Moscow worried Russian ‘ceasing to be language of majority’ in Ukraine, Shchetkina says

A cartoon on the situation with languages in Ukraine cartoon.

 

Analysis & Opinion, Russia, Ukraine

The Kremlin isn’t pleased that the number of Ukrainians who use Russian is declining, but it if far more concerned with something else: the possibility even likelihood that “Russian too obviously is ceasing to be the language of the majority,” according to Kyiv commentator Kateryna Shchetkina.

That reflects its understanding of the way it can use the language issue against Ukraine not only now when Moscow’s actions have alienated many Ukrainians from all things Russian but in the future after the war is over and Moscow will again be better positioned to use its “soft power.”

Moscow’s position on language and Russians in Ukraine is something many Ukrainians do not fully understand, but to the extent they do, Shchetkina says, Ukrainians will see why changing their alphabet from the Cyrillic to the Latin script could ensure Ukraine will pass “the Lagrange limit” between Russia and Europe and become fully part of the latter.

Speaking at a recent Livadia conference, Russia’s education minister “expressed concern not so much about ‘the threat to the Russian language’ [in Ukraine] as to the sad fate of the Cyrillic alphabet from which one after another the former republics of the USSR have departed,” the Kyiv commentator says.

The minister’s words reflect a longer view than many are accustomed to adopting, she continues. “The problem of the reduction in the popularity of Russian is of course for them unpleasant, but in principle, it can be reversed. To love or not to love Russian culture, to read or not read Tolstoy is a political question.”

At present, Russia in Ukraine is “‘unpopular,’” Shchetkina points out. “But tomorrow, possibly, the situation will change.” And then Moscow will be able to recover its influence in Ukraine through the use of its numerous cultural channels. “Sometime the war will end,” and the larger country will seek to restore its dominance via other means.

Indeed, she says, “the return of Russian to the broad cultural spaces of the post-Soviet countries is completely possible: it is a question of time and a change of the political conjuncture.”

But until that happens, she says, “what is really important now in the language policy of Russia is not to permit ‘the Russian language population’ to be transformed into ‘a Russian diaspora.’ For Russia, at least with regards to Ukraine, a diaspora is a not terribly reliable level of pressure.”

Moscow fully understands this and that is why it spend so much time talking about “‘the Russian-language population’” of Ukraine. It “has never considered this population as a minority, let alone a diaspora.” Instead, the Russian regime does everything it can to blur the limits between Russian speakers and ethnicity.

“By defending ‘the Russian-language population,’” she says, Moscow pursues a variety of “hybrid goals,” not least of which is to suggest that Russia is intervening in Ukraine in support of what it views as “‘an oppressed majority,’” a conception that lends a certain patina of legitimacy to what Moscow is doing.

Consequently, Shchetkina says, “the problem of the Russian language in Ukraine from the point of view of Russia’s ruling clique is not the reduction in its use but that things be arranged so that Russian does not too obviously cease to be the language of the majority.” Thus, Moscow’s concern is about image rather than reality.

That is why Russian officials today are more concerned about maintaining or restoring the Cyrillic alphabet in the post-Soviet states than they are about the number of Russian speakers. The latter may go up or down, but the shift to Latin script marks a final break with a Moscow-centric world.

“From a political point of view, a shift from Cyrillic to the Latin script is an excellent move,” Shchetkina says. “It guarantees a rapid and radical break with Russia’s information space and its culture as a whole.” That is because “’the linguistic commonality’” of Ukrainian with Polish and Czech “is no less than with Russian.”

“But [Ukrainians today] read primarily Russian resources and not Polish ones. A transition to the Latin script would mean that already the next generation, raised on the Latin script would find it easier to read books, news, and social networks easier in Polish or even in English than in Russian.”

According to Shchetkina, “from the point of view of ‘a civilizational project,’ this shift would mark Ukraine’s escape from the orbit of the Russian empire and its move into the embrace of the Pax roman, the civilization formed by Latin.”

Obviously, there are and will be many arguments against such a move – including historical ones. But there is an overwhelming political one in favor: “we either will take radical measure [like this] or we will remain forever in ‘a united cultural space’ secured by ‘linguistic commonality.’”

Indeed, the Kyiv commentator says, “the alphabet can play here a key role, significantly more than the presence and number of ‘the Russian-language population.’” Ukrainian and Russian are too similar if they use the same alphabet to ensure that Ukrainian and thus Ukraine will have an independent future.

But if Ukraine shifts to Latin, that future will be ensured, not only because Ukraine will look westward rather than eastward but also because the Russians who remain in Ukraine will become a real diaspora rather than “‘the oppressed majority’” Moscow imagines them to be – and that will make better relations between Ukrainians and Russians there possible as well.


