Yesterday we talked about Ukrainians switching sides to fight alongside Russians. Today we talk about the opposite phenomenon: Russians joining the Ukrainian side.
Readers may have heard about yesterday’s breaking news, the terror/diversionary attack against the Russian region of Bryansk. Carried out by “soldiers” of the so-called “Russian Volunteer Corpus” (RVC). Consisting of Russian citizens who have defected to the Ukrainian side. If you have not heard of this incident, then you can get some basic facts about the cross-border raid from, for example, this RT piece.
It sounds dumb, and it is dumb, for Ukrainians to engage in this kind of lame terrorism. There is no way that such an isolated attack can change the outcome, or vector of the war itself. Therefore, it must be a purely psychological operation, from the Ukrainian side. One can only speculate what the thought process was. No, I take that back. The thought process is very clear, as we shall see below, when we discuss the Shamil Basaev legacy and terror technologies.
However, whereas the Basaev terrorists were ideologically-driven Wahhabist jihadists, RVC members are ideologically-driven white supremacists. They believe that, if they die in battle, they will enjoy a pleasant afterlife in Valhalla. The particular ideology doesn’t really matter, as far as their Western curators are concerned (mostly British Intelligence, same then as now). It’s only important that the terrorists believe in their particular ideology (or religion) and be willing to commit acts of extreme violence against Russian civilians. The latter being the true litmus test for Western Intelligence services who create these battalions.
Reporters Alyona Zadorozhnaya and Darya Volkova explain the origins of the RVC as heirs of the Vlasov movement of WWII. The leader of the current movement is a man named Denis Nikitin, a native of Moscow. In Russia he was a member of the Nationalist Ultras, then he moved to Ukraine in 2017. In an interview he explained how the Corpus consisted of Russian emigres: “We agreed among ourselves that none of us would ever let himself be taken prisoner. Each of us has a grenade on his belt. We agreed among ourselves that, if the time came, we would put the grenade under our chins, and then we would meet up again in Valhalla.” The Corpus employs the same symbology as Vlasov’s regiment, and positions itself as the heirs of the “White Idea” movement.
Although these particular people are Great Russian chauvinists/Nazis, their ideology is compatible with the Ukrainian Nationalists/Nazis. Because they are all white-skinned Aryans together. An inspiring example of the Nationalist Internationale in action!
Following The Path of Basaev
What I call the “Basaev technologies” is rather a simple system. Terrorism can be an effective political tool, when employed properly, especially against a fragile elite. People may recall that the Basaev “Ichkeria” Chechen militants conducted raids into Russian cities, including Moscow itself. (For example, the Moscow Theater hostage crisis of 2002.) The police seem helpless in situations like this. When they use force to remove the terrorists, then hostages perish as well. This arouses sympathy for the terrorists, when they accuse the police of using excessive force.
The most heinous act of the Basaev terrorists was the seizing of the school in Beslan, North Ossetia (2004) and the calculated murder of schoolchildren. One would think the issue would be quite clear to the public. But even here, the terrorists were able to split Russian society, and found sympathizers among the Russian intelligentsia. (One prominent example was Anna Politkovskaya, who was lionized in the Western media as a Liberal “pro-Democracy” opponent of Putin.) Opponents of the “Putin regime” can be counted on to excuse anything the terrorists do, even the murder of children.
Hence, these RVC terrorists may be counting on a similar reaction, and hope to split Russian society even more, by forcing the Liberal intelligentsia to line up on their side, after such displays of strength and force.
A few hours after the story broke, the Russian press began to focus on an interesting fact, a story within the story: One of the terrorists involved in this raid is a well-known Russian actor. His name is Kirill Kanakhin. In this video, taken by the terrorists themselves, Kirill is the guy on your left, the one without a beard. (Don’t bother to click on the picture below, it’s just a static screenshot. If you want to watch the 30-second video, click on the link instead.)
Kirill and his bearded friend (who looks to be a Chechen, maybe) are holding up the awesome banner of the “Russian Volunteer Corps”, as they stand in front of a post office in a Russian village. Offering photographic proof that their invasion of Russia has been a success:
Kirill: “We soldiers of the Russian Volunteer Corpus (RVC) are recording this video in the Bryansk Oblast. We came here, not as members of a [Ukrainian] Diversionary Reconnaissance Group, but rather as a liberating army to own native land. As opposed to Putin’s army of butchers and rapists. We… [looks around nervously when gunfire is heard in the distance] do not fight against peaceful civilians, we came here to liberate you. We call upon you, take up arms and fight against the Putinite, Kremlin bloody regime. Glory to the RVC and death to the Kremlin tyrant!”
