Friday, March 28, 2014

An Indication of Russia's Illegitimacy

Russia to ban methadone programs in Crimea.

Russia is one of the worlds most regressive anti health promoters of the satanic-papal drug war, completely against the concept of 'harm reduction', for the sake of protecting markets in Virginia Bright Leaf Tobacco and hard alcohol, namely mind-numbing toxic vodka.


Things are about to get harder for opiate users in Crimea, the former Ukrainian province now annexed by Russia. While Ukraine has embraced a harm reduction approach to hard drug use, Russia rejects such an approach and has some of the most repressive drug laws in the world.

Russia does not support efficient programs for preventing HIV and Hepatitis C among its drug using population, and harm reduction measures like needle exchanges and opiate substitution therapy (OST), of which methadone maintenance is a subset, are illegal.

Now, the concrete consequences of Crimea's reincorporation into the ample bosom of Mother Russia are coming home for drug users there. On Wednesday, Russian "drug czar" Viktor Ivanov -- one of 31 allies of Pres. Vladimir Putin sanctioned by the US government this month -- announced that Russia will ban the use of methadone in Crimea. That comes after vows a week before that he would move away from harm reduction practices in general in Crimea.

"Methadone is not a cure," Ivanov claimed. "Practically all methadone supplies in Ukraine were circulating on the secondary market and distributed as a narcotic drug in the absence of proper control. As a result, it spread to the shadow market and traded there at much higher prices. It became a source of criminal incomes," he said.   See also

I have written about Russia's illegitimate, contemptuous to liberty and health drug policies in my blog "Freedom of Medicine and Diet" at the following link:

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Wlodimir Positioning to Put Russian Military Into Mainland Ukraine

Meanwhile NATO lines up forces in and around Poland

Wlodimir Putin is apparently positioning Russian Military to Invade Mainland Ukraine.
By Mark Hosenball

WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) - U.S. and European security agencies estimate Russia has deployed military and militia units totaling more than 30,000 people along its border with eastern Ukraine, according to U.S. and European sources familiar with official reporting.

The current estimates represent what officials on both sides of the Atlantic describe as a continuing influx of Russian forces along the Ukraine frontier, the sources said.

The 30,000 figure represents a significant increase from a figure of 20,000 Russian troops along the border that was widely reported in U.S. and European media last week.

But U.S. and European security sources noted that these estimates are imprecise. Some estimates put current troop levels as high as 35,000 while others still suggest a level of 25,000, the sources said.

However, the sources said that U.S. and European government experts believe that there has been, and continues to be, a steady and noticeable buildup in the total number of Russian forces along the Ukrainian border, though some military units have rotated in or out of the area.

U.S. and European security sources said that the Russian force deployed along the Ukraine border includes regular military including infantry and armored units and some air support.

Also deployed are militia or special forces units comprised of Russian fighters, wearing uniforms lacking insignia or other identifying markings, similar to the first Russian forces to move into Crimea during Russia's recent military takeover there.

U.S. officials said that what Russian President Vladimir Putin actually plans to do with his forces deployed on the Ukraine border is unknown. Some officials say intelligence information available to policymakers regarding what Putin is thinking, and what he is saying to his advisors and military commanders, is fragmentary to non-existent.

But the portents are potentially ominous. "No one's ruling out the possibility of additional Russian military aggression," one U.S. official said.

This follows reports of remarks by Putin that much of Ukraine is really Russia- including Kiev- never-mind that city appearing in the western oriented area of the maps of Ukraine's linguistic and electoral are.

We have reports of demonstrators in eastern Ukraine calling for their areas to succeed and join Russia.  And we have reports of another such territory immediately outside Ukraine's southwestern border with Moldavia, Transdeinester, asking to join Russia.   Looking at a map this would logically have Russian military forces sweep entirely through southern Ukraine, not stopping simply with a land bridge to Crimea.

Pope Francis S.J. and Obama Met Today Face to Face

NY Times on Spain's Officially Welcoming Back its Expelled Jewish Peoples

Spain has just officially welcomed back Jewish peoples previously expelled during the Inquisition-
was it delayed till now because of the declining political situation of the Spanish monarchy since April 2012?

