In a recent interview, Vladimir Putin was asked a lot of questions about historical Russia. According to CBS News, the questions came as part of an interview to be included in a new documentary called “Russia. Recent History.” The CBS News story was focused on the fact that Putin shared how he was forced to drive a taxi for money after the collapse of the USSR.
There are two key pieces of information that are found in the CBS News report that most will overlook based on the way the article is written, however. Especially given the actions of Russia in Ukraine.
For some historical perspective, the USSR was made up of Russia and 14 other surrounding nations. These nations were: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The large size of the Soviet Union gave the Russian’s control of land from Eastern Europe to the Pacific Ocean, sharing borders with China, Afghanistan, Iran, and Turkey with significant power and influence through the region.
In the CBS News article, they comment about how Putin called the collapse of the USSR “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century.” Obviously, with his comments about being forced to drive a taxi and his feelings on the collapse of the USSR, this is something personal to him.
In continued comments for the documentary, Putin said, “After all, what is the collapse of the Soviet Union? This is the collapse of historical Russia under the name of the Soviet Union.” In other words, he believes that all of the USSR is still Russia, not just the Soviet Union. He believes that these nations are part of Russia or should be under Russian control.
That’s where the issue lies. Putin is on a mission to take over strategic control of certain positions within each of these nations. If you think about the recent movement by Russa in the past few years, you can see this take place.
It started when Russia advanced on Georgia in 2008. They had strategic geopolitical positions that they wanted to control, especially Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Soon after, President Medvedev, who was being controlled by Putin, established the Medvedev doctrine. That doctrine stated that Russia had “special historic relations” and special interests in these nearby nations and that they would do whatever necessary to protect those interests.
Then in 2014, Russia invaded the Crimean peninsula. Then-president Barack Obama made passive threats against Russia. Russia insisted that it was not going to invade Crimea. Then they invaded Crimea under the explanation that they were simply doing as they were asked. Ukraine said at that time it was an invasion of their sovereignty and that Russia would launch a full-scale invasion.
All of Russia’s activity stopped during the Trump administration. I do believe that Putin saw Trump as a potential wild card and refused to launch any attack during his presidency. While the radical left and the fake news media wanted to say that Trump was a friend of Putin, if he was a friend then he would have allowed the invasions to continue. Putin saw Trump as a risk.
He does not see Biden as a risk, however, which allows him to begin his actions once again. He did not wait long after Biden took office, just like he did not wait long to invade Georgia after Obama took office. The military is building on the border and Biden is threatening “sanctions” against Russia. Russia is not threatened by sanctions one bit.
Ukraine says that any Russian invasion would overwhelm them and that they would lose control. Russia knows this. They know exactly what they are doing. They are slowly continuing the march to rebuilding what Putin calls historical Russia.
Occasionally the fake news media reports the news, but it’s always on accident. They were attempting to make light of Putin and put him in the spotlight for his work as a taxi driver. Instead, they accidentally gave a sneak peek into what Putin is really doing. He is attempting to rebuild the Soviet Union under the name of Russia.