The O.U.N. and its military wing, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, or U.P.A., are now being glorified as freedom fighters. What is not mentioned is the O.U.N.’s xenophobic, anti-Semitic ideology, which described Jews as a “predominantly hostile body within our national organism,” or that the O.U.N.-U.P.A. militia collaborated in the Holocaust and also massacred between 70,000 and 100,000 Polish civilians in order to create an ethnically pure Ukraine.
“…the Putin powers that be can’t escape a more final judgment of history. After all, Latynina says, while the Kremlin’s ‘Vremya’ program is being watched by ‘six million pensioners,’ Navalny’s film about the corruption of the core elite has been watched by ‘35 million young people.’”
Ash: “I think we are likely entering a tricky domestic political time for Ukraine, with the resignation of Gontareva being just one piece in the jigsaw.”
“Pictures on Moscow television of the Russian bombing of Muslims in Aleppo, Portnikov continues, ‘are worth hundreds of propagandistic statements. And if one wants to name the chief recruiter for ISIS, then I will give his name: This is Vladimir Putin.’ And now he doesn’t know what to do.”
Photo: Vitaly Portnikov
Analyst: “…we see significant risks that such military action will prompt Putin to intensify his support for Assad. He could also escalate the military aggression in Donbas, which won’t bode well for Ukraine's struggling economy.”
“After their death,” Lenin wrote of revolutionaries, “attempts are made to convert them into harmless icons, to canonize them, so to say, and to hallow their names to a certain extent for the ‘consolation’ of the oppressed classes and with the object of duping the latter.” After his death, against the cries of his widow and sisters, Lenin was mummified, put on public display and treated like a Byzantine saint. He had predicted his own fate.
In today’s Daily Vertical, Brian Whitmore points out the implications of the Kremlin’s response to the weekend’s events in Moscow and many other urban areas. The idea that Russians might have some thoughts of their own about their future doesn’t register with Russia’s masters at Putin and Co. If people are lining up to dutifully follow the government line, that makes them good citizens. If, however, they have come up with contrary thoughts, there have fallen under the control of foreign influences.
“I just cannot imagine Russia playing ball in some Ukraine-friendly scenario, where they agree some re-profiling of the debt - indeed, I think Medvedev yesterday called for immediate payment. Ukraine's Western friends need to begin to think through some innovative solutions.”