The collective West’s support of the Nazis in Ukraine is a familiar practice for them — Alexander Rodgers

I want to present a translation of an article by Alexander Rodgers, published on the 27 of March 2022. The topic of the article echoes closely the blooming support of racism and Nazism in the West, to the point of condoning such dark practices in the Baltics and in Ukraine. The roots of this can bes seen in the not so recent and in the recent history, where the idea of the crusades against Russia (in search of resource and land) always found hold in the Western society. A related documentary in this context is: The Great Unknown War. A must-see documentary about the WWII prelude. By Andrei Medvedev

The collective West’s support of the Nazis in Ukraine is a familiar practice for them

Now is the time to talk about the justification of Hitler and Nazism in general. It has been going on for many years, one might even say decades. And in this very Europe, it began during Hitler himself, in the thirties of the last century.

How did it happen? The formula “Stalin is worse than Hitler” and “the Bolsheviks are worse than the Nazis” was used, telling about the terrible Bolshevik threat, repression, totalitarianism, the terrible GULAG and so on.

At the same time, it was kept silent that there were much more people in Roosevelt’s labour armies than in Soviet labour camps. American McCarthyism was essentially no different from the Soviet struggle against foreign spies (which, as it turns out now, really existed). And during the Second World War, the Americans threw hundreds of thousands of their own fellow citizens into concentration camps, whose only fault was that they were of Japanese origin. Etc.

But I digress. Those who claim that “Stalin was worse than Hitler” thus justify Nazism. They say, “The Third Reich was a shield protecting Europe from the terrible Bolshevism” (this is exactly what the British and French newspapers wrote until Hitler attacked them). This is the justification of Nazism.

And in general, according to them, if Hitler had not destroyed the Jews, he would have been a darling. Because the extermination of Jews has its own separate name – the Holocaust. While the destruction of Slavs, Gypsies and other peoples (more Slavs than Jews died, by the way) does not have a specific term. According to their logic, it turned out that destroying Slavs is not as bad as destroying Jews. That’s the cynicism. And this is also an excuse for Nazism.

Stories about “Bolshevik hordes” eager to conquer the whole world justify Nazism. Some agreed to the point that supposedly the USSR was going to attack the West, and Hitler was just pre-empting Stalin. Similar tales were told about the invasion of Napoleon.

Similarly, the Ukrainian Nazis shelled the cities of Donbass for eight years, saying that they were “protecting Europe from the Russian invasion.” And the entire collective West diligently pretended to believe that.

Why is it important to talk about the justification of Hitler and Nazism today? Because today the West is doing exactly the same thing: demonizing Putin, talking about the terrible Russian totalitarianism that wants to conquer the whole world – and thereby they justify Nazism.

Do they not know in the West that the Azov regiment (an organization banned in Russia as extrimist) consists of neo-Nazis? They know perfectly well! There are dozens of publications on this subject, starting with French and German newspapers, and ending with the New York Times. But they turn a blind eye to this, because “these Nazis are protecting Europe from Putin.”

Eighty years have passed – nothing has changed.

Yes, they are Nazis! But it’s their Nazis!

In confirmation of this, British Interior Minister Priti Patel, in a conversation with Russian pranksters Vladimir Kuznetsov (Vovan) and Alexey Stolyarov (Lexus), who called her on behalf of Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmygal, admitted that English families are ready to accept and help Ukrainian nationalists and neo-Nazis in every possible way.

And what does surprise you here? They’ve always done that!

After the Second World War, the United States rescued and sheltered thousands, tens of thousands of Nazis from criminal prosecution. Starting from the creator of the “weapon of retaliation” Werner von Braun (who then headed NASA) and ending with the Japanese butchers from the “detachment 731”, who conducted experiments on the use of biological weapons on Russian and Chinese prisoners of war.

And the United States is no stranger to using Nazis as its chained animals: for example, the regime of “black colonels” in Greece, with the help of which mass murders of Greek communists were arranged. Fascist dictator Augusto Pinochet killed tens of thousands of leftist Chileans. Detachments of the Nazi “Contras” in Latin America.

Pinochet, Duvalier, Trujillo, Batista, Saddam Hussein, Noriega, the ogre Bokassa (who gave diamonds to Henry Kissinger, buying his patronage) – that is an incomplete list of bloody dictators who were supported by the United States “for the sake of defeating communism.”

Now they are just as diligently not noticing the hundreds of thousands of Houthis who die every year in Yemen. For them, the bloody despotism of the Saudis is normal.

Therefore, the collective West’s support of the Nazis in Ukraine is a familiar practice for them, nothing new. There’s nothing to see here, move along! Just another breed of lapdog Nazis of the State Department…

Censorship is Free Speech, according to YouTube and the Western MSM – Links to alternatives: Odysee and Rumble

I have a sense of deja-vu, yet on a whole different level.

