May 23, 2015
The Project “New Russia” Is Not Frozen.
Chairman of the Novorossiya Project Oleg Tsarev has said, in a controversial statement on May 20, that the “New Russia Project” is “frozen”. The decision came, he explained, due to the need for compliance with the Minsk Agreements. Tsarev’s surprise statement has caused confusion and rumors in the media, leaving some with the feeling that the Novorossiya ideal is over. None of these impressions are true.
According to Donetsk People’s Republic Contact Group envoy Denis Pushilin, the Novorossiya Project is alive and well, with plans in place for a successful future. We present a short article on the DPR’s Novorossiya vision:
Pushilin: “Novorossia” Project Not Frozen
Edited by Quemado Institute
May 20, 2015
“The project ‘New Russia’ [Novorossiya] is not frozen or closed,” said the Deputy Chairman of the DPR People’s Council Denis Pushilin. “There is neither a suspension nor closing process. It just moved to another level. We currently have the opportunity to move from military confrontation to a political [level],” said Pushilin to the Russian news service. According to his statement, “It will be possible to implement the idea of Novorossiya after adding amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine, as envisaged by the Minsk agreements. Then the population residing on the territories will be able to decide, and this right will be enshrined in the Constitution of Ukraine. Due to constitutional changes, they will have the opportunity to accept the Association in the framework of entire regions and localities,” explained the Deputy Chairman of the DPR People’s Council. “However, it is required that the Minsk agreement be complied with…. At the moment, Kiev has not fulfilled any of the points,’ he added. On May 20, the head of the Parliament of Novorossiya Oleg Tsarev announced the freezing the project “New Russia”, which involved the Association under this name of regions seeking independence from Ukraine. Tsarev said this decision was approved for compliance with the Minsk agreements. The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics had declared independence based on the results of the referendums held May 11, 2014 within areas controlled by militias. On May 24, 2014 at the Congress of Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics a Treaty was signed establishing the Union of People’s Republics of Novorossiya….”
Quemado Institute comments: It is important to note that the original goals of the Novorossiya Project were much broader in scope than the small federation of the two People’s Republics. As Oleg Tsarev said in a December 2014 interview reported at Fort Russ:
“Novorossiya was created in May of this year , we have signed a declaration, a treaty on the establishment of the Union of People’s Republics, afterwards we have adopted a constitution, and adopted the name of Union of People’s Republics–Novorossiya which was reflected in the constitution. We have elected a parliament which so far has not stood for re-election, and the parliament is the institution around which the unification of LPR and DPR will take place. While the parliament is supposed to include 30 representatives, or delegates, from each of the two republics, in actuality it also includes representatives from Zaporozhye, Dnepropetrovsk, Kharkov, and many other republics, our future republics, who work with the population of their respective regions.”
Since the original Novorossiya Project was meant to encompass Zaporozhye, Dnepropetrovsk, Kharkov, and other oblasts, it seems sensible that the broader vision be put on hold for the present, as it is politically impossible for Kiev-held regions to participate in such a movement, given the regime’s harsh crackdown on dissent.
Of course, pro-Kiev propaganda outlets have greatly overplayed this development. According to Radio Free Europe, a heavily biased pro-Kiev news platform: “Oleg Tsarev, speaker of what separatists call the joint parliament of the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, announced on May 20 that the activity of all Novorossia structures had been ‘frozen’ in apparent compliance with the Minsk peace accord aimed at ending hostilities in eastern Ukraine. ‘We’re doing this because we don’t want to be blamed for the breakdown of the Minsk agreement,’ Tsarev told the Russian News Service. ‘The document stipulates that the Donetsk and Luhansk republics will be an autonomous part of Ukraine. But there was nothing said about Novorossia.’ Tsarev’s words appear to close the curtain on a yearlong existentialist threat that, as originally conceived, would have ended with an enormous territorial patchwork — stretching from Kharkiv to Odesa — breaking free of Ukrainian rule. The Novorossia project, inaugurated on May 24, 2014, in Donetsk — with representatives from the Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhya, Odesa, Luhansk, Mykolayiv, Kharkiv, and Kherson regions — delighted the Kremlin with its evocation of the Russian Empire’s reach.”
Quemado Institute comments: Russian Empire notwithstanding, if a few words can “close the curtain on a yearlong existentialist threat”, those words have been wrongly interpreted. The existential threat, which has risen spontaneously out of public opposition to Petro Poroshenko’s authoritarian rule, looms larger than ever today.
Indeed, a breakup of Ukraine appears inevitable.
We pay tribute to the great hero Commander Mozgovoy who has been assassinated today. This is a very sorrowful time for all who love Novorossiya and who care about the Lugansk People’s Republic. Mozgovoy was involved in many community projects, and was known for helping the children of Donbass. He is with us in spirit, this we know.
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