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4/11/2022

Report: More Than 121,000 Children Kidnapped By The Russian Government

Filed under: General — Dana @ 7:10 pm



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An unspeakable horror:

The Ukrainian Ombudswoman for Human Rights has said that the Russian government is crafting legislation to allow Russians to adopt Ukrainian children forcibly taken to Russia by military forces.

She has also stated that, so far, over 121,000 children have been “deported” by the Russian government.

In a statement on Facebook, Lyudmila Denisova said that the Russian Federation is changing legislation to allow “the accelerated procedure of adoption of children from Donbas.”

She added that Ukrainian officials have no information on the children that are allegedly being processed for adoption by Russians.

“Now the Russians, firing rockets and tanks at the homes of Ukrainian citizens, kill parents and kidnap our children in the occupied territories of East and South Ukraine,” she said.

This is fucking vile. And yet, Europe has seen something like this happen before:

Alodia Witaszek’s biological parents were still alive when she was kidnapped as a girl. In autumn of 1943, both she and her little sister were sent to a youth custody camp in Litzmannstadt, which is today Lodz, to become “Germanized.” The sisters were no longer allowed to speak Polish in the camp.

Countless Polish children experienced the same fate: The organized child robbery was part of the Nazi racial policy to turn “racially valuable” children from the annexed parts of western Poland into Germans. The youth welfare offices reported the children whose appearance they considered “Aryan.” Representatives of the health authorities conducted medical examinations of them, filtered out the children with “good blood,” who were then sent to a children’s home where they were forced to learn German and their names were Germanized.

Afterwards, the SS-initiated association Lebensborn took responsibility of them, handing over younger children to SS families for adoption, and sending older ones to “German home schools.” Over time, the children became increasingly robbed of their memories and their identity as they became Germanized.

In light of Putin’s despicable actions, there can be no doubt that President Biden was absolutely right when he said that “Putin has got to go”. This:

No free-world leader should hesitate to state plainly that the world would be a far better place if Mr. Putin were no longer in charge in Russia, and one way to help make that come about is to say it. Making it clear that Russia will be a pariah until Mr. Putin is gone is the best way to shake his support among elites, military commanders and ordinary Russians.

So who in Washington is calling the shots on Ukraine? If the Biden administration wants Ukraine to win, someone in the White House should say it and do what is necessary to make it possible. If the US is offering deals to Mr. Putin or pressuring Ukraine to accept anything less than sovereignty over 100% of its territory, we should know. Tactical ambiguity can be useful, but a lack of strategic and moral unity and consistency leads to catastrophe.

Mr. Putin’s Russia is a bankrupt gas station run by a mafia that prefers to spend its time and money in London and New York. Offering any carrots to these war criminals would set the stage for a return to the appeasement and corruption that brought us to this deadly phase. It would also shake the foundation of collective defense in the region. As Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks told me last week, “We are afraid not of Russian tanks, but of Western weakness.”

It’s impossible to imagine the terror and tears of 121,000 children wrenched from their homes and the arms of their parents. It’s equally impossible to imagine the panic, shock, and rage of the surviving parents of those 121,000 children.

–Dana

32 Responses to “Report: More Than 121,000 Children Kidnapped By The Russian Government”

  1. This is a genocide happening in Ukraine, in every way, shape, and form.

    Dana (5395f9)

  2. “The Jews went East.”

    Kevin M (38e250)

  3. Biden should come right out and say it: “The US puts $10 billion on Putin’s head, dead or alive.”

    Kevin M (38e250)

  4. China does this as well. Look forward to tbe responses.

    NJRob (3b6637)

  5. All the people evacuated to Russia – which may number several hundred thousand – have had their cell phones and their passports taken away.

    Putin evidently intends to break communications between anyone from Ukraine in Russia and their families in Ukraine. (not prohibiting it, but taking away their information)

    Sammy Finkelman (bfe3de)

  6. Obviously, there’s been some communication, or else they wouldn’t know that their passports and cell phones have been taken away. I suppose Russia intends to issue them new passports.

    Some defecting Russian soldiers, who have been told how to surrender, are being offered (after the war is over) $10,000 and the possibility pf Ukrainian citizenship – in the meantime, good prison conditions.

