Sunday, 4 May 2014

The philosophy of Vladimir Putin: heads I win, tails you lose

One difference between Putinism and Jobbik is that Turanism is keen on Turkic peoples such as the Tatars. Yesterday, the Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev (your spelling may vary) was denied entry to Crimea. Five thousand of his followers accompanied him to the border post at Armyansk, where he was turned away.

In other news three activists have been arrested in Kaliningrad for flying the German flag from the local FSB building and demanding the region's entry into the European Union.

It's difficult to complain about the "historic injustice" of Crimea's transfer to Ukraine in 1954 without other people bringing up such matters as Kaliningrad or Karelia or the deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944. Putin is the typical cherry-picking nationalist who regards every Russian territorial gain as fair, natural and irreversible and every Russian territorial loss as a crime against humanity.

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