One of the most powerful visual images of the Russian propaganda machine have been TV images form the “spontaneous” mass rallies in Eastern Ukraine, where crowds of peace-loving folk express their love for federalism and Putin, and hatred for NATO and fascism, holding hundreds of banners with “spontaneous” slogans.
Amongst the thousands of emails to and from former FSB Col. Girkin (now the Minister of Defense of the non-existent DNR and LNR’), a curious letter opens the cover on said spontaneity.
The email was sent to Girkin on March 22, one day after the annexation of Crimea by Russia.
The email is titled, matter-of-factly, “SLOGANS”. Here is the text in English:
“A review of the coverage of the rallies in the South-east in the last weeks show that, within the Anti-maidan framework, there is too broad a political spectrum. The requests put forward vary from “non-aligned Ukraine and participation in the Customs Union [with Russia], to “a formation of a new state entity as a result of the unification of Odessa, Nikoaev and Kherson districts”, to :secession and annexation by Russia”. Thus, at the rallies on March 23 we can expect all these opinions.
On the basis of the lessons learned in Crimea, we know that the questions for the referendum shall be put forward at the very last moment. Thus I propose that we emphasize the necessity for “a referendum, independence, a new relationship with Kiev
IN UNION WITH RUSSIA TOWARDS A NEW LIFE!
WE WANT TAXES LIKE IN RUSSIA!
WE WANT PENSIONS LIKE IN RUSSIA!
WE WANT SALARIES LIKE IN RUSSIA!
WE ARE WITH RUSSIA!
WE WANT TO LIVE LIKE IN RUSSIA! TAXES! PENSIONS! SALARIES! SOCIAL BENEFITS
WE ARE SICK OF FEEDING KIEV!
WE ARE SICK OF FEEDING WESTERNERS!
WE ARE SICK OF FEEDING FASCISTS!
ONLY A FEDERATION! ONLY PEACE!
TAXES IN ZAPOROZIE MUST STAY IN ZAPOROZIE (replace town as needed)
Federalism or secession!?
“Federalism or disintegration?!
Federalism or war?!
Autonomy for Odessa (Kherson, Donetsk, NIkolaev, Zaporozie, Kharkov) within Ukraine!
“No to war! No to Fascism!
“Yes to Referendum: Yes to autonomy! Yes to Ukraine!
Peace with Kiev after the Referendum!
Autonomy of Regions will bring peace to Ukraine!
MORE FREEDOM! MORE RIGHTS TO ODESSA! (Kharkov, etc)
KIEV – DON”T BOSS AROUND! KIEV – NEGOTIATE!
NO TO NATO! YES TO CUSTOMS UNION!
TODAY – REFERENDUM! TOMORROW – LIFE IN NEW UKRAINE!
FEDERALISM! REFERENDUM!!! NEW RULES FOR ALL OUR NEIGHBORS!
LET”S DECIDE OUR FATE AT THE REFERENDUM!
KIEV – SURRENDER RIGHTS TO KHARKOV (other towns)
Separately for Donetsk:
Freedom for Gubarev!
Freedom for the people’s governor!
Freedom for Chumanenko (commander of people’s rebellion, arrested yesterday)
South-east is united!
We are united! We are invincible!
Fascism won’t succeed!
Yes to autonomy! Yes to Donetsk! Yes to Ukraine
REFERENDUM IN DONETSK! PEACE FOR ALL UKRAINE!
Тhis instructive email to Girkin was sent by a Sergey Kavtan, from the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Unfortunately, gmail protects the origin of the sender, so it was not possible to identify the origin of the instructions from the email headers.
However, I checked the Skype database, and found that this email is registered to this account holder, in Moscow. Where spontaneous slogans come from.