Vltchek: Message to my young readers in Hong Kong (and around the world)



By: Andre Vltchek

For months, this has been a story that I want to share with young readers in Hong Kong. Now it seems to be the really appropriate time when the ideological battle between the West and China is raging, and as a result of it, Hong Kong and the entire world is suffering.

I want to say that none of it is new, that the West already destabilized so many countries and territories, brainwashed tens of millions of young people.

I know, because in the past, I was one of them. If I weren’t, it would be impossible to understand what is now happening in Hong Kong.


I was born in Leningrad, a beautiful city in the Soviet Union. Now it is called St. Petersburg, and the country is Russia. Mom is half Russian, half Chinese, artist, and architect. My childhood was split between Leningrad and Pilsen, an industrial city known for its beer, at the Western extreme of what used to be Czechoslovakia. Dad was a nuclear scientist.

Two cities were different. Both represented something essential in the Communist planning, a system that you were taught, by the Western propagandists, to hate.

Leningrad is one of the most stunning cities in the world, with some of the greatest museums, opera and ballet theatres, public spaces. In the past, it used to be the Russian capital.

Pilsen is tiny, with only 180.000 inhabitants. But when I was a kid, it counted with several excellent libraries, art cinemas, an opera house, avant-garde theatres, art galleries, research zoo, with things that could not be, as I realized later (when it was too late), found even in the U.S. cities of one million.

Both cities, a big and a small, had excellent public transportation, vast parks, and forests coming to its outskirts, as well as elegant cafes. Pilsen had countless free tennis facilities, football stadiums, even badminton courts.

Life was good, meaningful. It was rich. Not rich in terms of money, but rich culturally, intellectually, and health-wise. To be young was fun, with knowledge free and easily accessible, with the culture at every corner, and sports for everyone. The pace was slow: plenty of time to think, learn, analyze.

But, it was also the height of the Cold War.

We were young, rebellious, and easy to manipulate. We were never satisfied with what we were given. We took for granted everything. At night, we were glued to our radio receivers, listening to the BBC, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other broadcasting services aiming at discrediting socialism and all countries which were fighting against Western imperialism.

Czech socialist industrial conglomerates were building, in solidarity, entire factories, from steel to sugar mills, in Asian, Middle East, and Africa. But we saw no glory in this because Western propaganda outlets were simply ridiculing such undertakings.

Our cinemas were showing masterpieces of Italian, French, Soviet, Japanese cinema. But we were told to demand junk from the U.S.

Music offering was great, from live to recorded. Almost all music was, actually, available although with some delay, in local stores or even on stage. What was not sold in our stores was nihilist rubbish. But that was precisely what we were told to desire. And we did desire it, and copied it with religious reverence, on our tape recorders. If something was not available, the Western media outlets were shouting that it is a gross violation of free speech.

They knew, and they still know now, how to manipulate young brains.

At some point, we were converted into young pessimists, criticizing everything in our countries, without comparing, without even a tiny bit of objectivity.

Does it sound familiar?

We were told, and we repeated: everything in the Soviet Union or Czechoslovakia was bad. Everything in the West was great. Yes, it was like some fundamentalist religion or mass-madness. Hardly anyone was immune. Actually, we were infected, we were sick, turned into idiots.

We were using public, socialist facilities, from libraries to theatres, subsidized cafes, to glorify West and smear our own nations. This is how we were indoctrinated, by Western radio and television stations, and by publications smuggled into the countries.

In those days, plastic shopping bags from the West became the status symbols! You know, those bags that you get in some cheap supermarkets or department stores.

When I think about it at a distance of several decades, I can hardly believe it: young educated boys and girls, proudly walking down the streets, exhibiting cheap plastic shopping bags, for which they paid a serious amount of money. Because they came from the West. Because they were symbolizing consumerism! Because we were told that consumerism is good.


We were told that we should desire freedom. Western-style freedom.

We were instructed to “fight for freedom.”

In many ways, we were much freer than the West. I realized it when I first arrived in New York and saw how badly educated were local kids of my age, how shallow was their knowledge of the world. How little culture there was, in regular mid-sized North American cities.

We wanted, we demanded designer jeans. We were longing for Western music labels in the center of our LPs. It was not about the essence or the message. It was form over substance.

Our food was tastier, ecologically produced. But we wanted colorful Western packaging. We demanded chemicals.

We were constantly angry, agitated, confrontational. We were antagonizing our families.

We were young, but we felt old.

I published my first book of poetry, then left, slammed the door behind me, went to New York.

And soon after, I realized that I was fooled!


This is a very simplified version of my story. Space is limited.

But I am glad I can share it with my Hong Kong readers, and of course, with my young readers all over China.

Two wonderful countries which used to be my home were betrayed, literally sold for nothing, for pairs of designer jeans, and plastic shopping bags.

West celebrated! Months after the collapse of the socialist system, both countries were literally robbed of everything by Western companies. People lost their homes and jobs, and internationalism was deterred. Proud socialist companies got privatized and, in many cases, liquidated. Theatres and art cinemas were converted into cheap second-hand clothes markets.

