Ukraine War Day #207: Disgruntled Employees Told To Take A Hike (literally)

Dear Readers:

Just a quickie today. This story illustrates the fact that Russian armed forces must deal with disgruntled employees, some of them apparently even in high positions, within territories liberated/occupied (depending on one’s POV) by the Russians. The reporter is Dmitry Zubarev. One may recall the horrors of WWII and the post-war period, when entire nations and ethnic groups were forcibly moved from one place to another. Compared to that, this is fairly small potatoes. But one should expect more “moving around” of peoples as the war progresses and regions are consolidated.

“But I still have administrative resources I can use.”

Yesterday (Saturday) in the territory of Russian-controlled Zaporozhie, four persons were escorted to the Ukrainian border, given a stern warning, and then released into the wild. These four had been “conducting pro-Ukrainian propaganda, were trying to disrupt the educational process in Melitopol schools, and were also interfering in the process of local citizens trying to cooperate with the new administration of the region.” Their punishment was ostracism and deportation.

The reporter does not name names, but apparently one of the deported guys must have been highly placed, because “he was using administrative resources to conduct unsanctioned meetings, was offering financial support to mass media which propagandized terrorist and diversionary activities in the region.”

A second deported fellow was said to have been conducting activities aimed at destabilizing public security. These people, in other words, were either terrorists themselves, or enabling terrorists.

Russian security forces led these four people to the farthest checkpoint, read out to them why they were being expelled (i.e., gave them a stern lecture), and then released them on foot to go whither they will. I am pretty sure that, if the roles had been reversed, they would have been shot dead.

The final paragraph of the article ends on a more sinister note, with the information that over 130 collaborators of the Ukrainian SBU and armed forces have been detained, in the Kherson region, by the Russian National Guard.

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14 Responses to Ukraine War Day #207: Disgruntled Employees Told To Take A Hike (literally)

  1. Montmorency says:

    That’s how you do it!
    And here in the West? Oh, yes… we practice “open borders”. Because we’re so much more sophisticated than those beastly Ruskies.


    • BM says:

      Well, sometimes open, sometimes not. There can be exceptions. By the way, did you know that in some cases there can even by taxes paid going through Shengen inner borders? For example, depending on the cargo, a truck driving from France through Germany to Poland might be impounded because it cannot pay the several hundred thousand Euros tax due on entry into Germany, even though the tax will be refunded when they cross the border into Poland? Wonderful system in Europe isn’t it?


  2. BM says:

    Poor old Lucifer doesn’t look very disgruntled, he has a sneaky smile on his face!


  3. the pair says:

    a writer i used to like once commented that, although he didn’t watch telly and thought “reality tv” sounded like a fresh hell, “voted off the island” was the best term for ostracizing or exiling he’d ever heard. it came to mind with this story.

    another analogy: if some rowdy idiot kids are yelling and throwing firecrackers in class the rest can’t learn. these folks got “expelled” and should be thankful it didn’t end in a lime pit given the recent spate of assassinations they probably approved of.


  4. S Brennan says:

    Off-Topic but…

    Germane to what has been obvious, a missive by M. K. Bhadrakumarat of the most excellent blog, “Indian Punchline”, the “Borgias” of DC/London&Tel Aviv favorite poison is, [and has been], at least since FDR succumbed, radioactive isotopes, they are slow to act, giving the perpetrator plenty of time to leave the scene, obscure the actual event, indeed the cause and they result in a tortuous death that rivals what the Roman elite inflicted upon Majorian*, [the last Emperor of Rome].

    “The CIA’s practice of using cancer spreading technology to eliminate “objectionable” Latin American leaders — Argentina’s Kirchner (thyroid cancer), Paraguay’s Lugo (lymphoma), Brazil’s Lula da Silva (laryngeal cancer) and D. Dilma Rousseff (lymphoma) — and, of course, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez (tracheal cancer). ”

    – Sergey Naryshkin – Chief of Russia’s foreign intelligence – Russian journal Natsionalnaya Oborona (National Defence), essay on the 75th anniversary of the CIA”

    Is quite a read but, no surprise…for those of us who have watched a malignant cancer metastasize through the US body politic. Indeed, the Borgias look like genuine saints compare to Langley’s rouge gallery.

