Black Sea Security 2 (30)

Dear readers,

You hold the anniversary thirtieth issue of the Black Sea Security magazine. The second issue, which we’ve released without our Sevastopol colleagues Dmytro Shtyblykov and Oleksii Besarabov. Crimea - the Ukrainian peninsula in the Black Sea occupied by Russia, is in the focus of attention. It is there, in the occupied territory, Russia continues to prepare for a new throw of polyhybression ― multi-frontal aggression of a hybrid type against the West. The peninsula has already become the bridgehead for Russian interventions in the Middle East. 

To download the Black Sea Security magazine No. 30 (2) in English 


About militarization of Crimea, its scale and consequences read in the work of our partners from The Maidan of Foreign Affairs Fund specially for the Black Sea Security. The Crimean human rights group outlined another important aspect of the peninsula under occupation - the militarization of the social life in Crimea. In this issue, we pay particular attention to the Kremlin’s repressive policies towards dissidents, Crimean Tatars, and the brutal neglect of human rights by Russia.

The UN report, the key fragments of which we present in this issue, eloquently confirms the antihuman nature of the Putin regime. For us, it is obvious , as two members of the editorial board of the Black Sea Security were imprisoned by the occupants on their native Crimean land from November 9, 2016.In this issue, our retrospective view is presented by D. Shtyblykov’s article, published in 2008 on the pages of our magazine under the eloquent and prophetic titled “RussianGeorgian conflict. Is Ukraine the Next?”. Clearly, there is truth in the saying that a prophet is not without honor save in his own country... We hope that by the joint efforts with the assistance of the international community our colleagues will meet their next birthdays on the land of Freedom, in Ukraine.

In this issue, we put materials devoted to protecting Kremlin’s political prisoners who are deprived of their liberty in the occupied territory and in the materialized Mordor of the modern world – in Russia. The problem of human security in the coordinate system “Human Security vs. National Security” is also analyzed. In Ukraine, the doctrine of the totalitarian Soviet heritage, “the security of the state - above all,” still dominates the notion of human security, which is an obstacle to the development of a coherent system of protection aimed at both individuals and society. Natalya Belitser from the Pylyp Orlik Institute for Democracy reveals an actual topic.

Of course, we could not ignore the Trimarium Initiative a new Polish-Croatian version of the long-standing idea of Intermarium, presented in September at the “Central European Davos” - the International Economic Forum in Krynica. We publish with courtesy of the author, a wellknown Polish expert, advisor to Polish Foreign Ministry, Przemysław Żurawski vel Grajewski his program article „Trimarium: A View from the North.”

In addition, another ambitious project, which deal with the Black Sea region, namely the Chinese “Belt and Road Initiative” is analyzed through the Ukrainian-Serbian expert view. A rather unexpected view, because there is little in common with Ukrainian and Serbian approaches to key international issues. However, we managed to do this.

We also have not neglected the analysis of the Turkish policy in the Black Sea region. Famous Armenian experts David Shahnazaryan and Ruben Megrabyan presented the view on the actual problems of the South Caucasus in the context of Russian expansionism. Certainly, in the magazine there is a traditional review of foreign sources on the actual issues of the Black Sea security.

Finally, we offer short fragments of two important works: the essay of the book «Ukraine - Russia: War in terms of coexistence» by a well-known Ukrainian expert, сaptain I rank Hryhoriy Perepelytsia and an excerpt from a new book by the Center of Global Studies “Wars-XXI: Russia’s PolyHybression.» Also, we announce the book «Russia between fascism and disintegration» by the famous Russian researcher Yuri Fedorov, who received a refuge in the Czech Republic. The first article of the magazine is devoted to the state of affairs with the Ukrainian prisoners of the Kremlin in Crimea and Russia. We cannot ignore this topic, not only from purely Ukrainian motives - in the region of the Wider Black Sea, dangerous tendencies become more and more visible. In Russia, Turkey, and Azerbaijan, authoritarian regimes, which neglected freedom of speech and human rights, are intensified. Russia, as in the time of the USSR, tries to be ahead of the whole planet, and especially in the persecution of Ukrainian citizens. Freedom of the Ukrainians, who repeatedly destroyed the totalitarian Russian empires, gives rise to the fear of the Kremlin. The latter strengthens repressions against Ukrainian citizens, not realizing that this only brings about the collapse of the ruling kleptocracy. Our mission is to bring the day when the Russian Mordor disappears from the world map.

Mykhailo Gonchar, Acting Editor-in-chief of the Black Sea Security magazine,

President of the Centre for Global Studies Strategy XXI, Director on Energy Programs of the NOMOS Centre (2006-2014)

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