One year has passed since the February 21-22, 2014, clandestine "no-flag" shootout operation in Kiev resulted in a more than hundred people dead. The coup-d-etat that followed was aimed at ousting President Viktor Yanukovich. Instead it unleashed the process of national disintegration that pitted pro-Western Ukrainians against their Russian-speaking "second-sort" Ukrainian brothers.
Not wishing to be treated as second-sort Ukrainians, the people of Crimea overwhelmingly and peacefully (not a single shot fired!) opted for a reunification with Russia. Out of 20,000 Ukrainian soldiers in Crimea 18,000 switched sides and only about 2,000 chose to leave Crimea.
Attempts of the Right Sector nationalists to impose Maidan mayhem on the Russian-speaking (but then not necessarily pro-Russian) regions of Ukraine which by a large margin had voted for Yanukovich in the 2010 presidential election (endorsed by Western monitors!) resulted in Donetsk and Lugansk regions proclaiming sovereignty which was re-affirmed via popular referendums. Failing to win these regions by ballot, the Kiev regime unleashed the rain of bullets in Donbas--and the reign of lustration elsewhere. Apparently the terror of lustration explains the fact that during last month alone a dozen of former Yanukovich loyalists committed "suicides".
Right Sector lawlessness and brutality in Odessa, Kharkov and elsewhere have undermined President Poroshenko's efforts to put the humpty-dumty of Ukrainian nationhood together again. He failed to meet the minimal demands of Russian-speaking regions for local autonomy, for Ukraine staying out of NATO and remaining a neutral country like Austria, Finland, Ireland, Sweden or Switzerland. Then a trade agreement would be not hard to work out between the EU and the Eurasian Customs zone (Russia etc.) Alas, wishing to become European, Kiev has so far betrayed decidedly non-European behavior.
Read now what Gilbert Doctorow, a RAGA associate, says about a recent Russian documentary (with Vladimir Putin's testimony) of these dramatic events:
<<The professionally led hunt by Maidan forces for Yanukovich, the weapons they deployed to assure his physical elimination, were followed in real time by Putin and his closer advisers using radio geo-positioning equipment, and left no doubt in their minds that the putsch in Kiev had been orchestrated by a very capable state, namely by the USA. It was at this point that Vladimir Putin says he decided to intervene and save what could be saved in the situation, the population of the Crimean peninsula...>> Read more
Gilbert Doctorow is a professional Russia watcher since 1965. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College (1967), a past Fulbright scholar, and holder of a Ph.D. with honors in history from Columbia University (1975). After completing his studies, Mr. Doctorow pursued a business career focused on the USSR and Eastern Europe. For twenty-five years he worked for US and European multinationals in marketing and general management with regional responsibility. From 1998-2002, Doctorow served as the Chairman of the Russian Booker Literary Prize in Moscow.
A number of his early scholarly articles on Russian constitutional history under Nicholas II drawn from his dissertation remain 'in print' and are available online. Mr. Doctorow has also been an occasional contributor to the Russian language press including Zvezda (St Petersburg), Russkaya Mysl (La Pensée russe, Paris) and Kontinent (a journal sponsored by Alexander Solzhenitsyn) on issues of Russian cultural and political life. He regularly publishes analytical articles about international affairs on the portal of the Belgian daily La Libre Belgique.
Mr. Doctorow's current research interest is trends in U.S. area studies programs. He is a Visiting Scholar of the Harriman Institute, Columbia University during the 2010-2011 academic year. He is an American citizen and a long-time resident of Brussels, Belgium.
He is also a tireless champion of rapprochement between East and West. In February 2015 he registered the American Committee for East-West Accord. If you have an innovative peace-promoting idea, money or friends with money, you could write to Gilbert Doctorow <firstname.lastname@example.org>
In conclusion Mr. Doctorow warns against "yet another ‘false flag’ provocation" that may provoke a full-scale war in Ukraine. All we are saying, GIVE PEACE a CHANCE!
Edward Lozansky seconds Doctorow's warning in no uncertain terms
The World on the Brink of WWIII, 13.03.2015
<<The bloody chaos in Ukraine was devised not to help its people, but to weaken Russia geopolitically and topple the current leadership while mouthing noble slogans of promoting freedom, democracy and other fine Western values. So in view of those who started this mess as long as these goals are not achieved the war in Ukraine must go on even if it may escalate into an open conflict between Russia and the West. The hawks, or the War Party, do not realize that their policies contravene America’s long-term strategic interests, and are turning an important potential ally into a dangerous foe.>>
In early 1990s RAGA was founded on the premise that it is in the best national interest of both the USA and Russia to cultivate friendship with each other in order to safeguard peace, prosperity and human rights in the Northern Hemisphere and in the world.
RAGA Newsletters, thanks to English, have a global outreach. We get lots of feedback. I apologize if I sometimes I fail to respond. Our task is to enlarge a pool of reliable and objective informanion and sound commentary, so I surely like to quote an Oxford professor whom I met via Oxford-Perm Sister City association.
I have been going through your various URL links with extreme interest - and I watched Matlock’s excellent talk on YouTube - I wish/hope he is listened to in Washington.
Here is another Seumas Milne article from the Guardian.
I have just finished reading Richard Sakwa’s new book Frontline Ukraine. It is full of pertinent facts and gives an excellent history of the conflict - but with a very depressing outlook (probably justified). In my opinion it should be read in detail by all our leaders.
And what do I find in London's The Guardian? The same sense of urgency to stop those playing with fire.
The demonisation of Russia risks paving the way for war
March 5, 2015
By Seumas Milne, The Guardian, March 4, 2015
Politicians and the media are using Vladimir Putin and Ukraine to justify military expansionism. It’s dangerous folly.
