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Russia ‘Annexes’ Ukraine

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July 26, 2012, 11:03 p.m. | Ukraine — by Jakub Parusinski, Mark Rachkevych, Yuriy Onyshkiv

The giant banner unveiled by Russian supporters in Warsaw at the heavily politicized Poland-Russia Euro 2012 football match. The banner was criticized by many Poles as emblematic of Russia’s bullying, imperialist attitude towards former Communist-bloc states. More than two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, many of Russia’s neighbors feel they are still treated as subjects, not sovereign states. The Russian Olympic Committee’s decision to list former Soviet territories as still belonging to Russia in athletes’ biographies has simply fueled the frustration.
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Jakub Parusinski

Mark Rachkevych

Mark has been a reporter for the Kyiv Post since 2006, but joined full-time in 2009. A native Chicagoan where he was the co-founder of the now defunct Glasshouse Magazine, Mark currently is an editor of business news and still contributes stories on an ongoing basis. He is a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, a graduate of St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, and fluent in the Ukrainian and Russian languages.

Yuriy Onyshkiv

 Either people on the Russian Olympic Committee don’t know geography or imperialist dreams die hard.

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AL BALA July 27, 2012, 1:17 a.m.    

Education Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk has shown contempt for the “Little Russian” language and culture, a derogatory reference to Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov was recently asked if he would pray with the Russian president for the glory of the Russian world, an ideological concept that has all Eastern Slavic or Russian-speaking regions subjugated to Moscow. His answer: „I would gladly do so.”

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me you July 27, 2012, 8:01 p.m.    

a bullet in the head is what he deserves

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Byron Hill July 29, 2012, 9:56 p.m.    

Action by one man with a "bullet" is the most desired solution and may or may not bring change. Action by "The People" would have a much greater impact. The countries, formerly known as the USSR, needs to unite and stop the Russification process and bring down imperialism. First, the Putinesk puppet government of Lukashenko should be overthrown by its citizens and “foreign agents”. With the toppling of Minsk, Kazakhstan should easily follow suit. Be assured that Moscow will not sleep through this but with forces active in both these countries and embers stoked in Georgia, Moscow will have its hands full. Opposition and “foreign agents” within Russia could also create havoc by diverting Moscow’s internal resources.
Ukraine is Eastern Europe’s military–industrial complex. When the infestation of Yanukobitch and his SBU “keystone cops” are eradicated, this military complex can be utilized to insure a mutually assured destruction between Russia and its “sphere of influence”. Capture and control this “complex” and half the battle is won. Manipulation, murder, pillaging and threats are the centuries old societal psyche of Eastern Europe. The advent of democracy and freedom, originating in Greece, never materialized. As is evident in the US today (where we witness the rotting of democracy) the control of wealth means the control of the masses; the only difference is that Russia has dominated this creed of greed for thousands of years. It’s about the money and not the welfare of their citizens.
With Syria in shambles, Moscow can only rely on Iran for assistance. Once it appears that Putin is in distress and “against the ropes”, Israel, Great Britain and the USA will certainly keep Iran at bay or cripple its government if need be. Democracy has failed in the CIS but it was not botched for lack of attempt. Hundreds of thousands in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Kazakhstan and other members want freedom from murder and pillage by government thugs. Imperialism is rotting and has crumbled as seen in the Arab Spring countries. China and Russia refuse to denounce Assad for fear that their rotten stench of imperialism will crumble from within as well. By assisting Damascus Putin shows that when citizens rise up for freedom he will certainly have no qualms about murdering his own people to stop an insurgency. By gaining control of the military complex in Ukraine, and by enforcing coups in Minsk, Tbilisi, Astana and Almaty the CIS insurgents will have control over the bordering nations with Russia. The key is Kyiv and the complex. With one shot heard round the world the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, changed the course of history. It is highly doubtful that thugs like Yanukobitch would relish such an infamous honor.

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Byron Hill July 29, 2012, 7:13 a.m.    

The turning wheels of Russification: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zA-1qQF5UpY

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Phill M July 27, 2012, 3:55 a.m.    

It's the small docked man syndrome: if you keep telling others that you are bigger than you really are, you might actually believe you really are that big.

Why not note that for those born before the collapse of the Soviet Union, that they were born in the USSR, or the GSSR, or KSSR, or other Soviet Socialist Republic, and properly acknowledge birth in Ukraine or Georgia or Kazakstan (or other free and independent state that declared itself after the fall of the Soviet government).?

As for fixing the error... does it mean that Russia will invade Ukraine and make it part of Russia tomorrow (thus making the 'nation of birth' correct, and more likely deeming it a more appropriate action than correcting in info card).

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Mykhayl July 27, 2012, 4:43 a.m.    

Слава Ісу~
Слава Україні!

During Euro 2012 was not "Kyiv" being transliterated into English from the Russian "Kiev" while at Kyiv?

You thought the First was only being analytical in German?

Who's Machiavellian agents in vestments invented the designation
"Carpathian Russia" for the nineteenth century Rusyn Diaspora in America?

