Category Archives: History

They even took pillows away • Ukraïner • National Museum of the Holodomor-Genocide

Nadiia Korolova was born in the village of Ivankivtsi in Podillia region. When the Holodomor broke out, she was 10 years old. Podillia was among the first regions to start rioting against mass compulsory collectivisation (making villagers forcefully join collective farms, “kolhosps” — ed.) and the closing of churches in 1929. Outraged by the regime’s actions, Ukrainian villagers chased out the local officials and activists from their villages and took control over the district centres. In 1932 the opposition of the rural population reached threatening levels, and the Soviet regime sent military units to suppress the riots. The clashes lasted for days.

Czech Writer’s comment on Russia

Karel Havlicek Borovsky

“Russians like to label everything Russian ‘Slavic’, so that they can later label everything Slavic as ‘Russian’.”

“It is a land of misery destruction and booze with many literary works about misery, destruction and booze. And that is what Russia brings to the world. No exceptions.”

Photo of Controversial Galician SS Soldiers

The one in the lower left shares my last name, apparently.

The Galician SS Division was formed when the Nazis were already in full retreat. They consisted of about 13,000 young men from Western Ukraine. I think (and also, I would like to think) that they were following the pattern of 25 years earlier, where Ukrainians served in the Autro-Hungarian Army, and then formed a core of a Ukrainian army for the short-lived Ukrainian state. In their only major engagement, the Battle of Brody, the Galician SS Division took 80% casualties.

One veteran of the battle, Hryhoriy Hevryk, was taken into the Red Army, killed in Poland, and made an official Hero of the Soviet Union.

Some veterans of the Division later carried out war crimes.

RT @CanadianKobzar: This is the ongoing megathread containing all of my history pieces – the Kobzar Chronicles.

I present you the first of my history threads on the Kobzar. One of the most iconic figures in both Ukrainian history, literature and art.

Outlaw Oleksa Dovbush the Ukrainian Robin Hood. Robbed from the rich and gave to the poor. Born in the Carpathian mountains in the 1700s, Oleska was feared by landlord nobility and adored his countrymen.

The Tryzub – deep dive into the origins of our national symbol

Tchaikovsky – reclaiming our great composer

The Rise of Rus – discussion of the origins of Kyivan Rus.

Spooky Ukraine – myths, monsters and ghosts

The Ukrainian Dancers – a painting acknowledged.

The first Bogeyman – a tribute to my favourite hetman Ivan Mazepa.

Details matter – An analysis of the old Azov Battalion Logo.

Our Brother/Sister Nation – Dedicated to our Polish brothers and sisters.

The Forgotten Holocaust – Holodomor and the Soviet Starvation of Ukrainians.

Canada Oblast – Overview of Ukrainian Canadians

A Kozak Tradition – the lost traditions of a Kozak family.

and much more…

RT @fermerzpolissia: Ukrainian People’s Republic (1917-1921) was an independent country that existed between 1917 and 1921. Independence…

RT @fermerzpolissia: Ukrainian People’s Republic (1917-1921) was an independent country that existed between 1917 and 1921. Independence…

Ukrainian People’s Republic (1917-1921) was an independent country that existed between 1917 and 1921. Independence was even recognized by Bolshevik Russia in February 1918. Later as usual in 1918 Russia chose to withdraw its recognition of independent Ukraine. /4

The map shows how the Kuban used to be considered Ukrainian. It was largely settled by Cossacks after Catherine destroyed the Sich. The Cossacks were then genocided by the Bolsheviks — their population was reduced by about 50% – with a focus on destroying their elite. And Russian from elsewhere were resettled into Cossack lands to destroy their way of life, which relied on open land and some free movement. And that, I argue is the typical process of how people “become Russian.”

Ukrainian/Cossack identity began rising from the ashes later during the Soviet period. The Soviets resorted to typical Russian tactics for destroying it, including organizing school clubs so that people who needed to be deported would self-identify. It’s covered in this documentary:

Кубанські козаки
Valentyn Sperkach
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До сторіччя розстрілу Кубанської Народної Республіки фільм режисера Валентина Сперкача “Кубанські козаки. А вже літ двісті…” Студія “Україна-Світ”, 1992 рік. Фільм розказує про історію переселення запорізьких козаків на Кубань, про геноцид українців в Росії.

RT @HoansSolo: rejected Stalin’s territorial demands in October 1939. N. Krushchev noted that the mood in the Soviet Politburo

RT @HoansSolo: rejected Stalin’s territorial demands in October 1939. N. Krushchev noted that the mood in the Soviet Politburo at the time was that “all we had to do was raise our voice a little bit and the Finns would obey. If that didn’t work, we could fire one shot and the Finns would…

How Did Russian Oligarchs Get So Rich?

Russian Oligarchs have become synonymous with superyachts, luxury mansions and the shady political maneuvering of post-Soviet Russia. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russian billionaires like Roman Abramovich, Vladimir Potanin, Alisher Usmanov, Boris Berezovsky and Oleg Deripaska have been all over the news.

The word Oligarch conjures up images of opportunistic, well-connected businessmen who made billions by plundering the remains of the collapsed Soviet state. But how exactly did Russia’s oligarchs get so rich?

Ludwig Von Mises on Russia

Of course, even among the Russian people there are some who do not share this attitude. It is only to be regretted that they have not been able to prevail over their compatriots. Ever since Russia was first in a position to exercise an influence on European politics, it has continually behaved like a robber who lies in wait for the moment when he can pounce upon his victim and plunder him of his possessions. At no time did the Russian Czars acknowledge any other limits to the expansion of their empire than those dictated by the force of circumstances. The position of the Bolsheviks in regard to the problem of the territorial expansion of their dominions is not a whit different. They too acknowledge no other rule than that, in the conquest of new lands, one may and indeed must go as far as one dares, with due regard to one’s resources. The fortunate circumstance that saved civilization from being destroyed by the Russians was the fact that the nations of Europe were strong enough to be able successfully to stand off the onslaught of the hordes of Russian barbarians. The experiences of the Russians in the Napoleonic Wars, the Crimean War, and the Turkish campaign of 1877-78 showed them that, in spite of the great number of their soldiers, their army is unable to seize the offensive against Europe. The World War merely confirmed this.

Liberalism: In the Classical Tradition
3. Liberal Foreign Policy