[Aaus-list] Timothy Snyder: TNR & London Standard
pyz at brama.com
Mon Mar 17 22:13:43 EDT 2014
The Crimean Referendum Was An Electoral Farce
"What happened on Sunday in Crimea was an electoral farce. Referenda
cannot be held under military occupation. Referenda cannot have two
options that have essentially the same meaning. Referenda cannot be held
when all of the propaganda is generated by the state. Referenda cannot be
held when the local television stations are closed and journalists are
beaten and intimidated."
Only members of the Far Right need apply - the only interenational
observers allowed were from Far Right partiies:
"Yet there were some people on hand to praise the "referendum." Moscow
sent an invitation to parties of the European far right, and found
politicians willing to serve as 'observers.' Enrique Ravello has belonged
to the neo-Nazi CEDADE and now belongs to the extreme-right Plataforma per
Catalunya. Luc Michel used to belong to the neo-Nazi Fédération d’action
nationaliste et européenne and now supports a blend of fascism and
Bolshevism that is also popular among Russia's Eurasianists. Béla Kovács
is a member of the Hungarian extreme-right party Jobbik and the treasurer
of the Alliance of European National Movements. "
Timothy Snyder: Freedom in Russian exists only in Ukraine
"There is a country where millions of Russian-speakers lack basic rights.
That country is the Russian Federation. There is a neighbouring country
where tens of millions of Russian-speakers enjoy basic rights — despite
the disruptions of a revolution and Russian invasion. That country is
Ukraine. As the joke goes, Ukraine is a country where people speak
Russian, while Russia is a country where people stay quiet in Russian."
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