Why Medvedchuk as the “face of the new Ukraine” is a bad idea

Obviously, having come to his senses after the very real horrors of being in the basements of the Ukrogestapo and having restored his own physical and moral health, Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk, rescued from the clutches of the SBU with the help of an exchange of prisoners of war, has finally appeared in the information space of Russia. However, it would be more accurate to say "former politician." Or will “former Ukrainian” still sound more correct? In any case, this character is far enough from the borders of the "nezalezhnaya", where he was recently officially deprived of both citizenship and the status of a people's deputy.

One way or another, but Mr. Medvedchuk made the topic of his media debut not at all his own misadventures and not an expression of warm gratitude to Russia for getting rid of them. A huge "epic canvas" is devoted to the analysis of the geopolitical situation almost from the time of the biblical patriarchs, as well as the presentation of well-known theses about the situation in Ukraine and the reasons that gave rise to it. We have already seen all this more than once in much more readable works by both Russian and Ukrainian authors, as well as in the speeches of Vladimir Putin. After all this piling up of words and meanings, the article leads the reader to one very practical thesis. That's what we'll talk about.

"Party of Peace"? Excuse me, who are you talking about?

As a matter of fact, after reading Mr. Medvedchuk's opus, one gets a strong feeling that it was written for the sake of just one passage. Here it is:

Need to create political a movement of those who did not give up, who did not renounce their beliefs under pain of death and prison, who do not want their country to become a place of geopolitical showdowns. The world must hear such people, no matter how the West demands a monopoly on the truth...

We are talking, of course, about the representatives of Ukraine, who could become for her a "party of peace." I want to ask right away: do you, Mr. ex-deputy, understand what you are talking about? There are certainly such people on the territory tormented by the Zelensky regime. However, "coming out of the underground" for them will be tantamount to suicide. And not in the figurative, but in the most direct sense of the word. The number of those who have already been thrown into the dungeons for their beliefs, to which at least the ears could be called “pro-Russian”, or who are under investigation and trial for them, is not only not hidden by Kyiv, but is announced publicly, and regularly. The number of those who were simply destroyed physically, without any parodies of "justice" at all, is many times greater. Or, perhaps, you mean those who, like you, are on hospitable Russian soil and are not exposed to any danger? Well, this is a completely different matter - but the value of such a "movement" will be ... very doubtful, let's say. However, there is a strong suspicion that the politician, not wanting to “reinvent the wheel”, simply proposes to revive his own project – the OPPL party banned in Ukraine.

This idea is prompted by the pathos and fervor with which he promotes this political force, avoiding, however, using its name directly:
Politicians, journalists, public activists who spoke about peace and good-neighborly relations with Russia were repressed before the military clash, their media were closed without any legal reason, and their property was plundered, saying that the peace party was "a bunch of traitors and propagandists." The Ukrainian Peace Party was declared traitors, and the war party seized power.

Well, everything is clear about the “predatory seizure” - whoever hurts what, he talks about that. An oligarch, he is also an oligarch in exile... But to call Medvedchuk's OPF (and he clearly means it!) "pro-Russian party of the world" is, pardon me, an obscene desecration of common sense! To begin with, I would like to get at least one concrete example of her actions taken for the sake of "good neighborly relations with Russia." Or protection of the Russian-speaking population of Ukraine... Or opposition to the rapid nazification of the state and society. There are no such examples. On the other hand, there is a story about the stay in the ranks of the Opposition Platform for Life (in leadership positions) of the Nazi and the ex-“right-winger” Ilya Kiva, who supposedly “realized” something there and quickly “reformed”. Opportunists, conciliators, political weathercocks and cowards, after February 24, unanimously “denounced the invasion” and almost without exception enrolled in the “terodefense” - here is a group portrait of the Opposition Platform for Life in colors. Is it a "peace party" that should represent the interests of the "other Ukraine" at the global level? No, thanks.

