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  • 1. From  Christianity  Today:   http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2014/march/pastors-­‐hope-­‐all-­‐ night-­‐prayer-­‐vigil-­‐russia-­‐ukraine-­‐crimea.html   Headlines  from  March  13,  2014   Russian  occupiers  and  collaborators  turned  their  attention  to  the  children  of  the  Ukrainian  servicemen   in  Crimea.  At  this  time,  their  schools  are  scaring  them  with  the  prospect  of  not  issuing  them  graduation   certificates.  But  we  are  also  getting  reports  of  students  being  directly  threatened  with  violence  unless   their  fathers  immediately  betray  the  Oath  of  Allegiance  to  the  people  of  Ukraine. http://www.kyivpost.com/opinion/op-ed/dmitry-tymchuks-military-blog-putins-lapdogs-scaring- schoolchildren-in-crimea-339173.html A blog with twitter updates: http://www.interpretermag.com/category/blog/   http://world.lb.ua/news/2014/03/13/259220_ukrainian_crisis_march_13_live.html   08:15. Leadership of the Russian publishing house 'Kommersant' has closed 'Kommersant- Ukraine' newspaper. The official reason - economic problems. 08:35. Russia announced on Thursday it had started military exercises near the border with Ukraine, reports Reuters. The Defence Ministry confirmed exercises had begun in the Southern Military District, involving 8,500 artillery men, after pictures appeared on social media showing military vehicles on the move in the area. The exercise includes a large number of artillery and Grad, Hurricane and Tornado multiple- rocket launchers, the Defence Ministry said in a statement on its website. Also involved are Howitzers, Nona self-propelled artillery and Rapier anti-tank guns, and the aim is to improve cooperation with motorized infantry, tank, air-assault and marine units. One of the exercises will involve firing at a conventional enemy up to 15 km (nine miles) away and half of the training will be at night, it said. 11:11.  Only  two  members  of  ousted  president  Viktor  Yanukovich's  Party  of  Regions  voted  in  the   Verkhovna  Rada  on  Thursday,  while  others  said  they  wanted  first  to  see  the  outcome  of  Sunday's   plebiscite  in  Crimea.  Communists  also  abstained.  
  • 2. 11:26.  The  Council  of  Ministers  of  Crimea  Sergey  Aksenov  today  introduced  strict  monetary  limits  on  the   peninsula.  According  to  'The  Insider',  from  12  am  Thursday  local  residents  won't  be  able  to  take  their   deposits  out  of  the  banks.  In  addition,  a  restriction  for  cash  sum  of  300  hryvnia  has  been  introduced  in   bank  branches  and  ATMs.   11:48.  Unrecognized  Crimean  authorities  are  ready  to  cancel  the  building  permits  on  the  peninsula  that   were  provided  earlier  in  favor  of  Russian  investors,  says  a  letter  of  Minister  of  resorts  and  tourism  of   Crimea  Alexander  Liev  to  head  of  the  Russian  investment  company  'Veles  Capital'  Alexei  Gnedovsky,   which  is  dated  March  5.  The  document  was  published  in  the  social  network  Facebook.   12:14. Ukrainian parliament adopted a draft law 'On the Rehabilitation of persons who have been convicted illegally'. The Commission will consist of 10 retired judges and five members of the public. 12:31. The OSCE has not yet agreed on its position as to whether the Russian military is staying out of its locations in Crimea, the Swiss ambassador in Ukraine Christian Schonenberg said. 12:55.  The  Crimean  authorities  intend  to  pass  the  oil  and  gas  exploration  to  the  Russian  company   'Gazprom',  said  chairman  of  the  Supreme  Council  of  Crimea  Vladimir  Konstantinov.   13:20.  Command  of  the  204  Brigade  of  Combat  Aviation  of  Ukraine  stationed  at  the  airfield  'Belbek'  near   Sevastopol  urged  the  Ukrainian  authorities  to  give  a  clear  command  for  further  action  to  the  Crimean   military.  If  they  don't  receive  any  commands,  the  Ukrainian  military  says  may  use  weapons  to  protect   the  homeland.   