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  • Andrew Chmile

    Russian trolls & ***MOLES*** are against Ukraine having the same LANGUAGE LAWS as the Baltic Nations, —- Make Ukraine — UKRAINIAN !!!

    • David Malkin

      Serious question, do you even speak Ukrainian?
      I met many 2nd and 3rd generation Ukrainians in North America that don’t speak Ukrainian at all, or know only few words…

      Instead of arguing over Ukrainian or Russian language, Ukrainians should improve their of knowledge of English. Stop dubbing American movies and tv shows to Ukrainian, and instead just use English audio and Ukrainian subtitles!

      • Andrew Chmile

        Do you speak Ukrainian? — OR **RUSSIAN** ?
        A MORE SERIOUS & MUCH BETTER QUESTION — ISN’T IT?

        Can you figure out Y TF I ask it you “clever” scumbag? 😉

        Hmm … now let’s see….
        YOU ALSO STUPIDLY ROTE:

        “Instead of arguing over Ukrainian or Russian language,”

        FK WHAT **YOU** “THINK” !!!
        YOU GOT NO STAKE — SO YOU GOT NO SAY — STUPID MO FO!

        ” Ukrainians should
        improve their of knowledge of English.”

        See above! — AGAIN! — Continuing on …
        SO SHOULD FINNO-UGRIC MONGOLOIDOLS, IMHO.

        Additionally, THEY (Ugrics & related) HAVE AN **INNATE** LACK OF ABILITY FOR INDO-EUROPEAN LANGUAGES …. being Asiatic and all …. Ever hear the sh*ts pronounce “cup” for “cop” OR “cop’ for “cup”? :))))

        Scum can’t distinguish the “ou” —- too much sh*t & communism in their ears!!!
        Along with that ASIATIC LANGUAGE ….. too continue…

        “Stop dubbing American movies and
        tv shows to Ukrainian, and instead just use English audio and Ukrainian
        subtitle.

        Got better ideas! :)
        STOP USING RUSSO-MONGOLIAN!!! It’s UGLY & IS SH*T!
        Harder to learn “Anglish” from that LOW sh*t!
        (see above to refresh the “hint” with the “ou”)

        ELIMINATE ALL RUSSO-MONGOLIAN —- USE ALL UKRAINIAN — AND ENGLISH subtitles!

        Simpler! Better! Much easier to learn English from Ukrainian!

        Also — DO DUB American (AND ALL OTHER!!) flicks to Ukr. — FOR THE AUDIO & use English for the subtitles! — THUS ELIMINATING THAT **CLUNKY** & **ARCHAIC** & **PRIMITIVE** RUSKI LANGUAGE & A FASTER RESTORATION OF A **REAL** LANGUAGE —the NATIVE UKRAINIAN!!!

        Ruski is merely an ARTIFICIAL bastardized “mutt mix” of Church Slavonic & various mongoloidol lingual dribblings from the nomadic Siberian savages.

        Read (A LOT) more before you open your uneducated, ignorant Ruski MOUTH in civilized company! — CRETIN!

      • Oknemfrod

        I don’t see how your “serious” question is relevant to the topic. The article is not about Ukrainians in North America but about Ukrainian in Ukraine. As far as the latter is concerned, displacing Russian in favor of Ukrainian in all bailiwicks of life and raising the next generations to use Ukrainian in their daily communication is an existential issue. Adding English as a second language instead of Russian – as the Poles and Czechs have successfully done – will certainly help.

        The main thrust of the article, i.e. the latinization of the script, is a more contentious issue within the Ukrainian-speaking community itself for obvious reasons, some of which are mentioned in the article if you cared to read the original source. I’d say, though, that the hurdles on its definitely selectable path are of cultural and habitual nature – and not of technical, as some argue, for Ukrainian can be easily represented by the Latin alphabet, just like Polish and Czech are and Belarusian (the closest linguistic relative of Ukrainian) once was, too.

        p.s. All ensuing generations of immigrants in North America get increasingly more distant from the mother tongue of their predecessors – Ukrainians are not an exception. In fact, in the Ukrainian diaspora, especially in the locales where it is rather numerous, the tradition of keeping the original language alive and being spoken by default seems to be stronger than among other ethnic groups.

        • Ihor Dawydiak

          Very well stated. As you mentioned, “Adding English as a second language instead of Russian – as the Poles and Czechs have successfully done – will certainly help”. In fact, I would suggest that the Ukrainian Cyrillic script does not have to be changed into a Latin script as long as the youth are educated to become fluent in the English language. As such, the generational shift where more and more Ukrainians became bilingual in Ukrainian and English would not compromise certain aspects of the Ukrainian culture but would still open many avenues especially in the fields of international business, commerce, aeronautics, science and medicine, etc. by being able to converse in English. As for the Russian language in Ukraine, it would gradually become redundant in general except for those who wished or needed to maintain ties for cultural of business reasons. Therefore, should this become the new reality then then Ukraine’s full integration with the European Family of Nation would be a “fait accompli” and Russia’s hegemony over Ukraine would be thrown into the trash bin of history.

