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The Big ‘Russian’ Lie – the re-branding of Muskovy

“Just a century ago people in France and Europe could easily differentiate Rus’ from Muscovy”, Theodore Casimir Delamarre, owner and editor in chief of La Patrie, said back in 1869 in his petition to the French senate.
“History shouldn’t forget, people we know now as Ruthenians were known previously as Rusians (spot single “s”) or Ruses and people we call now as Russians were Muscovites and their land was called Muscovy”, added Delamarre.



As for this video, in this I examine exactly why Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia are different countries, cultures, and peoples and how history, easily available to all, shows us this very, very clearly.

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RT @MunSecConf: Our most watched video of 2022? Prime Minister of Estonia, @kajakallas , explaining Soviet negotiating tactics.



According to FM Andrei Gromyko, the Soviet negotiation strategy had three principles:

1. Demand the Maximum. Don’t ask, demand something that has never been yours.
2. Give Ultimatums. Threaten
3. Don’t give an inch in negotiations. Rely on Westerns who will always offer something.

I don’t care about Russia, I’ve got a tsar!


This clip of Russian opposition politician Vladimir Ryzhkov on TV in 2004 has recently resurfaced thanks to @CurrentTimeTv

His warnings for the country’s future are frighteningly prophetic

You might also recognise the presenter…

Russian media mocks MAGA Trump supporters as “not very smart,” “rednecks,” and “primitive people” who you have to talk to with “cliches and dumb slogans.”

Russian media mocks Trump supporters as “not very smart,” “rednecks,” and “primitive people” who you have to talk to with “cliches and dumb slogans.”

Joseph Brodsky was a despicable psycho, and typical “Russian liberal”

From his poem about Ukrainian indepdence in 1991:

It’s over now. Now hurry back to your huts
To be gang-banged by Krauts and Polacks right in your guts.
It’s been fun hanging together from the same gallows loop,
But when you’re alone, you can eat all that sweet beetroot soup.
Good riddance, Khokhly, it’s over for better or worse,
I’ll go spit in the Dnieper, perhaps it’ll flow in reverse,….

But mark: when it’s your turn to be dragged to graveyards,
You’ll whisper and wheeze, your deathbed mattress a-pushing,
Not Shevchenko’s bullshit but poetry lines from Pushkin…..


Circassian Genocide

From 1818 until the great deportation of 1864-67 over 1 200 000+ Circassian have been killed by russia, with the number of Circassians who died during deportation via Black Sea being unknown.

95%+ have been either killed or expelled.

Russia is likely involved on both sides of the Mexican border crisis

In 2021, experts in cybersecurity and migration drew attention to the role of unchecked social media platforms in fueling the migration crisis on the US-Mexico border. These platforms, including Facebook, not only encouraged illegal migration to the United States but also promote hatred towards migrants through misinformation and disinformation, experts said. To me, this echoes…

This comes as US Air Force General Glen VanHerck said last year that Russia’s GRU had more agents in Mexico than any other country Could they be involved in this sort of messaging?


Russia’s anti-Ukraine propaganda targeting the West is pervasive and mendacious

Recently, Donald Trump Jr. responded to a question by Timcast IRL co-host Luke Rudkowski about Ukraine.

Trump Jr. said, “We’re creating a class of billionaire oligarchs in Ukraine” by way of the country’s corruption.

Previously, he mocked Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky for seeming ungrateful for the aid received. Earlier, Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis described Russia’s full scale invasion as a “border dispute,” then backtracked.

It’s disturbing to hear so many ridiculous talking points from channels that I’ve otherwise thought to be pretty good. It’s reminiscent of when Russia first invaded Ukraine in 2014. Most of the libertarian communities I was part of immediately went off the deep end, inspiring me to write this trilogy of essays.

Today, Russian propaganda is as prominent, brazen, and aggressive as it was in 2014, and as I imagine that it was it was during the 1930s Holodomor when Russia last tried to exterminate Ukrainians.

Then, the New York Times denied that the Holodomor — the great famine — was happening, and the Welsh journalist who exposed it, Gareth Jones, was assassinated.

For a point of reference, and maybe a clue as to why Ukrainians are fighting so hard, my late friend and once-co-author, Russian-American economist, Dr. Yuri Maltsev estimated that the Soviet Union slaughtered 60 million people, and this barbarism neither started nor ended with the Soviet Union. Besides the Holodomor, there are a handful of genocides which I doubt most of the readers here ever heard of: the Circassian Genocide, the Genocide of the Don Cossacks (see The Cossacks by Shane O’Rourke), the 75% reduction of Kamchatka’s native population, the repeated 16th century massacres of Novgorod because of … get this … Western influence (read: “NATO Expansion”).

For much of Europe, and certainly Ukraine, this is the context in which this war is happening.

Add to this historic observations of Russia’s relentless expansionism, their annexation of 20% of Georgia territory in 2009, and their brutality in Chechnya in the 1990s, possibly killing a tenth of their population, and their persistent calls for genocide of Ukrainians.

Here’s a playlist

Idiotic conservatives who attempt position American decadence against Russian traditionalism (something which isn’t remotely true, if you scratch the surface) might as well be the communists of a couple generations ago, aghast that people are risking their lives to flee the workers’ paradise into West Berlin.

More subtle agents, witting or unwitting, simply magnify every Ukrainian failure, ignore every Ukrainian success (liberating Kharkiv and Kherson, and clearing the Russian Navy from the western Black Sea), ignore the historic contexts such as the Holodomor and the Budapest Memorandum, and ignore every Russian atrocity in Ukraine and at home, like the suspicious deaths of at least fifty of prominent Russian business people and officials since the full scale invasion began.

