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Journalist Babchenko's criticism of Russia in quotes

Author : News Agency 112.ua

Find out key quotes of Russian journalist Arkadiy Babchenko, whose death was faked by Ukraine's Security Forces to disorient Russian special services
20:00, 30 May 2018

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As a result of the brilliant special operation conducted by Ukrainian law enforcers, the killer who received the order to murder Arkadiy Babchenko and the organizer of the murder were detained.

In order to better document those who ordered and the organizers of the crime - representatives of Russian special services - they had to be assured that the hired killer had successfully completed the order. Only a very limited circle of people knew that the murder of Arkadiy Babchenko was staged. This was done to prevent the slightest possibility of information leakage.

According to Babchenko himself, he earned his living in emigration (he left Russia in 2017) with reports and feuilletons. He wrote posts and asked readers to send him money. "In the age of forty, I am sticking around the world with one suitcase – it is not what I was exactly expecting. But I would handle it. It is enough to live on," Babchenko said in an interview.

Babchenko's posts were mostly about Russia. Very critical posts. Here are a few quotes from Arkadiy Babchenko concerning Russia and Ukraine.

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Are you a Russophobe? - Yes, this country made me a Russophobe.

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There is no Russophobia in Ukraine, no one is afraid of the Russians. There is hatred for the Russian state, no matter what your nationality is: Russian, Komi, Buryat, Jew or someone else. Now this is called a “zaporebrik” (derogatory word for “Russia” – Ed.), the word “katsap” (term of abuse used by Ukrainians of Russians – Ed.) is practically not used. This is what Leo Tolstoy wrote about in Hadji Murat: no one talks about hatred, this feeling is stronger than hatred.

Related: A miraculous story of Arkadiy Babchenko’s rescue

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Do not treat Ukraine as a zoo in which wild bears live. They understand from the very first word that we have Russian dialect, and everyone clearly understands that we are Russians, nobody touches us, nobody kills. If you behave like a man, you will be treated like a man. If you come here, then probably you are not the enemy. But if you now put on a St. George ribbon and go to the metro station, then you will get a bash on the bonce immediately.

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Now Ukraine’s focus is directed on Europe, it does not want anything to do with Russia at all. Here is a ditch with crocodiles, and live as you wish. Understand yourself who is to blame - Putin, the intelligentsia, 86%, Buryat tankmen – no one cares. 2700 portraits of the dead are placed in Kyiv at the Mykhailivska Cathedral wall. There you come and see how people are stoned. And you will not explain anything to anyone, although no one will shout aloud about it.

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As a citizen of the aggressor state, I am absolutely not ready to discuss the Ukrainian government, this is a sovereign state, and what is happening in the Ukrainian government is the affairs and problems of the Ukrainians. Russians’s problem here is to take our tanks out of here, to prevent more people from coming here and killing the others. I do not think it is possible to say something about Poroshenko.

Related: Babchenko alive: detainee says murder was trial

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What is it like to criticize Russia from abroad? Try to move away, my friends. Attain the age of forty years, and then find yourself abroad without documents, apartment or property. Try whether it is good or bad.

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What happened to me resembles situation with Ukraine. I lived, did not touch anyone and just wanted to have a law-based state where the law and human rights are respected, where people are not killed, and the oppositionists are not shot on the bridge, and people are not put into jail for four years for a Facebook post. I did not come to the Russian state, the Russian state came to me, killed and imprisoned my friends, and I was squeezed out of the country. And now you are asking me: is it good for me to criticize Russia from here? Yes, it is freaking awesome, because I just simply hate this state, it broke my life and life of the neighboring country, where more than two million people became IDPs.

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All that Russia should do is de-occupy Crimea, get out of there with its troops, and what will happen to Crimea is not our business, because Ukraine is a separate independent state.

Related: Babchenko alive: murder organizer detained in Kyiv

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Of course, there were some preconditions for the civil war in Donbas. But I am sure that nothing would happen there if Russia and Strelkov’s detachments did not intrude. In my opinion, this is the first war in history, which was unleashed solely through the means of propaganda. At the drop of a hat.

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I would give an opportunity to make Russian a second state language in Ukraine. I do not see any problems in this. People already speak Russian. Why should we reinforce the situation? Why do we raise this issue? Why should we impose a situation if people do not want it? You still will not make them learn the Ukrainian language.

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Propaganda in Russia has created some kind of paranoid, schizophrenic reality, in which two or even ten mutually exclusive postulates coexist. You're driving with some taxi driver. He says: "Oh, Ukrainians did everything right, they threw off Yanukovych.Good for them." You sit and think: "This driver must be an advanced thinker." And then he adds: "Yes these "Jews-Banderites" kill the Russians." Such mutually exclusive postulates fit into the mind of a huge number of Russians.

Related: Babchenko alive: Russian special service order attempt on his life

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Russian society, of course, is sick. Xenophobia, hatred, rejection of dissent. All these things are curable. The easiest way is to cure it by war and by casualties. The fastest way to make society soberly comprehend the reality. But I still hope that, perhaps, this will all end by itself, without such catastrophic cataclysms.

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The society is really going crazy. What has happened in 1937in Germany is happening now. He had some sort of general schizophrenia. All this was achieved by television - it turned out to be a powerful propaganda tool. We underestimated it.

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As a rule, there is no public opinion in Russia. Everything will happen as the TV says. In principle, this is a usual state of a developed society.

Related: 'Top of cynicism': Putin's spokesman commented on Ukraine's claims about Russian trail in Babchenko's murder

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Russia is not Mordor, after all.

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Putin does not have 80% of support in Russia

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Annexation of Crimea was really supported by the majority. But war is a completely different matter. It is supported by a minority in Russia (even by sociological surveys). Because Afghanistan, Chechnya, Transnistria, Georgia - the society still remembers these coffins and generally it does not want to fight. But there is a small stratum of some absolutely mad personalities, raised up by the state itself. They have the control levers, and they are capable of different things.

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Russia is not Ukraine. The authorities are insanely afraid of the Maidan. And I am sure that an order will be to shoot. The 1993rd year has already shown everything: the tanks shelled their own parliament. And this was under Yeltsin, who is considered the most democratic ruler in the last 100 years. Under Putin any attempt of the Maidan will be flooded with blood, no doubts.

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Any war goes beyond its borders. And this war will necessarily go beyond Donbas, towards Russia. This process has already begun. I think that in the medium term, the whole of Russia will turn into Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).

Related: Ex-leader of Odesa Right Sector reported murder attempt

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Ukraine entered Donbas in the same state as Russia did it in Chechnya in the 94th. Destroyed economy, incompetent army. But still a great hope in Ukraine is connected with the fact that the society has risen. The formation of the state proceeds in a normal, natural way: not from above, but from below. Now society is building a state. And this gives great hope that Ukraine will not become authoritarian, but nevertheless it should be followed. And each time to slap on the wrist any attempt to cultivate hatred.

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From my egoistic point of view, the more Russians are buried in the sands of Syria, the less they will come to Donbas. Therefore, I have nothing against it.

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