Originally published on Fort Russ
By Rostislav Ishchenko
They say that, as a rule, the people choose their leader, whose intellect roughly corresponds to the average one. People, they say, do not like those who are much smarter than them and reluctant to vote for them. However, today we are not interested in the reasons for this phenomenon. Just note that the level of development of the people can generally be easily calculated by the level of development of their leader.
From this point of view, it is not surprising that Russia is friendly and negotiates with China, while the Western world only grinds teeth in impotent rage and can not in any way understand how Moscow was able to escape from the trap, which it was reliably captured in the 1990s years of the last century. With Ukraine it is very bad. There, even the first president Kravchuk was not an intellectual, but an artful scoundrel, and even the others, in comparison with Kravchuk, are victims of acute intellectual insufficiency. And each of the following was an order of magnitude stupider than the previous one.
The level of Peter Alekseevich is characterized by the “White House” built by him in the suburban area near Kiev, as well as a well-known fresco from the family chapel, which was given the unofficial name “The Holy Family of Poroshenko”. These are typical signs of ‘parvenu’, trying to be “no worse than others” and with the help of flashy luxury and frank kitsch to rise if not over the old aristocratic birth, then at least to their level. Moliere’s Jourdain, in comparison with Poroshenko – the British lord, the leading pedigree of the companions of William Bastard.
Until 2005, Peter Alekseevich demonstrated to the city and the world his “aristocracy”, with the help of a full mouth of gold teeth. In the remote Moldovan province, where Pyotr Alekseevich grew up, it was so fashionable. By 2005, the “outstanding statesman of Ukraine” had learned that for fifty years they had not been in a decent society, replaced crowns with porcelain, but built a house like the president of the United States and depicted his family in a church fresco (like the Yaroslav the Wise family). Before whom he was going to brag about the photo from the paid photo shoot with Trump is unknown, but given the pathological greed of Poroshenko (compared to which Gobsek is a patron), the plans for this photo were strategic (I understand that the money was formally paid by the state, but Poroshenko could have simply steal, so in a sense it was already his money).
No wonder that with this level of intelligence, everything that Peter Alekseevich does on his own, he does very badly. And do not give an example of his successful business. Poroshenko claims that his father was the boss (Alexei Ivanovich is also a colorful figure, by the way). Since this statement was not refuted by anybody, I have no reason not to believe that the starting business of the Poroshenko family is the money that Alexey Ivanovich “managed” in the USSR, where he held the posts of economic managers of the district level and where he served time for economic crimes.
Likewise, I have no reason not to believe Poroshenko’s allegations that his business has now been transferred to the management of the “blind trust”. Allegedly Poroshenko’s affairs are now handled by a company associated with the Rothschilds. In this it is all the easier to believe that since the formal transfer of assets to management, Poroshenko’s official revenues have started to grow at a rapid pace and over the past four years have grown by more than an order of magnitude. I emphasize that these are the incomes of its enterprises managed by a “blind trust” according to official reporting. That is, here it is not a question of what Poroshenko has cleared from the treasury, but about the income declared by the foreign managers.
Thus, it turns out that over the course of his life, personally, Peter Alekseevich only changed his gold teeth to porcelain (and then, ten years late), flew from the post of NSDC secretary to Yushchenko, because he tried too hard to squeeze out another’s business, stole from the treasury stupidly various public positions and was photographed with Trump for 600 000 dollars.
Is it any wonder that such a person decided to make himself a pre-election PR on the termination of the Treaty and friendship, cooperation and partnership with Russia through its non-renewal? Note the non-renewal, and not the denunciations, because even the nationally-conscious marginals sitting in the Ukrainian Rada and making up the government did not want to commit such a rare stupidity. Non-extension of the same Poroshenko signed personally, on the basis of the representation completely dependent on him Klimkin.
Why this stupidity?
From the point of view of foreign policy, the de facto situation has not changed. Ukraine has never observed this and other treaties before, motivating its behavior by the fact that it has been subjected to aggression by Russia and is at war with it, and the belligerent state can not be linked to a military adversary by treaties concluded in peacetime. Russia, for its part, not considering itself in a state of war (which Ukraine has not yet announced) has observed treaties. But potentially, since 2014 Moscow has had every opportunity to cancel any agreement at any time based on Ukraine’s position.
