By Oleg Tyshkevich
Translated from Russian by J.Hawk
The coal miners of Western Ukraine who threatened a
large-scale rebellion due to the three- month delay of salaries are being
inducted into the army.
800 rebellious miners received notices directly from
military commissars who delivered them to the coal mines.
According to the deputy mayor of Novovolynsk, Eduard Savik,
the notices were delivered to coal mines no. 1 and no. 9 in Novovolynsk, which
the state is planning to close. That’s where the majority of rebellious miners
The miners blocked highways several times this winter to
protest government policies which does not finance the mines, but instead wants
to close them and is not even paying coal miners’ salaries.
Several hundred miners are planning to stage a protest in
Kiev on March 3 to force the government to pay them.
“They are taking revenge for strikes—they decided to simply
draft the rebels. Many of my comrades who were blocking highways and were
preparing to picket the Ministry of Energy and the Cabinet of Ministers,
received draft notices,” says Aleksey, a miner from Novovolynsk. “This is even
worse than the 1990s. There was hunger, but there was no war. Now it’s total
J. Hawk’s Comment: The post-“Dignity Revolution” Ukraine is, for all intents and purposes,
under martial law. The mobilization is a wonderful tool of political repression
under a different name. This tactic can be applied to literally anyone in the country. I suppose the irony here is that Volhynia is Western Ukraine. Political repression: not just for Novorossia “vatniks” anymore.
That’s the real usefulness of the war—if the war goes away, you couldn’t get
away with this. It doesn’t necessarily mean there has to be any actual
fighting. An Orwellian “1984”-style fake war, intended to keep the proles in
line, will suffice. It seems to be sufficing for the junta. So that part makes
This one, however, does not. Somebody try to find sense in
all of this: Ukraine’s coal powerplants are shutting down due to a shortage of coal, so the government is…closing coal mines in order to reduce government
expenditures to meet IMF requirements, which in turn is forcing it to…buy
imported coal which is now insanely expensive due to the drop in the value of
hryvnya which…will force the government to actually spend more money than if it
simply kept the mines open. Somebody nominate these people for a Nobel.
As an aside, the weak hryvnya makes Ukrainian coal
very competitive internationally. There is every reason to keep these mines
operating. But no. So the junta knows perfectly well how to employ political repression and start wars. When it comes to running an economy, however, it’s a different story. As the old saying goes…