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Oleg Atbashian

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August 21, 2014 - 12:06 am
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Earlier this year Grigory also took part in the Maidan revolution in Kiev. One night he climbed the spire over the rallying crowds to fire a colored flare to boost the morale of the protesters (see photo below):

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By 8:30 am Moscow time, as the hunt on mountaineers in Russia’s capital continued, a team of climbers from the Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation arrived to remove the flag from the spire and to repaint the star with the original golden paint. The Ukrainian flag over Moscow flew for about three hours.

The timing of this action was not coincidental. This Sunday, August 23, is Ukraine’s Flag Day, which is also the celebration of the country’s independence from the USSR, obtained peacefully in 1991.

As Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko urged all citizens today to hang the national flag in their homes, offices and their cars, he also mentioned the action in Moscow this morning. “I appreciate that on this day, even Moscow’s greatest skyscraper was repainted in our colors,” Poroshenko said.

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A group of anti-war activists in Moscow, Committee for Solidarity with the Maidan, are also planning a day pro-Ukrainian action this Sunday, urging Muscovites to color their city with yellow-and-blue flags.

A member of the group, Pavel Shelkov, writes: “Actions of the brave climbers from the Moscow chapter of the Right Sector on the eve of Ukrainian independence seem to have launched a new popular anti-war campaign – decorating our capital with Ukrainian flags. On August 24th, let’s wave Ukrainian flags in public places and attach them to cars, pin small Ukrainian flags and ribbons to our cloths, and paint flags of Ukraine where appropriate.”

Earlier this month the group held a public vigil in Moscow, remembering the victims of Russian aggression in Ukraine, after the authorities rejected their request for an anti-war rally.

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Oleg Atbashian, a writer and graphic artist from the former USSR, is the author of Shakedown Socialism, of which David Horowitz said, "I hope everyone reads this book."  In 1994 he moved to the U.S. with the hope of living in a country ruled by reason and common sense, appreciative of its freedoms and prosperity. To his dismay, he discovered a nation deeply infected by the leftist disease of "progressivism" that was arresting true societal progress. Oleg is the creator of a satirical website ThePeoplesCube.com, which Rush Limbaugh described on his show as "a Stalinist version of The Onion."
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It could have been worse. They could have painted it look like Ronald McDonald like the Bulgarians did.
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That is a brave man.
If he gets caught, he'll be lynched. And not necessarily by the ultranationalist activists. Any modern Russian crowd would do it.
The level of rabid support for Putin's empire building is astonishing to me. I don't recall seeing anything close to that back in the 70s and 80s. Granted, people were quite cynical back then. Maybe they lost that quality by now.
At the same time they are expanding into Georgia and Ukraine, they truly believe they are under attack, and swallow this "Great Patriotic War" style propaganda hook, line and sinker. Everything that is against them is called fascist.
Getting rid of opposition media helps, of course.

Putin really has them sewn up.

I believe we are in for some truly interesting (read: frightening) times.
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Yes, this was a neat propaganda coup. But it doesn't look so sunny in the field, I'm afraid. I haven't seen much in the Western press about the following:

Pro-Russian separatists have hit two Ukrainian helicopters, downing one, with fire from portable missiles in the Luhansk region, a source within the Ukrainian military has said in confirming a statement by the "South-East Army". It was unclear whether the other crashed.

In addition to that, the Ukrainians are admitting that another Sukhoi Su-25 assault aircraft has been downed. The pilot is said to have ejected, but is reported missing. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/08/20/376031/ukrainian-jet-fighter-downed-in-east/

During the last three weeks, it is asserted that ninety percent of all Ukrainian air force sorties over Donbas ended with a downing of the involved aircraft, an alarming situation for the Ukrainians.

Whatever the whatever the percentage may be, what's significant is that the Ukrainian forces have effectively lost air supremacy. And, as we have seen so recently in Iraq, without that, defeating an insurgency is immeasurably more difficult.

That may explain the ongoing battle for the small town of Ilovaisk on the outskirts of Donetsk. Variously reported as captured and in separatist hands, it seems to be the focus of intense fighting, with nothing as yet resolved.
4 weeks ago
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What a great story. God bless Grigory and his friends. Yes, he's Ukranian, but many young Russians too have this kind of grace and audacity. What a shame that Putin is using these paranoia inducing propaganda tactics. Have the poor Russian citizens even had a chance to reconnect with reality since the USSR ended 23 years ago.
4 weeks ago
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It could have been worse. They could have painted it look like Ronald McDonald like the Bulgarians did.
4 weeks ago
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The four braves are under arrest now and they risk to get 7 years of prison. For what exactly?
4 weeks ago
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Have they been accurately identified? Innocent until proven guilty, you know.

The intelligent defacer would have abandoned the equipment at the site, and vanished as a completely innocuous looking civilian.

I don't think the people who did this are dumb.

I admire their guts and audacity, and hope they got away clean. Shouldn't have been hard to do at all. If you can pull this off, you can probably figure out how to escape ...
4 weeks ago
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Part of me says it is for thumbing their noses at Putin.

However, this is vandalism. Workers had to endanger their lives to clean up this mess, and the state had to pay for it.

What if one of them had had an accident and was seriously injured or killed? What if one of the merry pranksters had been inured or killed?

It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt.

(Man, I hate getting old and crotchety.)

*shaking cane* Get offa' my lawn, ya' damn kids!
4 weeks ago
4 weeks ago Link To Comment
That is a brave man.
If he gets caught, he'll be lynched. And not necessarily by the ultranationalist activists. Any modern Russian crowd would do it.
The level of rabid support for Putin's empire building is astonishing to me. I don't recall seeing anything close to that back in the 70s and 80s. Granted, people were quite cynical back then. Maybe they lost that quality by now.
At the same time they are expanding into Georgia and Ukraine, they truly believe they are under attack, and swallow this "Great Patriotic War" style propaganda hook, line and sinker. Everything that is against them is called fascist.
Getting rid of opposition media helps, of course.

Putin really has them sewn up.

I believe we are in for some truly interesting (read: frightening) times.
4 weeks ago
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