[Marxism] Boris Kagarlitsky: certifiably insane
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Tue Aug 19 08:19:08 MDT 2014
The only thing the authors of this scenario have not taken into account
is the thinking of the people of Novorossiya and Ukraine, along with the
moods of Donetsk residents and the overall logic of a revolutionary
process into which Russian society too is gradually being drawn. The
militia fighters and activists who, beneath the bombs, are constructing
a new state are no longer prepared to be docile agents of outside
decision making, no matter where, in Moscow or Kiev, the decisions alien
to their interests are being taken. In Novorossiya, the idealistic
sympathies with an abstract Russia that characterised the first months
of the uprising are now being replaced by a growing hatred for the
Kremlin bureaucrats, whom supporters of the republics accuse of sabotage
and treason. The same moods are growing, in the fashion of an avalanche,
within Russia itself. As for Igor Strelkov, a new group of field
commanders is taking his place, in many ways accepting him as an example
but differing from him in their far more radical and left-wing views.
A new group of commanders with "far more radical and left-wing views"?
Is psilocybin widely available in Russia?
Does Terry Townshend and Renfrey Clarke at least get the best shit
mailed to them from Russia?
As evidence of the "radicalization" taking place in Donetsk, Kagarlitsky
refers to threats by the separatist government on May 20th that it would
nationalize all enterprises that did not pay taxes to their
government--starting with the top oligarch Akhmetov. Just 10 days later,
the Prime Minister of the Donetsk People's Republic backed off
In fact there has not been a SINGLE measure taken against capitalist
enterprises since the Russian nationalists launched their rebellion.
Again, without providing any evidence, Kagarlitsky asserts:
"Paradoxically, it was Strelkov who did most to aid the radicalisation
of the process, despite his sympathies for the pre-revolutionary
monarchy and nostalgia for the Russian empire. The leader of the
militias was not only famed for his honesty and openness (it is enough
to recall his detailed accounts of his own difficulties and failures,
accounts which contrast sharply with the propaganda from Moscow and
Kiev). Strelkov’s political instincts drove him, to a large degree
despite his own ideological leanings, to support social and political
What in god's name is Boris talking about? What "social and political
changes" did the warlord Strelkov support? Putting petty thieves to death?
For all of his blather, Kagarlitsky has not done the one thing that
would boost his credibility, namely to visit Donetsk and provide an
eyewitness report. Maybe if gets there, he can interview one of the
"radicals" he is promoting, the new Deputy Prime Minister of the Donetsk
The Moscow Times
Aug. 15 2014 19:16 Last edited 19:17
Rebel Leader Blames Ukrainian War on Masons
Adding a new actor to the Ukrainian civil war, the chief of the
pro-Russian separatists' internal security blamed the ongoing conflict
on U.S. and European masons.
"Nobody's to blame that our banks, shops, the airport [in rebel-held
Donetsk] are closed — except for the Ukrainian fascists and the masons
of the U.S. and Europe," Vladimir Antyufeyev told the Novaya Gazeta
When asked whether he was serious, he queried back: "Aren't we aware of
the influence that masonic lodges wield in the West?"
Antyufeyev gave no answer to his own question, but said he "personally
studied the matter as a political scientist."
He also advised the reporter not to argue with him "because I am a
scientist" and said the world should be rid of the U.S., which he said
was a "demonic construct."
Antyufeyev, 63, is a deputy prime minister in the self-proclaimed
People's Republic of Donetsk, which has been fighting since March for
secession and a union with Russia.
In 2003, he defended a doctoral thesis on "Russia's Geostrategy in the
Southwest" at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and
Public Administration in Moscow. The academy's alumni include the
Kremlin's current propaganda tsar Vyacheslav Volodin, Defense Minister
Sergei Shoigu and ultraconservative lawmaker Irina Yarovaya.
A former policeman, Antyufeyev has been implicated in a failed attempt
to put down the Latvian separatist movement in 1991. He also spent two
decades as the security chief in the pro-Russian state of Transdnestr, a
job which landed him on a EU blacklist in 2004.
He was sacked from his job in Transdnestr in 2012 and fled to Russia
amid abuse of office charges but soon surfaced as an actor in the
Ukrainian insurgency, where he supervises internal security — a job that
earned him the "grey cardinal" nickname, Novaya Gazeta reported.
Freemasonry, a quasi-religious fraternity that can be traced back to the
18th century, was a frequent target of Russia's prerevolutionary
conspiracy theorists, despite the fact that many prominent historical
figures in Russia, including the poet Alexander Pushkin and Napoleon's
defeater Mikhail Kutuzov, were masons.
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