Counterfeiters. How Russia is rewriting history again

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2016/08/05 • Analysis & Opinion

Article by: Vitaliy Portnikov

The Bank of Russia has issued a series of coins dedicated to the capitals of countries “liberated by Soviet troops from Nazi invaders.”

This is a wonderful opportunity for Russia to use the history of the Second World War to place foreign capitals on its own coins as a reminder that all this was also “ours.”

In this series almost everything is a lie, an attempt to rewrite history again. Let’s start with what today is called liberation. For the many cities included in the bank’s series, it was called something quite different during the war.

I am the grandson of a war veteran and I remember very well what was written on my grandfather’s medals. There was no liberation of Vienna or Budapest. There was capture. The cities were not seen as being occupied by the Nazis, but as capitals or important centers of the Reich and its allies.

But the liberation of Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn was treated as such. However, these cities — as indeed, Minsk and Kyiv — were not considered the capitals of any countries. They were the capitals of Soviet republics. Again a discrepancy.

Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia joined the USSR as a result of an agreement between allies — Stalin and Hitler. Therefore, what happened in 1945 was not liberation but the restoration of occupation. And just because Stalin’s allies in the anti-Hitler coalition chose to close their eyes to that fact it did not change the essence of what happened.

Moreover, many allies still continued to consider the Baltic countries as independent states. And in August 1991, the State Council of the USSR recognized the restoration of independence of the Baltic states.  The fact of their occupation was officially recognized by the Russian Federation. Therefore, what more is there to say?

There are also major problems when it comes to the cities that had actually been liberated. The Soviet soldier brought not victory but new enslavement to the residents of Belgrade, Bratislava, Bucharest, Warsaw and Prague. Yugoslavia managed to break with the Soviet Union as early as 1948.

Everyone  else had to wait several decades for the death of Stalin’s empire. As a result, Soviet troops appeared on the streets of Bratislava, Budapest, and Prague and constantly threatened Poles with intervention. For the residents of the liberated countries that ended up in the Soviet sphere of influence, there were not one but two occupations. Each one horrible in its own way.

kyivcoinBut there is not much difference between the Reich and the USSR, between Stalin and Hitler, between Nazism and Communism. The only difference is that the Reich became dismal history long ago, and the Soviet Union is still agonizing, even though it has been reduced to the size of Putin’s Russia. But it continues to bring death and destruction to neighboring countries.

In this regard, the issuing of a coin dedicated to Kyiv by the Bank of Russia is one more illustration of the current Russian immorality. After all, after the occupation of Crimea and the Donbas, after thousands of deaths, after attempts to destabilize the situation in our country, do we need to prove that this is a counterfeit coin?

Translated by: Anna Mostovych
Source: Espreso TV

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  • Quartermaster

    Russia is a counterfeit state. No country owned by organized crime is a state. It’s simply a gangster’s fief.

    • Quartermaster

      Sorry Troll. You have me confused with Putin.

      • Quartermaster

        If you act like a troll, you are a troll.

        • Alex George

          So far you haven’t asked a single question, awkward or otherwise. Just indulged in ad hominem abuse.

          Did you know hatred and anger causes the brain size to shrink?

      • MichaelA

        everyone calls you troll

        • Alex George

          You have asked very few questions, and the few you have asked have been answered, repeatedly by several people. So its not childish behaviour to call you a troll, simply a sober and mature statement.

          Stop acting like a troll, and you won’t be called one. Its very simple.

        • Quartermaster

          You have asked no serious questions. You’ve been clownish which is exactly how trolls act when they are simply trying to place themselves on display.

      • Alex George

        No, we call those trolls who are trolls. That is shown by behaviour.

        • Alex George

          Umm no, I haven’t called anyone “Putinbot, Kremtroll and troll”, let alone you. I have called you a troll for a specific reason – that you indulge in abuse and are not interested in rational discussion of the issues.

          What is the relevance of your reference to pictures of American GIs? Nobody is arguing that the USSR (i.e. what is now Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and many other countries) together with Western Nations, defeated Nazzi Germany.

          As for the movies you don’t like, the fact is that the Americans did land in Normandy in 1944, and I am not aware of any movie that suggests they won WWII for the whole world. I personally am able to get access in the UK to Russian war movies and many others, so I do not understand why you cannot.

          “Troll, troll, troll, la, la, la!” – that does indeed seem to sum up the level of your posts. Thank you for proving my point.

    • Alex George

      A Putin supporter would know!

      • Alex George

        You were the one who brought up Adolf. Since the closest person to him today is Putin, I thought you were drawing a comparison.

        I understand also if you think that the wrong side won WW2, which appears to be what you are suggesting. Putin’s strongest supporters outside Russia are western neo-fascists.

        And finally, why on earth would I be related to anyone in Ukraine?

