The Wall Street Journal’s front page featured a ridiculous propaganda piece that appears designed to counter the growing number of videos of Ukrainian soldiers rebelling against their chain of command. Matthew Luxmoore’s story, Documents Reveal Hundreds of Russian Troops Broke Ranks Over Ukraine Orders, sheds little light on the war in Ukraine but exposes the desperation of the propaganda campaign.
Here is a succinct summary (you owe me for sparing you the pain of reading his crappy prose):
Russian soldier Albert Sakhibgareev, 24 years old, was ordered to Russia’s Belgorod Region on 8 February for military exercises. When the Special Military Operation kicked off on 24 February, Sakhibgareev went AWOL. Guess what happened to him in Gulag Russia?
Military prosecutors eventually reached Mr. Sakhibgareev and his mother by phone and persuaded him to return to service. They allowed him a transfer to another base, one far from the front lines.
Oh my God!! Can you imagine such a horrible fate? Just goes to show what heinous monsters the Russians are. They gave an AWOL soldier due process and let him return unmolested to another unit away from the frontlines. OH THE HUMANITY!! (Forgive my sarcasm.)
At least Luxmoore reports accurately on the potential punishment Sakhibgareev faced:
Russian law calls for penalties of up to 10 years in prison for service members who abandon sworn duties. Deserters can be spared criminal charges if they can prove they acted under immense pressure or had personal issues that prompted them to flee. Service members also have a right to refuse orders they believe are illegal.
When you compare the treatment that Sakhibgareev received with that dispensed on the so-called insurrectionists now imprisoned in the United States for the audacity of walking into the U.S. Capitol on 6 January 2021, makes one reconsider the conventional wisdom that Russia is an authoritarian hell hole and the United States is the bastion of freedom. In fact, the United States has more people in prison than Russia by a significant factor.
Luxmoore insists on recycling the tired, discredited talking points that Russia is getting whipped in Ukraine:
Russia’s army stumbled badly early in its invasion of Ukraine and suffered thousands of casualties and the loss of an estimated quarter of its deployed military hardware, a senior Pentagon official said in April. Desertions and insubordination among soldiers, Interior Ministry troops and members of the National Guard are compounding the problem.
This is one more example of the psychological phenomena of “projection.” Luxmoore attributes to Russia the very problems that are enervating the Ukrainian army. There now are more than a dozen videos of rebellious Ukrainian soldiers abandoning their posts. There are no comparable videos with Russian soldiers doing the same.
But that fact does not stop Luxmoore from doubling down with the evidence free claim that the Russian military is melting down:
Western intelligence agencies say there is broad evidence of chaos and disorder among Russian forces in Ukraine. A senior U.S. defense official told reporters last month that Russian “midgrade officers at various levels, even up to the battalion level…have either refused to obey orders or [are] not obeying them with the same measure of alacrity that you would expect an officer to obey.”
I wonder if he means the chaos at the Azovstal steel plant where more than 2500 Azov former fighters “evacuated” into Russian prisoner of war camps? Maybe he is referring to Russia capturing Liman and Popasna? Just where exactly are these steely-eyed U.S. defense officials seeing “chaos and disorder?”
And there is a new voice joining the propaganda choir–the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Program aka OCCRP. The OCCRP’s April report insisted that the Russian military is plagued with “low pay, corruption and hazing of new service members [that] continues to undermine morale. In case you do not know, the OCCRP is funded by organizations tied to George Soros and the U.S. Department of State.
Thank God Almighty that the U.S. military is inoculated against corruption (SARCASM ALERT). The United States does not allow Generals and Admirals to retire from senior commands and then take up sweetheart jobs in the defense industry eager to sell overpriced weapon systems to the Department of Defense. Yep, no corruption there.
Here is a salient video that provides a great overview of the Urkainian/US propaganda campaign courtesy of HistoryLegends: