Social Impacts & Russophobia as a Result of the Russian-Ukrainian War

Belgrano

Ostrich
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Ukrainian man stabbed for ‘being Russian’ after bizarre translation test at Brooklyn bar

An enraged Ukrainian man stabbed a compatriot for speaking Russian at a Brooklyn bar in a booze-fueled spat that’s now being investigated as a hate crime, The Post has learned.

Andrii Meleshkov, who was born and raised in Eastern Ukraine and has a Russian mother, said he was at Signature karaoke bar in Sheepshead Bay celebrating a friend’s birthday last Monday when Oleg Sulyma, 31, sat down at his table and started hurling “profanities” at him and his buddies.

“You look Russian,” Sulyma, who is Ukrainian, sneered, according to prosecutors.

Meleshkov, a 36-year-old truck driver who left the Eastern Europe locale and moved to Brooklyn in 2015, insisted that he was Ukrainian but Sulyma didn’t believe him.

“We switched to Ukrainian in order to calm him down but it was getting him more and more agitated and he started asking us to translate words to prove that we’re Ukrainian,” Meleshkov told The Post.

Sulyma demanded Meleshkov and his friends say the word “Palianytsia”
— a type of Ukrainian domed bread — that native Russian speakers have difficulty pronouncing because of its combination of vowels and consonants, according to prosecutors and Meleshkov.

“If you get it wrong, I’ll have my way with you,” warned Sulyma, according to prosecutors.

Meleshkov, whose parents are currently hiding in a basement in Zaporizhzhia to escape the Russian army’s onslaught, said the word as he attempted to pay the bill and leave but Sulyma just kept getting “angrier and angrier,” the alleged victim claimed.

Prosecutors say Sulyma grabbed two beer bottles that were on the table, smashed them together and turned toward Meleshkov and threatened: “I’m getting ready to kill you.”

“He grabbed sharp shards of glass from the broken bottles and he started advancing towards us and we realized that he’s serious and he’s going to start to slash us,” Meleshkov recalled.

“Everything happened in the blink of a moment. I thought that I was going to quickly get up and push him away and run away but then he lunged and I felt that he hit me in the neck.”

Meleshkov “realized something horrible had happened” when he saw blood streaming down his arm from slash wounds to his cheeks, ears, temple and neck that eventually required 17 stitches.

“I was screaming to call the police and the medics … everything was covered in blood and it was just insanity going on,” he recalled.

“I got lucky … the paramedics told me it’s my second birthday because the wound that was on the left side on the neck, it came really close to the carotid artery.”

Meleshkov took Sulyma to the ground and then “sat on top of him,” putting his elbow on his neck to stop him from attacking while he waited for police.

Sulyma, a construction worker who’s lived in Brooklyn for more than 12 years, was hit with felony hate crime charges and a slew of other raps, including menacing, harassment and criminal possession of a weapon.

But Sulyma’s attorney Arthur Gershfeld insisted at his arraignment last week that he’s also a victim and could’ve been “killed.” He said Meleshkov and his buddies left him intubated in the hospital.

“The simple fact of the matter is, this is a disputed argument between people and my client bore the brunt of it. He was the one who was pummeled, he was the one that was beaten up by three people and he was the one who sustained a collapsed lung, multiple stitches to his lip, multiple stitches to his eye, bruising all over his body,” Gershfeld said in court, according to a transcript of the proceeding.

“Had it not been for a friend that covered my client, then [Meleshkov] and his friends would have probably killed my client.”

Gershfeld later told The Post that his client’s injuries don’t make sense if Meleshkov was just defending himself and said Sulyma was in the hospital days longer than his alleged victim.

Hate crimes against Russians, or those who are perceived to have an allegiance to the country, have spiked globally since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine, data shows.

About 30% of the Ukrainian population speak Russian as their first language.

While the scourge is predominantly impacting Europe, a smattering of cases has been reported across North America, according to Professor Brian Levin, the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.

“The research shows … when there’s a conflict and violence overseas, we end up seeing reverberations here in the United States” in the form of hate crimes, said Levin, a former NYPD officer.


“We’re not talking a great wave yet and we’re really waiting for more data to come in … it’s a trickle but the longer these conflicts go on, the greater the chances that we’ll see an increase.

“The story is that we’re seeing it at all when in the past they were virtually non-existent.”

Levin said a combination of anger, stereotypes, a “hot-button war” and the presence of someone who appears associated with a conflict is the “perfect storm” that leads to acts of hatred.

“A dose of machismo along with the alcohol never ceases to help the evil move forward,” he added.

