic tribes banded together to form Kievan Rus – the dynasty that eventually flourished into modern-day Ukraine and its big neighbour Russia.

“We don’t want Ukraine. Ukraine doesn’t exist for us. There are no people called Ukrainians,” he declared. “There are just Slav people who used to be in Kievan Rus, before Jews like Trotsky divided us. We should all be together again.” The man – a middle-aged commando with a bushy beard – said he had come to Slavyansk “to help”. He didn’t intend to kill anybody, he said. Producing a long knife, he said: “I can’t kill my brother Slavs.”

The mysterious “Cossacks” arrived in Slavyansk, 40 miles (65km) north of Donetsk, on Saturday. Similar “Cossacks” popped up in Crimea too, soon after Russia invaded and then annexed the territory. According to Kiev’s hapless interim government, Russia is behind the apparently co-ordinated takeover by masked men in military uniforms of government buildings all across eastern Ukraine. The US and EU agree. Moscow denies the charge. It says that the west blames it for everything.

One of the “Cossacks”, however, admitted on Monday that he had just arrived from Crimea, where he spent a month “helping” with Russia’s takeover there. How had he managed to travel from Russian-controlled territory to the east of the country? And from where did he get his Kalashnikov? He declined to answer but claimed the weapon had come from a seized police station, although Ukraine’s police use different, smaller ones.

According to Igor Todorov, a professor of politics at Donetsk University, Vladimir Putin‘s goal is simple: to ramp up tensions ahead of Ukraine’s presidential election next month, with a view to wrecking them.

Over the past few days pro-Russian activists have seized the city administration in almost a dozen places. They are now camped out in a succession of late Soviet municipal buildings. On Monday an angry crowd armed with sticks hijacked the police HQ in the city of Horlivka, badly beating a policeman and smashing in the upper windows. Occupations continue in Donetsk, and a string of other Russophone eastern towns in the Donbass region.

full: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/14/prorussian-militias-fill-vacuum-kiev-control-eastern-ukraine-slips


  1. What a brilliant quote. Although of course to not jeopardise the red-brown alliance that intends to dismember Ukraine on Putin’s behalf the real architect and deliverer of self-determination for Russia’s semi-colonies, stateless nationalities and vassal states, Lenin, is not mentioned in favour of `the Jew’ Trotsky who led the fight after Lenin’s death against Stalinist Great Russian chauvinism.

    Comment by davidellis987 — April 15, 2014 @ 10:52 am

  2. A bit of context is in order here Louis with regard to the bloodied chief Andrey Krischenko. I’d like to draw your attention the Russian flag fluttering in the background atop the police facility behind the unfortunate crime fighter. Well you see, the saga of that very flag played a pivotal role in his subsequent ass-beating. An overenthusiastic protester climbed atop the roof, removed the Ukrainian flag and replaced it with a Russian flag. Chief Andrey took offense and threw the man off the roof! Naturally this didn’t go over too well with the hundreds in attendance and, well you know the rest…

    Comment by Bill J. — April 15, 2014 @ 11:35 pm

  3. Comment by Bill J. — April 15, 2014 @ 11:39 pm

  4. A bit of context is in order here Louis with regard to the bloodied chief Andrey Krischenko.

    Well, that certainly makes the business about Jews like Trotsky dividing the Slaves much more reasonable.

    Comment by louisproyect — April 16, 2014 @ 12:11 am

  5. Most neo Nazi and racist right wing groups in US opposed the war in Iraq. Did you? What does that make you? Nothing. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once I’m a while.

    Comment by Steve D — April 16, 2014 @ 4:12 am

  6. Re: fascists battling cops, I’d obviously be for their mutual destruction, but hey even if only one side gets bloodied up… 1 out of 2 ain’t bad.

    Comment by Steve D — April 16, 2014 @ 4:14 am

  7. Jeez! Every article from the center right or center left cast Putin as a bonapartist type Strongman that’s bent on the destabilization of Russia’s neighbors in pursuit of regional domination & exploitation. While most articles from Left make Putin out to be a potential scapegoat for the machinations of western imperialism in the region. Or all his moves have been purely defensive and its not about power, influence, & money(for himself and Russia’s oligarchs). Can someone expose Putin’s true face?

