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How the Kremlin weaponized Russian history — and has used it to justify the war in Ukraine

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By DASHA LITVINOVA

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The Russians have a leader who clearly garners respect.

I've literally not heard a single person express respect for Russia. I've talked to many, many who have fundamental issues with Russia and dictatorship.

Maybe you should ask yourself if you are living in an information bubble devoid of facts...

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ThubanToday  07:30 am JST

The Russians have a leader who clearly garners respect.

We respect Putin just as much as we respect Tucker.

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Putin simply stated obvious, 2014 Civil War in Ukraine was due to Kiev's anti-democratic behavior and military violence directed at former Russian speaking Ukrainians.

Few in media recall the EU formally condemning multiple times the Zelensky Admin for their anti-democratic behavior towards their Russian speaking former citizens. Damage to their human, property and citizenship rights.

While 2014 Ukraine Civil War was contained as regional matter, greatly escalated with Biden Admin policies of Ukraine militarization and alignment with NATO starting in 2021 and then Putin responding to this escalation.

Former Russian speaking Ukrainians now legally Russian citizens, so many wonder, why still fighting today? They'll never accept being Ukrainian and US backed proxy war against Russia = VERY destabilizing & risky for World.

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Each country has its own history, its own laws and its own state requirements for the population. It’s funny when some country or countries tell another country that your history is not like this, but like how we show it to you. the article is not about anything. whoever likes it where lives there and lives whoever doesn’t like it leaves whoever likes it comes in their own country, I’m happy with everything

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Last week Putin trashed the Tucker interview calling it weak.

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Last week Putin trashed the Tucker interview calling it weak.

Well, the man can have any opinion he wants, Tucker went, interviewed the guy and people can think what they want, that’s the idea.

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Last week Putin trashed the Tucker interview calling it weak.

It was enjoyable watching Putin emasculate Tuker.

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It was enjoyable watching Putin emasculate Tuker.

See, and that’s how you saw it. I saw it differently, I saw two men speaking and Tucker trying to show the world and to get them to understand the complex narcissistic man that Putin is.

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See, and that’s how you saw it.

Oh not just me, the entire world.

I saw two men speaking and Tucker trying to show the world and to get them to understand the complex narcissistic man that Putin is.

Putin emasculated Tucker after the interview. I bet they didn't show that in your bubble though, gotta hide the truth from you guys.

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Putin emasculated Tucker after the interview. I bet they didn't show that in your bubble though, gotta hide the truth from you guys.

Not sure what you are talking about, the full interview is online, you saw like that, I saw if differently, I saw a leader of a country that likes to talk and talk your ear off and is a total narcissist. He and Steven Seagal definitely have something in common, no wonder he moved there.

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Not sure what you are talking about

I know you aren't, they're hiding that info from the right-wingers in the right-wing MSM media bubble.

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But nevertheless, it happened, and the whole world outside the MAGA bubble saw it. It was glorious.

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The Russians have a leader who clearly garners respect.

Yes, he turned Russia into a prosperous country, by doing things that were good for the people, not just for the elite.

Maybe you should ask yourself if you are living in an information bubble devoid of facts...

Those who believe this conflict started in Feb 2022, with an unprovoked attack by Russia should be asking themselves that question.

What Putin did was provide the proper historic context, which western MSM never does.

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he turned Russia into a prosperous country

*"The average annual salary in Russia is 1,240,000 Rubles (RUB) or USD 14,771 (according to the exchange rate in June 2023). "*

https://www.timedoctor.com/blog/average-salary-in-russia/

That's poverty mate.

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Those who believe this conflict started in Feb 2022, with an unprovoked attack by Russia should be asking themselves that question.

it started in 2014 with an unprovked invasion of Crimea. Anyone who doesn't know that should:

Maybe you should ask yourself if you are living in an information bubble devoid of facts...

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I know you aren't, they're hiding that info from the right-wingers in the right-wing MSM media bubble.

What?

But nevertheless, it happened, and the whole world outside the MAGA bubble saw it. It was glorious

I see, so we both see it differently, that’s what it’s about.

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Pretending you are a victim of nefarious others, concentrating on your victories and successes, pretending you have always been on the side of peace ... looks like there is a template for creating patriotism. With that in mind, perhaps it is time to realise that it is all complete rubbish designed to entrench an elite and make you feel good about personal inadequacies and insecurities.

