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The Kremlin, Crimea, And 'The Good Hitler'

An activist in Kyiv holds a poster of Russian President Vladimir Putin caricatured as Adolf Hitler.
An activist in Kyiv holds a poster of Russian President Vladimir Putin caricatured as Adolf Hitler.
We've been hearing a lot from Moscow about all the Nazis and fascists purportedly running around Kyiv lately. In fact, the only place you could probably hear more references to Nazis than on Russia's state-controlled media is on the History Channel.

But the fiercely pro-Kremlin daily "Izvestia" seems to have crossed into entirely new territory with a piece by Andranik Migranyan on April 3 (a big h/t to Vladimir Kara-Murza for flagging this first). 

Migranyan heads the New York office of the "Institute for Democracy and Cooperation," an NGO set up under President Vladimir Putin in 2007 to monitor human rights in Western countries. His piece in "Izvestia" is basically a hit job on historian Andrei Zubov, who lost his job at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations after writing an article comparing Putin's annexation of Crimea to Adolf Hitler's seizure of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland in 1938.

Thing is, Migranyan doesn't really refute Zubov's claim. Instead he writes that we need to -- brace yourself -- distinguish between the "good Hitler" and the "bad Hitler."

And who exactly was this "good Hitler" of whom Migranyan speaks?

"We should distinguish between Hitler before 1939 and Hitler after 1939, and separate chaff from grain," he writes.  

"The fact is that while Hitler was gathering German lands and he united Germany, Austria, the Sudetenland, and Memel without a single drop of blood. If Hitler stopped at that, he would be remembered in his country’s history as a politician of the highest order."

Blogging on the article at "World Affairs Journal," Kara-Murza appeared nothing short of flabbergasted.

"Just when you think Vladimir Putin’s propaganda cannot sink any lower, it invariably does," he writes

"Perhaps someone could remind Andranik Migranyan and his Kremlin overseers of the track record of this 'politician of the highest order' and 'gatherer of German lands' prior to 1939 -- including the establishment of concentration camps and the public burning of books; the purges of 'non-Aryans' and the creation of the Gestapo; the closure of newspapers and political parties and the establishment of a one-man dictatorship; the Nuremberg racial laws and Kristallnacht. But of course they already know that."

Migranyan's article comes as the State Duma is debating legislation that would impose stiff fines and prison sentences for publicly justifying Nazism. The bill recently cleared its first reading and is expected to be passed into law in time for the May 9 Victory Day holiday.

The irony was not lost on Gazeta.ru, which asked, "What kind of fascists is the Duma afraid of?" in an April 4 editorial suggesting that, in the Kremlin's eyes, not all Nazis are created equally bad.

"The bill...is directed against the so-called national-traitors who disagree with the course of the president -- those that propagandists today lightly call fascists," the online publication opined. "But any stick -- even a police baton -- has two ends. And the law could also be useful for those anxiously reading in Izvestia about the 'good Hitler' who only turned bad after 1939."

-- Brian Whitmore

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by: Ray Finch from: Lawrence, KS
April 05, 2014 16:54
I would like to think that Migranyan was trying to deftly criticize Putin, but suspect that he has rather drunk deep of the Kremlin koolaid. N. Sviandze at Echo has some nice comments regarding this article at the link below.

http://www.echo.msk.ru/programs/personalno/1292944-echo/

by: Jarmil
April 05, 2014 19:21
Before June 22nd 1941 Hitler was for Russians good uncle Adolf, friend of Stalin and hero of war against imperialistic capitalists. Hitler became enemy only because he invaded Soviet Union. Nazi or fascist has meaning "anti-russian" in Russian. They don't care that Nazis did something wrong before 1941, because Russians did similar things or even the same.
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by: Roman from: Russia
April 16, 2014 15:08
My Englisch not good, but you wrong: soviet hawen`t love for Adolf. The soviet people wаs impregnated by anti-fashists tendency. You must remember how meny time USSR led talks with the western states about new Antanta. But they dont desized nothing 3 years! And Hitler was standing on our borders. We couldn't wait anymore the slow of Europe.

by: Zviad Kavteli from: Nashville, TN, USA
April 06, 2014 05:32
Putin-Keselev propaganda is outrageous and ridiculous. They are willing to label Hitler as good, in order to justify Putin's and their own crimes towards Chechens, Tatars, Georgians, Ukrainians and other nations. Putin's propaganda is now labeling Hitler's policies and invasions as "great deeds". Since we now have "good Hitler" and "bad Hitler", let me introduce another notion: "good Nazis" and "bad Nazis". So, according to Putin's propaganda, when Georgians or Ukrainians want to be independent and maintain their territorial integrity, they are "bad Nazis", but when Putin and Russians invade the neighbors, the invaders are "good Nazis".

