Ukrainian land for centuries gave birth to majestic figures. Our history knows not only princes and hetmans, but also ordinary warriors, who also worked their own destiny and the fate of the whole country. Today we remember one of the pantheon of those to whom the descendants of Volodymyr the Great, Ivan Mazepa and Stepan Bandera owe their existence on the map of Europe, to the faithful son of Ukraine — Yuri Gorodianyn-Lisovskyi. In the interwar period, he became known to the public as Yuriy Horlis-Horskyi.
All conscious life a native of the Poltava region was Don Quixote of his time, putting his soul and body on the altar of Ukrainian statehood. Quite often, his desperate character of the rebel (insurgent), Yuriy Horlis-Horskyi, hid behind a stylish suit and playful look. He was a member of the First World War and this combat experience was useful to the young Army of the Ukrainian People's Republic. In 1918-1920 he served as a colonel at the commander-in-chief Symon Petliura. The Soviet occupation forced Yuriy Horlis-Horskyi to go underground — in the area of Kholodnyi Yar (now it's the Cherkasy region of Ukraine), he organized numerous insurgent groups that resisted the Bolsheviks.
In the interwar period, his life was also full of adventures: espionage and sabotage; prisons and mental hospitals; few shoots. Subsequently, there was a war for the Carpathian Ukraine against the Hungarian invaders in the spring of 1939, a short migration to Finland and work for the German “Abwehr”. And meanwhile — writing, bohemian life in Lviv, love adventures, artistic environments. Yuriy Horlis-Horskyi is rightly considered to be contemporaries the legislator of the standard of the new Ukrainian national resistance. He was able to demonstrate that a descendant of free Cossack is able to combine the traditions of their ancestors and a stylish jacket with a fashionable hat, where a revolver was always erected next to the sword.
But first things first... Yuriy Horlis-Horskyi was born on January 14th, 1898 in the village of Demidovka in the family of an officer of the imperial army and a hereditary Cossack. His mother was from the kind of Polish szlachta. Childhood future inspirer of the Ukrainian insurgents spent in Central Ukraine. The region, full of Cossack spirit, fascinated and drunk with adventures. It is not surprising that with the beginning of the Great War in August 1914, Yuriy Horlis-Horskyi went to the front, where he served under the command of Khan Nakhichevan and Sultan Giray.
After the overthrow of the Romanov dynasty, the famous Cossack became a trooper in the equestrian regiment of the Zaporizhia division of the newly created Army of the Ukrainian People's Republic. In this military unit, Yuriy Horlis-Horskyi met the Winter Campaign of 1920 and the so-called “death triangle”, when between the cities of Liubar, Chortoryia and Miropol, Ukrainian troops were surrounded by three hostile forces — Poland, the Bolsheviks and the Volunteer Army of Denikin. In the winter of 1920-1921 Zaporizhia division was located in the vicinity of Kholodnyi Yar. It was here that Yuriy Horlis-Horskyi fell ill and had to stay for treatment in a local monastery. After recovering, he went to the camp of the insurgents-haydamaks, which the Chuchupaka's brothers then assembled into detachments.
For the next 2 years, Yuriy Horlis-Horskyi proved himself to be a strategist, having repeatedly nullified the plans of the Bolsheviks. As one of the insurgent leaders of the Kholodnyi Yar, he managed to make raids to the rear of the enemy. Hot lead, the whistle of steel saber and the sharp word of Yuriy Horlis-Horskyi campaign leaflets have long been the nightmares of the invaders. It was on the ground, sung by Taras Shevchenko, that the instigator of the insurgents demonstrated what descendants of free Cossacks are capable of. “Here the peasant was always ready to seize a weapon and go towards the enemy, it seemed that the old times had returned, when every farmer was armed and always ready for battle,” — Yuriy Horlis-Horskyi later recalled in his autobiographical novel “Kholodnyi Yar”.
