Russian opposition must make right of secession centerpiece of its program, Skobov says

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Aleksandr Skobov

Because imperialism has been and remains at the root of almost all of Russia’s problems, Aleksandr Skobov says, Russian opposition parties, which today are almost as imperialist as the Kremlin, must make the right of free and unilateral secession a centerpiece of their programs.

The Moscow commentator’s argument on that point comes in an essay posted online today in response to two articles by essayist Irina Birn about Russian imperialism ( and

Skobov says that despite some small disagreements at the margins, he fully supports Birn’s two key arguments. On the one hand, she argues that “the chief generator of the reproduction of our most serious and negative historical illnesses — from authoritarianism, paternalism, and lack of respect for human rights to trivial corrupt – is the imperial character of Russian statehood.”

“The Russian state was and remains a prison house of peoples, which were joined together by force and are kept together by force. That in turn always has required and requires now a hypertrophic apparatus of force and the systematic application of force. And that then gives rise to and reproduces all the enumerated delights of our life,” Skobov says.

And on the other, he continues, Birn points out that “the majority of representatives even of the radical extra-systemic opposition, not to mention its systemic part, has not decided to talk about it,” but rather to remain silent because so many ordinary Russians and Russian politicians are just as infected with imperialism as is the Kremlin.

“Beyond any doubt,” Skobov says, “Russia must be completely ‘recreated’ in the form of a voluntary confederate union of sovereign subjects which will have the constitutionally recognized right of free exit from the union without any requirement for agreement on the part of other subjects.”

That is, he says, the subjects must have “the right to UNILATERAL SECESSION,” just as some of them had in the Soviet constitution but with this difference: Unlike in the Soviet basic law, there must be described precisely a legal method for realizing that right and that right must be respected.

Because of the centrality of imperialism as the source of Russia’s problems, Skobov continues, a demand for such constitutional change must not only become part of the programs of “the genuinely democratic opposition” but must be treated “as one of the most important.” And that demand must be accompanied by another, he suggests.

This demand must be made real by programmatic calls for the new Russia to give up all weapons of mass destruction and “above all nuclear ones.” That will provide “not only a guarantee from attempts at a new imperial revanchism, from attempts to blackmail the world and destroy the international order.”

It will also, Skobov argues, change not only Russia but other countries as well “not only politically but also morally.” Indeed, he concludes, if Russians find the strength to take these steps, “the world after that will become a different place.”



Edited by: A. N.

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  1. Avatar veth says:

    06.05.17 12:58 “My great-grandmother survived Buchenwald and Reykjavik,” – ‘DPR’ leader Zakharchenko. VIDEO
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    Video of the Zakharchenko’s briefing was published online, Censor.NET reports.

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    1. Avatar Alex George says:

      ???? ;o)

      1. Avatar veth says:

        Everyone survived Reykjavik hahahahahaah

        1. Avatar Eolone says:

          They survived frostbite and the American troops.

        2. Avatar Murf says:

          What did they do for punishment; make them herd sheep?

      2. Avatar veth says:

        And her grandson became a fascist…………….

      3. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:


        1. Avatar Alex George says:

          Andrew Chile is a russki mole. He attacks Ukrainians and their supporters whenever he can. He has been banned from numerous pro-Ukrainian blogs for precisely this reason

          He also pretends to be Ukrainian when he isn’t. pretends to care about the Ukrainian language when he doesn’t (merely using it as an excuse to attack Russian-speaking Ukrainians) and pretends to live in Ukraine, when he doesn’t.

          1. Avatar Ihor Dawydiak says:

            True, but you can’t expect all that much from someone who is a Grade 2 dropout and subsequently became a hermit/troll living under some dilapidated bridge in East St. Louis.

    2. Avatar gmab says:

      He’s Jewish?

      1. Avatar Ihor Dawydiak says:

        Nobody really knows. He was allegedly abandoned as a baby by unknown parents and was found in a cabbage patch whereupon after being treated in a hospital it was discovered that he had contracted brain damage caused by syphilis.

        1. Avatar gmab says:

          Well, he DOES have that look.

  2. Avatar veth says:

    The United States within the framework of the program for information security support has transferred a TV tower to Ukraine, which is being now installed in Luhansk region, Ukrainian Minister of Information Policy Yuriy Stets has said.

    “There is a definite support program for Ukraine’s information security, for example, from NATO or country missions, including the United States. This concerns financial support. The television tower, which the United States transferred as technical assistance, is now being installed in Luhansk region. The tower is built in the United States, was transported to Ukraine, and now it is being installed there,” Stets said on the air of the channel.

    He noted a number of countries provide Ukraine with financial and technical assistance in information

    1. Avatar Alex George says:

      Great to hear. The new radio broadcasting tower near Crimea began operating a few weeks ago too. Later this year they will extend its height, and boost the signal

      Putin likes hybrid warfare, but he forgot that two can play at that game!

      1. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

        RUSKI MOLE “Alex George”

        You are a LYING, COWARDLY, PAID RUSKI ***MOLE**.

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        1. Avatar Alex George says:

          On the contrary – you are the lying and cowardly paid Russian mole. And you are the one who is against Ukraine and against the use of the Ukrainian language in Ukraine.

          That is why you continually attack friends of Ukraine, at every opportunity.

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            This annoying AI bot should be banned from these blogs. And there are many others that need purging as well.

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            He a racist Georgian.
            Apart from Russia bashing you can’t even get along. Same with Poland.

      2. Avatar Mick Servian says:

        No he didn’t.
        He just learned to do what the west has been doing for years.

    2. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

      LET THEM BROADCAST IN **UKRAINIAN** — NOT RUSKI like the RUSKI MOLE — “Alex George” want!

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    RuSSians must be put in cages.

    1. Avatar Fortranz says:

      Problem is no zoo would want to display these animals.

      1. Avatar zorbatheturk says:


      2. Avatar Mick Servian says:

        Another racist

    2. Avatar Mick Servian says:

      Another racist comment from a racist turd.

      1. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

        Trolls and RuSSians belong in the same cage.

  4. Avatar Mick Servian says:

    A Russophobes wet dream calling for international law to be
    I agree but in the spirit of a global leader countries like the US and Spain etc should do the same if not first.
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  5. Avatar Mick Servian says:

    Eh let’s put Ukraine in that bracket. Let’s see how that sounds.
    Ukrainian opposition should run on a platform of the breakaway republics seceding. It’s obvious that Ukraine wouldn’t have any problems if they did.
    Look at Crimea. Peaceful resolution. Another thing. Ukraine should unilaterally disarm. This would bolster world peace all over.