[Marxism] Donbass miners

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Apr 14 13:22:25 MDT 2014


On 4/14/14 2:53 PM, Andrew Pollack wrote:
>
> Hard to tell from the conflicting quotes and incomplete accounts what the
> real sentiment of the miners is (or how it varies). Much more info needed.
>
> Clearly the oligarch who owns the mines needs to be expropriated.
>
> http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/12/east-ukraine-protesters-miners-donetsk-russia

 From the Washington Post, October 27, 2012:

Dismay with Ukraine’s ruling party has reached this eastern city 
[Donetsk], its strongest redoubt, yet the party is nonetheless on the 
verge of cementing its grip on power in Sunday’s parliamentary elections.

This is coal-mining territory, Russian-speaking and industry-laden. It 
is President Viktor Yanukovych’s home town and home to those who have 
prospered enormously during his presidency, known throughout Ukraine as 
The Family. Here, there is little but disdain for the leaders of the 
2004 Orange Revolution, which thwarted Yanukovych’s first bid for the 
top job after widespread voter intimidation and fraud.

Here, he capped his wobbly comeback in 2010, when he took the 
presidency. Once, his Party of Regions could have counted on 70 percent 
of the vote in Donetsk.

Those days are over. Polls suggest the party has about 30 percent 
support here now – but that will be enough.

His two years in power have taught ordinary Ukrainians not to expect 
much from Yanukovych.

“Nothing has been done to help the coal miners,” said Anatoly 
Akimochkin, a leader of the Independent Trade Union of Miners of 
Ukraine. There’s a feeling of “betrayal,” said Yevgeny Stratievsky, who 
writes for a political Web site. People are dismayed by corruption, 
which sees the city paying double the market rate for nursery school 
lunches and about $2 more per gallon of gasoline than the pump price, 
said Yevgeny Senekhin, an activist with a group called the Democratic 
Alliance.




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