Subsequently, the Republic of Kholodnyi Yar was formed. Its territory covered more than 25 neighboring villages and had a fifteen thousand peasant insurgent army. The rebels called themselves Cossacks, and their commanders — atamans (in memory of the military tradition of the Cossacks). As such, the rebels did not have a single ideology, but they all recognized that the main line was the fight against the Bolsheviks. The tougher was the resistance, the sooner the demands of a political nature gave way to socioeconomic.
After the defeat of the rebel movement in Kholodnyi Yar, Yuriy Horlis-Horskyi leads an underground struggle in the territory of the USSR, in the very lair of the enemy. On the instructions of the government of the Ukrainian People's Republic in exile, he works in the agents' administration of the OGPU (Joint State Political Directorate). Therefore, he failed more than one chekist's operation. In the summer of 1924 he was arrested. For the anti-communist underground work, the Bolsheviks gave Yuriy Horlis-Horskyi 15 years in psychiatric prison in Kherson.
In the spring of 1931, he managed to escape and get to the city of Rivne, and then — he moved to Lviv. Here he took the pen: wrote an essay “Ave, dictator”, dedicated to Joseph Stalin; with the assistance of Metropolitan Galicia, Archbishop of Lviv Andriy Sheptytskyi, he issues his Magnum Opus about the heroic struggle of the insurgents of Central Ukraine — “Kholodnyi Yar”. Both books were very popular among the Ukrainian emigration and the Ukrainian youth. The famous Cossack living in Poland continues his vendetta against the Bolsheviks. In 1920-1930, Yuriy Horlis-Horskyi helped partisan detachments get into the USSR, which skillfully terrified chekists.
With the height of the Second World War, the fate threw him into Greece, and then — Turkey. But Yuriy Horlis-Horskyi could not sit for long in one place, while somewhere there was a war with the Bolsheviks. In the winter of 1939-1940, an experienced warrior goes to where his participation is extremely necessary — to Finland. The head of the government of the Ukrainian People’s Republic in exile, Oleksander Shulgin, who entered into negotiations with the Finnish ambassador in Paris, gave carte blanche on the actions of yesterday’s rebel leader. The diplomat was invited to send to Finland one experienced officer (that is Yuriy Horlis-Horskyi) to form a military unit of the national Ukrainian army of Red Army prisoners of war (163rd Rifle Division and 44th Rifle Division).
At present, there is still no confirmed information whether the Ukrainian volunteer detachment was really formed in Finland and whether it took part in the war on the side of the Mannerheim army. The secret is also remains its size. Despite this, it is known for certain that Yuriy Horlis-Horskyi was in the combat area in the East of the country (near Suomussalmi) and on the Karelian Isthmus in February-March 1940. At the same time, the last Hetman of Ukraine’s son, Danylo Skoropadskyi, proposed to the British special services a project to create in the territory of Canada a Ukrainian expeditionary legion, which was supposed to help Finland defeat. However, the large-scale offensive of the Bolshevik army led to the rapid end of the Winter War.
During 1941-1944 Yuriy Horlis-Horskyi, who had already been recruited by the German service of the “Abwehr”, was in Leningrad and in Ukraine. There he collected intelligence and hunted down the leaders of the Bolshevik partisan movement. The failure of the blitzkrieg forced the former colonel of the UNR Army to finally migrate — he and his wife sneaked through Austria to Germany and settled in Neu-Ulm. Life in the new conditions in the city, where the scouts and spies of yesterday’s allies were full, turned out to be more dangerous than hostile bayonets and bullets. Yuriy Horlis-Horskyi died under unexplained circumstances in September 1946, but the fame of his exploits still lives in those Ukrainians who volunteered to go to war against Russia in the spring of 2014.
Against the background of mass people's protests in Venezuela, mercenaries of the Russian Wagner's PMC, have arrived to the country. Obviously, their main task is to promote Maduro to retain power.
Reuters reports this citing three sources.
One source close to the Wagner's PMC said that firtst group of the Russian mercenaries arrived in Venezuela before the May 2018 presidential election, and the new group came just lately.
The news agency notes, that Evgeniy Shabayev - a leader of local department of the militant "Cossack group" - with ties to Russian military contractors said that he had heard that the number of Russian contractors in Venezuela could be about 400 people.
