The 27th of January – Lifting of Leningrad Blockade and the Liberation of Auschwitz by the Soviet troops

A year apart, two dates that must be remembered by the humanity happed on the 27th of January

On our “Beorn and The Shieldmaiden” Telegram channel, we commemorate both events with a series of thematic posts – Lifting of the Blockade of Leningrad and Liberation of Auschwitz

80 years ago, on the 27th of January 1944, the Blockade of Leningrad that lasted 872 days and cost 1,093,842 lives was finally lifted. The Blockade is recognised as an act of genocide against the Russian people.

79 years ago, on the 27th of January 1945, 25,000 Soviet soldiers and officers opened the gates of Auschwitz, saving the remaining survivors of the Nazi death machine.

To the Warrior-Liberator – Glory!
By V. Sachkov

Soviet poster, commemorating the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp by soldiers of the Red Army on January 27th 1945.

No one is forgotten. Nothing is forgotten.

Brutality of the Polish landowners as the driving force for the Pereyaslav Rada in 1654

The article you are about to read continues the topic of the Pereyaslav Rada from yesterday’s article Pereyaslav Rada of 1654 – the story of Zaporozhie Cossacks joining Rus, which looked more at the events surrounding the Pereyaslav Rada, which the present article explores more of the preceding decades and reasons while Malorossia wanted to escape the Polish yoke. The introductory note about the term “Ukraine” apply equally to today’s article. A highly-recommended documentary, Project ‘Ukraine’, has a mention of these events as well.


“We wish for the ruler”. The Pereyaslav Rada united two parts of the Russian people

“Argumenty i Fakty”, 18.01.2024

Alexey Kishchenko, “Bogdan Hmelnitsky. The Ascension of Malorossia”, 1880 / Commons.wikimedia.org

It is generally believed that the Pereyaslav Rada marked the reunification of Ukraine with Russia. However, a structure called “Ukraine” did not exist at that time.

370 years ago, on the 18th of January 1654, cries were heard in the city of Pereyaslavl-Russkij (Pereyaslavl-Russian): “We are wishing to be under the Tzar of the East, the Orthodox one! Oh, God! Approve it! Oh, God! Strengthen it! May we all be one forever!”

This is how the people who gathered at the Pereyaslav Rada reacted to the letter of Tsar Alexei Mihailovich, which confirmed that the Russian sovereign “ordered them to take them under his high hand.”

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Pereyaslav Rada of 1654 – the story of Zaporozhie Cossacks joining Rus

The article below was first published on Dzen on the 18th of January 2021, but it seems to be from 2020. It covers the historical background for Pereyaslav Rada (Accord), the result of which was the so-called unification of Ukraine and Russia”. It this regard, it is worth noting that “Ukraine” was not established as a geopolitical term at that time. One rather spoke of the Zaporozhie Getmanate (or of “Gulyaj-Pole” – “Free-for-all field” in the sense of the lawlessness on those territories). Before 1800-s, “Ukraine” featured in its dictionary form of “borderland”. The term “Ukraine” first became descriptive of a geographic location in the political sense in the first half of the 1800-s. And it was only after the October revolution of 1917 that “Ukraine” acquired the true meaning of geopolitical entity.

As an aside, I am puzzled by some in the Communist circles who distance themselves from the factually correct statement that “Ukraine was created by Lenin (as a geopolitical entity)”. In doing so, not only do they do a disservice to Lenin’s legacy, but also play into the hands of the Ukrainian nationalists. There is nothing wrong with Lenin creating Ukraine in the sensibilities of that difficult time. The similar sensibilities governed the establishment of the Far-Eastern Republic on the shores of the Pacific, and the creation of then tiny Belorussian Republic. What Lenin did made sense in that historical context, short-term. But he could not foresee and cannot be held responsible for how the decision played out long-term. That was something for the future generations to solve. And that future is happening now.

For more details, see the earlier article How Malorossia Was Turned into the Patch-quilt of Discord that is “Ukraine”.

Ukraina – thus were called the South-Western Russian lands of Rzeczpospolita. This name was never official, it was used only in private conversations and became common in folk poetry. It is difficult to define the boundaries of the lands, known as “ukrainnyi”, more so that this name was not permanent and at different times covered varying stretches of land…

With this in mind, let us continue to the article at hand…


Pereyaslav Rada: How Ukrainians were seeking to come under the wing of the Russian Tzar, while in Moscow they’ve been thinking for the longest time

January 18, 2021

Pereyaslav Rada, 1654

The beginning of January 2020 was marked in Ukraine by regular “Bandera” marches of nationalists, which caused a timid protest from the ambassadors of Israel and Poland. Meanwhile, in addition to the birthday of one of the leaders of the Ukrainian nationalists, another historical date falls on January, which is carefully hushed up and ignored by the current authorities of Ukraine. Meanwhile, no matter how hard Zelensky and Co. tried to sweep the inconvenient facts under the rag, it was that date that determined the choice of the Malorossian (Rus Minor, Ukrainian) people for several centuries to come.

