"Denazification" or speculation by the Kremlin on the fight against Nazism in Ukraine

Vladimir Putin's strategic goal has always been the conquest of Ukraine, the appointment of an obedient “gauleiter” in Kyiv to transform our state into a vassal entity. He seeks to deprive the Ukrainian people of the sovereign right to choose their own path of civilizational development and to defend their choice with arms in hand.

"Denazification" or speculation by the Kremlin on the fight against Nazism in Ukraine

This time, to justify full-scale military aggression against Ukraine, Putin decided to update the outdated background. Instead of anachronistic propaganda stamps, such as "protecting the Russian-speaking population of Crimea and Donbas" or "fighting the fascist junta," Kremlin political technologists have suggested that he uses the less commonly used term "denazification."

Apparently, Putin’s courtiers managed to please their boss, who has long dreamed of a manic idea of ​​fighting "Ukrainian Nazism", stubbornly not noticing that Nazis or even right-wing radicals in independent Ukraine have never been in power. Putin gladly picked up the word, once again demonstrating his ability to manipulate historical facts to justify political decisions. Like in 2010, when he shamelessly declared that Russia would have won World War 2 without Ukraine. In his ideologized television address on February 24, 2022, Putin declared "denazification" one of the main tasks of the "special military operation."

Where did the Ukrainophobia come from, which over the years has transformed into a painful desire to "denazify" Ukraine? What meaning does he attach to this concept? I am convinced that the search for exact answers to these questions will be the subject of a special study when the war criminal Vladimir Putin is on trial. For now, we can offer only hypothetical options.

The distorted notion of Ukrainians as pathological traitors (Mazepins, Petliurists, Banderas), most likely, was formed in Putin's childhood. Perhaps his unhardened young consciousness was struck by the image of Hetman Ivan Mazepa, depicted by Pushkin in the poem "Poltava". Or maybe in the "Leningrad Gate", where the future president of Russia was brought up, a "chauvinistic breeze" blew from somewhere. After all, not only the uneducated masses of the Leningrad proletariat but also certain representatives of the spiritual sphere suffered from Ukrainophobia.
It cannot be ruled out that Vladimir Putin's worldview was influenced by the story of his father, Vladimir Spiridonovich, who started the war as a soldier in the NKVD sabotage and reconnaissance detachment.

Most likely, Putin's childish Ukrainian-hating phobias were confirmed during his service in the USSR KGB in the Leningrad region, because in the Chekist environment "the struggle of the USSR state security agencies against Ukrainian bourgeois nationalism" was considered one of the heroic pages of their history. Workers who knew about the OUN-UPA from archival investigative cases, operative documents and detective stories were especially excessive in their mythologizing.

In his seventies, Putin decided that in the realm of history he had finally reached the level of delivering an article on the historical unity of Russians and Ukrainians. It was posted on the official website of the President of the Russian Federation on July 21, 2021. The "great scientist" Putin acted as a supporter of the theory of the "triune Russian people", which forms a common cultural and spiritual wealth of historical Russia. Modern Ukraine, according to the author, is "entirely the brainchild of the Soviet era," created by what he calls "historical Russia." At the end of December 2021, during the annual press conference, Putin will repeat this thesis, specifying that "Ukraine was created by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin."

As for the term "denazification", the matter seems more transparent. None of his official biographies go without mentioning his service in the foreign intelligence of the USSR KGB. The very fact of Putin's involvement in the elite unit of the "armed detachment of the CPSU" in Russian propaganda was more than enough to create an image of the Soviet James Bond. It is no coincidence that during 1985-1990 Putin did not work in the "most hostile country" like the United States and other NATO countries, but in a fraternal GDR with a loyal counterintelligence regime. It doesn't matter that, as one of the ordinary employees of the legal residency, he used the modest cover of an employee of the House of Soviet-German Friendship, not even in the capital Berlin, but Dresden - the administrative center of Saxony.

However, working abroad played a significant role in Putin's future. In addition to the German language, which he had to master before a business trip abroad, Putin retained the knowledge gained during a course in local lore. The future president of the Russian Federation would have to assimilate the materials of the Potsdam Conference of the Heads of Victory in the Second World War (August 1945), which formed the basis of the future occupation policy towards Germany. They talked about adhering to the principles of "4 D" - denazification, demilitarization, democratization, decentralization. Apparently, while working in Dresden, Putin came across the experience of the USSR state security agencies in their implementation. That is why he used the familiar terms "denazification" and "demilitarization" as patterns, naming one of the main tasks of a "special military operation" in Ukraine.
Within a week, Vladimir Putin hoped to successfully complete the "military special operation", establish an occupation regime in Ukraine, and begin implementing political and police measures of "denazification" similar to those taken during 1945-1948 after the surrender of Germany. To date, Putin has not revealed his vision of "denazification" of Ukraine, instructing spokesman Dmitry Peskov to do so in general terms: "Ideally, Ukraine should be liberated, cleansed of Nazis, pro-Nazi people and ideologies."

