Staunton, August 24 – Moscow historian Arkady Popov has been systematically examining and demolishing the eight myths Vladimir Putin and his regime have put forward in justification of the Russian Anschluss of Crime. In today’s “Yezhednevny zhurnal,” he takes on the fourth one: that Moscow had “an extreme need” to take Crimea away from Ukraine.
(For his earlier articles on the mythology of Putin’s “Krymnash” notions, see
windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2015/07/none-of-eight-myths-in-putins-crimea-is.html, windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2015/08/moscows-claims-of-historic-right-to.html and windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2015/08/popov-demolishes-third-krymnash-myth.html).
Popov writes that Moscow’s Krymnash enthusiasts from Putin on down have offered such “a multitude of justifications for the seizure of Crimea” that is difficult to avoid the suspicion that many of them are simply being put out without much confidence that anyone will believe them (ej.ru/?a=note&id=28431