Russian President Putin paid tribute to Tsar Peter the Great on the 350th anniversary of his birth on Thursday, declaring that modern Russia is once again on a historic mission to “return and strengthen” the his lost land. Erasing any doubt about the real motives of his invasion of neighboring Ukraine, Putin told an audience of technology students in Moscow that much of Russia’s reconquest of former territories belonged to their generation. They smiled gratuitously throughout the speech, giving no reaction at all to the leader’s imperial ambitions that had suddenly reshaped their future.
The speed with which talking heads swirled after Putin’s latest story broke the fragile shell of supposed independence on Russian state television, revealing the fact that propagandists of Russia The Kremlin on the highest rated programs are not present to share their own opinions. The same experts who have meekly asserted for months that the “special military operation” never aimed at occupying any Ukrainian territory changed their course in the blink of an eye. Ignoring the unconvincing legend of the mythical Nazis taking power from the Ukrainian government, as well as complaints about “NATO expansion,” state TV pundits accept the idea shamelessly take the land of another country—Just because they wanted to.
After playing clips of Putin’s latest comments, Vladimir Solovyovstate TV presenter Evening with Vladimir Solovyovfirst jumped to the top: “Putin is talking about consolidation and expansion, because back [territories] means enlargement. What we lost before, now we must return. This is a completely different formulation of our goal. Life is getting interesting. ”
Solovyov’s frequent guest, Andrey Kartapolov, head of the Defense Committee of the Russian Duma, who had previously served as Deputy Defense Minister, excitedly agreed: “Yes, we will restore and strengthen . .. The world has changed. The American colonial era has ended and will never return. In this new world, Russia will be a strength, a moral compass, a landmark of purity, truth and rightness, a place where sensitive people will flock from all over the planet.”
Kartapolov’s speech sounded like it might have come straight from North Korea, and indeed, that’s where some state television pundits see things going. At the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, prominent state television pundit Karen Shakhnazarov expressed concern about human suffering and publicly urge Putin to quickly end the war. Whether or not he was berated for openly dissenting against the Kremlin line, today Shakhnazarov is fully on the train to rebuild the empire.
He criticized the voices of the West questioning whether states without nuclear weapons should submit to stronger states that are brandishing nuclear weapons, insisting that may be true. . Acknowledging that his actions were cynical, Shakhnazarov argued: “If you are not capable of creating such weapons for self-defense, if you do not have competent engineers and scientists or industry career, then you have to take into account that there are other countries that will determine how you live. It is just the way it is. There are countries like North Korea – a small country – that have been able to prove to everyone that they can be sovereign. “
Shakhnazarov describes Russia as an empire, a legitimate descendant of the Golden Horde Mongol dynasty: “I believe that Russia is the natural heir of the Tatar-Mongols, who created the first empire on the territory of Europe- ASIAN.” The uncivilized brutality has been embraced by Russian opinion-makers, with Solovyov’s show guests on numerous occasions. argumentative that the so-called “separation” of Ukrainians would lead to public hanging.
Earlier this week, discussing the fates of British nationals Shaun Pinner and Aiden Aslin, and Moroccan national Saaudun Brahim – all arrested in Ukraine – the experts on Solovyov’s program fell into a shouting match, argumentative whether they should be shot or hanged. These displays of barbaric brutality and disregard for international norms on state-controlled television took place even before the prisoners were tried by Russia’s confidant government. and sentenced in the “Donetsk People’s Republic” in Eastern Ukraine.
The idea of \u200b\u200bgrowth through territorial expansion has been repeated many times by famous figures, such as the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Defense Committee Vladimir Shamanov, the former Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Airborne Forces. In a recent interview, Shamanov agreed with the statement that “war is the card of the Russian people” and assertive: “Our nation was built through territorial expansion.”
During his performance, Solovyov introduced a clip of the late Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a former member of the State Duma, famous for his silly, pompous statements. In the clip, Zhirinovsky asserts that the Baltics and Ukraine will be occupied and controlled by Russia. The presenter called the politician a “political prophet” and noted that “everyone should listen” guess.
Complaining bitterly about sanctions — and his forfeited Italian villas on the shores of Lake Como — Solovyov suggested: “Because we will expand, if we need — for example — extra Auto parts, zoom in towards the place where the factory is located. I am also still angry about Lake Como. Please zoom in that direction”.
While Putin is imagining himself as the new emperor of Russia, with many two-headed eagles reported Decorating his royal palaces, the idea of combining ancient brutality with nuclear threats might not work well for ordinary Russians. The Russian dictator has a message for everyday people, Fight under the weight of crippling sanctions: “Russia will be better off in 10 years.” Most importantly, we now know what awaits us in the coming years: to return and strengthen [lost lands]. ”
On Friday, the host of 60 minutes Olga Skabeeva exclaimed: “That’s great! Now we understand the future plans of the Russian state: we will return and strengthen [territories]. Some are scared about this, but it’s definitely not our problem.”