|Article Title||Putin Raises Stakes in Crimea Face-Off|
|Source||Current Digest of the Russian Press, The , No.10, Vol.066, March 03, 2014, page(s):10-15|
|Place of Publication||Minneapolis, USA|
Putin Raises Stakes in Crimea Face-Off
DAVYDOV: LITTLE HAS CHANGED SINCE HITLER'S AUSTRIAN ANSCHLUSS, LEAST OF ALL WESTERN POLICY, WHICH IS STILL AS TOOTHLESS AS EVER
PUTIN'S CRIMEAN ANSCHLUSS. (By Viktor Davydov. The Moscow Times, March 3, 2014, p. 10. Complete text:) In the 1940s, Soviet poet Nikolai Glazkov wrote that "the more an era is interesting to historians, the more it is heartbreaking for the people living through it." Watching the breaking news as events unfold rapidly in the Crimea, it is hard to shake the thought that you are reading a history textbook. Only which one? Is it a book about the annexation of Sudetenland by Hitler in 1938? Or it is about Stalin's annexation of the Baltic states in the 1940s?
Like Hitler, who justified his aggression as "concern for the lives of our German compatriots," [Russian President Vladimir] Putin also justified the occupation of the Crimea by concern for the Russian-speaking population on the peninsula.
It looks like President Vladimir Putin took the lessons of both events to heart. Like Hitler, who justified his aggression as "concern for the lives of our German compatriots," Putin also justified the occupation of the Crimea by concern for the Russian-speaking population on the peninsula. Putin provided asylum to [deposed Ukrainian president] Viktor Yanukovich, who said he still remains the president of Ukraine and its commander in chief, and declared the decisions of the Ukrainian parliament illegitimate.
Meanwhile, to provide legislative justification for this Anschluss, the State Duma is already reviewing a legally insane draft law that allows the Kremlin to declare any territory part of Russia if the leaders of the territory request it. There are no stipulations on determining the legitimacy of the leaders. It might be noted that in the last election, the party of the current head of the Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, who was elevated to that position with the help of the Russian military, got only ...
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