In 1984 I, a Soviet schoolboy, got my first transistor radio with a short wave receiver. Not long after I stumbled upon the “enemy voices” – “The Voice of America” and “Radio Liberty”. Well, the lure of the unknown and the desire to get an alternative view kept me tuning in to the oft-barely discernable audio of these stations. They were blocked and often-times it was almost impossible to get a good signal. Their programs were interesting – some music, some historic programs, some incomprehensible to the mind of a youngster, going right over the top of my head. The historic programs were probably of most interest to me, and a second opinion was important to form a complete view, but I always had a nagging feeling of a hidden agenda. Only many years later, thinking back on those early mornings (the best reception time), I came to realise that they were trying to form a nationalist world-view in the Russians. In today’s world, a nationalist Russian is known as a Ukrainian…

But despite all that, it was important to have a second point of view, and it is my firm belief that the greatest mistake the Soviet government did, was to try to block these “voices”, instead of making them a part of the official newsfront, with explanatory commentary. Take today’s Russia. On today’s “Vesti” (the News at 20:00) they devoted almost 1/3 of the air time to re-transmission of what was aired on the American TV – CNN, FoxNews, official statements from the US President, commentary of the American analysts. This way a Russian person knows exactly what is happening on the other side of the border, what is being said and though about Russia.

It shows that Russia is not afraid of the competition from the alternative viewpoint and can present it to its population.

Not so in the West, which resorts to the same fallacy and practise, that was employed by the Soviet leadership – censorship and banning.

Yesterday YouTube banned Russian media outlets in the whole world, even in those countries, which have not asked for it. Just because people in the West could still use VPN to access the alternative view, like I could in 1984 though a short wave receiver…

YouTube to demonetize all Russian users, ban ‘state media’
YouTube blocks Ruptly video agency

It is not just RT, but also Ruptly, Rossia24 (a Russian-language news channel), Gosteleradiofond (an archive of TV programs and films from the USSR era), and up to a 1000 other Russian channels that got the axe and ban from YouTube.

Thankfully, there are alternatives, and YouTube is just flagging itself as irrelevant if one cares about freedom of speech. Here are some addresses:

Incidentally, while I was creating an accounts on Odysee and Rumble after YouTube banned RT, I came to a live stream of a documentary on post-Maidan Ukraine. It is called “Maidan: Road to War” and is a must-watch for those seeking to understand the prelude to the final accords of the conflict, which was going on for 8 years.

https://odysee.com/@RTDocumentary:4/maidan-road-to-war-rt-documentary:6

This documentary goes well along with the investigative piece from Oliver Stone “Ukraine on Fire”, which was deleted from YouTube a few days ago (after being up since 2016) and then disappeared from Vimeo, but which was promptly uploaded to both Odysee and Rumble in multiple copies:

https://rumble.com/vwxxi8-ukraine-on-fire.html
https://odysee.com/@DisclosureLibrary:2/UkraineOnFire:c

…and the second part of the above documentary, a 2019 “Revealing Ukraine”

https://odysee.com/@good2b:e/RevealingUkraine2019:8

PS: I used Odysee embed code generator to add the above films to WordPress

I would also like to remind of and recommend a documentary, which I translated in 2015: Project ‘Ukraine’. Documentary by Andrei Medvedev (with English subtitles)

Don’t poke the bear

In 2014 we saw this:

They continued poking….

Now the sanctions knock on the door, yet:


(Text: “Are you sure he’ll get scared and start begging for mercy?”)

Poking continues…

I know a hundred ways to pull the Russian bear from its den, but none to pull him back. Do not tease the Russian bear!

–Otto von Bismarck

Do not expect that once taking advantage of Russia’s weakness, you will receive dividends forever. Russian has always come for their money. And when they come – do not rely on an agreement signed by you, you are supposed to justify. They are not worth the paper it is written. Therefore, with the Russian is to play fair, or do not play.

–Otto von Bismarck

And one for dessert:

Showing the role of the Western MSM in this Information World War.

Post Scriptum

And a little bit more about bears and sanctions…

“- Is he asking for help?”
“- You won’t believe it: he’s threatening with reprisals”
The burning boat in the background is labelled “Libya”.


Title of the book: “Import replacement”

Newsflash!! Yes! Finally a chance for Peace – DNR and LNR are recognised!

I happened to watch the President’s address to the people live broadcast on TV, followed by the ceremony of signing of the documents recognising DNR and LNR, as well as establishing a security pact with them.

Putin signs ‘immediate’ recognition of Donbass regions

The address held an in-depth history lesson on the early history of the USSR, the constitutional norms left over from those days, when the national republics – including Ukraine – were formed.

This is History in the making!

A review of the TV series “Grozny” about Ivan the Formidable, by Alexander Rogers

A new TV series was aired in Russia, a series about the famous Russian tsar, who has been so much defamed both abroad and then domestically. I was critical in anticipating this series, and it seems my fears were well-founded to a point where watching it would be inadvisable. In a way the vibe of “Grozny” series appears to be somewhat akin to HBO’s “Chernobyl” angle.

As I wrote in the article with the translation of the documentary Black myths about Rus – From Ivan the Formidable until our time, “Grozny” actually translates as “Formidable”, while from the set go a mis-translation of his by-name was adopted in England, implying something terrible. We see the same pattern with every Russian leader throughout history, who did something great for Russia (and, often, the world) – they’d be maligned, while a weak leader, who worked towards destruction of Russia, would be celebrated in the West. Sadly, the tune, started in the West would later get foothold in the Russian minds, thus weakening Russian self-perception.