          • Oknemfrod

            Very well stated ;).

            I’m rather ambivalent on converting Ukrainian to the Latin script for the mere reason that so much classical Ukrainian literature has been written using Cyrillic and it’s kind of ingrained. Objectively thinking, though, I’d ideate that from a certain angle, it could be a positive development. In fact, I see no problem in using both, as the Serbs and Croats do for their two very close languages, seemingly encountering few problems, if any, in doing so. In time, it would be obvious in the natural course of development which one would win, and so be it. But whatever is good for eliminating Russian from usage on the Ukrainian soil, ought to go. Мрію про день, коли в Україні не чутиму собачого “язика”.

          • Ihor Dawydiak

            A very good analogy. It should also be added that the Cyrillic script predated the Russian language and as such the Russians do not own it nor did they develop it. The same can be said for the Latin script as no current national language can claim ownership. However, as you mentioned, there is both a historical and traditional connection between the Ukrainian language and its rich tradition and the use of the Cyrillic script which has nothing to do with the Russian language. Therefore, those who might associate the dropping of the Cyrillic script from the Ukrainian language in favor of the Latin script so as to create an artificial independence from the Russian language are making a superficial argument at best. However, what would enhance Ukrainian cultural and linguistic independence from Russian influences would be the introduction of English as a second language. That would be the ultimate and most deserving slap in the face that Great Russian chauvinists need to fully understand that their egotistically based discrimination against the Ukrainian language was the root cause of the demise of their archaic language in Ukraine.

          • Oknemfrod

            A funny thing is that the Russians are convinced they “own” Cyrillic (as they are confident about many other things that aren’t so). They get extremely testy when a country on which they have imposed it drop it in favor of Latin. Twas’ hilarious to watch their freakish reaction when Kazakhstan did it recently.

          • slavko

            By maintaining the Cyrillic – українська азбука, Ukraine also maintains continuity with her Christian history which goes back to the days of Old Church Slavonic. Some 40 letters and some that aren’t even being used anymore. Studies also have shown that when people can read and speak two or more different alphabets then the brain becomes even more developed. Latin letters are being used by countries more so which simplifies the process in language learning. However, the ability to read and understand even more symbols and to see the correlation adds greater depth in understanding and increases brain function especially when there is a fluidity from one alphabet to the other.

          • Oknemfrod

            True. I personally communicate with friends of mine in the Ukrainian North American diaspora using my own system of Ukrainian-Latin transliteration as fluently and freely as I use Cyrillic, with no diminution in mutual understanding at all. Here’s the text above written in L-U transliteration used in this manner:

            Tak. Ja osobysto spilkujus’ z druzjamy z pivnichno-amerykans’koji dijaspory, korystujuchys’ vlasnoju systemoju ukrajins’ko-latyns’koji transliteraciji tak samo biglo ta vil’no, jak ja korystujus’ kyrylyceju, bez shchonajmenshogo zbavku u vzajemnomu porozuminni.

          • slavko

            I understand you, yet this is the one area that it appears we disagree Oknemfrod. Now if I had the power… then I would insist that Ukrainian Cyrillic remain. I email in English with my Ukrainian friends since we all live in North America and keyboard is Anglo. When we talk we go back and forth with a mix of both languages depending on which word carries the best image. When speaking with older Ukrainians or the parents then it’s ALL Ukrainian with no borrowing of English words. And write notes to my parents or elder family ONLY in Ukrainian script. Surely we should not expect that older generations convert to Anglo/Latin alphabet in order to be understood.

            The problem with converting Ukrainian Cyrillic into Latin letters is that some letters and their combinations can be interpreted in more than one way. For example the “j” can be “dzshay” or “y” therefore the script is NOT pure for it lends itself to too many interpretations (just like the Koran) :) Now that only complicates things. Ukrainian script is such that there’s only one way to pronounce it. And so it is as clear as the blue sky after a big storm. There’s beauty in clarity.

            I can read and understand what you wrote in the last paragraph but it took effort and I can write it faster in Ukrainian script.

            My next point is that why should Ukrainians give such “high honor” to the English/Latin alphabet and forsake their own? Why should Ukrainians cutoff a part of their history? I am totally against the Anglicizing of the Ukrainian script as it just won’t be Ukrainian then but instead some bastardization and only for whom? Ukraine’s Cyrillic script is a part of their historical identity. It is unique from Bulgarian and Russian. And it should continue evolving in it’s own course. Besides that after knowing how the English Empire (much like the Russian) screwed things up all over the planet there’s no reason that Ukrainians should continue and aid their imperialism.

            The other point I will make is that for Ukraine in its present situation there are many more important issues to consider and deal with. Converting the whole country towards an Anglicized form of script would be tedious and extremely expensive. Ukraine simply should spend her money more wisely towards a broader betterment for the population rather than re-doing a script that really will only confuse things at a time that greater cohesion should be paramount. Ukraine as a nation needs to come closer together and doesn’t need things introduced that will only create needless differences.

            Sorry but I’m a hard a$$ and a purist when it comes to certain things. Forgive my lengthy monologue here. I sometimes do get carried away.

          • Oknemfrod

            All this is nice and well. Note, however, that I haven’t said “drop the Cyrillic script”. I only say that there’s a degree of merit from a number of viewpoints in using the Latin one. Moreover, there’s nothing wrong in allowing both to coexist and see which one will get prevalent as a result of the free competition over time. As I’ve already said, the Serbs and the Croats have no problem reading each other’s scripts, and in fact when the two were one country both scripts coexisted rather peacefully.

            One extra advantage of the Latin script I haven’t mentioned is that it could expose more foreigners to Ukrainian and, if transliteration is reasonably done, to giving them an idea how Ukrainian sounds. E.g., the street sign for the Maidan is currently labeled “Майдан Незалежності” alongside with “Independence Square”. The Cyrillic line tells an Englishman or German or Spaniard nothing of how it sounds, yet adding something like “Maidahn Nezalezhnosti” perhaps would.

          • slavko

            Ha ha ha… good one!! I will give you that and will not argue against that. :)

          • Geralt von RIva

            https://disqus.com/home/discussion/channel-ukrainetoday/former_president_of_ukraine_the_european_union_has_brought_ukraine_to_its_knees/

            the europeans were already in. ie france and germany have already since long plants and other stuff in ukraine.
            what ukraine could do is ie support strongly its IT industry. their distance to the european customer is 1 hour by plane. way less than from india. and the indian know it already. so in this branch it would make more sense to work with ukrainians in ukraine instead let them come to europe and pay way more wages.

          • slavko

            But Ukraine IS in Europe isn’t it?! And it’s good that Germany and France have plants in Ukraine that helps with jobs for people. Still better if more would come and Ukrainians could have even more employment. I think that the Russo-centric volk are jealous of Ukrainian success WITHOUT Russian influence. Also understanding is that Ukraine is supporting its IT industry and that it is developing nicely. India’s IT is VERY strong and I hope that Ukraine can emulate India’s success in that sector. You probably have read how India is putting multiple satellites into space for a fraction of the cost of what any other country can do. I think they set a record not too long ago with 30 satellites launched and set into place with one rocket. I’m sure that Ukraine is capable of competing against India in that market. The Indians are very smart especially after centuries of invasions and they survived by sheer will. Ukraine is the same. But Ukraine cannot afford any more presidents or people in her government like Kuchma or Yanukovitch.

          • Geralt von RIva

            airbus is a french company. i dont know why german companies buy more in, but i have somehow the feeling ukrainian companies were already assigned in the beginning.
            i had once a half indian gf. i know how they operate^^

            Biogas for the Donbass: Berlin entrepreneurs are at risk
            Stefan Scholl
            18.06.2017 – 7:10 pm

            WOLNOWACHA In Donbass the most modern Ukrainian biogas plant is in operation – designed by a risky engineer from Germany.

            There is not much of the war lurking around the corner. The place is still unsurfaced, chained-dogs are sitting in front of fresh-timbered wooden huts, which watch over the grounds. The most important thing: the plant works. Lars Klinkmüller is wearing broad work – boots, black corduroy trousers and black plastic jacket – clothes as a local mechanic. But Klinkmüller, head of the Berlin engineering firm CarboCycle, has planned the whole project. Actually, it should be a thoroughly calculated million investment in Ukraine. But then came the war, the location Wolovacha became a front area and the million investment to the foolishness. “War or not,” says Klinkmüller, 56, unapologetic, “in any case, the installation is a pioneer work.”

            When the first foundations were laid, the war broke out

            The farm is now running, with 40 tons of cow dung, 65 tons of maize and sorghum, one tonne of foodstuffs, grain dust and sunflower husks migrating into the double heart of the plant, two tin-green fermenting tanks. There, microbes ferment the organic mass into dung, but above all to biogas. The generator of the inconspicuous power plant next to it makes electric power. At the end of June, the first electricity will flow into the urban cable. The facility can supply 3500 households with electricity, after all half Wolnowacha.

            The open stock company Ecoprod is the largest agricultural enterprise in the district of Wolnowacha with 22,000 hectares of arable land and 6000 dairy cows. “Biogas is actually not our preference,” says Director General Ivan Melnik, a gray-haired, peasant taciturn and strong man. In 2008, the technology began to interest him in transforming cow dung and hay into electricity. At that time the Ukrainian state introduced “green tariffs” for bioenergy. It guaranteed the producers a price of 13.2 cents per kilowatt hour, slightly less than Germany paid until 2014. Biogas now also reckons in Wolnowacha – helping the hard-hit local economy.

            Property was under artillery fire

            The history of biogas in the war area actually started quite normally. CarboCycle was awarded the contract by four German applicants – before the conflict broke out. Also because Klinkmüller explained it to the east ukrainian in their everyday language: Russian. He had still graduated from the Institute of Chemical Engineering in Soviet Moscow. It was agreed to build a three-megawatt large-scale plant for 5.4 million euros. After a long wait for the state subsidy there was finally the green light for the construction site in Wolnowacha.

            And then came the war. The first foundations and concrete walls were straight, when bloody unrest broke out in the Donbass in April 2014. In the morning of May 22nd, a group of separatists showed up and killed 16 soldiers. The Donbass became a battlefield. Since then, Wolnowacha has not been ten kilometers behind the front. Ecoprod property was also under artillery fire, a security guard was killed, two were injured.

            Agriculture has become an economic motor

            The project stood still for two and a half years. “We’ve really lost money,” Bogdan Rogacheko, deputy general manager, sighs. It was decided to build only a 1.5-megawatt line.

            Ukrainian farmers are stubborn. Millions of citizens ensure their survival from their own front yard. And despite the delayed reforms under the reigning Prime Minister Petro Poroshenko, the agricultural industry reported a new record of 66 million tons of grain last year. It grew by 6.1 per cent and now accounts for 12 per cent of the Ukrainian economic output. “Agriculture has become the economic locomotive of Ukraine.” In Rogachev’s words, pride is a part. Also because the situation has calmed down somewhat. Meanwhile, the front is also called the armistice line. Nevertheless, Klinkmüller often hears gunner. However, Wolnowacha prefers to ignore the range of enemy rocket launchers. Shops and cafés are open, women push pushchairs through the low brick architecture surrounded by fruit trees.

            westuropeans usually do not react so calmly. Three suppliers from Germany and Austria had to assemble components on site. But only one sent their technicians. A second leaned completely, for safety reasons. Ecoprod construction workers assembled themselves, the suppliers conducted them via Skype. In the third company the hired mechanics refused to come.

            The country could become independent of Russian gas

            In the Ukraine, Klinkmüller has counted ten biogas plants. Only about one percent of Ukrainian energy comes from regenerative sources. But the potential is enormous, says Klinkmüller, who, despite the conflict, likes to deal with far-reaching scenarios. “5000 three-megawatt plants would be 30 billion cubic meters of biogas per year,” he estimates meticulously. “Then Ukraine would no longer need Russian gas.” Six million hectares of arable land would be needed. Four to eight million acres lago simultaneously broke. Sure, construction costs 25 billion euros. “But how much does Ukraine pay for gas imports per year?”

            Cigarette pause on the platform in front of the office building. “There is always a wind in Wolnowacha,” says Klinkmüller. “There should also be wind turbines here.” His company has inquiries from Ukraine and Belarus, including one from Kaluga near Moscow. However, the Russians are hardly interested in alternative energies.

            In the sky above Wolnowacha, shining white clouds float towards the east. The front is silent. Russia, which lies behind it, seems to be farther and farther away. Also, as energy is concerned.

            https://www.waz.de/wirtschaft/biogas-fuer-den-donbass-berliner-unternehmer-geht-ins-risiko-id210952301.html

          • Andrew Chmile

            “i had once a half indian gf. i know how they operate^^ ”

            ALWAYS scheming …. sneaking … calculating ….
            Well …. at least she had to deal with the German equivalent…
            —- YOU! :)

            At least she “thought” you were a real German …. so you fooled her…

          • Geralt von RIva

            she was born and raised in germany. so not much indian left. but she had a family. 😉 at least we parted because she took the wrong direction during a bicyle trip^^

          • Andrew Chmile

            Was she any good?

          • Geralt von RIva

            she was the best dancer i ever had. she had the rhythm in her blood and reacted on every signal i gave her.
            other dancers can dislocate your arms.^^

          • Andrew Chmile

            that kind of “grace” is rare!

            That does NOT sound Indian though ….

          • Geralt von RIva

          • Geralt von RIva

            we prepare for your president^^

            “Fence-Sex and weapon dances before G20
            Hamburg sends Berlinparty policemen home

            1000 Berlin police officers support the Hamburg colleagues around the G20 summit. Some of them let it then crash in their accommodation – with tabledance, grouping and sex on the fence. Now three hundred will become send back home.

