The Wailing of the Pharisees: How Ukraine Turns “Hard Times” Into Holiday Times – Part IV

In Soviet times, the Ukraine was The Breadbasket.

This is the fourth and final installment of my summary of the Ivan Yarmosh post from PolitNavigator.

We have covered the famine of the years 1932-1933, the recovery, and how the villages bounced back from the disaster.  We have now reached the point in our story where the Ukrainian village faces a truly dangerous threat, the obliteration of agriculture itself.

We are talking about the collapse of the Soviet system, and the Horrible 90’s

As Yarmosh phrases it:  At the beginning of the 1990’s, power (in the former Soviet regions) was seized by a neo-Kulak class, consisting of Party Nomenclatura, nationalists, and a shady criminal wing.  In the Ukraine, these elements destroyed not only the kolkhoz system, but in fact the entire agrarian sector.

In the 24 years of subsequent Ukrainian “independence”,  the Ukraine, according to official statistics, lost ONE-FIFTH of its citizens.  Without war, without collectivization, without forced industrialization, without repressions, without Party-led purges, the Ukraine lost more people than in the years of ferocious Famine.

[photo shows horrific scenes of the famine of 1932, with skeletal corpses lying in the streets of Kharkov.]

[The 2 photos below this show modern politicians feasting on other peoples tragedies:

Zilli mens coats are popular with the international jet set.

[Batkivshchina Party delegate Alexander Dubovoy puts a pious expression on his face while commemorating the “Holodomor”; he also is wearing a “Zilli” coat which costs 85,000 Euros.  Minimal pension in current Ukraine is 40-45 Euros monthly.]

How Many People Died in Holodomor?

That is a thorny question, and nobody seems to know the exact number.  In Orange times, the number is jacked as high as possible in Ukrainian media.  On 26 November 2005, Channel UT-1 pronounced in all seriousness, that “almost 6 million Ukrainians died in the Holodomor of 1932-1933.”  The same channel, on the same day, then pronounced:  “In 1932-1933 during the Holodomor which was engineered by the Stalinist-Bolshevik system, around 8 million people died.”

A day earlier, the newspaper “Den” raged that the Kremlin had deliberately engineered the destruction of anywhere from 8 to 10 million Ukrainians.  While V. Semistiaga, leader of the Luhansk “Prosvita” Party declared on the radio that “17 people died every second”.

[Graph #1:  Shows population of the Ukraine, from the year 1996 to 2011.  Function shows a steadily declining curve from a high of 51.3 million people to 45.6 million.]

[Graph #2:  Shows a projection of the population into the future.  By the year 2051, depending on the parameters, Ukrainian population could be as high as 37 million, or as low as 25 million.]  Either way, the population of the Ukraine is steadily going down.

Final paragraph of the piece, translated in full:

Ukrainian politicians wear their sad faces.

This may sound strange, but in today’s Ukraine, they very much love these autumnal, funereal events:  With candles, bouquets, making a big show of their “grief” and their virulent hatred towards the Soviet past, Stalin, Russia.  It is no accident that one of these “fervent Ukrainian patriots” was once heard to exclaim:  “The holiday of the Holodomor needs to be celebrated as a genocide!”


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11 Responses to The Wailing of the Pharisees: How Ukraine Turns “Hard Times” Into Holiday Times – Part IV

  1. Lyttenburgh says:

    Billions executed personally by Stalin!

    Oh, and don’t forget about 100 000 arrests monthly


  2. Pavlo Svolochenko says:

    Ukraine will be Russian or depopulated.


    • yalensis says:

      Becoming a republic of Russia might seem like the best idea now for Ukraine.
      But what about the future?
      Russia has a pretty decent central government now, but it is only a heartbeat away from somebody like Yeltsin returning to power.
      Actually, Russia herself came within a whisker of becoming a failed (and occupied) state, one has to keep that in mind.


      • Pavlo Svolochenko says:

        Moscow’s ups and downs notwithstanding, Ukraine’s only good years were under Russian rule. Independence reliably brings ruin and death, and the longer it lasts the fewer Ukrainians there are.

        Hence my riff on Ukrainian nationalist bluster – Ukraine will be Russian, or it will be depopulated.


      • Jen says:

        I believe that Putin doesn’t anticipate running for a second term as President in 2018 though over half of the electorate in Russia want him to carry on up to 2024 at least. His most likely successors in running the country after 2018 (in the sense of continuing his style of government and policies) if he decides not to run for President again are the two Dmitris (Medvedev and Rogozin). I suppose Medvedev would be President and Rogozin would be Prime Minister: Medvedev would play the diplomatic role and Rogozin would be his attack dog.


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