At the same time, other sources of Reuters say that there are small groups of Russian mercenaries in the country.
The Ministry of Defense of Russia and the Venezuelan Ministry of Information did not respond to requests for comments on contractors. At the same time, the press secretary of Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, said: "We do not have such information."
Russian military command has deployed the Iskander missile launchers with range of 500 kilometers near the border with Ukraine. According to satellite images taken by Imagesat International on request from Fox News, rockets capable of carrying nuclear weapons are located approximately 430 kilometers from the Ukrainian border in the Krasnodar Kray.
On the photo we can see that the Russian missiles are located next to several bunkers and other warehouse hangars. Next to one launcher is a mobile system that quickly recharges, launching new missiles. One of the entrances to the bunker is open, and another recharging installation just goes outside. The radius of ballistic missiles "Iskander" is about 500 kilometers.
It should be noted that recently vice-admiral, commander of the Navy in 2014-2016 - Serhiy Haiduk, Russia has deployed nuclear weapons in Crimea.
"This may be a good tradition to meet in the advance of a New Year," - V. V. Putin. "May be," - O. G. Lukashenko.
These very words were said in Moscow on December 29, on the eve of the New Year on the meeting of two presidents, the main topic of which was a compensation to the Belarusian "partners" (that's Putin's favorite word for the country against which further aggression is scheduled) for Russia's tax maneuver for sale of petroleum products to Belarus. And yet, Belarus received it in the amount of $ 400 million, but under what conditions? Let's dig into it later.
The essence of this maneuver is the abolition of discounts on duty rates on petroleum products export, as a result of which a hole of $ 400 million - $ 2 billion will appears in Belarus's state budget for 2019, it will grow annually. Such enormous amounts were the result of the integration of the Belarusian and Russian economies, but that's not the key point.
The ordinary resident of Ukraine, Lithuania or Poland surely will pay no attention to this news, thinking that "oh, the politicians cannot agree on something once again." But this has a significant meaning, because it is a question of security of the region.
The point is that the current problems of Minsk due to the tax maneuvers, as well as the previous payments on the loan for the construction of the Belarusian NPP, are only a cover for further steps towards the dismantling of Belarus statehood, which Lukashenko keeps trying to preserve and struggle for which he loses before our eyes. All started from the treaty on creation of an ally state of 1999 between the Russian Federation and Belarus, signed by Lukashenko, who at that time pursued the goal to realize own ambitions and head at least a small version of the USSR. However, 19 years later, we observe how the results of his ambition leads him to collapse. "Ambition should be made of sterner stuff," - Shakespeare said.
And now, after few months of backroom intrigues and threats, the unchanging leaded, a father of the nation, whose authority in the country was indisputable, has demonstrated fragility and actually agreed to the creation of a "union state," to which he had been opposing so much after the signing the very treaty, fearing the Kremlin ambitions to absorb Belarus. In exchange for a $ 400 million compensation for the tax maneuver, he agreed to further steps on implementation of the agreement, in fact, he gave up the sovereignty of the state, thereby making several awkward jokes and smiles that even much revealed the tension he felt. Worth noting, that with or without the compensation Lukashenko's further perspectives looks rather optimistic. In due course, losses from tax maneuver will only increase, and given the fact that Belarus is expecting a presidential election in the autumn of 2020 (perhaps a year earlier), the Belarusian president have bad prospect, and all this is against the backdrop of falling living standards since the Belarusian economy is integrated into Russian within the framework of the Eurasian Union.
And if in 00's Mr. Lukashenko succeeded to preserve sovereignty at least partially, skillfully maneuvering on issues of compensation for transition of the Belarusian market to RU Rubl and opening of another emissive center in Minsk, today he would not be able to do the same, at least because Moscow has learned all specific of the game.
And so, what kind of participation awaits the Republic of Belarus in the course of integration into the union state and how does it threats to Ukraine and other neighbors?
