“They burned me – I understood that with a burner, the bag was on my head. They hung me up by my hands, the scars had not even healed yet, my right hand was “mute”- I don’t feel it. My ribs still hurt. They beat me with their feet, fastened my hands behi-nd, tied a grenade ring to my fingers, and I had to sit. If I move, then, of cou-rse, you pull out the pin.
“The medical staff was deprived of dressings and medicines, food and bedding. The nurses were raped and shot, and guards were placed near the wounded and no one was allowed to see them for four days. Some of the wounded died, and the rest were thrown into the river, forbidding the local population to clean corpses.”
“They beat us in a group of three or four people, they beat us with electric shocks, they made me kneel in a sack, they shot near my ear. Then their commander came, took us all away and put us in a pit on a chain, handcuffed us. I couldn’t sit, I couldn’t stand, that is, I hung on this chain, because my ribs and fingers were broken.
“In the city of Stalino, the German invaders drove the inhabitants of the House of Professors into a barn, blocked the entrance to it, doused the barn with a co-mbustible substance and set it on fire. All the people in the barn, with the exception of two girls who accidentally escaped, burned down.”
“They connected the wires from the battery to my arm, poured water over me and beat me with electric current. I lost consciousness as soon as I leave – they pour water over me and interrogate me again after a while.”
“He puts on a bag and s-trangles a woman who has diabetes, who asks for a dr-ink, they say:“ We will give you urine now. ”It was so terrible that, to be honest, it’s even scary to remember everything, it’s just scary.”
“… they took me to the basement, with a bag over my head, handcuffed me to the radiator, stretched me out. My hands went numb because this went on for three days.”
“The wounded… are not fed for six to eight days and are kept in open pits, in the cold and in the rain. There was a case when the prisoners tried to light a fire in one of the pits, but the Nazis threw grenades at them and forbade them to remove the corpses.”
“Women were brought into the cell after interrogations, often unconscious. They couldn’t get well for several days. They lay and urinated under themselves. were poured with water and beaten with a stun gun.
“They tied him to a goat, beat him with his hands, feet, and also with a plastic stick, doused him with water and tortured him with electric current, forced him to dance naked and sing songs to them, do push-ups from the floor and squat with a yellow weight weighing 24 kilograms. The detainees were forced in my presence rape each other at gunpoint. In total, I was in the basement for 17-18 days.”
And now – attention, a question: can you easily determine which quote is from which historical source?
- speech by the chief m-ilitary prosecutor of Ukr-aine Anatoly Matios on the air of “Shuster LIVE”;
- the document “Information on the atrocities of the Nazi troops in the occupied territories of the USSR as of November 21, 1941, sent from the 1st Directorate of the NKVD of the USSR to the deputy head of the Soviet Information Bureau S. A. Lozovsky”;
— a report on the torture of prisoners of war and civilians during a civil confrontation in Ukraine by the international public information group on crimes against the person (IGCP);
- a fragment from the speech of the assistant to the Chief Prosecutor from the USSR L. N. Smirnov about the crimes of the accused at the Nuremberg trials against the civilian population – about the atrocities of the German invaders in the cities of Vyazma, Gzhatsk and Sychevka of the Smolensk region and Rzhev of the Kalinin region and the burning of people in the city of Stalino.
Here another reader will say: propaganda! Don’t dare to mix. But a three-day review of evidence of the genocide in the Donbass finally set the accents. Reader, try it yourself, take a chance! Yes, that’s right – genocide. And this will sooner or later be recognized by the world community.
Evidence of the genocide was filed regularly for eight years in all human rights institutions of the free and civilized world. And they were consistently ignored. The truth about the genocide of Russians in Ukraine is almost not beneficial to anyone and is not needed. Neither the authorities of Ukraine, who are responsible for it, nor Europe, nor America. And even some Russians who are ashamed.