Alexander Rodgers is a journalist and blogger with many astute analytical articles in the economic and political spheres. Below is my translation of his review of “Grozny” TV series, titled “Hard tsar or hard times. A truthful lie. The analysis of ‘Grozny’ series”. His analysis echoes my own perception based on the documented accounts. The original Russian version can be found at Kont and at the author’s LiveJournal page.


Watching the TV series “Grozny” leaves one with a very depressing feeling.

Although some of the participants in our discussions of this series wrote “We liked it”, it is rather to the same tune as “There were no evil NKVD officer in this film about the war, so it can already be considered a masterpiece.”

Only 90%, and not 100%, of dirt in a show does not make the show clean.

Ivan Vasilyevich the Formidable is shown in the worst traditions of the Pikulev’s authorship.

Valentin Pikul is such an unscrupulous author, who for his many years of “creativity” poured mud on many characters of Russian history. And he devoted a whole trilogy to denigrating Grozny.
At the same time, he never worked in the archives and did not even try to rely on historical sources, but wrote as he saw fit, like another similar writer – Vladimir Sorokin (the latter also likes to attribute his homoerotic fantasies to historical characters).
In general, many Russian historians from the time of the Russian Empire and till present time still assess the reign of Ivan the Formidable not based on facts, but however fancy takes them.

But let’s start analysing the eight-part series itself.

The fact that the territory of Russia doubled during the reign of Ivan the Formidable (translator note: and its population grew by 1.5x) is not mentioned at all.

Three minutes of serial time are devoted to Kazan campaigns and the capture of Kazan.

The Astrakhan campaigns and the capture of Astrakhan are not mentioned at all.

Although these two conquests – Kazan and Astrakhan – not only increased the country’s territory, but also created new trade routes, as well as secured the territory of Russia, ending the history of several centuries of predatory raids by steppe nomads.

The war with Sweden (which was started by the Swedish King Gustav I Vasa and in which he was defeated) is not mentioned at all. Although it opened up sea routes for Russia to trade not only with the Hanseatic League, but also with Britain.

The conquest of Siberia by Ermak is not mentioned at all. And in general, a bunch of self-styled historians will now tell you that Ermak conquered Siberia “despite” the tsar’s will. Although he received reinforcements from the tsar in the form of detachments of archers, artillery and gunpowder – but all this does not count, because Ivan the Formidable should exclusively be portrayed as a cardboard operetta villain.

In general, some chronicles of the sixteenth century directly indicate that a number of European rulers were very concerned about the strengthening of the Muscovite Kingdom and tried in every possible way to prevent it from establishing stable diplomatic and trade relations with the countries of Northern Europe and the Hanseatic League, for which, in particular, they diligently denigrated Ivan Vasilyevich and portrayed him as a bloodthirsty tyrant.

That is, we can say that nothing has changed much in the last five hundred years.

Meanwhile, by this time the Russian state already had a sufficiently developed bureaucracy (which, in particular, was previously caused by the need to pay a poll tax), and the documents of that era allow us to have a fairly accurate picture not only of the general demographic situation in Russia of the time, but also to know almost by name all the victims of Grozny’s repressions.
All in all, the chronicles and censuses give us a total number of about 2400-2500 convicts and executed during the reign of Ivan the Formidable.

Given that, on the one hand, he sometimes had to suppress riots and quite real (and not fictional, as some authors try to convince us) conspiracies, and on the other hand, only in Paris, more than 20 thousand Frenchmen were killed during one Bartholomew’s Night (and significantly more throughout France), the real historical Ivan Vasilyevich appears to us as a very gentle and merciful ruler.

Both considering the harsh circumstances in which he had to live and rule, and the bloody morals of the contemporary European rulers.

Though who is surprised? The modern United States has killed one and a half million Iraqis and almost four hundred thousand Afghans, but Russia and China are still the aggressors.

But let’s plough on through the story about Ivan the Formidable.

The distribution of bread to the poor in lean years, which prevented thousands of starvation deaths, is shown during one minute of screen time.

The introduction of a border quarantine for visitors (one of the first in the world!), which did not let the Plague that raged in Europe into Russia, is also shown in passing and almost as the foolishness of a mad tyrant.

The fact that metallurgy in Russia was rapidly developing under Ivan the Formidable, and Russian cannons were considered the best and sold throughout Europe is not mentioned even with a single word

Complete silence about the Ecumenical Councils and Grozny’s church reforms.

They are trying to show us that Ivan Vasilyevich, the first Russian tsar – is a mentally ill paranoid man with delusions of persecution, who sees traitors and conspiracies everywhere.

A contemporary of those events, Staden, in his notes directly wrote: “Many noble nobles gathered a considerable party in Lithuania and Poland and wanted to go up in arms against their tsar.”
As we can see, there are indeed conspiracies and traitors, and numerous in numbers, but this is not a reason to consider Grozny to be an adequate ruler! One can thus talk to a point saying that the West wishes Russia ill, and is not seeking to bring it the molecules of democracy.

