In vicious language that makes the notorious Morgenthau Plan for Germany in 1945 look like a first draft of the Marshall Plan of assistance, a RIA Novosti journalist says Moscow must dismember Ukraine, occupy it for at least a generation, execute or sentence to hard labor the leaders of Ukraine, and ideologically rework all other Ukrainians.
Timofey Sergeytsev says in chilling detail that “de-Nazification consists of a complex of measures to be applied to the Nazified mass of the population which technically cannot be subject to direct punishment as military criminals” and that Russia must be prepared to act alone and for a long time to achieve this goal.
- Full text of Sergeytsev’s article translated by Mariia Kravchenko, revised and annotated by Susan Smith-Peter: A Russian Plan for the Genocide of the Ukrainian People
- A perspective on the article by the historian of the Soviet and German genocides Timothy Snyder: Russia’s genocide handbook
Nazis in Ukraine “who have taken up arms must be to the maximum extent possible be destroyed on the field of battle,” he continues; and there must not be any talk of making a discussion between the Ukrainian armed forces and “the so-called national battalions” or territorial defense units. All of them are “equally guilty in the genocide of the Russian people.”
“A total lustration” of these units “must be carried out, the RIA Novosti journalist says. But besides the leaders, “a significant part of the popular masses are guilty as passive Nazis or accomplices of Nazism. They supported the Nazi power.” They must be reeducated in all spheres in the most forceful ways by ideological “repressions” and “harsh censorship.”
According to the journalist who works for the Russian government’s news service, “de-Nazification can be conducted only by the victor,” a country with “unlimited control over the process” and a power which will ensure this control. In that regard, “the country undergoing de-Nazification cannot be sovereign.”
The country conducting the de-Nazification of Ukraine, Russia, “cannot adopt a liberal approach. The ideology of the de-Nazifier cannot be challenged by the guilty side that is being subjected to de-Nazification.” Moreover, the time that such de-Nazification will take “cannot be less than a generation” so that a replacement generation can be born and reach maturity.
Everyone must understand, Sergeytsev says, that “Ukrainian Nazism is not “’a lite version’” of the Nazism of German times of the first half of the 20th century. On the contrary,” in some ways it is even more insidious. And “therefore, de-Nazification cannot be conducted on a compromise basis according to the formula of “NATO no but the EU yes.”
In his telling, “the collective West is itself the organizer, source and sponsor of Ukrainian Nazism;” and therefore, it can have no role in this process. Indeed, Sergeytsev says, Western identities and even Ukrainian identity must be destroyed in what is now Ukraine; and Ukraine itself must be dismembered and the very name “Ukraine” must disappear.
“De-Nazification will inevitably involve de-Ukrainianization, the rejection of thebegun already by the Soviet authorities of the broad and artificial promotion of the ethnic component of self-identificaiton of the population of the territories of historical Malorossiya and Novorossiya,” he continues.
“Unlike let us say Georgia and the Baltic countries, Ukraine, as history has shown, is impossible in the form of a nation state, and attempts to ‘create’ such a state logically lead to Nazism” because “Ukrainianism is an artificial anti-Russian construction which does not have its own civilizational content.”
Moreover, the Russian journalist continues, “the de-Nazification of Ukraine will also involve its inevitable de-Europeanization” given that the West has helped promote Ukrainianism and thus Nazism there.
Russia will be helped in its task to de-Nazify Ukraine by those living on that territory who have been oppressed by the Ukrainian “Nazi regime.” They will help split up the existing territory because any large portion even made neutral will inevitably give rise to Nazism. “It is possible that for this will be required a permanent Russian military presence.”
Sergeytsev then lists the following first steps in this process:
- The liquidation of armed Nazi formations and the structures that support them.
- The formation of local governments consisting of those who had been victims of the Nazi Ukrainian regime.
- The installation of a Russian information space across what is now Ukraine.
- The confiscation of all school texts containing Nazi ideas.
- A broad investigation to establish personal responsibilities for military crimes and crimes against humanity and for disseminating Nazi ideology and support of Nazism.
- Lustration and punishment of those found guilty of most crimes by forced labor directed at restoring housing and facilities damaged by the Nazi regime.
- Russian supervision of new laws to prevent the reemergence of Nazi ideology.
- The establishment of memorials to the victims of Ukrainian Nazism.
- The inclusion of anti-Nazi provisions in the constitutions of the new peoples republics.
- The establishment of permanently active organs of de-Nazification for a period of 25 years.
To achieve these goals, the Russian government journalist says, “Russia itself will have to finally break with pro-European and pro-Western illusions and recognize itself as the last bastion of the defense and preservation of those values of historical Europe (the Old World).”
During the 20th century, he continued, “Russia did everything possible for the salvation of the West.” Among its contributions was the defeat of German Nazism; and “the last act of Russian altruism was extending the hand of friendship to the West for which Russia received in turn bestial attacks in the 1990s.”
“All that Russia did for the West, it did on its own account and taking the greatest number of victims,” he concludes. “The West in the final analysis rejected all these sacrifices … and decided to take revenge on Rusisa for that help which it unselfishly offered.” Russia has no choice now but to turn away form the West and ally itself with others opposed to the West.
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