13:54. Kyiv's court on March 12 has detained for a period of 2 months a citizen of the Russian Federation, who is suspected of forming an armed sabotage and subversive groups to destabilize the situation in Ukraine, reported the press service of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). 14:08. 'Chernomorneftegaz' and railways in Crimea are the first in line for the nationalization by the Crimean authorities. 'Chernomornaftohaz's cost is valued at $1 billion, wrote Russian 'Kommersant'. 16:10.  Head  of  Russia's  'Gazprom'  Alexei  Miller  said  that  'Gazprom'  is  saving  Ukraine  from  economic   collapse  by  not  transferring  it  to  prepayment.   16:33.  The  Election  Commission  of  the  Autonomous  Republic  of  Crimea  (ARC)  has  prepared  voter  lists   for  the  referendum  on  the  status  of  autonomy.  More  than  1.5  million  people  were  enrolled  to  vote.   16:55.  Representatives  of  so  called  'self-­‐defence'  (e.g.Russian  troops)  are  storming  a  storage  of  fuels   and  lubricants  in  Simferopol,  wrote  head  of  the  Crimean  media  center  of  the  Defence  Ministry  Vladislav   Seleznev  on  Facebook.  One  foreign  journalist  was  injured  during  the  assault   17:17.  The  State  Border  Service  of  Ukraine  plane  during  a  patrol  came  under  fire  from  the  Russian   checkpoint  from  the  city  Armiansk  (Crimea),  the  press  service  of  the  State  Border  Service  of  Ukraine  
  • 3. reported.  This  is  the  second  case  of  the  use  of  weapons  to  stop  Ukrainian  plane  from  patrolling  the   borders.   17:33. Federation Council (upper house of the Federal Assembly of Russia = Russian parliament) took the decision to approve the introduction of the Russian troops to Ukraine with violations of the regulations, reported 'Lenta.ru' journalists after looking through a record of Federation Council's extraordinary meeting on March 1. On a record posted at the official channel of the upper chamber of the Russian parliament, there was no quorum at the meeting. Then a chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko said that some of the senators-latecomers had asked 'to join their voices'. In a minute there were 85 senators registered instead of 78 present, and Matvienko declared the meeting open. Moreover, a little bit later 90 senators voted for the introduction of Russian troops in Ukraine. Violations of the regulations can be a cause of addressing the Constitutional Court of Russia to lift the decision. 17:42. Russian President Vladimir Putin before a meeting with members of the Security Council of Russia said that the crisis in Ukraine was not Russia's fault. 'I want to note that this is primarily Ukrainian domestic crisis. Unfortunately, we all understand that we were somehow involved in these events', quoted the Kremlin press service Putin's words. 'Let's think together on how we build relationships with our partners and friends in Ukraine and with our other partners in Europe and the United States', he added 18:11.  Presidential  elections  in  Ukraine  must  be  held  on  May  25,  because  there  is  no  reason  for  their   transfer  to  December,  Chairman  of  the  Verkhovna  Rada,  Acting  President  of  Ukraine  Oleksandr   Turchynov  told  journalists.   19:32.  More  than  1  thousand  people  are  holding  a  rally  for  the  unity  of  Ukraine  on  Lenin  Square  in  the   center  of  Donetsk.  They  are  holding  Ukrainian  flags  and  anti-­‐war  posters.   19:32.  More  than  1  thousand  people  are  holding  a  rally  for  the  unity  of  Ukraine  on  Lenin  Square  in  the   center  of  Donetsk.  They  are  holding  Ukrainian  flags  and  anti-­‐war  posters.   21:08.  More  than  a  1000  aggressive  pro-­‐Russian  activists  have  attacked  the  people  protesting  for  the   unity  of  Ukraine  on  Lenin  Square  in  Donetsk.  Initially,  they  threw  eggs,  firecrackers  and  smoke  bombs  at   their  opponents,  and  when  the  meeting  ended,  started  beating  leaving  protesters  (pictures).   21:39. One person was killed in Donetsk in clashes between the people protesting for the unity of Ukraine and pro-Russian activists who attacked them, reported the health department of the Donetsk Regional State Administration.
