Brit in Crimea Film: Updates

I’m happy to say that work with the film itself is moving along well! I also, along with Les Scott, the Brit in Crimea himself, recently did an interview on Radio Sputnik –

https://sputniknews.com/radio_hard_facts/201704191052355832-what-happens-when-you-take-a-brit-to-crimea/

And you can watch the behind-the-scenes look at that here!

Plus, a little bonus clip here:

Lot more to come!

A Graham Newsletter (#25) East of Ukraine Nostalgia, Crimea, Latvia, DPR Tourism

It’s been both a week of intense activity in Donbass – from the first coal, and not only, trading with Russia, new DPR-designed roadheaders (I’ve been covering that all on my Twitter), and, sadly, continued Ukrainian shelling (see Patrick Lancaster, on the scene, for full coverage of that).

Also, I can say it’s been a week of some nostalgia for myself, as this week, 3 years ago, I’d set off from Odessa to see the situation in the east of Ukraine, as it was then, for myself. Driving, sleeping in the car for a few hours many nights to save time, covering as much ground as possible and, for my own embryonic YouTube channel as it was, filming reportage of things, just as they were! This week I did a few pull-togethers of reportage, here on the Truth Speaker, of things as they were –

Click here for full reportage, Donetsk, March 12th, 2014, here’s a couple: 

From Kharkov, March 14th: 

And, of course, Crimea, March 16th:

Of course, looking back to Latvia, from 2016, it’s a difference form of ‘nostalgia’ – I’d gone to spend a month reporting from Latvia, yet on the 3rd day, the authorities objected to my coverage of the march there honouring Nazism, deported me, banned for 3 years.

Here is my reportage from that day, March 16th, 2016 – 

They then pursued me with various letters describing my ‘misdemenours’ (in Latvian, so I really had no idea what they were saying), culminating in an 8-page document, which, after listing all my supposed wrong-doings (I asked people at a march honouring Nazism why they were doing that), then said they wanted 150 Euros from me!

Things all got a bit surreal on March 16th itself, when Ukrainian media, and not only, wrote the story of my being detained, and deported, at the Waffen SS veteran march, as if it had been March 16th, 2017 rather than 2016!  Groundhog Day…

This led to my receiving a lot of worried messages, and my own wondering if this was Latvia’s latest attempt for 150 Euros from me!

As it was, I was far away from Latvia. And indeed, being a tourist – in London, no less, and here I present you with my latest reportage from there, as a ‘DPR tourist’, no less, featuring a couple of special guests!

 There’s a bit more to come from the UK, not only London, and then, I’ll be on the road back to Donbass, via some interesting places en route!

Once more, a massive thanks to all of you who support my work, and make all kinds of reportage possible, in all kinds of places! The main thing is, it’s always independent, objective, and completely crowdfunded! To be a part, click here –

https://www.paypal.me/grahamwphillips

Of course, your support also goes towards here, the Truth Speaker, and the many articles, providing information, debunking fakes, as here –

‘Russian Tanks in Ukraine’: Tony Blair’s ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’ for our times

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/03/14/russian-tanks-in-ukraine-tony-blairs-weapons-of-mass-destruction-for-our-times/

And don’t worry, none of your support goes towards propping up the Latvian economy 😉

Look out for lots more to come soon! Best for now!

Crimea: March 16th, 2014 – As It Really Was

Graham Phillips

3 years ago, I was living in Odessa, however I’d embarked on a tour of east Ukraine, as it then was, covering some 5000km in a week, at the wheel, to see for myself how things were, at a time when it felt like everything was falling apart in Ukraine. More about that here –

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/03/12/my-reportage-from-donetsk-12th-march-2014/

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/03/14/my-video-reportage-from-kharkov-14th-march-2014/

The culmination was Crimea, on referendum day, and here’s my video reportage from that day!

Arriving: 

A polling station: 

The streets of Simferopol: 

The parliament itself, Simferopol:

A look at Russia, and Ukraine, in Crimea: 

Speaking to Crimean Tatars – 

And, to finish this on another electoral note, another polling station:

And that’s just how it was! It was a referendum which supported the overwhelming wishes of Crimeans. Some Crimean Tatars were unhappy, and I covered that, yet their leaders, media, had told them to feel this way.

3 years on, it’s a different story – Survey claims most Crimean Tatars satisfied with living in Russia – and as for the referendum, in polling stations everything was in order, there were no ‘little green men’, there was no ‘voting under the gun’ – that’s all nonsense from people who weren’t there, and don’t want to know the truth. I went there, just because I wanted to know the truth, and for you to know it too.

