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Russia is unjustly demonized ("Japan Times", Japan)

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During the Cold War, Moscow was demonized completely deservedly. The country carried out severe repression. The military went out of control; the number of people they killed in Afghanistan could rival the number of American casualties in Vietnam.

Soviet intelligence agencies also worked havoc. I spent two years in Moscow, trying to learn the language and learn the people. It all ended with the fact that people from the KGB with harsh faces began to persecute me constantly, and also to persecute those who tried to help me. And it was during the Khrushchev thaw in the early 1960-x.

But there were other times when Moscow deserved understanding. Even in Afghanistan, she tried to create something more progressive than the confusion that we are seeing today. Inside the country there was a sincere desire to preserve the culture and languages ​​of all the peoples of the USSR, and not just Russian. The “evil empire” that existed in the imagination of American President Ronald Reagan was not as evil as he tried to imagine. At least, she was able to produce such a leader as Mikhail Gorbachev. At the same time, the best that our supposedly more sophisticated West could have brought to life - well, yes, the notorious Reagan.

Today it is clear that demonization has gone too far. The efforts to get closer to the West after 1991 were uncommon, and this is acknowledged by everyone who knows what happened in Russia before. Vladimir Putin with his KGB past is not Gorbachev. But an invitation to the Group of Seven industrialized countries meant a great deal to the Russians. Russia was finally recognized as a West-oriented country, as it always wanted to be.

Today, all this turned out to be thrown into landfill due to the senseless attempts to demonize Moscow because of the civil war in Ukraine and the seizure of the Crimea. From the very beginning, Putin clearly stated that Russia does not need a territory, that it simply supports the desire of the Russian-speaking population in eastern Ukraine for autonomy - a desire generated by inefficiency and then the collapse of the central government in Kiev, as well as stupid attempts to ban the use of Russian . Putin rejected the statements of critics who said that Moscow seeks to annex the Russians in the historical aspect of the territory. His actions can also be justified by the recently adopted Western concept called “The duty to protect” - the duty to protect nations that are suppressed by the superior forces of the central authority.

But for some strange reason, these steps presented the Russian aggression and depriving Ukraine of sovereignty. The allegations of Russian aggression continue, although all parties accepted the Minsk Agreement in February, according to which Ukraine and Russia agreed to a ceasefire and to “local self-government, in particular, in the districts of Donetsk and Luhansk.” Ukrainian sovereignty and some management rights were approved there. Moreover, the separatist "self-governing" area is much smaller than what they demanded at first. The law approving this agreement has already been submitted to the Ukrainian parliament despite the vehement protests of abominable pro-Nazi and anti-Semitic groups that are struggling to continue the fighting in eastern Ukraine, and whose brutal actions have already forced one million Russian-speaking people to flee to Russia. Otherwise, it is not called vengeful ethnic cleansing.

But all that Moscow received for its significant concessions in Minsk and for accepting refugees was the continuation of sanctions and increased military pressure from NATO. And this is despite the participation in the Minsk talks of two leading members of NATO, such as Germany and France, who approved the agreements currently being implemented. NATO once considered it appropriate to bomb Belgrade in order to force it to relinquish its power over Kosovo. And Moscow today is condemned for much more modest actions.

Although the situation in Ukraine is normalizing, sanctions against Moscow persist, and NATO is still spewing flames of anger. Perhaps this is due to the seizure of the Crimea. If so, I suggest that the people involved in this visit the Crimean peninsula.

Historically, he was always Russian (remember the Crimean War?). And he remains Russian. I made two trips there, one of them recently, and for all the time I have not heard a word in Ukrainian in Crimea. Moscow gave Crimea to Ukraine in 1954, because it was more convenient for the Soviet Union. She did this despite the problems associated with preserving the Soviet fleet in the Sevastopol. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Crimea should automatically be returned to Russia. His capture in 2014 during the turmoil in Kiev was inevitable. And the population of the peninsula overwhelmingly welcomed these actions.

