One of the most important events of the last week was the deployment of mass anti-Kremlin protests in the Far East. Thousands of locals are protesting against Putin.
Few people pay attention to the fact that the center of anti-Kremlin demonstrations was the territory of the Zeleny Klyn. It is absolutely wrong to interpret the current protests in the Far East as the beginning of an all-Russian revolution against the current regime. Russians today, due to their slavish mentality, are incapable of an effective struggle against the Kremlin.
The city of Khabarovsk was founded in the XIX century by a Ukrainian from Poltava region Yakiv Dyachenko. Mass Ukrainian colonization of the Far East began in the 1880s. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Ukrainians made up two-thirds of the region’s population, which they called the Zeleny Klyn. During the first liberation struggle, our compatriots in the Far East were overwhelmed by the revolution. They formed bodies of national self-government, their own military units and clearly stated their intention to unite the territory of the Zeleny Klyn with Ukraine.
The national activity of Ukrainians in the Far East was so strong that it forced the Bolsheviks to introduce Ukrainization in the region. However, as early as 1932, Moscow began a purposeful policy of assimilation of Far Eastern Ukrainians.
Unfortunately, during the 3 decades of independence, the leadership of Ukraine did not even think about awakening national feelings in our compatriots in Kuban, Eastern Slobozhanshchina, Zeleny Klyn and other Ukrainian historical territories. Many opportunities were lost to weaken Russia from the inside. Recent events show that Far Eastern Ukrainians have maintained their mentality, despite all the Kremlin’s efforts.
It is noteworthy that on the eve of the mass protests, the majority of the population of the Khabarovsk Territory ignored the “referendum” for the continuation of Putin’s presidency. Today, any weakening of our enemy is good news for Ukraine.