After analyzing the provisions of the signed Agreement, we note that it is planned to create a confederative state with a single political, economic, military, customs, currency, legal, humanitarian and cultural space, so as formation of a joint Cabinet of Ministers, parliament, ministries (energy, finance, defense, infrastructure), as well as a single judicial system and the introduction of a single currency. As you can see, the list is exhaustive, and Moscow will put pressure on Minsk to maximize its benefits. Moreover, on December 28, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced the creation of a working group that will implement the provisions of the treaty and will include members of the government of Russia and Belarus. The Integration Commission, as it is called in Moscow, should complete the integration by 2024.
Certainly, the backstage struggle is expected and Lukashenko will once again try to get own benefit from the situation. Would he suceed - well see, but the scenario looks not much promising. Thus, the Foreign Minister of Belarus, Makej, loudly claimed on December 29th that "In the event of a threat, we must give a response to the aggressor." However, will it be possible form Belarus to stop Russia?
Considering military potential of Belarus, the forecasts are quite pessimistic. The country has little chance for a long-lasting opposition, first of all, due to the presenting Russia's military contingent on its territory - the military bases of the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Russian Airborne Troops, which were reinforcement by the personnel of the motorized rifle and tank units, that have been left in the country after the Zapad-2017 military exercises - as well as taking into account the fact that the majority of the officers of the Armed Forces of Belarus, the KGB and the units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs studied in Russia and have frank pro-Russian views.
At a closed meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus in early December - which was certainly attended by representatives of military departments - when Lukashenko set the condition "to defend independence at all costs," the issue of a possible military confrontation was also discussed. Having assessed all their capabilities, the fact of the presence of Russian troops both inside the country and at the frontiers, as well as the frank pro-Russian views of the majority of the personnel of the Armed Forces, the bent was made on a peaceful settlement of the situation. Therefore, in the last week of 2018, the attentive columnist of Ukraine could notice something a sort of veiled bidding over the surrender of Belarus sovereignty. In any case, it does not outline good prospects for Belarusian statehood, and therefore, even after a gentle integration, the dismantling of the state of Belarus will be followed by such. The one who choosing between disgrace and war will choose disgrace, will ultimately face both disgrace and war.
It is difficult to predict the possible course of events in the event of Lukashenko's resistance, since sharp integration - unlike gradual , soft and veiled annexation - will affect Russia rather negativelly in the long run and ultimately undermine relations with the West, where NATO at the same time strengthens its capabilities in Poland, Romania and other countries. Therefore, the rate is still being made on a peaceful basis, but for Ukraine, it have no positive tones.
Russia's absorption of Belarus has many dangers for Ukraine. There is no need to talk about an additional thousand kilometers of border with the aggressor. Belarussian beachhead actually opens for Russia a short way to Kyiv - through the Gomel highway, or through the Chernobyl exclusion zone. But the danger lies not only in this. If we recall what kind of troops of the Russian Federation are located on the territory of the northern neighbor now, it becomes clear that a strike group has been formed on the territory of Belarus, staffed by the units of the VCS and the Russian Airborne Forces with the purpose of launching rocket air strikes on strategic points of Ukraine and the rapid landing of troops.
In general, Anschluss will also change the balance of power in the region and make it almost the most dangerous point in the world; the threat will not only be for Ukraine, but also for the Baltic States and Poland.
This text if first of all for those, who likes the political rhetorics of reestablishing friendly relations and ties with Russia. In 2014 we have driven from the presidential chair just same man, who had been selling the country piece by piece. And moreover, the danger of Ukraine's absorption still is on the agenda. The political conjuncture at the junction of 2018-2019 does not provide guarantees of good prospects in the medium term. It does not matter who will become the president of Ukraine, but what's really important is that after Belarus, Russia will directed all its efforts to finally deal with Ukraine.
Many people of the postmodern era, whose consciousness is somewhat clogged, could treat Christmas as something from a number of ordinary birthday, although it is a completely different event - the God obtain the features of a man. St. John Chrysostom says the follow on this: "And do not ask how: for where God wills it, nature’s order is overcome. For He willed it, He had the power, He came down, He saved – all things follow upon God. Today, He who Is is born, and He who Ιs becomes what He was not. For being God, He becomes human, though He did not cease from being God. For He hasn’t become human by separating from His divinity, nor again has He become God by advancing from a human. But, being Word, because He could not suffer [as Word], He became flesh, His nature remaining unchanged."