    Sammy Finkelman (bfe3de)

  7. China does this as well. Look forward to tbe responses.

    Monkey see, monkey do? But as Dana pointed out, the Russians do not need to travel that far. And before the Nazis, the Ottoman Empire did it with the Janissaries. But they had stopped it by 1816, I think.

    nk (1d9030)

  8. Utterly horrifying but about what you’d expect from an authoritarian ethno-nationalist regime.

    time123 (9f42ee)

  9. about what you’d expect from an authoritarian ethno-nationalist regime

    A regime that claims to be fighting against ethno-nationalists, which must be confusing to America’s natcon Putin apologists. Russia is a multi-ethnic empire whose rulers have aimed to strip away the identity of its constituent parts. Here’s a thread that tries to make sense of the “Russian nation” concept.
    A basic awareness of history suffices to show that the building of “the Russian people” involved some forcible imposition of Russianness. That’s not unusual in the development of any large political entity, of course. But some people appear to find the coercion in Russia’s history much less troubling, and less “corrosive,” than “globalization” that proceeds more on choice than on force.

    Over the centuries, Ukrainians refused to give up their national identity, and they were supposed to be truly Russian, though an inferior sort of Russian. The notion that Ukrainians are Little Russians is behind the insistence that they must naturally be ruled over by Great Russia. And if they refuse to submit, they should be exterminated.

    In the eyes of some radical American natcons, the great sin of the Ukrainians is leaning toward the liberal West instead of “traditional” Russia.

    Radegunda (823e7f)

  10. A look at Ukraine by a French intel officer… It is not what the MSM and NATO countries are telling us.

    Jacques Baud is a former colonel of the General Staff, ex-member of the Swiss strategic intelligence, specialist on Eastern countries. He was trained in the American and British intelligence services. He has served as Policy Chief for United Nations Peace Operations. As a UN expert on rule of law and security institutions, he designed and led the first multidimensional UN intelligence unit in the Sudan. He has worked for the African Union and was for 5 years responsible for the fight, at NATO, against the proliferation of small arms. He was involved in discussions with the highest Russian military and intelligence officials just after the fall of the USSR. Within NATO, he followed the 2014 Ukrainian crisis and later participated in programs to assist the Ukraine. He is the author of several books on intelligence, war and terrorism, in particular Le Détournement published by SIGEST, Gouverner par les fake news, L’affaire Navalny. His latest book is Poutine, maître du jeu? published by Max Milo.

    Horatio (f9a942)

  11. Is #10 just book spam? I don’t see anything there but a book blurb.

    Kevin M (38e250)

  12. So, do the American nationalists want to do this, too? Maybe with Canada? Certainly not with Mexico, which is sending its children gratis.

    Kevin M (38e250)

  13. @11 – No, it is a long and comprehensive article about the war and what led up to it…the Ukrainian government and it’s reliance upon ultra-right wing militias are not exactly saints and would give sinners a run for their money

    Try this link

    Horatio (3eadce)

  14. From the article:

    The dramatic developments we are witnessing today have causes that we knew about but refused to see:

    • on the strategic level, the expansion of NATO (which we have not dealt with here);
    • on the political level, the Western refusal to implement the Minsk Agreements;
    • and operationally, the continuous and repeated attacks on the civilian population of the Donbass over the past years and the dramatic increase in late February 2022.

    In other words, we can naturally deplore and condemn the Russian attack. But WE (that is: the United States, France and the European Union in the lead) have created the conditions for a conflict to break out. We show compassion for the Ukrainian people and the two million refugees. That is fine. But if we had had a modicum of compassion for the same number of refugees from the Ukrainian populations of Donbass massacred by their own government and who sought refuge in Russia for eight years, none of this would probably have happened.

    horatio (3eadce)

  15. I clicked the link @10. It’s a Putin apologist. And not trying to hide it. He’d make a good guest on the Evgeny Popov show.

    nk (1d9030)

  16. But if we had had a modicum of compassion for the same number of refugees from the Ukrainian populations of Donbass massacred by their own government and who sought refuge in Russia for eight years, none of this would probably have happened.

    Who, of course, are engaged in an insurrection and civil war against Ukraine, actively fomented by Russia.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  17. It’s not any different from Confederate revisionism of the Civil War, so I can see its appeal in some quarters.

    nk (1d9030)

  18. Who, of course, are engaged in an insurrection and civil war against Ukraine, actively fomented by Russia

    You mean like sanctuary cities/States in the US?

    Horatio (3eadce)

  19. I clicked the link @10. It’s a Putin apologist. And not trying to hide it. He’d make a good guest on the Evgeny Popov show.