Since even before the days of Potemkin villages, Russia has prioritized perceptions in ways that West does not.

In Russian military doctrine, propaganda is woven into everything, including their Principles of War, while in NATO militaries, principles are strictly tactical.

In 2014, I assembled this collection of incidents, which includes explicit calls to carry out massacres to blame on Ukraine.

One of the compromises we make to live in a relatively free society is that it’s hard to quash propaganda from well-organized foreign actors.

Let’s at least talk about it and identify what we know.

Twitter’s recent release of 9 million tweets from a Russian troll farm demonstrates that they disproportionately target conservatives, though not exclusively.

Russia has also promoted Black Lives Matter and the green movement in its propaganda operations targeting the West.

Communist groups stage creepy pro-Russian rallies, such as this one here. They hold influence over both white nationalists, where they can be found and black nationalists.

Upon Russia’s 2014 invasion of Ukraine, the 2004 Communist Party U.S.A. candidate for president, John Parker, visited occupied Luhansk in eastern Ukraine to demonstrate support for Russia. The CPUSA, in the past, has been known to take funding subsidies from the U.S.S.R. Ties apparently have never been broken.

In 2016, separate Russian-linked social media groups promoted both anti-Islam and pro-Islam protests in Texas, encouraging both sides to “battle in the streets.”

If conservatives have ever heard of Yuri Bezmenov, it’s probably in the context of relating his interview about “ideological subversion” to the cultural tensions in the West.

There are more important lessons to learn from his interview and lectures.

According to Bezmenov, 85% of Russian spy resources went into messaging, not espionage. The Russians were interested in extremely small influencers, including, fifty years ago at least, talkative barbers and taxi drivers. I strongly suspect that they found a way to pay me (yes, me!) $35 per month in 2008 for a tiny little Ron Paul blog I ran that echoed voices that took the Russian perspective in their invasion and annexation of a fifth of Georgia (more on that here).

Bezmenov also discussed how, in the countries they targeted, they nurtured the careers of influencers they considered helpful, and attempted to destroy the careers or the people who opposed them.

Thoughtful criticism of Ukraine should acknowledge the historic context including the Budapest Memoradum by which Ukraine gave up its nuclear arsenal in exchange for security guarantees, and the realities of Russian war crimes and rhetoric. And while we must tolerate foreign influence as part of living in a relatively free society, let’s do the work of understanding and describing it.


For Russia, brutality and suffering are the second coming of Christ.

For Russia, brutality and suffering are the second coming of Christ.

The 260 years they spent as tax collectors for the brutal Mongolian Empire formed many of of their beliefs and practices. They sneer at institution, laws, social norms. They ridicule them, believing their mostly-western adherents are either naive or lying. The world will be restored to its true brutal self, and then their proclivity for inflicting and enduring suffering will lift them to their proper, lofty significance which they’ve hitherto been unfairly denied.

Not only are the “facades” of laws, norms, and institutions weak and temporary, they are insulting. This is why Russia breaks and ridicules almost every agreement it signs. They’re awaiting a return of the world that birthed them. Their anti-Christ is their Czar who will lead them through the necessary hardship. Treaties, promises, norms, institutions and anything else that constrains HIS power is blasphemy.

Ukraine’s war is about forcing them to adopt a different God.

Other Twitter threads

A thread on how Russia used cinema as a weapon of #Russiancolonialism and method of suppressing Ukrainians and dehumanizing heroes. Today we’ll talk about how Russia mocked Ukrainian Liberation Movement in the movie “Wedding in Malinovka” (“Весілля в Малинівці”)

When Russian troops occupied the Berry village in Chernihiv oblast, they drove 300 civilians into the school basement and turned it into a “death chamber”. Thread with photos and names of identified soldiers who came to Ukraine from the poorest Russia’s region, Tuva Republic

Kamil Galeev Twitter threads

Poll: Richer Russian are more supportive of the War

The most overlooked part of Russian literature is of course its poetry. Russia is not so much literature-centered as poetry-centered. Poetry stands in the middle of the Russian sacred literary canon. However, it is largely untranslatable and thus is poorly known in the West

How long will this war go?
Andrey Illarionov used to be Putin’s economic adviser, advocating for liberalisation of Russian economic policies in early 2000s. Later he turned into one of Putin’s most outspoken critics. I very much like his sober, realistic and informed analysis

Last time I discussed Volgograd – the poorest large city in Russia. Today I read a news about relatives of a Volgograd corporal KIA in Ukraine who are fighting over 12 million rubles of compensation. His aunt illegally appropriated all the money, so other relatives are suing her

The war in Ukraine and the regional divergence in Russia
1. It will be a long war
2. Hostilities can be localised or interrupted with ceasefires. Doesn’t matter. The fighting will resume again. And again
3. Contrary to the popular opinion, it will be Russia that breaks first

Great question. My answer:
1. Ethnic republics are super vulnerable. Moscow is much more likely to unhinge violence on them, than on Russian Oblasts. And nobody gonna step up
2. From the minority perspective you must be absolutely cracked to help “liberals” to get into power

Three Faced Icon
Diversity is natural, uniformity is artificial. Whenever you see the uniformity of cultural memes, be it the linguistic map of modern France or the style of Russian icons, you may be sure it is a result of violent homogenisation. Consider this trifacial Trinity from Tobolsk

Brat-2 and the Russian state cult
The CEO of Russian aerospace (& missiles producing) state company Roskosmos Rogozin published this video in his telegram channel РОГОZИН. It may look weird for foreigners but Russians understand this allusion very well (not a thread)


“Forgetting” is a centuries old, deeply ingrained Russian past time.

Only in a population with a strong instinct for forgetting can the whims of their Czar be supreme, always wise, always winning, always correct.