The Spanish government has been flooded with thousands of inquiries about legislation it approved last month that will grant dual citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain more than 500 years ago, the country’s justice minister said on Wednesday.

The minister, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, who considers the legislation his most important achievement, said in an interview at The New York Times that he anticipated that more than 150,000 people, scattered in the Sephardic Jewish diaspora, would seek Spanish citizenship under the measure, aimed at righting what the government has called a grievous error. The bill is expected to receive unanimous parliamentary approval.

“This law is a real historic reparation of, I dare say, the biggest mistake in Spanish history,” Mr. Gallardón said. He was visiting New York at the invitation of Jewish groups to explain the legislation, which has generated intense interest.

Spain’s roughly 200,000 Jews were ordered expelled in 1492 by Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, who gave them four months to leave. Many were forced to sell their homes and businesses for nearly nothing, with many eventually resettling in other areas of Europe and North Africa bordering the Mediterranean, but also migrating elsewhere.

While there is no commonly accepted figure for the world’s Sephardic Jewish population — Sephardic is derived from the Hebrew word for Spain — by some reckonings as many as one-third of the world’s 13 million Jews may have Sephardic roots. Many live in Israel. But large Sephardic communities exist in countries including France, Mexico, Turkey and the United States.

Mr. Gallardón, a former mayor of Madrid and grandson of a Spanish ambassador to Romania who helped save Sephardic Jews from the Nazis, said he had been working on the legislation for years. It was first presented as a draft in November 2012.

A main goal, he said, was not only to repair an injustice to Jews, but also to repair Spain, where Jewish contributions to art, science and literature flourished before the expulsion. Many Sephardic Jews, he said, retain strong identifying connections to Spain.

“Instead of detaching from Spain and having hard feelings toward the country that expelled them, they became more attached to their country, their language and their traditions,” he said. During his travels, he said, he has found Spanish-speaking Sephardic Jews in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar who can trace their roots to Toledo. Some Sephardic Jews, he said, “even got as far as Crimea — they are scattered all over the world.”

The dual-citizenship measure will require that applicants establish their heritage through surnames or other proof of ancestry, or a certificate from a recognized Sephardic Jewish federation or rabbinical authority, but the criteria will not be overly strict, and applicants need not be religiously observant. “We will look at any evidence,” the minister said. “We want to ease the process.”

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

NYTimes on Catholic Obama 'Community Activist'

The Catholic Roots of Obama's Activism


CHICAGO — In a meeting room under Holy Name Cathedral, a rapt group of black Roman Catholics listened as Barack Obama, a 25-year-old community organizer, trained them to lobby their fellow delegates to a national congress in Washington on issues like empowering lay leaders and attracting more believers.

“He so quickly got us,” said Andrew Lyke, a participant in the meeting who is now the director of the Chicago Archdiocese’s Office for Black Catholics. The group succeeded in inserting its priorities into the congress’s plan for churches, Mr. Lyke said, and “Barack Obama was key in helping us do that.”

By the time of that session in the spring of 1987, Mr. Obama — himself not Catholic — was already well known in Chicago’s black Catholic circles. He had arrived two years earlier to fill an organizing position paid for by a church grant, and had spent his first months here surrounded by Catholic pastors and congregations. In this often overlooked period of the president’s life, he had a desk in a South Side parish and became steeped in the social justice wing of the church, which played a powerful role in his political formation.

This Thursday, Mr. Obama will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican after a three-decade divergence with the church. By the late 1980s, the Catholic hierarchy had taken a conservative turn that de-emphasized social engagement and elevated the culture wars that would eventually cast Mr. Obama as an abortion-supporting enemy. Mr. Obama, who went on to find his own faith with the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.’s Trinity United Church of Christ, drifted from his youthful, church-backed activism to become a pragmatic politician and the president with a terrorist “kill list.” The meeting this week is a potential point of confluence.

A White House accustomed to archbishop antagonists hopes the president will find a strategic ally and kindred spirit in a pope who preaches a gospel of social justice and inclusion. Mr. Obama’s old friends in the priesthood pray that Francis will discover a president freed from concerns about re-election and willing to rededicate himself to the vulnerable.

