March 1st – the one year anniversary of the “Russian Spring” protests in South-Eastern Ukraine


March 1, 2015
Translated by Kristina Rus

Kristina Rus:

On March 1, 2014 the residents of major South-Eastern cities of Ukraine came out to protest against the illegal Western-backed violent overthrow of the Ukrainian government, to show their solidarity with Russia, support for closer integration with Russia, to protest against out-lawing of their holidays and traditions, against the toppling of Soviet and Russian monuments by violent gangs, against violent attacks and setting on fire of unarmed Berkut police in Kiev, against the Russophobic ultra-nationalist ideology of the new government. Except it was too late to stop the inevitable civil war of two incompatible ideologies, one of which was based on extermination of the other.

How many of the people among the crowd have been kidnapped, murdered and tortured in the chambers of the SBU or killed by Kiev missiles? How many have joined the armed resistance? How many have moved to Russia?

Kharkov, the largest square in Europe:





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The entire South-East had come out on March 1, 2014. In Kharkov, according to modest estimates, there were 30 thousand. That’s about 2% of the population. In Moscow today there was probably more. But Moscow has 10 times more people, and 15 times more then Donetsk. Therefore the ratio was much higher a year ago in Kharkov, Donetsk, and every large city in South-East Ukraine.  

However the Russian opposition is correct in that they gathered more people then the Russian “anti-maidan”.

In Kharkov there were a few attempts to gather people for the anti-maidan in November 2014. It was nothing close to the numbers after the coup. 

In order for people to really come out, a real disaster needs to occur. 

But a show of support in December or even early February could help avoid the catastrophe. 

Sadly the majority in Russia think that the authorities can deal with it on their own. Of course, Putin is no Yanukovich, but we should be prepared for anything. 

Kristina Rus: Ironically no opposition protest is possible today in Ukraine, were even an anti-junta Facebook post or an anti-war position can land you in jail for separatism. So where is a democracy and were is a tyranny – in Russia or in Ukraine? 

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