    Comment by Jim Brash — April 16, 2014 @ 4:53 am

  8. Ukraine crisis: Stephen Harper blames ‘Russian provocateurs’ for escalation


    (Harper must be drinking from the same can of Kool-Aid as too many leftists [Not too surprising, though: he loathes separatists]. I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry.)

    Comment by Todd — April 16, 2014 @ 1:01 pm

  9. Heh! Noticed earlier today in a report on the CBC’s website that extreme doubt was being cast on the true loyalty of these “pro-Russian” armed men taking over some of the eastern Uknrainian cities. Naturally, I commented on it in regards to such aspersions being cast on the true loyalties of soldiers defecting from the Syrian and Libyan armed forces to side with the revolutionaries ie there being none, and now the exact quote’s been sanitized from the report. Oh, where was my screen-capture button at the time!

    Comment by Todd — April 16, 2014 @ 6:11 pm

  10. @ Todd

    As things now stand the putschist is Kiev are hard pressed to keep the forces they’ve sent to crush the recalcitrant populations of the east and south from changing allegiances.

    Comment by Bill J. — April 16, 2014 @ 6:37 pm

  11. @ Bill

    Whatever . . . .

    Comment by Todd — April 16, 2014 @ 10:03 pm

  12. When BillJ denounced Trotskyism and Permanent Revolution it didn’t take him long to get from there to supporting Putin-backed fascist irregular militias against a popular revolution. Perhaps you should now stop loitering around socialist blogs and join your neo-Stalinist chums in the red-brown alliance. You can be brown.

    Comment by David Ellis — April 17, 2014 @ 9:31 am

  13. That’s cute David but I can’t seriously be asked to defend myself against positions that I have never held. Making note of the illegitimate nature of the unelected, fascist-backed technocrats in Kiev is merely a banal observation of no more significance than noting that the Sun sets in the west. Predicting that ethnic Russians would resist the authority of an unelected “government” installed following a violent EU/US backed, neo-Nazi spearheaded coup in which one of its first official acts was to eliminate Russian as an officially recognized language hardly makes me Nostradamus.

    Comment by Bill J. — April 17, 2014 @ 3:31 pm

  14. the authority of an unelected “government”

    I wonder when you will get around to explaining the statement of the Party of Regions immediately following Yanukovych’s departure from Kyiv:

    “The country finds itself deceived and robbed, but even this is nothing in comparison with the grief that dozens of Ukrainian families, who have lost their relatives, are feeling. Ukraine has been betrayed. Viktor Yanukovych and his team are responsible for this.” (NY Times, Feb. 23 2014)

    Comment by louisproyect — April 17, 2014 @ 3:47 pm

  15. There would be zero issue here Louis if they had simply (a) followed constitutional procedures or (b) held to the Tri-Party agreement of 21 February. The outcome of either of these two scenarios would have led to Yanukovych’s ouster. Once again I’ll ask the question, why the rush? Well the answer is obvious of course: but for the coup there’s no way the EU/Economic Suicide Pact gets signed. Recall that Yanukovych’s refusal to sign it was the spark that triggered the crisis. If Yanukovych had signed the Suicide Pact his ass would be in office today and you know it as well as I.

    Comment by Bill J. — April 17, 2014 @ 10:52 pm

  16. Relying on Luke Harding is not a clever move.

    He is a plagiarist


    and a fantasist.

    http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/feb/20/edward-snowden-files-nsa-gchq-luke-harding (read the comments!)

    and an all-round russophobic cold-warrior.

    Do you suppose he wouldn’t be above make up quotes like the one in the headline? Because that’s what it sounds like. Just like the phony anti-semitic leaflets in that mysteriously appeared in Donetsk.


    Flier calling on Donetsk Jews to register now widely seen as fake. Ukrainian city’s separatist leader, whose alleged signature is on document, says he never signed it; ADL ‘skeptical of fliers’ authenticity.’
    By Haaretz
    Apr. 18, 2014

    Comment by Anti-Fascist — April 18, 2014 @ 4:33 pm

  17. Let’s stop joining the US gvernment in ascribing all sorts of Machiavelism to Putin and have some exposure with things of more local knowledge – the US/UK fight to extend their command further and further east.

    Comment by Paddy Apling — April 20, 2014 @ 6:19 pm

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