Meleshkov said he was left “distraught” over the incident and still can’t grasp that he was attacked for looking and speaking a certain way.

“I recommend to all the hot-headed people who are itching to fight to go to southern Ukraine to prove their uncompromising position,” Meleshkov said.

“Not in a Brooklyn restaurant, but on the battlefield.”
 

TruckDriver9

Woodpecker
The Russian ambassador drenched in red paint at the Soviet Soldiers' Cemetery /google translated from Polish news/


"Russian Ambassador Sergei Andreyev was drenched in red substance during an attempt to lay a wreath at the Cemetery-Mausoleum of Soviet Soldiers on Victory Day. There were scuffles. Earlier, someone wrote "Kill Putin" on one of the monuments. The inscription is made with blue and yellow paint. On May 9, the Russians celebrate Victory Day on the anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. In the capital, one of the memorials related to that period is the Soviet Soldiers' Cemetery-Mausoleum, where the Russian ambassador Sergei Andreyev and his associates appeared at noon. They wanted to lay a wreath. However, people protesting against Russia's invasion of Ukraine gathered in front of the cemetery. Demonstrators brought Polish and Ukrainian flags. They greeted the Russians with shouts: "fascists", "killers", "Putin ch ...".

People in the crowd tried to physically attack the ambassador, several people stretched their hands in his direction, but were pushed away by the men around him. At one point, the ambassador was covered with red paint on his face, reported Mateusz Szmelter
As the reporter added, in the end the wreath was not laid in front of the monument. - The delegation left a wreath under the tree. The protesters took it and threw its remains at the delegation, he described.

This is a violation of Polish law - what is happening here - commented Sergei Andreyev. When asked when Russia would withdraw from Ukraine, the Russian ambassador to Poland replied: - "When will the military operation be completed and its goals achieved." Then, according to the Russian propaganda message, he stated that the murder in Bucza "is a staging and provocation of the special services. It has been proven many times, but you did not want to listen" - he said. Asked if he believed what he was saying, he said: "I absolutely do, of course, because I have access to information that you do not have access to."
The ambassador was also asked how he felt wearing the symbolic blood of the Ukrainian nation. He downplayed it by saying that he was only wearing "syrup". When asked if it would be worth the Russian soldiers to die, he said that it was necessary to "secure Russia's security against NATO aggression". When asked if he was not ashamed, he replied: - "I am proud of my country and the president". - Immediately after the incident, the ambassador was surrounded by police forces, which allowed him to walk towards the car and drive away from the cemetery - reported Sebastian Napiera. - The protesters tried to circle the car, but it managed to drive away.
The reporter spoke to the protesters. He asked why they poured the red substance on the ambassador. - "This is to symbolize the blood of the Ukrainian nation shed by the Russians in Ukraine" - the participants of the assembly told him.
The Warsaw Police Headquarters issued a short statement on the incident on Twitter. "Before noon at the Mausoleum of Soviet Soldiers, we were forced to intervene. We will inform you about the details after the end of the activities" - it was reported.
(...)
Earlier, there were also several tensions between people gathered in the area of the necropolis. - Apart from the protesting Poles and Ukrainians, several anti-Ukrainian and pro-Russian groups also appeared there.
When they wanted to lay wreaths in front of the monument, protesters against Russian aggression in Ukraine prevented them. There were scuffles and fights. The police intervened - described Mateusz Szmelter."
 

TruckDriver9

Woodpecker
Another "incident" took place in Latvia, where people brought flowers to the memorial monument /decorated in ukrainian and latvian flags by the local government/ and municipal services of Riga removed them with a tractor



After that people came back in the evening with more flowers but were dispersed by the police



I guess similar "incidents" happened in other countries as well
 

Stoyan

Kingfisher
Orthodox
Latvians fought for the Bolsheviks during the Civil War, who served as stormtroopers for the Reds, massacred hundreds of Russian villages, and were instrumental at toppling the Russian Empire.

Latvians later fought on Hitler's side in WW2, and committed similar atrocities against the Ruskies.

That monument is not just a statue to the Liberators of Rigs, it is actually a quasi religious site. It represents the cult of the warriors, the heroic ancestors. It is a memory of the souls of the valiantly fallen, a very spiritual place. Such religious and historical vandalism has not been seen since the Civil War, when the Reds, Latvian divisions no small part, destroyed countless Russian Orthodox temples, many of which were hundreds if not thousands of years old. So Bolshevism is a fascist movement, and the Latvian deputies are fascists.
 
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