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The Tweet Heard Round the World
Two birds, one stone. Both Russia and Obama were targeted in a Trump tweet. This should stifle the naysayers for at least a little while. Should. But in this era of alternative reality in the media, some reporter is still bound to claim Trump favors Russia, Trump spies for Russia, or Trump is going to give Ukraine to Russia. I’m sure I’m going to see that coming out of the Russia media, but when some dolt of a reporter in the US makes that claim, I suspect they are either a fanatical, obsessive truth-denier, a Russophile, or a crybaby still smarting from the 2016 election.
Quite literally, this is one of the most powerful Tweets ever made. It may reverberate within the halls of the Kremlin forever. See how Russia read Trump wrong? See how Russia will now be portrayed?
Trumps publicly supports Ukraine and damns Russia.
According to all the articles below, the tide appears to be turning against Russia and Russia is powerless to stop it.
We shall now witness how Russia responds in the media. Will it be “Unleash the Kraken” or a whimper? Is the Russian propaganda machine overworked or strained? Has the funding been redirected to pay for State dinners for Putin entertaining his oligarchs? Has the imperial double-headed Russian propaganda machine been oriented domestically to prevent a colored revolution?
Russia is in real trouble now – POTUS is tweeting about Crimea. The Administration has wound the clock back three years on this central issue and the starting point of the Russian rampage.
Peskov’s condescending comments, below, reflect the Obama period practice of accepting nonsense from Muscovy as fact, exemplified by Rice and Rhodes regurgitating Surkov’s alternate reality as if it were a ground truth, and contaminating the White House with Russian deceptions. Peskov is evidently hoping the Trump Administration will also become captured by Surkovian mythology.
It is notable that all of the Russian public explanations for why Crimea was “always part of Russia” had no basis in historical fact, or worse, involved fabricated myths AKA “rewriting” of history in the Orwellian manner. Orwell understood this nonsense intimately after spending time with the Russians in Spain.
Possibly the most outrageous Russian fabrications revolved around the Kievan Rus (i.e. Ukrainian Viking Rurikid) Prince Valdamarr Sveinaldsson (Vladimir) being baptised in the Greek colony of Chersonesus in Crimea – the Russians simply appropriated Ukrainian history. Damn the Crimean Goths who at that time held most of Crimea, speaking the Roman Era Gothic language and worshipping the Wulfila bible.
Included some good background reading courtesy of the nice folks at Euromaidan.
Donald J. Trump on Twitter: “Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia?”
Trump asks: ‘Was Obama too soft on Russia?’ | Washington Examiner President Trump on Wednesday wondered aloud on Twitter whether President Obama’s Russia strategy was too soft, because of the Crimean invasion that happened while he was president. Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia? Trump tweeted. Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017 Trump’s connections to the Russian government are once again in the spotlight Wednesday morning after reports late Tuesday night that multiple campaign officials had frequent contacts with the Russians during the campaign.
Trump: Was Obama too soft on Russia when it took Crimea? – POLITICO “Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia?” Trump tweeted Wednesday.
TRUMP: ‘Was Obama too soft on Russia?’ | Business Insider President Donald Trump accused his predecessor…
Trump Attacks Obama on Russia Literally Minutes After Fox & Friends Made Same Point | Mediaite “Well if Donald Trump does fight back, how is that not a new sheriff in town?” noted Heather Nauert, who recently interviewed for a job with the administration.
The ruble dives after Trump tweets ‘Was Obama too soft on Russia?’ | Business Insider The Russian ruble extended its earlier losses…
Russia: ‘We Are Not In Control’ – To Inform is to Influence Saying the return of Crimea to Ukraine is “unrealizable as (the) return of Alaska” is akin to saying Russia is not in control. Russia illegally took over Crimea, Russia can return Crimea to its rightful owner – Ukraine. The world realizes it would be a kick in the groin to your fragile ego, Russia, but…
Just like Russia’: Trump renews fight with intelligence agencies amid leaks | Fox News President Trump on Wednesday suggested the U.S. intelligence community may be “illegally” leaking sensitive information to hurt his administration, effectively ending a brief detente with agencies he previously accused of working against him.
Kremlin to “patiently” explain to U.S. reasons for Crimea annexation The Kremlin says it will continue to "patiently" explain to the United States the reasons for the annexation of Crimea, not intending to discuss its return to Ukraine, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told journalists, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Russia. News 15 February from UNIAN.
The country of triumphant resentment: Yampolskiy on Russia’s loss of reality -Euromaidan Press |One of the most striking developments in Russian society has been the explosive growth of aggression simultaneously with a refusal to accept reality, burying it under ideological fictions. This phenomenon cannot be easily explained. It is often chalked up to the unprecedented amounts of television propaganda. While official propaganda explains a lot, it does not explain everything. Not every society can be reprogrammed in such a short period of time, and to such extremes. To be effective, propaganda must reflect some subconscious attitudes of the population.
