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:

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: 

Crimea, International, More

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.”


Edited by: A. N.

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  1. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

    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.

    1. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

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

    2. Avatar RedSquareMaidan says:

      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.

      1. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

        Again — “HORDE MENTALITY” ….

        1. Avatar Quartermaster says:

          Quit acting like an idiot.

          1. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

            FLAGGED !!!!

            For hurting my feelings you RUSKI ANIMAL!!!’

            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!! ;)))

          2. Avatar Quartermaster says:

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

          3. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

            “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! :))

          4. Avatar Quartermaster says:

            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.

          5. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

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

            DONE WITH YOU!!!

            GET BACK TO WORK — MONHOL!!!

          6. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:



            YOUR RUSKI GOD!!! 🙂



      2. Avatar Vasyl P. says:

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

        1. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

          “Vasyl P.” — Ruski MOLE.

          — A “TRUMP SUPPORTER” :)))


          __UKRAINE TODAY USA__


          __IMPERIAL NEWS NETWORK__ etc.. BS “Disqus Channels”

          (FREE!! CHEAP!!!)

          “Vasyl P.” CLAIMS ON HIS DISQUS PAGE:

          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:

          1. Avatar Vasyl P. says:

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

          2. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

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

            Sure … sure…


          3. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

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

          4. Avatar Vasyl P. says:

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

          5. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

            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!


            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!!

          6. Avatar Vasyl P. says:

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

          7. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

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

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


            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 …. 😉

          8. Avatar Vasyl P. says:

            It has.

      3. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

        ruSSians live in their own shitty world.