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Andriy Biletsky on the 2nd anniversary of AZOV

Glory to Ukraine!

Dear comrades! Today is the second anniversary of AZOV. Two years are not a big period of time for a man, but it is endless for the country in war. For the past two years we have not only stood the test of time, but also proved the strength of our AZOV brotherhood. We found many new friends and we remember all those who entered the ranks of the Heavenly Legion.

Last year was difficult. The politicians’ growing interference with the cause of national defense takes place. Began all kinds of secret talks. Someone’s business suffers because of war, someone lost usual incomes, someone simply makes a career. All forget about the Donbas just like they have forgotten about the Crimea.

The second year AZOV spent in the battles and hard work on itself, on self-improvement. I, without exaggeration, can say that today we have become the most combat-ready military unit of Ukraine. Training of the personnel, Officer and Sergeant schools - all of this makes us stronger, it turns us into the army of the XXIst century. Our foundation is the power of our brotherhood. As long as we are together, we have the power, and as long as we are strong - we are the victors!

Every year we become more and more confident in the Idea that we carry, as well as of the greatness of our Nation that gave birth to us. Our history hasn’t begun since May 5. It started with the vigilantes of the Kniaz era, the Cossack Sich brotherhood, the defenders of Kruty and the warriors of UPA. All those hundreds of generations of our Ancestors who took up arms to defend our homeland and whose work we continue today.

Comrades, we have no right to lose our country, we cannot betray the Nation, the blood of the fallen brothers and Ancestors! Responsibility for Ukraine lies with all of us!

Death to the enemies!

May 5, the AZOV regiment celebrates the 2nd anniversary of its creation in the city of Berdyansk from which began its path of glory. The regiment hasn’t been established at the stroke of a pen of an armchair general; it appeared in full accordance with the strict laws of the survival of the fittest. As befits a military unit, the soldiers of the regiment earned their title by making a partisan raid in Mariupol, back then captured by the pro-Kremlin militants.

Two years ago the “Azovians” received their baptism by fire, fell into an ambush and emerged victorious from it along with their war “trophy” - Igor
Khakimzyanov, “DNR Secretary of Defense.” The biggest of the reconquered cities of the Donbas, sunny Mariupol, and the whole region owe their security and peace namely to AZOV.

Today in Berdyansk hundreds of soldiers and members of Civil Corps AZOV created a powerful column that was moving towards the waterfront at which they received the awards and listened to the concert in honor of the second anniversary of AZOV’s establishment.

The column was created in the following way: ahead of it walked the regiment command led by Andriy Biletsky, the next block consisted of the representatives of the “little black men” (the Black Corps), then you can see the fighters who served in the battalion, immediately followed by a block of the soldiers of the regiment. The column ended with the representatives of Civil Corps from different cities of Ukraine. Residents of the city welcomed the “Azovians” very warmly and even gave them flowers. The event was very interesting and emotional.
St Petersburg 'troll farm' had 90 dedicated staff working to influence US election campaign
Few Russian addresses have received as much attention as 55 Savushkina Street. The grey, four-storey office block in St Petersburg's northwestern suburbs seems almost undeserving of the interest. But the souls inside, busy with pro-Kremlin internet manipulation since 2011, have ensured their building will stay in the headlines for some time to come.

Few Russian addresses have received as much attention as 55 Savushkina Street. The grey, four-storey office block in St Petersburg’s northwestern suburbs seems almost undeserving of the interest. But the souls inside, busy with pro-Kremlin internet manipulation since 2011, have ensured their building will stay in the headlines for some time to come.

An investigation has revealed more intimate details about the office, known colloquially as “the troll farm.” The report, published on Tuesday by the business portal RBC, suggests that the organisation played a role in the US election campaign and its aftermath, organising as many as 40 US rallies and protests.

The report identifies 120 different groups and social media accounts used by trolls over 2016-2017. “The farm,” it suggests, concentrated on divisive social issues for the US, particularly civil rights.