But the Vatican — aware that Mr. Obama has far more to gain from the encounter than the pope does, and wary of being used for American political consumption — warns that this will hardly be like the 1982 meeting at which President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II agreed to fight Communism in Eastern Europe. 

“We’re not in the old days of the great alliance,” said a senior Vatican official who was granted anonymity to speak frankly about the mind-set inside the Holy See. While Mr. Obama’s early work with the church is “not on the radar screen,” the official said, his recent arguments with American bishops over issues of religious freedom are: Catholic leaders have objected to a provision in the administration’s health care law that requires employers to cover contraception costs, and have sharply questioned the morality of the administration’s use of drones to fight terrorism.
As in many reunions, expectations, and the possibility for disappointment, run high.

In 1967, as the modernizing changes of the Second Vatican Council began to transform the Catholic world, Ann Dunham, Mr. Obama’s mother, took her chubby 6-year-old son occasionally to Mass and enrolled him in a new Catholic elementary school in Jakarta, Indonesia, called Santo Fransiskus Asisi. At school, the future president began and ended his days with prayer. At home, his mother read him the Bible with an anthropologist’s eye.

Pious he was not. “When it came time to pray, I would pretend to close my eyes, then peek around the room,” Mr. Obama wrote in his memoir “Dreams From My Father.” “Nothing happened. No angels descended. Just a parched old nun and 30 brown children, muttering words.”

In 1969, Mr. Obama transferred to a more exclusive, state-run school with a mosque, but a development in the United States would have a greater impact on his future career. American Catholic bishops responded to the call of the Second Vatican Council to focus on the poor by creating what is now known as the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, an antipoverty and social justice program that became one of the country’s most influential supporters of grass-roots groups.

By the early 1980s, when Mr. Obama was an undergraduate at Columbia University, the campaign was financing a project to help neighborhoods after the collapse of the steel mills near Chicago. The program’s leaders, eager to expand beyond Catholic parishes to the black Protestant churches where more of the affected community worshiped, sought an African-American for the task. In 1985, they found one in Mr. Obama, a fledgling community organizer in New York who answered a want ad for a job with the Developing Communities Project. The faith-based program aimed to unify South Side residents against unsafe streets, poor living conditions and political neglect. Mr. Obama’s salary was less than $10,000 a year.

The future president arrived in Chicago with little knowledge of Catholicism other than the Graham Greene novels and “Confessions” of St. Augustine he had read during a period of spiritual exploration at Columbia. But he fit seamlessly into a 1980s Catholic cityscape forged by the spirit of Vatican II, the influence of liberation theology and the progressivism of Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin, the archbishop of Chicago, who called for a “consistent ethic of life” that wove life and social justice into a “seamless garment.”

On one of his first days on the job, Mr. Obama heard Cardinal Bernardin speak at an economic development meeting. He felt like a Catholic novice there, he wrote in his memoir, and later decided “not to ask what a catechism was.” But he was a quick study.

“He had to do a power analysis of each Catholic church,” said one of his mentors at the time, Gregory Galluzzo, a former Jesuit priest and disciple of the organizer Saul Alinsky. Mr. Obama, Mr. Galluzzo said, soon understood the chain of command and who had influence in individual parishes.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Russian Duma member calls to Partition Ukraine as Russia Masses Troops Along Eastern Ukrainian Border
Deputy Chairman of the State Duma, leader of the LDPR, Vladimir Zhirinovsky proposes to Poland demanded a referendum on the attachment to our country in five western regions of Ukraine: Volyn, Lviv, Ivano-Frankovsk province, Ternopil and Rivne. A similar "offer" got Hungary and Romania ws. circuits Carpathian and Chernivtsi. Within Ukraine would remain only its central part.

Polish Foreign Ministry assesses the letter as "bizarre". Vladimir Zhirinovsky will get a courtesy reply, without reference to the content of your letter. Known for his controversial statements Russian politician has previously called for the partition of Ukraine from the rostrum of the State Duma.- "Kiev will never agree to the federalization of Ukraine, as it is no longer able to govern anything" - he said then. Zhirinovsky stressed that Ukraine's attempts to build a state always ended in failure. Marked that "Lutsk, Lviv, Ternopil is a Polish lands." "Messages" TVP1 


Russian forces gathering on the border with eastern Ukraine may be poised to invade, the White House warned today, as the government in Kiev said that the prospect of war with Moscow was continuing to grow after the annexation of Crimea.

