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This interview and the translation were kindly provided to Slavyangrad by the author of the article, Andrey Borodulin, who spent a few months in the epicentre of the Ukrainian conflict, following it from the very beginning up to the present day, and reporting from the ground under the pseudonym Krasnoschekov.

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French volunteer fighters for DPR: “We want to come back to Donbass soon and start an offensive”

This interview and the translation were kindly provided to Slavyangrad by the author of the article, Andrey Borodulin, who spent a few months in the epicentre of the Ukrainian conflict, following it from the very beginning up to the present day, and reporting from the ground under the pseudonym Krasnoschekov.


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Original article in Russian
Translation by Zina Hudyakova
Edited by Olga Luzanova & @GBabeuf


Being in Donbass, I heard about European volunteers fighting for the Militia, but I had no opportunity to meet them either in Donetsk or at the front. However, I managed to come across them in the centre of Moscow. At the metro station there were two men in military jackets waiting for me. One of them, who decided to hide his face from the camera—he introduced himself as Jean-Pierre—had a St. George ribbon on his sleeve. He has spent only a few days in Donetsk and does not consider himself a soldier yet. Jean-Pierre told me that he was of Russian origin, though he was born and grew up in France.

With him was Victor Lenta. He was wearing a camouflage winter jacket with a sailor’s vest under it. He is that very charismatic and smiling Frenchman of Colombian origin who appears in many photos with a long moustache and with a sniper rifle in his hands. Besides being the informal leader of the “soldier-internationalists”, he is also a field commander. It was with him that I mainly spoke.

 “We all consider ourselves to be not only volunteers but also revolutionaries”

Andrey Borodulin: How do you prefer people to call you, and which names applied by the mass media do you dislike?

Victor: In Russia, they often call me Poirot [a fictional Belgian detective, created by Agatha Christie -ed.] due to my moustache, and I am perfectly comfortable with that (laughs). People also call me “Commandant” in the war. Although I don’t mind being called simply by my name—Victor.

As for my group, we prefer to be called volunteers. I do not like the term “separatist”—in my opinion, it definitely has a negative meaning. Those fighting for Donbass are the defenders of their own land, while the real separatists are the Ukrainian Army trying to separate the population of this land from Russia, with whom the residents of Donbass are connected both historically and geopolitically.

Andrey: When did you learn about the crisis in Ukraine and when did you decide to go there?

Victor: I developed an interest in that as soon as the events—that false revolution—began on the Maydan Square. It is obvious to me that Maydan is a typical “colour” revolution, carried out according to Gene Sharp’s theory. Its concept is destabilisation and overthrowing regimes disagreeable to NATO and the USA.

At the very moment when I saw the people of Donbass starting to arm themselves to repel the established government in Kiev, I decided to go to this region. Along with my associates, we began to discuss the plan already in April, and made the final decision in May. We arrived at the site in June. Thus, it took us two months to get prepared.

Andrey: Were you previously acquainted with the people who set off along with you? Do any of you represent any movement?

Victor: All of us are members of the organization which I founded in Belgrade in January, 2014. Its name is the Continental Union. We all consider ourselves to be not only volunteers but also revolutionaries. The Continental Union is a geopolitical movement, based on Alexander Dugin’s works in many ways, as well as on respective principles of resistance.

Our organization has three primary concepts: geopolitical concept—proclaiming support of a multipolar world, anti-mondialism—the protection of traditional family and civilisation values, and the third concept includes revolutionary purposes where a revolution is truly public, aimed against the world oligarchy.

Andrey: That is to say the revolution against capitalism, right?

Victor: Yes, exactly. A lot is spoken nowadays about the result of World War II and about the “democracy that eliminated fascism.” But in the post-war world it wasn’t democracy and freedom which won. As a result, capitalism prevailed, which is no less evil than fascism.

Andrey: Do all the French who have come with you share the same views?

Victor: Yes, they do. Moreover, they have been “political soldiers” in France already for a long time.

http://slavyangrad.org/2014/11/30/french-volunteers-we-want-to-come-back-and-start-an-offensive/

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