Given Moscow’s attempt to use ethnic Russians in Ukraine against that country, some in Kyiv have suggested the Ukrainian authorities should turn the tables on the Kremlin and speak out in defense of the rights of the non-Russian nations within the Russian Federation.
The Russian government is clearly sensitive to this possibility and has responded by imposing sanctions on Ukrainians who have even discussed taking this step:
- Ukrainian Parliament Calls for New Sanctions Against Moscow for Mistreating Non-Russian Nations
- Kyiv to Focus Attention on Moscow’s Violations of Rights of Peoples inside Russian Federation
- Moscow Sanctions Ukrainian Deputy Who Called for Defense of Rights of Middle Volga Nations.
In fact, the Ukrainians have done relatively little beyond issuing declarations and providing asylum for non-Russian activists, not trivial steps to be sure compared to other countries but hardly comparable to what the Kremlin has done in making use of ethnic Russians to undermine the Ukrainian state.
He argues that “Russia can and must be destroyed from within” and he suggests that “Türkiye has confederates inside the Russian Federation. In Tatarstan, and not only; and in Idel-Ural and not only.” Thus, “if Erdogan decides to do so, Russia will be tied down with internal problems” and won’t be in a position to cause Ankara the kind of problems it has been.
Given that Russia has sought to exploit the situation of ethnic minorities in Türkiye for decades, Honchar says, Türkiye not only has opportunity but compelling reasons to do as well. That is something at least some in Moscow may now be increasingly worried is an all too real possibility.
- Moscow sanctions Ukrainian parliamentarian who called for defense of rights of Middle Volga nations
- Free Idel-Ural Movement takes shape in Kyiv
- Left-wing radicals in Urals see Russia on verge of a revolution like 1991
- By 2050, eight Russian regions will be submerged under water, Urals researchers say
- US, Ukraine said behind efforts to split Russia by reviving Urals Republic
- ‘If a bourgeois revolution is to start in Russia, it will begin with Tatarstan,’ Kazan historian says
- Non-Russian nations of Russia to defend themselves from Putin because their elites won’t