In memory of Russell ‘Texas’ Bentley, the legend of Donbass

We are deeply saddened by the official confirmation of the death of Russell ‘Texas’ Bentley. On the 19th of April news came out that Russell ‘Texas’ Bentley, who had been kidnapped and missing for several days, is dead. Our most sincere condolences to Lyudmila. Our thoughts reach out to all of Russell’s friends and loved ones.

We shall remember him as he was, the American anti-fascist fighting for Donbass and for humanity.

Several posts on our telegram channel “Beorn And The Shieldmaiden” are dedicated to the memory of Russell.

On that morning, when there was still hope of finding Russell alive, Graham Phillips published the documentary film “Texas – Donbass Legend”:

We would like to remember Russell by his words, deeds and beliefs, as quoted in the 2022 Sputnik International article ‘Nazism is Disease’: Texan Came to Donbass to Protect People & Tell the Truth About 8-Year Long War:

“There was a video made in the aftermath of that airstrike. She was sitting on the street, in a pool of blood, next to her legs, both of her legs had been blown off by the rockets… And there was a photograph made from that video of her sitting on the ground looking straight up into the camera. And when I saw that photo, I knew for sure I was coming here.”

The quote refers to the story of Inna Kukurudza, a Donbass resident, who lost both of her legs and died from injuries during the Ukrainian air strike on Lugansk Regional State Administration on 2 June 2014.


“They [Ukrainian army] used human shields. That’s not just a tactic, it is one of their strategies. They’re hiding behind their own civilians in fact, and it’s truly cowardly, it’s truly treacherous, it’s truly bastardly.”


“Once you’re dealing with real Nazis, it’s like a mad dog or a poisonous snake,” Bentley says. “There’s no way to appeal to compassion or justice or humanity. Nazism is a disease. And there’s only one way to cure it, and we’re getting ready to cure it right here in Ukraine permanently.”


“The people in Donetsk City and the Donetsk People’s Republic are filled with joy to meet the Russians.”


“I mean, this marks the beginning of the end of the war, and it’s been a long war for everybody here. You know, eight years is twice as long as the Second World War, and it’s been horrific, the whole time here.”


“We’ve brought in more than a hundred thousand dollars from US and Western donors for human aid here. We work mainly with kids, kindergartens, orphanages, churches. We’ve repaired a lot of homes that got bombed by Ukrainian artillery.”


“You know, it’s like the old joke about the guy who asked the Ukrainian general, why don’t you attack Donbass? And he says, because the Russians are there. And then he says, well, why don’t you attack Crimea? And he says, because the Russians are really there.”


One thought on “In memory of Russell ‘Texas’ Bentley, the legend of Donbass

  1. Russell was a genuine hero with a heart of gold. He inspired me with his writings for years.

    I watched anxiously for days, hoping he was alright, until this bitter news finally came out.

    I will miss him tremendously. He was a true beacon in a very dark world.

    As always, Stanislav, my highest regards to you for your fine work here.


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