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Revisionism 101
Russia Outdoes Itself

The Russian Duma is considering adopting a motion to condemn the reunification of Germany in 1990, calling it an “annexation.” The Washington Post:

The speaker of the Russian Duma has asked a parliamentary committee to study a proposal to condemn the reunification of Germany in 1990.

Sergei Naryshkin earlier this week faced scathing criticism of Russia’s annexation of Crimean peninsula when he spoke at the Parliament Assembly of Europe.

Russian news agencies say Communist deputy Nikolai Ivanov on Wednesday proposed a resolution to condemn what he called the “annexation” of East Germany in 1990. Ivanov said that unlike in Crimea, there was no popular vote to support the German reunification.

This is revisionism in Platonic form, so blatant a provocation that it’s hard to take seriously. But Putin is very serious in his attempt to revise the Western-led world order, and Germany happens to be first in his sights. As Walter Russell Mead put it in an essay earlier this week, “[Putin’s] current policy is aimed incrementally at reducing American hegemony; it is directly aimed at disrupting what Putin sees as Germany’s attempt to create a new post-1990 order in its image and under its aegis.” Germany has a lot more to worry about than Russia’s attempts at redefining the past.

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  • Fat_Man

    If it woke the Germans up. It would be a good thing.

  • Kevin

    A stupid move. What does it gain Russia? All it does is provoke Germany – something Russia needs to avoid at all cost if it wants a free hand in Eastern Europe. If Germany can be bothered to compete with Rusia, Rusiia will lose. Germany has a far stronger economy, a more attractive culture and ideology, has much better relations with practically every country in Eastern Europe, has no hostile neighbors and is well integrated into very wrong economic and military alliances. Putin succeeds slithering around in the dark when no one can be bothered with him – if the Germans think he is truly dangerous he will fund success much harder to achieve.

    • Carney3

      I assume you mean strong, not wrong, and that autocorrect is the culprit.

  • Dan Greene

    Oh please, this motion is going nowhere. If the media focused on every bizarre motion that came up in the US Congress, we’d all be embarrassed. Typical attempt to blow up any tiny thing in Russia as some great travesty. The propaganda mill grinds on.

  • WinstonCDN

    Let’s see what Germans do about this.

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