“Putin on US Election Meddling: “Maybe they are not even Russians but Ukrainians, Tatars or Jews …””
Oh my gosh. He stuck his foot in his mouth and then started gnawing on his leg.
Hopefully, more of the press picks up on this.
A remarkable public statement in an interview done for Western television. We know from ethnography literature, history, and more recently DNA testing that around 29 percent of “ethnic Russians” are actually assimilated Russians of full or partial ethnic Ukrainian descent [Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russians Genetically a Lot Less Russian Than They Like to Think], and that a good fraction of “ethnic Russians” are assimilated Russians of full or partial ethnic Tartar descent, and that Russia has a self-identified Jewish minority of up to a million – notably these three minority groups are disproportionately represented in Russia’s cultural, intellectual and political elites.
Aside from this being essentially a racist statement pushing blame for the Russian state’s extensive election campaign meddling on to minorities in Russia, this shows extreme disdain for assimilated minority groups that are vital to Russia’s survival as a nation state – fire every Russian of proven Ukrainian, Tartar and Jewish heritage, the country would be paralytic in a matter of hours.
Will we see a replay of Stalin’s 1948 campaign to purge Soviet Jews, or even another “Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee case” or “Doctors’ plot”? A purge of assimilated Russians of full or partial ethnic Ukrainian or Tartar descent, or Ukrainian and Turkic gastarbeiters?
This message may be simply little more than a veiled threat aimed at Kyiv, Ankara and Jerusalem: “Comply with our wishes, or your peoples might have a difficult time in Russia”.
Maybe the time has come for Russia’s Ukrainian, Tartar and Jewish minorities to find better places to live, and depart Russia. After a public statement like this, can any of them feel safe under the Putin regime?
Russian president Vladimir Putin supposed that either Ukrainians, Tatars or Jews could be behind interference in the U.S. presidential election in 2016 – anyone but not the Kremlin. He said that in his interview for NBC channel as quoted by AFP. ‘Why have you decided the Russian authorities, myself included, gave anybody permission to do this?’, he asked. ‘So what if they’re Russians? There are 146 million Russians. So what?… I don’t care. I couldn’t care less… They do not represent the interests of the Russian state. Maybe they are not even Russians but Ukrainians, Tatars or Jews, but with Russian citizenship, which should also be checked; maybe they have dual citizenship or a green card; maybe the US paid them for this. How can you know that? I do not know either’, Putin said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin suggests in a new interview that people with different ethnicities who hold Russian citizenship could be behind interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
The Russian president denied accusations of meddling during a tense interview with NBC’s Megyn Kelly.
Russian president tells NBC he couldnt care less about alleged Russian interference in the US presidential election, arguing 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian companies indicted in US do not represent his government.
WASHINGTON, March 11 — President Vladimir Putin suggested in a US television interview that Ukrainians, Tatars or “Jews,” could have meddled in the 2016 US presidential election — but not | World | Malay Mail Online
Or Ukrainians, or Tatars. Either way, the Russian president “couldn’t care less.”
President Vladimir Putin suggested in a US television interview that Ukrainians, Tatars or
Russian President suggests Jews or other minorities might have been behind attempts to interfere in U.S. elections.
Vladimir Putin says he doesn’t care about alleged Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election.
“How do you know? I don’t know,’ the Russian President said, despite most people believing he knows.
Russian premier says those who interfered may not ‘even be Russians but Ukrainians, Tatars or Jews’
When in doubt, you gotta play the conspiracy-theory hits.
Last week, Putin told Washington to send him hard evidence that his citizens meddled in US elections.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Jews may be behind alleged meddling in the U.S. presidential election. In an interview broadcast late Friday, Putin was asked by NBC’s Megyn Kelly whether he condoned the electoral interference by 13 Russians named in an indictment by Special Counsel Robert
Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Moscow, and Putin laughed at the mere suggestion
After Russian leader suggests Jews could be behind US election tampering, opposition lawmakers in Israel calls on government to condemn him
‘He should clarify his comments at the earliest opportunity,’ the American Jewish Committee tweeted Saturday.