Nikolai Starikov: The tragedy of Ukraine – a geopolitical diary

by Dr Barbara Hug

Nikolai Starikov is chairman of the Great Fatherland Party of Russia, writer, historian, and director of the state-owned Russian television channel Perwy Channel, Department St Petersburg. The list of his publications is long. So far, just a few of them have been translated into German or English. Georg Farafonov, to whom we owe the German edition of “The Tragedy of Ukraine – a Geopolitical Diary”, intends to translate his entire publications into German. Still, there are publications translated into English: Who set Hitler against Stalin and Rouble Nationalization – the Way to Russia’s Freedom.What is special about Starikov’s books? They are an uncompromising, analytically sharp reappraisal of current and historical events, the truth of which cannot be overlooked, because the facts are well researched. It looks like thorough archive work.
The so-called spontaneous uprisings, e.g. the “Arab Spring” 2011, might have been the occasion to focus on the events in Ukraine during the Euro-Maidan, late 2013 to April 2014. In the following we briefly present Starikov’s analysis.
Since 2000, Russia has changed the strategy of its foreign policy. The new foreign policy started with Ukraine. First signs were the successful fight against terrorists in the Caucasus – Chechnya – and the rejection of the US aggression against Iraq. Russia was able to record a series of successes in foreign policy: the intervention in Syria, Edgar Snowden and Ukraine. At the diplomatic level Russia stepped out of the defensive position. Economic treaties were concluded with Ukraine. So it were the Ukrainian oligarchs who turned against an Euro- integration. The West could not offer anything. The striking argument was a low price of gas. Russia did not want to be faced with an Ukraine, where Brussels was to decide. The following chronology shows the events leading up to the overthrow of the Ukrainian government. However, in 2014 it was also clear: EU government did not aim at an enlargement of the EU by including Ukraine, but the territory was supposed to be a colony. However, a colony is never at eye level with the metropolis. It just has to provide resources. It is there to be robbed by US banks and corporations. Furthermore, through NATO the US aimed at bringing more military bases to the Russian border.
The scenario of coups has been unchanged for centuries, says the historian Starikov. It is the violent takeover of central points of the government. Letting up the emotions is unusual even for the latest events in Ukraine. Never before, radical fighters were ready to kill. However, the state did not perform its duty. He did not punish the attempted overthrows. On the contrary, he closed his eyes in front of Nazi organizations, training camps for fighters, torch parades and parades of Bandera supporters. Like a script, the Maidan scenario could expand. The West poked the fire immensely. Ukraine was to be liquidated in its present form, Russia was to be expelled from the geopolitically significant peninsula of Crimea and the chaos in Russia was to be fueled with the help of Ukraine.
Starikov’s expositions go far beyond Ukraine. It is a textbook for anyone who is ready and able to read and who does not want to sink into the murky soup of controlled media. The reader is totally disillusioned by Starikow‘s assessment of US policy:
“Every US president will make the same policy. He may be stopped by the American voters, but afterwards, always the same will come to power, the one who are waging war.” It is only a clear view that makes us strong and effective. In this sense thanks to Starikov. And the outlook: A strong Eurasian continent growing together could end this era of human history.     •

The book is available in book shops, or at Friederike Beck, Publisher Verlag Zentrale Friedenspolitik. Eschwege/Werra, zentrale.friedenspolitik(at)gmx.de.

Starikov, Nikolai. Die Tragödie der Ukraine – ein geopolitisches Tagebuch. 1st edition 2015. Publisher Verlag Zentrale Friedenspolitik Eschwege/Werra, 200 pages, 17,80 Euro