National responsibility: Why Savchenko is not a ticking bomb for Ukraine

Nadiya Savchenko's first day in Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament)

Nadiya Savchenko's first day in Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) 

Analysis & Opinion, Politics, Russia, Ukraine

Article by: Vitaliy Portnikov

Recently, Putin’s so-called “special Savchenko operation” has become the favourite topic of Russian propagandists, who are saying the Russian president let Savchenko leave in order to destabilize Ukraine.

Russian media imply that Savchenko will become a “pain in the neck” for Poroshenko. She will accelerate the collapse of the Ukrainian government  and Putin will then ride into Kyiv on a white horse.

Of course, the media is trying to explain the Russian president’s decision to pardon a person who was accused of complicity in the murder of Russian journalists… even though it was never proved, but do liars really need evidence?

Why are such explanations needed in Russia? The answer is simple – the irresponsibility of Russians and their lack of understanding of what a real state and its citizens stand for.

Russia has never been such a state… ever! This territory has always been ruled by feudal lords and their greedy associates. It matters little what this lord was called – Peter the Great, Catherine II, Stalin or Putin.

It is important to underline that the lord’s subjects have never been able to resolve anything. Everything depends on the feudal lord. If he wants to bring in reform… fine! If he wants everything to remain the same… wonderful! If he wants to steal a piece of land… no problem! If he wants to give it back… well, what a great guy!

When Khrushchev transferred Crimea from the RSFSR [Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic – Ed.] to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, everyone in the USSR was happy. When Putin stole it, everyone in Russia was happy. And, when Putin finally puts Crimea in its right place, everyone will be ecstatic! Both in Russia and in Crimea. Such are those people. Serfs – from the minister at the top of the ladder to the last homeless guy on the street.

In Russia, free-spirited people are considered insane, and they are soon driven out or treated. There’s even a Russian diagnosis for this malady – slow schizophrenia. This is when a person suddenly starts doubting the brilliance and greatness of its ruler. Made in the USSR!

Therefore, Russians believe that Savchenko will spit on Ukraine. And everyone else should too. After all, we Ukrainians don’t have a tsar, hence, we are all doomed to live in chaos. Nadiya will make it even more chaotic…

The fact that Savchenko may actually be concerned about the future of the country, for which she was ready to die, is something that a slave can never comprehend. So, I must disappoint all Russian propagandists and “sovoks” in our country: Savchenko is not a ticking bomb.

Nadiya Savchenko is much more responsible than many Ukrainian politicians and demagogues. She will work for the good of our country, and not towards dismantling Ukrainian statehood.

She will work with people who represent this country and who are changing it, and not with the ambitious or the corrupt who spit on Ukraine and work only to consolidate their own future. This is exactly the level of responsibility that we should demand from each person we trust.

Photos: Nadiya Savchenko’s first days in Parliament

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Translated by: Christine Chraibi

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  • Dagwood Bumstead

    Correction: it wasn’t Khrushchev who transferred the Crimea to the USSR, but Malenkov, conform a decision taken by Stalin but not carried out until 1954 due to Stalin’s death in March 1953.
    Before his death Stalin was both 1st Secretary of the CPSU, and Chairman of the Council of Ministers and Prime Minister. Malenkov succeeded Stalin in both functions, though he eventually handed over the function of 1st Secretary of the CPSU to Khrushchev in September 1953. One suspects that this handover was not entirely voluntary, but forced on him by the Politburo that, after the experience with Stalin’s terror, no longer wanted such absolute power in the hands of one man.
    Stalin’s decision to transfer the Crimea was a sound one as Malenkov and Khrushchev discovered when they visited the Crimea in the summer of 1953 to see for themselves. They concluded that the Crimea’s problems could indeed best be solved by the transfer to the Ukrainian SSR.

    • Alex George

      True enough.

      And in any case, the actual decision was rubber-stamped by a decree of the Praesidium of the Supreme Soviet. A sensible decision, and as near to legal as any decision made in the USSR.

  • Alex George

    “Why are such explanations needed in Russia? The answer is simple – the irresponsibility of Russians and their lack of understanding of what a real state and its citizens stand for.”

    I suggest there is a little more to it than that. Putin is sitting on a seething cauldron of dissatisfied people – different groups dissatisfied for different reasons. One of the major groups is the pan-Russian nationalists (exemplified e.g. by Igor Strelkov (Girkin)) and they are not happy about Savchenko being released. They see it as a climb-down and a loss of face for Russia – which it is.

    So Putin’s media managers are trying to spread this idea that it was all some brilliant macchiavellian move by Putin to somehow destabilise Ukraine. Which is rubbish – the article is right about that bit. Nadiya is going to shake up the Rada a bit, since she is so blunt, but her main focus will be on getting back those hostages still held by Russia. Smart pollies like Poroshenko will be able to work with her.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      Nadya’s cooperation with Poroshenko and the government will only go so far. While she will certainly cooperate in getting the hostages back, I think she will be a serious thorn in their collective sides if they don’t get serious about tackling corruption. Nadya has enormos prestige in the country and used wisely she may finally force the country’s leaders to actually start DOING something instead of merely paying lip service to the idea of getting rid of Public Enemy No. 1, corruption.