Open letter to Russian People, July 7, 2014

8 July 2014 — Slavyangrad

Short Preamble: This letter must stand on its own. It was written by the collective of publishers of Vineyardsaker.fr and Vineyardsaker.ru and published on the respective websites, as well as by the Vineyard Saker on his original blog The Vineyard of the Saker. I support The Vineyard Saker implicitly in his initiatives and collaborate with him in our joint project to break through the propaganda blockade of Western media with respect to the war in Novorossiya being fought by the Nazi (we should not shy away from this word) government of Ukraine against the people of Novorossiya – Russian people who chose freedom over tyranny. As the majority of the readers of this blog are English-speakers, the French-language original of the letter is published at the end. Kindly, distribute as far and wide as possible. My gratitude goes to my dear friend, the Vineyard Saker, for alerting me to this communique.

Open letter by Vineyardsaker.fr and Vineyardsaker.ru Publishers to Russian and Russian Speaking People

Russian and Russian-speaking friends, welcome to you all!

We, people who are living in the west, we salute you. And we are delighted, really delighted, to at last be able to say to you, “NO, NOT EVERY ONE OF US IS AGAINST YOU.”

And it is very important to us that you get to know it, that you are convinced of it, that you understand that here, for example in France, but not only in France, there are many of us, and increasingly, that are in complete disagreement with what our “leaders” say and do “in our name.” Which may sound but normal course to you, but think of it though, is for many around here quite a small feat, considering what has been the massive propaganda of our Western media – of all, absolutely all the mainstream media – for several decades. Considering that your president and other leaders of Russia we are presented only – and systematically, and repeatedly –as undemocratic monsters and calculating ones, as attackers only motivated by evil intentions towards us.

YES, THE CAUSE OF DONBASS AND UKRAINE WE CARE ABOUT. And much more than that: we tremble every day for Novorossia; oftentimes we are overcome with anger and sorrow when contemplating the atrocities committed there, when hearing such lies as our “politicians” utter to absolve them even if they do not encourage them. Another small feat actually, given that Novorossia does not exist, at least neither for our media nor for our leaders, but only the eastern Ukraine, a place where everything would be fine, we are explained, if it were not that some fierce separatists keep being rife there in a maliciously inclined way towards Europe. And given also that it happens almost nothing in that country (I say almost because, if we believe our newspapers, or our radios, or our TV channels, it reads and sounds like it is simply a matter of one single Putin, a new Hitler, who is deceitfully intriguing to impose on the poor Ukraine as on the entire world an unjustified aggression and a tyrannical Russian domination).

Did you say a war? In the Ukraine? That can’t be: our official media do not mention anything like that. A total blackout. Except a threat of a Russian military aggression (nothing new, indeed) and of course some measures being taken (nothing out of the ordinary) only to restore order threatened by virulent separatists in some provinces. That’s how things are presented to us.

Many of us actually have no idea what is happening there. Word-of-mouth progresses though. And sites like the Saker’s one increasingly contribute to open the eyes and minds of those who seek, those who bother to go and have a look behind the official information, to get around such propaganda and brainwashing as are imposed on us.

This is primarily the reason why the mirror site in French language was wanted, and why we chose to contribute voluntarily: to provide information that is missing; to sound a different story; to refute the lies that our compatriots are showered with day after day.

And this is also why we welcome the birth of this Russian-speaking site. And the possibility that we are (finally!) given to assure you – despite the efforts of those who govern us (and the efforts of their masters, even more to the west), despite all those who are struggling to try to establish and consolidate between us and you a kind of enmity that has no reason to be – not only that we are not against Russia or against the Russians, but that we instead understand that your enemy is also our enemy. To this enemy we refuse to associate. And we do not accept the present situation by which it seeks to impose lie and antagonism.

Our institutions and many other things unfortunately are under its control. But our minds are not. And, most of all, our hearts are not either!

The collective of vineyardsaker.fr and vineyardsaker.ru publishers

[Lettre Ouverte] Amis Russes et Russophones, Bonjour !

