MP goes to Donetsk

Nov 2007
Prague, Czech Republic
Bit of a political scandal over here surrounding the decision of Zdeněk Ondráček, Communist Party MP, to visit the People's Republic of Donetsk, one of the separatist republics in eastern Ukraine. The Czech Republic, of course, does not recognise either republic, and most of the regime's officials are sanctioned by the EU.

Ondráček refuses to discuss the issue, saying this was a personal trip so it's no one else's business. Fair enough, you might think, the guy's entitled to a holiday. Even if you think this is an odd choice of destination.

Except, video has emerged of this 'personal' trip, in which he was no way intending to look like an official representative of the Czech Republic. He attended the independence day celebration. For some reason, I can no longer find the video online, but I did find the below still:

In the full video, he pulls up in a limo waving both the Czech and Donetsk flags, while a loudspeaker announces the arrival of the delegation of the Czech Republic. He emerges down the red carpet, as you see above, then stands while the Czech and Donetsk anthems are played - Czech and Donetsk flags being held aloft behind by soldiers in dress uniform.

But this is just a private visit, you understand. It's no one else's business.

The Man

Former Staff
Jul 2011

More full video:

There was some Slovak MP there also, guy named Peter Marcek or something like that

Long time pro-Russia dude, supports the retaking of Crimea, etc.

Here, Denis Pushilin (at very right, with beard), head of the Donetsk Republic, shows off an exhibition of the "achievements" of his Republic to heads of fellow pro-Russian breakaway states (left to right) Anatoli Bibilov, President of South Ossetia; Leonid Pasechnik, head of the neighboring Lugansk Republic; and Valery Bganba, Prime Minister of my own old homeland, Abkhazia

Pushilin also welcoming the Governor of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov and Natalia Poklonskaya, who became famous as the beautiful and ruthless head Prosecutor in Crimea, post-2014, mercilessly hunting and arresting pro-Ukraine elements on the Peninsula; and now represents Crimea in Russia's national parliament, Duma, in Moscow

Poklonskaya later posing with separatist soldier at the exhibition


She was probably the biggest celebrity there lol

Though, there was also Alexander Zaldostanov, the head of Putin's favorite biker gang, Night Wolves

More about those guys, at length, here: Night Wolves (Putin's bikers) stormed Macedonian parliament

Very interesting crowd, all in all, for European politicians to be hanging out with, for sure lmao
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Nov 2007
Prague, Czech Republic
Very interesting crowd, all in all, for European politicians to be hanging out with, for sure lmao
I'm wondering if Ondráček and Marček knew what they were getting themselves into. Obviously they're being used for domestic propaganda; so they could pretend there were official political delegations from the west attending the event. But did they go as willing participants in the sham, or was this just their naivete?

Either way it's probably not a good career move from Ondráček. Even one of the deputy chairmen of his own party was on the radio the other day saying it was 'unfortunate' that he was letting himself be used for a propaganda event.
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