Speaking after Nato’s top commander in Europe voiced alarm about the size and preparedness of the Russian troop build-up, President Barack Obama’s deputy national security adviser, Tony Blinken, said President Vladimir Putin may indeed be readying further action.
“It’s deeply concerning to see the Russian troop build-up on the border,” Mr Blinken told CNN. “It creates the potential for incidents, for instability. It’s likely that what they’re trying to do is intimidate the Ukrainians. It’s possible that they’re preparing to move in.”

“It is very troubling,” Mr Rogers told NBC’s Meet the Press. “He has put all the military units he would need to move into Ukraine on its eastern border and is doing exercises. We see him moving forces in the south in a position where he could take the southern region over to Moldova.”

Nato officials are concerned that Mr Putin could have designs on Transnistria, a restive Russian-speaking region in western Moldova also known as Trans-Dniester, where separatist leaders have demanded to be allowed to join Russia following the annexation of Crimea.

Mr Breedlove, the Nato commander, said during remarks at an event held by the Marshall Fund thinktank that in the Kremlin’s view, the region was the “next place where Russian-speaking people may need to be incorporated”.

“There is absolutely sufficient force postured on the eastern border of Ukraine to run to Trans-Dniester if the decision was made to do that,” said Breedlove, “and that is very worrisome.”
Moldova’s President Nicolae Timofti warned Mr Putin last week against considering the annexation of Transnistria.
In other words, Putin shall put the Russian military in an invasion sweeping across the southern band of Ukraine, all the way west to Moldavia.

The Reincarnation of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth & Eastern Germany

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Reincarnation of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth & Eastern Germany

Also at

Very interesting interview.

George Kenney interviews Russian scholar Stephen F Cohen about Ukraine

See it especially at 17:00-22:00 and 35:00-42:00

Suggests allowing Kiev-Ukraine to join as a junior partner with Lithuania and Poland, in order to preserve Russian oriented southern and eastern areas of Ukraine for Russia.  Lithuania and Poland are here identified as the two countries at the forefront of pushing EU regime change in Ukraine, with the support of Germany.
19:10  They would as you say draw a red line on say Sevastopol, and so for Washington to think they we can wrest these territories from Russian orbit is extremely dangerous, and its not going to happen.

And its not going to happen.

Russia is not going to let eastern Ukraine go.

Actually, If Putin asked my opinion

If I were a patriotic Russian citizen instead of a patriotic American citizen as I am

I would say to Putin what do you want western Ukraine for anyway its nothing but trouble? I they want to go and be a junior poor partner with Lithuania and Poland and oh by the way it is Poland and Lithuania that have been driving this EU march on Ukraine, let them go. They are not Russian … western Ukraine was part of the polish empire, part of the Austrian empire; it has few affinities with Russia, whereas eastern Ukraine is Russian essentially. Let them go. And what do you get? You get the most populous part of Ukraine, that’s eastern and southern Ukraine. You preserve your naval base. … you won’t have the basket-case of western Ukraine
Mentions 'sidebar' story of Germany to become more assertive, with the need for Polish compensation to the east.
36:20 You mentioned Poland and Lithuania pushing for some change in Ukraine… What is your sense of the German role in all of this?

Well that’s the sidebar story but an important one. I can’t claim expertise on it but I looked into it asked people, and it appears to have this pre-history. Poland is very nervous about Germany’s growing role in Europe. So Poland wanted some empire of its own, like it …[once had]. It wanted Ukraine … to offset German economic and political influence. Meanwhile Germans has been talking about a more assertive foreign policy- taking more leadership. Now you got to remember that the wounds of WW2 are not completely healed; so when you tell a Polish citizen of a certain generation that Germany’s going to get more assertive, they get a little worried. So they wanted to enhance their sphere of influence economically and politically, and Poland was the ticket.
Ghosts of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

2014 Russian-Putin Perspective

The girl at the right appears pregnant ...