  • 4. When pro-Russian activists attacked peaceful protesters, police behaved passively and made no attempts to stop the offense. Pro-Russian activists freely distributed sticks and fittings from the vehicles parked on Lenin Square.     http://www.kyivpost.com/hot/crisis-­‐in-­‐crimea/   BBC: Crimeans urged to vote against "neo-Nazis" in Kiev March 13, 2014, 7:17 p.m. Residents of Crimea have in effect been isolated from all but Russian news outlets ahead of the 16 March referendum on becoming part of Russia. Reuters: Russia holds war games near Ukraine; Merkel warns of catastrophe March 13, 2014, 7:07 p.m. Russia launched new military exercises near its border with Ukraine on Thursday, showing no sign of backing down in its plans to annex its neighbor's Crimea region despite a stronger than expected drive for sanctions from the EU and United States. Roger Cohen: The agent in his labyrinth March 13, 2014, 2:04 p.m. LONDON — The dream flickered briefly after the end of the Cold War: a shared space from Lisbon to Vladivostok, Russia gathered into a close association with NATO, or even becoming an alliance member, and the European Union working in cooperation with Moscow on the modernization of the country. Washington Times: Putin wants war, says Ukrainian prime minister March 13, 2014, 1:35 p.m. As the U.S. and its allies eye further action against Russia, Ukraine’s new prime minister Wednesday passionately accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of seeking to seize control of the Crimean Peninsula and fomenting all-out war in a bid to “revise the outcomes” of World War II. The Moscow Times: Crimea vote galvanizes separatists in Russia March 13, 2014, 7:36 p.m. For separatist groups in Dagestan, Tatarstan and other regions of Russia, the Kremlin's support of a referendum on independence in Ukraine's Crimea peninsula would seem to provide an opportunity for their own movements, which have long been repressed by Russian authorities. -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐  
  • 5. http://www.worthynews.com/top/news-­‐nationalpost-­‐com-­‐2014-­‐03-­‐12-­‐russia-­‐prepping-­‐for-­‐full-­‐scale-­‐ invasion-­‐ukraine-­‐says-­‐as-­‐g7-­‐warns-­‐annexation-­‐of-­‐crimea-­‐breaks-­‐international-­‐pacts-­‐/   Military  buildup   Andriy  Parubiy,  secretary  of  Ukraine’s  National  Security  and  Defense  Council,  told  reporters  in  Kyiv  that   Russia  has  deployed  more  than  80,000  troops,  up  to  270  tanks  and  140  combat  planes  close  to  the   border,  creating  the  “threat  of  a  full-­‐scale  invasion  from  various  directions.”   Parubiy  added  that  Ukrainian  authorities  have  denied  3,700  Russian  citizens  permission  to  enter   Ukraine  because  they  were  suspected  of  being  involved  in  extremism  and  sabotage.   -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐   NATO  on  Wednesday  deployed  two  surveillance  aircraft  to  monitor  Ukraine’s  air  space  and  Black  Sea   ship  movements  as  Russia  consolidated  its  military  buildup  in  Crimea.   Also on Wednesday, a Pentagon spokesman, Army Col. Steve Warren, said the U.S. is sending 12 F-16 fighter jets to Poland to augment the air force detachment there. He said there is no scheduled departure date for the fighter jets and they will be there “until further notice.” Last week, the Pentagon sent six F-15 fighter jets to Lithuania to bolster air patrols over the Baltics, adding to the four such planes that previously had been there for the mission.   Spiegel Online: German firms could soon provide gas to Ukraine March 12, 2014, 11:18 p.m. Ukraine's dependence on gas from Russia has often been used as a political weapon by Moscow in conflicts with its neighbor. German companies are now considering how Western European gas could be rerouted to Kiev if the Kremlin decides to cut supplies. ---------------- http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-big-lie-ukraine/25286568.html Russia Wags The Dog With Ukraine Disinformation Campaign Yatsenyuk in White House: Ukraine 'will never surrender' (VIDEO, TRANSCRIPT) March 13, 2014, 10:39 a.m.