It is about that the Creator Himself came into the created world, not a creator of another philosophical system - as atheists are trying to represent Jesus Christ to us - but He who was already existed before.
The Lord became a man and showed that the created world is worthy of the presence of God, that the human nature is not sinful; instead, it may be the place of the divine being, the more He came to show the example of the highest sacrifice, and thus to overcome death.
"... Our Great Holy Church of Christ blesses and proclaims the Autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine," this is proclaimed in the text of the tomos of autocephaly, which Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople signed yesterday.
Truly, an historic event took place yesterday in Istanbul - Ukrainian Orthodox Church regained its Autocephaly. The schism in Ukraine's Orthodoxy, the Moscow had been talking about for years is over. From now on, together with the Orthodox Christians of the whole world, we have to spread the word of God.
It should not be forgotten that the Ukrainian Church, first of all, is an Orthodox. This means that we, as Christians, must remember about the death of the bodily and the salvation of the soul. The Lord will not ask if you were glad of providing the autocephaly, but He will recall each case when you betrayed Him, giving way to a sin.
Not the autocephaly, but the Word of God should be in the first place. Compliance with this hierarchy will help us, believers of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine to follow the path of Salvation.
On this day, in the Christmas Eve, we rejoice and recall the Most Holy Patriarch Bartholomew I and whole the Ecumenical Patriarch in our grateful prays. Rejoice today with us!
Today, the day of St. Ilia of the Pechersk is better known as Ilya Murom, the defender of the Orthodox faith and of Rus'-Ukraine, a hero of the ancient Rus' epic tales. Having passed a way of a warrior he decided to change a chain mail on a monkish cassock and maintain the struggle on a spiritual battlefield. St Ilia combine in himself the double ideal of a belligerent Church and as a hero, and as an ascetic.
At the same time, today is the birthday of Stepan Bandera - not only an outstanding fighter for the freedom of Ukrainian people, but also a loyal Christian and struggler against anti-christian Bolshevism, the consequences of which cultural influence the Western World reaps now. Even now his name triggers horror and hatred among the enemies of Ukraine.
In his works of 1957, Stepan Bandera wrote: "The religion, its defense at the face of the onslaught of wicked communism, the true confession and the maintenance of the living Christian faith is the most important thing not only of the Church itself, but of the whole people, all national forces, in particular the national liberation movement. We shall not separate the defense of Christian faith and the Church from the national liberation struggle, but focus the main attention and main efforts around the most important allegations against which the enemy directs the strongest offensive."
The culture of food, traditional cuisine is one of the most important components of the everyday culture of a folk. Whatever the case, you can't deny that first thing you cannot do without in your everyday life is food. And the statement "You are what you eat" is a little more than a successful metaphor.
Ukrainian cuisine has been formed for thousands of years, and in general it's key goal is rapid replenishment of energy reserves after difficult work. If we highlight the features of traditional cuisines of all folks of the world, this list will be: orientation to local products, variety of raw materials, adaptation to the needs of the population, a long process of establishment and formation.
The biggest changes in Ukrainian cuisine occurred at the beginning of the 20th century, when potatoes and sugar (in larger quantities) had came in instead of traditional cereals (from "salty" to dessert dishes).
However, no "revolution" in nutrition associated with emergence of new plants in local agriculture, is not commensurate with the damage to the culture of food, that brings by globalization. And, we must admit - despite McDonald's lovers will not approve this - an attack against local cuisine is purposeful and organized.
The first scourge that globalization has brought about into the food culture is the spread of fast food, made on the basis of semi-foods of dubious quality, with the addition of preservatives for long-term storage - this is a known fact. But health-threatening is not the only problem.
Here we want to emphasize the issue of unification of the food culture all over the world: from Dublin to Vladivostok - burgers, sushi and pizzas have are displacing thousands of local dishes. Local dishes are usually cooked on local raw materials, and require considerably more ingredients that can not generally be provided by global agro-corporations. While the ingredients for sushi or burgers are virtually identical throughout the world.