Kurbsky is a real traitor, the Shuisky family really tried to control young Ivan as a puppet, Repnin and others negotiated with Lithuania and Poland to support a foreign invasion and overthrow Ivan, the Novgorod “elites” really wanted to defect to Lithuania – but Grozny is paranoid, paranoid, paranoid!

Such persistent attempts to portray Ivan the Formidable as a mad tyrant are more akin to hysteria.

In addition he has on his hands the Livonian War in the north and the Tartar raids in the south, while [he’s being portrayed as] grieving for five years over his poisoned wife. Hopelessness, and decay, and dementia.

Let’s look objectively.

  1. The creation of Archery regiment (Streltsy) is one of the first attempts in Europe (if not in the world) to form a regular professional army. And quite successful one at that. This is despite the fact that in most of Europe of that time, peasant militia and baronial squads were continued to be used.
  2. The All-Land Gathering (Zemsky Sobor) lays the foundations of parliamentarism.
  3. The Judicial Codex (Sudebnik) limited arbitrariness of the Boyars (similar to Counts), who before were free to judge and execute as they please anyone on their territory. Creation of a unified legislative system and a system of state courts.
  4. The Hundred-fold Gathering (Stoglavy Sobor) is a restriction of the power of the church.
  5. A system of state ministries (Prikazy) has been formed.

This is by far not the limit to the list of reforms of Ivan the Formidable.

And here we come to one of the most important innovations of Ivan – The Oprichnina.

Oprichnina is not just some medieval NKVD or KGB.

Oprichnina is, first and foremost, the introduction of the concept of “sovereign lands”. Not just the “patrimony” of the counts, but lands of the State, from which taxes are collected, in particular for the maintenance of regular troops. As well as for other needs, starting with the upkeep of “tsar’s men” (officials) and ending with a special tax for the ransom of Russians who were taken into slavery.

In fact, Ivan the Formidable introduced a two-fold economy. Something similar was introduced in Prussia by Frederick II, who received the nickname the Great for this. But Friedrich introduced it two hundred years after Ivan…

And, as a consequence of the introduction of sovereign lands, Grozny abolishes the “feeding” and introduces the Code of Service.

By the way, Grozny is such a tyrant-tyrant that during his reign several neighbouring territories voluntarily asked to be part of Russia. Apparently, there was a great lack of repression in their bodies.

Wait… after all, even now Pridnestrovie (Transnistria), Abkhazia, Ossetia, Donbass want to join the “tyrannical Russia”… how come?!

In fact, the entire reign of Grozny is not only a campaign of conquest, but also a constant struggle with feudal fragmentation and the formation of a centralized state. Oftentimes his reforms were ahead of their time.

Name us a country that would have passed this stage without the most powerful civil strife and even civil wars. We don’t know them.

But the series doesn’t tell us anything like that. Instead, we are obsessively told that an inner beast and darkness lives inside Ivan the Formidable, with which he copes for a while thanks to his wife and wise mentors from among the priesthood. But the wife is poisoned, and on the basis of grief, Grozny goes mad, executes the mentors or exiles them to Solovki.

Oh, and by the way! Grozny also founded the Printing Yard and helped the First Printer Fyodorov to start mass printing of books. But he does this, too, only under the wise guidance of silent mentors.

And then the Oprichnina begins, and it’s bad, bad, bad!

Basmanov and Vyazemsky are schemers who play on the tsar’s paranoia to rob the poor and unhappy Boyars.

In general, in this part of the series, the authors clearly relied on Kurbsky’s writings “The Story of the Grand Duke of Moscow”. Having fled to Lithuania, the traitor Andrey Kurbsky could not realize his huge ambitions, and therefore he took petty revenge on his former fellow citizens, carefully pouring mud on them (today Kurbsky would have clearly been a participant in the Open Russia forums in Vilnius).

So the authors of the series first portray Fyodor Basmanov as a homosexual (the girls look at him, but he does not look at them). There is no historical evidence for this, except for the writings of Kurbsky, who wrote to the point that he said that Basmanov was the lover of Ivan the Formidable (this is despite the fact that Grozny was a famous womanizer who actively played on the female field).

And then they reproduce the myth that Ivan forced the imprisoned father and son Basmanovs to fight each other, promising the winner life. Again, apart from Kurbsky’s writings, this is not confirmed by any other sources.

Kurbsky by this time had been living in Lithuania for several years, he did not have the Internet, and he could not know what was really happening in Moscow. Therefore, personally, we consider his nonsense a stupid lie of an offended figure. But why do the authors of the series rely on such dubious sources is a big question.

In general, from about the beginning of the fifth episode, it becomes extremely difficult to watch the series. Because the feeling of hopelessness of the narrative is simply off the scale. Everything is bad and will only get worse and worse. Crazy Salieri kills Mozart! Oh, sorry, it’s from another KVN performance…

Grozny is going more and more mad, the schemers around him are more and more insidious, the repressions are more and more senseless and bloody. The level of “truthfulness” is increasingly off the scale and is approaching the one from Solzhenitsyn.