  • 6. Editor's Note: The following statements and video are from the official White House website. ---- Kristina Wilfore: Russia’s Crimean March 16 referendum a sham from start to finish March 13, 2014, 10:24 a.m. While living and working in Ukraine I had the pleasure of watching the 1966 American-made movie ¨The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming!¨ where, without hostile intent, a Soviet submarine runs aground off the shore of New England. By the end of the movie, each side has gained an appreciation for each other and everyone lives happily ever after. This comedy aired at the height of the Cold War and was the first film in this period to show Russians in a positive light. Now, 48 years later, it is clear that that the Russians are in fact coming, but not just to a theater near you and unlike the movie, it is not funny. Their intentions are far from peaceful and instead of a boat that runs aground they are riding into Ukraine on a tidal wave of an illegal referendum on succession, issued at gunpoint. http://www.kyivpost.com/opinion/op-­‐ed/kristina-­‐wilfore-­‐russias-­‐crimean-­‐march-­‐16-­‐referendum-­‐a-­‐ sham-­‐from-­‐start-­‐to-­‐finish-­‐339182.html   -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐   Russia’s Crimean March 16 referendum a sham from start to finish Excerpts The  sad  reality  is  the  Crimean  vote  is  nearly  as  predictable  as  the  October  2013  presidential  election  in   Azerbaijan  where  a  smartphone  application  released  by  the  country's  Central  Election  Commission   showed  longtime  president  Ilham  Aliyev  winning  with  72.76  percent  of  the  vote…  a  day  before  the   election.  The  referendum  in  Crimea  will  show  a  divisive  victory  for  succession,  yet  we  will  be  no  further   along  in  understanding  the  true  will  of  Ukrainian  citizens  and  their  desired  relationship  with  Russia.     …  how  a  referendum  gets  on  the  ballot  is  as  important  as  what  the  referendum  is  about.  Referendums   are  easily  manipulated  and  can  provide  a  false  read  on  real  public  sentiment,  particularly  when  heavy-­‐ handed  sponsors  force  something  to  the  ballot,  bending  the  rules  of  the  game  to  get  it  there,  or  rush  the   election  date.  The  essential  process  of  public  debate  required  for  such  serious  and  important  issues   cannot  be  trampled  over.     …    Troubling,  the  language  of  the  Crimean  initiative  leads  voters  down  the  path  of  an  assumed  yes  to   Russia,  with  the  only  choice  about  method.  The  ballot  questions  ask  voters  whether  they  would  like  to  
  • 7. support  the  union  of  Crimea  with  Russia  (an  act  of  irredentism)  or  return  to  the  1992  constitution  which   effectively  makes  Crimea  independent  (i.e.  secession).  There  is  no  alternative  –  one  cannot  vote  for   the  status  quo  of  remaining  within  Ukraine.   …  In  2006  the  Venice  Commission  on  Democracy  Through  Law  issued  a  Code  of  Good  Practices  on   Referendums,  which  is  the  standard  bearer  for  countries  who  are  members  of  the  Council  of  Europe,   including  Ukraine  and  Russia.  …  The  Crimean  referendum  meets  none  of  these  standards.   … The tool of referenda is an important and sacred right, as one of the only true forms of direct democracy. But in the wrong hands, with biased intentions, it will add no value to the public discourse and cheapen the essential task of creating meaningful citizen engagement in these trying times. Were Russia truly interested in a genuine and even-handed public debate on Crimea a process could have been established to work with Ukrainian authorities to mediate any concerns citizens have about property issues, taxation, trade relationships, protection of ethnic rights, and the role of the central government. Kristina Wilfore is principal of Karakoyun Strategies based in Istanbul, Turkey Putin’s Man in Crimea Is Ukraine’s Worst Nightmare http://time.com/19097/putin-crimea-russia-ukraine-aksyonov/ Simon Shuster / Simferopol @shustry March 10, 2014 Sergei  Aksyonov.  He  was  then  a  marginal  figure  even  in  the  local  politics  of  the  region  of  Crimea.  His   Russian  Unity  party  had  only  three  seats  in  the  regional  legislature  and  no  representation  anywhere   else.  