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Pretending you are a victim of nefarious others, concentrating on your victories and successes, pretending you have always been on the side of peace ... looks like there is a template for creating patriotism.

You're right, but Russian censorship means the Russian people aren't allowed to hear your comments, unless first vetted by the Kremlin as being true patriots to the cause of the motherland.

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Wick's pencilToday 11:26 am JST

What Putin did was provide the proper historic context, which western MSM never does.

And we can provide so more context that Russia violated three separate treaties with his invasion of Ukraine.

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nikToday 10:12 am JST

Each country has its own history, its own laws and its own state requirements for the population. It’s funny when some country or countries tell another country that your history is not like this, but like how we show it to you. the article is not about anything. whoever likes it where lives there and lives whoever doesn’t like it leaves whoever likes it comes in their own country, I’m happy with everything

Russia can butcher its history as much as it wants. What it can't do is act out those fantasies with annexations.

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"caontaining"? that's a new word to me.

Warping the history of a country shows how weak the govt is. If the truth cannot be taught, how can the descendants learn from prior mistakes and successes?

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HopeSpringsEternalToday 10:03 am JST

Putin simply stated obvious, 2014 Civil War in Ukraine was due to Kiev's anti-democratic behavior and military violence directed at former Russian speaking Ukrainians.

A statement completely unfounded in reality: how exactly was Kyiv able to inflict so much violence when Russian troops were in those areas before the Maidan was even finished?

Few in media recall the EU formally condemning multiple times the Zelensky Admin for their anti-democratic behavior towards their Russian speaking former citizens. Damage to their human, property and citizenship rights.

I'm sure they also had choice words for the little green men pouring in with howitzers.

While 2014 Ukraine Civil War was contained as regional matter, greatly escalated with Biden Admin policies of Ukraine militarization and alignment with NATO starting in 2021 and then Putin responding to this escalation.

Nothing happened between Ukraine in NATO in 2021. All your statements should be this easy to disprove.

Former Russian speaking Ukrainians now legally Russian citizens, so many wonder, why still fighting today?

Clearly because at a minimum Putin wants more land and at a maximum wants to eliminate Ukraine.

They'll never accept being Ukrainian and US backed proxy war against Russia = VERY destabilizing & risky for World.

The law is clear that the 1991 borders are the borders of Ukraine.

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bass4funk

Last week Putin trashed the Tucker interview calling it weak.

> Well, the man can have any opinion he wants, Tucker went, interviewed the guy and people can think what they want, that’s the idea.

Except the man is Putin, the president of Russia, and the interviewee. He was expecting more difficult questions, not the weak ones asked by Tucker. Who also said more American cities need to be like Moscow.

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Nobody can deny Russia has a deep history in this Ukraine region and that their security is linked to what takes place in Ukraine. Putin added a lot of details and history, naturally biased, but fundamentally accurate.

Anyone believe these many Russian speaking former Ukrainians, now happily legal Russian citizens, had no ties with Russia, prior to Ukraine 2014 Civil War?

Many have warned for decades against NATO expansion eastward, risks far outweighing any benefits. Question people should ask, WHO exactly benefits from Ukraine's Civil War that's gone from being regional to global?

It's clear Ukraine and Russia are Not benefiting from US and NATO actively destabilizing Ukraine, that's been a long-term constructive partner of both Russia & Europe.

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Except the man is Putin, the president of Russia, and the interviewee. He was expecting more difficult questions, not the weak ones asked by Tucker.

They were not weak, and we didn't know what the parameters were, what was discussed beforehand, and what Tucker could and could not ask him.

Who also said more American cities need to be like Moscow.

In some ways....

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They were not weak, and we didn't know what the parameters were, what was discussed beforehand, and what Tucker could and could not ask him.

Putin said Tuker could have asked way more, but Tucker was too weak.

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Putin said Tuker could have asked way more, but Tucker was too weak.

If Tucker didn't he had a reason and what that reason was, who knows and I don't care, but it was cool that he did the interview anyway.

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bass4funk

Except the man is Putin, the president of Russia, and the interviewee. He was expecting more difficult questions, not the weak ones asked by Tucker.