As for another excuse for increasing NATO pressure, ostensibly as a response to Russia's aggressive pressure against the three Baltic countries: does anyone in NATO know about serious language and other discrimination against Russian-speaking minorities that remained there after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991? The information provided by Moscow about the facts of discrimination is completely ignored there. If Russian dissatisfaction on this occasion is called aggression, then we need a new definition of this concept.

The illogic of Western anti-Russian actions can in part be explained by the deep-rooted fears of the Cold War and NATO expansionism. The second factor is ignorance. Those people who accuse Moscow of trying to suppress the Crimean Tatar language on the peninsula, just turn on the TV in the Crimea to see how there are daily programs to teach this language. How many people in NATO really understand what is happening in the Baltic States and in the Crimea?

But Moscow is also partly to blame. The fact that she fiercely denied any involvement of the pro-Russian separatists in the destruction of the Malaysian airline plane MH17 helped to shape the public opinion of the West in the anti-Russian vein. In August, I spoke with a high-ranking and very erudite specialist at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and this woman, with genuine sincerity, tried to convince me of the correctness of the accusations against Ukraine. Yes, the holes in the fuselage, similar to the bullet, to a certain extent confirm what she and many other responsible persons said. But now Moscow admits that the plane was shot down by a rocket. She should not have spent our time on detailed theories and radar scans indicating that Ukrainian fighters are responsible for what happened.
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  1. Board375
    Board375 29 October 2015 05: 33 New
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    Moscow is guilty of not raising its legs up and not taking the blame on itself! We will be guilty as long as we conduct an independent policy!
    1. vyinemeynen
      vyinemeynen 29 October 2015 05: 53 New
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      A completely sane article AND A HUGE Smelly SLAP OF SHIT IN THE LAST TWO LINES!
      1. Tatyana
        Tatyana 29 October 2015 06: 09 New
        +5
        Quote from text.
        Written by Gregory Clark is a former Australian diplomat, president of Tamm University of the Arts. He recently made a study trip to Moscow at the invitation of the Russian authorities.

        Still, it’s good that in Russian diplomacy with Western countries more or less noticeable POSITIVE rating shifts in the eyes of the world community on a more objective political image of the Russian Federation.
        Russian diplomats, well done, try! And time is now working on the international authority of Russia.
        The main thing is that the Russian Federation continues the COURSE to maintain the country's sovereignty.
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      3. Air Force captain
        Air Force captain 29 October 2015 09: 37 New
        +8
        do not set off the Japs .... that's when you completely get rid of the cliché of Russia's guilt a priori - then some kind of dialogue is possible ... although I will make a reservation at once: Never, under any circumstances ... even if the world turns upside down overnight - you didn’t smoke It’s like your ears ... You pissed them off in the war (say thank you for not getting chopped off in the 45th Hokkaido .... otherwise the phantom pain would definitely drive you crazy) !!! I think the vast majority of Russians will support me
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      5. sssla
        sssla 29 October 2015 09: 51 New
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        Quote: vyinemeynen
        Fully sane article

        Where is she sane ?? I DO NOT SEE !! GORBY forever, a yapika studying Russian in the 60s, chases Kay JB for it
        Soviet intelligence services also created chaos.
        . Where is sanity ?? Putin and Ke Ge Bishnoe past is sanity ??
        But Moscow is also partly to blame. The fact that she violently denied any involvement of pro-Russian separatists in the destruction of the Malaysian Airlines MH17 plane
        ---or that ?? In short about sanity - "Do you see a gopher? NO I do not see! And I do not see, then it is NOT !!!"
        1. vyinemeynen
          vyinemeynen 29 October 2015 11: 47 New
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          Quote: sssla
          Quote: vyinemeynen
          Fully sane article

          here is this text: Even in Afghanistan, she tried to create something more progressive than the confusion that we are seeing today. Inside the country there was a sincere desire to preserve the culture and languages ​​of all the peoples of the USSR, and not just Russian. The Evil Empire, imagined by American President Ronald Reagan, was not as evil as he tried to imagine.
          for the Aussie full blast template! If he had not scribbled standard rubbish into an article, it simply would not have been printed. My humble opinion. hi
      6. ava09
        ava09 29 October 2015 10: 12 New
        +2
        Such articles are sane only for those who are insane. (C) During the Cold War, Moscow was demonized quite deservedly. Severe repression was carried out in the country. The military got out of control; the number of people they killed in Afghanistan could compete with the number of American casualties in Vietnam. (C)

