Tag: Adolf Hitler

No Referendum is Going to Resolve the Crimean Issue, Illarionov Says

June 6, 2015

Staunton, June 6 – Russian opposition leader Aleksey Navalny, like many others in Russia and abroad, says that referenda both past and future are the only basis for resolving the conflict over Crimea and that earlier votes in the Saarland provide a useful analogy on how to proceed. But Russian commentator Andrey Illarionov says that […]

Like Hitler, Putin Will Only Be Challenged By Elite After He Starts Losing

March 27, 2015

Staunton, March 26 — It is clear that Vladimir Putin has gone further in his confrontation with the West than many of those around him would prefer; but just as was the case with Adolf Hitler, they will threaten to oust him only when he begins to suffer defeat and his regime is at the […]

After Putin, Russians Will Say They Were Deceived Just As Germans Did After Hitler

March 24, 2015

Staunton, March 23 — Not all, but “the overwhelming majority of Germans sincerely believed” what Hitler said, just as not all but the overwhelming majority of Russians sincerely believe what Vladimir Putin says, according to Semyon Gluzman. But when the Kremlin leader falls, most Russians will say as the Germans did in 1945: “’We didn’t […]

When Pro-Moscow Militants Return From Ukraine To Russia…

March 12, 2015

Staunton, March 12 — Yesterday, Nikolay Patrushev, secretary of Putin’s Security Council, warned that Russia will face a serious terrorist threat if and when militants from Russia who have been fighting with various Islamist groups in the Middle East return home. But he said nothing about what may be a more immediate and serious threat: […]

Putin’s Vision Means New Cold War More Likely To Go Hot

March 11, 2015

Staunton, March 11 – The new cold war that has begun in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine does not have the formal ideological shape of its predecessor, but Vladimir Putin very much has an ideological vision, Igor Eidman says, and it is one that tragically makes it more likely that this cold war […]

Russian Occupation Authorities Move To Close Crimean News Agency

February 22, 2015

Staunton, February 22 — Ever more often, life in Vladimir Putin’s world imitates not art but Soviet anecdotes. The latest move of his agents in occupied Crimea — to deny registration to and thus set the stage for shutting down Crimea’s QHA news agency — brings yet another of those anecdotes to mind. The story […]

‘Nobody Talks About the Armenians Nowadays’

February 20, 2015

Staunton, February 18 – On August 22, 1939, Adolf Hitler explained to his entourage why he thought he could get away with mass murder by saying that “nobody talks about the Armenians nowadays,” despite the fact that they had been the victims of a mass murder only 24 years earlier. Hitler’s sweeping cynicism in this […]

From a Munich in Moscow to a Munich in Minsk — How Europe has Come to Putin’s Aid

February 13, 2015

Staunton, February 12 In the 1930s, Hitler pursued a simple policy: he simply said one thing and did another. Putin has innovated: he not only lies but uses forces to do his bidding for which no one holds him responsible and thus has the chance to be accepted by some in the West as a […]

Putin Acting As a Terrorist Because He Can’t Afford Full-Scale Invasion Of Ukraine

January 27, 2015

Staunton, January 27 – Despite fears that Vladimir Putin may soon shift from his partially covert and still in some circles deniable offensive in Ukraine to a full-scale military invasion of that country, there are five compelling reasons why that won’t happen, Kseniya Kirillova says. But the very fact that a full-scale invasion won’t happen […]