However, using the materials of the Potsdam Conference, the contours of the Kremlin's plan to "denationalize" Ukraine can be outlined by historical analogy. Obviously, it provides:

- formation of a body of occupation subordinated to the Kremlin, endowed with the right to control and cancel decisions of public authorities and administration, local governments of Ukraine;

- dissolution and banning of the activities of "Nazi", "nationalist parties and public associations", their regional branches and institutions (a secret list, apparently, has already been compiled by Russia's special services);

- prevention of organizational activities, agitation and propaganda of banned parties and public associations;

- persecution of persons suspected of "committing war crimes against humanity", as well as active members of banned parties and public associations;

- removal of activists of banned parties and public associations from work in public authorities and local self-government bodies of Ukraine;

- adjustment of "Nazi legislation", up to the repeal of the provisions of the Constitution of Ukraine,

- elimination of "Nazi doctrines" from the public education system;

- intelligence services, law enforcement agencies and other paramilitary organizations of Ukraine to be announced as “criminal” with further persecution of their leadership, etc.


But Putin's blitzkrieg plan failed. The Ukrainian army met the Russian aggressors with fire, and hundreds of thousands of ordinary Ukrainians with hunting weapons and "Molotov cocktails" came to the defense of their state in the ranks of the Armed Forces and territorial defense units. For the first time in 30 years of independence, Ukrainians in the East and West have united against an external enemy. The war unleashed by Putin has become a people's war for Ukraine.

After reckoning with the mood of Ukrainians, the Kremlin was forced, without abandoning the strategic goal of enslaving Ukraine, to adjust the tactical objectives of the "special military operation", to justify the inhuman cruelty of the occupiers against civilians. So, a month ago, the Russian leadership tried to create the impression that in the framework of "denazification" it is counting on the selective use of repressive measures. High-ranking Russian Defense Ministry officials constantly lied about their intentions to persecute exclusively "Ukrainian Nazis" and assured of loyalty to the civilian population. Even Putin personally called on the UAF servicemen not to carry out the criminal orders of the "anti-people junta" and to lay down their arms in exchange for their lives.

When the illusions about the rapid occupation of Ukraine finally dissipated, the Kremlin acknowledged that selective "denazification" of the population was impossible. Therefore, the idea of ​​carrying out a "complete and comprehensive de-Ukrainization" of Ukraine was thrown into the Russian information space. Thus, Kremlin political technologists proposed to justify the destruction of cities and villages of Ukraine, mass unmotivated killings of civilians. Another goal of changing the slogans is to try to raise the morale of the personnel of Russian military units, the level of combat capability of which "suffered" from the participation of soldiers and commanders in committing such serious crimes as looting, rape, robbery and more.

On April 4, 2022, an article by RIA Novosti, which is considered the main pro-Kremlin news agency, published an article by renowned Russian political scientist Tymofiy Sergeyev entitled "What Russia Should Do About Ukraine." In it, the author, close to the Kremlin, expressed his vision of how to "denationalize" Ukraine, taking into account the experience of the first stage of the Russian-Ukrainian war.

Firstly, in his opinion, the selective principle of repression against the population of the occupied Ukrainian territories should be abandoned: “Total lustration should be carried out. Any organizations that have associated themselves with the practice of Nazism must be liquidated and banned. However, in addition to the country’s leaders, a large part of the masses, who are passive Nazis, guides to Nazism, are also to blame. They supported and indulged the Nazi government. A just punishment of this part of the population is possible only as bearing the inevitable burden of a just war against the Nazi system, conducted as carefully and cautiously as possible against civilians. Further denazification of this mass of the population consists in re-education, which is achieved through ideological repression (suppression) of Nazi attitudes and strict censorship: not only in the political sphere, but also in the sphere of culture and education. "

Secondly, following in the footsteps of the German Nazis, who sought to "finally resolve the Jewish question", T. Sergiytsev argued that Ukraine should disappear from the political and geographical map of the world with the name of the state: "Denazification will inevitably also be de-Ukrainization - a rejection of the large-scale artificial inflating of the ethnic component of self-identification of the population of the territories of the historical territories of Little Russia and Novorossia, which was started by the Soviet authorities.".

Thirdly, the author believes that one of the results of "denazification" should be Ukraine's refusal to integrate with Europe: inevitable de-Europeanization ".

Fourthly, T. Sergiytsev directly called for abandoning international law on the laws and customs of war, proposing to "destroy as much as possible on the battlefield" servicemen of the Armed Forces, battalions of the National Guard and Territorial Defense.

Lastly, according to the author, after the war it is necessary to create denazification bodies for a period of 25 years, to liquidate the Armed Forces, lustrate the former government, form new pro-Russian authorities and police, "install" Russian information space in Ukraine, confiscate history textbooks, and "include anti-fascist and anti-fascist denazification norms to the constitution ".
The next day, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev spoke in support of the proposals made by T. Sergiytsev so that no one would have any doubts about the disagreement with the Kremlin. This time, a politician nicknamed "Dimon", known for his boorish attacks on Ukraine, decided to deprive Ukrainians of their national identity altogether: "Ethnic Ukrainians, fueled by anti-Russian poison and all-consuming lies about their identity, are one big fake. This phenomenon has never happened in history. And now it does not exist either.”

Borys Dniprov
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