            The Hamburg police have sent three Berlin operating hundreds back to the capital sooner than planned because of improper behavior. In the accommodation of the policemen it had come to a wild party, wrote the “B.Z.” In the run-up to the G20 summit on 7th and 8th July, the Berliners
            were subordinated to the Hamburg operating commando in the Hanseatic town.

            The Berlin police officers were accommodated in a container village. According to the report, the guards watched as the officials loudly celebrated and urinated in a row. A couple had public sex on the fence of the area. An official should have been clothed with a bathrobe and danced with a gun in the hand on the table.

            “It is embarrassing how the colleagues behaved there,” quoted the “B.Z.” The spokesman for the Berlin police. In a tweet the authorities announced possible consequences. According to the report, the hundreds were justified by the fact that “there was no TV, no free time”. Between the stakes one was bored and “perched on each other”. In the Berlin authorities, however, a “leadership problem” is mentioned.

            The Berlin police are clearly notorious among the Hamburg colleagues. Thus,
            the officials from the capital during a past joint Castor mission in
            Gorleben have been celebrated excessively outside the service. That is why the Berlin Hundreds had been quartered in a former asylum-seekers’ home. The folder service was instructed to document any violation.

            The officials are among the 1000 police officers who were to support their colleagues in Hamburg. Around the G20 summit, up to 20,000 police officers from all over Germany are used in the Hansestadt.

            http://bilder.bild.de/fotos/sex-skandal-bei-berliner-polizei-200431167-52331458/Bild/2.bild.jpg

          • Andrew Chmile

            Are they all homosexuals?

          • Geralt von RIva

            we have also female police officers^^

          • Andrew Chmile

            Can I have one?

          • Geralt von RIva

            http://bilder.bild.de/fotos/katja-lehmann-31-26784118-24480014/Bild/3.bild.jpg

            xxx was the only water cannon commander in the right-wing extremist demonstration in the Hamburg district of Wandsbek. She was in action for 18 hours, from 7 in the morning to 1 in the morning.

            “Everyone should be able to go out and express their opinions,” says Katja Lehmann: “But the disrespect and aggressiveness against the police makes me angry.”

            http://www.bild.de/regional/hamburg/demonstrationen/wasserwerfer-polizistin-berichtet-24479352.bild.html

          • Andrew Chmile
          • Andrew Chmile

            Your English is getting better ….. Like Maria’s after she posted a lot & fought with the monhols all the time! :)

          • Andrew Chmile

            Excellent points!

            But MOST business people don’t know about Ukraine.
            The polaks do! :)

            In “THE OLD TIMES” — the Germans used to travel to do business in Ukraine — HISTORICALLY.

            “OLD GERMAN TRADING ROUTES” — and unlike with Russians, the Germans had no problems with Ukes…. Germans with Ruski? …. well…. Ruski always hated everybody…. Germans knew that… in OLD TIMES they preferred Ukes.

            Nothing really changes, does it?

            Interestingly, there are now more “discount airlines” opening up & flying to Ukraine.

          • Geralt von RIva

            wizair was flying from hamburg/lübeck directly. but this discounted airlines dont use german main airports like ie hamburg but small ones 50-100 km away from the main airport. and the airport lübeck went bankrupt after a chinese bought it. dont know why rianair dont fly it.

            frankfurt/hahn is also a small airport 50 km away from frankfurt.

          • Andrew Chmile

            But depends on WHERE they land in Ukraine …. and arrangements …. costs… time …
            how much of a discount, etc…

            “..and the airport lübeck went bankrupt after a chinese bought it.”

            Hmm…. so they do stupid sh*t….. I know the Chinks are looking at Ukraine…. agriculture!

            I HOPE the Ukie government passes a law like Thailand —- THAT **ONLY** CITIZENS CAN **OWN** LAND in Thailand!

          • Geralt von RIva
          • Andrew Chmile

            NovHorod *was* a “Rus” (Ukrainian) city UNTIL Ivan Grozny (Ivan the Terrible) slaughtered EVERY man, woman, child there. For the Ruski — white Slavic people were an enemy race, speaking an alien language, culture, etc…

            Ruski don’t like it when I REMIND them of that … as Ruski like to PRETEND they are Slavic & white. :)))

            There were NO Slavs, whites …. “up there” in Russia. Only Asiatic savages.

          • Andrew Chmile

            “One extra advantage of the Latin script I haven’t mentioned is that it
            could expose more foreigners to Ukrainian and, if transliteration is
            reasonably done, to giving them an idea how Ukrainian sounds. E.g., the
            street sign for the Maidan is currently labeled “Майдан Незалежності”
            alongside with “Independence Square”. The Cyrillic line tells an
            Englishman or German or Spaniard nothing of how it sounds, yet adding
            something like “Maidahn Nezalezhnosti” perhaps would.”

            AHA !!!

