To the list of Ukrainian journalists in imminent danger, add the name Miroslava Alexandrovna Berdnik. PolitNavigator reports that Berdnik was arrested yesterday around 8:30 AM (Kiev time) by Ukrainian security forces. Berdnik latest book “Пешки в чужой игре” (“Pawns in Another Man’s Game”) was placed on the list of forbidden books by the Ukrainian secret police. The legal statute being applied to these forbidden thoughts and writings is “Attempt against territorial integrity of the Ukraine”. Such books are forbidden to be written, read, sold, or disseminated. Defiance brings about a visit to SBU Headquarters, which is apparently what happened to Berdnik yesterday.
The Navigator piece goes on to say that Berdnik has been holing up in the Zaporozhie region of Ukraine in recent months, being treated for some illness and also hiding from the Ukrainian nationalists. Their threats had forced her to flee from Kiev.
Since early 2014 Berdnik has stood tall as an opponent of the Kiev junta and the Banderite political parties which came to power. For example, in March of 2014 she gave a speech to the Israeli Knesset regarding the crimes of the Ukrainian nationalists.
Here is Berdnik’s wiki page written in Ukrainian. She was born in 1958, the daughter of a Soviet dissident sci-fi writer named Oles Berdnik. Miroslava was trained as a biologist and botanist; however, in 2004 around the time of the Orange “Revolution” (the first Maidan), Miroslava decided to become a journalist. Berdnik was inspired and horrified by the rising tide of Ukrainian nationalism. She became a dedicated anti-fascist publicist.
I cannot find information about Berdnik’s ethnicity; I am only guessing, based on her name and the fact that she spoke to the Knesset, that she is Jewish. Which doesn’t mean much anyhow, because many prominent Jews, including Ukrainians, have given their support to the fascist Kiev junta. In the end, this conflict is not about ethnicity, but about worldview overall, not to mention geo-politics and the Great Game. A Game which eats ups individuals and sacrifices mere pawns for the greater glory of the world’s top 2%.
Be that as it may, Berdnik’s body of work show that she is a prolific writer and journalist who has unwaveringly criticized the Kiev regime and the Ukrainian nationalists. She has defended the rights of the Russian-speaking minority, spoken out for the necessity of friendship between Ukraine and Russia; opposed the crimes of the Kiev junta; and yet, according to friends, has always portrayed herself as a Ukrainian patriot.
Who is now in imminent danger not because of anything that she did, but because of things she thought and spoke out loud, and wrote down, living as she does, in an increasingly fascist and totalitarian state, where people can be punished violently for their political views.