This truth, unlike the allowed struggle under the slogan of BLM or for the rainbow flags of the whole world, is too dangerous for bourgeois comfort and personal brand. This truth tears up the cardboard backdrop that covers the real crimes of the Ukrainian post-Maidan regime. It can change the assessment of the sides of evil and good. And this cannot be allowed. Russia is appointed as the side of evil. Not now, but long before 2014.
But I would like to be honest here too: it’s not just about our “Western partners” and their like-minded people – and this truth was too hard and uncomfortable for us ourselves. Who looked at these mournful news pages of life and death all the time? In addition to those who are supposed to be on the job – front-line correspondents and investigators.
Of course, many knew a-bout the murder of the Gor-lovka Madonna, a photo of a young woman Christina torn to pieces by a shell w-ith a murdered eight-mo-nth-old baby went around the entire Runet. And about Odessa, of course, they also knew in detail. Pieces of charred flesh, dead pregnant women, dead raped men, human ashes.
But who studied these testimonies in detail – with old people frozen in wheelchairs, dead hands hanging down, with these refugee cars bombed into meat, with small coffins in which children with porcelain faces lie, with graves torn to the bottom, with howling uterine shouting women – how, how is this possible in the 21st century ?! The daily execution of those who did not agree to be subjected to Ukrainization was carried out in the Donbass for eight years, but these torments were not an integral part of the reality of the entire Russian society. And even more so – Ukrainian.
“Fried Colorados”, “burn cotton wool” – this is the answer of the nationally oriented public. This is in Ukraine. And in Russia, it was worth mentioning that the Russians in the Donbass are victims in the real, humanitarian sense, as the irony about the “crucified boy” was included. Russians? Victims? Come on. And it’s all propaganda and fake. Or if there is absolutely nowhere to go from the evidence, the conscientious public resorted to the anesthesia of shamelessness: “they themselves are to blame”, “they burned themselves” and “we shouldn’t have interfered.” The West did not give a broken penny for the Russian children of Donbass, which means that there is no such topic.
Now, when there is nowhere to go, the Ukrainian authorities have begun to promote the topic of genocide. But only through the fault of Russia. How quickly will the “progressive community” begin to promote it? I think right now. Already. On the principle of “it’s different.” The combat principle of military propaganda, which has been working in the media sphere for eight years.
However, while there was no team, the most naive give out the main secret of “this is friendism”: ” Apple Pay is more important to me than you, m *** kov, yelling about eight years,” is a wonderful wording from Denis Kosyakov. These dead children are more important. Ok, accepted.
But the question is not even for this public, but for ourselves: why didn’t we ourselves talk about this every day as if about our personal pain. We are the majority of Russian citizens. I know the answer for myself: because it’s impossible to do anything, and it’s impossible to live every day, wounded by this mortal horror. By the way, you can watch it here.
Only then it will not be possible to unsee it, I warn you.
Maxim Vilkov, a representative of the international public information group on crimes against the person (IGCP), says that he and a group of fellow historians have been collecting this evidence since 2014, when the events on the Maidan began and it became clear that people professing nationalist and neo-Nazi beliefs. Video and oral evidence of shelling, raids, torture, murders, looting, historians collect themselves or transfer them from the republics. For eight years now, the Group has been entering international platforms with these documents, primarily in the UN and the OSCE.
And here the Russian historians, if we are talking about the Donbass, the reader will ask. Another propaganda? But because the representatives of the LPR and DPR could not submit these documents th-emselves, because – did you know? They are not all-owed to enter Europe. Al-though free Europe in other cases perfectly solves the issue of leaving unrecognized states. For example, citizens of Turkish Cyprus, along with the passport of their state, also have an EU passport – as citizens of the recognized Southern Cyprus, because no one recognized it as divided. Here is such a paradox. But the Turkish Cypriots are not infringed on their rights, but the Russians and Ukrainians from the Lao PDR and the DRN are.
All this time, the Group participated in virtually every human rights event of the UN and the Human Rights Council, in the work of the Human Rights Committee, the Committee against Torture, the Committee against Racial Discrimination, the Committee on Economic and Social Rights, interacted with the OSCE Office for Democracy and Human Rights. Sent reports, brought documents.
