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Politico Is Shocked At Anti-US Lies From Russia

From a seemingly surprised Politico:

Ukraine, Putin TV and the Big Lie

You won’t believe what the Russian media is saying about America right now.

By LEONID RAGOZIN | March 04, 2014

Professor Sergey Markov is that rarest of species—an English-speaking pro-Kremlin pundit.

Huh? Then what are Chris Matthews and Stephen Cohen? Chopped liver?

That makes him just about the only Putin backer who regularly pops up on global TV screens to explain the rationale behind seemingly irrational Russian policies. He understands the international audience and does his best to retain an air of respectability. But all of that changes when he switches to Russian.

This is how Markov justifies the Russian invasion of the Ukrainian region of Crimea in an interview with one of Russia’s most popular tabloids, Komsomolskaya Pravda: “Had Russia failed to interfere, Crimea would have come under pressure from police forces controlled by radicals and from neo-Nazi militants. Within a month, they would have established their government in Crimea and within one or two years they would have driven out almost all Russians.”

The best propaganda always has a tiny grain of truth. The vast majority of people in Crimea are ethnic Russians or Russophone Ukrainians who felt uneasy about the victory of pro-European protests in Kiev, which indeed had a very visible Ukrainian nationalist component…

BS. Crimea is only ‘Russian’ because after WWII Stalin colonized it (and other border states) with Russians. And Stalin killed or deported over a million locals he thought were ‘anti-Russian.’ Including Tartars, Greeks, Armenians, Bulgarians, etc.

In fact, it was one of the worst examples of ‘ethnic cleansing’ in modern history. But now the Russians claim they are afraid it might happen to them.

Nazis taking over Kiev, [is now] an image now being stamped into the brains of Russian and East Ukrainian audiences 24 hours a day on Kremlin mouthpieces from television to newspapers, websites to official statements. Never mind that Kiev’s pro-democracy movement was overwhelmingly liberal, tolerant and, toward the end of it, increasingly Russian-speaking: to Putin’s propaganda machine, it’s all an American and European plot to destabilize Russia and turn the Russian people into slaves of the West…

Which, oddly enough, is the same line of palaver we are hearing from Stephen Cohen and many others in our news media.

If Americans puzzling over what to make of Ukraine’s revolution and the crisis in Crimea could only hear what’s being said about them, they’d be shocked.

All they have to do is tune to MSNBC or CNN.

Markov [says] "[T]hey have a plan to turn Ukraine into Latvia or Estonia: Russians becoming second-tier citizens, Russian language banned.”

Again, a kernel of truth: After they became independent in 1991, Latvia and Estonia denied citizenship to hundreds of thousands of ethnic Russians who had moved into the two Baltic countries in the Soviet years. They were issued special “non-citizen” passports, which allowed them to stay, work and own businesses, but denied voting rights…

Again, this is BS. Those people were the ‘Russian colonists’ the Kremlin had flooded the country with, while native Latvians were deported or persecuted. As a result, the proportion of the ethnic Latvian population was reduced from 80% in 1935 to 52% by 1989.

The Russian language was never banned… All of this is something Russians never get told by their state-controlled media…

Just like our news media never gives us the whole story.

And Markov is fairly tame next to some of his compatriots… By invading Ukraine, MP Andrey Tumanov suggested in an interview with Sobesednik magazine, Russia is merely following America’s lead. “Russia should learn to be as shameless as the U.S. They live according to jungle laws. Anyone who is behaving decently and honestly they regard as a loser.”

Another MP, Vladimir Nikitin, waxed apocalyptic in an article on Ukraine for the regional website Pskovskaya Lenta. “The main battle of World War III is under way in Ukraine,” he writes. “The aggressor is Western civilization, which includes the U.S. and Europe.” After a long, unhinged rant, he concludes: “The American-style globalization has already led to a global crisis and may still lead to the demise of humanity.”

And here’s the most depressing part: All of these views are completely mainstream in Russia…

These are mainstream views in the US, too. Which is even more depressing.

The onslaught of grotesque propaganda has prompted many in Russia to talk about creating fact-checking organizations like those in the United States…

Oh, our sides.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Politico Is Shocked At Anti-US Lies From Russia”

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    It’s remarkable how the national socialists will loudly squeal about the colonization of the northern Americas by “brutal, savage men with muskets” who “killed off all of the native population with disease and murder” but fail miserably at recognizing the actual carnage that occurred post WWII in the Ukraine.

    The lack of dot-connecting ability is staggering and in my own opinion, voluntary.

  2. All your lies are belong to us




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