Nobody Knows About Sex – 2
Kirill was originally from Moscow,but found success as an actor in St. Petersburg. He had a contract with the Maly Teatr and appeared in several popular movies, including the sequel “Nobody Knows About Sex, Part II” along with Xenia Sobchak. With his baby face and nice looks, he usually played “positive” roles.
Eventually Kirill quit acting and took up yoga. Apparently he was quite good at it, judging by the picture below. How many teenage girls do you know, let alone grown men, who can do a perfect split on the floor?
After teaching Hatha Yoga for about a year, in St. Petersburg, Kirill moved to Ukraine. He told his boss (the director of the Yoga center where he taught), that his mother lived in Ukraine, that’s why he had to move. In reality, he joined the Azov Battalion, his call-sign is “Solar Cross”.
The word “Yoga” is Aryan in origin, from the Sanskrit root *yuj meaning “to join” or “unite”. It’s exactly the same word as English “yoke”. Given his physical flexibility and his ability to yoke together his physical and spiritual attributes, not to mention his acting skills, Kirill is the perfect foot soldier for the terrorist cause.
“after such displays of strength and force”
yeah, real warriors who attack and take hostage civilians. What heroes. What strength of mind. What arseholes.
Including an 11-year-old boy, from what I have read. He is okay though, thank goodness.
Who seems to be a real hero, helping two girls riding in the car to escape.
Yes! I read that the lad was given a hero’s medal. This is good, it will encourage children to take the right side, and want to help others in a difficult situation.
“The most heinous act of the Basaev terrorists was the seizing of the school in Beslan, North Ossetia (2004) and the calculated murder of schoolchildren”.
Believe it or not here in France *some* journalists managed to put the blame for this bloodbath on Putin. Yup…
No wonder journalists are the 2nd most-hated people right behind politicians.
Don’t forget that in Natostan they still blame the blasting of some residential buildings and the theater hostage-taking on Putin.
In the case of the theater hostage situation, the fanboys of the terrorists were upset when the Putin government came up with an effective response: Sending sleeping gas through the vents. They put everybody to sleep, both hostages and terrorists; so the Spetznaz could come storming in and sort it out.
It wasn’t a perfect plan, because some of the hostages died from the gas. But what else were the police supposed to do? The terrorists had the whole theater wired for bombs, and they were planning to blow the whole thing.
A really smooth move by the Russian police. And what a PR opportunity was missed by Natostan to blame the Russians for an unacceptable chemical attack against civilians.
Oh believe me, they blamed Russia for ALL the carnage, all the deaths.
The headchopping terrorists were just innocent bystanders, they got a free pass.
I remember predicting right at the start of the Moscow hostage crisis that it would be resolved with sleeping gas.
The trick is to get the dose just right: It has to be strong enough to put everybody to sleep, but not too strong to kill.
Problem: people come in different sizes and weights, there is no one dose that fits all. So, one must err on the side of the stronger dose, for the larger people. Accepting the risk that smaller people may die.
But again, what other choice does one have? Those particular terrorists could not be negotiated with, these were not ordinary bank robbers, they were determined to die, and to take everybody with them. Absolutely horrible situation.
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It was a very carefully planned psychological operation. The Putin government and police were going to be in the wrong no matter what they did.
If they held back and did nothing, then then were to blame for the massacre.
If they sent in Spetznaz and children were harmed, then they were to blame.
The terrorists were the only ones who were not to blame for anything!
(This disgusting propaganda orgy is the reason why I singled out Politkovskaya, because I think she was in on the whole thing.)
I’ve drawn a cartoon on this you might like. Unfortunately I haven’t yet been able to scan and process it because of a power breakdown.
Hi, Raghead, please let me know when I can see it, because I love to read your cartoons.
By the way, if you ever want to use one of the cartoons in your articles, go right ahead.
Thanks! that’s nice of you.
I only just discovered that Saker’s blog is now closed but he used to write about how ineffectual most of these 5 columnists were in Russia
Here you go:
Nice! I don’t know if it’s a racist thing to say, but somehow these headchoppers all start looking alike!
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Haha! Good one.
The “Putin did it” has been the go to story for the 3LAs neocolonialist/gilded-age-econs for quite a while now.