The evil tyrant even orders to hide his library in a secret place, and Malyuta Skuratov kills all his subordinates who helped him hide it. That’s what a tyrant he is!
Although the real library of Grozny had most likely burned down during one of the many Moscow fires. But that would not be as interesing, a lot of people have been pretending for decades that they are looking for it and are about to find it soon – getting grants and scientific degrees.

Oh, yes! For the whole of Russia, there is exactly 1 (in words: one) supernindja. He, it appears, went behind the enemy lines (where-where?) during the Kazan campaign. And he worked as Adashev’s personal superagent. And he intercepted the messenger of Staritsky’s mother, preventing a civil war. And he stole a bottle of holy water from Skuratov. And he caught the murderer Grozny’s son, Dmitry. And he single-handedly dispersed of thirty Livonians, saving a particularly valuable German paper for Fedorov. And he got information about the movements of the Tatars. And he killed the leader of the Tatars.

In general, as Comrade Gogol wrote, “My grandfather was a liar, but he pales before your prowess.”

At the same time, judging by the general clumsiness of movements, the actor who plays him took about zero fencing lessons in his life. Luka Bondarev is the savior of Russia. Ivan the Formidable is a tyrant and despot.

And the battle of Molodi was won by the Russians – in the best modern tradition of “correctness” – “despite of” Grozny. And it does not matter that Archer regiments and Oprichnina troops, created by Ivan the Formidable, and led by guardsmen Vorotynsky and Khvorostinin are fighting there.

Again, Kurbsky wrote from his burrow in Lithuania that Vorotynsky was accused of trying to bewitch the tsar and burned. But at the same time he is not mentioned in the “Synod of the disgraced” – the list of those repressed by Grozny. And the count died a natural death.

So it turns out that judging the times of Grozny by the writings of Kurbsky is like judging modern Russia by the deliriums of Slava Rabinovich.

And allegedly Ivan the Formidable wanted to defect to Britain. There is no historical evidence for this, but why not throw in a lie about it as well?

In general, the series once again shows us that the whole history of Russia is darkness and horror, repression and death, Solovki and the GULAG, bloody decomposition. Pay and repent, repent and pay.

There are not enough people with brooms and dogs for such “creators”. To be gnawed out and swept out.

President Vladimir Putin on keeping the records of the pre-WWII time straight

“Future generations will acknowledge their debt to the Red Army as unreservedly as do we who have lived to witness these proud achievements.”
— Winston Chirchill

At the end of last year the heads of CIS (sans Ukraine) held a summit in St.Petersburg, during which President Vladimir Putin raised a very important of keeping the record of the pre-WWII years straight, especially in light of the EU and the collective West trying to reverse polarities and paint the victim – the USSR – as an aggressor. Like in the caricature below:

Quite a few documents were taken out of the archives and made available to the public for the first time, presenting unrefutable evidence of how Germany was armed by the West for an attack on the USSR, and how the USSR tried every thinkable peaceful venue to stop the war at the bud.

This initiative resulted in, among other things, a documentary film “The Great Unknown War”, which I newly translated. The President also published an article in The National Interest, called The Real Lessons of the 75th Anniversary of World War II with great insights of that not so distant past for the Western “amnesiaside” audience.

Here I want to draw everyone’s attention to Mr. Putin’s speech during that summit, with a few fragments quoted below.

CIS informal summit of December 20, 2019

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Parade in Moscow Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Victory over Nazism

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of victory over the Western-neutered Nazism in Germany. But more than that, it marks the full reawakening of Russia when it finally says, enough of the history rewriting, enough of painting white as black, enough of selective amnesia in the West, enough of trying to spare the feeling of the Eastern-European “brothers” when uncomfortable for them truths were swept under the rug.

No one’s forgotten. Nothing’s forgotten.

The suspiciously-timely COVID-19 pandemic was seemingly going to falter this reassertion and stop the Parade. But the events unfurled in an unfathomable way and allowed to push the day of the Parade further in time, to the 24th of June, the day, when the very first Victory Parade was held on the Red Square. The dark forces tried to demolish memory by demolishing the memorial, like it was done in Prague in May, but all they did was to awaken the sacred wrath.

And so it commenced…

This is a parade, where memories and history are reaffirmed with a detachment of the legendary T-34 tanks and soldiers in WWII uniforms


and the present-day Russias commitment to the defence of peace is reasserted

These images are from the following two RT reportages:

Moscow marks 75 years since victory over Nazis with traditional parade on Red Square (FULL VIDEO)
New additions & battle-proven hardware on display as Russia marks 75th anniversary of Nazi defeat with military parade (PHOTOS)

More at Lada Ray’s Futurist Trendcast: Full Red Square Parade Dedicated to 75th Anniversary of Great Victory in WWII, June 24, 2020, Moscow

Remembering the Start of the Great Patriotic War

On the 22nd of June,
at 4am sharp,
Kiev was bombed and we were informed,
That the War had begun.

The War started at dawn
so that more people were killed.
Parents slept, their children were sleeping
when on Kiev bombs fell.


Birds are not singing here,
Trees do not grow in these parts.
Only we, shoulder to shoulder,
Are sinking into the Earth.
The planet is burning and spinning,
Smoke is above Motherland.
And so we only need one Victory!
One for everyone, and we’ll pay any price.
One for everyone, and we’ll pay any price.


