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In Russian, the word “temnik” refers to when the authorities secretly send instructions on how the media should expose this or that story. As a result, an ordinary reader is surrounded by multiple polyphonic messages painting this story in a monophonic color.
A stark example of such tactics took place in 2018, when US newspapers began running a biased Sinophobic agenda before the White House launched its infidel anti-China trade war.
Right now I’m watching a similar Washington Temnik targeting Moscow. With US sanctions failing to disrupt Russia’s economy – as I wrote in my WG column last month titled “US Tries To Hit Russia With Tough Sanctions, But Fails” – Uncle Sam summons another demon.
From April to June 2022, dozens of US media outlets and netizens simultaneously began sharing the same narrative. This is called “the decolonization of Russia”. Bloomberg, The Atlantic, various blogs and think tanks sing with one voice: Russia is an evil empire that oppresses ethnic minorities, and the only way to democratize it is to dissolve the country within internal borders of its regions, as the Soviet Union had been.
Finally, on June 23 – simulating a natural public concern to which the authorities must react – the American Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe held a conference bearing, unsurprisingly, the same title: “the decolonization of Russia”.
At this point, I remember the liberal pro-Western Russian opposition repeating: “There is no evidence that Washington wants to dissolve Russia. No, no, there certainly isn’t – except this Commission which is the official organ of the US government.
Perhaps my opponent would respond that such a hostile American program is just retaliation for the recent “Russian aggression” – a narrative the West constantly uses when invading Libya, Iraq , Afghanistan and other sovereign countries.
Well, let’s take the 1990s: after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia was extremely sick and overwhelmingly pro-Western. The then Russian Foreign Minister was only looking for a joint photo with the US Secretary of State instead of protecting our national interests.
Despite this, America still welcomed the possibility of further Russian disintegration. In the mid-1990s, in Chechnya, a mountainous Russian region, separatists seized power and unleashed a bloody war. Our people called them “Chechen gangs”, but in fact many of them were foreign terrorists without nationality linked to Al-Qaeda.
The American media referred to these mass murderers as “rebels” or “freedom fighters”. Alumni and former DC officials expressed their support and met with their representatives. Moreover, the terrorists who acted in the Russian Caucasus mountains openly deployed their training and recreation camps in the Pankisi Gorge in neighboring Georgia, an extremely pro-American country at the time.
Of course, the real reason for such a policy is not US concern for democracy – whether in Russia, China or any other pro-multilateral country – but its desire to maintain global dominance. at all costs, including bullshit.
Now, as a last hope, the United States is trying to mount its “decolonization of Russia” program. I don’t know why the Russian political advisers in Washington had chosen such an absurd strategy; unless the only information about Russia they have is the propaganda in their own media.
Similar to the United States, Russia is a polyethnic and multi-religious country from coast to coast, with various historical issues related to the acquisition of its parts. Perhaps American politicians who have become accustomed to the only example of state building – their own – really think that other countries impose the same model: permanent wars of conquest, institutional racial discrimination and genocide of ethnic minorities like the Indians for most of the year. national history.
Why am I wasting my time opposing this ridiculous concept of “decolonizing Russia” which is as bogus as their “chemical weapons of Saddam” claim? The reason for this is that the possible dissolution of the United States – the nuclear country with 200 million guns in its arms – may cause much more damage than even the collapse of the Soviet Union. Because, as we can see, all American policy causes a boomerang effect.
For the past two decades, the White House has promised to destroy terrorism and build democracy in Afghanistan. Instead, after American rule, this country was totally obliterated; in Washington itself, democracy is failing and domestic terrorism is on the rise – remember the storming of the US Capitol in 2021.
In recent years, the United States has promised to destroy Russia’s economy with sanctions – and now its own inflation, fuel crisis and food shortages have reached historic heights.
For the past few weeks, the United States has been promising to “decolonize Russia” – but now its own Texas is considering holding an independence referendum.
On the other hand, why does Russia stand for multilateralism and equality on the world stage? Because he succeeded in imposing the same order on his own territory.
Take specifically the Chechnya mentioned above: within modern Russia, it has its own military units, its own Muslim traditions and the widest range of autonomy. Despite this, Chechen troops constitute a notable part of the Russian military and carry out counter-terrorist strikes for Russian national interests.
So now you know why the United States represents its dominance in the world: on the external scene, it only reflects its internal “melting pot” model, which leads to the supremacy of a single culture – American. And who is the real colonialist, then – the answer is obvious.
The author is assistant professor at the Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok, Russia. [email protected]