Russia / Germany: Deja Vu?

Analysis & Opinion

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 Russia  Germany
1991 – Loses the Cold War. Russia becomes the successor to the USSR. Loses significant territory. Partial demilitarization. 1918 – Loses World War One. Germany becomes the successor to the German Empire. Loses significant territory. Partial demilitarization. Forced to pay reparations.
1991-1997 – Gaidar’s “shock reforms”. Struggle with negative consequences of collapse of the USSR, hyperinflation, separatism (Chechen War), and attempts to overturn existing government (political crisis of 1993). 1919-1928 – Liberal reforms. Struggle with negative consequences of war, hyperinflation, separatism (Bavarian Soviet Republic, 1919), and attempts to overturn existing government (Communist protests).
1998 – Worldwide economic crisis. 1929 – Worldwide economic crisis.
1999 – Following a wave of revanchist sentiments, Yeltsin appoints a young KGB corporal, Vladimir Putin, as president. Putin wins the 2000 elections. 1933 – Following a wave of revanchist sentiments, young leader of (Nationalist Socialist German Worker’s Party (NSDAP), Adolf Hitler, comes to power.
2000s – United Russia, the ruling party, is strengthened across all branches of government. 1930s – the NSDAP, the ruling party, is strengthened across all branches of government
2001 – Signing of the Shanghai Organization of Cooperation (a Eurasian political, economic and military organisation founded by the leaders of Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan). 1935 – Signing of the Anti-Comintern Pact (an anti-communist pact concluded between Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan).
2000s – Rapid economic growth. Increase in financing and modernization of defense branch. 1930s – Rapid economic growth. Increase in financing and modernization of defense branch.
2014 – Winter Olympics in Sochi:  Russia finishes in first place. 1936 – Summer Olympics in Berlin:  Germany finishes in first place.
2014 – Russian troops enter and establish control over Crimea under the pretense of protecting the Russian-speaking population. 1938 – Anschluss of Austria and annexing Sudetenland under the pretense of protecting the German-speaking population.

Source: FB

Translated by Anna Shvets, edited by Lesia Stangret

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