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Critical, but not Serious: Latvian Russophones in the Shadow of Ukraine

Ivars Ījabs

A few of my international friends have asked me about the attitudes of Latvian Russophones towards the Russian aggression in Ukraine. Do they support the Kremlin’s policy? What do they think about Putin? Would they support any similar action towards Latvia and other Baltic countries? The context of these questions, of course, is the political stability in Latvia. Taking into account the cultural proximity of most Latvian Russophones to Russia as well as their habits of media consumption, concerns about their behavior in a situation of geopolitical instability are quite legitimate. In this blog entry I will try to provide some answers about these attitudes on the basis of recent opinion polls. These answers do not sum up to any definite results about ‘loyalty’ or ‘disloyalty’ of Russophones towards the Latvian state. However, they provide some insights about how Russophones see the Ukrainian situation and about possible developments in the…

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Россияне, заберите свою гражданскую войну из Украины

It’s hard to see the silver lining. It’s difficult to see the end of this ridiculous, good-for-nothing conflict brought into Ukraine by Putin and his blood-thirsty gangs. The terror we survive each day, in the middle of Europe, in 21 century when so many things were supposed to be so much better, people so much kinder and so much more aware of injustices… It’s hard to dream and wish for anything other than peace. To not dread the news each morning, to not cry over photos of dead Ukrainian boys who only a year ago knew no other violence than that in their video games… All the fathers, sons and brothers lost, fighting to keep their country in tact, their cities whole and families safe. Fighting against those we’ve always considered brothers and friends, still in disbelief that they could so easily stab us in the back… I pray for peace, for Ukraine, for Syria, for everyone who is suffering…

КРЫМский бандеровец

Небольшая подборка видеосюжетов за последние несколько дней, доказывающая, что войну в Украине развязали россияне на российские деньги с российским оружием и российскими солдатами и наёмниками. Вы пришли в мою страну убивать, грабить, пытать и насиловать. Пощады вам не будет.

Я знаю, что никому и ничего не докажу этим видео. Все давно всё понимают, а тот, кто не понимает, просто не хочет этого делать, ведь не в его дом ворвались ублюдки олигофрены убивать и мародёрствовать. Не его дом олигофрены расстреливают просто для картинки российского ТВ, чтоб потом обвинить бандер. НО! Никакое зло в этом мире не останется без наказания и расплата будет в десятки раз превосходить ту боль, которую вы принесли в мою страну. Это Божий закон, прочтите Библию, православные вы наши…

Будет уместным дать ссылку на письмо в моём блоге от беженки и моей постоянной читательницы из Енакиево (там тоже есть видеодоказательства российской агрессии против Украины) https://crimeaua1.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/%D0%BE%D1%82-%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%B3%D0%BE-%D0%B2%D1%8B-%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%81-%D0%B7%D0%B0%D1%89%D0%B8%D1%89%D0%B0%D0%B5%D1%82%D0%B5-%D0%B1%D0%B5%D0%B6%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%BA%D0%B0-%D0%B8%D0%B7-%D0%B5%D0%BD/

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Я хочу, чтобы ВЕСЬ МИР знал, как росия поступает со своими героями

КРЫМский бандеровец

Однажды президент соседей на одной из своих телевизионных встреч с избирателями сказал, что Вторая мировая война была бы закончена с тем же исходом и без Украины. То-есть, росия сама могла бы выиграть войну значительно быстрее, эффективнее и профессиональнее, если бы не мешала Украина. Вот такая героическая страна.
Сегодня путин обиделся. Лавров заявил на весь мир о том, что слова Гжегожа Схетыны « Первый украинский фронт и украинцы освободили Освенцим» являются циничными и кощунственными.
Росия уже давно пропагандирует, что упоминание того, что в Великой Отечественной войне участвовали Украина и Беларусь- кощунственно. И что в этой войне погибло больше всего украинцев- цинично.
Говорить о том, что 3 Белорусских и 4 Украинских фронта выигрывали эпохальные сражения- безнравственно по отношению к отсутствию хотя бы одного Росийского фронта. Были Брянский, Орловский, Дальневосточные, Ленинградский, Курский…. Но Российского не было ни одного. Наверное, потому что уже тогда Украина и Беларусь по значимости приравнивались к Курску или Орлу.

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‘A Letter in My Purse’: From Slain Poet Shaimaa El-Sabbagh

RIP to all the young talented people we seem to lose each day. Are the best ones leaving soonest?

Arabic Literature (in English)

Shaimaa El-Sabbagh, the activist who was shot dead at a rally in Tahrir Square yesterday, was also a poet:

A letter in my purse

By Shaimaa El-Sabbagh, trans. Maged Zaher
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I am not sure
Truly, she was nothing more than just a purse
But when lost, there was a problem
How to face the world without her
Especially
Because the streets remember us together
The shops know her more than me
Because she is the one who pays

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The long road to democracy and freedom

In view of current unending events in Ukraine’s eastern regions, I thought it would be fun to tell about one of the Ukrainian leaders, who happened to be the author of the first modern European Constitution. Pylyp Orlyk was a Hetman-in-exhile who devoted his life to establishing an independent Ukrainian-Zaporozhian state. He sided with the Swedish king Karl XII in order to free Ukraine from the constant attacks of its Eastern neighbor, Muscovy.

The Agreements and Constitutions of Laws and Freedoms of the Zaporizian Host  was the first of its kind as it clearly separated the legislative, executive and judicial branches of power in a state. In addition to delineating the clear limits on the executive powers of a Hetman (Head of state) this Constitution also established a democratically elected Cossack parliament called the General Council.

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Peace and equal right to all!

In the heart of Europe

Did you know that Ukraine is the largest country in Europe? It is actually larger than France and Sweden! (And no, Russia is not a European country, perhaps slightly geographically, but no). Ukrainian capital is Kyiv (the correct official spelling), but many still only know it as Kiev (I know, people need time to learn, it’s not like it’s been 23 years since the spelling was corrected, oh, wait…)

The official language of Ukraine is Ukrainian (no, it’s not the same as Russian, sorry to disappoint, but it is beautiful, melodious and incredibly hard to learn, just ask any of the Russian-speakers born and raised in Ukraine…)

Kyiv is an ancient city with a very exciting history stretching for almost 1600 years. It is lusciously green, romantic and divided in two by the fourth longest river in Europe, Dnipro (aka Dnieper). It is said to have been established by three handsome guys and their beautiful sister from Scandinavia, and I can really see why they chose this spot!

I will round off for now and I promise to keep my anti-Russian rants to a minimum (although who can blame me, really?)

Cheers, may peace be with you!