“BlackMatterUS,” and it seems probable many of the activists who took part did not understand the rally was unconnected with Black Lives Matter. Or, indeed, that the entire operation was being directed from St Petersburg.  

Facebook advertising campaigns also focused on divisive messages, the report says. The US tech giant has already confirmed 55 Savushkina Street was responsible for buying $100,000 (£75,000) worth of pre-election posts, and this report does not add to those numbers.  

elatively modest budget. Over two years, “the troll farm” spent $2.2m (£1.7m), the vast majority of which went on wages. For Russia’s second city, the pay was reasonable but not excessive. Wages started at 55,000 rubles (£725)  per month for a new hire, rising to 120,000 rubles (£1600) for line managers.

In total, 250 people were employed, with 90 dedicated trolls working on the US election campaign at its peak.

Close scrutiny made the trolling organisation change its methods. Following publication of a long investigation in The New York Times in June 2015, Facebook blocked its accounts. But “the farm” opened new channels and reverted to more sophisticated anonymous protocols. The authors of the report say 55 Savushkina St kept about a million subscribers on various channels even after the main Facebook accounts were closed.

Morgan Freeman as litmus paper

Morgan Freeman’s criticism of the Russian manipulation of American politics has shown how some sections of the pro-Kremlin anti-Hillary left are indistinguishable from the pro-Trump right. Here are some examples, calling Freeman a neocon, saying he deserves a beating, calling him a Zionist puppet, an Uncle Tom, a puppet of the Clintons and/or of Soros, portraying him as unable to think for himself. 

This is the face of the alt-left:

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Propaganda and stereotypes | Ukraine-Russia

I think it is important to clear this question for those who are interested in current situation in Ukraine.

I know people do not understand why some Ukrainians think that they are being invaded by Russia, and the other part is happy about that. You should know, that Ukraine, as a ex-Soviet country, has so called soviet syndrome. Our country is divided - it is a fact. The Western part of Ukraine always wanted Ukraine to be strong, independent and sovereign country, without Putin and Russia. The Eastern part is traditionally closer to Russia, hence, there are lots of people, that are supporting “Russian Ukraine”.

Firstly, have to say, I live on the South of Ukraine, Kherson, near Crimea. So, please, don’t even think of calling me “banderovka”, “fascist” and “nazi”. I’m not. Just accept it.

Okay, so the deal is, that this part of country where I live in is more pro-Russian. People here prefer to speak Russian, yes, BUT mostly they are considering themselves as Ukrainians.

Also, there are, sadly, lots of people that do not accept Ukraine. IN UKRAINE. As i said, the Soviet Syndrome. In a nutshell - they want to be a part of Russia. And, basically, they can even hate Ukraine and do not concider it as a country (usually they say, that Ukrainian language is a fake, so as Ukraine and blah-blah-blah).

And now, guys, please imagine your country (A) and a big diaspora living in there (B), that wants to be separate from your country and join B-country. In A-country there is a big number of pro-B activists, what should A country do? As an example - Canada. One of the most numerical Ukrainian diaspora is living in Canada. And now imagine them trying to make their own country in there, burning Canadian flags and history books. How would you react?

Now about stereotypes. After the last protests in Kyiv, pro-Russian people are afraid of mythical banderas (or, in Russian “banderovtsy”). Earlier this title was only for those, who supported radical movement of Ukrainian nationalism. Right now “banderovets” - is a synonim for Ukrainian patriots, and by Ukrainian patriots, my dear friend, I mean those, who sings national anthem, waves a flag and supports a movement of getting rid of Russian pressure and Soviet past (to be honest, we are tired of being assosiated with communists and Russia!). So, yeah, being a patriot means being a nationalist for them.
BUT, it doesn’t mean, that all these people on Maidan are just patriots. Yes, there are nationalists, a lot. And yes, there are some radicals. But they are not going to kill Russian people, burn their homes and so on. This is absurd, do not believe this kind of information.