Russian insider says Putin openly planned invasion of Ukraine since 2003 -Euromaidan Press | A former Russian insider says he was there when Putin began openly planning the present invasion of Ukraine back in 2003. At a conference in Brussels this week, Andrey Illarionov, a Russian economist and former economic advisor to Vladimir Putin informed that the invasion of Ukraine has been in official planning since at least 2003. “Since 2003. I can say that certain questions relating to the future war with Ukraine were discussed in my presence. I didn’t think the talks would really lead to a real war,” he said. In an anguished response to the Orange Revolution a year later which brought about an ostensibly pro-Western government, Russian officials then began discussing the potential for launching a military occupation of Crimea and it’s subsequent annexation. Illarionov also discussed leaked documents which detail the operation of Russia’s future war with Ukraine.
Moscow writes its own History of Crimea -Euromaidan Press |“I think it will be banned for sale in Ukraine,” is how Russian Minister of Culture Valdimir Medinsky commented on the presentation of the book History of Crimea, which was held in TASS agency in Moscow. Leader of the Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev called the emergence of this book “a shame for Russian historiography.”
How Moscow hijacked the history of Kyivan Rus’ -Euromaidan Press |This essay was first published in a collection by Yaroslav Dashkevych, PhD. in “Learn to Speak the Truth with Non-Lying Lips” – K:Tempora, 2011, 828pp. Yaroslav Dashkevych was a prominent Ukrainian historian, who during his long academic career wrote more than 950 works on Ukrainian historiography, source studies and special historical disciplines, Eastern Studies, Ukrainian-Armenian, Ukrainian-Turkish, and Ukrainian-Jewish relations.
Christianization of Kievan Rus’ – WikipediaThe Christianization of Kievan Rus’ took place in several stages. In early 867, Patriarch Photius of Constantinople announced to other Orthodox patriarchs that the Rus’, baptised by his bishop, took to Christianity with particular enthusiasm. Photius’s attempts at Christianizing the country seem to have entailed no lasting consequences, since the Primary Chronicle and other Slavonic sources describe the tenth-century Rus’ as firmly entrenched in paganism. Following the Primary Chronicle, the definitive Christianization of Kievan Rus’ dates from the year 988 (the year is disputed), when Vladimir the Great was baptized in Chersonesus and proceeded to baptize his family and people in Kiev. The latter events are traditionally referred to as baptism of Rus’ (Russian: Крещение Руси, Ukrainian: Хрещення Русі) in Russian and Ukrainian literature.
Baptism of Rus from Paul D. Steeves, Keeping the Faiths. Religion and Ideology in the Soviet Union (New York, 1989), 18-22. A tale from the Russian treasury of the past that is told over and over again is the story of how Prince Vladimir (Volodymyr in Ukrainian) of Kiev chose Byzantine Christianity as the religion for his people. Tradition says that happened in the year 988, one millennium ago.
Russia presents a textbook on the History of Crimea -Euromaidan Press |A textbook titled History of Crimea for high schoolers was presented in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday, November 19. “When we saw those so-called textbooks they used in Ukraine, the scholars were horrified. So soon after Crimea and Sevastopol’s reunification with Russia, there was an initiative to write a normal, good, scientific history of Crimea,” noted Russian Minister for Culture Vladimir Medinsky at the presentation.
From federation to empire: how Putin paved the way to Crimea land grab -Euromaidan Press |For many observers in the West, Putin’s invasion of the Crimea came as a complete surprise. However, it fit into a longer pattern of Putin centralizing his political control within Russia itself beginning the day he took office. Dismantling Ukraine was the next logical step in his quest to reestablish Russia as a centralized superpower. Putin’s assault on Russian federalism in the Middle Volga region was a precursor to his imperial actions in Ukraine. From the outset, Putin broke away from the legacy of Boris Yeltsin who, in his power struggle against Mikhail Gorbachev, embraced the principles of federalism for Russia, famously inviting the regions to “take as much sovereignty as you can swallow.” Federalism, by its definition, means that power is shared between center and periphery, which is indeed the only way that Russia can conform to the basic principle that every nation has a right to self-determination (this in not to validate the argument put forth by the “pro-federalists” in eastern Ukraine since every people has a right to self-determination in ONE territory, not twenty). Since the Russian Federation includes twenty one autonomous national republics, it is not possible for Russia to be a nation-state – Russia must either be a multi-national state or an empire. Without genuine autonomy in the ethnic regions, the “federation” in the name “the Russian Federation” rings hollow.
Crimea is Not Historically ‘Ours,’ Russian Historian Says in ‘Vedomosti’ -Euromaidan Press |The underlying premise of Vladimir Putin’s seizure of Crimea is false: Crimea has not been part of Russia from time immemorial. Instead, it has had a complex history, one in which Russia’s role has been remarkably brief. As a result, it is important that the future of the peninsula be decided by the people of Crimea itself rather than by Moscow. That logic, widely recognized by many but unfortunately not by all in the West, has now been presented by Andrey Zubov in today’s “Vedomosti” newspaper in an article entitled “Is Crimea Ours? Just How Weighty are the Arguments that Crimea Historically Belongs to Russia” Zubov, who was a professor at Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO) until he lost his position there because of his pro-Ukrainian positions, uses this article to lay out for Russian readers just how tendentious and wrong are the Kremlin’s arguments at a time when few in that country or elsewhere are willing to challenge them.