At this hour of remembrance, please read:

Vladimir Putin Shocks the West! The Munich Betrayal and The Real Lessons of the 75th Anniversary of World War II (Putin’s Article in The National Interest Magazine, USA)

with a direct link to President Putin’s article

Vladimir Putin: The Real Lessons of the 75th Anniversary of World War II

and watch

The Great Unknown War. A must-see documentary about the WWII prelude. By Andrei Medvedev

The Great Unknown War. A must-see documentary about the WWII prelude. By Andrei Medvedev

UPDATE: Please read the very relevant to this documentary, poignant, and important insights in President Vladimir Putin’s article The Real Lessons of the 75th Anniversary of World War II, published in The National Interest on the 18th of June 2020.

UPDATE 16.03.2022: After YouTube censored the Russian-language channel Rossia24, where the official untranslated video of the documentary was hosted, I am uploading the film with embedded subtitles to Odysee platform. The YT-related portion of the text is moved to the bottom of this article for historic reference.

These days mark 71 year since the start of the Great Patriotic war of the USSR against the invading Nazi horde, and 75 years since this horde was defeated. And it is of utmost importance to understand how this horde came to be, who nurtured it. Andrei Medvedev’s documentary “The Great Unknown War” does just that.

It is assumed in our historiography that the USSR and its allies – the United States, Britain and France – fought with Nazi Germany, which was supported by its allies – Hungary, Romania, Italy, and Japan. And the Soviet Union won this unbearably difficult war.

But it is very important to understand whether our allies were really sincere, on whose side were the so-called neutral countries, and why the war on the Eastern front was so violent with mass destruction of the population.

Without understanding who brought Hitler to power, who financed him, who earned money from the war, we will never realize the greatness of the feat of the Soviet people.

Without a deep understanding of the causes of the war and an analysis of diplomatic agreements, we will not see that the attack on the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941 was the result of a serious geopolitical process.

An important question is: who was behind Hitler, who in Europe needed such a Germany and why? Aggressive, militarized, anti-Bolshevik and anti-Russian.

What would Germany be without American loans? Without investment from American companies? Germany could not have fought in the East without receiving for free the top-notch factories of Czechoslovakia, which it gained by the Munich Conspiracy of 1938, when England and France gave up the whole country to Hitler. What for? What were the Western politicians planning?

Why did the allies take so long to open a Second front and what is the Bank for International Settlements? Why did its participants meet every month throughout the Second World War?

How many foreigners fought in the SS, and who defended the Reich Chancellery in May 1945? For whom in Europe were Hitler’s ideas so dear: nationalism, anti-Semitism and living space in the East.

The film “The Great Unknown War” is a story about what the Soviet Union actually faced. And the terrible cost at which we won a war that we were not supposed to win.

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As promised a month ago, I have now translated the entire documentary to English. White writing this translation, a lot of background checks were done, and every date and name were verified. Most quotes of the Western politicians are re-translations from Russian, except for a few, where open original sources were available. The links to the sources are added both to the transcript further down the page and the downloadable subtitles (as comments).

The Great Unknown War. A documentary by Andrei Medvedev, 2020 (English subtitiles)

While watching the documentary, I could not shake off the feeling of the stark parallel of how the Nazi Germany was propped up, and how, in much the same way, the Nazi Ukraine is being propped up now. One example: just replace the name of Henri Deterding of the British-Dutch “Shell” with that of Biden Jr. to see the present-day play of interests. Or replace “Bank for International Settlements” (BIS) with the International Monetary Fund. But there are big differences, too. While Germany was heavily invested into, to make it into a battering ram against Russia, Ukraine is being turned into an ideological battering ram, while at the same time being plundered of its last Soviet industrial legacy.

However, the target was always Russia, and WWII was just a fifth act in a war that lasted for several hundred years, dotted by a few armistices. Here is a list of those wars (with some documentaries in Russian):

  1. The Napoleonic Wars of 1812
  2. World War 0 of 1853-1856, mis-nomered as “The Crimean War”, when that was but one of many battles. Just think of one simple fact: if Russia lost the Crimean War, why did Russia retain Crimea?
  3. The war with Japan and the first attempt to conduct a coup d’etat in Russia in 1905
  4. World War I, which was a suicide for Europe, started in 1914, and culminated in the capitalistic coup d’etat in Russia in February of 1917.
  5. World War II and the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945…
  6. …immediately followed by the Cold War, which was planned to not be that cold. Even before it started Winston Churchill ordered development of the “Plan Unthinkable”, the goal of which was to strike the USSR in July of 1945. I am not quoting The Guardian often, if ever, but this article from 2002 is worth the read: The Soviet threat was a myth
  7. This “Cold War” lead to another coup d’etat in Russia and a forced instalment of the bloody Yeltsin regime in November of 1993, the Wild 90’s that took the lives of over 30 million Russian and Soviet people over the course of 7 years of oligarchic rule; and the destruction of the Yugoslavia by NATO in the process.

It is all intertwined. But now, let as zoom in on the developments between WWI and WWII.