In Russia, life expectancy dropped to African sub-Saharan levels.

Czechoslovakia was broken into two parts.

Now, decades later, both Russia and Czechia are wealthy again. Russia has many elements of a socialist system with central planning.

But I miss my two countries, as they used to be, and all surveys show that the majority of people there miss them too. I also feel guilty, day and night, for allowing myself to be indoctrinated, to be used, and in a way to betray.

After seeing the world, I understand that what happened to both the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia, also happened to many other parts of the world. And right now, the West is aiming at China, by using Hong Kong.

Whenever in China, whenever in Hong Kong, I keep repeating: please do not follow our terrible example. Defend your nation! Do not sell it, metaphorically, for some filthy plastic shopping bags. Do not do something that you would regret for the rest of your lives!


[First published by China Daily Hong Kong]

Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Six of his latest books are “New Capital of Indonesia”, “China Belt and Road Initiative”, China and Ecological Civilization” with John B. Cobb, Jr., “Revolutionary Optimism, Western Nihilism”, a revolutionary novel “Aurora” and a bestselling work of political non-fiction: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire”. View his other books here. Watch Rwanda Gambit, his groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and DRCongo and his film/dialogue with Noam Chomsky “On Western Terrorism”. Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and Latin America, and continues to work around the world. He can be reached through his website, his Twitter and his Patreon.










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  1. Hi again Andy : I was once a fundamentalist and despised Russia as some evil godforsaken place. But I know that Russia has been tortured for 1000 years by evil forces. It remained a holdout for an ancient Godlike civilization for tens of thousands of years and this civilization is re-emerging out of the darkness here on the earth plane. I am very excited by this and it resonates very deeply with me. I will try and get the book you mentioned if it is in English as I cannot read or speak Russian.

  2. To David, there is a video of an Amish woman protected by a number of children from an armed SWAT team as they move slowly across to another barn for for help[presumably]from menfolk. This is about not pasteurizing milk as apparently this makes you a terrorist in the USA. To Andy : The Ringing Cedars is quite big in Russia I am surprised you have not heard of it. I have read the 9 books 5 times and book 10 ‘Anasta’ twice. They not only bring tears to my eyes every time i pick them up, they also shake to my core. There is power here in these books that will shake everything. I would like to point out that the Akashic records that Anastasia draws from are peoples impressions of past events not a Godlike truthful perspective. Also Anastasia is kind to Religion early on in the books but the full truth about all religion comes out in the end. I wish you all well.

    • Oakwood, you misunderstood me, Sir. I was positively surprised that you have read such books (i suppose you are not Russian?). Because those books are specific and clear for as we call “Russian soul”. I know about Anastasia. By the way, have you read the book of Yuri Sergeev “Stanovoy Hrebet” (Backbone)? I’m not sure if there is english version.

    • Amish are notorious for health issues related to food sales, and contagious disease like whooping cough or even now the covid. Our Amish neighbor growing up, would purposely let his in heat heifers out into the pasture next to where we kept our bull, fence comes down, all heifers are bred registered, and for free. And they had a wedding about a month ago, buses, no ppe, and now the virus is in the rest of town. So, that example came in a few days ago.

  3. I would just point out, that in recent times it was Britain and the Pope who were escorted off the China mainland. So, the source of the angst of those departing is not the US, though it may not be entirely visible from reading British news sources in the US.
    This was also timed with the prince and his new bride moving to LA, and the launch of the US Sun. The US does have some propaganda issues, but the primary source of angst lies elsewhere. We know why the British are leaving, and it is a good question as to what the Chinese had, to get the Pope to leave also.

    • It is weird but the time when evangelicals and Catholics come together is when the pope is told to take a hike. Other than that, they are like siblings who hate each other.
      Btw, should I mention that Moses and Jesus are not real people at all ?

  4. Yes. According to Anastasia we are brainwashed at the moment of conception, in the womb, at school and so on. If you do a search ‘Illegal to grow your own food in America’ You will see swat teams attacking organic restaurants and pulling organic veges out of the ground, Amish farmers attacked and harassed and homesteaders removed from their own properties for the crime of being off the grid and growing their own food. Then go to socialist commie Russia and have a look at the videos[use translation] of the Anastasia Ringing Cedars inspired eco -villages springing up with love over Russia and we can see the two great spiritual forces at play against each other. Thank you again Andre I read all your stuff where I can find it

    • Just got a gallon of homemade Maple Syrup from the Amish for 40 bucks. And can go and buy fruit and vegetables on roadside stands anywhere. Paying cash in honesty boxes unattended.
      I do consider myself at least knowledgeable about Amish having grown up in their communities, and if they are harassed, it was because something festered and agitated from within their own stuff. People are people, and the Amish are left alone more than most, and growing your own food is completely untouched in the US. Check the proximity of the creeks. Something anyone would do who lives downstream. That is the primary issue in the videos I’d bet.

    • Wow. Oakwood, you really surprised me about this book. I know it. Is it translated in English or you can read Russian?

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