Aleksey Arestovich, former adviser to Zelensky and some of his views
In this post, I followed a lead from a TG channel Inessa S ️️
and learned much more about how some people in Ukraine perceive the situation.
In general, I think this post is more a "for the record"
Arestovich's presence on the Mirotvorets list is confirmed by Russian sources:
Recently resigned former adviser to Zelensky, Alexey Arestovich, says Russia tried to conduct a 'smart war', avoiding civilians, and gave the military a chance to surrender first.
And that much is true - Putin's 'Empire of Lies' address on February 24, 2022 (Inessa S ️️
) gave the Ukrainian military an opportunity to leave unscathed.
Having recently been placed on Mirotvorets kill list, Arestovich's uncomfortable admissions (Inessa S ️️
) have made him an enemy of the Ukrainian state.
Экс-советник главы офиса президента Украины и бывший пресс-секретарь делегации Киева в контактной группе по Донбассу Алексей Арестович попал в базу данных... РИА Новости, 20.01.2022
Политика обвинили в дискредитации госорганов власти Украины.
Бывший советник офиса президента Украины Алексей Арестович попал в базу данных «Миротворца» после своей отставки с поста. На сайте опубликовали кадр из фильма «Не бойся, я рядом» (2012), на котором политик переодет в женщину.
Советник главы офиса президента Украины Алексей Арестович попал в базу сайта «Миротворец» за участие в «актах гуманитарной агрессии» против своей страны. Активисты «Миротворца» охарактеризовали Арестовича как «профессионального провокатора», который занимался дискредитацией государственных...
Lenta wrote if translated:
Mirotvorets say about themselves:
Adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Oleksiy Arestovich
was included in the database of the website " Mirotvorets "for participating in" acts of humanitarian aggression " against his country. His dossier on the project's website
was published on Thursday, January 20.
Peacemaker activists have described Arestovich as a "professional provocateur" who discredited state authorities and "demoralized" Ukrainian military personnel.
"We ask law enforcement agencies
to consider this publication on the website as a statement about the commission of deliberate acts against the national security of Ukraine by this citizen," the message under the dossier reads.
The Center" Mirotvorets " examines the signs of crimes against the national security of Ukraine, peace, security of humanity and international law and order in accordance with the current legislation of Ukraine and international legal acts ratified by our state.
Before informing us about an object whose actions contain obvious signs of committing crimes that are being investigated by the Center, please carefully read about interaction and cooperation with the Mirotvorets Center and click "Start".
In this case, the complaint is listed as having been filed by the SBU, which is not entirely impossible, at least the persons who wrote the text did a lot to dig out his activity. Below, I have translated some and commented on the assertions. It can be mentioned that Mirotvorets has not been a subject of much concern for the EU, UK, US and NATO, but neither have the signs of Nazism in Ukraine.
The article begins:
They should put Zelensky on the list ASAP, since his frequent public appearances in a heavily drugged state, should demoralize the UAF and discredits the UA state authorities and administration much more than Arestovich, who is more coherent.
Professional Provocateur. Public information sabotage in favor of the Russian invaders. Participation in acts of humanitarian aggression against Ukraine. Conscious participation in activities that undermine the defense capability of Ukraine by demoralizing the armed forces of Ukraine. Discrediting the State authorities and administration.
Assigned role: Speaker of the TCG and advisor on information policy to the head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Minsk Group, advisor to the head of the Office of the President, blogger, actor.
Nickname: Liusya, Russian propagandists call him Karamelka
He is also the organizer of the "Oleksiy Arestovich Charity Foundation" (suspended in 2017),
"AEGLS FLMZ" (92.11.0 Activities in the production of films, video films and television programs)
DRFO code: 2760821318
Date of birth: August 3, 1975
Place of birth: Georgia, Tsiteli-Tskaro (Dedoplistskaro)
It does not say when Arestovich came to Ukraine, but clearly he was as many others a Soviet citizen and was a teenager by the time of the collapse of the USSR. After the biographic details, follows a long list of instance where he, according to the people at Mirotvorets, did not measure up to their standard. In the following selection, I have skipped many complaints; the list is long and the number of screenshots for their sources is as detailed:
- 11.06.2022. On release of the program "Feygin " (11.06.2022) presidential advisor Oleksiy Arestovich stated that Ukrainians should not criticize authorities for granting citizenship to the Russian citizen Nevzorov or other opposition Russians. In the opinion of the radonist, such decisions have positive consequences because they do not allow Ukraine to become a "big country with a small culture.