The fact is that in the modern world the war does not need to be declared, the state of war can be simply ascertained. Ukraine is quite officially, at the level of the Rada, the president and the government, ascertained the state of war with Russia. Russia could “notice” this situation for as long as necessary, but at any time it could be noticed. Thus, starting in 2014, the implementation of any treaty with Ukraine depended solely on Russia’s goodwill and on how it specifically implemented its interests and planned to achieve geopolitical goals.
In this respect, almost nothing has changed. Russia and now can build relations with Ukraine at will. Poroshenko made a small present to Moscow, in the sense that he assumed responsibility for the formal destruction of the legal framework, but it must be admitted that if the geopolitical situation demanded the annulment of agreements and agreements with Ukraine, Russia would do it on its own. This is not a problem, and in comparison with the process of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, not even troubles. Poroshenko unleashed Russia’s hands, which were not connected.
If Moscow has not stepped up the events in the Ukrainian direction (and now will not intensify, as Ukraine itself copes), then only because the planet has more strategically important points (like the Middle East), requiring concentration of attention and resources. Just in the queue of priorities, Kiev takes far from the first and even not the third place. Now that the decision is made to aggravate, Russia will have yet another argument in favor of the fact that Kiev “start it first.” Thanks to Poroshenko, but this is an absolute trifle, since, as we know, the West, when making international legal decisions, is guided not by facts, but by its own benefit. Therefore, the adoption / not acceptance by him of the Russian rationale for the Ukrainian problem depends not on the actual situation, but on whatsoever the West would like to see the situation.
In general, having initiated an international scandal and, thus, weakening our positions (France and Germany have long ago conditioned our support for Ukraine by Kiev’s constructive behavior in the Russian direction, and without external support, Ukraine (and all of its political elite) is nothing), Poroshenko does not influenced the already existing (and several years the existing) situation.
From the point of view of Poroshenko’s internal policy, at the beginning of the election campaign, which he is already losing with a bang, he was immediately substituted for two charges critical for modern Ukraine. First, the opposition immediately accused him of undermining the well-being of millions of working citizens of Ukraine in Russia. Given the poverty and hopelessness of Ukrainian life, this is not a joke, migrant workers working in Russia, together with their families, make up at least a third of the nominal population of Ukraine. Pressing this button, Moscow at any time can cause a social explosion in Kiev. Now the opposition and the people are blaming Poroshenko for this eventual threat. Secondly, the senselessness for Ukraine and the theoretical profitability for Russia of Poroshenko’s actions immediately caused his accusations that he was an “agent of the Kremlin.”
Thus, the event organized by Poroshenko did not affect the overall strategic situation around Ukraine, and he himself, instead of a spoon of PR, brought a barrel of anti-piracy.
Remember at least this, at least any other “strategic breakthrough” organized by Peter Alekseevich, when you hear the question often asked by the Russian people, as well as experts, journalists and politicians – the most widespread one regarding Ukraine: “Do not they understand?”
They do not understand. The level of intelligence of the leader of the state, as a rule, reflects the average national intellectual level. The level of Poroshenko in four years could be estimated even by a person far from politics. Meanwhile, he won in the first round, for him 54.7% of those who came to the polls in 2014 voted. And those who are eager for power in Ukraine now, the same “intellectuals”, and maybe worse. Smart man for the presidency on the remains of Ukraine will not fight.
It remains to answer the question, how could the people, in no way different from the inhabitants of Moscow, St. Petersburg or Volgograd, have been able to descend in just two decades?
By 2014, Ukraine has left over 8 million people (the sixth part of the population of the Ukrainian SSR in 1991). During the period between 2014 and 2018, Ukraine lost about 15 million people who had left and gone with the Crimea and the Donbas. In total, this is about 45% of the population of the Ukrainian SSR at the time of the collapse of the Union.
These are not necessarily the best people in the classical sense, but this is the most competitive, the most workable and the most popular part of the population. In addition, they are people who are able to make responsible decisions on their own, that is, independently assess the situation and not to shift responsibility for one’s life to anyone.
Left, in the majority, the slaves are the best of the worst. Trying to avoid the slightest risk to reassign responsibility for their fate to someone else. They do not believe in intelligence, and they are afraid to choose them, and fools deceive them, and themselves. At the same time, negative selection has gone so far that it can not be stopped by its own internal Ukrainian forces. The country in which Tymoshenko is the most determined, Medvedchuk the smartest, Boyko is the most pro-Russian, and Rabinovich is the most courageous critic of power, has no chance.