A Graham Newsletter (#26) Brexit Day, London Attacks, Serbia, MH17, Scotland

Today is, of course, Brexit day, in all the UK, and I’ve just come back from Scotland, filming reportage there on the independence referendum, and wrapping up filming on upcoming documentary ‘Brit in Crimea (on his holidays)’.

As you will all be aware, the last week saw a terrorist attack in London, with the loss of four lives, and over 40 injured. In the first instance, I’d like to say a huge thanks to all of those of you who expressed your condolences. I was fairly nearby at the time, and rushed to the scene to film live reportage. Actually I’ll be doing a special, extended report on it over this week.

And it will be my final reportage before leaving London, for the next period of work. I’ve lived in this city for some 16 years, well remember the 2005 terrorist attack here, so of course, this new attack resonates, it’s painful. Yet, I also must compare it with my time as a correspondent in Donbass, and I remember at times days on end with death tolls higher than that of London on March 22nd, and no international outrage, pray for Donbass and on…

In modern times, London has survived the IRA, July 7th and now last Wednesday’s terrorist attacks, but there’s no question that almost all living in London, even the UK, have no idea what people in Donbass have been through. On the recent March for Europe, in London, I asked this man, from twin city of Donetsk, Sheffield, about Donetsk – he believed it to be in Russia –

I covered the March for Europe extensively, all my video reportage from there, here, 35 video interviews in total –

Interesting how many pro-EU marchers believe that the EU has ‘brought peace’, when of course last week marked 18 years since the EU-backed bombing of then-Yugoslavia. I wrote an article about that here, on the Truth Speaker, and thank you for the strong response to that! To make no mention of the EU-instigated war we all know too well about, in Donbass, where Patrick Lancaster reports today, as a woman killed by Ukrainain shelling.

Before returning, which I’ll do via the Netherlands, among other countries, I made this video for the MH17 investigation team: 

As for now, I’m preparing to leave the UK to return to Donbass, via a number of locations en route interesting for reportage. There’s a lot of that coming up, and there will be another newsletter soon.

Meanwhile, all the best, as ever, and forever thanks for your support of my work (for details on how to support, click here).

5 Real Differences Between Scottish and Crimean Referendums

The official UK Ukrainian Twitter feed, which reads as if it’s written by a 13-year-old pro-Ukraine radical, has recently been trumpeting this –

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All very convenient for a retweet. Sadly, complete gubbins – none of them were anywhere near Crimea at the time of the referendum. I was, and here’s the 5 real differences –

1. The Scottish referendum wasn’t held after a violent revolution (Euromaidan – pictured below) had installed a far-right government which had, as its defining aims the destruction of its history culture (from historical monuments to removal of Black Sea Fleet).


2. Euromaidan deposed an elected president, and government, voted for democratically by the people of Crimea, who emphatically did not support Euromaidan. Why should they have been forced to accept a terrorist coup? (More Euromaidan pictured)


3. Access to Crimea was free to anyone who wanted to observe the referendum. I entered in a car with no licence plates without any letter of journalistic accreditation.


4. Any oppression or intimidation came on the side of those who wanted to support Russia, but were not allowed to do so. Several Crimean Tatars expressed to me they had been warned their homes would be burned down if they voted for Russia. Some Tatars even tried to remove ballot boxes, there was no security to stop them, locals stopped them. However, some Tatars openly supported Russia.

5. There were no soldiers or guns at any of the polling stations. People voted freely, the result reflected the wishes of the vast, vast majority of Crimeans.