From Pravda:
Brzezinski, the global chessboard and the Ukrainian chakra
By Nicolas Bonnal
The collapse of the Soviet Union produced monumental geopolitical confusion.

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The Ukrainian gruesome and somewhat insane disaster deserves one explanation: Zbigniew Brzezinski. The Polish-born American geopolitical expert deserves indeed to be read like Adolph Hitler, who demonized Russia in his time like "general" buffoon McCain does today. He predicted the American attitude and the global evolution in the nineties in his book The Grand Chessboard. This book is actually the Mein Kampf of the Global Elite and the New World Order. And the main obstacle is still the Russian heartland of McKinder and Haushofer; in order to destroy the Russian resistance, the last Christian bastion of resistance in this global agenda of global homogenization and extermination of cultures since the submission of the roman catholic church, America has paid, equipped, armed and trained the same kind of mercenaries it used elsewhere. It has also manipulated naïve nationalists and extremists always available to help the puppets' masters, and who served Nazi interests during the war. Think too of the global freedom fighters who slaughtered the leftist peasants of Central America for instance. The warrior militants of Svoboda will be condemned later by the Empire of the Good. And the Messianism of democracy, underlined by Tocqueville in his time, will do the rest.

But let's read Brzezinski:

Given the special geopolitical interest of Germany and Poland in Ukraine's independence, it is also quite possible that Ukraine will gradually be drawn into the special Franco-German-Polish relationship. By the year 2010, Franco-German-Polish-Ukrainian political collaboration, engaging some 230 million people, could evolve into a partnership enhancing Europe's geostrategic depth (see map above).

This is what Brzezinski calls the democratic bridgehead. The European Union that is openly the puppet of the Bilderbergs and NATO needs an "open Europe" like Soros needs pathetically an open society. A simple piece - or a pawn of the global order, an ageing Europe will be submerged demographically by Asia and Africa. But this does not matter, since our populations go ahead eyes wide shut...

Hence, America's central geostrategic goal in Europe can be summed up quite simply: it is to consolidate through a more genuine transatlantic partnership the U.S. bridgehead on the Eurasian continent so that an enlarging Europe can become a more viable springboard for projecting into Eurasia the international democratic and cooperative order.

Eurasia and central Asia will be Atlantic or not will be.

Ukraine is like a chakra, says a friend of mine in Paris, a chakra to detain and possess the Heartland. Of course Brzezinski, the man whose theories helped and inspired Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, Libya and Syria, agrees:

Most troubling of all was the loss of Ukraine. The appearance of an independent Ukrainian state not only challenged all Russians to rethink the nature of their own political and ethnic identity, but it represented a vital geopolitical setback for the Russian state.

Brzezinski adds too that with Ukraine Russia loses its southern frontier and its access to warm seas; as we know he wants to weaken Russia so that this country can be too integrated in the western matrix. This is why Putin has been demonized since his access to power.

Ukraine's independence also deprived Russia of its dominant position on the Black Sea, where Odessa had served as Russia's vital gateway to trade with the Mediterranean and the world beyond. The loss of Ukraine was geopolitically pivotal, for it drastically limited Russia's geostrategic options.

Brzezinski knows the hostility of Russia to the American manipulation of Ukrainians, as gullible as the other human beings. The aggressive and conquering attitude of NATO motivated a Russian reaction, even during the disastrous Yeltsin era.

The growing American inclination, especially by 1994, to assign a high priority to American-Ukrainian relations and to help Ukraine sustain its new national freedom was viewed by many in Moscow-even by its "westernizers"- as a policy directed at the vital Russian interest in eventually bringing Ukraine back into the common fold.

But (and Vladimir Putin should read theses lines), this is not important. Everybody wants to be a part of the process of Americanization because Russia is too weak, Russia is not attractive enough:
Russia was not strong enough politically to impose its will and not attractive enough economically to be able to seduce the new states.