Globalism is struggling to show "new food" as something fashionable, at the same time naming old-good dishes as something "boring" and "non-progressive."
The process of manufacturing food and raw materials for them is becoming more and more centralized and goes into the hands of global corporations, such as Monsanto. Well, just try to doubt in the usefulness of GMOs. You will surely be derided and chided in press.
Another threat to the globalization of the food industry is that top companies of this segment are involved in promotion of cultural marxist ideas. For example, the Starbucks chain of coffee shops not only destroys the culture of coffee drinking, but also openly declares itself friendly to LGBT.
So let's sum up the results. The globalization of food culture is threatening with:
- Destruction of traditional agriculture with its variety of crops of plants and animals;
- Рarmful food with preservatives and excess sugar;
- The concentration of production of food and raw materials for them in the hands of global corporations, accountable to noone;
- Promotion of degenerative anti-national and anti-Christian culture;
What shall we do in such situation? The recipe is banal but quite effective - try to renew the tradition of everyday common dinners/suppers in your own family; reopen your traditional cuisine as an alternative to the fast-food mass-cult - even these small steps will make a significant blow to globalism.
Last week, Oleksandr Turchinov - a Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine - released an article against attempts to impose a "gender ideology" on Ukrainians by a ultural-marxist lobby groups. In particular, in his statement Turchinov harshly criticized so-called "Commissioner for Gender Policy" Katerina Levchenko, who called on the SBU to fight against those Ukrainians who support traditional values.
The very fact that such a controversial post as a Commissioner for Gender Policy shall be remunerated by ordinary Ukrainian taxpayers is quite outrageous, taking into account the society's relation to the "gender policy" as so. Talking about the "authorized commissioner" - Kateryna Levchenko - this person is an open homosexual and a longtime leader of the modern-feminist movement, who hasn't passed an election procedure, has no support in society and whose "projects" number only few participants.
It is extremely important to analyze the reaction the Turchinov's statement triggered among the cultural marxists and those who support them - that is local liberal media. Indeed, in these reactions, we see an interesting and new statement for Ukraine's media space - "the language of hostility," or "hate speech." Earlier, this term had been used rarely.
Appearance of the "hate speech" phrase in Ukrainian media space is quite a disturbing sign, considering the Western experience, where it has been using as against any person, who opposes the extreme-liberal status quo. Whether it is a termination of a TV presenter from one of Canada's top TV broadcasters due to the one's tweet against same-sex marriages; of a dismissal of an Australian just because of an avatar in support of traditional family values; or thousands of other similar cases (and this is not an exaggeration: enter Google's query " hate speech LGBT "and you will see thousands of examples of censorship) - the scheme is always the same.
A relevant opinion sounded and mass media denounce its author as a supporter of "language of hostility." The author becomes an outcast. He is fired, censored, disappears from the public sphere at all. There is no formal detention, but it not necessary at all. After all, any punishment of a famous person frightens millions from similar behavior. This is control through fear.
"Is there any language of hostility in the words of Turchinov?" - ask liberals, Soros grants consumers from the Hromadske TV; "Of course, there is," - corresponds the "Institute of Mass Information," which wants to decide for/instead Ukrainians, what sort of information can be considered "correct" and what is not.
Then the Amnesty International follows this line and actually determinated Turchinov's article as an unconstitutional, that is, illegal: "Turchinov's words violate not only international conventions and international norms, but also violate the Constitution of Ukraine, which provides for the protection of the rights of citizens and the protection of equality." Next, the Hromadske hints that a criminal responsibility for the "language of hostility" has already been provided in Ukraine: a fine of 3400 to 8500 hryvnias or restraint of liberty for up to 5 years.
Other media circulate an open letter to Poroshenko in which its authors urges the president to "react" to the article by Turchinov. Dozens of organizations have signed up to this letter, including: International Renaissance Foundation (Soros), Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, and a number of freaky cultural-marxist organisations like the Kyivpride.
The supporters of "freedom of speech" have already reported about the first "triumph of democracy": on the lb.ua Internet edition Turchinov was deprived of his posts and removed from the list of authors.