    You mean like Zelensky apologists?

    HOratio (3eadce)

  20. The creator of Captain Blood was also a Cesare Borgia apologist. In an infinite universe ….

    nk (1d9030)

  21. Who, of course, are engaged in an insurrection and civil war against Ukraine, actively fomented by Russia

    You mean like sanctuary cities/States in the US?

    Horatio (3eadce) — 4/12/2022 @ 10:18 am

    No.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  22. RIP Gilbert Gottfried (67).

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  23. Monkey see, monkey do? But as Dana pointed out, the Russians do not need to travel that far. And before the Nazis, the Ottoman Empire did it with the Janissaries. But they had stopped it by 1816, I think.

    nk (1d9030) — 4/12/2022 @ 7:54 am

    You don’t even have to look that far. Native American tribes routinely kidnapped women and children during raids, often incorporating them as tribal members themselves after a period of hazing. “The Searchers” was based on one of the most famous kidnappings, the one of Cynthia Parker by the Comanches, while the scout Mickey Free, who helped capture Apache chiefs, was a Mexican but raised as an Apache after being taken by them as an adolescent. But that sort of thing had gone on long before Europeans arrived.

    Factory Working Orphan (2775f0)

  24. Shorter Horatio:

    Wifebeater: See what you made me do?!

    Kevin M (38e250)

  25. Horatio: Explain why sending in hordes of drunkard murderers into a city to rape and kill is something you’d defend. What “provocation” other than “We don’t want to have eff-all to do with Russia, which has committed genocide against us in the past” do you suggest went on?

    Why can they not freely associate with THE BETTER SYSTEM? Why do they have to remain part of a country that 90 years ago did its level best to starve them to death (although I expect you are also a Holodomor denier)? Why do they have to remain in a system that is sliding deeper and deep into a kleptocratic murderous czardom that has no respect for anything other than raw power?

    So that Putin feel safer? Eff that. Eff that in detail.

    Kevin M (38e250)

  26. Here’s an article about Ukraine’s military commander-in-chief which presents different facts and conclusions about Ukraine’s strategy, military capability, and preparedness, and contrasts them with Russia’s.

    nk (1d9030)

  27. Horatio —
    Putin and his allies have made it pretty clear that they don’t believe Ukraine should even exist as an independent nation. It’s also clear that they have designs on other currently independent nations as well. And there’s nothing in Putin’s actions to suggest that he cares at all whether ethnic Russians in other countries are living happily.
    If people in the Donbas really wanted to live under Putin’s tender care, what prevented them from moving to Russia? Did Putin have to displace millions of Ukrainians and kill tens or hundreds of thousands of them in order to rescue people in Donbas from having to live under a Ukrainian government?

    All indications are that Putin’s savagery has turned a lot of former Russian sympathizers into Ukrainian patriots – because there is one clear aggressor in the situation, and he is a sociopath, manifestly devoid of basic human empathy, as are many of those actively serving in his military.

    Trying to put the blame on Ukraine or NATO or the West is a symptom of moral bankruptcy.

    Radegunda (be9b16)

  28. Why can they not freely associate with THE BETTER SYSTEM?

    I’ve seen Putin apologists claim that the U.S. engineered “regime change” in Ukraine — back in 2014, when the people rose up against Putin’s puppet. Supposedly we were forcing “liberalism” upon people who really wanted some good old-fashioned Russian traditionalist autocracy. It’s a bizarre worldview.

    Radegunda (be9b16)

  29. Hitler based the Austrian Anschluss on uniting Germans, then proceeded to make the same claims on Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland, which the British “gave” him at Munich. I imagine that Putin doesn’t understand how Munich reverberates in the West, possibly because Stalin was a willing accomplice in Hitler’s initial expansion.

    Now he plays the same Hitler playbook and thinks that he’ll get the same response. He won’t. He has badly miscalculated and won’t live out the year.

    Kevin M (38e250)

  30. For most of my years people kept asking how the world allowed the holocaust to happen. Now we see how every day.

    asset (4122b6)

  31. A lot of Jews had issues with their God letting the Holocaust happen. Turns out that it was Man that did it. That, to me, is the big danger of Secular Humanism — religion may be wishful thinking but it at least has an ideal that isn’t Human.

    Kevin M (38e250)

  32. @31 both countries are christian and have padres with the troops.

    asset (940b41)


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