All acts of state-sponsored-terrorism by the 3LAs are ascribed to Putin…no matter how obviously not in Putin’s interest. “Putin did it”
All political opponents of the 3LAs are “Putin’s Puppet” if the “puppet” wins, then it’s Putin who made it happen, if the 3LA’s Pinocchio is victorious then “elections are uncorruptible” anybody question obvious polling shenanigans is a “Putin Puppet” because “Putin did it”
All economic downturns are now “Putin’s Fault”, that’s right “Putin did it”
And so it goes…the 3LA’s one trick pony rides again
I saw a political cartoon once, I don’t remember where. Some housewife is angrily pointing at a mess on the floor, and her dog says, “Putin did it!”
In the rancor towards Russia there is a religious precedent, its separation from Roman Christianity and not getting involved in the religious massacres of the papacy in the Middle Ages, such as the crusades, the Inquisition, the wars of the Religious Reform for seizing the tithe and the Indigenous Genocide . The Orthodox Church did not participate in any of this, for which reason hatred was preached in the West for revenge against them.
Bingo, Liborio! I believe that this is the root of the whole thing.
And why Poles are considered to be “good Slavs”, because they are Roman Catholics. But Russians and Serbians are subhumans because they are Orthodox. Same reason why Ossetian children in Beslan were despised, and their deaths okay. Because Ossetians are predominantly Orthodox.
To a certain degree, this thing is about religion, not race.
i’d bet a venn diagram of the people who blamed putin for beslan and the theatre attack vs the people who got sanctimonious over charlie hebdo would be a perfect circle. both were spineless crimes committed by the same breed of takfiri apes that the US cheered on in syria and iraq. as you said, the blob doesn’t care about ideas – it just needs cannon fodder and hands kept clean by proxies.
as for the yoga mom turncoat, these neo-pagan types always have an incredibly superficial “understanding” of whatever they attach themselves to. but then they adore a dead austrian who appropriated a buddhist symbol so i guess it makes sense.
i wonder if these guys growing up in orthodox russia gives them the same kind of “rebellious” teen atheist/pagan angst that led to rust belt dorks in the US buying marilyn manson albums by the millions.
I totally agree with your Venn diagram. Thanks for that.
Dear Yalensis. Beause I am obsessed with form, not just with facts, the name of the beautiful (we are told) city of Saint Petersbourg brought to my memory a conversation I once had with friends about the origin of the name of the city. We then wondered whether there ever existed a person named Petersbourg who was later sainted. Beause th.is made no sense, we opted for a possible original name of Saint Peter’s Bourg. We then took a sip of wine and decided to simply call the beautiful (again!) russian city simply Petersbourg. But beause everyone else uses the name Saint Petersbourg, I deided to consult with my favourite linguist to elucidate this nagging mater.
Dear gato. To my knowledge, St. Petersburg is named after St. Peter, who was the fisherman companion of Jesus. Not coincidentally, Peter was also the name of the Tsar (Peter the Great) who commissioned the city to be built. So it was sort of named after the Tsar too. But he in turn was named after his patron saint.
As for “burg”, that was Tsar Peter’s idea, because he was a very solid Germanophile. He loved German words, and everything German.
During WWI, Tsar Nikolai was fighting against Germany, so they renamed it Petrograd, to Russify and remove the German taint. The Russian word “grad” meaning “city”, like German “Burg”.
Then it was Leningrad.
And then St. Petersburg again.
“What’s in a name?” as Shakespeare said. Whatever you call it, this beautiful city never loses its magic.
Hmmm…after this war or, perhaps during this war, a name change to something like St. Petersgrad might be in order…Y, know you hate name changes but, the town has survived the ordeal more than once so…just saying.
Well, they already tried Petro-grad. If they want to try something new, they can use the Eastern Slavic form of the word, so Petro-gorod.
But here is the irony: Slavic -grad, -gorod, whatever is most likely a German borrowing anyhow, from Old High German *gard
Maybe go back to Leningrad (?)
The ten finger touching pose is namaste and it gives me a dysphoria to see it given the subsequent events. Seeing Ze’s piano recital or dancing in heels does the same. The SMO pulls people out of one life and inserts them into an alternate reality. Im gonna watch Strangelove again real soon. Nam.
I googled namaste, says it’s a traditional Hindu (and generally Indian-continent) gesture for greeting somebody and showing respect.