        From this quote it is clear that the United States demonized the USSR for what they called themselves "The Country of Developed Democracy." I'm not even talking about the end of the material, the article is written according to the rules of propaganda stuffing: interfere with the truth and falsehood - it will creep into silly heads. Plus to minus = minus - the effect is achieved.
      7. crumb
        crumb 29 October 2015 13: 39 New
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        It’s your fault that I want to eat. "- Krylov, Wolf and Lamb
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    3. Amurets
      Amurets 29 October 2015 12: 36 New
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      Bort375 You are deeply wrong. In his pre-election speech for the first term, Obama called Russia the axis of evil along with the DPRK, Libya and other rogue states. For some reason, many have forgotten. But now it is burping.
  2. Name
    Name 29 October 2015 05: 33 New
    +2
    Greetings to all! I read and remembered my school years ... belay The class in 8 would be "excellent" in any way for this school essay.
    1. afdjhbn67
      afdjhbn67 29 October 2015 08: 00 New
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      Quote: name
      I read and remembered my school years ...

      I spent two years in Moscow trying to learn a language and get to know the people. It all ended with people from the KGB with stern faces constantly harassing me,

      It wasn’t horseradish that was spinning near the defense research institutes and enterprises, perhaps simultaneously confusing with the dissent with Solzhenitsyn in the bosom ...
  3. venaya
    venaya 29 October 2015 05: 35 New
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    Moscow is also partly to blame. The fact that she vehemently denied any involvement of pro-Russian separatists in the destruction of the Malaysian Airlines MH17 aircraft helped to shape Western public opinion in an anti-Russian vein.

    This "comrade" porridge in the head is not frail. The accusation is on the accusation, and what remains for them, the only way to get out of their sewage, blaming the opposite side in everything. Sales are disgusting.
    1. Vladimyrych
      Vladimyrych 29 October 2015 05: 39 New
      +5
      It is generally not a thankful job to read and analyze the media highs of our “partners”. The feeling that he was in the looking glass and not far from the asylum.
    2. Zoldat_A
      Zoldat_A 29 October 2015 05: 48 New
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      Quote: venaya
      This "comrade" porridge in the head is not frail. The accusation is on the accusation, and what remains for them, the only way to get out of their sewage, blaming the opposite side in everything. Sales are disgusting.

      The first two paragraphs are generally shaky! Losses in Afghanistan comparable to Vietnam? Mayhem special services? Does he himself believe in what he writes? A kind of Australian liberal - all blamed Russia, but I'm not in the herd, and I'm not like everyone else. You look - and who will pay attention ...

      The main thing is that behind the attempt of supposedly objective analysis, "not everything is so bad", the same simple and familiar russophobia shines through. Why be surprised? ...
      1. Gani
        Gani 29 October 2015 08: 25 New
        +4
        it seems here- attempted supposedly objective analysis, "not everything is so bad"it doesn’t even smell - on the contrary, it’s such a cunning, savage form of dousing. Like, look, it's not so bad! Putin no longer eats babies for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but only for a zvatrak!
        There are full of such articles that allegedly pretend to be an objective analysis, but actually clogging people into the consciousness and subconscious mind and try to think the negative image of everything connected with Russia.
        Although ... I could be wrong, maybe a person really tried to tell the truth as he understands it, and the ritual vysery at the beginning and at the end of the article is what censorship missed
        1. venaya
          venaya 29 October 2015 11: 59 New
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          Quote: Gani
          I could be wrong, maybe a person really tried to tell the truth as he understands it, and the ritual vysery at the beginning and at the end of the article is what censorship missed

