In an April 3, 2022 article that has not been retracted, Timofei Sergeitsev, a prominent Russian political consultant, made an open call for the Russian Federation to commit genocide in Ukraine. The article published in the state-controlled RIA Novosti news magazine is titled – What Should Russia Do With Ukraine? In an address to the Romanian Parliament on Monday, Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky stated that the article constitutes yet another piece of evidence to be used in a future war crimes tribunal.
On the same day, April third, when the world was horror-stricken to see the bodies of those killed in Bucha, an article justifying the genocide of Ukrainians was published on the website of the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti. Its title is quite eloquent: ‘What Russia must do to Ukraine.’ And this is not just a text. This is another piece of evidence for a future tribunal against Russian war criminals.Volodymyr Zelensky in a speech to the Romanian parliament on April 4, 2022
In a tone reminiscent of Soviet WWII propaganda, Sergeitsev rants extensively about the “inevitability of the denazification of Ukraine” and attempts to make correlations between the Ukrainian Banderite movement with the current Ukrainian government. He further states that “Denazification is necessary when a significant part of the people – most likely the majority – has been mastered and drawn into the Nazi regime in its politics… Denazification is a set of measures in relation to the nazified mass of the population, which technically cannot be subjected to direct punishment as war criminals.” The methods he suggests that the Russian government and military should employ to accomplish “denazification” of Ukraine appear to be taken directly from the Joseph Stalin playbook on how to deal with ethnic and other groups of people that were deemed a threat to the ruling Communist Party. As evidence of the barbaric atrocities committed in areas of Ukraine now liberated from Russian occupation comes to light, it is evident that Sergeitsev is not alone in his thinking. Read on and judge for yourself.
Translated Excerpts of the ROI Novosti Article – What Should Russia Do With Ukraine?
No significant distinction should be made between APU [armed forces of Ukraine] and the so-called national battalions, as well as the territorial defense that joined these two types of military formations.
There must be a total purification. Any organizations that have associated themselves with the practice of Nazism have been liquidated and banned. However, in addition to the top, a significant part of the masses, which are passive Nazis, accomplices of Nazism, are also guilty.
Further denazification of this mass of the population consists in re-education, which is achieved by ideological repression (suppression) of Nazi attitudes and strict censorship: not only in the political sphere, but also necessarily in the sphere of culture and education.
Denazification can only be carried out by the winner, which implies (1) his absolute control over the denazification process and (2) the power to ensure such control. In this respect, a denazified country cannot be sovereign. The denazifying state – Russia – cannot proceed from a liberal approach with regard to denazification. The ideology of the denazifier cannot be disputed by the guilty party subjected to denazification.
The terms of denazification can in no way be less than one generation, which must be born, grow up and reach maturity under the conditions of denazification.
The collective West itself is the designer, source and sponsor of Ukrainian Nazism, while the Western Bandera cadres and their “historical memory” are just one of the tools for the Nazisification of Ukraine.
The name “Ukraine” apparently cannot be retained as the title of any fully denazified state entity in a territory liberated from the Nazi regime.
In fact, their political aspirations cannot be neutral – expiation of guilt before Russia for treating it as an enemy can be realized only by relying on Russia in the processes of restoration, revival and development. No “Marshall Plans” should be allowed for these territories. There can be no “neutrality” in the ideological and practical sense, compatible with denazification. The cadres and organizations that are the instrument of denazification in the newly denazified republics must on Russia’s direct military and organizational support.
Denazification will inevitably also be a de-Ukrainization – a rejection of the large-scale artificial inflation of the ethnic component of self-identification of the population of the territories of historical Little Russia and New Russia, begun by the Soviet authorities.
Ukrainism is an artificial anti-Russian construction that does not have its own civilizational content, a subordinate element of an alien and alien civilization. Debanderization by itself will not be enough for denazification – the Bandera element is only a performer and a screen, a disguise for the European project of Nazi Ukraine, therefore the denazification of Ukraine is also its inevitable de-Europeanization.
The Bandera elite must be liquidated, its re-education is impossible. The social “swamp,” which actively and passively supported it by action and inaction, must survive the hardships of the war and assimilate the experience as a historical lesson and atonement for its guilt.
The operation to denazify Ukraine, which began with a military phase, will follow the same logic of stages in peacetime as a military operation. At each of them, it will be necessary to achieve irreversible changes, which will become the results of the corresponding stage. In this case, the necessary initial steps of denazification can be defined as follows:
—Liquidation of armed Nazi formations (which means any armed formations of Ukraine, including the Armed Forces of Ukraine), as well as the military, informational, educational infrastructure that ensures their activity.
—Formation of public self-government bodies and militia (defense and law enforcement) of the liberated territories, protecting the population from the terror of underground Nazi groups.
—Installation of the Russian information space.
—Withdrawal of educational materials and the prohibition of educational programs at all levels containing Nazi ideological guidelines.
—Mass investigative actions to establish personal responsibility for war crimes, crimes against humanity, the spread of Nazi ideology and support for the Nazi regime.
—Purification, publication of the names of accomplices of the Nazi regime, involving them in forced labor to restore the destroyed infrastructure as punishment for Nazi activities (from among those who will not be subject to the death penalty or imprisonment).
—Adoption at the local level, under the supervision of Russia, of primary normative acts of denazification “from below”, a ban on all types and forms of the revival of Nazi ideology.
—Establishment of memorials, commemorative signs, monuments to the victims of Ukrainian Nazism, perpetuating the memory of the heroes of the struggle against it.
—Inclusion of a complex of anti-fascist and denazification norms in the constitutions of the new people’s republics.
—Creation of permanent denazification bodies for a period of 25 years.
Russia will have no allies in the denazification of Ukraine. Since this is a purely Russian business and because not only the Bandera version of Nazi Ukraine will be eradicated, but also, and above all, Western totalitarianism, the imposed programs of civilizational degradation and disintegration, the mechanisms of subjugation to the superpower of the West and the United States.
Russia did everything possible to save the West in the 20th century. She implemented the main Western project [communism], an alternative to capitalism, which won the nation-states – the socialist, red project. It crushed German Nazism, the monstrous offspring of the crisis of Western civilization. The last act of Russian altruism was the outstretched hand of friendship from Russia, for which Russia received a monstrous blow in the 1990s [he refers to the fall of the Soviet Union]. Everything that Russia has done for the West, it has done at its own expense, by making the greatest sacrifices. The West ultimately rejected all these sacrifices, devalued Russia’s contribution to resolving the Western crisis, and decided to take revenge on Russia for the help that it selflessly provided. Further, Russia will go its own way, not worrying about the fate of the West, relying on another part of its heritage – leadership in the global process of decolonization.