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Updates

Some of you readers have probably noticed a lack of on-topic posts lately. I haven’t seen much remarkable news lately, but more importantly I’ve been busy with work, the gym, eating to sustain those gains, and now martial arts. Luckily we’ve got a bullshit made-up holiday coming up next week and I plan to use that time to create a lot of content for the blog and the Russian Tuesday podcast. So just keep in mind that the lack of updates is in no way due to laziness. I’m either making money or training myself to be better able to choke people out and take their wallets, which is also a money-making enterprise of sorts.

In the meantime, I recommend reading Natalia Antonova’s article regarding the recent Ukrainian parliamentary elections. There has been some good news, namely that parties like the far right-wing Svoboda failed to gain any seats. This actually constitutes a loss for them, as previously they had seats. It’s also refreshing any time you see someone actually acknowledge Svoboda, instead of pretending that the Ukrainian far-right is solely represented by the more marginal Praviy Sektor. For the moment though, it seems Svoboda has been checkmated in parliamentary politics.

As I have remarked before, however, there is a sort of national myth which still prevails in Ukraine, and it provides ample soil in which radical nationalists grow. Of course it doesn’t help when corrupt, chauvinistic Russia deliberately associates itself with symbols of the Soviet Union, the victory over fascism, and socialism. Long ago I wished that the Russian government would simply cast away that mask and openly acknowledge its love of Tsarism, authoritarianism, and reactionary politics, but sadly they still make use of Soviet symbols and history, twisting their meaning and sullying them in the eyes of people living in the shadow of the Russian Federation.  Hopefully Ukraine will start to see the flaws in this national myth, discard it, and with it stop tolerating backward nationalists who live in an early 20th century fantasy land. Ukraine is torn between two capitalist powers. Only socialism or at least a very progressive social democratic system can improve the lives of Ukrainians.  Ukrainian success is also crucial to regaining its lost territories.

As for me, it is very difficult to come out in support of the blue and gold. I want to, but I simply cannot lend my unqualified support to a country which arms nationalist thugs and promotes a radical anti-Communist, anti-socialist right wing myth in place of a national history. If it’s wrong when Russia does it, it’s wrong when Ukraine does it too. Obviously as Ukrainian society seems to be turning on those elements, the football hooligans, the Bandera lovers, and the falsifiers of history who insist that only Ukrainians should be allowed to interpret Ukrainian history, my views change as well, but I’m still waiting to hear a more definitive “fuck you, nationalist scum” from Ukrainian society. Till that happens, my support for Ukraine is merely support for international law against aggression and illegal annexation. Incidentally, things which until recently Vladimir Putin used to condemn.

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Drinking game

Here’s a fun drinking game. Read this article about the parliamentary elections in Ukraine and take a drink every time you see the word “Europe” or “European.”  Depending on what you’re drinking, you may end the article with a decent buzz.

Some other highlights include one person repeating the claim that Ukraine has broken with her Soviet past, a favorite meme of Maidan supporters and their well-wishers. Of course they haven’t broken with backward, early 20th century nationalism which is far more regressive than the USSR’s ideology, but that’s okay because the most important thing in this crisis-ridden economy is blaming other people for your problems and staying as far away from socialism as you can. Hence the rise of right-wing politics all over Europe and Russia.  Every time nationalists have had any significant influence on Ukraine, the results have been awful. The last time costs Ukraine valuable territory, but some people simply do not learn.

If this sounds like I’m putting all the blame on Ukraine, ask yourself as to why right-wing nationalism is tolerated in Ukraine, while the media condemns it in Russia. After all, Russians also seem to be breaking with their socialist past and embracing a neo-imperialist ideology.  Had Maidan not tolerated right-wing nationalists and instead aimed to unite all people of the country, Russia wouldn’t have found a willing fifth column to support its irredentist schemes. Now Ukraine is likely to be a more or less divided country for generations to come. The idea that a European Union association agreement will do anything to reverse that process at this point is simply laughable.