          The author of the article, in principle, cannot write what he thinks. He writes only that, the editor-in-chief will skip, and he, in turn, only care about his ass. And so everything is in a circle. And this system cannot be broken, it can only be destroyed at the root, which, in principle, is our task, it is better if we act more actively.
          1. Amurets
            Amurets 29 October 2015 12: 54 New
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            Let it be a repeat, but the fact that Russia, because of its independent policy, has shown other states that the world is multipolar, which may be different, has caused anger and displeasure of the Anglo-Saxon community, which seeks to enslave the entire population of the planet. And if the third world is together If they unite with Russia and China, then Anglo-Saxon domination will come to an end. And after several centuries of domination, to be equal with the rest is scary.
    3. pazuhinm
      pazuhinm 29 October 2015 16: 02 New
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      And can you write something sane about his country? so that they understand you and you were not ashamed of what was written? Or is it so bad that they won’t write anything good?
      We live in different worlds, and their cereal in their head is different from ours.
  4. 3 Gorynych
    3 Gorynych 29 October 2015 05: 37 New
    +6
    As always with the arrogant Saxons, 90% more or less the truth + 2% of outright lies ... the BBC school is felt ... They themselves are Demons with a capital letter.!
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  6. Zomanus
    Zomanus 29 October 2015 05: 50 New
    +2
    Dude is trying to both praise us and scold.
    Probably not sure what tomorrow will be the opinion of Russia.
  7. m262
    m262 29 October 2015 05: 56 New
    +2
    An interesting language of a Western diplomat: you are probably a little right about Ukraine and the Russians, but Boeing, admit ...
  8. ImPerts
    ImPerts 29 October 2015 06: 02 New
    +2
    I appreciate the article positively. A cadre diplomat, albeit a former one, cannot say otherwise. He cannot turn around at 180 degrees and begin to “sing” differently and in other words. They will not understand him and will not listen.
    But he visited the Crimea and it does him honor. I was not afraid.
    PS Deal with the plane. It is very likely that a trump card in our sleeves is still hidden. They are not shown ahead of time so as not to give an advantage to the opposing side.
  9. EvgNik
    EvgNik 29 October 2015 06: 25 New
    +7
    An absolutely helpless attempt to say something smart. From the whole article you can take the headline - the rest can not be read.
  10. dog1965
    dog1965 29 October 2015 06: 26 New
    +8
    An interesting statement.
    "The Soviet special services also messed up. I spent two years in Moscow trying to learn the language and learn the people. It all ended up with people from the KGB with stern faces constantly harassing me and also persecuting those who tried to help me."
    Probably the agent was not just studying culture, but clearly looking for "dissent". Otherwise, why write about the "unjust war in Afghanistan." I think the KGB reacted correctly then. It's just that the infection came to us not from people from the people, but from the feeding trough of the CPSU itself. So the KGB has not been finalized in the past. Not there, the "black cat" was looking for.
  11. Mitrich76
    Mitrich76 29 October 2015 06: 44 New
    +7
    Indeed, a double bottom article. And it is written so that in the beginning the message was given to the "invaders of Afghanistan", then a little objective, that Crimea is yes, it was and has become Russian, and in the end - "but the Boeing was hit by you anyway."
    In other words, an article stating that not everything that Russia has done is a crime. And the best thing in Russia is Gorbachev, who ditched the Union.
    All this we have already heard, in different variations. And there is no objectivity in the article, the usual package of accusations.
    1. rafaelich
      rafaelich 29 October 2015 06: 57 New
      +5
      Yeah, I was especially pleased about "The military got out of control" ...
  12. Manul
    Manul 29 October 2015 07: 48 New
    +2
    During the Cold War, Moscow was demonized justifiably.
    am The author from the first line suggests reconciling himself with lies and accusations. To file them later in other forms.
  13. Riv
    Riv 29 October 2015 08: 10 New
    +5
    Everything is in the best traditions: the Australian diplomat arrived by invitation, made a trip and shit as best he could.
    Article in the furnace, the author - on the count. Before this, it is imperative to fly him a devil's mask from the starting picture.
  14. V.ic
    V.ic 29 October 2015 08: 25 New
    +2
    Written by Gregory Clark is a former Australian diplomat, president of Tamm University of the Arts. He recently made a study trip to Moscow at the invitation of the Russian authorities

