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Lugansk People’s Republic resolves internal crisis with dignity and professionalism

After a week of uncertainty, Lugansk has appointed a new interim President.

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This week has been fraught with both real and fake news stories about an internal political crisis in the Lugansk People’s Republic in Donbass.

The genesis of the conflict appears to be a dispute that Interior Minister Igor Kornet had with former Lugansk President Igor Plotnitsky. Kornet suggested that Plotnitsky was surrounded with various saboteurs and that such people needed to be removed for the good of Lugansk. At no time did Kornet publicly accuse Plotnitsky of any personal wrongdoing.

However, Plotnitsky has been widely accused of being an uninspirational leader who is no longer up to the task of running a young republic besieged by the aggressive warfare of the fascist Kiev regime.

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Social media had long been filled with rumours of Plotnitsky’s responsibility for the deaths of Lugansk commanders in the past, although these rumours have likely spread due to the fact that Plotnitsky was gradually becoming seen as in ineffective commander rather than a traitor. There has never been any substantial evidence showing that Plotnitsky ever conspired against his own officers.

Lugansk Peoplpe’s Republic Security Minister Leonid Pasechnik has been appointed as interim President, until new elections are held. Pasechnik thanked his predecessor for his service and announced the appointment of Plotnitsky to a new role as Lugansk’s envoy for future discussions on the Minsk Accords which aim to bring a long-term ceasefire to the Donbass conflict. This move is clearly designed to demonstrate the internal stability of Lugansk, in so far as a man seen as not fit to be leader, will still have a respectable position within the government, albeit as an envoy whose role is largely honorific due to the stalemate in implementing the Minsk Agreements. The move also helps put to rest, the rumours from pro-Kiev regime social media that Plotnitsky has been killed or is being tortured. Clearly, neither of these assertions have any factual merit.

Pasechnik stated,

“Igor Plotnitsky has made a great contribution to the peaceful settlement process. He is one of the Minsk accords signers. He has been appointed plenipotentiary of the Lugansk People’s Republic for execution of the Minsk accords”.

While many of the finite details concerning what convinced Plotnitsky to finally relinquish power are yet to be fully known, it would appear that as was the case of the far more experienced Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, Plotnitsky realised that his former comrades wanted a changing of the guard and like all leaders who would rather leave with dignity than with a fight, he eventually acquiesced.

Overall, the comparatively smooth transition from a leader whose popularity had waned to an interim leader apparently supported by those agitating for Plotnitsky’s ouster, demonstrates that the Lugansk People’s Republic has become politically mature, in spite of only being founded in 2014 and being the victim of an aggressive war since the moment of its founding.

Furthermore, while pro-Ukrainian regime media and social media have been somersaulting with various conspiracy theories and with the Kiev regime eager to exploit the de-facto resolved political crisis in Lugansk, the fact of the matter is that Kiev has not been able to molest the security of Lugansk during what has been a week long crisis.

The Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics function as states while the Kiev regime can barely function at all, in spite of continued support (however lethargic) from the west.

Throughout the crisis, the Lugansk People’s Republic’s bureaucracy was generally functional, police and security services maintained the peace, life for ordinary citizens progressed normally and not a single individual was physically harmed.

By contrast, political assassinations in Kiev have become all too common, political ultra-violence has long been the norm and Petro Poroshenko, the leader of the Kiev regime is under a sustained political attack from the former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili who seeks to replace Poroshenko at the soonest possible moment.

The political health of Lugansk is not perfect, but considering that it is the victim of a brutal war, it is functioning rather better than the aggressor in the war, especially considering that Kiev has the support of all the major western powers, where Lugansk is not even supported by Russia, beyond the provision of humanitarian aid and minor civilian material aid.

Lugansk’s neighbour, the Donetsk People’s Republic, is even more stable. Donetk leader Alexander Zakharchenko has proved to be an effective head of state who has withstood the most aggressive phases of the war (thus far) and has been able to broadly maintain the security of Donetsk in spite of losing his most skilled and loved commanders, Mikhail “Givi” Tolstykh and Arsen “Motorola” Pavlov.

Earlier this year, Zakharchenko proposed creating a union of Malorossiya between Lugansk, Donetsk and other areas within the 1991 borders of Ukraine that seek to peacefully unite in a fraternal state. At the time, Igor Plotnitsky claimed to be unaware of the Malorossiya declaration in a clear sign that he was either not up to the task of leadership or that he was not considered important enough to give the advanced notice of a major announcement that many local and foreign journalists received.

With Plotnitsky out of the picture, it is possible that a Malorossiya union is now increasingly possible. The beginning of such a wider union would of course be a formal union between Donetsk and Lugansk, which would replace the less formal confederation they are currently in, something which amounts to little more than an alliance.