You ask me “What about propaganda?”
Here it is, our ex-president Yanukovych was, oh, he was the biggest ass you’ve ever seen. But besides this, he was also a pro-Russian person. I would even say, he was pro-Kremlin person. There is a difference. So, when he was a president, all these things on Maidan were depicted as a violent riots against poor, defenseless government and police. Meanwhile in Russia everything was even worse: “Brutalized nazis-banderas, sponsored by America, are killing innocent people, trying to take over the government and destroy Ukraine and Russia”

This bullshit was broadcasting in Ukraine too, so…I think you’ve got the main idea.

People are talking about “destroyed Kyiv”, but no one cares about destroyed country. They had been sitting and complaining about their lives and the government, but when people rise up against it - they called them nazis. They had started to protest only when pro-Russian activists in our government told them, that we were going to forbid Russian language (which is actually false). But they didn’t protest against closed factories, corrupt government and lack of money for children with cancer. Now you tell me, where the fuck did logic go?

You may think, that I hate Russia or something. I DO NOT. I have friends in there, lots of friends. I just hate their imperialistic politics against Ukraine. I hate that my country is divided and there is no unity, I hate watching people, that lives in Ukraine and at the same time hates Ukraine. That’s it.

At the end of this, I have to say, that Soviet times are over, Ukraine is no longer a part of Russia. Ukraine is Ukraine. You live here - respect Ukraine.

And a special message for those, who wants Eastern part of my country to be part of Russia. Three words: suitcase, station, Russia.

anonymous asked:

Look, I know you're firmly on the left side of the political spectrum but "Also Wikileaks is a joke now," really? How much of the Kool-Aid did you drink? Do you actually buy that Russian mouthpiece bit?

Ok. Sit down. Let’s talk about Wikileaks.

First of all, I’d like to talk about the good things Wikileaks has done. When it was first created, it was lauded by people on the left for contributing to transparency and exposing corruption to the world. It released evidence that the government was lying about the way it treated detainees, that Cayman Islands banks were committing crimes, the “secret bibles” of Scientology. Proof that the US was committing war crimes and lying about it. Chelsea Manning’s leaks, Edward Snowden’s leaks. Their collaboration with the Guardian. It was never perfect, of course, and some of the stuff it hosted was more of a breach of privacy than some earth-shattering reveal, but it was all in the spirit of a “no stone left unturned” philosophy.

Then they started to get crass and careless in their publications. They left unredacted State Department cables available online for over half a year, and who knows how many people that endangered. It’s ironic, in fact, that Wikileaks would accuse Clinton of mishandling classified information. A bit of the pot calling the kettle black, except rather than leaving that unredacted information vulnerable Wikileaks simply released it publicly to the world at large, so I would say the pot is quite a bit blacker. Consider the words of John Wonderlich, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, another transparency advocacy group: “It’s become something else. It’s not striving for objectivity. It’s more careless. When they publish information it appears to be in service of some specific goal, of retribution, at the expense of the individual.”

The former German spokesperson for Wikileaks left in 2010, claiming, “[it] has a structural problem. I no longer want to take responsibility for it, and that’s why I am leaving the project.” He took with him thousands of documents saying he would wait for Julian to “restore security,” before permanently deleting them “to ensure that the sources are not compromised.” At least a dozen other members of Wikileaks followed him out that year, some citing “lack of transparency, lack of structure, and poor communication flow in the organisation.”

Additionally, they no longer release dumps like they used to. Now, like with the Podesta emails, they release them piecemeal to maximize their time in the public eye, which is transparently a political play. Their leaks are calculated, in service of a particular goal, rather than in the name of transparency. They are not a neutral organization anymore and have not been for a long time. In fact, since 2011, they have hardly released anything that does not target the US, its allies, or the NSA (AKA, the key rival of the FSB/KGB). Not to mention Assange has requested Russian security and was the one who advised Snowden to go to the Russians for asylum. What does Wikileaks put out when people criticize Russia or Putin? This kind of stuff:

Not to mention their use of the anti-Semitic (((brackets))) meme popularized by the alt-right and neo-Nazis online. Their obsession with the Rothschilds and Soros is unnerving, to say the least, the kind of thing you’d expect to read on /pol/. They’ve also taken stances on many issues disconcertingly similar to Russia’s. Furthermore, Julian Assange himself is a narcissistic asshole more concerned with his own image and his own hide than anything else. He has no journalistic integrity, he merely wants to sell books and be lauded for his deeds. That’s why, when the Swedish girl he had sex with asked him to get tested for STDs because he pressured her into unprotected sex or she would go to the police to force him to, he refused, blamed the controversy on US intelligence trying to destroy Wikileaks, and fled to Ecuador.

Let us not spend a moment pretending that Russia does not engage in the exact same human rights violations (if not worse) as the US, the exact same imperialism (if not worse) as the US, the exact same domestic corruption (if not worse) as the US. But where is Wikileaks condemning any of this, exposing any of it? Where are the leaks about Putin, or Russian politicians? They don’t exist, or if they do, Wikileaks isn’t publishing them. How convenient is that? It’s almost as though Assange is friendly to the Russian government, what he publishes is received from the Russian government, and furthers the interests of the Russian government. We already know that Putin has helped fund fascist movements in NATO countries. Considering that the majority of their leaks target the US/NSA and have for five years, it is no stretch to say that they are a de facto Russian intelligence clearing house.

Furthermore, the kind of stuff they are releasing could easily be forged. If Wikileaks is indeed a very biased organization as the mountains of evidence point to, then there is no reason to believe that what they have released is entirely legit. In fact, they seem to be fairly open and above board about their intention being to smear the United States’s reputation and that of certain individuals. That puts them on the level of brazen propaganda. They don’t even need to be the ones faking the leaks. If they are just publishing what they receive, they might not even know what is fake and what’s not. On the whole, they are just another propaganda wing now; worse, they may be acting as Putin’s own personal Correct the Record.

Finally, from an information security perspective, and as someone who has written before on this blog about the importance of privacy in the digital era, Wikileaks is downright dangerous. They gleefully destroy the foundation of a free and open Internet in their “noble” crusade for supposedly that exact thing. They have published email addresses, credit cards, phone numbers. As one privacy advocate put it, “I’m more afraid of WikiLeaks than I am of the NSA. When they first burst into our consciousness, they were acting like publishers and journalists. The idea that these rascals were turning the tables on the deep state had great emotional relevance to me. But they turned out not have any principles.” Here’s an example of Wikileaks publishing the personal emails and phone numbers of 20 million Turkish women. Even Edward Snowden has said of the organization, “Their hostility to even modest curation is a mistake.” Wikileaks, of course, responded with insult and ridicule, as they do to anyone who questions their motives or methods.

So anyone who cites Wikileaks earns no respect or trust from me. They are about as believable as an O’Keefe video, and no less politically motivated. People like you are always quick to accuse others of “drinking the Kool-Aid,” but I ask you – what exactly have you been drinking?


(In case you’re not hip this is Wikileaks parroting literal Russian propaganda, straight from Russia Today.)

From Wikileak’s cable leaks in 2010:

“Adam” was different: He immediately asked for everything relating to Russia, eastern Europe, and Israel – and got it, more than 100,000 documents in all. A few stray comments of his about “Jews” prompted a few concerns on my part, dismissed quickly by another WikiLeaker – “don’t be silly… He’s Jewish himself, isn’t he?”

A short while later, I learned “Adam”’s real identity, or at least the name he most often uses: He was Israel Shamir, a known pro-Kremlin and anti-Semitic writer. He had been photographed leaving the internal ministry of Belarus, and a free speech charity was concerned this meant the country’s dictator had access to the cables and their information on opposition groups in the country.

Assange showed no concern at these allegations, dismissing and ignoring them until the media required a response. Assange simply denied Shamir had ever had access to any documents.

This was untrue, Assange knew it was untrue, and I knew it was untrue — it was me, at Assange’s instructions, who gave them to him.