In this guy’s case, it probably means, “Greetings and say hello to my little friend, Kalashnikov!”
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Namaste is Hindi, specifically. Other languages in India and Pakistan use other words, such as Aadab (Urdu), Nomoshkar (Bengali), or Vanakkam (Tamil).
Interesting. To my untrained eye, the Bengali word “Nomoshkar” looks like it probably could be the same word. According to Comparative Linguists”, Namas-te (“I bow to you”) descends from the Indo-Iranian verb *namas (“to bow”).
Which in turn can be reconstructed as Proto-Indo-European *nemos. With 3 basic meanings: (1) bowing, (2) bending, (3) a glade or clearing in the forest.
Not sure I buy that 3rd one as the same root, as the semantics are quite different, it could be a homonym. But the argument is, these clearings were a place where sacrifices and other forms of worship were performed. So, maybe…
The only other 2 descendant words listed, other than the Sanskrit, are the Greek νέμος and the Latin nemus, both of which have that “glade” meaning, not the “bowing” meaning. Doesn’t look there are any other cognates in any of the other I-E languages. Nothing like that in the Slavic languages, as far as I know.
Bengali is off the same language family as Hindi. There are many words in common and to a certain extent the two are mutually comprehensible.
P.S. – my sister is a yoga instructor (don’t ask me which brand). She also studied ballet and modern dance, and she is quite flexible, but even she can’t do a perfect split like that. It’s, like, 180 degrees. I bet after he does the namaste split, he can also stand on his head, he’s just that good at yoga. He should have been a contortionist and joined the circus.
Yalensis, this blogger …
… claims several of the ‘Russian’ terrorists are actually well-known Ukrainian Nazis.
A photo caption cites ‘Readerovka’ to that effect … presumably a telegram channel? (I have time only for rybar’).
Oh … fun fact … when I was 17, running cross-country and also practicing tae kwon do, I could do full FRONT splits … but not side splits like the yoga terrorist is performing in the pic. I knew maybe two guys who could do full side splits and they were both black belts.
It doesn’t surprise me if some of the “Russian” terrorists are actually Ukrainians.
That’s interesting that tae kwon do adepts can also do splits. Front to back splits are easier of course. (not for me, I can’t do them either.) I just can’t fathom how a gentleman can do a sidewise split without ripping his own balls off. Even girls have a problem sometimes and end up tearing a groin muscle. (according to my sister).
This is the first time I’ve read someone besmirching the reputation of Anna Politkovskaya. She was a heroine in my eyes when she got shot dead in her apartment building? I had the impression that she was doing what journalists SHOULD do, which is challenging power. I had not caught a whiff that she was supporting terrorists. Back then, I identified more strongly with reporters. Even though I had involuntarily ceased being one!
You mention Chechen terrorism. What about the 1999 apartment bombings? One of the reasons I was long biased against Putin is because I read a convincing article that put up evidence that HE was responsible of them, as part of a false flag so Russia would have grounds to pound those separatists. I think it was in The Economist. I subscribed to that throughout the 90s and even after we moved to San Francisco in 2003. I liked it for the international outlook. It was more far-seeing than anything I could get in American media. I forget the specifics of their precis against Putin at this far remove, but it seemed solid at the time. I was also convinced that Bill Browder was a good guy and Sergey Magnitsky was Epsteined (although it was still a couple of decades before Geoffrapist’s suicidation. Just like Assange didn’t kill himself! Oh wait, too early…) Only since the Ukraine war started have I learned that opinions differ on the MagAct.
I keep finding out that there’s reason to disbelieve many of my beliefs. Like the title of that old comedy album by The Firesign Theatre: “Everything You Know Is Wrong”
Or Sportin’ Life’s “It ain’t necessarily so!” from Porgy and Bess:
P.S. – Politkovskaya may have been an investigative journalist, but she wasn’t neutral, she had her own political agenda. And she was definitely in cahoots with Basaev and the Chechen Wahhabist terrorists. She even tried to insert herself into the Beslan crisis by offering to “mediate” between the government and the terrorists. In reality, she wanted to get inside info on the police tactics so she could warn the terrorists about police plans. The FSB made sure that her plane never arrived at that spot. As to whether they were the ones who assassinated her years later, that I don’t know. Some people say that Putin ordered her assassination. Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t, I dunno. I don’t condone it either way, but she was definitely in cahoots with the Chechens.