One other parallel that sprung to mind is how the German Weimar Republic and its achievements were appropriated and privatised by the Anglo-Saxon (or, rather, “Naglo-Saxon” West), while the Republic itself became demonised once West-sponsored Hitler took power. The same happened to the great legacy of the Soviet Union now, after the West-sponsored Yeltsin took power in Russia. For example, IG Farben Industries, which gave to humanity fertilisers, magnetic tape and magnetophones and many other things during the Weimar Republic, but once it got taken over by the Nazi state and developed the murderous gas “Zyklon B”, that’s all that remained, while origins of the prior works were earased and ascribed to the “victors” after WWII. More about it in the article “IG Farben – the main weapon of the XX-th century“.

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History comes full circle: 75th Victory Anniversary Parade in Moscow will be held on the 24th of June

And so it is official!

The Victory Day parade in Moscow, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Victory over Nazism will be held on the 24th of June. Exactly 75 years after the first such parade, when the defeated Nazi banners were thrown at the foot of the Lenin Mausoleum.

Lada Ray has written an extended free article covering this announcement, and more: Turning Lemons Into Lemonade! Putin Announces New Victory Parade Dates… And So Much More! (and at Patreon)

Here are videos from that parade, reposted from my earlier translation article Victory Parade in Moscow on June 24, 1945. With English subtitles and in colour:

The Great Patriotic War in Ukraine. A historical retrospective by Rostislav Ischenko

The following article by a Ukrainian politolog and historian in exile Rostislav Ischenko provides a much-needed context for both the current proliferation of Nazism in Ukraine, and the Banderite phenomenon of WWII.


The Great Patriotic War in Ukraine

by Rostislav Ischenko, published 09.05.2020 on the portal Ukraina.ru and at the open blog platform Kont.

It is sometimes said that the war started earlier for Ukraine than for the rest of the USSR. Thinking of the fact that when Hitler attacked Poland, the Western Ukrainian and Western Belorussian lands were part of the latter and thus also came under attack

German checkpoints
German checkpoint

This, however, is not entirely true. By the way, this interpretation of events has almost got no traction in Belorussia. And this is logical. The fact is that the German troops attacking Poland did not advance further than the Brest-Lvov line. Serious fighting was only for Lvov over the course of 2 days. After defeating the Polish group that retreated to the city, the Germans abandoned the city, which the Red Army entered, and it, along with all the Western Ukrainian territories, was annexed to the Ukrainian SSR.

If anyone in Ukraine entered the war on September 1, 1939, it was Ukrainian nationalists who opposed the Polish state on the side of Nazi Germany, just as they sided with Hitler against the USSR on June 22, 1941.

This difference between the Western Ukrainian territories and the Ukrainian SSR, the Belorussian SSR, and even the territories of Western Belarus (which were part of Poland before 1939) was well understood by Hitler. The Nazi dictator clearly understood the mentality of the peoples who inhabited the UkSSR much better than his generals and party bonzes. Let’s see how he administratively divided the occupied territories of the USSR.

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Criminalisation and persecution of St.George Ribbon in Ukraine: why the Ukro-Nazis are after the centuries-old symbol of Russian heroism

This post is a translation of an article by a Ukrainian politolog and historian in exile Rostislav Ischenko. The translation will be supplemented with commentary, references and images added by yours truly. This is an important reading to understand the symbolism and history of St.George ribbon – “Georgievskaja lentochka” in Russian.

Two years ago Lada Ray published an extensive article on the topic: The Importance of Victory Day, The Immortal Regiment, St. George Ribbon – AND GLOBALIST PLAN FIASCO!, and since then the situation in Ukraine has only gone from bad to worse.

And now, without further ado, the article:


Anton Drobovich against St.George

by Rostislav Ischenko, published 05.05.2020 on the portal Ukraina.ru and at the open blog platform Kont.

On the eve of the Victory Day in Ukraine, as it happened before, there is an increased activity among the nationalists who indict how to “properly” celebrate the holiday. Naturally, leading them all is the Institute of National Memory, the head of which, Anton Drobovich, zealously continues the work of his predecessor Vladimir Vyatrovich to eradicate the memory of the great Victory from the citizens of Ukraine. [Translator note: the naming of the “institute” is the direct nod to Orwell’s “1984”]

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USA and the West are continuing to impudently re-write the WWII history. Let’s remind the Naglosaxons: Soviet Soldier Saved the World! #Victory75 #IRemember #ImmortalRegimentOnline

It is not accidental the “Anglosaxons” are derisively called “Naglosaxons” by lots of Russian-speaking Internet users. By swapping the first two letters, the meaning of their name starts to reflect their deeds: “impudent saxons”.

I wrote a year ago how is History being rewritten in front of our eyes… when a memorial coin without the Soviet flag was issued in the West. And now it happens again, with even greater impudence!

Soviet banner over Reichstag
The iconic image of the Soviet soldiers raising the Red Banner over Reichstag in the defeated Berlin. The image, which Facebook is, incidentally, censoring in its colourised form!

