Category Archives: Analyst

Ukraine | Background to the present Russia – Ukraine crisis

By Phil Wilayto

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have risen sharply following the Nov. 25 seizure of two Ukrainian gunboats and a tug and the detention of 24 Ukrainian sailors by vessels of the Russian Border Guard. The incident took place as the vessels were attempting to pass from the Black Sea through the narrow Kerch Strait into the Sea of Azov, a shallow body of water bounded by Ukraine to the northwest and Russia to the southeast. After the incident, Russia blocked some additional naval traffic through the strait.

Is the EU vs Disinformation website just another propaganda tool?

In September a video in which a lady is seen to throw bleach over men in the Saint Petersburg underground for what has been dubbed “Manspreading” went viral. “Manspreading” is the act in which men on public transport sit with their legs wide apart, not only taking up an uneccesarry amount of room, but also seemingly to reveal their genetalia. For some feminists this posture is deemed to be an expression of egotism and male preponderance and one that needs to be confronted. The video, linked to the Russian activist Anna Dovgalyuk, was within a matter of weeks flagged up as pro-Russian propaganda by the EU vs Disinformation campaign group and was then swiftly dismissed as such across large sections of the Western media.

Ukraine | Interview with Vasiliy Volga, the leader of the Ukrainian Union of Left Forces

Introduction by Halyna Mokrushyna

Vasiliy Volga is a veteran of Ukrainian politics and the leader of the Ukrainian party Union of Left Forces. He founded the Union in 2007 after leaving the Socialist Party of Ukraine which, because of internal squabbles, was not able to secure seats in the Verkhovna Rada in the 2007 parliamentary elections. Volga’s position as an active critic of the current Ukrainian political regime based on right-wing nationalism places him under the close surveillance by security services. Very recently, on November 6, his home was searched and he himself was summoned for an interrogation to the office of the Security Service of Ukraine where he was presented with phony, groundless accusations. Vasiliy Volga also receives threats from the extreme right ‘patriots’ of Ukraine. It takes courage to take a leftist, anti-nationalist stance in the stiffing political atmosphere of the post-Euromaidan Ukraine where hundreds of political opponents of the Poroshenko regime have been imprisoned or intimidated. Vasiliy Volga certainly has this courage.

Méditerranée centrale : Une hécatombe sourde et muette, désormais à l’abri de (presque) tous les regards

En Méditerranée centrale, l’accélération de l’externalisation des contrôles à la frontière maritime Sud et Est de l’Europe et le durcissement des politiques de dissuasion menée par l’Italie ont des conséquences directes et dramatiques : une diminution drastique du nombre de départs depuis les côtes libyennes, une augmentation des risques d’interception, de refoulement et de violations des droits fondamentaux en mer ainsi que du taux de mortalité en Méditerranée.

UK | British Government Runs Secret Anti-Russian Smear Campaigns

In 2015 the government of Britain launched a secret operation to insert anti-Russia propaganda into the western media stream.

We have already seen many consequences of this and similar programs which are designed to smear anyone who does not follow the anti-Russian government lines. The ‘Russian collusion’ smear campaign against Donald Trump based on the Steele dossier was also a largely British operation but seems to be part of a different project.