The Crimean Anschluss at three: ‘A jubilee of stupidity and criminality’

Left: Hitler announces the Anschluss of Austria on the Heldenplatz, Vienna, Austria on 15 March 1938. (Image: Wikipedia) Right: Putin speaking in occupied Sevastopol to celebrate 18 March 2014 anschluss of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine conducted by Russian military and special forces. May 9, 2014 (Image: kremlin.ru)

Left: Hitler announces the Anschluss of Austria on the Heldenplatz, Vienna, Austria on 15 March 1938. (Image: Wikipedia)

Right: Putin speaking in occupied Sevastopol to celebrate 18 March 2014 anschluss of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine conducted by Russian military and special forces. May 9, 2014 (Image: kremlin.ru) 

Analysis & Opinion, Crimea, Politics, Russia

Igor Yakovenko

Igor Yakovenko

Maria Zakharova, the Russian foreign ministry’s spokesperson, said more than she perhaps intended when she declared that the Crimeans, having again become part of the Russian state, “returned us to ourselves as well,” according to Moscow commentator Igor Yakovenko.

The Crimean Anschluss, he writes, is as many have noted “the greatest international crime committed in the 21st century.” But living in Putin’s Russia, there is no point in talking “about law, let alone international law.” Instead, Yakovenko argues, “let us talk about consequences.”

Crimea in reality, the commentator points out, “has divided the history of Putin’s Russia into two parts: ‘before’ and ‘after’” the Anschluss. “Before Crimea, Putin’s Russia was a dictatorship with four main problems: total corruption, the irreplaceability of the authorities, the zombification of the population, and the absence of human rights (and rights in general).”

“After Crimea,” he continues, “all these problems intensified. But in first place arose a new one, which eclipsed all the rest: Russia was converted into the main threat to world civilization.” The Anschluss “has made Russia a world outcast, inserted into the brains of Russians the psychology of a besieged fortress and forced them to be glad of sanctions and to unify around the leader.”

“Crimea has radically changed the level of the rhetoric of public persons in the media toward complete idiotism, rabid xenophobia, imperialism and anti-Westernism.” It has destroyed the influence of the Russian opposition, “part of which simply ceased to be such because it supported Putin’s annexation” and part because it needed to in order to survive.

The Crimean Anschluss “significantly worsened the real quality of life of Russians, driving many of them into poverty and what is more depriving them of prospects for the future.”

It has made “40 million Ukrainians enemies of Russia” because no one can explain to them “why we, 140 million cowards, can’t stop a single lieutenant colonel” from taking this action.

In short, Yakovenko says, “the jubilee of the annexation of Crimea is very shameful, very criminal and very, very stupid.”


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  • zorbatheturk

    Excellent summation of the consequences of the actions of the Putinator. I particularly like the part about the zombification of the ruSSian populace. Very, very true. RuSSians are living dead. May they soon follow their leader, the demon Putin, to hell.

    • Andrew Chmile

      They have a HORDE mentality …. in commie times … they BOASTED of their ancient COLLECTIVE TRIBAL (Finno-Ugric) FARMING,

    • RedSquareMaidan

      Before the invasion of the Crimea, Putlers approval rating was 60%, after, it was 85%. Yet the Ruble and GDP have been cut in half. Before Putler, there were 0 billionaires in the Russia, but now there are 111, yet living conditions are worse.
      “Stupid”? I don’t know, but Russians still believe it is necessary to suffer in order to feel patriotic, and that is stupid.

      • Andrew Chmile

        Again — “HORDE MENTALITY” ….

        • Quartermaster

          Quit acting like an idiot.

          • Andrew Chmile

            FLAGGED !!!!

            For hurting my feelings you RUSKI ANIMAL!!!’
            Boo-hoo-hoo!!!

            If you know that idiom… doubtful…. Ruski LANGUAGE teachers!!! :)))

            “I teachink you how to talka Anglish real da good!”

            You RUSKI TROLL MORONS!!!
            You trolls are such IDIOTS!! ;)))

          • Quartermaster

            Sometimes your ravings are funny. But, then, I recall you are Russian troll. Then I flag you.

          • Andrew Chmile

            “Sometimes your ravings are funny. But, then, I recall you are Russian troll. Then I flag you.”
            ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

            Rather like yo’ Ruski BS grammar…

            So you AGREE … THAT …. Ruski are the scum of the earth — like Serbians as well?

            That Khan PUTIN is a pedo & bisex?

            You can answer … WTF else you trolls got to do on these LONG shifts … besides rubbing the leg of the troll next to you, right?

