27/02/2014 at 22:56 Facebook status update
Translated by Anna Danilova
Edited by Maria Stanislav
In Europe, where I am right now, there’s a risk of anti-Ukrainian propaganda.
It is a classical technology of ideological manipulation, aiming to intimidate the European people that Maidan is made up of fascists.
Because of this, many European journalists come to Ukraine to make independent reports about the real situation, and to disprove such slanders. But anti-Ukrainian propaganda is a time bomb, which we underestimate as a whole.
Today, we have looked into some interesting facts, to find out where such lies about Ukrainian protesters come from – and we discovered a focused concept involving paid, specially trained professionals. I have immediately recognized the dishonorable speeches repeated by Yanukovych, Azarov, Tabachnyk, Pshonka, Zakharchenko – by all of them, as if they were reading out the same script. It appears that the facts they talk about came not from their subordinates, but from foreign sources.
After analyzing the sources of slanders about peaceful protesters, I dare to assume that anti-Ukrainian propaganda has foreign origins. It is very similar to the style of Soviet-time propaganda, where an enemy was made up, as was necessary, and then fought against. Now, they are also trying to “set people free from an enemy,” which they are making up and orchestrating with their own hands.
This is, of course, a hunch. But the facts are alarming. For example, when standing there with students, we weren’t yet done singing Ukrainian songs, and just started to sing the national anthem – and then we were immediately dispersed, in the first stage of the “anti-terroristic operation.” The methods used to disperse our student Maidan were more appropriate for treatment of real terrorists or for suppressing a prison riot – not for disbanding a peaceful youth protest, plus, in the middle of singing the national anthem. We were dispersed like we were extremists, radicals and “well-trained provocateurs.” This is a classic technology for slander and propaganda, aimed to besmirch the protesters and justify the use of aggressive power for their dispersal.
Each time, forceful crackdowns, intimidation, tortures and “forceful extraction of necessary information” (such as in the case of Ihor Lutsenko and Dmytro Bulatov) were used against so-called “well-trained provocateurs.” Many times, I heard the internal troops soldiers stationed at Hrushevskiy Street saying that all the Maidan people were being paid by the West. They said, to my face, “you’ve all been paid off.” They’ve been brainwashed so hard that they didn’t even want to listen to the words of common people. According to police, all of Maidan, all over the country, all those millions of people – they’ve been paid off. And the scariest thing is, it looked like they strongly believed in this. But, thank God, I know a few things about image-making and ideology, and the Maidan stage always kept appealing to the believers in propaganda.
A new work front has opened to me, now that I’m certain that anti-Ukrainian propaganda is being developed, financed and implemented through research centers (whose sources point to one specific country), through informational provocateurs on the Internet, through rumors, and in many more ways. Pity that some special services haven’t changed their style, so it’s pretty clear who is doing this, and why.
Me and my team have a mission to counteract this. But the enemy of Ukraine is too large to fight individually – which means that in order to stop anti-Ukrainian propaganda, all of us must work together.
Yesterday, in Strasbourg, I was shown a photograph, in which someone pictured Hitler’s portrait with the caption: “Our Liberator.” That left me thoughtful… As far as anti-Ukrainian propaganda goes, that’s pretty crude.
Somebody is very much annoyed by the independent motto of: “Glory to Ukraine!”