There are few limits to how far Assange will go to try to control those around him. Those working at WikiLeaks – a radical transparency organisation based on the idea that all power must be accountable – were asked to sign a sweeping nondisclosure agreement covering all conversations, conduct, and material, with Assange having sole power over disclosure. The penalty for noncompliance was £12 million.

I refused to sign the document, which was sprung on me on what was supposed to be a short trip to a country house used by WikiLeaks. The others present – all of whom had signed without reading – then alternately pressured, cajoled, persuaded, charmed and pestered me to sign it, alone and in groups, until well past 4am.

Given how remote the house was, there was no prospect of leaving. I stayed the night, only to be woken very early by Assange, sitting on my bed, prodding me in the face with a stuffed giraffe, immediately once again pressuring me to sign. It was two hours later before I could get Assange off the bed so I could (finally) get some pants on, and many hours more until I managed to leave the house without signing the ridiculous contract. An apologetic staffer present for the farce later admitted they’d been under orders to “psychologically pressure” me until I signed.

Those who have faced the greatest torments are, of course, the two women who accused Assange of sexual offences in Sweden in the summer of 2010. The details of what happened over those few days remain a matter for the Swedish justice system, not speculation, but having seen and heard Assange and those around him discuss the case, having read out the court documents, and having followed the extradition case in the UK all the way to the supreme court, I can say it is a real, complicated sexual assault and rape case. It is no CIA smear, and it relates to Assange’s role at WikiLeaks only in that his work there is how they met.


“Reconquista” at the Second European Congress in Paris

On November 14th, the day after a series of bloody terrorist attacks that shocked France and the whole world, a remarkable event was held near Paris. More than 500 nationalists and right-wing activists from all over Europe have come together to take part in the Second European Congress, organized by French comrades from GUD (Groupe Union Défence).

Among the many speakers, one could see representatives from Italy (Casa Pound), Greece (Golden Dawn), Spain (Hogar Social Mardid), France (Group Union Defence and Mouvement d'Action Sociale), as well as autonomous nationalists from Russia, who strongly condemned Putin’s anti-national politics. The conference was followed by a music concert where several French groups rocked the stage together with a Russian hatecore-band “Death Penalty”.

The AZOV movement and its international branch Reconquista were present at the congress as well. Our French comrades installed a separate stand to distribute AZOV pamphlets and flyers, translated both in English and in French. The stand has drawn much public attention and enjoyed great popularity. Nationalists from all over Europe showed a genuine interest in the AZOV movement and were willing to get to know it better. The AZOV materials successfully distributed at the event were targeted at countering the negative propaganda diffused by both Western liberal media and Kremlin’s puppets.

The importance of networking and collaboration among activists from all over Europe is hard to overestimate, for we are facing the same problems and are looking for similar solutions. Namely,

- How to protect European identity and national borders from the Islamic onslaught on one hand and the Eurasian threat on the other?

- How to overcome the demographic decline of the white population?

- How to preserve national culture and spiritual heritage in the face of aggressive globalization and multiculturalism?

- And last but not the least - how to challenge the omnipresent hegemony of liberalism?   

All of these issues were brought up during the conference, which was divided into the following parts: “Hot topics in the modern European politics”, “Crisis of the movement - from the rearguard to the vanguard”, "Methods of constructing horizontally-oriented social movements." 

As for the war in Ukraine, the topic was raised only once by the representative of autonomous nationalists from Russia. The speaker denounced Putin’s policies and actions of the pro-Kremlin separatists, urging European comrades to separate the Moscow’s public policy from the aspirations of Russian nationalists who are the first to suffer severe persecution by Putin’s regime. 

Despite emergency measures implemented by the French Government for the security reasons, the Second European Congress was successfully held without any intervention of punitive forces. On behalf of Reconquista, we would like to thank all those who contributed their time and efforts to making the Second European Congress possible. We are looking forward to seeing you next year!

