Tag: Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

Like Stalin, Putin Makes Fascists Feel ‘Right at Home’ in His ‘Reich,’ Portnikov Says

March 29, 2015

Staunton, March 27 — Some Russians explain the holding of a conference in St. Petersburg of fascists from around the world by suggesting that those are the only supporters Vladimir Putin can find in much the same way they excuse Stalin for becoming an ally with Hitler via the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. That is part of […]

Putin Wants a ‘New Munich’ on Ukraine But May Not Get It, Butakov Says

December 9, 2014

Staunton, December 9 – The Munich Agreement between Adolf Hitler and Neville Chamberlain, as some have forgotten, was a compromise between what the Nazi leader wanted and the status quo that the British wanted to protect in order to reduce tensions in Europe and achieve, in Chamberlain’s infamous words, “peace in our time.” According to […]

75 Years On Russia Again Engaged In a Winter War

December 1, 2014

Staunton, November 30 – Seventy-five years ago, Moscow launched what became known as the Winter War against Finland. It used much the same propaganda and tactics it is using against Ukraine now. It faced far greater resistance than its vast disproportion of forces had led it to believe. And thanks to that resistance, it achieved […]

The US-Baltic Alliance at 75

September 4, 2014

Staunton, September 3 – US President Barack Obama’s visit to Tallinn today comes almost exactly 75 years after the United States and the three Baltic countries formed one of the most remarkable alliances of the 20th century. (An Estonian translation of this article appeared in Tallinn’s Eesti Paevaleht.) That alliance, which for nearly 50 years took […]

Stalin’s Annexation of Western Ukraine a Major Error, Russian Historian Says

August 26, 2014

Staunton, August 24 – Stalin made “an error” in annexing Galicia to the Ukrainian SSR via the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact because what Moscow needed with war on the horizon was “the establishment of buffer states on the border of the USSR and not their being pulled into the Union itself,” with all the border changes that […]

Putin’s Russia Now in Same Position as Hitler’s Germany in 1939, Moscow Analyst Says

July 2, 2014

Staunton, July 2 – The analogies people use to describe their situation often say far more than do their direct declarative statements because the former, unlike the latter, often provide the unspoken context for the thinking of those involved. That is what makes some of the analogies being drawn in Moscow now both instructive and […]