That was a year ago, since then UA has become a smaller country with a smaller culture, but one could also say that the seeds of culture have spread with the refugees.
- 17.01.2022. The Ukrainian authorities have completely deprived the society of internal solidarity, promoting hatred of one part of it against the other, and also showed inexcusable weakness in relation to persons suspected of treason.
The former advisor to the head of the presidential office and the speaker of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on Donbass wrote this on his Facebook page. Арестович объяснил причины своего увольнения со всех постов
, Арестович рассказал, почему уволился из офиса президента Украины
As I tried to find the FB for this day I found an interview
in Russian from January 17, 2022 which is also on YouTube:
Negotiations between Russia and the West - a tragicomedy on the Titanic. Real and Imaginary Challenges of the 21st Century for Ukraine
12.938 visninger 17. jan. 2022
We, [Pavel Shchelin] talked to Alexey Arestovich
about the fact that relations between Russia and the West, although they look like a terrible threat, remain a comedy of the absurd.
I think they were wrong, Ukraine acted or was led to ack, as if gravity no longer existed.
Next, we discuss the real threats to the world-demographic collapse and deglobalization.
Interestingly, Ukraine seems to have a part to play in deglobalization and is the first to have suffered major demographic changes within just one year.
Watch and listen if you don't want to fall asleep in disbelief when reading the news and tremble with fear where there is nothing to be afraid of. The course "Archeology of Conservatism" by Pavel Shchelin: https://apeiron.school/conservatism
Channel in TG: https://t.me/common_se
09: 00 Irony in the expansion of NATO - the complete lack of purpose in this expansion
They do not at all acknowledge the work of the US and NATO to use Ukraine for their own purposes. They talk about Europe being naive, but they themselves? Actually, that is not completely fair, they do have some good points:
The Russian ultimatum is completely defensive in nature and written in existential horror 16: 00 The very fact of its power NATO is the strongest destabilizing factor in Europe 19: 10
Why does Russia demand a new treaty “on paper "25: 00
Who is uncomfortable in a world without a superintendent, or" we wanted multipolarity-feel it the hard way " 27: 00
The United States can afford deglobalization, and the rest of the players? 31:50 The next decades - a new version of the "Bronze Age collapse"
Pavel Shchelin speaks about how he sees the world of the Bronze Age as interconnected, how it all collapsed and took a few hundred years to recover. I thought that was a good point.
Four US allies 42: 40
No universal idea - no globalization 44: 00
Only within NATO - 33 potential potential conflicts
They mention Turkey-Greece, Spain-Britain and France-Germany. The other 30 are in the mind of Arestovich.
1: 11: 30
The next civilization should be a civilization of truth + IMPORTANT announcement 1: 16: 20
Optimistic conclusion: The future is hell for those who are infantile and a world of creative freedom for adults and honest people
Related Lectures: Conversations about Identity with Pavel Shchelinym: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...
Megatrends with Yuri Romanenko: https://youtu.be/4Kge3bIqWbw
They mention that the 1990ies after the collapse of the USSR was also a period of great creativity. They expect the world as a whole will witness a 1990ies scenario with poverty and suffering.
Here is another video from Pavel Shchelin
Game of Civilizations. Assessment of the current moment. With @arestovych
➤ 14:30 EU pessimistic case: fundamental problems of a sinking ship with no prospects for a solution, with hope for a happy ending;
➤ 25:10 Viable alternatives to the EU; ➤ 29:20 More strategically positive US case: surmountable crisis with vulnerable points of shadow integration;
➤ 41:00 China's case: hopeless demographic crisis without global long-term dominance. The China Perspective - Taiwan;
➤ 01:09:40 Why did the global analytics system collapse? - Lies are at the basis of the game of world order, which Russia does not play;
➤ 01:13:00 The constructed war gift Russia a chance to be reborn in a new form of empire, and correct global injustice
with the sacred power of the source awakened by the elites;
The discussion, which was mainly a monologue by Pavel Shchelin, shows that Arestovich is much more informed than most Ukrainians and this may help to explain the background for some of his public statements.
