What “other Russia” do we need: the Viatrovich recipe

Vladimir Viatrovich. Photo by Ukrinform

Vladimir Viatrovich
historian, People’s Deputy of Ukraine, fighter for the defense of Kyiv

Many in Ukraine, and especially in the West, would like to see a different Russia from Putin. That it will not unleash wars of aggression, it will not sow destruction and death in order to assert its imaginary “greatness.”

This “other Russia” is often associated with Russian liberals who oppose Putin’s regime. Like Alexei Navalny, for example. But that is another dangerous illusion.

Realizing how dangerous and anti-human the Russian terrorist state is at last, many have not yet realized: the problem is not just with Putin.

The invasion of Hungary was led by Nikita Khrushchev, Czechoslovakia and Afghanistan were led by Leonid Brezhnev, the assassinations of peaceful protesters in Tbilisi and Vilnius were led by Mikhail Gorbachev, and the occupation of Georgia and Moldova and the Bloody massacre in Chechnya was led by Boris Yecytsyn.

Putin has elevated terror, assassinations and wars of aggression to the level of public policy, based on sexist sentiments of most Russians.

With few marginal exceptions, Russia’s opposition is as imperialist as Putin’s. They also support the conquest of Crimea, as well as hate independent Ukraine and the free world.

It’s time to dump her and move on.

On the other hand, it should be clearly understood that the Russian Federation – multinational state. Much of its territory is not inhabited by Russians, but by indigenous peoples who have lived on this land for many centuries.

In fact, these are entire countries, with a population of hundreds of thousands and sometimes millions each, enslaved by the Russian Empire.

In the current Russian Federation, these enslaved countries have the formal status of autonomous republics. But in practice, Moscow pursues a policy of rigid assimilation, suppressing the language, culture, religion of these peoples. Their political and social movements are persecuted, key figures are imprisoned, murdered or forced to go abroad.

It is to these peoples of the Russian Federation that all who wish to see “another Russia” should pay attention.

Russia’s recovery is only possible through repentance and transformation into a normal nation-state. The peoples of the empire must be liberated.

The struggle of the peoples of Ukraine, the Baltic countries, the Caucasus, Central Asia and others buried the evil empire: the USSR. The new evil empire, the Russian Federation, must be buried in the struggle for the national liberation of Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Ichkeria, Tuva, Sakha-Yakutia, Buryatia and other countries.

This process should not be feared, as the Western powers feared the collapse of the USSR. On the contrary, it should be encouraged.

By freeing all enslaved peoples under the influence of national movements from within and strong pressure from without, Russia will finally be able to liberate itself.
Only then, and not simply by substituting one tsar for another, can another Russia emerge.

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