    *He reassembled the Roman empire by negotiating a more just distribution of wealth/resources and…this was seen as betrayal by Romes elite of the Palatine hill.


    • yalensis says:

      But the Borgias, evil as they were, at least supported and encouraged great art. What did the CIA do in this regard? They invented nonsensical so-called “modern art” in order to baffle the minds of the masses. Now THAT is pure evil.

      (Did CIA invent modern art, people will question? Yes! It’s factual and not a conspiracy theory, although I don’t have the receipts at my fingertips right now…)


      • S Brennan says:

        Uhm…not be confrontational but, modern art preceded the OSS/CIA formation so without time travel even the CIA must be held blameless for that which went before? And yes, the Borgias were morally superior to the 3LAs but, that is a very low bar.

        Picasso, Calder, O’keefe, Matisse et al were very much part of the early 20th century! Had the CIA actually done something that was, at least arguably, useful, I would credit them…sadly the CIA has been, not only morally repugnant but, an utterly useless organization that fleeces US taxpayers.


        • yalensis says:

          I didn’t mean real artists like Picasso or O’Keefe. Just recently I was in an art museum. My personal fave is European baroque, so spent most of my time in that gallery. Then passed through the “Modern Art” gallery, and it was all just pure B.S. One “exhibit” consisted of a man’s sport jacket on a hanger. Heck, if that’s all it takes, then I could be an artist too!


  5. Bukko Boomeranger says:

    Humans are humans, so they’ll do stupid things. And maybe get frog-marched across some dividing line.

    Srsly, though, if I was in a war zone, where there are all sorts of people carrying guns, I would keep a low profile and not be agitating. Because people with guns are touchy, and it doesn’t take much to set them off in a way that would be lethal to me. Even if they’re wrong, and might be disciplined later, I’m still bleeding or dead right now.

    I enjoy being alive, and there’s not much that is so ideologically important to me — especially arguing about education processes or disrupting local government — that I’d put my life at risk over it. For some people, chauvinism takes precedence over the survival instinct. And I’m quite ideological, so much so that I voluntarily emigrated from the U.S. because I had moral qualms about the murderous ways of the Cheney regime. It was not easy (wound up being fun, though!) but it was not as self-destructive as staying in place and agitating in a way that would bring the hammer down on me. My life is more important than any futile political actions. Tried that whilst taking part in innumerable protest marches, political actions, etc. but realised that one man’s actions weren’t going to make a damn bit of difference. Coz the forces arrayed against my way of thinking (and the millions of other people who rallied against Iraq War II) were too powerful. In the end, it’s better to scuttle like a rat and live, than strike like a snake and get chopped in half. In that way, I’d say I’m wiser than those mooks who got bum-rushed into no-man’s land.

    P.S. Give us a good travelogue of your journey, Yalensis, the way Gilbert Doctorow did when he visited his dacha outside St. Petersburg this Northern Hemisphere summer. I appreciated his recounting of what it was like to cross various borders, what the availability of food in the stores was, mundane things like that. Such things are not part of the Big Picture news coverage we get elsewhere.


    • yalensis says:

      Bukko, one thing you might like, I don’t know if you have watched his youtube channel, is Mike on iEarGrey. He is a pleasant English chap who lives and works in St. Petersburg, and sometimes he does walking tours around his country home, which is in Pavlovsk, I believe.


      • Bukko Boomeranger says:

        I’ve seen i(heart)EarlGrey before, prolly via a link from your blog. His accent is not as quirky as Wyatt’s. Nice bloke, but I prefer to get my info via reading. I can spend hours looking at words or listening to music (massive punk fan) but when I watch a video on a computer screen, I get oddly ADHD. “Is this thing going to be over soon? Look at how many minutes there are to go! I have 6 open tabs of news stories and blog posts that I could be absorbing instead of listening to somebody tallllllllk.”


        • yalensis says:

          haha! that’s a good point, I get squirmy too when I have to listen to somebody talk for a long time, even somebody I really like. It’s funny though, because people used to say that humans had evolved to the point where they had an attention span of only 30 seconds. And then suddenly podcasts were invented, and you have people yammering on for hours, with an army of rapt listeners!


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