  • TheBlogFodder

    Russian truth, Russian news, Russian history, Russian justice, Russian freedom, Russian morality. Reminds me of the man who bought a horse and asked if the bill of sale was valid. If you ride west, it is valid; if you ride east, maybe not so much.

    • MichaelA

      most russians are very racist

      • Alex George

        I don’t know why you are bringing up the fire in Odessa, when that was the responsibility of Russian agents – it hardly helps your cause.

        And what he wrote is correct – most Russians are very racist; I note that you do not deny it.

        Russia has attacked Georgia and Ukraine without provocation. It is not racism to oppose that, any more than the British empire was racist for opposing Adolf’s attacks on other nations in 1939.

        Russia is entitled to nothing, no empire, nothing outside its own borders. The racists believe otherwise.

      • zorbatheturk

        You’re as Indian as a pork cutlet.

        • zorbatheturk

          You’re as Hindoo as a Big Mac.

          • zorbatheturk

            Better a worm than a Putin troll.

          • zorbatheturk

            Your problem was being born with a hollow skull. Putin filled the vacuum nicely.

          • zorbatheturk

            Kremtard krapola kubed.

          • zorbatheturk

            I’m a graduate of the Mike Tyson academy in the Bronx. Tiger Studies.

          • zorbatheturk

            Dharma, karma, schawarma… if you can make a kebab out of it, it’s kool.

          • zorbatheturk

            Suck on Putin’s kebab, troll-op. Enjoy the secret sauce.

          • zorbatheturk

            Get lost, Putin-lover. Go tickle a rat’s whiskers.

      • zorbatheturk

        Many RuSSiyans are neoNazi skinheads with swastika tattoos and a white supremacist mindset. They love the Putin.

    • Alex George

      Its a fair comment on the points made in the article. Do you disagree with any of them, and if so, why?

      • Alex George

        But even if your comment was true, what does it have to do with blog fodder’s post, or the article? You appear to be just stringing words together, trying to vent your hatred of everything, in a single sentence.

        Now, as for the one point of substance you make, no the Soviet Red Army DID NOT liberate Ukraine and Eastern Europe from the Nazzis in 1945. It defeated the Nazzis, but that is not the same thing. All it did was substitute one form of fascist tyranny for another.

        We will then take history from there. Can you accept that or are you too brainwashed with weird conspiracy theories?

    • Vlad Pufagtinenko

      I have no Russian friends, and proud of it

      • Y K

        I have a few. None of them are vatniks, though.

  • zorbatheturk

    Russian lies = Putin pork pies.

    • MichaelA

      isis is moscows ally

      • Alex George

        Why on earth do you think that Putin invaded Iraq? You aren’t making much sense at all.

        Western nations invaded Iraq for very good reasons and for the good of the Iraqi people. US and other western leaders are justly proud of their actions.

        Now the Syrian people have rejected Assad, and free nations support them. Whereas nations who love tyranny like Russia and Iran support Assad (mind you, the Russians aren’t helping him much, but the Iranians seem to know what they are doing).

    • zorbatheturk

      You bend over for the Putinator.

    • Alex George

      Did you say something about name calling? No sign of any substance in your post.

      • Lev Havryliv

        The Red Army conquered Ukraine and destroyed the independent Ukrainian National Repuplic of 1917-21. When Stalinism returned to Ukraine after WWII the German fascist occupation was replaced by a Soviet Russian totalitarian occupation and oppression.

        Your knowledge of Ukrainian history is dismal. You might try reading a standard objective history such as Ukraine A History by Orest Subtelny.

        • Lesya Ukrainka

          Yes, this rewriting of history goes back centuries of Russian history.

      • Scradje

        No it did not ‘liberate’ anyone, ignorant kremtroll scum. Living under RuSSian occupation is hell on earth, just as bad as under the naзis that you admire so much. No nation in history has suffered more than Ukraine under their filthy imperial rulers. Kremtrolls are the lowest scum on this earth; on a par with Isil supporters.

      • Alex George

        Where on earth did this come from? You wrote a post which said “The pin-up ladyman/boy/child for ISIS opens its mouth.” and i pointed out that you were indulging in the very name-calling that you decried in others. Can’t you answer that point?

        And nobody has ever denied that the Red Army defeated Germany in the Ukraine, so why even bring this up? That of course is different to liberating the people – the Red Army just substituted one form of fascist tyranny for another.

  • Greg

    we must never let Russian lies to go unchallenged. Good to expose them for the world to see.

    • Alex George

      You clearly know nothing about Britain if you are so off-the-planet as to think it was a vote against “the entire US/EU/NATO anti Russian RACIST elites”.

      And if you think it is going to change British foreign policy one iota, you are living in fantasy land.