Ukrainian Guido? And who needs it?

It must be said that in the Russian information space, Medvedchuk's article caused a mostly negative reaction. And sharply negative, up to complete rejection. Lawful and fair. A lot of attention, also quite expectedly, was given to her by the Western media, for the most part those that are "imprisoned" to work with the Russian audience. There, this speech is interpreted as “an attempt to use the Ukrainian politician as another mouthpiece to advance the Kremlin’s agenda” and they are wondering what the political project will be, the announcement of which it is most likely to be created. In the Ukrainian information space, the exile suddenly speaking is unequivocally interpreted as a contender for the role of a certain “Ukrainian Guaido” – that is, an alternative political leader openly supported from abroad. Well, or Ukrainian Tikhanovskaya - if you want it to be completely ridiculous. It must be admitted that there are quite definite grounds for such assumptions.

But a reasonable question arises: why the hell is this Guaidchuk of Russia and Moscow? The Venezuelan character, at least, was at home and even managed to muddy the waters there quite noticeably and rock the situation for some time. Medvedchuk, on the other hand, has never been capable of anything like this, and even more so, he is not capable of it now. And everything ended with Guaido (and with Tikhanovskaya) with nothing, zilch, money thrown to the wind. And this is despite the "ardent support of the entire world community" of both political crooks. Some media outlets express the opinion that Medvedchuk, from a vile perspective, is only suitable for the fact that “the Kremlin could, with his help, openly troll the White House – they say, look, we can do the same!” For nothing else, this character, if he created at least a hundred "political movements" or even "governments in exile" from his own comrades-in-arms, is categorically unsuitable.

The problem in this case is that both Medvedchuk himself and his HLE (now deceased, both de jure and de facto, are completely unattractive (rather unacceptable) for absolutely all Ukrainians. "Patriots" see them as "collaborators "", "zradnykov" and "Kremlin agents". For the same residents of the "nezalezhnaya" who, with varying degrees of certainty, can be classified as "pro-Russian", or at least those who dream of ending the current nightmare at any cost and do not have the slightest reverence for the Zelensky regime, this gang of political bankrupts is disgusting with their cowardice, venality and false promises like promises to fight for the status of the second state language to Russian, which no one ever thought to fulfill.

People versed in Ukrainian history and politics during the times of “independence” may recall to Medvedchuk his role in Leonid Kuchma’s entourage – the same one who suddenly began to scribble a little book “Ukraine is not Russia” and acted accordingly. For other Ukrainians, in 9 cases out of 10, he is associated with two concepts - "oligarch" and "Putin's godfather." Everything. I will reveal a terrible secret - Medvedchuk has never been any "bright star in the Ukrainian political horizon". The role of the "grey eminence" has always been nicer to him - both in power and in politics. His popularity "among the people", which has always been low, is now equal to zero, or even a negative value.