    The wistful barking of a mad dog. The article put a minus.
  15. _GSVG_
    _GSVG_ 29 October 2015 08: 44 New
    +4
    Written by Gregory Clark is a former Australian diplomat, president of Tamm University of the Arts. Recently, he made a study tour to Moscow at the invitation of the Russian authorities.
    A spy and bpd, still in 60, according to him, who was spying and pouring mud on our country, for which gloomy guys from the KGB came to him, and this m.ra.zota still didn’t calm down, only the style has changed, writes with curtsies in all directions, to please everyone, and along the way to pour his garbage can onto Russia.
  16. _GSVG_
    _GSVG_ 29 October 2015 08: 48 New
    +1
    Quote: Riv
    Article in the furnace, the author - on the count. Before this, it is imperative to fly him a devil's mask from the starting picture.
    For all 100% I support
  17. 75 hammer
    75 hammer 29 October 2015 08: 54 New
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    The premise of this article is that in order for Russia to finally become a western democracy, it must be admitted that Putin personally shot down MH17. Stop throwing the very democrats into us by shit, he understands his own manure accumulated over the years of long "democracy" !!!!! !!
    1. Yuyuka
      Yuyuka 29 October 2015 10: 37 New
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      Stop throwing shame on us the gentlemen of the most-most democrats, sorting out their own manure accumulated over the years of a long "democracy" themselves !!!!!!!
      Yes, they’ll throw them! You draw a picture for yourself - how he scoops up and throws! wassat After all, seriously, there’s nothing to spoil them, so thinly, that’s why when throwing in our direction we won’t get dirty, but they are all ... in the "white" ... and smelling bad repeat
  18. Termit1309
    Termit1309 29 October 2015 10: 42 New
    +2
    During the Cold War, Moscow was demonized completely deservedly. The country carried out severe repression. The military went out of control; the number of people they killed in Afghanistan could rival the number of American casualties in Vietnam.

    As I understand it, the empire of darkness, Mordor in the flesh crushed people in Afghanistan less than the bright democracy of the United States? To go to the side of the world there are not enough corpses?
    de.ily.b.l.ya
  19. aszzz888
    aszzz888 29 October 2015 11: 43 New
    0
    although all parties adopted the Minsk Agreement in February, according to which Ukraine and Russia agreed to a ceasefire


    With a "darling" article, and how you will not redo them, and an overseas zombie opinion.
  20. Mestny
    Mestny 29 October 2015 11: 47 New
    -1
    Quote: sssla
    Where is she sane ?? I DO NOT SEE !! GORBY forever, a yapika studying Russian in the 60s, chases Kay JB for it

    I assure you, this is sane. Because the remaining 90% is a complete waste. There, demonization reached the finish line.
    Exactly the same as it was in the French press in 1812. Or in German in 1941. And indeed in European during these years.
    What is the conclusion?
    Correctly. There is very little left until the active phase of World War 3.
  21. Basil50
    Basil50 29 October 2015 11: 50 New
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    A former civil servant of the country with an official policy of extermination of the indigenous population gives a * rating * of democracy. And I’m absolutely sure of this right not only for myself but for all representatives of * Anglo-Saxons *. They have already figured out the internal problems of their own country, now it remains only to teach the rest and literally heaven will reign on earth. This is where the terminology comes from with primitive recipes and conceit.
  22. NordUral
    NordUral 30 October 2015 00: 23 New
    0
    It seems to be sympathetic, but the feeling that he spat, sympathizing.