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Desantdocent Johan Bäckman

October 23, 2009

Johan Bäckman have been called a Russian propagandist and pops up like a jack in the box everywhere in Finland and Estonia (well, not anymore. There is currently a Estonia travel ban on him) if there is anything with connections to Russia.

Bäckman lived and worked in St. Petersburg from 1993 to 2004 and is fluent in Russian. In 2000 he opened a scientific research centre there called ”Johan Beckman Institute”, specialised in publishing books about Finnish-Russian war history in several languages. Bäckman have been a popular commentator in Russian national television, radio and press, often underlining Finnish and Estonian Russophobia and accused them of re-writing history and being anti-Russian. Bäckman is against the position of the Finnish president Tarja Halonen that Finland waged the Continuation War against the aggression of the USSR. Bäckman claims Finns participated in the Siege of Leningradactively and asked Hitler to destroy the city, planning to create ”Greater Finland” consisting of Finland, Karelia, Leningrad, Northern Sweden and Norway, and Estonia.  Bäckman have critisized Finnish “nationalists’ ” attempts to return the territories lost in the Paris Peace Treaty. In March 2002  during a military historical festival dedicated to the end of the Winter War, in Suojärvi, in the Russian Republic of Karelia, Bäckman made a sensational claim that the modern authorities of Finland propagated the idea that the Russian people is genetically inferior and expected Russia to collapse in about twenty years. Collapsing states seems to be Bäckmans speciality, in connection with the Bronze soldier issue Bäckman said that this was the end of Estonia as an independent nation and that Estonia would collapse within 15 years. As you see, Bäckman seems to be hallucinating but this is indifferent to him and the ones in Moscow that pays him for spreading the word.

Bäckman have gained wide publicity in Estonia for denying the Soviet occupation during 1940-1941 and 1944-1991: “In my opinion speaking or writing of Soviet “occupation” should be criminalised as a form of racist propaganda. I demand five years prison sentence to everyone who dears to say Estonia was “occupied” by Soviet Union.” You don’t wonder about the travel ban anymore…In the opinion of the Estonian counter-intellegence agency Kaitsepolitseiamet, Bäckman is a Russian propagandist spreading disinformation which is similar to the claims Moscow is making. In March 2009 Kaitsepolitseiamet said that Bäckman is a communist who maintains close friendship with well-known Finnish neo-nazi Risto Teinonen, both of whom know the former KGB agent residing in Estonia Vladimir Ilyashevich (Bäckmans publisher), all of them being linked with the young Muscovite historian Alexander Dyukov. In the assessment by Kaitsepolitseiamet, both Bäckman and Teinonen are likely to be part of a FSB operation directed from Moscow through Ilyashevich. Another intresting friend of Bäckman is the leader of the Finnish Islamic Party “Abdullah” Tammi, former KGB agent in Finland.

Bäckman have denied he is a communist but at the same time he has said he admires the Finnish pro-Soviet, Taistolaisuus movement of the 1970s.

The latest case Bäckman popped up in was in connection with Rimma Salonens court case. Rimma, a Balticrussian from Estonia, “kidnapped” her son Anton away from his Finnish father Pekka (who had the legal custody) and fled to Russia. Motherly love? Maybe, but the fact is that she left an older son of her behind in Finland. In Russia Rimma managed by false witness fake signature give her son a Russian citizenship so that he could not be extracted to Finland. Despite the work of Finnish lawyers and diplomats who together had all evidences and an undisputed legal right on their side, admitted by Russian legal institutions, the Russians stalled and did not act to send Anton back to Finland. This summer the Finnish diplomat did the only right thing and smuggled Anton and his father in the trunk of his car back into Finland. Bäckman seized the opportunity to cry out over the unfair Russophobic treatment of Rimma and touted that she was threatened with a six year sentence by the Tampere court!

Bäckman is a main contributor for the Finnish anti fascist organization http://antifasistit.blogspot.com/. A organization that only increases Russofobia with their deranged writings and Putinism.

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Only the Russian lie is true

October 21, 2009

There was a documentary broadcasted on Finnish television a couple of weeks ago. The documentary examined how history is perceived in Russia, the Baltic countries and Ukraine. One Moscow politician, Sergei Markov put it very blunt basically saying: we want to spread the Russian version to Europe and primarily the Baltic states and Ukraine.
Infact, he said there will be war if Europeans do not accept the Russian version.

What is the Russian version then? Very much the Soviet version. Unfortunately. Every country with selfrespect have dealt with their past. For instance South Africa had a truth comission, Australia is increasingly admitting crimes comitted against its Aborigines, Germany have dealt with its nazi past. In Finland the Continuation war and the Civil war is always up for discussion.

But official Russia 2009 closes its eyes to the crimes comitted against humanity. There have even been a rally to defend genocide and even honour Stalin by saying it was necessary to build a strong Russia (20 million dead in WW2 and another 20 million by terror). In Russia they stage parades were warcriminals that raped, killed civilians and children march as “heroes”. In the program good old Soviet partisans accused people, Ukrainian partisans that only fought for the survival of families and independence, for being fascists.
The truth is that Russia have passed a law making it illegal to speak too truthfully about Soviet warcrimes.
There is even a comission working with printing the official Russian version in various languages to be spread in the Baltic states and Ukraine. This comission engages in history revision systematically and is backed by the government.
It is a good reason to be sceptical about Russia and admit that it is the single state that still poses a threat to a number of nations in Europe.

A country which have not dealt with it’s past does not have a future.

A country which still subscribes to lies and cultivates myths will invent new myths and lies.

A country which have not acknowledged it’s responsibilty in causing previous wars, occupation and exploitation of other countries will inevitably cause new wars, occupations and exploitations.

A country which still recruits it top political elite who are from the ranks of those or who are being indoctrined by those who served the previous corrupt and criminal state remains a corrupt and criminal state.

To freely cite Anna Politkovskaya; Russia acts like a mafia led police state. Russia have never dealt with the people responsible for comitting crimes against it’s own people too. Very few people have ever been made responsible for the communist terror which I think is a sign of having little intrest in becoming a normal state where transparency and responsibility is the core of all official work.
Instead – close your eyes people! And let the trans-Siberian train speed ahead to new troubles. The staff is the same.