            Now go & tell this to the Persians, Hindus, Arabs etc…. !!!
            Talk about “reaching for sh*t!” 😉

        • Andrew Chmile

          Seems you’ve FORCED him (or I have?) to delete his comment.

          Which, despite his supposed “shrewdness” — was PLAINLY STUPID!

          Which allowed us both to have some fun with him!

          As THOUGH — * I * — would answer a question by ANY monhol ….
          he didn’t like it when I pointed out an error in his English …. while in the MIDST of his injunctions for Ukes to learn English (& by implication to NOT at all learn Ukie :))))

          They are such **STUPIT** fks!!! — Esp. when they are being “most monhol clever” !!! — WoW!!!

          How can anyone STAND them???!!

          • Oknemfrod

            Well, at least deleting a comment after realizing that it’s pointless is better than doubling down by adding another “proof” that 2+2=5 (the default putinoid modus operandi on this and other online fora).

          • Andrew Chmile

            he was FAR too humiliated ….. but yeah, you’re right!

            Usually they INDEED DO “double down” in that most obstinate RUSKI display of EXTREME —- “Ruski ENDURANCE/STUPIDITU” — that makes you wanna kill them for being so stupid!

          • Andrew Chmile

            Here’s a good one from Julia (Yulia) Davis — this REALLY p*ssed her off I see :)

            “When someone doesn’t give a damn whether their lie is even remotely believable.
            Putin is vile and utterly shameless.
            #RussiaLies

            https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/874414787584765954/photo/1

          • Oknemfrod

            Yup, but I’ll say this. I understand her well-justified emotion invoked by someone telling a blatant lie when everybody knows it’s a lie and he knows that everybody knows it. Yet reacting to Putler in this manner is based on the presumption that he acts shamefully with the realization that what he’s doing is a shame. And here’s where people like Julia get it wrong. They think he understands the notions of “shame” and “conscience” just like they do merely because he looks like a human being (albeit an extremely ugly and repugnant one). But the truth is, this creature is as completely void of those things as an amoeba, and expecting of him to not lie because it’s shameful or not kill because it runs counter to the sanctity of human life is the same as expecting from a croc not to eat.

          • Andrew Chmile

            Not sure IF my above was at all visible, i.e. …. the Julia Davis quote of & about Putin WITH the image:
            “”When someone doesn’t give a damn whether their lie is even remotely believable. Putin is vile and utterly shameless ”

            — it was a quote of Putin’s via TASS — on TWITTER.
            Which was NOT visible on my “end”?? — yours??

            — I’ll try it here in this, different, format — as a jpeg.
            I thought it worth a chuckle … Yulia did not it appears… Kyiv people have little humor in this regard it appears…

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8709d6eab33961820b1cab7a0b7f55b927d1adc5237c929f55fbeaddb36d94a1.jpg

          • Oknemfrod

            I did see it – followed your link. Thanks.

          • Andrew Chmile

            Na! :)

            Interesting …. too bad Trump is a Traitor …. & the Germans are greedy & stupid with Nordstream II. (The Rothschilds of Anglo-Royal Dutch Shell want it so…. that’s it! )

            http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/ukrainealert/the-senate-just-passed-a-monumental-new-russia-sanctions-bill-here-s-what-s-in-it#.WUGfeeNKg2E.twitter

            Gazprom to receive funding for Nord Stream 2 pipeline

            Five European energy groups will provide loans to contentious project

            https://www.ft.com/content/32898bae-28f3-11e7-9ec8-168383da43b7?mhq5j=e2

          • Andrew Chmile

            “FOLLOW THE MONEY!” — Deep Throat

            Sec of State TILLERSON is a LIAR & A TRAITOR!

          • Andrew Chmile
          • Oknemfrod

            Yeah. Imbeciles. They have icons with Stalin on them, too. But it is Bandera who is their devil incarnate. Go figure.

          • Andrew Chmile

            Subject:

            Moscow worried Russian ‘ceasing to be language of majority’ in Ukraine, Shchetkina says

            But …

            Ya’ know Paulie …. it seems to me, from WTF I hear & C on youTube ….
            that Ruski language is THE language of & for homosexuality in
            Ukraine…. just as it was (& still is) for communism, so it is
            for homosexuality in Ukraine.

            But it makes sense when I think about it ….

          • Andrew Chmile

            “But it is Bandera who is their devil incarnate. Go figure.”