But  that  has  not  stopped  him  from  taking  charge.  In  late  January,  as  the  protesters  in  Kiev  began   seizing  government  buildings,  Aksyonov  started  to  form  an  army  on  the  Crimean  peninsula.  Now  he  is   the  de  facto  leader  of  the  entire  region,  a  post  that  has  thrust  him  into  the  center  of  the  most  dire   political  crisis  Europe  has  confronted  in  years.   From  the  beginning,  the  stated  aim  of  his  paramilitary  force  was  to  defend  against  the  revolutionary   wave  that  was  sweeping  across  Ukraine  and,  ultimately,  to  break  away  from  the  country  entirely.  Its   first  battalion  of  700  men  came  from  the  youth  group  of  Aksyonov’s  political  party,  and  as  he   continued  calling  in  the  proceeding  weeks  for  a  “full  scale  mobilization,”  hundreds  of  others  joined  his   Crimean  self-­‐defense  brigades.  By  Feb.  21,  the  day  the  Kiev  uprising  toppled  the  Ukrainian   government,  Aksyonov  was  in  command  of  several  thousand  troops.  “All  of  them,”  he  says,  “answer  to   me.” … Before dawn on Feb. 27, at least two dozen heavily armed men stormed the Crimean parliament building and the nearby headquarters of the regional government, bringing with them a cache of assault rifles and rocket propelled grenades. A few hours later, Aksyonov walked into
  • 8. the parliament and, after a brief round of talks with the gunmen, began to gather a quorum of the chamber’s lawmakers. … [the mysterious paramilitary] let the guards go, sealed the doors and only allowed the lawmakers whom Aksyonov invited to enter the building. Various media accounts have disputed whether he was able to gather a quorum of 50 of his peers before the session convened that day, and some Crimean legislators who were registered as present have said they did not come near the building. In any case, those who did arrive could hardly have voted their conscience while pro-Russian gunmen stood in the wings with rocket launchers. [I have the inside story from one of those who was forced to vote. GC] Both of the votes held that day were unanimous. The first appointed Aksyonov, a rookie statesman with less than four years experience as a local parliamentarian, as the new Prime Minister of Crimea. The second vote called for a referendum on the peninsula’s secession from Ukraine. What urged him to start gathering an army in January was the threat he sees from the revolution. Its leaders, he says, are part of a fascist force intent on disenfranchising the ethnic Russian majority in Crimea, and without the armed intervention of his “self-defense forces,” they would have sent their troops to bring the peninsula to heel. When questioned about his methods, he always gave a version of the same response – if the Kiev revolutionaries did it, why can’t he? If the revolution used force to seize government buildings in Kiev, why can’t his supporters do the same in Crimea? If the revolution sought support from their allies in the West, why shouldn’t he ask Russia to come to his defense? … He remembers Aksyonov in the 1990s as a member of a criminal syndicate called Salem… “Aksyonov was a capo for them, an enforcer,” says Los. “He had a group of ten guys that would go around collecting money.” … In 2010, Aksyonov formed the Russian Unity party and went on to win 4% of the vote in that year’s Crimean parliamentary elections, securing three out of the chamber’s 100 seats, one for himself. When the revolution broke out in Ukraine late last year, his party was one of the main organizers of pro-Russian rallies in Crimea, hyping the threat from the Ukrainian nationalist parties that were helping overthrow the government. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-english-ukraine-neofascists- 20140313,0,7664312.story#ixzz2vrmtf2sW This article has some truth to it is extreme about some things, paranoid about others, ignores the reality of what Russia is actually doing, and seems to suggest that Putin acted, shall we say, rationally – given the extremists/’fascists’in the government of Ukraine which – if they had the power – could curtail some of the freedoms ethnic Russians now have in Ukraine. Good to read just to know what the pro-Russian rationale is in the US. gc Robert English: Ukraine's threat from within March 13, 2014, 9:54 a.m.