This is true: since two centuries the American matrix is more seducing than the Russian model, even if America has bombed half of the world. It promises money, Las Vegas and Miami, the Corvette and Hollywood. In Paris I saw these time effeminate and métrosexuel Chinese running between the luxury boutiques of prestigious avenue Montaigne. Is this the Chinese way of des-Americanization?
Vladimir Putin incarnates a disappearing kind of statesman: he is a believer and he is at the service of his land, not of the markets. In France, Putin is presented as the new Stalin, the semi-tyrant who helps the full-time tyrants of Syria, Libya or even North Korea. People don't have time or resources to get another source of information - sources that are infamously labelled conspiracy. The devaluation of Vladimir Putin begins to be dangerous for the global health, but as we know, Western democracy will not stop. Western democracy is the Empire of the Good, and no one can stop such an Empire.

Let's conclude on Brzezinski.

Speaking of chessboard, another great mind, who happened to be Iranian, had warned us on that symbolism: We are played together in a baby-game upon the chess-board of existence.

Monday, March 10, 2014

PUTIN Crimea Seizure Breaks Taboo of Revising Post WW2 Borders

born October 7- same birthday as Wlodimir Ledochowski

Avles Beluskes aka Edoardo Roncelli writes
It is alleged that Russia and EU acted together. With the most of probability to a Germany which, after the WWI and WWII, has been reduced to a Great Catholic Bavaria, is it now allowed to exercise a diminished form of expansionism or is allured by someone to take pleasure in such dreams. If Putin can bring home Crimea someone can think that then is possible to bring home also the Sudeten and Eastern Prussia. And then there's Italy and her "Crimea" which is called "Istria and Dalmazia"...  If Russia went back in Crimea could Renzi's Italy go back in Istria?... After seventy years of forced de-protestantization of Prussia maybe the Vatican can bear now a Germany coming back in the old possession of East.... Or at least this could be only a bait to further deceive the German foreign policy and distract Germans meanwhile the South European Catholic belt is going to explode in a sort of "South European Confederate popish state" against the North....

Crimea.  Annexed by Russia in 1783.  Transferred in 1954 to Ukraine to help solidify its loyalty to Russia.  It's become the flashpoint of an order that was not destined to be so permanent- of Ukraine being all with Russia.

In more recent centuries that came a process starting in the 1600s to counter the alternative attachment to the west with the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, which in response to the Roman Catholic St. Bartholemew Day Massacre of Protestants in France, enacted the Warsaw Confederation guarantee of religious liberty in order to prevent such an occurrence within Poland.  This sort of religious toleration was opposed by the Roman Catholic Church, which had sought various methods for extending its territory in Poland, particularly the 1596 creation of the 'Greek Catholic' - easter orthodox in appearance with loyalty to Rome.  Hence, as Rome would respond to the Reformation of Martin Luther, it came up with the Jesuits, who chose the strategy of sacrificing Poland with the K Rebellion and the subsequent partitions that occurred with both Prussia and Russia's harboring of the Jesuit Order during its formal 1774 suppression.   Indeed, the partition of Poland were but part of the recreation of the northern extension of the Eastern Roman Empire established in 880 or so with the Rus conquest of the Kiev Polans- by the mid 900s redefining these Polans as Rus.  Such an entity that became Russia from Moscow would effectuate this relatively beginning under the Czars but viciously genocidal under the Bolshevik regime, murdering people throughout the old Commonwealth lands for being of some part Polish ethnicity.  Recall the Stalinist targeting of the KulAKS.  Read the book The Bloodlands.  And recall how the borders shifted with WW2 how that ultimately targeted Protestant majority Lutheran Eastern Germany.

Flash forward to February 22, 2014.  A regime change was effectuated in Kiev, via a "Maidan-Europe" movement that came with the support of the German and Polish governments that just popped up in mid November- apparently approved just days after the largest hurricane in recorded history.

So now Ukraine, which in 1991 became a separate country, has a government more leaning eastward to Russia than westward to Europe or say Poland.   Note how the electorial, linquistic and political boundaries practically conform to the border of the old Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

  See the red dots of Polish ethnicity that merely counts language and would include more if applied to people of part-Polish ethnicity- Polish referring to that from the west, and not the Polans who were redefined as "Rus"

Note the areas of modern day Ukraine outside the Commonwealth.

