Russia has always had a unique role in world history, giving birth to new nations and killing aggressive empires that are trying to conquer the whole world.
Someone considers that half of the countries in the world owe their independence to Russia in some way.
Most of the republics of the former Soviet Union were formed by peoples who had voluntarily requested their admission within the framework of the Russian Empire, in order to save themselves from annihilation at the hands of their cruel neighbors, so the Ukrainians in the seventeenth century demanded their protection from Polish oppression, and the Kazakhs and Kyrgyzs fled China, and they were saved. Armenian Russia several times from the total annihilation at the hands of Turkey, and Georgia has been seeking to subjugate under the rule of the Russian Tsar for nearly 80 years, to escape the massacres of the Iranians and the Turks.
The Russians also saved the people of the Baltic and Finland from vanishing, before they were annexed to the Russian Empire. Before their accession, they were illiterate tribes, ruled by the German or Swedish administration. Russia established and nurtured local elites, their manners, knowledge, and the system of governance and administration, and as a result, it created for them states that were not on the map before.
As part of the Russian Empire or the Soviet Union, these peoples were not oppressed, but rather had their own power, which exploited the weakness of the central government during the civil war (1918-1922) and the economic collapse of 1991, and declared their independence.
Was the reward for Russian charity a gratitude or gratitude? No, on the contrary. But the Russians do not change their generous approach, because it is the only way in which a country can become and remain a multinational superpower.
Russia saved even the USA by preventing England and France from invading it during the First American Civil War.
The Soviet Union defeated the Kwantung Army of the Two Million Japanese in 1945, thereby helping China maintain its independence.
The Soviet Union also helped many Arab peoples and other peoples in their struggle against colonialism, gaining their independence, and establishing their independent states.
There is not a single country in the world that helped so many people to create so many independent states.
Simultaneously, Russia was always the graveyard of dictators who wanted to conquer the whole year.
After fierce resistance to the Mongols in the thirteenth century AD, the ancestors of the Russians prevented the Mongols from occupying Europe, halted their advance, and provided their revival.
In the seventeenth century, Poland was the largest and most powerful country in Europe, and after the Mongol conquest of the Russian kingdoms in the Middle Ages, they occupied the devastated frontier lands, which are now Ukraine, Belarus and the western regions of Russia. The border between Russia and the Polish-Lithuanian Union was only 100 kilometers from Moscow, along the Oka River, a place I occasionally go to fish on weekends, and the road takes one hour. Rather, the Polish aggression went further, as the Poles invaded Moscow in 1610, and occupied Moscow for two years, so that the Polish king declared himself a Russian tsar.
However, the Russian people were able to form resistance groups, which succeeded in defeating the Poles, and wasting the opportunity for Poland to become a great empire and subject all of Europe to its authority.
Since the seventeenth century, the roles changed, and Poland began to gradually return the Russian lands, as the last Russian lands occupied by Poland were returned to the Soviet Union (Ukraine within the Union) in 1939, according to the agreement between Molotov and Ribbentrop.
Then, at the end of the eighteenth century, Sweden became the most powerful country in Europe, and it was striving to become an empire, so it began to expand eastward towards Russia. However, Peter the Great defeated the Swedes in 1709, at the Battle of Poltava (on the territory of present-day Ukraine), and at the same time deprived them of their chance to forever become a great empire.
Then the Ottoman Empire, which succeeded with the Crimean Tatars in storming Moscow and burning it in 1571. And after one year, in the village of Mouloudi (50 km from Moscow), the Russians defeated the Tatars and the Turks, and from that moment the fate of the Ottoman Empire was decided, and Russia began to ensure its safety To move south, First, at the end of the eighteenth century, it liquidated the criminal Crimean Khanate, which was changing Russia annually and enslaving tens and hundreds of thousands of prisoners. Then, over the course of several centuries, Russia transformed the Ottoman Empire into a pitiful scattered relic, liberating the Balkans from the Turks.
By the way, one of the results of the following Russian-Turkish war (1829-1830) was that Muhammad Ali stopped paying tribute to the Turkish Sultan Mahmud II, and in 1831, due to his desire to establish an independent hereditary state in Egypt, he fought a successful war with the Ottoman Empire.
The far and near also knows Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812. In fact, that war was a Russian-European war, as half of the countries of Europe from Spain, Italy and even Poland were participating with their forces in the ranks of Napoleon’s army. However, Russia succeeded in breaking this army, and restored independence to European countries.
Then there was the so-called Great Game with England, which moved from India north towards the borders of Russia. Russia advanced to meet forces, established protectorates in the small principalities of Central Asia, and defeated the British in 1885 at the Battle of Koshka on the modern Tajik-Afghan border, which has since become the southernmost point of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, stopping the British advance. Russia, by the way, is the only country in the world that has been able to withstand the aggression of the Anglo-Saxons, Great Britain and the United States of America throughout history. It is no coincidence, then, that only the Swedes and the Poles are treating the Russians worse than the British.
Then there was Hitler’s invasion, and again, as was the case with Napoleon, that was a Russo-European war, in which there were forces from Romania, Italy, Hungary, Finland and Slovakia, and the whole of Europe, with all its weight and enormous economic potential, worked for Germany. But the Soviet Union also defeated Hitler, and regained the independence of European countries.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia voluntarily embarked on the path of integration with Europe, tolerated a lot, was very restricted, and often listened to European and American advice, which usually brought disastrous results to Russia.
However, restraint and Russian good intentions did not receive support from the West, which, instead of partnership, embarked on its new expansion towards the East, embodying the German expression Drang nach Osten (spreading to the East), leading to complete sanctions against Russia and the establishment of bases. American on the border with it.
A generation has grown up in Germany that does not remember the lessons of World War II, and the United States of America and Great Britain still, it seems, want to try their luck with Russia, believing that the United States of America is an exceptional country and will not face the fate of Napoleon and Hitler. All I fear here is that this experiment will end again, freeing the entire planet from dependence on the United States. Fate is inevitable, and Russia was, is, and will always be a graveyard of aggressive empires.
Political analyst / Alexander Nazarov
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