And now let's think. All this fuss has grown around a plain text on behalf of Turchinov himself on his personal blog. Not on a government site. Not on behalf of the National Security and Defense Council. Not on behalf of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's Parliament). Due to Turchinov's own opinion, number of the country's largest media and international foundations are threatened him with fines, imprisonment and demand dismissal.
And if it happens now in Ukraine, where the LGBT initiatives have almost no support in the society, I fear to imagine what we can expect for in nearest 10 years.
The summary of our reflections is disappointing: in our time, the media and "non-governmental organizations" (and those who stand behind them) more influence the processes in society than officials.
However, the situation around liberal totalitarian manifestations is aggravated with each passing day, which gives us a new field for the game and unexpected allies. Our task is to wisely take advantage of the situation and make every effort to ensure that the liberal obscurantists in our country do not have any ground under their feet.
For the Kremlin's propaganda machine last morning begun with excuses and attempts to separate themselves from the protests in France. And all because two unlucky Frenchmen - well known to a small circle of Russian functionaries on geopolitics - decided to unfurl the flag of the Kremlin-proxy DPR formation against the background of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. And when inquisitive internet users decided to find out who are these unlucky monsieurs in vests - who undoubtedly are "deeply concerned" not only about the fuel tariffs, but also about distant "people of Donbass" - a lot of interesting details came out to the surface, which can be compared to the scale of Petrov-Boshirov story.
the very photo
It did not take much time to find out that the sympathizers of the Moscow proxy terrorists on the photo are Fabrice Sorlin and Xavier Moro. Moreover, if the first one is a chairman of the Judgment Day organisation and a member Marin Le Pen's party and directs the Katekhon analytical center, whose supervisory board includes the Russian propagandist Alexander Dugin (one of the ideologists of Russia's expansion to the Eurasia), and the center itself is financed by the GRU, then the second men - Xavier Moro - at all played the role of an international observer in a spectacle named "people's elections," the Russia's secret services arranged in the occupied part of Donbass, and even wrote a propaganda pamphlet "Ukraine. Why France is deceiving itself."
Shortly after Paris was seized by riots and fires, and French interior minister Christoph Castner said that the most radical groups among the protesters are people, tied to M. Le Pen's political party, Bloomberg's resource reported on unprecedented activity of Russian bots in social networks supporting protests.
According to Bloomberg, just yesterday, more than 600 pro-Kremlin bots on Twitter began to force the #giletsjaunes hashtag, supporting the protests of the Yellow Vests. Moreover, earlier these accounts had been working on the USA and the UK direction, which is not surprising, considering Moscow’s foreign policy. From the end of November, they abruptly switched to protests in Paris, also throwing fakes about police sympathies to the protesters and possible rebellion inside the security forces themselves. There are even videos, made inside the protesting mob, where we can clearly hear that some of them are communicating Russian, some words are more seem to be commands to the groups. For example, on this video we can clearly hear that someone shouts "nazad!" (go back, turn back from Russian), and a group of people in yellow vests obey.
And eventually, against the background of all the above, Moscow runs a media campaign of separation from the protests. And this morning, Russia's "oppositionary" media resource Medusa, along with the rest of rest the propaganda machine, began to criticize the act of Sorlin and Moreau, referring to a Ukrainian provocation!
The latest protests in France have become a forward-looking chance for the Kremlin to destabilize France which not only conducts a very reserved policy towards the Russian Federation, but represents an unpleasant obstacle in the Middle East and directly in Libya. However, the operation carried out through controlled provocateurs among the radical part of the protesters and full-scale information support of the Russian media, has been implemented with brazen carelessness. Too quickly, aspects were revealed that directly indicate who is behind the radicalization of the protests and where to look for sources of funding them.
By the way, since I mentioned above such figures as Petrov and Boshirov, it is worth remembering their trip to Paris from 09.09.2017 to 17.09.2017, which was accompanied by large-scale protest actions against the policy of newly elected President Emanuel Macron. These protests were also widely reported in the Russian media and were accompanied by provocations. Coincidence?