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Top 5 Myths About Russias Invasion of Crimea

Published: February 12, 2014 (Issue # 1801)


Although it is well known that thefirst victim ofnearly every military intervention is thetruth, Russia seems tohave broken all records inthis category. Here are thetop five Kremlin myths about Russias invasion ofCrimea:

1. There was no invasion.

Media fromall over theworld have reported testimony fromsoldiers inCrimean cities who are dressed andarmed exactly like those inthe Russian army minus theinsignia. They have seized airports, border crossings andadministrative buildings, andare pressuring Ukrainian soldiers stationed inCrimea tosurrender. Nonetheless, President Vladimir Putin insists that theestimated 15,000 soldiers who have seized Crimea are local Crimean self-defense forces.

Putin has also said that theFederation Councils authorization onMarch 1 ofmilitary intervention inCrimea has not been executed yet. Whats more, Putin said last week during ameeting with journalists that thesimilarity between theuniforms ofthe Crimean self-defense forces andthe Russian army can be explained bythe fact that is easy tobuy those uniforms inany clothing store. Putin didnt clarify, however, if these self-defense forces also bought thearmored personnel carriers fitted with Russian military license plates, which were spotted inseveral Crimean cities, atthese clothing stores as well.

Putins explanations have thesame credibility ofa 5-year-old boy who left thetop tothe cookie jar open andhas crumbs all over his face andthen tells his mother, I didnt eat any cookies!

2. Russians are indanger inCrimea.

There is no evidence that Ukrainians inCrimea andcertainly not Crimean Tatars support Right Sector, Svoboda or other far-right groups whose base ofsupport is limited largely tothe Western regions ofUkraine. Nor is there any evidence, despite Russias claims, ofUkrainian fascists coming toCrimea tocarry out attacks against Russians there. Even agroup ofUkrainian Jewish leaders wrote anopen lettertoPutin onThursday, admonishing theKremlin not toexaggerate thefascist threat inUkraine.

This is arepeat ofRussias provocation inSouth Ossetia andAbkhazia weeks before the2008 Russia-Georgia war broke out. Then, Russias provocation also centered onthe false pretext ofprotecting Russian citizens indanger worked: Georgia fired thefirst shots inthe war. Although Ukrainians have not yet reacted toRussias provocation inCrimea, it is inevitable that atsome point Ukrainians will be forced toreact toRussias aggression, particularly if Russia decides touse its weapons onUkrainian troops inthe peninsula. Once thefirst shots are fired, it is aslippery slope toa protracted andbloody military conflict between Russia andUkraine that would likely drag inoutside powers.

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Wednesday, Oct. 1


The St. Petersburg International Innovation Forum 2014 kicks off today at Lenexpo, where it will be presenting the latest and greatest ideas until Oct. 3. Focusing on economic development and the decisions and measures necessary to encourage development in Russias most important industries, the event is a possibility to discuss the innovations currently available in a variety of fields.


Representatives of the Russian and international media industries arrive in St. Petersburg for the first ever International Media Forum being hosted by the city until Oct. 10. With a variety of events on tap, including workshops, lectures and film screenings, the event plans to reemphasize the citys reputation as the countrys culture capital and as an emerging market and location for the visual arts.



Thursday, Oct. 2


The celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Mikhail Lermontov continues with todays free exhibition in the citys Lermontov Library at 19 Liteiny Prospekt. Titled Under the Rustling Wings, the temporary exhibition will feature the costumes and scenery used in the 1917 production of Lermontovs play The Masquerade, which he wrote in 1835 when he was only 21 years old.



Friday, Oct. 3


Learn more about how to manage and evaluate employee performance during SPIBAs Human Resources Committee meeting this morning on Employee Assessment: Global and Local Trends. Starting at 9:30 a.m., the discussion will touch on such topics as the partnership between HR and business, reliable assessment strategies and more, with Tatiana Andrianova, the head of the SHL Russia and CIS branch in St. Petersburg, as the featured guest. Confirm your participation by Oct. 2 by emailing office@spiba.ru or calling 325 9091.


AmChams Procurement Committee Meeting is at 9 a.m. this morning in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center on Ulitsa Yakubovicha.



Saturday, Oct. 4


Wine and cheese lovers will get their chance to revel during Scandinavia Country Club and Spas Wine Market Weekend. Going on today and tomorrow, wining diners can listen to live music, take part in culinary classes and, of course, sample a variety of fine wines from around the world. The cost of admission is 400 rubles ($10.30) for adults and 200 rubles ($5.15) for children.



Sunday, Oct. 5


Look for the latest fall fashions at the Autumn Market today in Freedom Anticafe at 7 Kazanskaya Ulitsa. The minimarket plans to offer clothes more flattering than the puffy jackets that are a staple of the citys cold-weather fashion, while offering the same amount of protection from the biting winds blowing off of the Baltic.



Monday, Oct. 6


SKA St. Petersburg, the citys KHL affiliate, welcomes Slovakian club HC Slovan in a match-up tonight at the Ice Palace near the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased on the clubs website or in person at either the arenas box office or the clubs merchandise store on Nevsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Oct. 7


Learn more about Russias energy industry at the St. Petersburg Energy Forum that begins today and runs through Oct. 10. Attracting industry experts and political and business representatives, the forum plans to welcome more than 350 plus companies and their representatives to discuss the future of Russias largest economic sector.



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