      • Scradje

        Backward third world scum with no connection to Armenia or Britain embraces fascism, hates Britain and has the neck to accuse others of racism when it is he who trolls for the vilest race supremacist regime since the third reich. This putrid kremtroll that has been pumping out the same hate and lies for 2.5 years is one of the most stupid and malevolent of the whole miserable bunch.

        • Alex George

          He isn’t making much sense at the moment. Is there a mental issue involved?

          • Scradje

            I’d say so Alex. Back in March 2014, an army of multiple account holding pro and amateur trolls descended on the London Daily Telegraph to post endless variations on the same stinking Kremlin narrative that they got primarily from the world’s first troll TV channel, RT. When the DT stopped using disqus they migrated elsewhere. Some of them are sociopathic misfits and losers who purchased one of putler’s mail order wives perhaps in a pathetic attempt to create a kremtroll breeding programme. Some are members of the BNP and UKIP. Some of them are just plain evil.
            PS, I would click ‘follow’ on your page, but it is private. Anyway, keep sticking it to those maggots!

          • Alex George

            Cool. I mainly post on Kyiv Post, and sometimes on here, UA Today and UA Wire. I see your posts from time to time and they are always encouraging. Please keep up the good work!

          • Scradje

            F#kk off and d#e, filthy mass murderer worshipping naззi kremtroll vermin.

          • zorbatheturk

            Indians need to thank Britain for the gift of the English language.

          • slavko

            How is it that you feel you can speak for the entire 2.6 billion Indian and Chinese populations? Especially with the US being the largest home to their diaspora. I would term your comment as imperialist thinking. Why doesn’t the bulk of Chinese and Indian diaspora choose Russia as a home?

        • Y K

          Sadly, (russified) Armenians are at vthe forefront of Putin’s regime. And this is not a local accident, as internationally, Armenia and the Armenian diaspora tend to support the Russia-Iran-(Baathist) Syria axis. The leading Armenian political party in Lebanon is part of Hezbollah’s parliamentary bloc.

          • Scradje

            Most Armenians I have met, when they express a view, it tends to be pro-putlerstan unfortunately. But this should be taken in a similar context to when speaking with Russians. Armenia is a defacto Russian oblast and has been for some while. Parliament, judiciary and media are almost as emasculated as they are in putlerstan. Of course the heavy Russian military presence in Armenia would quickly instigate a Crimea repeat scenario if the Armenians did step out of line. And look at poor little Georgia, slowy going the same way as Armenia, with its govt constantly kissing putler’s a##, as its political infrastructure gets more and more infiltrated by putlerites.

          • Y K

            All very true. As far as I am concerned, Armenian honour is at least partially saved by the sadly forgotten Arthur Derounian aka “John Roy Carlson”, the ultimate undercover investigative journalist of his time:

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Derounian

          • Scradje

            Thank you for the link. I was not aware of this heroic fellow. More of his ilk are needed.

      • Alex George

        Ha ha, I note that you now change to “some hope”. Indeed, the truth is as I stated it – British foreign policy will not change one iota. Boris Johnson is a clown whom Teresa May is letting destroy himself, and of course she talks to Putin – she has never met him. That doesn’t mean anything will change.

        “As a bronze golden brown British Indian I can smell the stink of RACISM a mile off”

        Indeed – your own! It is your own racism that you can smell. Stop thinking that you have some magical powers just because of the colour of your skin, and start to engage in rational and respectful debate. So far, you have done nothing of the kind.

      • zorbatheturk

        Bronze golden brown? The brown part is right.

  • Dirk Smith

    I suppose these will garner low prices on eBay as goofy collectors items once this dysfunctional and evil country collapses again. This time, divide it up like Yugoslavia and remove any Putinist appartchiks.

    • Alex George

      Correct – Putin also had designs on Crimea. Look what happened to him. They never learn, do they???

  • Quartermaster

    And, Putin is instating fascism in Russia. It was Putin that said that The extent of the Soviet Union is Russia. Perhaps you’d like to catch up a bit before you troll sites like this.

    No one was liberated by the Red Army. One tyrant was substituted for another.

    By the by, Brexit was a good move on the part of the Brits.

    • Quartermaster

      You’ll have to ask Putin exactly why he hasn’t annexed the Donbas. I’m guessing he was trying to acquire a land bridge to Crimea without it seeming like he was invading Ukraine again. It didn’t work sicne the rest of the world saw through what he was trying to do and his troops created a huge mess instead.
      Ukraine had nothing to do with Syria, but I would expect a Russian troll to try to insert the Ukrainians somehow.

      • Alex George

        People are glad to see Russian airmen die in Syria because it is a just retribution for the thousands of innocent civilians kllled by the incompetent and technologically backward Russian air force.

        “Why has this “Russian invasion” not even reached Mariupol?”

        Because the Russian Army is not very good. It has large numbers and plenty of equipment, but its soldiers lack motivation, training, and good leadership.