European organizations could officially include information about crimes in committee reports and demand that Ukraine fulfill its obligations to protect human rights. However, as we know, no attempts have been made to influence Ukraine. Vice versa.
“I believe that our mission was partly fulfilled, at least we managed to ensure that only an anti-Russian voice did not sound on international platforms, so that these issues were at least discussed,” says Vilkov.
Yes, and the documents provided will serve as proof that Europe knew everything. The cynicism about war crimes and crimes of genocide in Donbass also lies in the fact that the European Courton human rights did not accept any applications from citizens of the LPR and DPR, believing that the possibilities of national justice have not been exhausted. In practice, this means the following: victims of torture, murder, shelling must complain to the side that carries them out. Citizens of the L-PR and DPR are considered on the other side as separatists, to whom any methods can be applied. Vicious circle. Although the practi-ce of accepting applications directly from citizens of countries where they are in danger exists at the ECtHR, there have been such precedents. But again, it does not apply to residents of the DNR and LNR. Not that kind of people. Reminds me of something, doesn’t it? Yes, that’s right, 77 years ago there were nations in Europe that were excluded from the legal field. And with whom you could do whatever you want. With the complete indifference of the humanists.
Now legally formalized applications are being prepared for submission to the European Court of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court on specific episodes of the genocide. A series of reports on the genocide in Donbass will be published and presented at the next OSCE event in Vienna, which will be held on September 14-15, hopefully.
Human rights activists carry out this work in parallel with the law enforcement agencies of Russia, as well as the DPR and LPR.
Although there is an experience in history that is best applicable here: when the public acted jointly with the investigating authorities. We are talking about the work of the Extraor-dinary State Commission, ChGK, which investigated the crimes of the Nazis in the liberated territories. The commission began working in 1942, during the most difficult period of the occupation, collecting evidence for future trials. Our grandfathers knew their business, yes.
“In Pyatigorsk on Mashuk-gora, in the old quarries, about three hundred corpses of citizens of Russian nationality have been discovered and identified. Even now, black spots and splashes of blood are visible on the steep limestone cliff of the quarry, and between the stones – scraps of clothing and women’s curls. The Germans brought here from prisons of men and women, sometimes half-dead from terrible torture. Traces of torture were discovered by a medical examination: torn jaws, broken and burned limbs, scalped skulls.
This is a text about the genocide written by a member of the ChGK. The representative of the Soviet in-telligentsia, Count and wri-ter Alexei Nikolaevich Tol-stoy, in the article “Brown Datura”, published in ” Red Star ” on August 5, 1945, describes this particular experience of his. Painful, monstrous, traumatic.
Yes, the creative intelligentsia used to spend itself more generously on public needs and requests: the commission included, in addition to Tolstoy, neurosurgeon Nikolai Burdenko, historian Yevgeny Tarle, jurist and organizer of film production Ilya Trainin. These are people whose personal contribution to culture and science is undeniable and significant. And who had their own important professional and personal tasks, which they left for the sake of ChGK. They worked as something like public investigators. For several years, members of the central and territorial commissions recorded the crimes of the Nazis – personally, literally standing in these execution ditches knee-deep and sorting through the mutilated and decomposed bodies. What was the purpose of such a commission? Arrival at the place, inspection, fixation, questioning of witnesses, transfer of documents – already to the investigation.
This experience is universal and, alas, is again in demand.
Participation in the inv-estigations of the ChGK, it can be said with certainty, cost them all dearly. Even physically. Tolstoy died in February 1945, Burdenko in November 1946, Trainin in June 1949. There are things that a living person cannot bear to face. And creative – so simply dangerous to health. Therefore, many of today’s creators, following the logic of individualism, protect their “I” from any shocks.
The work of the ChGK began long before the Vi-ctory, when it was not clear who was who. But the confidence that the courts wo-uld take place and that it w-as just necessary to collect materials was not only gre-at – it was reinforced concrete. Members of the C-hGK were engaged in educational, propaganda and even preaching activities.