Looking up the above links led me to a Lenta biography for Arestovich
In 2022, Arestovich wanted to leave politics, but after the start of a special military operation, he received the post of adviser to the OP. On January 17, 2023, he resigned, the Office of the President accepted the application. The day before, signatures for the removal of Aleksey Arestovich began to be collected in the Verkhovna Rada. The reason was the adviser's statements regarding military operations, in particular, the words that the cause of the destruction of a high-rise building in the Dnieper was the work of the Ukrainian air defense system.
Next from Mirotvorets:
"According to the former advisor to the head of the OP, the Ukrainian state is "infinitely weak in the performance of its functions
(otherwise a person suspected of treason would be put face down on the floor right in Zhulyany) and infinitely strong as a giant machine for the production of injustice.
Алексей Арестович объяснил свое увольнение с должности внештатного советника главы Офиса президента Украины (ОПУ)...
Following the above link led to a link to FB, that is still up
- August 2021 - Arestovich called Zelensky's government's mistake in continuing the language and cultural policy of Poroshenko and Vyatrovych. Arestovich said that, in his opinion, culture and sports are beyond politics. And to refuse to watch Russian-language films, to deny Russian culture just because this or that actor who played in them supports Putin's policy is stupid. -
Арестович раскритиковал власть Зеленского за продолжение культурной политики Вятровича и Порошенко
- 15.04.2020. President Vladimir Zelensky is as politically responsible for the persecution of patriots and Maidan participants as Yanukovych's associates.
About this on the air of "Direct" told the military expert Alexei Arestovich.
"The question is what kind of policies President Zelensky conducts or allows to conduct. I really count on the fact that there will be either a journalist or someone from the politicians, in particular people's deputies, who will ask Zelensky to publicly qualify Maidan as a phenomenon: what President Zelensky considers Maidan. I want to hear this answer - what he considers Maidan. And that will be Zelensky's main speech of his year-long cadence. Because we will understand from the way he qualifies Maidan and how he will behave when answering this question: is he a person who takes Yanukovych's position on Maidan or is he an independent politician who has his own belief, his own understanding of what Maidan is," said Arestovich.
Президент Владимир Зеленский так же несет политическую ответственность за преследование патриотов и участников Майдана, как и соратники Януковича.
- 21.12.2017. "Ukrainian blogger and military expert Alexey Arestovich made an unexpected statement. On New Year's Eve he decided to admit that since the beginning of the armed conflict in Donbass he has been engaged in propaganda and deliberately distorted information.
Arestovich wrote about it on his Facebook page on December 21.
- Dear friends, I have lied to you a lot since the spring of 2014.
Distortion of information I launched on two main lines: creating a patriotic lubok, in which we are "all united, shanyemosya ta heroichnis, and bright prospects await Ukraine, black propaganda against Russia.
-2015 - Europe doesn't care what happens to Ukraine -
- 2014 - Ху из ху Алексей Арестович
Реками русской крови затопить Крым
2013-2014 - so called "Warm Ocean Strategy" -
The last video happens apparently at a time when the Maidan demonstration, must have started, but had not been concluded. He is idealistic and sees a problem in Ukraine being composed of three different groups. Those that wish closer connections with the east, those who want to be closer to the west and those that wish to remain neutral and independent. He thinks it is necessary to get to a common decision and rather than work against each other. It is necessary that they begin to talk. His idea of society is some kind of direct democracy where people in the neighbourhood, elect a representative they know who then joins a group of similarly elected people etc, right up to the top with only a few people in the actual government. When I heard that, I thought that was way closer to a one party system, (USSR/Chinese) than to an EU/US model.
The last article is revealing of the complexities in Russian-Ukrainian politics.
Деловая столица: Представитель украинской делегации в Трехсторонний контактной группе по урегулированию конфликта на Донбассе
- In February 2005, Korchinsky and his "sunny initiator" Arestovich, together with Dugin
, present the "Eurasian Anti-Orange Front" in Moscow.
In February 2005, Korchinsky and his" solar initiator " Arestovich, together with Dugin,
presented the "Eurasian Anti-Orange Front
" in Moscow.
