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For Russia, brutality and suffering are the second coming of Christ.

For Russia, brutality and suffering are the second coming of Christ.

The 260 years they spent as tax collectors for the brutal Mongolian Empire formed many of of their beliefs and practices. They sneer at institution, laws, social norms. They ridicule them, believing their mostly-western adherents are either naive or lying. The world will be restored to its true brutal self, and then their proclivity for inflicting and enduring suffering will lift them to their proper, lofty significance which they’ve hitherto been unfairly denied.

Not only are the “facades” of laws, norms, and institutions weak and temporary, they are insulting. This is why Russia breaks and ridicules almost every agreement it signs. They’re awaiting a return of the world that birthed them. Their anti-Christ is their Czar who will lead them through the necessary hardship. Treaties, promises, norms, institutions and anything else that constrains HIS power is blasphemy.

Ukraine’s war is about forcing them to adopt a different God.

Other Twitter threads

A thread on how Russia used cinema as a weapon of #Russiancolonialism and method of suppressing Ukrainians and dehumanizing heroes. Today we’ll talk about how Russia mocked Ukrainian Liberation Movement in the movie “Wedding in Malinovka” (“Весілля в Малинівці”)

When Russian troops occupied the Berry village in Chernihiv oblast, they drove 300 civilians into the school basement and turned it into a “death chamber”. Thread with photos and names of identified soldiers who came to Ukraine from the poorest Russia’s region, Tuva Republic

Kamil Galeev Twitter threads

Poll: Richer Russian are more supportive of the War

The most overlooked part of Russian literature is of course its poetry. Russia is not so much literature-centered as poetry-centered. Poetry stands in the middle of the Russian sacred literary canon. However, it is largely untranslatable and thus is poorly known in the West

How long will this war go?
Andrey Illarionov used to be Putin’s economic adviser, advocating for liberalisation of Russian economic policies in early 2000s. Later he turned into one of Putin’s most outspoken critics. I very much like his sober, realistic and informed analysis

Last time I discussed Volgograd – the poorest large city in Russia. Today I read a news about relatives of a Volgograd corporal KIA in Ukraine who are fighting over 12 million rubles of compensation. His aunt illegally appropriated all the money, so other relatives are suing her

The war in Ukraine and the regional divergence in Russia
1. It will be a long war
2. Hostilities can be localised or interrupted with ceasefires. Doesn’t matter. The fighting will resume again. And again
3. Contrary to the popular opinion, it will be Russia that breaks first

Great question. My answer:
1. Ethnic republics are super vulnerable. Moscow is much more likely to unhinge violence on them, than on Russian Oblasts. And nobody gonna step up
2. From the minority perspective you must be absolutely cracked to help “liberals” to get into power

Three Faced Icon
Diversity is natural, uniformity is artificial. Whenever you see the uniformity of cultural memes, be it the linguistic map of modern France or the style of Russian icons, you may be sure it is a result of violent homogenisation. Consider this trifacial Trinity from Tobolsk

Brat-2 and the Russian state cult
The CEO of Russian aerospace (& missiles producing) state company Roskosmos Rogozin published this video in his telegram channel РОГОZИН. It may look weird for foreigners but Russians understand this allusion very well (not a thread)


“Forgetting” is a centuries old, deeply ingrained Russian past time.

Only in a population with a strong instinct for forgetting can the whims of their Czar be supreme, always wise, always winning, always correct.


Why Was There a Ukrainian State in the Russian Far East?

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Revolutionary Russia
Green Ukraine (Zelenyi Klyn; Зелений клин, Zakytaishchyna) was a short-lived Ukrainian state that existed in the Russian Far East in the years of the Russian Civil War. In the years before the Russian Revolution Ukrainian settlers had moved to the region and after the October Revolution of 1917 Iurii Hlushko (“Mova”) proclaimed a Ukrainian state. First it sought union with the Ukrainian National Republic (UNR; a.k.a. Ukrainian People’s Republic; UPR), but later went for full independence. The state would be dissolved in the early 1920s and would make way for the communist-oriented Far Eastern Republic that would be dissolved also.
History Hustle presents: Why Was There a Ukrainian State in the Russian Far East?

Forced religious conversion in occupied territories

forced conversion to Russian Orthodoxy are being perpetrated on Baptists, Pentecostals, Catholics and Ukrainian Orthodox members in Russian occupied areas of Ukraine