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Commemoration in Crimea – A tense day ahead

May 18, 2014

Sunday 18th May is the date where the Crimea Tatar were due to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the mass deportation of their people.  A mass deportation carried out upon the order of Joseph Stalin.


However any and all such parades/rallies have been banned by the current leadership of Crimea.  Above it a copy of the relevant decree banning any such gatherings – until 6th June.

Meanwhile, the leadership of Ukraine, unsurprisingly, made an opposite decree:

“I decree to annually celebrate May 18 as a Day of Crimean Tatars’ Rights in view of the fact that after seventy years of the deportation because of the actions of totalitarian regime of the former USSR, the Crimean Tatar people is again under the threat of discrimination on their native land, to support the struggle of the citizens of Ukraine Crimean Tatars for the maintenance of their rights as representatives of an indigenous people, and according to the Article 112 of the Constitution of Ukraine.” –  Oleksandr Turchynov.

Normally, tens of thousands of people attend the commemorations.  Let us hope that all remains peaceful in Crimea tomorrow, when it can be reasonably expected that many thousands will probably ignore the current authorities decree and commemorate a particularly grim date as they have historically done.

A tense day in Crimea tomorrow.



CSTO consider Євромайдан a threat

December 24, 2013

It seems that Євромайдан has been targeted by the (Russian led) Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) and identified as a threat similar to “colour revolutions” – which it quantifies as “a special model of the coup using political, information, communication , moral and psychological methods of influence, and its ultimate goal – the complete disintegration of the state, the change of power and the establishment of foreign control over the country” – according to a Kommersant article.

Apparently those pesky “Western opponents of the Russian Federation manipulate international institutions election observation , actively influence the minds of Internet users, through NGOs and the media form a distorted picture of public sentiment.”  – Blimey, I didn’t know we still had it in us to do that collectively.  The EU normally works on the lowest common denominator agreed by all, and it would take a long time to reach such a consensus as described above – particularly when such nefarious deeds are normally a very sovereign affair.

But a threat to the CSTO?  Well of course – both in terms of regional instability to use a broad – and very real –  expression, but also the casuistic democracy gene may infiltrate CSTO society with renewed vigor.  A terribly bad thing to happen for those sat atop a power vertical – the fall is often unsightly from such lofty heights.

The recommendations of this CSTO summit?  The “generation of counter-propaganda tools“.

None of this is a surprise of course.  The only questions are once those counter-propaganda tools have been generated are they used defensively or pro-actively?  Are they strictly used domestically, or projected?

Does it matter?

These days acting pro-actively seems to be the de facto definition of defence.  Perhaps the question would be better worded as to whether they will be used passively or aggressively – home or abroad?

Of course the task is now to counter-propaganda the counter propaganda.

Now, I will wish those readers who celebrate Christmas on 25th December, a very, very merry Christmas!

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