UKRAINE, Slavyansk : A statue of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin, visible through a tire, stands on the square outside a regional administration building seized by pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 30, 2014. Ukraine’s armed forces are on “full combat alert” against a possible Russian invasion, Kiev said Wednesday, as authorities admitted they were “helpless” to prevent pro-Kremlin insurgents tightening their grip on the increasingly chaotic east of the country. Rebels stormed the regional police building and town hall in the eastern Ukrainian city of Gorlivka, local officials told AFP, adding to more than a dozen locations already under their control. AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOV

UKRAINE, Slavyansk : An Orthodox priest walks past a barricade outside the security service (SBU) regional building seized by the separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 23, 2014. Pro-Kremlin rebels in Ukraine braced today for a renewed military offensive by Kiev as US troops headed to region in a show of force after Washington again warned Moscow over the escalating crisis. AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV


In Focus: Battling for Control of Eastern Ukraine

For the past few weeks, armed groups of pro-Russian men have been storming and seizing government buildings in towns across eastern Ukraine. Angered by the new pro-western Ukrainian government and emboldened by Russia’s annexation of Crimea, these groups are demanding separation from Ukraine. Ukraine’s new government has asked for western assistance, as it tries to recapture police stations, airbases, and other government properties – without resorting to violence that may trigger a Russian response. Meanwhile, thousands of Ukrainian soldiers are deploying in eastern Ukraine, with even more Russian soldiers massed on the other side of the border. NATO officials said they planned to deploy more forces in eastern Europe and called for Russia to stop “destabilizing” the former Soviet satellite, which has been in deep turmoil since the ouster of the pro-Kremlin leadership in February.

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It’s a strange experience seeing your own passport posted on a pro-Kremlin website.

That’s what happened to me last month after Ukraine’s Defense Ministry got hacked - including the documents I’d sent there to get press credentials.

The news site showed a letter from my editor, my passport details and identified me as a high-ranking “American adviser” who was in Ukraine to work on a military radio station in that country.

In reality, I was reporting an NPR story on the radio station, Army FM, which broadcasts to Ukrainian troops on the country’s eastern front, near the border with Russia.

Russian Hackers Doxxed Me. What Should I Do About It?

Photo: Ariel Zambelich/NPR

UKRAINE, Kramatorsk : A Ukrainian MIG 295 fighter plane flies above pro-Russian activists blocking a column of Ukrainian men riding on Armoured Personnel Carriers in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk on April 16, 2014. Ukraine’s security service said on April 16 it had intercepted communications showing that Russian commanders in the separatist east had issued pro-Kremlin militants “shoot-to-kill” orders after Kiev launched an operation to oust them. AFP PHOTO / ANATOLIY STEPANOV

A Brief History of Soviet Rock and Roll

A pro-Kremlin lawmaker spawned a tsunami of scorn in Russia this week by alleging that Soviet rock star Viktor Tsoi’s Perestroika-era anthems were composed by CIA operatives trying to destabilize the Soviet regime. 

Friends, acquaintances, and fans of the late frontman of the legendary band, Kino, call the claims ridiculous. But the U.S. government was keenly aware of the power of rock and roll to rattle its Cold War rival, according to Free to Rock, a new documentary that explores the impact of rock music on Soviet society.

The White House, in fact, played a hands-on role in this soft-power strategy when U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s administration helped send the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to the Soviet Union in 1977 for the first tour of an American rock band on Soviet soil, said Jim Brown, the film’s New York-based producer. “Carter was more involved than any of us thought,” Brown told me. "He thought rock and roll could kind of undermine the system.”

Carter is one of several former officials and prominent musicians from both sides of the Iron Curtain interviewed for the film. Others include former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, whose perestroika and glasnost reforms allowed the country’s vibrant underground rock scene to explode into the mainstream in the late 1980s.

“He was a fan of Elvis Presley, he liked rock and roll,” Brown said of Gorbachev. “He felt rock was for young people and that young people wanted rock ’n’ roll. And I think he takes pride in the fact that after wasting, you know, trillions of dollars on weapons, that words and actions and culture brought these two countries together.”

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