Month: March 2014

Obama’s Brussels Speech

The Kyiv Post has the full text of President Obama’s speech at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels today:


…the world has an interest in a strong and responsible Russia, not a weak one. And we want the Russian people to live in security, prosperity, and dignity like everyone else – proud of their own history. But that does not mean that Russia can run roughshod over its neighbors. Just because Russia has a deep history with Ukraine does not mean it should be able to dictate Ukraine’s future. No amount of propaganda can make right something that the world knows is wrong.

In the end, every society must chart its own course. America’s path – or Europe’s path – is not the only ways to reach freedom and justice. But on the fundamental principle that is at stake here – the ability of nations and peoples to make their own choices – there can be no going back. It is not America that filled the Maidan with protesters – it was Ukrainians. No foreign forces compelled the citizens of Tunis and Tripoli to rise up – they did so on their own. From the Burmese parliamentarian pursuing reform, to the young leaders fighting corruption and intolerance in Africa – we see something irreducible that all of us share as human beings; a truth that will persevere in the face of violence and repression and, ultimately, overcome it.

The “Russkiy Mir”

In his speech on March 18, Vladimir Putin made it clear that Russia will intervene to “protect” the interests of ethnic Russians and Russian-speakers around the globe, wherever they may live.

This policy is known as the “Russkiy Mir”, or Russian World, and it is the continuation of a project that was launched in 2007, with the establishment of the global Russkiy Mir Foundation:

a Russian soft power initiative created by decree by Vladimir Putin in 2007, as a government-funded organisation aimed at promoting the Russian language, and “forming the Russian World as a global project”, co-operating with the Russian Orthodox Church in promoting values that challenge the Western cultural tradition.

The “National Traitors”

On his Facebook page Sergey Markov has published a list of “traitors of Russia” who supported the “Banderite Maidan”. They include

1 Andrei Makarevich

2 Navalny

3 Colllective of the radio station Ekho Moskvy

4 Collective of the television channel Dozhd’

5 Collective of the portal

6 Arnold Schwarzenegger

7 The singer Ruslana

8 Yuri Shevchuk

9 Dzhigurda

10 Collectives of the group “Okean Elzy”

11 Collective of the group “Lyapis Trubetskoi”

12 Sergei Zverev

13 Valeria Novodvorskaya

14 George Clooney

15 Ksenia Sobchak

16 Viktor Shenderovich

17 Liya Akhedzhakova

18 Boris Nemtsov

19 Boris Grebenshchikov

20 Garik Kharlamov

21 Anna Sedokova

22 Irina Khakamada

23 Marat Gelman

24 Dzhared Leto

25 Mila Jovovich

26 Martin Gore

27 Zemfira

28 Vera Brezhneva

29 Vladimir Zelensky

30 Natasha Koroleva

31 Collective of the group “Serebro”

32 Mikhail Khodorkovsky

33 Bozhena Rynska

34 Collective of the journal “Snob”

36 Boris Akunin

27 The rapper Seryoga

28 Alexander Nevzorov

39 Nikas Safronov

40 Collective of the portal

41 Garry Kasparov


From the President’s Address

“The most recent public opinion surveys conducted here in Russia show that 95 percent of people think that Russia should protect the interests of Russians and members of other ethnic groups living in Crimea – 95 percent of our citizens.”