by: John Newcomb from: Canada
April 06, 2014 16:31
IDC New York website shows "Good Hitler" fan-boy Migranyan as director: http://www.indemco.org/index.php?id=8&language=2
- But one must go to Russian IDC website to find any mention of IDC founder and director Snowden's lawyer Anatoly Kucherena,
http://www.indemco.org/index.php?id=8&language=1
.
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by: JLNancy
April 09, 2014 04:39
@John Newcomb

Good find!

by: Catherine Fitzpatrick from: New York
April 06, 2014 17:20
Awful, tendentious stuff -- and I have some more excerpts translated here, where he says Lincoln is remembered for unifying the country.

www.interpretermag.com/russia-this-week-hate-campaigns-against-anti-war-critics/#0300

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
April 07, 2014 07:15
Russia is double-faced "Sterva-Sterviatnik"!
________________________________________________
One face is Russian army of death, shape-shifters "terrorists"
Like Umarov and his GRU armies
(conveniently vanished),
Like Yamadaev and his GRU battalion
(conveniently vanished)
Like theirs and others battalions of death –
(conveniently vanishes)
Even larger secret GRU armies, like the two hundreds baby-killers in Beslan...
_________________________________________________
They used control each and any of 300 millions in USSR and 100 millions in "Eastern Block countries", intimidating and killing even for free thoughts.
Forget about dissidents, mostly Russian snitches, or proxies, harmlessly let go for propaganda.
ALL OF THE ABOVE ARE NOW IN UKRAINE,
INCREASINGLY INVADING!
_________________________________________________
Another face of Russian "Sterva-Sterviatnik" is its government
and military “Superpower”, usurped by Varaga-Prussaka bloody
"Pomesh'iks" and Bolsheviks – the 11 centuries race war!
They lie like impudent "neskladuha" and hooligans-hokey
players, pushing with their behinds washers in hokey gates.
SECOND FACE OF "STERVIATNIK" INVADING AFTER THE
FIRST "FACE OF STERVIATNIK" ALREADY TAKING
OVER UKRAINE!
_________________________________________________
One, "Anychar" of evil Russian race "War of Salamandras",
Only half breed Caucasian, child of raped by Russian and
German Nazi macaque, would boldly lie like crazy Vanga,
Ugly smell of Russia -"Shtaby" cutthroats of Umarov's lads.
Is his battalions of death taking Ukraine too - as bandas?
______________________________________________
Bloodsucking Russian "pomesh'iks" need breeding lands?
Did they promise homes breed too, "Anychars" battalions?
Are Russian "Pomesh'iks" grabbing again millions slaves?
Spit GRU lie that Stalin guilty of crimes, done by Russians?
Russians were like Nazis - Russia brought Nazis to Power!
_______________________________________________
UKRAINE WAS FIRST THAT REFUSED IN 1941 DISARM,
HOLDING FEW MONTHS, BE BETRAYED BY RUSSIANS,
TWO TRHIRD OF INVADED USSR NAZI ARMIES!
THEY ALSO TOOK INDUSTRIES, BEST IN USSR, EAST,
FORGING MACHINES OF WAR - RUSSIA HOLD THEM
AFTER THE WAR AS SLAVES - INFLUX RUSSIANS!
NOW INVADING RUSSIA CALLS UKRAINE NAZIS?
BREEDING IN VERY UKRAINIAN HOUSING THEY STOLE?
AS THEY CALLED KANTARIA - INVADING ABKHAZIA?
AS THEY CALL ALL VICTIMS OF VARAGA-PRUSSAKA,
INCLUDING HONEST RUSSIANS (not many left)?
RUSSIA IS LIKE HITLER INVADING DENMARK,
EXPANDED TO SIZE OF EURO-ASIA !
IT IS HOW MANY TIMES RUSSIA IS
MORE NAZI THAN HITLER!


In Response

by: JLNancy
April 09, 2014 04:35
@Konstantin

A very interesting metaphorically-dotted.rant. LOL

But, the reality behind it is so pathetically sad and very true.

by: Roman from: Russia
April 16, 2014 16:09
Wer is my comment? Cenzored? Sanctions I mean?

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