At a gathering of escaped liberals, they even drew a partition map. Photo: Roman PIMENOV/TASS
Here you are drinking tea with jam in the kitchen, and at this time our country is … divided. And it’s not a figure of speech. And they divide in the literal sense – the Russian opposition cuts the state, like a cake, into small pieces in order to divide it. Even the cards are ready.
Can’t be? Then read. Yes, a map is included. The same one.
In the city of Prague, from which once, in 1945, the Red Army drove not only the Nazis, but also their collaborators – the army of General Vlasov, who had settled here, experienced deja vu. At the end of July 2022, “real patriots” (as they call themselves), the color of the militant Russian opposition, gathered here. And those who are just getting used to abroad, having fled the country after the start of the special operation. And those who have lived there for a long time, such as Akhmed Zakaev (from London) or Gennady Gudkov (from Bulgaria). And Ilya Ponomarev was by video link from Kyiv. Yes, and from Russia itself drove up to divide Russia.
They called their cabal modestly – “The Forum of the Free Peoples of Russia.”
We talked a lot. But, in general, about the same thing. For example, the representative of VolgaDeutsche (in the sense we understand that these are the Volga Germans) Dmitry Vilister insisted that “international recognition of genocides and ethnocides of peoples on the territory of the USSR and the Russian Federation” is simply vital.
Sergey Vysotsky, a journalist from Ukraine, argued to the audience that “the history of Russia is a fake.”
It would seem boring, a circle of interests “let’s hug and cry”.
The main topic of this entire forum was the “decolonization” of Russia. In the opinion of the audience, Russia should be divided, crumble. Decolonize yourself.
Because now Russia, according to the “oppositionists”, is a set of colonies that Moscow has enslaved.
It is even curious how Moscow colonized, for example, the Voronezh region? Or Ivanovskaya? Or Penza? Well, they, the decolonizers, see it that way.
And they even drew a “Map of Free States of Post-Russia”.
Map of decolonized Russia
A photo: Dmitry POLUKHIN
UNITED STATES OF SIBERIA
I must say that the dividers, of course, were carried away by sharing the Rossiya cake. At first they drew one version – it would be nice to do so. But she was quickly rejected and rolled out another.
What went wrong?
In the first version of the map:
Chechnya and Ingushetia became part of Ichkeria, and Grozny became its capital.
You can shoot a blockbuster about the relationship between Chechens and Ingush. Just remember the recent signing of a border treaty between these republics with thousands of rallies that almost escalated into riots (and then it seemed to be about some kind of territorial trifles).
Bashkiria and Tatarstan were included in the Idel-Ural Confederation.
Let’s just say that these two peoples are also not exactly brothers. The competition between Tatars and Bashkirs has been known for a long time, and no one hides it. Moreover, both in Ufa and Kazan, there are hundreds of jokes about each other. Their life together as part of one neoplasm looks more like a mother-in-law relationship with a son-in-law.
The Chernozem region merged into the Voronezh People’s Republic.
Firstly, I was surprised by the region, which the ardent oppositionists called the “people’s republic” (hello, LPR and DPR!). Apparently, someone pointed this out to them, and the authors of the map quickly changed their shoes – let it be just “Black Earth”.
Secondly, imagine the picture: you come to the window with a huge bowl of popcorn, and there, on the street, thousands of residents of Belgorod or Lipetsk demand to separate them from Moscow and give them under the authority of Voronezh: “Vo-ro-nezh! In-ro-nezh! Lepota, as the king said.
But I don’t believe it.
Siberia became the United States (seriously, even a one-on-one flag) with Novosibirsk as its capital.
Do you know where the capital of Siberia really is? Not? To this question, they know a completely accurate, but very different answer in Novosibirsk and in Krasnoyarsk. Any Krasnoyarsk citizen will answer you: of course, in Krasnoyarsk. In Novosibirsk, you understand what they will say. And so it is in everything. The inhabitants of these two wonderful millionaires are constantly jealous of each other. Imagine what will be the struggle within the small USS (United States of Siberia) for leadership. Wow!
Basically, the map has been redesigned. For half a day. Looks like it’s on the knee.
They redistributed Russia into 34 principalities. “Do you want a smaller piece?” – “Of course of course!” – “And you with currant jam?” – “No, perhaps with caviar.”
“YOU WERE NOT ASKED”
But here’s the paradox. The people who divided Russia so easily completely forgot about the Russians.
It’s no secret that in any region of the country (with rare exceptions in the form of the republics of the North Caucasus or Tyva), Russians are the majority of the population. And here they are proposed to be cut off from each other, locked up in small states and national republics.
Doesn’t it remind you of the Belovezhskaya collusion of 1991?
Do you know what will happen in 10 – 20 years of such a life? Just look at Ukraine.
The Russian opposition divided the state like a cake.
A photo: Valentin DRUZHININ
“THIS DISEASE CANNOT BE STARTED”
Why did these people gather in Prague? And how to respond to their speeches? We asked the writer and publicist Dmitry Lekukh.