  • 9. Neofascists are as much a menace to Ukraine as Putin's actions in Crimea. It's become popular to dismiss Russian President Vladimir Putin as paranoid and out of touch with reality. But his denunciation of "neofascist extremists" within the movement that toppled the old Ukrainian government, and in the ranks of the new one, is worth heeding. The empowerment of extreme Ukrainian nationalists is no less a menace to the country's future than Putin's maneuvers in Crimea. These are odious people with a repugnant ideology. Take the Svoboda party, which gained five key positions in the new Ukrainian government, including deputy prime minister, minister of defense and prosecutor general. Svoboda's call to abolish the autonomy that protects Crimea's Russian heritage, and its push for a parliamentary vote that downgraded the status of the Russian language, are flagrantly provocative to Ukraine's millions of ethnic Russians and incredibly stupid as the first steps of a new government in a divided country. [Truly stupid. But what became the status of these calls/moves? Do we not have radicals in the US (left and right) that call for extreme measures but we do not send in the troops to protect others from them? What are appropriate measures? Not Putin’s. GC] These moves, more than Russian propaganda, prompted broad Crimean unease. [One can say that, yes, initially this was the case, BEFORE the propaganda war, but not true once that war began; I guess he is out of touch with the propaganda and tools used by Russians and pro- Russians to monger fear – if we take seriously the fears of those who are no for secession. GC] Recall that this crisis began when Ukraine's then-President Viktor Yanukovich retreated on a deal toward European integration. Are the Europe-aspiring Ukrainians who now vote to restrict Russians' cultural-language rights even dimly aware that, as part of the European Union, such minority rights would have to be expanded, not curtailed? More to the point, why wave a red flag in front of a nervous bull? [Of course. GC] The answer is that for Svoboda, Right Sector and other Ukrainian far-right organizations, it was barely a handkerchief. [?? GC] … But scarier than these parties' whitewashing of the past are their plans for the future. They have openly advocated that no Russian language be taught in Ukrainian schools, that citizenship is only for those who pass Ukrainian language and culture exams, that only ethnic Ukrainians may adopt Ukrainian orphans and that new passports must identify their holders' ethnicity — be it Ukrainian, Pole, Russian, Jew or other. [BUT, what has become of each of their positions, and what can become of their extreme positions? Hmn. I recall that Soviet passports stated one’s ethnicity. Commonly people in Ukraine do identify themselves according to ethnicity first, then nationality/citizenship. If I recall correctly, when independence was claimed by Ukraine, many ethnic Russians were given the choice of citizenship – Russian or Ukrainian, but if they chose Russian, they could not privatize their ‘free’ apartment, but would have to rent it. GC] Is it so hard to understand Russians' shock that senior U.S. officials (such as Sen. John McCain, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland) flirt with extremists who have been denounced as anti-Semitic, xenophobic, even neo-Nazi by numerous human rights and anti-defamation groups?
