About four years ago I wrote in LiveJournal about collecting money to help the Donbass. I really didn’t want to do that–as soon as money is involved, people start talking about thieving. Over these four years, nearly every post from a vacation or following a purchase something, I read about how I steal from Donbass children. Incidentally, these accusations are posted by the same people who wish on these children. That’s how mixed up some people are.
Sometimes it was downright comical–I was accused of stealing in order to live in South Africa, where I did live long before the Maidan. I never answered these emanations in the comments, although, to be honest, it was very unpleasant to read them. Don’t write “forget about it”–know what that is. But one still cannot avoid unpleasant feelings.
I feel it is unnecessary to explain to people that I have a husband who has a decent salary and also supports the Donbass, it seems like making excuses. And explaining that I lose money due to my aid activities is pointless. I was more than once offered jobs which I had to turn down because I would not be able to continue this effort. So they’ve stopped. I can’t even go teach full time at a good university. I’m only an hourly instructor. And I love teaching.
My blog is visited every month by hundreds of thousands of people (not views, people). Hundreds of thousands! That’s nuts. And that’s for a blog on whose promotion I did not spend a single ruble and where I don’t even write every day. And, incidentally, the posts not about Donbass are far more popular than the posts about. Even considering that LiveJournal “is dying”, “is no longer the same”, I still have advertisers. I wrote about this many times, but no, not a single advertiser wants to have anything to do with politics, which is understandable. Especially with politics of someone whose name is on Ukraine’s Mirotvorets web site.
Yesterday morning I got a money transfer from Christopher, a reader in the US. He’s been reading my blog for four years in LiveJournal through Google Translate. He doesn’t know a word of Russian. Thanks to Mike Jasinski, a Political Science professor in the US, there are also English-language translations, (which in fact you are reading). But they come out with a delay [sorry about that! been very busy lately–MJ], and Christopher reacts even before the translations are posted, which means he gets them through Google Translate. He’s been responding to calls for helping “grannies”, “insulin”, and others. I dwelled on the fact that the majority of those who back in 2014 asked for the number of my credit card are still with me.
I swelled up with pride, like a balloon!
People do trust me.
I often write posts requesting that aid be labeled, depending on the intended recipient. But you don’t even do that, you simply respond. And usually simply write “do as you see fit”.
That’s so awesome, that I want to tell you once again that I am very proud of the trust in me.
Thanks to you, the aid effort goes on without a pause.
Recently someone wrote in Facebook comments: “Dunya, you are a tank”.
Well, yes–I am a tank.
And together with you, we are a pretty good team.
We are a tank.
In hoc signo vinces
Thanks to you, we’ve been able to help him and are continuing to do so.
Lena and Zhenya recently brought him presents for the Defender of the Motherland Day.
To read more about Seryozha, please click on the “Kutsenko” tag at the bottom of this post.