> They were not weak, and we didn't know what the parameters were, what was discussed beforehand, and what Tucker could and could not ask him.

We know the question asked from the interview and we also know Putin's reaction to the Tucker questions.

Who also said more American cities need to be like Moscow.

> In some ways....

Do you know what happens to people in Moscow? Arrested for protesting with blank white paper. Jailed for opposing the war.

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Many have warned for decades against NATO expansion eastward

And here Putin is, attempting to expand Russia westward. If NATO expanding Eastward, something they never did, was aggressive, then Russia is clearly the aggressor by trying to expand their borders west towards NATO through the takeover of Ukraine.

It's clear Ukraine and Russia are Not benefiting from US and NATO actively destabilizing Ukraine

Ukraine was stable before Russia invaded it. NATO is supporting Ukraine in re-stabilization through the eviction of Russian soldiers in Ukraine.

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If Tucker didn't he had a reason and what that reason was, who knows and I don't care

Me neither, I just found it funny when the world was making fun of Tucker after Putin emasculated him.

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We know the question asked from the interview and we also know Putin's reaction to the Tucker questions.

You don't know what was said before the interview.

Do you know what happens to people in Moscow? Arrested for protesting with blank white paper. Jailed for opposing the war.

They would not have arrested Tucker, the consequences and notoriety would have been too great.

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They would not have arrested Tucker

Of course not, Tucker is the third strongest mouthpiece Russia has in America after Trump and Smirnov.

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bass4funkToday 12:52 pm JST

Putin said Tuker could have asked way more, but Tucker was too weak.

If Tucker didn't he had a reason and what that reason was, who knows and I don't care, but it was cool that he did the interview anyway.

Anybody can start blogging their hatred of America and be welcome in Russia. You could too.

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Putin is the wolf in the chicken coop.

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Me neither, I just found it funny when the world was making fun of Tucker after Putin emasculated him.

I looked more at the people that weren't making fun of him. So that's 12 million subs and counting, a win, win for Carlson

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bassfunk

They would not have arrested Tucker, the consequences and notoriety would have been too great.

I think there are five Americans under arrest in Russia including a journalist.

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Anybody can start blogging their hatred of America and be welcome in Russia. You could too.

I love America, so you might want to try it. Go for it!

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I love America, so you might want to try it. Go for it!

Just not the laws or the constitution or the majority of the people.

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HopeSpringsEternalToday 12:49 pm JST

Nobody can deny Russia has a deep history in this Ukraine region and that their security is linked to what takes place in Ukraine. Putin added a lot of details and history, naturally biased, but fundamentally accurate.

Nobody can deny that Ukraine was not part of Russia since ancient times. Unless 1764 is ancient times.

Anyone believe these many Russian speaking former Ukrainians, now happily legal Russian citizens, had no ties with Russia, prior to Ukraine 2014 Civil War?

Anyone believe there is a shred of legality to Russia's actions in another country's "civil war".

It's clear Ukraine and Russia are Not benefiting from US and NATO actively destabilizing Ukraine, that's been a long-term constructive partner of both Russia & Europe.

It's clear that Ukraine faces the end of its existence if Putin has his way. Also still Putin's War.

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Just not the laws or the constitution or the majority of the people.

Quite the opposite

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Quite the opposite

14th amendement:

No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibWJO02nNsY

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Biden: 84 million and growing...uh...ok...

And Trump is leading in literally every single poll.

In 2020, that produced a failed election for Trump.

And we know why and what the left did, so...

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And Trump is leading in literally every single poll.[

You believe polls?! Mmmmkay! hahahahahahaha

And we know why and what the left did, so...

Yes, we know they won by a landslide.

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They had retractions up the yingyang

Did those retractions cost more or less than $750 million dollars (and counting)?

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Putin would very much like to see Russia more like the USSR or Russian Empire which includes the whole of Ukraine.

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Earlier this month, when Tucker Carlson asked Vladimir Putin about his reasons for invading Ukraine two years ago, Putin gave him a lecture on Russian history. The 71-year-old Russian leader spent more than 20 minutes showering a baffled Carlson with dates and names going back to the ninth century.

All the credit in the world for Tucker getting that interview!

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