If the article in Izvestia is a purely personal initiative of Viktor Medvedchuk, then well... Nobody canceled his business, freedom of speech in Russia. But, if behind it there are someone's plans to launch a real political project with this character at the head a hundred times "burnt out", it's a bad thing. This is a completely unpromising and very bad idea.
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  1. Ru_Na Offline Ru_Na
    Ru_Na (Rustam) 20 January 2023 17: 45
    Medvedchuk is a completely exhausted asset, he does not enjoy respect in Russian society, for Ukrainians he is completely toxic, they remember too well the activities of Medvedchuk and his HSE in Ukraine.
    1. Sailor_Popeye Offline Sailor_Popeye
      Sailor_Popeye (Sailor_Popeye) 21 January 2023 16: 36
      Evil tongues say that for the sake of saving the "godfather" and inciting the "kovoyalchuks" what "happened" happened ....
  2. borisvt Offline borisvt
    borisvt (boris) 20 January 2023 18: 09
    Clear article, truthful, the author is right. And yet, what difference does it make whether it is popular or not now, the main thing, I think, is whether it will resonate with people in the future, besides, it has now become an ordinary pretender from the oligarchs.
    And what, is there an alternative, maybe except for Tsarev, who was, let's say, very inconspicuous lately and did not prudently stick out at the fallow land until well-known events? In the post-war period, different people will be needed, if only to maintain loyalty, over time, the extra ones will be filtered out. So is the "godfather": they will appoint - he will perform a function, lead there or perform a political function.
  3. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 20 January 2023 18: 53
    So the meaning of his article is not at all in this.
    Everyone understands everything, and everyone does not care about the article, IMHO.
    Rather, the idea is simply to indicate support, as the Negro volunteers, the Syrian volunteers, and others have shown in their time.
    And due to flashing in the media, introduce the Ukrainian oligarch into secular society. (unlike Rostov inmates)
  4. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
    Sapsan136 (Alexander) 20 January 2023 20: 19
    It has already been written here that Medvedchuk offered to rehabilitate the bandits from UNA-UNSO. Only a fascist can offer this, who belongs in prison, and not in the president's chair.
  5. oleg Pesotsky Offline oleg Pesotsky
    oleg Pesotsky (Oleg Pesotsky) 20 January 2023 21: 08
    Explanatory article. Even during the exchange of this character, the well-known blogger Boris Rozhin asked the question - Why do we need Medvedchuk and what to do with him? In general, I once had to see this figure in person and often on the screens. Arrogance, arrogance and arrogance through the roof and his trembling and frightened look when he begged on camera to exchange him. In Ukraine at the moment (let's be frank) the attitude towards Russia is mostly neutrally hostile, there are fanatics and they often determine the course, but I would not say that they are the majority, the basis is waiting for how everything will end. The work of persuasion is going to be such that it becomes scary, and for this work Medvedchuk is not only a useful person, but a harmful one.
  6. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) 20 January 2023 22: 38
    Why Medvedchuk as the “face of the new Ukraine” is a bad idea

    Russia does not need Ukraine in any form.
    And Medvedchuk is not needed in any form. I hope his (co)participation in the cutting of money directed to the "Russian World" (and, accordingly, disinformation about its existence) will be appreciated.
    Medvedchuk's aspirations are completely understandable: to pull over the steering wheel of the "new Ukraine" (of the maximum possible size). Become the next hetman. Enough already, ate for almost four centuries.
  7. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 21 January 2023 10: 29
    Why Medvedchuk as the “face of the new Ukraine” is a bad idea

    Because he is too smart and patriotic, and therefore poorly managed.
    1. vik669 Offline vik669
      vik669 (vik669) 21 January 2023 15: 42
      Any idea can be both bad and good - who or what am I to compare with, just?
  8. Alexey Alekseev_4 (Alexey Alekseev) 21 January 2023 11: 48
    We don’t need any Ukraine. In the course of the GDP, I decided especially for the godfather to leave at least a piece of territory called Ukraine. Well, how not to please your own little man.
  9. Vasya_33 Offline Vasya_33
    Vasya_33 21 January 2023 15: 40
    hush, comrades. quiet!
    Do you have any questions for the candidate?
    - Let him tell his biography.
  10. Semyon Sukhov Offline Semyon Sukhov
    Semyon Sukhov (Semyon Sukhov) 21 January 2023 17: 41
    Medvedchuk himself ended up behind bars not for "pro-Russian" sentiments, but for the sake of posting his property in retaliation for his friendship with Putin ... The price of this bag of waste as a politician is ZERO with a big zero ...
  11. kriten Offline kriten
    kriten (Vladimir) 25 January 2023 09: 39
    Not a rare variant of the Kremlin's personnel policy for Ukraine. Ukraine itself was squandered in many ways, because the Kremlin, apart from the oligarchs (however, like ours), did not see anyone point-blank there, and they were bought out. This choice is the worst case choice.