– “Decolonizers”, let’s say, show a touching unanimity with the West. And there, in fact, no one hides the dream of dismembering Russia. A month ago, in an interview with the French Figaro, the ex-president of Poland, Lech Walesa, recited literally the same thing: “There are 60 nations that have been annexed, just like Ukrainians today. It would be necessary to raise these peoples, attached to Russia. Or return it to a population of less than 50 million.”
A little earlier, one of the most intelligent American magazines, the Atlantic, published an article entitled “Decolonize Russia!”. Same with the map.
Why is this topic brought up again?
– Apparently, the time has come. Before, there was just a crisis in our relations with the West, but now it’s a hot phase. And it’s not about what we see in Ukraine (this is just a consequence). Their confrontation with Russia has already gone too deep, and they desperately need to take the next step. This is what they are planning.
– And yet, how can the conflict in Ukraine affect plans for the dismemberment of Russia?
– Directly. The West does not particularly hide the fact that the prolongation of the fighting in Ukraine and the sanctions are all in order to make life in Russia worsen and the people to rebel. For other people to come to power. Perhaps even these are “liberated” from Prague.
The West understands that Russia cannot be defeated, it can only be destroyed from within. Like in 1917 or 1991. And then they, from the West, “slowly come down the hill” and will be in charge here.
That is why the West is “bombing” the Russian oligarchs, thinking that they can influence Putin. Or arrange a conspiracy. Although the oligarchs themselves tell them: do not judge by yourself, this will not work in Russia.
– And what will the people in Russia say to the “decolonizers”?
– The ideas of dividing Russia are so far only the kitchen rituals of a very limited group of people who do this either with grants from the West or out of stupidity. The project of the same Ingermanland with the separation, excuse me, of St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad from Russia has not yet been hidden. Once he was popular in St. Petersburg “intellectual” circles. Allegedly, St. Petersburg is Europe, the Venice of the North, and not a “dirty rashka”. Fortunately, these moans have nothing to do with reality. But if the disease is started, the consequences can, of course, be severe. And that it’s not worth even waving your hand at kitchen conversations, history also speaks. The collapse of the USSR began precisely in the kitchens of the late Brezhnev era.
WILL THE BULLETIN VEST NOT INTERFERE?
But there is good news: not everyone who considers himself an opposition in Russia is ready to subscribe to the ideas of the “decolonizers” – they turned out to be so wild. Even Dmitry Gudkov, whose father was noted in Prague, is silent. They understand that otherwise they will be associated with those who want to destroy the country.
For example, one of the oppositionists, the founder of the Society of the Future movement, Roman Yuneman, noted that “the adherents of “decolonization” are literally preparing not for the future, but for the past:
“In their mind, it should be like this. The leaders of free Tatarstan and independent Alania will gather in the new Belovezhskaya Pushcha, sign papers, shake hands. And then the peaceful construction of a “free post-Russia” will begin.
Funny? Funny. People from Karabakh, Chechnya, Abkhazia, Transnistria, and Tajikistan will tell you about the “bloodlessness” of the collapse of the USSR. Yes, and today’s Ukrainian meat grinder is a belated echo of those same Belovezhskaya agreements.
There is a more suitable historical example – the collapse of Yugoslavia. Key words: civil war of all against all, ethnic cleansing, bombing.
Do not be fooled: “decolonization of the Russian Federation” is not a solemn signing of a piece of paper in the beautiful hall of the Viskuli estate, after which an unprecedented prosperity of free peoples will begin. This is the Yugoslav chainsaw massacre…
Do the adherents of “decolonization” understand what Pandora’s box they want to open, calling for a new parade of sovereignties? And that the peoples “liberated” by them will suffer the most in this situation?
Ideologists and organizers, of course, understand everything perfectly …
And for the final sobering up, I advise you to go somewhere in Buryatia or Ossetia, talk to living people “on the ground” and find out what the locals really need and what they think about the prospects that Moscow zoomers so generously want to open to them (the term used by in the world for a generation of people born around 1997 to 2012. – Ed.) and Yerevan emigrants who picked up trendy words on Twitter …
I would like to say one more thing. Speaking about the collapse of Russia for the good of the world, do not forget to buy body armor for your children in advance in the trenches of the second Tatar-Bashkir war.
“There are hostile geopolitical goals behind the hypocritical talk and today’s actions of the collective West. They do not need, they simply do not need a strong and sovereign Russia, they will not forgive us either our independent course or the fact that we are defending our national interests.
We remember how they supported separatism, encouraging terrorists in the North Caucasus. Just like in the 1990s and early 2000s, they still want to repeat their attempt to put pressure on us, to put pressure on us, to drive us beyond Mozhai, to turn us into a weak, dependent country, to dismember Russia in the best possible way for them. It didn’t work out then, and it won’t work out now.”
(Vladimir Putin – at a meeting on measures to support the regions on March 16, 2022.)
In the footsteps of General Vlasov
Surprisingly, the 2022 assembly in Prague called itself the “Forum of the Liberated Peoples of Russia” – almost exactly like Vlasov’s “Committee for the Liberation of the Peoples of Russia”, which adopted its manifesto in 1944. Also in Prague.
Do those gathered identify themselves with one of the main traitors in the history of the country?
Or do they not know elementary history?