A quarter of a century after the end of the Cold War, the “Russian threat” is unmistakably back. Vladimir Putin, Britain’s defence secretary Michael Fallon declares, is as great a danger to Europe as “Islamic State”. There may be no ideological confrontation, and Russia may be a shadow of its Soviet predecessor, but the anti-Russian drumbeat has now reached fever pitch
RAGA is happy to forward Professor Nicolai Petro's announcement.
<<I'd like to draw your attention to a new e-book, Ukraine and Russia: People, Politics, Propaganda and Perspectives, now available for download free from the publications section of E-International Relations. >>
Professor Petro just returned from a year as Fulbright scholar in Odessa, Ukraine. During the late 1980s, Professor Petro was my colleague at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. While virtually none of Western scholars predicted the end of the USSR, Nicolai and I founded Center for Contemporary Russian Studies under whose auspices we published a series of books envisioning Russia's post-Communist future, including my own 1991 book "Russia Beyond Communism: A Chronicle of National Rebirth" (http://www.amazon.com/Russia-Beyond-Communism-Chronicle-Contemporary/dp/0813383617).
Last year it was published in Russian translation "Новая Россия: от коммунизма к национальному возрождению" (http://www.labirint.ru/books/438669/)
Largely ignored in 1991, the book proved to be prophetic. At least, Russia's national rebirth has lately accelerated and is vey visible. So says an astute American observer in his article
Russia’s Remarkable Renaissance
09.03.2015 Author: F. William Engdahl
<<Something remarkable is taking place in Russia, and it’s quite different from what we might expect. Rather than feel humiliated and depressed Russia is undergoing what I would call a kind of renaissance, a rebirth as a nation. This despite or in fact because the West, led by the so-called neo-conservatives in Washington, is trying everything including war on her doorstep in Ukraine, to collapse the Russian economy, humiliate Putin and paint Russians generally as bad. In the process, Russia is discovering positive attributes about her culture, her people, her land that had long been forgotten... >>
F. William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and lecturer, he holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.
Russian media begins to pay attention to RAGA too. See the DenTV video interview with me:
<<This program is dedicated to Vladislav Krasnow, founder and President of «Russia & America Goodwill Association» (RAGA), his debate with Richard Pipes, Russophobia in America's foreign policy, prospects of Russian-American relations, and Professor Krasnov's new book. Host — Alexander Domrin.
Special edition of "Context": "What Does It Mean: To Be a Russian Patriot in America?"
It is in English with Russian subtitles
See also a recent interview with me made in a wintry Washington.
The RUSSIAN/UKRAINE CRISIS: As seen from Russian Perspectives...
Featuring: Jack Matlock, former U.S. Ambassador to the former Soviet Union, (appointed by President Ronald Reagan and also serving under George H. Bush), Igor Ivanov, Former Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation and an interview with George Krasnow, former Soviet dissident, book author and President of RAGA (Russia & America Goodwill Associates).
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Finally, please come to Washington to grapple with its belligerence and replace it with benefvolence at Edward Lozansky's peace-promoting event. I will not be there, but RAGA is always with you.
US- RUSSIA FORUM
Advancing A Constructive Agenda for U.S.-Russia Relations
March 25-26, 2015
The United States Senate Office Building
The Russian Cultural Centre in Washington, DC
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
We are pleased to invite you to participate in our 35th Annual US - RussiaWorld Forum in Washington, DC dedicated to the promotion of mutually beneficial US-Russia security, business, science, education, and cultural cooperation.
Please join the leading American and Russian Forum which has emerged as the premier annual event to unite the best minds from both the United States and the Russian Federation to discuss and debate the best solutions for the U.S./European-Russia crisis in order to bring proposals for solving the current stalemate in US-Russian relations.
The Forum's session with the leading American and Russian experts will be held on Thursday afternoon, March 26, at the U.S. Senate, Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216, followed by a reception at the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC. The Forum is organized by The Eurasia Center and The Eurasian Business Coalition.
On Wednesday, March 25, at the Russian Culture Centre in Washington, DC, we will have two panels which will discuss U.S. – Russia educational and cultural cooperation. (Reception to Follow)
The Future of US-Russia Cooperation
Ukraine Crisis: What Next?
Economic Cooperation and Trade Ties
Cultural Ties and Long-Distance Learning Efforts
Please be advised that there is no registration fee to attend both Forum days except $100 for the Russian Embassy reception on March 26.
AGENDA FOR THE US-RUSSIA WORLD FORUM 'CLICK':
AGENDA FOR THE US-RUSSIA WORLD FORUM
REGISTRATION FOR THE US-RUSSIA WORLD FORUM
I am happy to forward a Letter from Professor Ron Pope in charge of a joint US-Russia English language project in the city of Vladimir, the ancient capital of Russia:
Attached is a description of our English program at the American Home in Vladimir. This next year will be our 24th!
We are somewhat concerned that the current "high politics" political conflict coupled with Russia's economic problems might make it difficult for us to fill all of our teaching positions for this next year. We need to hire 8 new teachers. As a result, we are looking for new ways to "spread the word."
Any help you can provide will be very much appreciated.
I don't have the attachment, but feel free to write to Ron Pope <email@example.com>
Malice to None. Good Will to All.
Peace and Justice to the World.
миру мир и благоволение в сердцах
From RAGA site:
"We are an association of Americans who believe it is in the U.S. national interests to foster friendship with Russia on the basis of mutual Good Will and non-interference in each other's affairs. RAGA is a gathering of people who share common interests in Russia's history, culture, religion, economy, politics and the way of life. We feel that Russian people have made outstanding contributions to humankind and are capable of greater achievements. We envision Russia as a strong, independent, proud and free nation and as a partner in achieving peace in the world."
W George Krasnow (=Vladislav Krasnov)
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