Russell Bentley, the Donbass Cowboy talks about surviving war and living in his newly adopted country. China Rising Radio Sinoland 200310


By Jeff J. Brown

Pictured above: Russell Bentley in Donbass, boots on the ground, between Russia and Ukraine, dodging bullets, helping with humanitarian aid and doing fine journalism, along with his must-read war chronicles, “Donbass Cowboy”.

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I am truly honored to have Russell Bentley on the show today and would like to thank our mutual friend, Eric Arnow, for putting us in touch.

Here is his first-person bio:

I came to Donetsk in December 2014, to fight fascism and to help the people of Donbass. I served a year in the Novorussian Armed Forces, in VOSTOK Battalion, HAN Battalion Spetsnaz and DPR MVD Military Police. In 2015, I began making videos and doing human aid work, and have continued to this day. I have written a book about my time in combat called “Donbass Cowboy” and am currently working on a second book about my life before I came to Donbass. I am married to a local schoolteacher and am a citizen of the Donetsk People’s Republic. I love Donbass, it is my home and I plan to live here for the rest of my life.

I just finished reading Russell’s excellent, real-life war journal book, “Donbass Cowboy”, which, even being a pacifist, I found gripping, honest, funny and entertaining. I took copious notes, which became the basis of all the questions I’m dying to ask him today.

I strongly recommend reading “Donbass Cowboy”. It’s not expensive, but if money is an issue, ask your local library, school, university or place of worship to buy it, so others can share and learn. Institutions like these LOVE it when their members make purchase requests. It makes them feel like their work is valued.

All of Russell’s contact, journalism, book and charity information are listed right here,

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Skype:  donbass_cowboy

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Below is a map of Donbass provided by Russell. It shows the 2017 front lines, but he told me they have changed very little since then. I think it’s safe to say that Russia has Donbass’ back!



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JEFF J. BROWN, Editor, China Rising, and Senior Editor & China Correspondent, Dispatch from Beijing, The Greanville Post

Jeff J. Brown is a geopolitical analyst, journalist, lecturer and the author of The China Trilogy. It consists of 44 Days Backpacking in China – The Middle Kingdom in the 21st Century, with the United States, Europe and the Fate of the World in Its Looking Glass (2013); Punto Press released China Rising – Capitalist Roads, Socialist Destinations (2016); and BIG Red Book on China (2020). As well, he published a textbook, Doctor WriteRead’s Treasure Trove to Great English (2015). Jeff is a Senior Editor & China Correspondent for The Greanville Post, where he keeps a column, Dispatch from Beijing and is a Global Opinion Leader at 21st Century. He also writes a column for The Saker, called the Moscow-Beijing Express. Jeff writes, interviews and podcasts on his own program, China Rising Radio Sinoland, which is also available on YouTubeStitcher Radio, iTunes, Ivoox and RUvid. Guests have included Ramsey Clark, James Bradley, Moti Nissani, Godfree Roberts, Hiroyuki Hamada, The Saker and many others. [/su_spoiler]

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