            Russians… language majors … in the QUEER CITIES of Pederberg & Moscow….. the most homo places on this earth …. along with Tel Aviv … NYC? — NAH’ I live here … not really…

            You Ruski though 😉
            YOU KNOW … You don’ wanna OFFEND the guy NEXT TO YOU …. his being STRAIGHT! :))

          • Quartermaster

            Since I don’t post in Russian there is no “BS Russian grammar.” That, of course, doesn’t stop you from raving like a lunatic.

          • Andrew Chmile

            “ANGLISH” no so good for you, eh Monhol?

            DONE WITH YOU!!!

            GET BACK TO WORK — MONHOL!!!

          • Andrew Chmile

            YOU ARE A SCUMBAG __RUSKI TROLL__

            & PROVEN STUKACH!!! LIKE YOUR FAMILY UNDER STALIN & LATER !!!

            YOUR RUSKI GOD!!! :)

            DISGUSTING!!

            http://tinyurl.com/h3gmpem

      • Vasyl P.

        Blind patriotism is a terrible disease, many of them have it

        • Andrew Chmile

          “Vasyl P.” — Ruski MOLE.

          — A “TRUMP SUPPORTER” :)))

          HE IS A RUSKI **MOLE** & “moderator” of a RUSKI MOLE-TROLL SITE — with SPUTNIK & VARIOUS OTHER RUSKI COMMIE ARTICLES @ VARIOUS “DISQUS CHANNELS” like:

          __UKRAINE TODAY USA__

          __THE PRESIDENT TRUMP CHANNEL__

          __IMPERIAL NEWS NETWORK__ etc.. BS “Disqus Channels”

          (FREE!! CHEAP!!!)

          “Vasyl P.” CLAIMS ON HIS DISQUS PAGE:
          https://disqus.com/by/Vapetrenko/
          ———————-
          Right-wing freedom fighter; pro-democracy, anti-corruption, anti-feminazis, anti-fascist, Russian, Ukrainian, American

          ————————–

          Has claimed in the past to be Ukrainian & American, IS NEITHER!!

          SPOKE RUSKI AT ME — Thinking I would or should understand his ugly DOG BARK & GROWL LANGUAGE.

          “Larissa” a “MODERATOR” MOLE/TROLL & the OTHER SCUM — will ALL tell you how “Larissa” — “LOST HER ONLY CHILD IN DONBAS!!!!”

          A-A-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-E-E-E-eeeeeee!!!!! :)

          Another RUSKI MOLE SKANK — whined about being “RAPED”!!! as per her Disqus home page no less!!!! :)) — she deleted it after I posted & laughed at her DUM RUSKI @SS!!! :))

          ————————-

          ANOTHER TROLL That up-votes him (besides “Alex George” is:
          https://disqus.com/by/marshallkrogen/

          • Vasyl P.

            I love how you throw out assumptions without proof, and how you flamed almost every Ukraine supporter,

          • Andrew Chmile

            Like THE RUSKI like **YOU** ??? !!!

            Sure … sure…

            LEARNA MORE ANGLISH RUSKI **MOLE** ;)))

          • Andrew Chmile

            Supplied my evidence ….. did you “forget” — TRUMP SUPPORTER? :)

          • Vasyl P.

            You seem to forget Hillary clintons ties to Russia, and your king Gary Johnson doesn’t even know geography :)

          • Andrew Chmile

            IF **I** just heard the word “Aleppo” AS A “STAND-ALONE WORD OUT OF NO WHERE …. Huh? WTF? — Once the CONTEXT was given …. no problem!

            RIGHT STUPID MONHOL?

            NOR did * I* “forget Hillary clintons ties to Russia” ….. I do not care much for
            BULL D Y K E S …

            Did ‘ho “Larissa” FK more monhols & get a new baby? 😉
            Or did she lap “Susannah” 😉

            LOTS of D Y K E S in Moscow & *LENINGRAD* I read 😉
            Ruski …. sh*t your kind is !!!

            NO HONOR AT ALL!!

          • Vasyl P.

            Rationalizing his lack of knowledge on an even that was happening for the past 4-5 years, sounds great

          • Andrew Chmile

            * I * don’t have to.
            Mere Truth …. monhol ….

            & Aleppo was NOT “happening for the past 4-5 years,”

            STUPID!!!

            WTF do YOU monhols know about von Mises? :)

            WITHOUT goggle….. My how many MOLES came out to back you up …
            in THAT VERY STUPID RUSKI WAY …. 😉

          • Vasyl P.

            It has.

      • zorbatheturk

        ruSSians live in their own shitty world.