“Hang Them from the Lamp Posts”

The “One Nation Myth” and Kremlin Imperial Revanchism on Ukraine

Pyotr Tolstoy, Deputy Speaker of Russia’s Parliament and head of the Russian delegations to the Parliamentary Assemblies of both the OSCE and the Council of Europe, calls for “hanging the leaders of the Ukrainian revolution from the lamp posts”. Ukraine is a part of “our greater Russia” and the peoples of Ukraine and Russia are “one nation”.

The statement of the great-grandchild of the pacifist, world-famous author Leo Tolstoy relates to a core element of Kremlin disinformation on Ukraine – questioning the actual existence of a Ukrainian nation, a Ukrainian state, and a Ukrainian identity.

Out of around 12,000 cases in the EUvsDisinfo database, over 4,500 concern Ukraine. Mr. Tolstoy’s claim regurgitates the 500 cases that question Ukraine’s historical existence. The claim of the “Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians(opens in a new tab)” is a revanchist trope to support Russian imperialistic ambitions.

Ukraine is a European state with a unique history, language and literature. The Kyiv Mohyla Academy(opens in a new tab) was founded in 1615. One of Europe’s first constitutions was written for Ukraine in the 18th century, the Constitution of Pylyp Orlyk.(opens in a new tab) The first major novelist in the Russian language, Nikolai Gogol (in Ukrainian Mykola Hohol), was from Ukraine and used Ukrainian folk-tales and traditions as inspiration.

Russia and Ukraine have, just as any neighbouring countries in Europe, a past of both friendship and hostility, of trade and exchange, of cooperation and competition,

When Russia established itself as a major European imperialistic power in the 18th century, Ukraine came under Russian control.

In a referendum in December 1991(opens in a new tab), 93 per cent of Ukrainians voted “yes” to independence – including the majority of the people of Crimea. The Ukrainians have chosen the right to self-determination. The Ukrainians have expressed a wish for friendly relations with Russia on several occasions, but the Kremlin replied with armed violence, with illegally annexing Ukrainian territories and, as in the case of Pyotr Tolstoy, with calls to murder Ukraine’s elected leaders.

(c) EU vs Disinfo

6 comments

  • Well Tolstoy, time to put your big mouth to work. Come to Ukraine and start the hanging, being a big tough guy, it should be no problem for you. I’ve no doubt the OSCE and CofE will come down hard on Russia over this statement. Only joking, they will pretend they haven’t seen that article. This just shows what the scum next door are thinking about, and how twisted these vermin are.

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  • Why this Nazzi-sum represent Russia in the OSCE?

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  • onlyfactsplease

    No manner of vehemence, anger, tears, flowing saliva, balled fists, stomping feets or lies will make Ukrainians and mafisoi one people or make Ukraine a part of mafia land. But, it is still fun watching, reading and listening to the mafia crybabies.

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