The big huge news yesterdays in the Russian World, was the proclamation of the new state of Malorossiya, to replace the incumbent (and failed state) Ukraine. Alexander Zakharchenko, leader of the Separatist Donetsk Peoples Republic (DPR), declared the Malorossiya project open for business. There will be a 3-year transition period, at which point a new constitution will be written. This story is all over the news, and you can read about it anywhere, for example, here is the Reuters piece foaming at the mouth and calling this a “sick fantasy”. And there are many more in this vein, in all Westie and English-language media.
What I couldn’t find (after a quick scan) was an English translation of the “Constitutional Act“, or founding document, of this project. Therefore, I took it upon myself to provide it here. If at any point I notice that somebody else already did it, then I’ll stop. Because straight translation is hard work, and very time-consuming.
A quick linguistic note first: Most people reading this probably know by now that “Malo-“ is the Russian root for “Little“, and that “Malorossiya” means”Little Russia”, which was the traditional name for this region in Tsarist times. A better translation is “Russia Minor” as opposed to “Russia Major” (=”Great Russia”) which is the country we now think of as regular Russia. These terms were by analogy to, say “Graecia Magna” vs. “Graecia Minor” (Greece Major vs. Greece Minor) and are not meant to be derogatory, just geographical in nature. In fact, the “Minor” area is considered the core of the nation, just as many consider Kiev to be the Mother of All Russian Cities.
Back in the day, Bolshevik leader Lenin was firmly opposed to what he saw as “Great Russian chauvinism”, and he championed the cause of Little Russians, who spoke a different dialect called surzhuk. Lenin helped to bring about the new nation of “Ukraina” or “Ukraine” as part of the October Revolution package. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but in recent years Lenin has been rolling around in his mausoleum. Even he would probably agree that it is time to put an end to this Banderite farce.
Some pro-Russian internet commenters have complained that the root “Mal-“ has bad connotations in European languages. Like I said, “Mal-“ just means “Little” or “Minor” in Slavic, but in Latin languages it means “bad”, as in, say, “Mal-aria” – “bad air”. Pro-Ukrainians have already picked up on this and call the new state “Mal-icious”, “Mal-eficent”, and other such trollish witticisms.
Also eyebrow-raising is the unveiling of the new flag of Malorossiya, which is the old Hetman Bohdan Khmelnitsky banner. Fortunately, the Seps made sure to remove that part of the symbology which pledges allegiance to the Rzeczpospolita, or Kingdom of Poland!
With all of that preamble out of the way (for now), let us proceed to the translation (from Russian into English) of the Founding Document, which is quite long and (I have to say) well thought out, which indicates this project was secretly in the planning for quite some time!
TRANSLATION OF CONSTITUTIONAL ACT OF MALOROSSIYA
Malorossiya is a multi-ethnic nation, the [two] state languages are Malorussian [aka Ukrainian] and Russian, with all the preservation of the rights of [other] regional languages.
Malorossiya is a federative state with broad autonomy of the regions. In the competence of the central (federal) government must remain issues of the federal budget, which is formed at the expense of a set percent [of levies] from every region; the army and special forces; customs authority and the Central Bank; tax policies and the ecology. Fundamental issues of education (standards) and medicine must also remain in the competence of the central (federal) organs of the government, yet allowing a regional component. We start from the premise that the Donetsk Peoples Republic (along with the Luhansk Peoples Republic) remain the only territories of the former “Ukraine” (not counting Crimea) which preserve the legitimate government.
Our reasoning on this point:
In February 2014 an anti-constitutional armed rebellion took place in Kiev.
Donetsk did not recognize this coup or (any of its) “legal” ramifications.
Under these conditions where there was practically no government left on the territory of the Donetsk Oblast, a referendum was held — the most democratic form of allowing the people to express their will. On the basis of this (referendum), a legitimate government was elected by the people; both branches of government – legislative and executive.
[Ukrainian interim President] Turchinov was appointed by the Supreme Rada in violation of the Constitution. The election of Poroshenko and of the Supreme Rada itself in 2014 were (also) illegitimate, because, in addition to massive violations and political terror (beatings of candidates, terrorizing of the voters), several millions of voters (Crimea, Donbass) did not even participate in these elections; the participation of which was declared by the Central Election Committee in Kiev.
On the basis of the above, the Donetsk Peoples Republic declares itself within full rights to initiate a reconstruction of that state formerly known as the “Ukraine”. The Donetsk Peoples Republic calls upon representatives of the regional elites and civil society of the former “Ukraine” to unite in order to put an end to the increasing chaos, the civil war of “all against each”, and also the resulting process of the nation’s disintegration. The DPR is ready to take upon itself a coordinating role and secure the safety of all participants of the constitutional process, by the forces of its own army and police.
To this end we propose that all regions elect representatives to the Constitutional Convention, according to the principles of the (old Russian) Peoples Councils, at which the new nation of Malorossiya will be founded, and the new constitution will be adopted.
[to be continued]