  • 10. [Do note updates on the reality of their position and actions. Not that I would accept at face value ‘about face’ positions. GC] …But Russian worry is well-founded. Since the Soviet Union's collapse, millions of ethnic Russians or Russian speakers have endured loss of citizenship in the Baltic republics (where many lived for generations), have been driven out of Central Asian jobs and homes and have suffered particularly virulent discrimination in Georgia (the root cause of the 2008 war with Russia, but also broadly ignored in the West). [??] … Given our own hypocrisy — don't violate agreements (except the one not to expand NATO eastward), don't invade countries on phony pretexts (except Iraq) and don't support minority secession movements (except Kosovo) — why wouldn't we want to restore U.S. credibility by living up to our principles in this critical case? The European Parliament in 2012 condemned Svoboda's racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia as "against the EU's fundamental values and principles." The U.S. should not hesitate to do likewise now. It is not only the right thing to do, it would also open a door to compromise with Russia over this dangerous crisis. [Sure, so that is the problem? That is why the invasion of Crimea and potential invasion of mainland Ukraine?! How naïve! GC] To remain silent sends exactly the wrong message to extremists on both sides. Robert English is director of the School of International Relations at USC. Responses: Their Slavic department at USC is reportedly very pro-Russian. This may color this opinion piece. OgivePlunge: This article is all a smoke screen and veers away from the real issue, that is, countries do not have the right to protect their minorities in other countries. Arguing such would give say China the right to invade the U.S. in order to protect Chinese speakers from discrimination. Also, no matter who is in the current Ukrainian government, Russia still doesn't have the right to blatantly annex a chunk of the Ukraine, even if it at one time did belong to Russia and a lot of Russian speakers live there now. Russia's actions will only give Ukrainian nationalists even more credibility and Putin's propaganda of a neo-fascist takeover of the Ukraine will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. But that's probably what Putin really wants in the first place. Unfortunately, he tends to get what he wants, even though it's usually bad for the average Russian and the world at large. bfutala
  • 11. In fact the SVOBODA Party has four members with government portfolios out of a total of twenty-one. Its influence throughout the protests was one of discouraging, in many instances, militant actions. It seems to have moderated some of its positions and includes Russian language speaking members. As to xenophobia or anti-Semitism in Ukraine, it is on the decline to which Rabbis and representatives of other minorities have attested (see http://uacrisis.org/chief-rabbi-of-kyiv-and-ukraine-there-is-no-ethnic- or-religious-hatred-in-ukraine/). Actually, there were instances, recently, of nationalists guarding synagogues. No legislation was enacted that would in any way discriminate against Russian language speakers. There was a failed attempt to rescind a 2012 law which was considered to be discriminatory toward the Ukrainian language. The acting President vetoed the legislation. It is pure fantasy to claim that Russian speakers are discriminated against when at every level Russian is dominant and the language of use among the more educated, affluent, urban residents while Ukrainian speakers are often treated with contempt or disdain in many parts of the country. There have not been any credible proposals on a government level to limit the use of Russian. Please cite a case of the mistreatment of Russian language speakers. Mr. English should first get the facts straight before engaging in Red Scare type tactics while ignoring the aggression of the Putin government in Ukraine. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-english-ukraine-neofascists- 20140313,0,7664312.story#ixzz2vrpshQM8 =============== Now  all  has  been  heard;      here  is  the  conclusion  of  the  matter:  Fear  God  and  keep  his  commandments,  for  this  is   the  duty  of  all  mankind.   14   For  God  will  bring  every  deed  into  judgment,  including  every  hidden  thing,  whether  it  is   good  or  evil.  (Ecclesiastes  12:13-­‐14  NIV)   He  has  shown  you,  O  mortal,  what  is  good.    And  what  does  the  LORD  require  of  you?  To  act  justly  and  to  love   mercy  and  to  walk  humbly   with  your  God.  (Micah  6:8  NIV)         fas·cism noun: fascism; noun: Fascism; plural noun: Fascisms an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.  
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