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Gonzalo Lira Has Been Murdered by the Ukro-NAZI GESTAPO – the SBU

“Only the guilty fear judgement,” Gonzo had written in his Twitter bio. “Only liars need stifle the truth.”

On the 13th of January 2024, the American-Chilean citizen and blogger/journalist Gonzalo Lira was murdered in jail by the Ukro-NAZI GESTAPO equivalent – the SBU – for the crime of speaking critically of the Zelensky/Biden regime.

Gonzalo Lira used to start his broadcasts on YouTube in 2022 with the call of “Where is Tiffany Dover?”, referring to the nurse who became ill on-camera during a PR stunt that was supposed to show the safety of the experimental COVID-19 vaccine, and subsequently “disappeared” from all the records. Having become stranded in Ukraine in 2022, Lira was rightly fearful of becoming equally “disappeared”.

On the 20th of April 2022 – almost 2 years ago – he, indeed got apprehended by the SBU, and the call of “Where is Gonzalo Lira?” went up, including on this blog in the article Gonzalo Lira may have been murdered by the Ukro-Nazis in Harkov. Where Is Gonzalo Lira? — UPDATE: appears alive after an SBU detention.

Back then he got released, and behaving somewhat uncharacteristically, continued with his broadcasts, raising concerns that he may have been compromised by the SBU. If he really was or if he throught he could out-fox the SBU… that we will never know, for the present answer to the call-out of “Where is Gonzalo Lira?” is, sadly, the silence of death.

While Gonzalo Lira’s YouTube channel still exists, most of the videos there disappeared from public access after his arrest in 2022. Some may still be accessed if the direct link is known, like the Victoria Nuland stream, embedded below.

At the moment of his arrest in 2022 I took a snapshot of his YouTube videos, and have now uploaded all the 11GB of them to a file sharing service for the sake of record keeping.

The Portal of the Ukranazistan

The Portal

Ukraine has become one big portal, opening back into their Banderite, Nazi-collaborating past.

Slogans like “Ukraine above all” recall the Nazi German “Deutschland uber alles”.

The sign of the past above the archway: “Glory to Hitler! Glory to Petljura! Glory to Bandera! Long live Ukrainian Independent State! Long live our leader S. Bandera” is precisely what today’s Nazis in Ukraine recite.

In the middle of The Portal we show the observation from the Russian Mission to Geneva:

“Watch members of the “collective West” hivemind do a WWII Nazi salute of the Ukrainian Waffen SS at the UN Office in Geneva, minutes before the High Level Segment of the Conference on Disarmament. Profound cynicism or sheer incompetence? Probably both…”

The boundaries become blurred… where do 1941 – 1945 end and 2022 – 2024 begin?

Originally posted on our Telegram channel Beorn And The Shieldmaiden.

Ukranazistan in the title is a term, coined by the author of the excellent comic strips Tales of the Ukranazistan (also on Telegram).

“To The Barricades!” – German TV Satire of the 2014 Euromaidan in Kiev

Euromaidan in Kiev – “To The Barricades!” – Invasion of The Madhouse

Originally published on our Telegram channel Beorn And The Shieldmaiden

German 2014 satirical ZDF television-show “Die Anstalt” (The Madhouse) play out political cynicism and absurdity of the event in Ukraine 10 years ago

A few days ago a protester in Serbia, either really ignorant or sold-out, sported a flag with “Euromaidan” on it.

The absurdity of this is off the charts!

So, let’s return to the events of the Euromaidan in Kiev 10 years ago, which lead to the tragedy we are witnessing now.

Let’s gaze back through the prism of satire to ZDF on the 15th of March 2014 – 3 days before Crimea in a referendum decided to return home to Russia.

The brutal honesty and the razor-sharp multi-layered humour of this program leaves no doubt that the events in Kiev were correctly understood in Europe.

Enjoy the show, and remember the freedom of speech, which is now unimaginable on any mainstream Television channel in today’s “European Garden” – or, as Hitler preferred to call it “The Blessed Pastures of Europe”.

Nowadays, the whole program, had anyone been allowed to produce it in the first place, would have immediately been banned as “Putin’s Propaganda” threatening “our democracy” – yes, criminal charges would probably have been the result.

2014 is only 10 years ago, nevertheless watching this show resembles something from another world.

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In Russian:

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Last Year’s Snow Was Falling – Soviet New Year Animation, 1983

A small New Year present to our readers, first published on our Telegram channel Beorn And The Shieldmaiden yesterday! ☃️

No New Year is complete without this plasticine animated film from 1983, directed by Alexander Tatarsky and voice acting by Stanislav Sadalsky.

The film plays on many Russian folk tales, but with unexpected twists. It reached a cult status after its first appearance on Central TV. The aphoristic remarks of the characters, full of absurd humour, turned into colloquial proverbs.