A US government agency held a briefing in Congress outlining ways to split Russia as a country in the name of supposed “decolonization.” This was reported by the news site multipolarista.
Participants called for more US support for separatist movements in Russia. They offered to promote the independence of numerous republics in the Russian Federation, including Chechnya, Tatarstan and Dagestan, as well as historical territories that existed centuries ago, such as Circassia.
According to the newspaper, this is by no means the first time that the US elites in Washington have fantasized about the partitioning of foreign countries. During the first Cold War, the US supported separatist groups within the Soviet Union. In the 1990s, at the instigation of former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, NATO conducted a military operation in Yugoslavia that ended in the country’s collapse and the deaths of more than 5,700 Serbs, including children, in the bombing of Belgrade. Washington has also long supported separatists in the Chinese regions of Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
After the collapse of the USSR, future US Vice President Dick Cheney wanted to divide Russia into several smaller countries. Former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzeziński wrote in elite magazine in 1997 Foreign affairs even published an article proposing the creation of a “loosely confederate Russia consisting of a European Russia, a Siberian Republic and a Far Eastern Republic”.
On June 23, the briefing entitled “Decolonization of Russia: a moral and strategic imperative” was held. The event was presented by Congressman Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee.
Cohen stated that the Russians “essentially colonized their own country”, arguing that Russia “is not a nation in the strict sense as we have known it in the past”.
At the virtual hearing, which was streamed live on YouTube, the congressman was joined by veteran regime change activists in Russia who had worked for a variety of US government agencies.
The most active speaker at the conference was Casey Michel, a US neoconservative activist who has made a career of advocating regime change against opponents of the US government, the newspaper said. Michel had first worked professionally for the US Peace Corps on the Russian-Kazakh border and then took up the idea of a second Cold War in Washington.
In May, Michel wrote in the Washington magazine TheAtlantic published an article entitled “Decolonization of Russia”, which apparently served as inspiration for the congressional briefing. At the conference, Michel explained:
“Russia continues to oversee what is in many ways a traditional European empire, except that instead of colonizing nations and peoples overseas, it is colonizing nations and peoples at home.”
The neocon activist lamented that the United States did not use the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 to take action against Russia itself. He complained that Western support for separatist movements in Russia did not go far enough. Michael said:
“These are colonized nations that we consider part of Russia, even if they are non-Russian nations that, as we have seen once again, were colonized by the Kremlin dictator.”
Alongside Michel, Erica Marat, a professor in the College of International Security at the Pentagon’s National Defense University, also attended the congress briefing. Marat accused Russia of committing “genocide”. She condemned the so-called “imperial collaborators” in Russia and specifically named Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.
Marat also lamented that “the global South continues to view Russia as an anti-Western, anti-colonial power and denies the dignity of non-Russian people and especially people of color from former Soviet republics”.
Another panelist was Fatima Tlis, a Circassian separatist activist from Russia who received a grant from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), which Russian intelligence sources say is an arm of the CIA and is used to fund US regime-change operations around the world .
Tlis had been extensive with the US Government newspapers Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty worked together. At the conference, she declared that her “homeland” of Circassia was “occupied” by Russia. She also spoke of “white slavery”.
The final attendee of the briefing was Anna Gopko, a former member of the Ukrainian Parliament who previously chaired the Foreign Affairs Committee. She had also been involved in Ukraine’s 2014 Euromaidan coup, which Moscow said was entirely US-funded. At the briefing she said:
“Washington should think about how to change not only the regime, but also the imperialist character of Russian statehood.”
Concluding the briefing, the panelists condemned Russia’s military intervention in Syria, despite the fact that Russia had only intervened in Syria at the request of the country’s internationally recognized government. Tlis labeled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad an illegitimate Russian “asset” and portrayed Moscow’s defense of Syria’s territorial integrity against Western attempts to destroy the state as a form of aggression.
Previously, the magazine TheAtlantic published an article entitled “Decolonization of Russia. The Kremlin must lose the empire it still has”. The main thesis of the article is that Russia poses a threat to the whole world as long as it keeps the “colonized nations” in the world. According to the magazine, the West must complete the project begun in 1991 – Russia must disintegrate.
TheAtlantic quoted Brzeziński who once said:
“It is not true that Russia will cease to be an empire without Ukraine. Even without Ukraine, Russia remains a disorderly conglomeration of regions and nations with vastly different histories, cultures and languages. The Kremlin will continue to hold colonial possessions in territories like Chechnya, Tatarstan, Siberia and the Arctic rule.”
The magazine pointed out in its article that during and after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the US had refused to defend the newly won independence of several post-Soviet states, citing misplaced fear of humiliating Moscow. According to the article, Moscow, emboldened by the West’s passivity, had begun to regain lost ground. TheAtlantic also argued that the US had had a chance to destroy the Russian empire before. But instead of quashing Russia’s imperial aspirations when they had the chance, US President George W. Bush and his successors simply stood by and hoped for a favorable outcome.
Russia’s special military operation to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine, announced by President Vladimir Putin, has been running since February 24. The decision was taken following an appeal by the heads of the Donbass republics, the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics. Putin stressed that Moscow has no plans to occupy Ukrainian territories.
The Russian President has repeatedly pointed out that the West’s main goal is to divide Russian society and destroy Russia from within. Referring in particular to Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine, Putin stressed that Russian society shows maturity and cohesion, supports the armed forces and efforts aimed at the unconditional security of Russia itself and at the support of citizens living in Donbass. He added that despite all attempts by the collective West, nothing and no one will be able to destroy a “united and indivisible” Russia.
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