Who doesn't believe the London Olympic' designated of Russia's near abroad [Little Russia] as being designated as Russian not a technical mistake?

20 years of independence, is it too late to get the [North] American Diaspora back as Ukraine's State Department?

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Volodya Calmanov July 27, 2012, 7:17 a.m.    

Stupid, stupid people in Ukraine (Tabachnyk and Azarov, that is). What other country in the world would stoop so low as to have these sorts in government. It's criminal to allow them to represent Ukraine, when their interests clearly lie elsewhere. Wake up, my dear countrymen, before it's too late!

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Gold Rush July 27, 2012, 1:52 p.m.    

Amen Brother .

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IvanovPetrovSidorov July 27, 2012, 3:31 p.m.    

Very hysterical article. Pull up your pants boys and stop weeping over spilt milk.

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Yaro Slava July 27, 2012, 5:22 p.m.    

Maybe they are afraid that once the birthplaces are stated correctly they is not going to be that many "Russian" athletes?

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Yaro Slava July 27, 2012, 5:24 p.m.    

Maybe they are afraid that once the birthplaces are stated correctly they is not going to be that many "Russian" athletes?

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IvanovPetrovSidorov July 27, 2012, 5:32 p.m.    

What makes an athlete a Russian athlete is his/her values, believes, sence of belonging and, above all, choice! How many American athletes are truly American having wiped out the indigenous population in the previous three centuries?

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IvanovPetrovSidorov July 27, 2012, 5:33 p.m.    

Oooops, spot the deliberate typo little wizzes :))

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Yaro Slava July 27, 2012, 6:19 p.m.    

haha, that was not deliberate...and the whole comment was a joke! no hate towards Russia, Russian People, or Russian athletes! Keep your speech about values and sense of belonging for another chat.....we very well know what constitutes that. I'm just curious when Russia is gonna get over Ukraine being independent? (And by Russia I mean Phutin and Co)

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IvanovPetrovSidorov July 27, 2012, 7:15 p.m.    

Well, thanks. I am chaffed to bits to know that at least one person in this forum has a light-hearted approach to issues of national identity and belonging :)) No offence towards my Ukrainian bravas and sistas (wherever they might be). But let's not be too flippant in our seriousness, or people will start thinking we are "Americans" (by that, of course, I mean Putin's chums the Bush clowns). The answer to your question re independence is only time will tell. Haha!

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Dirk July 27, 2012, 7:09 p.m.    

Just part of General-Secretary Putin's wet dream. It appears future President Romney was accurate a few months back when he described Russia as the West's 'geopolitical foe.' Why else is he visiting Poland? ;) Viva Bandera!!

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Alex Terlecky July 28, 2012, 6:53 p.m.    

This appaling practice , of claiming non russian athletes as their own , has long and ominous roots . It dates back to czarist times , when writers ,
poets and composers , of subjugated nations were claimed by moscovy-
russia , and presented to the world as " russian " . One such example
is Ukrainian born Mykola Hohol , who because the Ukrainian language was forbiden , was forced to write in russsian . Even though most of his literary works were about Ukraine , as one of his best known works ; Taras Bulba illustrates , since he was forced to write in russian , the
moscovite - russians , after russifying his name ; Nikolay Gogol , lay
claim to him as a " great russian writer " ! At one time this sort of practice could be effective , however today , with all the information in the world available at your fingertips , it seems archaic , silly and helpless. Rather
then producing the desired effect ; continuation the of " greatness " of
moscovy- russia , at non russian's expense , it exposes the practice for what it is ; a shabby attempt at promoting a faleshood as factual . Such deploratble tactics have no place in the modern society of free nations . Especially in the Olympics .

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kpxoxol July 28, 2012, 6:54 p.m.    

The statement is correct - the athletes are born in the USSR, hence because Russia is the legal successor of the USSR and singlehandedly paid the USSR debt, the athletes indeed were born in Russia.

In case of Ukraine the statement is TWICE correct because Ukraine is Malorussia, heh, heh, heh :D

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Byron Hill July 29, 2012, 7:08 a.m.    

Let me see if I have this right. The Rada defies the Ukrainian citizens by making law the integration of a foreign language, approving its use in courts, schools and other government institutions in the country's Russian-speaking southern and eastern regions. Do Russians have a learning disability? They cannot learn a second language? They cannot learn the Ukrainian tongue? I think they have the ability. It is evident that by creating the sign above the Russians have forsaken their own tongue and prefer the English language. I do not believe that "dumbing down" the Russian immigrants is the answer. They are colonist on foreign soil who must assimilate or go home.

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IvanovPetrovSidorov Aug. 1, 2012, 2:27 p.m.    

Woo-hooo! Ukraine has just won gold in women's quadruple sculls final! Yes, yes, yes!

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languagesparker Aug. 3, 2012, 2:13 a.m.    

Meanwhile the false state-tags are deleted. but i'd argue why think such deletion does not change a lot. The problem is, i'd say, that the profile itself is country-tagged. read about what inferences one naturally makes when reading a such a profile with a deleted country-tag... http://wp.me/p2D9Ui-q

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