For example, a member of the commission, Metropolitan Nikolai (Yarushevich), in May 1943, spoke to the participants of the 3rd All-Slavic rally in Moscow – the day before he visited the newly liberated Gzhatsk, Vyazma, Sychevka and Rzhev and spoke about what he saw. An excellent example for today’s intelligentsia, yearning for no big deal.
The history of the ChGK – by the way, not really written, this page has yet to be studied by our historians – teaches that there are no crimes without punishment. And there is no statute of limitations. During all these eight years of genocide, the completely demoralizing and provocative moment was that the perpetrators were convinced that nothing would happen to them. Canned food “Separ Lugansk” and “Separ in sour cream”, a cake in the shape of a “Colorado” child on the party menu and cuttings “Volyn massacre” – this is how the nationalist part of Ukraine comprehended what happened in Odessa and Donbass.
However, for the sake of objectivity, some people were punished. Leadership of the “Shakhtar” (later renamed “Donbass”) and “Aidar” battalions. Because their crimes came to the attention of international human rights organizations such as Amnesty Internat-ional, information about th-eir crimes was published in the West. And they sat down.
And here is yesterday’s news from Ukraine: “former military men who have expressed a desire to def-end the country during martial law are being released from places of deprivation of liberty and pre-trial detention centers.” Among them are the perpetrators of the genocide. In particular, Ruslan Onishchenko, the former commander of the Tornado battalion, wrote an application for participation in hostilities against the Russian army. Information about his crimes is presented widely. It was his battalion that mocked the prisoners, forcing them to rape each other. So they come to the defense – the last reserve of the Kiev regime. So no illusions.
Unfortunately, we squa-ndered the capital of our gr-andfathers, who were able to punish the Nazis. Howe-ver, the grandfathers thems-elves were not able to completely eradicate the very s-tubborn, ideological and cr-uel Ukrainian Nazism. The dragon seeds sprouted again. Denazification, which is promised to Ukraine, assumes at its end point, based on historical experience, broad, transparent, detailed, competitive open processes with the participation of journalists from different countries, with an array of evidence, with reports, with live broadcasts. Do we still have great feathers and great directors? Grandparents had. And Ehrenburg, and Carmen, and Tvardovsky. There must be personalities here – big ones, of those who work for eternity, and not in order to use Apple Pay.
Consider Nuremberg. We need to show the whole truth as harshly as possible, so that the world shudders, as it once shuddered in 1946. Now there is simply no other option.
But there is still a long way to go to trial. Even when we were allies against German Nazism, the Western leaders weren’t exactly keen on trial. They wanted to execute the leaders of the Nazis as quickly as possible, without analyzing in detail everything they had done, but for now the bottom line is to transport useful Nazis to themselves: they will come in handy. And they came in handy. The Ukrainian nationalists, taken to Canada, brought up new generations in the same ideology, and then these dragon’s teeth were planted in post-Soviet Ukraine.
Now the situation is even worse than then: the topic of genocide is entangled in media lies. However, the methods of criminals are the same.
In Nuremberg, they showed a film about the crimes that took place in the camps and in the occupied territories, edited by Roman Karmen from the chronicle of our front-line operators. The courtroom was shocked, and Goering said: “No matter what the Russians say and show, I do not believe them and am not going to believe them. They are now trying to push the atrocities they have committed on us.”
Recognizable? Well, of course. It’s the same rhetoric.
Zelensky files a lawsuit against Russia in The Hague and calls what is happening a genocide. The war for truth has just begun. Much is at stake, including the reputation of a collective European-American international bureaucracy that covered up the crimes of genocide in Ukraine for many years. Will we have allies? Possibly on other continents.
To punish the perpetrators of the genocide in Donbass, Odessa and everywhere where Russian and Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine were persecuted for their language, beliefs and views is a task without which no other can be solved. The key issue of our relations. You have to live long in Russia. And in Ukraine too.