10 Reasons pro-Ukrainians don’t like me….

Graham Phillips

Anyone interacting with me on Twitter invariably finds themselves swamped by spammers levelling all sorts of abuse at me. These accounts are, as they would call themselves ‘pro-Ukrainian’. So, why don’t ‘pro-Ukrainians’ like me? Here are 10 reasons:

1. They want you to think that Euromaidan was the ‘Revolution of Dignity’ etc, but I reported the truth about Euromaidan – 

2. They can’t just claim my reportage is ‘Russian propaganda’ (as is their habit), without sounding a bit ridiculous. I had a short, fairly acrimonious relationship with RT in late 2013 to July 2014, did some work for the Zvezda channel until February 2015. So, for over 2 years, I’ve had no affiliations with any media outlet, from any country – my journalism is real, independent journalism.

3. I’ve been there from the start, reporting real information from places they wanted you to believe disinformation from . Euromaidan, Donbass, Crimea.

4. I’ve stayed with these places, bringing you the stories they don’t want you to see. The reality of Crimea (in which I’ve filmed hundreds of videos of reportage, made several films). I’ve extensively covered Donbass and told the story they don’t want you to know – Ukrainian killing has killed thousands of civilians there –

5. Almost no other western correspondent has reported any of the above. And ‘pro-Ukrainians’ are enraged that I have, and do.

6. People watch my workover 60 million views on my own YouTube channel alone, from almost every country in the world which has internet.

7. I produce a lot – over 4500 videos on my YouTube channel, plus articles, and more.

8. I’ve never been caught out in a lie, or fabrication. I don’t do that. There’s nothing to discredit my work.

9. The stakes are high. ‘Pro-Ukrainians’ want to present an unblemished image of their country, to speed their ‘European integration’, get more IMF funding, and on…

10. But, my work punctures that carefully constructed illusion of Ukraine. It reports the truth, just as it is. And, ‘pro-Ukrainians’ don’t like the truth. In fact many of them even loathe it. And if you’ve interacted with me on Twitter, they may well be trolling you now!

A Graham Newsletter (#23) New Reportage Coming, Crowdfunding SOS

Graham Phillips

Along with recent video reportage from the UK, and London (where I’ll be filming special reportage to mark Women’s Day tomorrow), as well as many articles here on the Truth Speaker, I’m pleased to announce I’ll be filming reportage from a special, surprise, place this month, before setting off back to Donbass, via reportage from across Europe, and Serbia en route!

As you know, all of my reportage is crowdfunded, and there’s now only a few hours to go of my latest crowdfunder, here – 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/3-months-of-objective-independent-journalism#/

And it’s quite a bit below target, so if you can be involved in keeping my completely independent journalism alive, now’s the time!

Of course some of you have made donations by Paypal
– https://www.paypal.me/grahamwphillips

So, we don’t need to reach the full 100% on Indiegogo, but there’s a way to go! Here’s a reminder at some of what your support has made possible recently:

Having a closer look at the Ukrainian Embassy in London, while investigating a murder in Ukraine:

A visit to what transpired to be a Ukrainian propaganda event, at the LSE – 

Many articles here, on the Truth Speaker: 

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/03/05/crimea-3-years-on-in-tweets-and-article/

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/03/06/boris-isnt-fooling-british-people-anymore/

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/03/03/crimea-russia-and-to-rage-against-the-uk-propaganda-machine/

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/03/01/boris-johnson-and-ukraine-bingo-the-hit-new-game/

And I’ve also released the first bonus video clips of our upcoming film, A Brit in Crimea (on his holidays), featuring ‘Brits in Rostov’, to coincide with Manchester United playing there this week, and all the scaremongering that’s already started in the western media about that. More on that theme to come: 

So, much more to come in general, from lots of places, and it’s all possible thanks to your support! 

Crimea 3 Years On, in Tweets (and Article)

Graham Phillips

3 years ago, I’d just returned to Odessa, where I lived, from my first trip to Crimea. I went there, at no one’s behest, working for no one, quite simply, to see for myself the truth of what was happening there.  Here are a look back at some tweets, and an article, from the time, just as it was.

In February, I was watching Crimea, tweeting about Crimea, as the peninsula rose up against Maidan, and the unelected government it put in place in Ukraine:

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But, I always believe in going somewhere for yourself, so it was, on February 27th, of my own volition, neither working for anyone, nor being paid by anyone for it, I set off the some 460km from Odessa, to Simferopol!

The next few tweets up, and a few things to note, I wrote a lot of blogs on the go, and refer to them here, that site I let the domain expire, read more here. Also, I’m trying to cover every angle, because there’s no question there was Russian military intervention in Crimea, and I reported on that. Yet, when I went to Crimea, I saw that any such action entirely reflected the wishes of the vast majority of the people there. Before I went, I was still using the hashtag #Ukraine for Crimea, because, like any western person, and one who’d lived in Ukraine for 2 years before, before actually going there myself, I indeed thought of Crimea as Ukraine –

screenshot-1288 screenshot-1290As for getting into Crimea, by the way, despite what was being put out at the time at how ‘inaccessible‘ Crimea was, it was really easy to enter, even in a car with no registration plates as I had (they’d recently been stolen).
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And when there, this is what I saw, and tweeted:

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And in Sevastopol itself, and the large concert taking place in the square:

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At this time in Crimea, it was important, as a journalist to note two things – there was indeed, clearly Russian military presence there. Yet, that reflected the wishes of the overwhelming majority of people there.
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So, this time 3 years ago, I’d already returned from Crimea, written, and had published, an article for Politico magazine about my time there. Ok, I didn’t choose the title, or the photo, and they added the bit about Crimean Tatars themselves, however, apart from that, it pretty much came out as it was.

