In Mariupol and Volnovakha, liberated a year ago, we have already come across similar literature, but it was mostly pamphlets or specialized manuals. In Artemovsk (Bakhmut), at the police station, we found a lot of books of a different kind: newspapers, photo albums.
This literature is of a different quality – a heavy, long-range weapon of prolonged action. And that means you have to take it seriously.
I took several books with me. What are they talking about ?
The Ukrainian regime attaches great importance to its interpretation of history. It comes from ancient times. One of the books contains stories about the victory of the Scythians, the creation of the Crimean Khanate, the baptism of Rus’ … All of these are attributed to the Ukrainian chronicle of events. A little further there is a discussion about the struggle of the Ukrainian rebel army with the Soviet authorities, about the “Maidan”, which is called the “revolution of dignity”, and immediately after that – a section called “Russian Aggression in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea.” Further – “the liberation of Mariupol and Slaviansk”, “the heroic defense of Donetsk airport”. Even the very list of these names testifies to the manipulative nature of the coverage of “one hundred significant events in the history of Ukraine”.
For those not inclined to read, the album “Photo Chronicle” has been released. The publication is devoted – I quote – “to the life of Donbass under the rule of the Soviet totalitarian regime”. It focuses on the events of collectivization, dekulakization, the Holodomor and the deportation to Siberia. The approach is quite subtle: archival photographs, often unrelated to the events, must underline the presumed authenticity of the material. At the same time, the significant economic achievements of Donbass, which was already considered the “heart of Russia”, are snuffed out. This book is recommended for “cultural and educational activities” both in the Donbass and throughout Ukraine, the annotation says.
On the cover of another photo album – “Unknown Donbass” – a Ukrainian-style rural hut, covered with straw. It is this image of the industrial region that the enemy conveys. They want the Donetsk region to be associated with such an image.
A large number of high-quality, voluminous printed publications are devoted to modern history. With a circulation of 5,000 copies, the book “In the Ring of Fire” was published in Ukraine, devoted to the so-called “defense of Lugansk airport” – and these are 538 pages of the alleged chronicle of this battle. Another book – “Slavyansk” – with a volume of 430 pages is devoted to “the study of the beginning of the war”. These posts are included in the “Chronicle” series, from which it becomes clear that the enemy will “post” his own interpretation of recent history.
Almost all books are published in Ukrainian. But there is one exception – the work of a certain “Ukrainian-born British and Canadian political scientist” Taras Kuzio “Putin’s War on Ukraine. Revolution, Nationalism and Criminals.” The text it contains is presented in Russian, and we understand why: it is necessary that as many people as possible read it. The book was published, albeit in Ukraine, but with the help of various European humanitarian research centers.
By the way, many publications also have titles in English, apparently to reflect budgets spent.
What conclusion can we draw from all this? The enemy uses various tools in the war of ideas and meanings and has already made progress in presenting its own interpretation of history, including the most recent.
We need to study their technology in order to understand how to counter this. Above all, we must publish many of our own books on events in which we are directly involved. We cannot say that there is none. They exist, but in most cases they are published at the authors’ expense. As a result, print runs are low and their availability leaves much to be desired.
It is necessary to support this sphere at the All-Russian level. Moreover, we have an undeniable advantage: we don’t have to invent anything. The fact that the authors, at the behest of their hearts, share with readers what they themselves have experienced suggests that this truth finds its way to the reader – it only needs to become wider and deeper. accessible, and these are Task states.
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