Friends And Enemies Of South-Eastern Ukraine And Russia

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Analysing the situation in Ukraine, Yuri Gorodnenko notices that often those people who earned their capital thank to Russia support anti-Russian actions.

Western aggression in Ukraine demonstrated that the U.S. did not simply forget about the international law principles. In fact they unleashed a war, where they use all possible means in order to maintain their hegemony. And Russia would lose in this situation, if it continues allowing people who participate in anti-Russian actions to securely earn their capital using Russian natural resources.

In the West

Head of the French National Front Marine Le Pen and leader of the Greek SYRIZA Alexis Tsipras have condemned Kiev’s punitive operations in Ukraine’s south-east and even have declared that in case of their election win they would move their countries (France and Greece) from NATO.

After these statements the leader of the National Front has become a target for defamation publicity campaign against her party. The formal cause for this campaign was a bad joke of her father Jean-Marie Le Pen about a singer Patrick Bruel (an ardent critic of the National Front): “Next time we will burn a batch of them”. Marine Le Pen immediately stated that the above phrase was “maliciously distorted”, and dissociated herself from any form of anti-Semitism.

However, President of the European Jewish Congress (EJC) Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor was not satisfied with this answer. He not only has called for holding Jean-Marie Le Pen criminally liable and depriving him of his MEP mandate. Mr Kantor called upon the EU leaders to unite against the eurosceptics.

“Le Pen has unmasked the true face of the far-right of Europe… They still stand on foundations of hatred, anti-Semitism and xenophobia,” – said Mr Kantor. – “The alarming success of extremist parties in these elections is the result of the passivity of European leaders and governments… To protect the values of our modern unified Europe we need European leaders to bolster existing legislation against hate… and educators to teach the next generation against hate intolerance and xenophobia.”

The EJC President’s efforts in fighting the eurosceptics amaze us in the context of his passivity in protecting the Jews from actions of the Right Sector’s militants in Odessa and the Donbas If you look on the website of the European Jewish Congress it seems that this organisation cares more about the destiny of Jewish community in Brussels (about 15,000 people according to the Electronic Jewish Encyclopedia as of 2004), than about the whole Diaspora in Ukraine (103,600 people according to quite incomplete data of 2001 all-Ukrainian census).

Ihor Kolomoyskyi’s militants tagged the walls of the Russian Embassy in Kiev with swastika. Mr Kantor is silent about these “tricks” of Dnepropetrovsk governor. Tel-Aviv officials also do not respond to these blatantly neo-Nazi tricks of Kolomoiskyi (Israeli citizen, by the way).

In Odessa, on May 2, 2014 Right Sector’s militants burnt people alive in the Trade Union House. According to 2001 Ukrainian census, 12,400 of Jews live in the city (actually, this number is substantially bigger, taking into account that in 1970s about 120,000 of Jews lived there). The European Jewish Congress posts messages on its website saying that the Jews have nothing to worry about.

According to the Census 2001, 11,476 of Jews reside in Donetsk and Lugansk regions (there are grounds for believing that this number is understated too). Today, the regions are being bombed by airpower and attacked by artillery of Kiev authorities. The EJC website says that the lives of Jews are threatened not by anti-Semitism, but by chaos in the Donbas (that is to say, by failure of Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics to establish order in the region).

At the same time, the leader of the French National Front Marine Le Pen is fighting against revival of fascism in Ukraine. The party which the EJC President refers to as extremist defends the population of the Ukrainian south-east from aggression of Kiev.

Finally, it should be reminded that Ukrainian neo-Nazi do not threaten France at first instance. Their main target is Russia. And it is the Russian Federation where Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor makes his money. He is the owner of Acron Group; in 2014 Forbes estimated his worth at USD 2 billion ranking him the 49th richest businessman in Russia. So why does he display such indifference not only to Jewish diaspora of south-eastern Ukraine, but to the future of the country where he was born, grew up and made a fortune? And why in this context does he deliberately participate in the campaign aimed at discrediting a political force that supports Russia’s stance in these hard times?

In the East

The Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev voiced the amount of financial aid that Moscow provided to Ukraine from the day it became independent: USD 250 billion. The bigger part of this amount comprised all kinds of natural gas tariff preferences and discounts. Judging by statements of Kiev officials, this money did not inure to the benefit of simple Ukrainians.

In 1998, one of the top Ukrainian businessmen Igor Bakai in his interview for Nezavisimaya Gazeta admitted: “All wealthy Ukrainians earned their capital from gas.” The situation did not change after a decade.

In 2011, the Chairman of the Committee on National Security and Defence of the Verkhovna Rada Anatoliy Hrytsenko admitted: almost all oligarchs have earned and continue to earn their capital from trading the Russian hydrocarbons. While in 2004 the Forbes World’s Billionaires list did not include any Ukrainians, in 2011 there were already five of them.

At that, the mass media owned by oligarchs continually conducted anti-Russian propaganda, and now Ukrainian oligarchy assists Kiev in spifflicating the Russian-speaking people in the Donbas.

The Ukrainian Government currently refuses to pay Moscow almost 4 billion dollars of gas debt. At this point it is no longer the major surprise why Gazprom during over two decades has turned a blind eye on multiple fraudulent schemes with Russian hydrocarbons. The question is why during this period of time Americans having spent 5 billion on propaganda (“democracy institutions establishment”) formed anti-Russian attitudes with a considerable part of Ukrainian society, and Russia’s 250 billion played into the hands of its enemies: Ukrainian oligarchs.

And the most important is why Russian money works so far against Russians in south-eastern Ukraine: Echo of Moscow, 66%-owned by Gazprom-Media Holding, implements an aggressive propaganda campaign against “separatists” of Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics?

Without resolving these issues we will not find a way out of the Ukraine crisis.