And, Crimea was pretty much the end of that time where people still entertained the concept of the objective journalist. If you reported, as I reported – i.e. things as they actually were, you got put in the ‘pro-Russia‘ camp. But incidentally, those who reported the other side, well a few were there, such as Daniel Sandford  of the BBC and Simon Ostrovsky of Vice, and they dutifully did the job they’d been sent to do – make sure the position of western governments was represented in mass media.

Yet most of those crying ‘annexation’ etc were simply not there. I know, for I was there, and they were nowhere to be seen. What I saw, from Crimea at the end of February, start of March 3 years ago, is all above in tweets, and article.

Crimea, Russia and to Rage against the UK Propaganda Machine

Graham Phillips

I’ve been back in the UK for over a month now, and in that time, I’ve come to understand a few things better, especially the meaning of Orwell’s phrase that the future is ‘a boot stamping on a human face forever’.

But that’s hardly where the Orwell references end. Because in the UK it’s works a truly Orwellian-style propaganda machine, designed to keep the populace in eternal suspension of the purported threat of, of course – Russia! 

There’s Boris Johnson over in Kiev, churning out an incessant slew of anti-Russian rhetoric, without any substance to back it up, but because it’s anti-Russian, it’ll naturally be accepted unquestioned:

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What we do have, of course, is Boris meeting ‘Crimean Tatars’ and condemning Russia’s ‘illegal annexation‘ of Crimea…

screenshot-1307Yet this provided without any context whatsoever. Russia’s ‘illegal annexation‘ of Crimea came about after a referendum there, which came about after a violent overthrow of government in Ukraine, Euromaidan. Yet, Euromaidan is exalted in the UK, events at eminent establishments are held in its honour, and dissenting from the narrative is not condoned –

Euromaidan is so important because the whole house of cards rests on it. It must be purported that Euromaidan was good. Because then it can be sustained that Crimea, and Donbass, are ‘bad’, and ‘Russian aggression’. And the situation in Crimea must be made out to be ‘bad’ (as it always is), with particular focus on the Crimean Tatars and their supposed repression.

In the above Crimean Tatar photo, it looks like Crimean Tatar figure Mustafa Dzhemilev, self-appointed ‘leader of Crimean Tatars‘, who supported Euromaidan tatarsin Crimea, left in 2014 for Kiev, and has provided an endless source for western media of reports of repression, persecution etc against Crimean Tatars in Crimea, despite himself not having been there for some 3 years now.

In Crimea, some are puzzled why Dzhemilev has never attempted to return to the peninsula, most accept that he has found a lucrative stream in Kiev, endlessly reciting how ‘repressed’ his people are, to eager audiences who ensure he is well remunerated for his suffering.

Yet in Crimea, Dzhemilev is regarded by most Crimean Tatars as a traitor to his own people:

And, as here, my reportage, while you can find Crimean Tatars who will tell you they preferred life under Ukraine, they are in the minority, and more, feel free to express that opinion:

But, none of this must be allowed to reach mainstream media. There, it can only be a wall of ‘blame Russia’, that’s become so much of a meme the Russian Embassy in the UK regularly joke about it –

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What are the Ukrainian Embassy doing, meanwhile? Pumping out a relentless stream of tweets blaming Russia for everything…

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screenshot-1264screenshot-1252And they are fully supported by the UK in doing this, the UK’s own embassy ever happy to tweet, retweet anything, as long as it’s pro-Ukrainian, and by default, anti-Russian. Ukraine really is an incredibly convenient country for those looking for a stick with which to beat Russia, so much so that all are willing to turn a blind eye to the manifest problems with, and in, Ukraine –

And when it’s not Ukraine, there’s always a subculture of Russia which can be passed off as Russia, look at Reggie Yates’ recent ‘yoof’ style series on BBC, Extreme Russia, simply a chance to go round exposing all that’s bad about the country, safe in the knowledge that no one over here will either disagree, or seek to present the other side.

So, that’s the reality as we have it, walls, and waves of anti-Russian propaganda. And nowhere’s safe, not even sport, this is how the BBC are portraying the upcoming World Cup in Russia:

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Of course there are those in the UK who can see behind the lies, and the masks, to the truth. But you have to really want to. You are faced with a colossal propaganda machine in the UK, to lie down is to let it simply stamp all over you. To stand against it, you have to be be prepared to, as things are now, stand almost alone.