Nous vous saluons, nous, gens qui vivons à l’ouest. Et nous sommes ravis, vraiment ravis, de pouvoir enfin vous dire : « NON, TOUS CEUX DE CHEZ NOUS NE SONT PAS CONTRE VOUS. »

Et c’est très important à nos yeux que vous le sachiez, que vous en soyez persuadés, que vous compreniez bien qu’ici, par exemple en France, mais pas seulement, nous sommes nombreux, et de plus en plus, à être en désaccord complet avec ce que nos « dirigeants » disent et font « en notre nom ». Ce qui peut bien sûr vous paraître normal, mais, songez y bien, est pour beaucoup ici un petit exploit, si l’on considère la propagande massive de nos médias de l’ouest – de tous, absolument tous les médias mainstream – depuis plusieurs décennies. Si l’on considère que votre président et les autres dirigeants de la Russie ne nous sont présentés que comme des monstres antidémocrates et calculateurs, des agresseurs, uniquement mus par de mauvaises intentions à notre égard. Et cela systématiquement, et encore et encore.

OUI, LA CAUSE DU DONBASS ET DE L’UKRAINE NOUS SOUCIE. Et plus que cela : nous tremblons chaque jour pour la Novorossia ; la colère nous étreint en contemplant les exactions qui s’y commettent, les mensonges de nos « politiques » qui les absolvent si même ils ne les encouragent pas. Un autre petit exploit, étant donné que la Novorossia n’existe pas, pas pour nos médias, pas pour nos dirigeants, mais seulement l’est de l’Ukraine, où sévissent, nous explique-t-on, des séparatistes acharnés et mal intentionnés à l’égard de l’Europe. Et étant donné aussi qu’il ne se passe presque rien là-bas (je dis presque parce qu’à en croire nos journaux, nos radios, nos chaînes de télévision, ce serait simplement Poutine, en nouvel Hitler, qui intriguerait avec fourberie pour infliger à la pauvre Ukraine et au monde une agression injustifiée et une domination russe tyrannique).?Une guerre ? En Ukraine ? Nos médias officiels n’en parlent pas. Black out total. Juste une menace d’agression militaire de la Russie. Et quelques mesures (rien que de très normal) uniquement destinées à rétablir l’ordre menacé par de virulents séparatistes dans certaines provinces. Voilà comment les choses nous sont présentées.

Beaucoup ici n’ont aucune idée de ce qui se passe là-bas. Mais le bouche-à-oreille progresse. Et des sites comme celui du Saker contribuent, de plus en plus, à déciller ceux qui cherchent, ceux qui prennent la peine d’aller voir derrière l’information officielle, de contourner la propagande et le lavage de cerveau qui nous sont imposés.

C’est d’abord pour cela que le site-miroir en langue française a été voulu, que nous avons choisi d’y contribuer bénévolement : pour offrir une information qui manque ; un son de cloche différent ; pour démentir les mensonges dont on abreuve nos compatriotes.

Et c’est aussi pour cela que nous nous réjouissons de la naissance de ce site russophone. Et de la possibilité qui nous est (enfin !) offerte de vous assurer, malgré les efforts déployés par ceux qui nous gouvernent (et par leurs maîtres, encore plus à l’ouest), malgré tous ceux qui s’évertuent à tenter d’instaurer et de consolider entre nous et vous une inimitié qui n’a pas de raison d’être, que non seulement nous ne sommes pas contre la Russie ou contre les Russes, mais que nous avons au contraire bien compris que votre véritable ennemi est aussi notre ennemi. A cet ennemi, nous refusons de nous associer. Et nous n’acceptons pas cette situation de mensonge et d’antagonisme qu’il cherche à imposer.

Nos institutions et bien d’autres choses encore, malheureusement, sont sous son contrôle. Mais nos esprits ne le sont pas. Et, plus que tout, nos cœurs non plus !

Le collectif des éditeurs de vineyardsaker.fr et vineyardsaker.ru

One thought on “Open letter to Russian People, July 7, 2014

  1. Harry says:

    A good statement. Over time the Russian people have suffered hugely. It is my hope that will end, and that Russia will know peace. I think President Putin is a realistic man: He seeks to win by achieving success with the South Stream pipeline, thus removing the Kiev/Western Ukraines influence over the EU/US/NWO, thus saving the world from Thermonuclear war.

    I believe the propaganda and blatant lies of Western Government Corporations are becoming transparent in many areas. Even here in the UK it is slowly being recognised that our people have been long time slaves.

    So hang on to your freedom good people of Ukraine; The future is almost here.

    Like

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