Our movement stands over «left» and «right» ideologies, because its main goal is to promote the ideas of Kuban independence. Any discussion about liberalism, conservatism, or socialism is possible only in a free society. But our reality is a non-free or, as it is now commonly called, «toxic» «Russian World» that does not tolerate any opinions other than those allowed by the Kremlin. Therefore, in order for discussions to become possible, it is necessary to achieve independence. We welcome everyone, regardless of their political preferences, who is capable of an adequate dialogue and respects rights and freedoms of others.
For our movement the struggle for power, positions, resources, and benefits is not an end in itself. We do not expect to become «local kings» in Kuban, but we do not exclude the possibility of participating in the future in the management of an independent Kuban state. However, the task of forming a civil society in the region and educating new political elites who will proceed from the interests of the Kuban but not of the imaginary Russian «federation», whose values will be human rights and democracy but not «imperial greatness», «Domostroy» and thirst for unfair profit, is much more important for us today.
Although we are based on the principles of pluralism and ideological diversity, at the same time, our movement cannot accept ideologies based on totalitarianism and intolerance of certain social groups. In particular, we oppose the ideologies of Nazism, fascism, totalitarian communism, political religious fundamentalism, etc., because they exclude any freedom and democracy for others.
We do not oppose any social groups, ethnic groups, etc. We are opponents of the current system of power in Russia, its anti-human policy and ideology, and we believe that everyone should be able to live a prosperous life.
Turning the modern Russia into a real decentralized democratic federation or confederation would be a good option, but we see this outcome as unlikely, taking into account the current realities. We do not believe in a «united and indivisible» «wonderful» Russia of the future: any attempt at democratization, whether it was the overthrow of the monarchy or the collapse of the communist regime, was bound to meet with a reactionary rebuff, throwing Russia into even wilder conditions than those from which it emerged. This is due to the fact that the essence of Russian statehood is historically deeply anti-democratic and anti-human, lies and violence are at its core, which can be easily traced even in the times of Ivan the Terrible, Peter I, Stalin or Putin. The Russian state existed and does not exist for citizens, but for narrow groups of «beneficiaries» (feudal lords, oprichniks, nomenklatura, oligarchs, siloviks — no matter what they are called now), who benefit from the management of huge territories and uncomplaining population.
Democratization always means the collapse of the current idea of «Ruscism» (the Russian version of fascism) and the next partial decay of this empire, which we also see in the history of the last 100 years. Therefore, we do not consider it necessary to protect the integrity of the Russian imperialism, but on the contrary, we are always happy to help break it down. Dialogue with Russia is possible if it returns to the native borders of the Moscow Principality, takes the path of democratic development and renounces imperial and militaristic habits. Therefore, we do not expect naively that the «bad Tsar» in the Kremlin will be replaced by a «good Tsar».
Being under the rule of Russia causes continuing damage to Kuban in various areas and hinders the implementation of existing opportunities. Our region is self-sufficient, it has the human potential, a good geographical location and all the resources to develop and conduct an independent domestic and foreign policy in its own interests. Kuban does not need instructions from «above», and to protect its sovereignty (when it will be) it will be able to do this on its own, as well as by participating in military-political international blocs.
The cultural basis of Kuban historically, since the relocation of the first Zaporozhian Cossacks, was mainly Ukrainian. The Russian government, regardless of its «signboard», whether monarchy, Soviet or modern, is trying to stifle Kuban self-determination, seeing it as a threat of loss of the important territories. The cultural upsurge after the collapse of the USSR was replaced by Putin’s degradation, when ethnic-cultural initiatives were either suppressed, or integrated into the official system and discredited. Therefore, we consider it necessary to popularize and revive our regional culture, which has been largely forgotten. All the more so because for a large part of the inhabitants of Kuban, all this is not something distant and alien, the main thing is that it should become more attractive and interesting for our countrymen than the one that is imposed by Moscow. Own culture: language, art, media, etc. — this is one of the most important factors for gaining independence and protecting it.
The own direction of cultural development, however, does not mean mindlessly following any ancient traditions: any tradition or custom, that interferes with living in the modern world, should be thrown out without regret.
At the same time, we should not forget that our region is multi-ethnic. In addition to the Slavic population, there are also Adygeans, Armenians, Greeks and many other peoples, who have also suffered in varying degrees from the assimilation policy of the Russian authorities. We stand for the preservation and support of the cultures of the Kuban national minorities, as it is done in modern developed countries.
Ukrainian and currently used Russian languages can coexist within the framework of an independent Kuban state.
English is the main language of international communication now. Therefore, of course, in the independent Kuban, its study should also be strengthened, which will ultimately help to integrate into the international community, exchange information and develop the country.
We believe that Kuban should be part of the European family. We certainly need the help of Europe and the world community, but we can also give a lot mutually. Kubanians should be able to travel freely in European countries, as well as other Europeans should be able to come to us: for recreation, work or business. This is possible only if we are freed from the Moscow occupation and join the European Union.
We offer to build relations with Ukraine on the basis of friendship and partnership. The format of such cooperation will need to be based on reality, but the priority for us in any case remains the liberation of Kuban from the Russian rule and subsequent European integration.
Another significant priority is the entry of the Kuban state into the North Atlantic Alliance. Participation in NATO is an important condition for protecting sovereignty. The format of the armed forces, as well as the status of the Cossacks in the independent Kuban, we consider as the subject of more distant discussions.
The state is for the citizen, not the other way around. We proceed from the priority of human rights and freedoms. They should not be an empty declaration, as it is in today’s Russia, but should actually function and be provided for as in developed countries. In the free Kuban, law enforcement agencies will have to fulfill their direct purpose — to protect citizens from illegal acts. Equally the fight against various forms of discrimination is important.
Democracy was characteristic of our ancestors since the time of the Zaporozhian Sich, in contrast to the same historically despotic Muscovy. And even when they came to Kuban after the destruction of the Sich, the Cossacks tried to defend their liberties as much as possible. At least serfdom, which was in the order of things for Russia and brought to Ukraine, did not take root in our land. An attempt to build a republican state was made in 1918-1920. Kuban can become a parliamentary republic with modern democratic institutions, with real free elections, referendums, public discussions, its own party system, pluralism and public control — all that is imitative or simply impossible in Russia and that is designed to prevent the penetration into institutions and bodies of those who, in fact, now govern the Russian Federation and our region. Naturally, the young Kuban state will need lustration to prevent any reactionary revanches and, at first, significant external assistance.
We also support the secular nature of the state, but given the fact that a significant part of our countrymen are members of the Orthodox Church, we consider it necessary to promote the idea of separating the Kuban Church from the Moscow Patriarchate.
We support a market economy based on private initiative with reasonable government regulation and intervention. The power and freedom of our region has historically been based on private ownership. That is why the Republic of Kuban in the years of its independence, even in war conditions, lived better than many other regions of the former Russian Empire.
Much has been said about Kuban’s resources. They should be used for the benefit of all residents of Kuban, not the owners of the Kremlin or their proteges-satraps. Kuban can also become a center of attraction for foreign investment — something that is impossible under the Russian occupation.
However, we should not forget that private property is not only a right, but also a responsibility. The budget system should be transparent so that taxpayers can see what their taxes are spent on. If Russia’s priority is to enrich the ruling elite of the security forces and oligarchs and ensure their security, then for a democratic state, the priority is the environment, good social security and the safety of citizens.
Russian rule affects the environment of the Kuban not good. In addition, we should not forget that Russia directly calls «green technologies» a threat to its security. Our priority is to put the environment in order and preserve it, take care of resources and develop «green technologies» in accordance with global trends for the sake of present and future generations.