Oleg Yasinsky

Periodista independiente de orígen ucraniano, residente en Moscú.

The dictatorship of silence

One of the greatest myths of modern Western society is based on individual freedom of conscience and thought, which was offered to each of its inhabitants as a supreme value of the democracies of our times. It was the calling…

Response to Bill Clinton

In response to recent statements by former US President Bill Clinton, in which he rejects criticism that blames NATO enlargement for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and adds that “When I did what I did, I offered Russia not only a…

Crimea, the peninsula of discord

In the 1970s, long before perestroika, the Soviet dissident writer Vasily Aksyonov wrote the most famous of his novels, “The Crimean Island”. It is a historical fiction, where Crimea was transformed from a peninsula to an island. In the Russian…

Failure as a path

The day before yesterday Chile lived through what some are calling the biggest triumph of the right wing in its electoral history. Almost 62% of its population rejected the constitutional change project, which only two years ago was demanded by…

Ukraine, the kitchen of dehumanisation

This photo of a fallen Russian soldier in Ukraine is part of a new culinary start up in Kiev. It is a cake. You can choose from the pictures of the “dead aggressors” the one you like the most and…

Volodymyr Chemerys, the black sheep of Ukrainian politics

These words are for a friend and colleague whose life is in danger. In the Ukrainian political landscape, increasingly poor, decadent and predictable among so many puppets and so many fanatics, there are few political people left. The flames that…

Notes from a war that is no longer news

In recent months it has been difficult to make balanced analyses and projections of events, for it must be admitted that with all our arrogance and a supposed understanding of the logic of the Ukrainian-Russian absurdity, we failed to predict…

The Immortal Regiment, Moscow, 9 May 2022

“Our dead will not leave us in disgrace. Our fallen are like sentinels”, sang Vladimir Vysotsky, the Soviet Union’s most popular troubadour, in his famous song “He did not return from combat”. The heart of the cultural identity of the…

Photo-reportage: Victory Day in Moscow

We publish here a photo-reportage by Oleg Yasinsky that gives an account of the citizens’ participation in Moscow this May 9, 2022, commemorating the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany on May 9, 1945 in the Second World…

The clarity of indefinition

Several militants of the contemporary Russian left have had a remarkable trajectory. From anti-Stalinism they moved to anti-Leninism, which made them anti-Soviet and now, in their fair or unfair criticism of Putin’s government, they have become defenders of NATO and…

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