I thought a while about responding to the Rob Pulse / Schultz article on me – my first thought was not to, it’s so risible, ridiculous. But then it started to get retweet, passed around, by people who really should know better, including Edward Lucas of the Economist (who promptly blocked me when I asked why he was circulating such manifest lies).
So, I’ve decided to respond to it.
Here’s the article – http://ukrainewarlog.blogspot.ca/p/british-citixen-and-kremlin-reporter.html?m=1
The main thrusts of which are to do as much damage to my reputation as possible, have me branded a combatant / ‘Russian agent’, so I can be shot.
In its desire to insult me on all levels, the piece, quite exhaustive, with clearly days of research expended attempts to straddle two stools – dismissing me as an ‘amateur / sex blogger’, but supposedly also the secret weapon of ‘Kremlin propaganda’.
I’ve never even been in the Kremlin as a tourist, never been given any instructions by the Russian government on any level at all.
I worked with RT for a while, but after my 2nd deportation they told me it was too risky for me to continue working in Donbass, they didn’t support that. Our working relationship ended, on good terms, but ended in July 2014.
I filmed pieces for the Russian channel Zvezda for a few months from October 2014 until February 2015. I then decided, again on good terms, not to continue working with Zvezda.
I supported UKIP in the UK 2015 General Election because I support the United Kingdom leaving the EU, have absolutely no links to any far-right or ‘neo-Nazi’ groups, never have nor would.
I never kept any kind of ‘sex blog’, but true I wrote a few blog posts on that theme, including a 2-part blog post where I described my, limited, experiences with prostitutes. In the former Ukraine, as a journalist, you couldn’t ignore prostitution as a topic. I wanted to write as best possible about that subject, as with any, and share my own experiences with total honesty, as with everything. The conclusion of my 2-part blog post on that theme, was that prostitution is, in almost all cases, morally unacceptable.
I’ve never taken part in any combat as a participant.
I’ve given over 5500 GBP of humanitarian aid out in Donbass, to civilians – everything given to me for humanitarian purposes is always used exactly for that, I even add my own funds.
My drone’s never been used for ‘spying’, only for filming news footage. It’s a basic drone, can’t fly very high or far. I’ve always flown it to get the most interesting footage possible.
I’ve never filmed any child soldiers, there was one army cadet back in November, Andrei.
Ok, that’s it – surely no-one with an IQ above double digits believes any of the nonsense in that article? It’s written by a man, Rob Pulse, with a track record of getting absolutely everything wrong.
I won’t take any kind of legal action against this – despite the manifest defamations, falsifications, fabrications. I believe in freedom of speech, even if that be used as freedom to lie. Let this lie as a monument to how much my work bothers the ‘pro-Ukraine side’, and how far and low they are prepared to go to try to hurt me.
It doesn’t hurt me. The only people who’ll believe any of this are irredeemable idiots. You can like me or dislike me, but it should be for what I am – an indie journalist, who works for his YouTube channel. The weight of the ‘pro-Ukraine’ propaganda machine is being used against me, but if they think I can’t take that, they are even more wrong about me than everything in Pulse’s article.