May 2, 2014

The Russian History Putin Chooses to Ignore

Patricia Herlihy, Los Angeles Times

The Associated Press

It's easy to understand why Putin would covet and wish to annex Odessa and other southeast Ukrainian cities, but calling them Russian cities evokes a history that never was. In the 1920s, when Vladimir Lenin made the region officially a part of Ukraine and granted the Ukrainian Socialist Republic a veneer of autonomy, he said he was doing so "to avoid Great Russian imperialism and chauvinism." Vladimir Putin clearly sees nothing wrong with these traits.

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