            You weren’t kidding I see! :)
            ——————————————–

            Interviews with Igor Strelkov

            Igor Strelkov’s First Interview After the Breakout from Slavyansk, July 5, 2014

            Posted by Gleb Bazov ⋅ July 5, 2014 ⋅ 4 Comments

            Filed Under Armed Resistance, Artillery, Artyomovsk, Bandera, Banderovtsy, Bandits, Battle, Breakout, Breakthrough, Central Military Council, Civil War, Commander, Crimea, Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity, Donetsk, Donetsk People’s Republic, DPR, Ethnic Cleansing, Fascism, Fascists, Field Commander, Garrison, Genocide, Igor Strelkov, Kiev, Kramatorsk, Krasniy Perekopsk, LPR, Lugansk People’s Republic, Marauders, Massacre, Military, Military Commandant, Minister of Defence, Monsters, Mortar, Murderers, National Guard, NazGuard, Nazi, Nazis, Nazism, Nikolayevka, Perekop, Polizei, Poroshenko, Resistance, Slavyansk, Ukraine, Ukrainian Armed Forces, Ukrainian National Guard, United Ukraine, War, War Crimes

            Igor Strelkov: “Genuine fascists are advancing against us, fascists in the very same sense that our predecessors understood this word. Monsters. Murderers. Bandits. Marauders. Pure “Polizei”—Banderovtsy, just as they once were.”

            ————————————-
            Holy Sh*t! — I’m getting scared now!!! WTF!!!! ???
            Hmm … above sh*t from:
            ———-

            Slavyangrad.org
            No Limit to Our Anger (c) V. M. Molotov

            https://slavyangrad.org/2016/07/03/did-roman-shukhevych-do-something-bad/

            {{Another brilliant article from above!!! BEHOLD!!!}}

            FILED UNDER: Bandera, Great Patriotic War, Nazis, Nazism, Nazism in Ukraine, Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, Stepan Bandera

            “Could someone put on a mask of Shukhevych and the UPA uniform and start to kill the Poles?”

            {{{ EASILY! —- THEY WERE @SSHOLES!!! –like “laker48” — SO FK ‘EM!!!
            to continue….}}}

            “An ultimatum was issued to the Poles to leave the region within 48
            hours, which, of course, was not implemented. And then the massacre
            began. That was a simple Galician way to solve the territorial disputes.”

            {{{ Sounds OK to me …. No Uke invited them to starve Ukes & steal land & sh*t that I know of … & lying polak “laker48” doesn’t count… and this article continues! — AND IT STARTS TO MAKE UKES LOOK BAD !!! :) }}}

            You were right…. They are REALLY —- bat shit crazy — about Bandera & Ukes etc…

            They not only contaminate Wiki & etc sh*t …. they are even WORSE than the polaks & even crazier! — Ah sweah!!! — [email protected]!

            “They” even have a “Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies” — Seriously! :))
            They must be dropping a LOT of “acid” or something!

            The polaks do their lying & BS out of volunteer insanity! — Ruski PAY for this sh*t!

            & Ukes wind up between both @ssholes whose land/territory has HEMNO but a LOT of EXTREMELY STUPID PEOPLE!

          • Andrew Chmile

            Overwhelmingly Ruski …. they got smarter this time & had a few Ukie flags out…. I never seen them carry any before now … Came from all over Ukieland for this … This will make the EU “feel better” :)

            — at least the “controlling or more influential parties” to be more accurate. :)

            So they had their BS “display” …

          • Andrew Chmile

            Seems the Drag Queens, being “the stars of the show” — had to be taken to the event by an armored car…. Good thing they all speak Russian it appears…

          • Andrew Chmile

            Just in:
            https://sg.news.yahoo.com/stalin-tops-putin-russian-poll-greatest-historical-figures-110751136.html

            Julia Davis TWITTER FEED is VERY GOOD! :)
            I found the above via her. She also re-tweets good stuff!

            https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews

          • Oknemfrod

            Yes, and what’s more interesting is that the Russians have picked Stalin as the greatest historical figure of all time not in the ex-USSR space alone but in the whole world. So say the people in the country where hardly a creature doesn’t have a great or grand great relative not murdered by Stalin’s secret police.

            In this sense, the lineage to Putin as the “second greatest” is indicative since he’s the one who’s made the today’s Russia ruled by the secret police conflated with criminal mafia directly and robbing the very same Russians blind in broad daylight.

            What do they say about the “Russian soul”? That it’s “impossible to figure out”? But indeed.

          • Andrew Chmile
      • Andrew Chmile

        YOU ROTE:

        “…Ukrainian at all, or know only few words…”
        ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

        Stupid fuk!
        Learna da ANGLISH — YOURSELF!!!

        — BEFORE you tell Ukrainians they should
        learn English …. (while suggesting IN EFFECT they should essentially ignore THEIR OWN LANGUAGE) —
        — while being **RUSSIFIED** with that intellectually RETARDING
        & most UNPLEASANT (i.e. ugly!) ALIEN & ASIATIC language… known as Russian.

        Russians are also prone to sexual deviancy besides their USUAL DISHONESTY & STUPIDITY!

        PROOF:
        http://www.kvir.ru/articles/gei-bez-kompleksov.html

  • zorbatheturk

    RuSzsian linguistic hegemony will not stand.