Ironically, it is Germany that best keeps the memories of that war against Nazism…

From Lada Ray’s Futurist Terndcast: Autographs of Victory | THE DAY OF VICTORY AGAINST FASCISM – wartime graffiti left by Soviet soldiers in the Reichstag #Victory75 #ImmortalRegimentOnline #БессмертныйПолкОнлайн

…while the rest of the West is unifying in its enforced amnesia:

United States officially REWROTE history this V-day when it IGNORED Soviet Union’s role in defeating Nazism

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Victory Parade in Moscow on June 24, 1945. With English subtitles and in colour

On June 24, 1945, the first parade dedicated to the victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War was held in Moscow on the Red Square. The combined regiments of the fronts, the combined regiment of the people’s Commissariat of defence, the combined regiment of the Navy, military academies, military schools, and the troops of the Moscow garrison were brought to the Victory Parade. The parade was commanded by Marshal of the Soviet Union K. K. Rokossovsky, and the parade was taken by Marshal of the Soviet Union G. K. Zhukov. From the podium of the Lenin Mausoleum, Stalin watched the parade, as well as Molotov, Kalinin, Voroshilov, Budyonny and other members of the Politburo.

This film was the first colour film in the USSR. The Victory parade on June 24, 1945 was filmed on German trophy film from the warehouse of “Agfa”. After the film was shot, it turned out that most of the tape had colour defects. As the colour films were not made in the USSR, there was not enough experience in working on colour correction. Therefore, the entire film was transferred to B/W film, and a 19-minute film was edited from the material that was of suitable quality. And many years later, in 2004, the Central State Archive of Film and Photo Documents restored the colour version of the film. The film was restored, removing all mechanical damage to the film, restoring the colour and transferring the image to modern colour film.

I have translated both the full black-and-white version of the Parade, including Marshal Zhukov’s speech, and the shorter colour version. The subtitles can be downloaded separately for the black-and-while film, and for the colour film.

Below the video frames are the complete transcripts, kept here for the reference. I was translating Zhukov’s speech, based on the Russian transcript here. What I found disconcerting, is that the BW documentary was edited to remove any reference to Stalin’s contribution and guidance! It seems the editing was done during the time, when Khrushjov waged his personal vendetta against Stalin’s memory. The colour version, though it does not include Zhukov’s speech, has Stalin “rehabilitated” and properly referenced.

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After the 24th of June 1945, the Victory Day parades were held in the USSR 3 more times – at the anniversary dates on the 9th of May 1965, 1985 and 1990. Next time it was conducted in already Russia on the 9th of May 1995, and then annually after that date. In the USSR military parades were customarily held annually on the 7th of November, commemorating the October Revolution.

In order to be re-uploaded with the subtitles, the footage of the B/W film was downloaded from the Classics of the Soviet Cinema YouTube channel. There was one quote in a viewer comment there, which I found especially poignant (note that 9 million is the number of combatant losses according to the early estimates after the war, the total number of the Soviet citizens who lost their lives during the Great Patriotic War is 27 million people):

Once my father expressed a piercing and terrible thought: “Ten thousand soldiers and officers of the armies and fronts participated at the principal Parade in honour of the Victory Day on June 24, 1945. The passage of the parade “boxes” of troops lasted thirty minutes. And you know what I thought? During the four years of the war, the losses of our army amounted to almost nine million dead. And each one of them, who gave the most precious thing to Victory – their lives! – is worthy to walk in that parade on the Red Square. So, if all the dead were put in parade formation, then these “boxes” would go through Red Square for nineteen days… ” and I suddenly, as if in reality, imagined this parade. Parade “boxes” of twenty by ten. One hundred and twenty steps a minute. In windings and boots, overcoats, and jackets, in caps, earflaps, “budenovki”, helmets, caps. And for nineteen days and nights this continuous stream of fallen battalions, regiments, and divisions would have passed through the Red Square. Parade of the heroes, parade of the winners. Think about it! Nineteen days!
— V. Shurygin

There is such a parade now in Russia, and its name is The Immortal Regiment! This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federative branch of the Regiment holds it march and commemoration on-line.

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The Red Square Parade of 1941 – Documentary Film (English subtitles and transcript)

The watershed moment of The Great Patriotic War, and of WWII, when it became clear that the Soviet Union would not fall, when the German Fascists can be defeated. The Battle of Moscow. But preceding it was an event of the utmost importance for the morale of the whole country – the Parade on the Red Square on the 7th of November 1941, as Stalin’s unifying and encouraging speech at the parade.

The documentary that I just translated tells the story of filming of the Oscar-winning documentary “Rout of the German Troops Near Moscow” from 1941. But it is much more. It de-crowns several myths – some benign, and some used by the present-day rewriters of WWII history. It tells about the heroism of the front-line cameramen, who filmed and died so that this history would not be forgotten. And it delves into a little-known side of the American-Soviet relations during the war.

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On several previous occasions YouTube removed my uploads of translations, so to avoid any problems, here are 5 easy steps that will allow you to watch it with subtitles on your desktop machine:

  1. Download the video above, using BitDownloader
  2. Download the subtitles (Right-click the link and choose ‘Save As’)
  3. Download and install VLC for your operating system
  4. Make sure that the video and the subtitle files have the same name
  5. Play the video in VLC – subtitles will load automatically

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