This post does not tell a new story, but I thought I would make it more accessible to non-Russian speakers.
Here is another surreal example of how Moscow didn’t interfere, nor steer, separatists in Ukraine.
The video you are about to watch was taped in the first days of April 2014. It was shot in the office of Yevgeny Fedorov, inside the building of the Russian Duma.
Federov is a Russian MP, and not just a regular one. Today he is the Chairman of the Duma’s Committee on Economic Policy, and in the past he was adviser to Putin. He was also part of the Russian negotiation team that met with NATO in the early stage of the conflict. In this photo, Federov is just walking out of the meeting with Anders Rasmussen.
So, based on this short intro and the picture above, I think you will agree with me that Evgeny Fedorov is, pretty much, a Russian official.
Now, please take 2 minutes to watch this excerpt from a nearly one hour video, used for training purposes by the Russian expansionist movement “National Liberation Organization” (subtitles in English)
The chick on the right who takes notes on her iPhone (or plays Roshen-Candy-Crusher) is one Maria Katanosova. Maria is a Donetsk native, and was apparently an intern in Crimean Technology at Yevgeny Fedorov’s School of Secession.
What is Maria’s fate after her training?
On April 15th, less than two weeks after the training video was posted, articles in Russian and Eastern-Ukraine online media showed a photo-shoot of Maria Katanasova, claiming that she is Donetsk’s choice for Chief Prosecutor. In other words: Donetsk’s answer to Crimean-Japanese phenomenon Niasha Miasha
If you want to see the full photo-shoot (and you should), follow this link and scroll down.
Whenever Maria is not organizing referenda or posing for the Chief-Prosecutor, she is tweeting about how great Syrian leader Assad is:
I guess what I am trying to say is, why can’t we just trust Russia to become stronger and take over the world?