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The Ukrainian ‘Revolution of Dignity’ Is Devouring its Adopted Children

A Russian would never be a brother to Ukrainian nationalists

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The author is a famous journalist who reported from many ‘hot spots’ throughout the world. In the last two years he spent many months in Donbass and is on the official Wanted list of the Ukrainian security services.

The death of Pavel Sheremet is the logical outcome of any bloody coup.

<figcaption>Murdered journalist Pavel Sheremet</figcaption>
Murdered journalist Pavel Sheremet

After the victory of the Maidan, a bunch of journalists and oppositionists with Russian passports landed in Ukraine. As usual, some wanted to fish in troubled waters, but most of them were honest in their feelings and ideas, and were really going to fight "for our and your freedom", "against Russian fascism" and "the Kremlin dictatorship".  

But there was a very big difference between the ideas of those who came from Moscow and the reality in Kiev. It turned out that real life was different, not at all what they read in blogs. They were allowed to say whatever came into their heads in totalitarian Russia. But here in "European" Ukraine, if you said anything contrary to the regime, you would be blacklisted.

They were told that despite their passionate attitude toward the great Ukraine, they were a third rate people and very suspicious.

I remember that one of my colleagues – a military journalist I once respected, despite our different points of view – did everything to prove to the new Ukraine that he was one of "us". Because his last name was Ukrainian, because he slept beside his cut-throat brothers in armored vehicles, shared a piece of bacon with them; because he wanted to climb Karachun Mountain from which Ukrainian artillery fired on Slavyansk from morning until night, joining the fight against the separatists. In vain. They knew at once that he was a Moskal, beat him severely on the head, put him in a hole and took away his equipment.

It turned out that there were a surprising number of these stories in the recent history of Ukraine. There was neither bread, nor bacon, nor decent jobs for these people. They exploited to the full those who were well-known in the media, then sent them back to Russia. Like Odessa Governor Saakashvili’s former assistant, Masha Gaidar, who is reportedly back in her Moscow apartment and afraid to go out.

Actors and producers, singers, comedians and pro-Maidan restaurateurs run from Ukraine to unfree Russia, following little politicians.

However, Pavel Sheremet managed to hold out for a long time, due to his irreconcilable and uncompromising Russophobia. He even looked for the Russian army in the Donbass and counted the dead bodies of Pskov’s paratroopers. But he failed to guess the tendencies. And the tendency is that Kiev authorities don’t need a third Maidan now. It would make hamburger out of them, because they wouldn’t be able to escape like Yanukovich.

But the irreconcilables, who gathered in volunteer battalions, really need a new Maidan. Three days before his death, Sheremet wrote his last post on the Azov battalion, and its commander Biletsky, describing them as saintly people, romantics of revolution, who were ready to risk their lives for their Motherland. He predicted a big political future for Biletsky, opposing the volunteer nationalists to Poroshenko himself.

But the wheel of samsara suddenly turned by one revolution, and began crushing its revolutionary children, turning them into jelly, along with other people’s children. And the fathers of revolution have no pity for them.  

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