A very entertaining interview with the head of the Bakhchisaray district of Crimea about the mood of the Crimean Tatars and the current problems of integration of the Crimean Tatar population in the new Russian reality.
The head of the Bakhchisaray district of Crimea about assistance from Tatarstan, patriotism and the problems of the Republic
The head of the Bakhchisaray district of Crimea, the chairman of the district council Refat Dedarov, who refuses to call himself an official, in a frank interview with Real’noe Vremya expressed the view of a group of Crimean Tatars neutral towards the Russian authorities. He admitted that “the people who were falsely accused, of course, it will take a while to win their trust,” but he noted that at the moment the Tatars have more rights and opportunities than ever before.
Throughout the history of colonialism, many policies were enunciated by foreign powers in colonial territories with the pretence of a civilizing mission (such as the so-called white man’s burden and other similar doctrines). In America, one does not have to look very far for any trace of this in history through policies such as the Monroe Doctrine, in which America posited itself to be the prime power in the hemisphere. Another powerful idea in popular discourse was that of Manifest Destiny, where expansion was seen as a fundamental right of Americans. Both drew a great deal of support and approval from the pre-ordained institutions of power, and garnered great popular interest in American society.
Clashing interests following the second World War resulted in the United States and the Soviet Union both undertaking their very own civilizing missions to establish and expand states that held their own compelling interest in high regard. An interesting instance of this competing interest is the case of the Latin American states, notably Nicaragua, where the United States traditionally had strong ties (as a result of the already mentioned Monroe Doctrine) but where an indigenous movement was being supported by the Soviet Union following unwarranted American aggression.
Three troubled paratroopers of the 79th Brigade, who in early September were detained by Russian border guards, have been returned to Ukraine. Their first words upon arriving in Kherson were: “We were treated well.”
“They took us in captivity to a hotel in Armyansk and kept us there. Conditions were ok: beds, TV, a desk, air conditioning,” reported one of the soldiers, Alexander Yurov, to Ukrainian web portal depo.ua.
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A very highly placed Israeli officer told Al-Monitor, on condition of anonymity, only a short time after the start of Russia’s involvement in Syria, that “Syria can become Russia’s Vietnam.” This has obviously been grossly misjudged. Russia is yet to commit any ground troops, and, for the foreseeable future, most likely will not, unlike the American campaign in Viet Nam.
Russia has shown that an effective air campaign complimented by reliable ground forces such as the Syrian Arab Army can have a profound impact on defeating terrorist groups like ISIS. The Russian air-strikes have exposed the mythology that ISIS can only be defeated with the deployment of American ground forces in Syria as air power alone cannot do it alone. This begs the question: why does America not coordinate its air campaign with the so-called moderate rebels it arms and funds? Or perhaps they know, away from the public eye, that such moderate forces do not exist in Syria.
Original: Publizist.ru / Nikolai Yurenev
Translated by Gleb Bazov / Edited by @GBabeuf
The putrid smell of war draws near. It is still difficult to make out, and for many—altogether impossible, but war is coming for us. As for me, I have not been able to shake off the feeling that the Third World War has already begun. For now, we still deceive ourselves that these are only local conflicts and nothing more…
But the ranks of our friends are catastrophically dwindling, while enemies grow in number…
Today, Russia has already opened two fronts: the Ukrainian in the Donbass and the Syrian. The third one—Turkish—is on its way, and from there, God knows where else.
Another fugitive from the Ukrainian Army reported that there are more and more rumours in military units of the UAF about an imminent resumption of large-scale military action against the Donbass republics.
The staff of the Crimean Border Guard service detained a soldier of the 28th Mechanised Brigade of Nikolayev near the Perekop checkpoint. The colourful character could barely stand on his feet, and was covered in cuts and bruises. In addition, he reeked of alcohol.
Preamble: Our partners at Vox Populi Evo conducted this exclusive interview with Yuri Shevchenko, Commander of the legendary Prizrak Brigade, in which he addressed much of his message to the people of the United States and of Europe. He talks about how the struggle in the Donbass developed and how his Brigade was created. He discusses Aleksey Mozgovoy, the founder of the Prizrak Brigade, as well as the progress of the investigation into his murder. He also talked about the international volunteers and their reasons for coming to the Donbass.
On October 25 the next elections will be held in Ukraine. In general, it will be a classic choice of varieties of “the same”. In previous elections one at least could put a tick for the CPU [Communist Party of Ukraine ―ed.], but now even Symonenko’s Communists are not there. This is so sorrowful. There are only oligarchic parties and fascists—take your pick, my friend.