Hello once more!
Firstly, I’m glad to say that things have calmed down a bit since the last newsletter, which found me dealing with death threats, and more, from the Ukrainian side. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been pleased to focus more attention on work in Donbass, and less on processing a barrage of messages, online lynchmobs etc, threatening my instant demise.
I’ve been pleased to start a new series here, on this site, giving you all factual updates from the DPR, and LPR. You can read the first one here, about the upheaval in the LPR, as it was, and the second here, about the recent primary elections held here.
I’m also going to be starting another new series soon, when English subtitles are added to videos from a little back, which still have relevance, so look out for that! As for now, there are already English subs on a lot of new reportage – not to mention the videos in the above updates!
Firstly, I was delighted to present my new film from Lugansk, with Oleg Somov (who does the production, effects for my film projects), a Master Class here by legendary fighter Jeff Monson (English, or English subs) –
Also in Lugansk, I was pleased to have the opportunity to put some questions to the OSCE, at a press conference they did here –
In a world of high-gloss news production, in which news can so easily, and effectively, become propaganda, I like to take things back to basics, as much as possible. This reportage, doing exactly what western media have deliberately never done here, simply speaking to residents on the Gorlovka frontline, asking what they want (all English subs, thanks very much to Sergey Yermolayev for this, and many others) –
And this reportage, going to places other media won’t take you, to a buffer zone of the conflict in Donbass to find out exactly how it is there –
As well as keeping you updated with news, and facts from Donbass, I also like to bring you as close to life here as possible, for you to meet the people here. Here, Lakshmi, in Lugansk since 2011, from India –
And show you life here how it really is. Here, repainting Lenin in the LPR –
Here, Lugansk students –
And here, a demonstration against US, NATO military intervention in Donbass, in Lugansk –
My most recent special reportage, this, from the LPR, as a flare goes up, and a walk to Ukrainian positions to see what’s going on, and if the proposed weapon withdrawal will go ahead –
Of coure, this is the highlights, there’s been a lot more – and what reportage will come next? Well, I read the recent BBC article about prisons in the DPR and LPR being like ‘gulags’, with ‘torture’, ‘starvation’, and more. I even know the journalist who wrote it, a former colleague of mine from my time in Kiev, Patrick Evans. I also know that he’s never been here.
So, to see an article circulated everywhere, with the BBC sheen of credibility, when it’s actually just a rewriting of a report by yet another ‘human rights’ organisation, set up in Kiev to write reports damning the non-Ukrainian areas of Donbass, under the guise of forementioned ‘human rights’ organisation…. passed up the chain by a former colleague I enjoyed a friendly relationship with.
It’s an ungratifying thing. I detest lies, the BBC propaganda machine which makes them claiming someone I’d previously held in esteem. So, I went to spend a day in one of them, to report how it really is. The reality. Not a rewriting of a pro-Kiev press release by a shamefully pro-Kiev BBC, with a once journalist turned propaganda merchant. My prison reportage to come soon, photos from that here, along with much more. Huge thanks for being with me, and making it happen!