Militiaman singing “Ballad of the Struggle” + analysis of the inspiration for militiamen + other songs
Song by a “Sparta” battalion soldier (presumably), footage – live fire
training by Donetsk, source – “News Front” documentary film #10 by
Maksim Fadeev. Translation by Tokarev (2001), edited by Tatzhit.
Well, maybe symbolism is not so “deep” this time – the message of this
song from an old Soviet movie “Robin Hood” matches the situation very
The Donbass armed struggle for democracy and human rights
was, in a large part, fueled by romantics who came to “fight the good
fight”. It is arguable whether the uprising would have succeeded without
the initial support by some local oligarchs, or without support by
Russia, but it definitely would go nowhere without volunteers making up
all the militia units.
Why did the volunteers come? The books they read in childhood. It’s that simple, really.
Whatever window dressing the nationalists that usurped power in Kiev
use, they openly declare themselves the historical successors of the
OUN/UPA Nazi collaborators of WWII (e.g. they just banned Soviet symbols
– but not the flags of OUN/UPA that flew over the genocide of Poles, Jews and Russians).
More broadly, the usurpers are yet another Western-backed regime
assaulting the East. 2014 and 1945 are merely the most recent attempts,
East Ukraine fought German puppets in Kiev in 1918 too, and 17th-18th
century wars over Ukraine were all, basically, East-West civil wars for
In essence, this war provided a “foreign invasion” scenario the
Russian/Soviet/East Ukrainian culture was, to a large extent, built
around (see here and here, again). The romantics suddenly had a worthy cause to rally around.
That is why ragtag Donbass militias held out last summer against a
unified enemy army that outnumbered them several times over, and was
incomparably better armed, and also why there are so many older, Soviet-raised men among the militias.
Despite USA’s delusions that a proxy war against Russia can lead to
“Serbia scenario”*, open confrontation actually mobilized the Russian
nation. It bolstered the patriotic ideals in society and totally destroyed the pro-Western political opposition:
It was already hard to argue for “establishing democracy” after Iraq
and Libya, and it became completely impossible after USA supported an
overthrow of a democratically elected government by anti-Russian
xenophobes, and subsequent massacres of pro-Constitution protesters.
Now, Russia is still weak ideologically: it is no accident that the
Donbass militias use Soviet and even Tzarist slogans – nothing was
created to replace them since 1991. But whereas mere couple years ago,
the prophets of doom would predict Russian government would soon sell out and put nukes under Western “safe keeping”, such a scenario seems unthinkable now. Moreover, if there is a coup in the Kremlin, it is no longer a given that Putin would be replaced by a pro-Western collaborator – it is probably more likely that anyone capable of replacing him would be more of a hardliner.
In short, NATO warmongers once again stirred the bear and pushed the
world somewhat closer to nuclear war. Whether it was due to
misunderstanding Russian culture, or if it was an intended result,
doesn’t matter now. But I sure hope McCain and Co. get a nice bonus from
their military-industrial complex investors – after all, guaranteed
billions in profits for the next couple decades is amazing return on a
few million in “election contributions”…
As for what this ideological revival will bring Russia – we will see. Some “true believers” died, yes, but many more have come to believe. Many romantics have already left Novorossiya, its organized army with salaries being not to their liking… but this means they are now back in Russia.
Regardless of what will transpire in the end, the revival of the “Russian idea of resistance” has already happened. If it does not play out this year in this conflict – it may play out the next year, or the next decade. Donbass-2014 was made possible, in part, by the Russian and internationalist romantics that went to fight for Transnistria, Abkhazia, Serbia two decades prior. What consequences will we see from the Donbass uprising by 2034?
PS. Bonus tracks / more Novorossiya / Russian culture:
“My open hand now turned into a fist…” 18+ [DE and ENG subs]
WWII drinking song [ENG Subs]. Originally
written in 1943, singer – Nasha Darya, translation – yours truly:
Can not embed – Prochan video “Mommy we all have gone Insane” here. VERY Graphic, but also good.
PPS. The NewFront documentary that this song is from will be coming shortly. In the meantime, I suggest you watch this one – really excellent piece, very impressive.
* “Serbia scenario” = In Serbia, a protracted confrontation and failure to protect Serbs across the border eventually lead to a collapse of the Milosevic government and a pro-Western
Article by Tatzhit. Translations by the same. Videos by Maksim Fadeev and other respective authors.