Basaev’s goal was to break-up Russia (surprise surprise!) starting with splitting off the North Caucasus. Independent “Ichkeria” was just the beginning, their broader goal was to create a larger Islamic Emirate which would ally with Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Then NATO could attack Russia from two sides, from Europe and from the South. It was a clever plan, and they could have got away with it, if it were not for that Pesky Putin and his big goofy dog. [little joke there, scooby reference]
Anyhow, Politkovskaya herself was not Muslim, but that didn’t matter. These people are all the same, they just support anybody who shows any promise of being able to harm Russia and break it up into pieces.
Since you bring up this clip from “Porgy and Bess”, I jes’ wants tuh be sayin’ dat I’s be reading dat-deah book cuzza you, bro. They do spew the N-word there, almost as much as in “Huck Finn.” Sportin’ Life comes across pretty good in this clip, compared to his sharp-dressed but skeevy portrayal in the novel.
The full text can be found for free via the Gutenberg Project, like a lot of out-of-copyright works. I’m up to Part viii of your epic “Porgy” review series. In the book, I’m where the mosquito fleet is coming back (but probably not all of them!) from the second day’s fishing expedition to the Outer Banks, in the face of the looming hurricane. No spoilers, please. I have been dipping periodically into some of your back catalogue, such as the saga of Pushkin’s impetuous daughter. I enjoy expanding my knowledge about all sorts of things, even if they have no particular reference to my life. Learning is so cool.
I spent a lot of my youth growing up in southern Maryland, near D.C. but in an area with a deep Dixie vibe. My mom’s side of the family was from there and we gravitated back between my dad’s transfers to military bases. Not as Deep South as Charleston, but I can relate to the black/white cultural dynamic portrayed in “Porgy.” I had little trouble with the Gullah-based dialect in the book. When it seems hard to glom, I just say the words out loud in an attempted black-folks accent and it becomes clear. I had a dim awareness of “P & B” but never had any interest in watching the movie. The book is a good cultural artifact. Having lived for so many years in Florida, I can get a visceral feel for the palmetto swamp scenery.
Another book I read several years ago touches on two of your interests, linguistics and anti-Russian prejudice. It’s titled “The Country of Ice Cream Star.” Setting is New England, decades after some sort of epidemic has wiped out white people. I read a lot of dystopian science fiction. The survivors are young black kids,called “Sengals” (probably short for “Senegal”) who have partial immunity to the disease. They still die by the time they’re in their 20s, so their emphasis is to give birth to children and raise them quickly. The most interesting part of the book is the lingo it’s written in. Entirely a patois of the young female protagonist (Ice Cream Star). No standard English, aside from what the characters speak as part of their surviving cultural heritage. Tough going at times for the reader, so Porgy was not nearly as challenging.
The anti-Russian angle is that toward the end of the novel, the outside world comes crashing into Ice Cream Star’s primitive existence. In the form of Russians with Kalashnikovs, attack helicopters and other weaponry. They have found a cure for the epidemic, and are now bent upon taking over the former United States. The hard-bar Russkies stomp the shit out of their feeble teenage African-American opposition, devastate the kids’ civilisation in New York City and then slaughter the young black military tribe living in the remains of Washington, D.C. The Rooskies are depicted as brutal, moreso than would be necessary to carry out that plot point. But it was written by an American author, (who’s white!) so I guess that’s a requirement for the publishing game.
(Spoiler — the Russians win. I think the author was setting up for a sequel, but she hasn’t written one. Wonkypedia tells me she penned another post-apocalypse book in which all men have died, but she got on the wrong side of the Wokeist Forces. You’d think they’d luv a novel where the patriarchy is extinct, but it was un-PC because there were no trans women in it. Go figger… That’s an “F” beginning that word, not an “N”!)
Ah, Bukko, I loves you so much! I have been trying to convince people that Porgy is one of the great American classics! I realize the dialect thing is an insuperable obstacle for some. That’s why I done wrote dat dictionary!
P.S. – the movie version is really good, I think, but a bit Hollywood-ish, as they cast very glamorous and very nice-looking African-American stars such as Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, and Sammy Davis Jr.
The opera version is terrific, of course, but even more watered down, especially in recent productions, where they won’t allow Maria to go full-on [n-word] against Sportin’ Life!
That the government has forgotten all the lessons of the second Chechnya war is both dispiriting and inspiring.
Well, Kadyrov clearly remembers those lessons:
Lesson #1: NEVER trust the West!