        No, Ukraine has not made any such declaration about the people in the occupied territories – you clearly haven’t the faintest idea what goes on there, or how many come and go from there. And no, Ukraine doesn’t bomb cites in the occupied areas – it is Russia that constantly violates the cease fire.

        And why should Ukraine declare war against the Russians? They aren’t good enough to warrant that. Just keep blocking them while their economy collapses

        • Alex George

          Wow, now that is an amazing change of subject. What’s up – you can’t debate the points made?

          Oh well, I will go with your change – the Odessa fire was the responsibility of Russian agents, or at least people who are now being protected by Russia. How does that help your argument?

        • Alex George

          Actually there are many cases where DPR and LPR have fired on their own troops including civilian areas. They fight constantly.

          But in every case where Ukrainians have fired back at Russian forces and their puppet separatists, it has been return of fire. That is why over 400 Ukrainian soldiers and many more civilians have died. It is conclusive proof of who is violating the “cease fire”.

          “Have you seen the destruction of Donetsk Airport?”

          Are you stupid? That whole areas was fought over back in 2014. I have news for you – we are now in 2016.

          Putinist Russia is an uncivilised, violent and bloodthirsty place that going down the road of failed states like Somalia. Ukraine is a great and courageous nation that is far ahead of Russia in culture, politics and creativity.

    • Alex George

      By all means keep telling yourself that Brexit is important, but it is essentially meaningless to Russia and Ukraine (even if it actually happens).

      Putin hasn’t “annexed” the Donbass because he is incapable of administering it. To him, it is just an armed camp. His oligarchs have already looted most things of value from the people there.

      The reason the Russians haven’t captured Mariupol is because their army is not very good. Its just not up to the job.

      And no, Russia hasn’t kicked any butt in Syria. Its bombing campaign has been at killing civilians and destroying hospitals, but pretty useless against insurgents. Most of the heavy lifting has been done by the Iranians who know a lot more about fighting than the Russians.

      • Quartermaster

        Crimea has become little more than a military base for Putin. He doesn’t have the money to keep the promises made to the population, and most want to be back under Kyiv where they belong. The referendum was held under the guns of an occupying power, with thousands imported and allowed to vote so that the lawful population was overwhelmed.
        What part of Russia are you from. You’re no Indian.

      • Alex George

        Correct, Putin is incapable of administering the occupied area of the Donbass. Thank you for agreeing with me. His oligarchs have stripped out the machinery and equipment and shipped it back to Russia. Putin has appointed no civil authority there.

        As for the Crimeans, they are clearly not delighted. We have seen this week how Russian officials complain that Simferopol is “worse than Kyiv” in wanting independence from Russia. This is why Russia never allowed them a free vote as to whether they wished to be ruled from Moscow.

        And no, the Donbas cities are not being bombarded by Ukraine. Russia and its puppet separatists are constantly violating the cease fire, hence why all the casualties have been Ukrainian.

        Why on earth do you think that Putin is going to “invade London”? You have been reading too many conspiracy magazines.

      • zorbatheturk

        Syria and the Soviet Union signed a pact in 1946. Putin is just trying to prop up his buddy, the murderous Bashar Assad. Rhymes with asshat.

    • zorbatheturk

      The Red Army raped, stole, and murdered as it advanced into Western Europe.

  • MichaelA

    you really are angry
    is that the truth hurting?

    • Quartermaster

      What points are those, troll? So far I haven’t seen any. Just several clown posts with little content.

    • Alex George

      Since you didn’t make any points, what answer could he give?

  • Alex George

    You need to learn what the USSR comprised (i.e. Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and many other countries) before writing about history – you clearly have little idea what happened in WWII – note all the references to Russia in the first part of your post.

    And nothing about the sacrifice of soldiers of the USSR in WWII is gainsaid by the article, so why waste our time with this rant?

    • Quartermaster

      6 million Ukrainians were drafted into the Red Army. So what? Putin has desecrated the memory of anyone who longed for freedom in Russia. That includes the memory of the Red Army troops. Putin is nothing but a clown who is trying to engage in geopolitical games. His country has escaped the worst of the consequences, so far, but those consequences will not be held in abeyance forever. Russia, and it’s abused people, will pay a very heavy price for Putinism.

    • Alex George

      Good so stop whingeing about the article.

      Ukraine was fully involved in the defeat of Nazzi Germany. That doesn’t change the fact that the Red Army was a fascist organisation that simply substituted one form of fascist tyranny for another over the people of eastern Europe.

    • zorbatheturk

      Europe has moved on from WW2, you mindless Putinoid. RuSSiya hasn’t.

  • zorbatheturk

    ” Soviet liberation ” is like being cured of cancer by having a heart attack first.

  • zorbatheturk

    You been smoking that stuff again.

  • Lesya Ukrainka

    The disturbing parallels between Hitler’s Germany and Putin’s Russia grow by the day.