We have become accustomed to the fact that in Russia, free-speech birds are hunted or caged. So everything that appears in the Russian media is not just for the sake of it, it is, as we say, “coordinated”. And there is certainly one opinion about Ukraine, and if there are some variations, they are, as the choristers say, just “accompanying” the main tune.
As you know, a few months ago, Vladimir Putin, also known as the President, published a historical-geopolitical treatise at the level of street politics on what Ukraine is and what it should be. As for Ukraine, Vladimir Putin, like Winnie-the-Pooh, said: “The fact is that it does not exist”. And if it does not exist, then you can go there where nothing exists.
It turned out that Ukraine exists after all, so not only Winnie-the-Pooh was wrong, but so was the President. A new treatise on the “status of Ukraine” had to be urgently drafted. And it already exists.
This time the author’s rank is much lower – it is no longer Vladimir Putin who is discussing the fate of Ukraine, but Timofey Sergeyev, formally a “columnist” for RIA Novosti, but otherwise the biography is interesting, he even worked in Latvia once, and there are many mysterious connections with Ukraine. So, on Sunday, 3 April, Timofey put together a new plan for the “regulation” of Ukraine in his column. It’s called “What Russia must do with Ukraine.”
I fully understand governments that close down the Russian bullshit channels, and it is better not to read most of the information on those channels, but this text should be seen by those who are still funding Russia and its war, who still believe that there will be a deal with Vladimir Putin, and that a “neutral” Ukraine will live happily ever after. This text should be seen by those who are surprised by the events in Bucha. If they see and read it, they will realise that Bucha is not a surprise but part of politics. Finally, who thinks that ‘poor’ Putin is ill-informed or does not know what he is doing, that nobody knows what is going on in his head. It is all clear, and Timofey lays out Vladimir Putin’s entire thinking in his essay.
This will not be a paraphrase and not a commentary, and I dare not quote some things exactly for the sake of decency, so I will say that all this will be if we all still think that Russia can somehow be re-educated. I hope that the reader knows what Nazism and fascism are (at least read in Wikipedia), so I will not abuse quotation marks and the words ‘so called’ or the like, but I will say that everything I quote is freely quoted with contempt for Timofey and the whole war and propaganda machine. The text, by the way, is like a song with a refrain, repeating over and over again that the Ukrainians are the kind of people the Russians do not need. I have tried to paraphrase four of his most important ideas.
First. Geography. Russian geopolitics seeks to erase Ukraine from the world map. Ukraine does not exist, it did not exist, and it certainly does not need to exist. There is Russia, Little Russia and New Russia (by the way, it seems that there will not be, or no longer is, Gudia (Belarus) either… some other Russia with an adjective). Ukraine has become a symbol of evil for Russia, so the republics that will emerge in its place after the war will gradually become part of the current Russia. Place names? The former East Prussia is a good example of how to change them.
Second. War. War is not just a political instrument. It is unconventional, it is a legitimate tool for the destruction of Ukraine as an idea, and therefore it is not subject to any of the traditional conventions of war. If anyone thinks that there was a massacre of civilians in Bucha, let them now think otherwise: it was a very natural ‘instrument’ of denazification. According to the author, there is no obvious difference between the Ukrainian military, the territorial volunteer defence and the unarmed Ukrainian sympathisers – they are all Nazis. In the end, he says, the dramas and tragedies of war end up benefiting all those who are tempted to be enemies of Russia.
Third. History. The process of destroying Ukraine will not end with the usual military victory and formal changes in geographical names. According to the author, a large part of the population, even the majority of the population, is involved in Nazism, so the process of ‘re-educating’ society will take at least as long as the change of generation. This means that the majority of Ukrainians could be accused of Nazi crimes or collaboration with the Nazis. It is said that they all have to bear the burden of just a war against themselves (understand: bear the murder and destruction just as the burden of war).
Fourth. Honour. This is all a matter of honour for Russia. Russia is not afraid to stand alone in this fight for honour, it is not afraid of any international isolation or any sanctions that may be imposed against it. There is no such thing as neutrality in the so-called Ukraine, which is a fiction of political manipulation. Ukrainization is the creation of the so-called Ukrainian nation – was not a natural process, it was a mistake of the Soviet regime, which can be corrected through the aforementioned denazification. There has never been such a nation, and the state of Ukraine is a political nonsense. It is a matter of honour that meaninglessness should not remain.
Here is the plan for the rearrangement. There will be no Ukraine… However, there is small “but”. The text also refers to the so-called “Catholic province” – Western Ukraine – which may not go with Russia so quickly, because that is where all the Nazi remnants will flee. If it does remain outside Russia, its neutrality will be backed up by the threat that Russia could at any time extend its military operation to that ‘Catholic province’.
Obviously, the text was written after the “lightning-fast” defeat of Ukraine and the need to come up with an explanation of why the war was so long and stupid. It turns out that the war on four fronts was only an attempt to destroy defences of Ukraine, and then (maybe now?) to ‘reorganise’ – to create a local government. There is not much to build, but…
Next, according to Timofey, there must be a reorganisation of the information space, rewriting of textbooks and history books, and a clarification… of personal responsibility, i.e. persecution and punishment for being a Ukrainian in Ukraine. With all the consequences, Timofey believes that special structures to fight the remnants of Nazism should be set up to operate for at least 25 years. Definitely not a blitzkrieg.
At the end of the text there is a mournful lament about how much good the Russians, with all the possible mutants of the Russian state, have done for Europe, and how ungrateful Europe has become: it has “bred Nazi Ukraine”.
Some time ago there was a German museum of history in East Berlin where German history began… in 1949. Today it looks like a project of extraordinary stupidity. There are lessons to be learned.