- This is important because Glazyev articulates very well what most Russian elites believe
- The West is supporting a russophobic, genocidal and neo-nazi government in order to weaken Russia
These are extracts from an interview given by Sergei Glazyev, a leading Russian economist and one of Russia’s foremost and most influential political thinkers and writers on international affairs.
The western media always calls Glazyev an “adviser to Putin”. This totally misunderstands both his role and importance.
Whilst Glazyev does indeed have a formal position as a “Presidential adviser”, in reality in the Russian context, such a title means little and does not mean that Glazyev has influence on Kremlin policy.
Rather, what makes Glazyev important is the fact that his ideas have wide resonance within Russia including amongst its elite and that Glazyev powerfully articulates what many Russians feel and think.
If you want to understand what Russian elites think is going on, then listen to Glazyev - practically nobody reflects their attitudes better than he does.
Glazyev has been a major commentator in Russia on the Ukrainian crisis and in this interview he sets out a view of it shared by most Russians:
1. The current government in Kiev is pathologically Russophobic and has a genocidal neo-Nazi ideology that is targeted specifically at Russians;
2. This makes peaceful co-existence between Russians and Ukrainians within Ukraine and good relations between Russia and Ukraine impossible so long as this regime remains in power, making a renewal of the war all but inevitable;
3. The regime came to power and maintains itself through violence and terror;
4. The regime owes its entire existence to western support and sponsorship as part of an aggressive western strategy aimed at weakening Russia.
These are extracts of an interview by Glazyev as edited and as they first appeared on Vladimir Suchan’s blog: Logos Politikos
Ideologically this war is Nazism-fuelled – the Kiev junta’s propaganda works hard to instill into the public mind a misanthropic view of its opponents.
They are targets for beastly comparisons; they are denied the right to speak their mind, with beatings and arrests being the sole alternatives; it is allowed to burn them alive, and the Ukrainian military is ordered not to hesitate to take their lives.
The leaders of the Kiev regime have been making public calls for massacres of Ukrainian citizens in Donbass who dare express dissent.
As he distributed awards among the butchers of Slavyansk, so-called President Poroshenko openly referred to their victims as “non-humans” and the head of government Arseny Yatsenyuk in his public statements called the Russians in the east of Ukraine subhumans.
Their main political opponent before the political conflict – Yulia Timoshenko – said Donbass deserved atomic bombing, and number three candidate in the presidential election race Oleg Lyashko personally participated in organizing mass repression against Russian citizens of Ukraine.
In a word, the Kiev junta manifests a full neo-Nazi consensus regarding the genocide of Russian citizens, who have been stripped of all human rights, including the right to life.
The Nazi semantic field generates the main tensions of the conflict and explains the use of violence in attempts to tackle it.
Nazism always excuses violence against other ethnic groups, who are labeled as second-rate races and against whom any crime is declared permissible.
This is precisely the path that the regime in Kiev has taken to foment hatred towards those people who disagree with the Ukrainian exclusiveness.
In fact, to all Russians, because all other European and world ethnoses have never heard of a Ukrainian nation. In the other countries of the world all those born in the territory of the former USSR, including Ukrainians, are called Russians.
In the meantime, the chiefs of the Kiev junta and the media on their payroll are emphasizing the superiority of Ukrainians over Russians in full conformity with the principles of Nazism. Russians are described as born slaves worthy of no other fate than ruthless exploitation in the interests of Ukrainians.
Ethnic Russians residing in Ukraine have no option left other than taking up arms to defend themselves from the neo-Nazis.
International historical experience and Russia’s own experience provides convincing proof that Nazism can be resisted only by force. The Nazis understand no other language. This is not surprising: differentiation of human rights on account of race is incompatible with the rule of law. ...
It is noteworthy that none of today’s Nazism-leaning Ukrainian leaders is an ethnic Ukrainian. All of them are very far from Ukraine and from its cultural, historical and spiritual bonds.
Possibly this is the reason why they lack the slightest moral self-restrictions and display such super-cruelty against their own people.
They have been trying to assert themselves as Nazi fuehrers by involving their followers in mass murders of fellow citizens, turning the former into the country’s new elite, and the latter, into a dumb and obedient herd.
In the article titled Nazi Mistakes its author, Alexander Rogers, convincingly shows that the cult of violence is the key feature of Ukrainian Nazis.
By the level of senseless cruelty and misanthropy they have surpassed their Hitlerite idols, finding special pleasure in posing for pictures next to the charred bodies of Odessa residents burnt alive or openly rejoicing at the killings of children and women in Slavyansk.
As the same author indicates, Ukrainian society has developed all fourteen essential traits of Nazism the prominent Italian philosopher, Umberto Eco, pointed at a while ago.
The cult of force, contempt for the weak and condemnation of pacifism as a form of betrayal are most important for understanding the way in which the conflict will be unfolding. It also explains why the negotiations on the cessation of hostilities and resolution of the Ukrainian crisis have reached nowhere. ...
Any legislator, journalist or just passer-by who may have dared to questioned the Ukrainian Nazis’ actions is instantly humiliated and beaten up and Ukrainian special services instantly launch criminal proceedings.
This is done in in full conformity with one of the key features of Nazism that Umberto Eco identified as “Dissent is betrayal.”
The conflict field Ukrainian Nazism is generating is the main driving force of violence in Ukraine in general and of the punitive operation in Donbass in particular. ...
For today’s European bureaucrats, Ukraine is nothing but a source of cheap labor, a market for European goods, a dump for industrial waste, and a backyard for ecologically hazardous industries.
It is hard to imagine any realistically minded national leaders genuinely concerned about national interests who should be eager to put their signature to anything like Ukraine’s Agreement of Association with the European Union, an agreement that unilaterally delegates to the other party the sovereign functions of the state to govern foreign economic activity and conduct foreign and defense policies.
Moreover, an agreement that hamstrings the competitiveness of the Ukrainian economy and undermines its balance of payments.
Ukrainian Nazism is evolving within the conflict field of Western aggression against Russia. This explains its amazing upsurge.
Without a consistent policy pursued by the United States and its NATO allies it would have never emerged and grown, because there were no objective prerequisites for it.
But heavy sponsorship for a bunch of nationalist organizations and consistent efforts to cultivate hatred towards Russia worked. The country’s nationalist leaders do not care about the discrepancy of their ideology and the historical reality. ...
Lastly, as the national financial and economic system cannot be kept in balance without powerful and growing outside support, the United States is objectively forced to escalate military and political tensions and eventually start a world war.
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