"What happened in Ukraine is the next stage in the reorganization of the geopolitical space of Eurasia by the United States, whose main goal is" to prevent the formation of a single strategic space on the territory of Eurasia that can limit the military and economic interests of the United States, " Alexander Dugin
said at a joint press conference with the leader of the Ukrainian Brotherhood party Dmytro Korchinsky
"The penetration of the Western plague, like a chameleon changing its colors, into the post-Soviet space, even a politician like Korchinsky, who never sympathized with Russia, forced to reconsider his views when faced with direct American expansion
. Korchinsky agreed to become a member of the Supreme Council of the "Eurasian Movement", sacrificing narrow national ideas in the name of the collective struggle of Eurasia against the Atlantic and thereby showing the significance of the Western threat. Realizing that the West cannot give Ukrainians the opportunity to preserve their culture and way of life, but instead will start reprivatizing strategically important objects (as Korchinsky's
who was also present at the press conference, said
: "the factories will come under the power of Washington and Brussels"), which will eventually lead to the substitution of real human values for unified ones needs. Korchinsky categorically decided not to allow this both in Ukraine and beyond its aisles. It is noteworthy that against the background of sincere sympathy for the Ukrainian fate, such an outcome is a pattern that all political forces, including the ultra-right, will have to face sooner or later."
In Kiev, Korchinsky joins forces with soial-communist Natalia Vitrenko,
who was also treated by Dugin and received permission to work with her brother in faith.
- In 2008, their political course changed radically, and Arestovich and Korchinsky were already building a "defense strategy for Crimea" against Russian invaders. At the beginning of 2009 they jointly organized a civic initiative "Get Uskikh", in which Arestovich's main tasks were to organize actions in Sumy, Odessa, and Kiev with the participation of businessmen and car transporters to fight the current government.
Civic Initiative did not exist for a long time - it organized a few actions (400-500 people each),
It appeared on Savik Shuster's show and then fell silent. Then Korchinsky, Arestovich, and company set sail for Odessa.
In 2009, Korchinsky sends his "right-hand man" Arestovich to Odessa to organize and hold actions in support of his friend, then mayor of Odessa, Eduard Gurvits. For completeness and scope of powers Gurvits appointed Alexey Arestovich to the post of deputy chairman of Primorsky district administration on June 3, 2009 and even generously ordered to assign him the 9th rank of civil servant and to assign him a raise of 50% to his salary taking into account his rank and seniority allowance. But apparently something went wrong, and three months later he relieved Alexei of his post.
In 2010 he graduated from the Absalom Podvodnyi School of Psychology and, as a certified psychologist, began giving lectures, trainings, consultations in the field of group psychology, and acting in movies. In 2013, as a consulting psychologist and conflict resolution specialist, he took part in the filming of the show "Teach Us to Live" on the ICTV channel.
Arestovich appeared in the media field after 2014, he is often shown in the media as a military expert, giving his comments as an "expert" on Donbass. For a long time, from his Kiev couch, Arestovich said very radical things about Donbass.
For example, commenting on the situation during the fighting around Debaltsevo in February 2015, Arestovich wrote:
"Even the loss of 30,000 dead is not the most noticeable loss at the stakes and the scale of the game that is developing here."
By now, perhaps ten times more have died, just as Ukraine has lost land.
On his TG channel, Arestovich has posted an appearance on a French channel and writes below in French:
Арестович Алексей Николаевич - спикер ТКГ и советник по информполитике главы украинской делегации в Минской группе, советник главы Офиса Президента, блогер, актер, политический и военный обозреватель. Также является организатором благотворительного фонда для оказания психологической поддержки...
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Étant donné que chaque Ukrainien parle couramment le français depuis son enfance, je le poste calmement dans l'original.)
Since every Ukrainian has been fluent in French since childhood, I calmly post it in the original.)
In the show, he admits that there is pessimism even into the rows of Zelensky, maybe that is why the video and description is left in French. To a western audience, pessimism should mean Ukraine really need more weapons.
In his recent post on TG, he has said that all the heavier weapons they now have they could not get in the beginning,
and therefore, he has no doubt that weapons now denied UA like F16 and long range missiles will also come.
Attached is a screenshot from the Mirotvorets, and it is only a part.
It seems some Ukrainians have gradually gained a more complete understanding of what is happening, even some that, like Arestovich, on the surface support the war efforts.