DONETSK: Alexander Zakharchenko declares new state of Malorossiya

Ultimately, the future of what remains of Ukraine, will likely be the creation of voluntary unions which more or less correspond to the borders of historic Malorossiya and Novorossiya in addition to separate states accounting for the parts of 1991 Ukraine which include former parts of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and  Romania. With the probably exception of historic Galicia returning to Poland, there also remains the possibility of each aforementioned union returning to its mother country.

5 reasons the Malorossiya declaration is a modest proposal that the EU, Russia and US should support

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“Transphobic” Swedish Professor May Lose Job After Noting Biological Differences Between Sexes

A university professor in Sweden is under investigation after he said that there are fundamental differences between men and women which are “biologically founded”

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A university professor in Sweden is under investigation for “anti-feminism” and “transphobia” after he said that there are fundamental differences between men and women which are “biologically founded” and that genders cannot be regarded as “social constructs alone,” reports Academic Rights Watch.

For his transgression, Germund Hesslow – a professor of neuroscience at Lund University – who holds dual PhDs in philosophy and neurophysiology, may lose his job – telling RT that a “full investigation” has been ordered, and that there “have been discussions about trying to stop the lecture or get rid of me, or have someone else give the lecture or not give the lecture at all.”

“If you answer such a question you are under severe time pressure, you have to be extremely brief — and I used wording which I think was completely innocuous, and that apparently the student didn’t,” Hesslow said.

Hesslow was ordered to attend a meeting by Christer Larsson, chairman of the program board for medical education, after a female student complained that Hesslow had a “personal anti-feminist agenda.” He was asked to distance himself from two specific comments; that gay women have a “male sexual orientation” and that the sexual orientation of transsexuals is “a matter of definition.”

The student’s complaint reads in part (translated):

I have also heard from senior lecturers that Germund Hesslow at the last lecture expressed himself transfobically. In response to a question of transexuallism, he said something like “sex change is a fly”. Secondly, it is outrageous because there may be students during the lecture who are themselves exposed to transfobin, but also because it may affect how later students in their professional lives meet transgender people. Transpersonals already have a high level of overrepresentation in suicide statistics and there are already major shortcomings in the treatment of transgender in care, should not it be countered? How does this kind of statement coincide with the university’s equal treatment plan? What has this statement given for consequences? What has been done for this to not be repeated? –Academic Rights Watch

After being admonished, Hesslow refused to distance himself from his comments, saying that he had “done enough” already and didn’t have to explain and defend his choice of words.

At some point, one must ask for a sense of proportion among those involved. If it were to become acceptable for students to record lectures in order to find compromising formulations and then involve faculty staff with meetings and long letters, we should let go of the medical education altogether,” Hesslow said in a written reply to Larsson.

He also rejected the accusation that he had a political agenda – stating that his only agenda was to let scientific factnot new social conventions, dictate how he teaches his courses.

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Despite Pledge Not to, Germany Approves Sale of Arms to Saudi Arabia

Germany is the latest to renege on promises to ban weapons sales for use in the Yemen War.

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With Saudi Arabia forever escalating their war in Yemen, the growing calls by human rights groups to stop selling them arms with which to commit war crimes are struggling to compete with the vast sums of money the Saudis are offering for those arms.

Germany is the latest to renege on promises to ban weapons sales for use in the Yemen War, announcing Wednesday that the Economy Minister has greenlit a new round of artillery systems for sale to the Saudis.

The systems are designed for precise counterattack, and are clearly being bought explicitly to use in Yemen. Yet the Merkel government, as part of its coalition deal, announced a full export ban to “any sides fighting in Yemen,” including the Saudis.

While this was at the time supposed to be a condition of the Social Democrats joining the government. So far, Merkel has not explained why the sale was approved over the putative ban, and the Social Democrats have not complained either.

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FBI Had “Two Sets Of Records” On Trump Investigation; Comey, McCabe Implicated: Carter

Sara Carter: FBI/DOJ had ‘two sets of books’ in the Russia investigation.

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Journalist Sara Carter told Sean Hannity during his Wednesday radio show that the FBI has two sets of records in the Russia investigation, and that “certain people above Peter Strzok and above Lisa Page” were aware of it – implicating former FBI Director James Comey and his #2, Andrew McCabe.

Hannity: Sara, I’m hearing it gets worse than this–that there is potentially out there–if you will, two sets of record among the upper echelon of the FBI–one that was real one that was made for appearances. Is there any truth to this?

CarterAbsolutely, Sean. With the number of sources that I have been speaking with as well as some others that there is evidence indicating that the FBI had separate sets of books.

I will not name names until all of the evidence is out there, but there were certain people above Peter Strzok and above Lisa Page that were aware of this. I also believe that there are people within the FBI that have actually turned on their former employers and are possibly even testifying and reporting what happened inside the FBI to both the Inspector General and possibly even a Grand Jury.

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