In Ukraine

By Dmitry Steshin, published in Russian in Komsomolskaya Pravda, July 20, 2016 (translation to English by Russia Insider)

The death of Pavel Sheremet is the logical outcome of a bloody 2014 coup in Ukraine

Belarus-Russian journalist Pavel Shermet, killed by a car bomb in Kyiv on July 20, 2016 (Reuters)

Belarus-Russian journalist Pavel Shermet, killed by a car bomb in Kyiv on July 20, 2016 (Reuters)

After the victory of the Maidan, a bunch of journalists and oppositionists with Russian passports landed in Ukraine. As usual, some wanted to fish in troubled waters, but most of them were honest in their feelings and ideas, and were really going to fight “for our and your freedom”, against “Russian fascism” and “the Kremlin dictatorship”.

But there was a very big difference between the ideas of those who came from Moscow and the reality in Kyiv. It turned out that real life was different, not at all what they read in blogs. They were allowed to say whatever came into their heads in totalitarian Russia. But there in “European” Ukraine, if you said anything contrary to the regime, you would be blacklisted.

They were told that despite their passionate attitude toward the great Ukraine, they [Russians] were a third-rate people and were very suspicious.

I remember that one of my colleagues – a military journalist I once respected, despite our different points of view – did everything to prove to the new Ukraine that he was one of “us” [Ukrainian]. Because his last name was Ukrainian. Because he slept beside his cutthroat brothers in armored vehicles and shared a piece of bacon with them. Because he wanted to climb Karachun Mountain from which the Ukrainian artillery was firing on Slavyansk from morning until night, joining the fight against the “separatists”. In vain. They knew at once that he was a ‘Moskal’, beat him severely on the head, threw him in a trench and took away his equipment.

It turns out there are a surprising number of these stories in the recent history of Ukraine. There was neither bread nor bacon nor decent jobs for these people. Those who were well-known in the media were exploited to the full then sent them back to Russia. Such as the former assistant to Odessa Governor Saakashvili, Masha Gaidar. She is reportedly back in her Moscow apartment and afraid to go outside.

Pro-Maidan actors, producers, singers, comedians and restaurateurs have fled from “free” Ukraine to unfree Russia (including Crimea), following the lead of small politicians.

Pavel Sheremet managed to hold out for a long time, due to his irreconcilable and uncompromising Russophobia. He went looking for the Russian army in the Donbass and counted the dead bodies of Pskov’s paratroopers.[1] But he failed to guess the tendencies. And the tendency is that Kiev authorities don’t need a third Maidan now. It would make hamburger out of them, because they wouldn’t be able to escape like Yanukovich.

But the irreconcilables, who gathered in “volunteer battalions”, really need a new Maidan. Three days before his death, Sheremet wrote his last post on the Azov battalion, and its commander Biletsky, describing them as saintly people, romantics of revolution, who were ready to risk their lives for their Motherland. He predicted a big political future for Biletsky, opposing the volunteer nationalists to Poroshenko himself.

But the wheel of samsara [“(Buddhist) suffering-laden cycle of life, death, and rebirth, without beginning or end”—Wikipedia] suddenly turned against the revolution and began crushing its revolutionary children, turning them into jelly, along with other people’s children. The fathers of that revolution have no pity.

Dmitry Steshin is a journalist who has reported from many ‘hot spots’ in the world. During the last two years, he has spent many months in Donbass and is on the official ‘wanted’ list of the Ukrainian security services.

Note by New Cold
[1] The 76th Pskov Paratroopers Division of the Russian Armed Forces is alleged to have intervened in eastern Ukraine in August 2014 to halt the advance of Ukrainian armed forces and paramilitaries against the population and hastily organized self-defense forces of Donbas. The Russian government was accused of covering up the combat deaths of some of the paratroopers.


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