As the map makes clear, there is a strong correlation between the parts of Ukraine once controlled by Poland-Lithuania and the parts of Ukraine that today vote for pro-Westerners such as Mr. Yushchenko. Although Poland-Lithuania is long gone, the vestiges of Polish influence still exist in these places, drawing western and central Ukraine closer to the West than eastern Ukraine and the Black Sea region. [emphasis added]

A few years later an agreement for Ukraine to surrender its nukes with its territorial integrity to be respected.   In all this time, Crimea remains a part of Ukraine as it had since 1954, even as it like much of eastern and to a lesser degree southern Ukraine is majority Russian loyal.

from Huffington Post
Presumably a deal can be made. Putin had evinced no interest in Russian control of Crimea so long as the government in Kiev was neutral between East and West, and permanently detaching it from Ukraine tilts the country's electoral balance decisively toward the Russoskeptics. An international accord that guarantees a democratic Ukraine's territorial integrity and bars it from any military alliance, on the Finnish and Austrian model, will likely be at the heart of a resolution. And if Putin decides to proceed with Crimea's incorporation into Russia, he is signing off on NATO membership for Kiev, and other countries can permanently reject visa applications from Crimea or economic transactions with it.
But just wait, as Russia seeks and works to recover more of Ukraine, in the east and the south, and this escalates, ultimately with NATO forces from the west via Poland and Romania.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Gorbachev Offered Riga Line to Poland & 'Kalingrad Oblast' to Germany in 1990

'Riga Line' the pre-WW2 Polish eastern border with the U.S.S.R.
mutually agreed upon March 18, 1921;
plus 'Kalingrad Oblast' Sold to Germany for 48 Billion DM

Found this on a facebook page
In 1989, Mikhail Gorbachev suggested meeting in Moscow G-Dragon, the return of the Eastern Lands in two versions.

First: the return of Vilnius, Lviv and Kremenets;

The second arrondissement of Grodno from the wilderness Belovezhskaya Pushcha and the former province. The Lviv Centre for petroleum. The reason for this proposal was the cancellation of the jałtańskich agreements and mutual waiver of claims for compensation.

Soon, Jaruzelski has adopted proposals for Gorbachev on behalf of Polish. When the case came to Warsaw, Mr Geremek, Michnik, Kuroń and Mazowiecki went in haste to Moscow and almost kneel wybłagali Gorbachev not to do. What kind of influence they used no one knows, in the end

Gorbachev przystal on their requests. Consul General in Krakow, p. Serdaczuk was talking about in the presence of Prof. Edward Prus. Also confirmed is the Member of Lithuania to the USSR Jan Ciechanowicz in an interview with Stanislaw Sadowskim from Toronto. It also said the New York press. It was published in the National No 4 (2) (2006).

 Apparently the same Gorbachev did with Kohl by Wrocław and Szczecin during talks about zjednoczenkiu Germany, but Kohl said he would wait for the traffic to the poles. Source: Helmut Kohl said a German journalist Dieter Shmitzke on June 1, 2005 and published in the newspaper "Bayerische Fulle" Nr. 2.

As for 'Kalingrad Oblast' - the northern portion of pre-1945 German East Prussia:

see page 12 at
Seemingly, the Society of East Prussia expects a change in the status of Kaliningrad to occur sooner or later. In his address to the 2000 national meeting of the Eastern Prussians, the speaker of the SEP, Wilhelm von Gottberg, pointed out that it will be impossible to preserve the present status of the “Königsberg region” permanently. He gave expression to his hope that someone will take a chance to change its status and that the opportunity will not be lost, as was the case when Gorbachev offered to sell Kaliningrad to Germany and the German government rejected the offer.
In his later interview “The Königsberg region and its perspectives”18 he even mentioned a concrete purchase price estimated of 48 billion DM. Kohl and Genscher rejected the offer and the major Genscher reason was that he did not want to have “Königsberg as a gift”.

If I recall correctly, I have seen an account of this with Kohl turning down the offer as if it were premature, with words to the effect of East Prussia having to return to Germany under the proper set of circumstances, as if already predetermined.