JDuma MP Yevgeny Fyodorov was considered a radical exotic for years by Moscow. He saw the Russian elite infiltrate the American foreign intelligence agency CIA and form the “National Liberation Front” in support of President Vladimir Putin, whom Fyodorov attributes to the role of savior, in the fight against alleged foreign domination. “Front” activists insulted and attacked members of the opposition – sponsored by security forces. Fyodorov has been calling for years to help Russia reach the “1945 borders.”
The deputy apparently did so with the consent of the Kremlin, as he was repeatedly nominated by the United Russia power party. Last Wednesday, he introduced a bill in the House of Commons on the abolition of recognition of Lithuania’s independence in 1991 under the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev. The recognition was “illegal” because no Soviet institution was entitled to decide whether or not to withdraw from the Soviet Union. According to this logic, the goal could be any former Soviet republic, as Fyodorov explained to the state media Sputnik: “We only started with Lithuania.”
Fyodorov’s words are now the lines of the Kremlin
A spokesman for Putin said the Kremlin knew nothing about the initiative. But Fyodorov’s words were supposed to be the Kremlin’s line since last Thursday at the latest. At that time, Putin indirectly acknowledged that his “special operation” in Ukraine was to bring the once Soviet regions back under Moscow’s control: He joined the tradition of Tsar Peter the Great, who conquered parts of the Baltic Sea 300 years ago. States and Finland conquered. Like the current generation, the “emperor” had the task of “regaining” historic Russian territories and “strengthening” Russia. As an example, Putin cited the Tsar’s campaign against Narva, a city in Estonia on the border with Russia. Estonia therefore summoned Russia’s ambassador to Tallinn and criticized Putin’s statements and Fyodorov’s bill and the threat of “demilitarization” and “denazification” of countries other than Ukraine – in line with Putin’s goals of attack and “dangerous and irresponsible” .
In Lithuania, Fyodorov’s bill met with ridicule. MP Matas Maldeikis said on Twitter that if Russia withdrew recognition of Lithuania’s independence, Lithuania would in turn revoke the 1634 peace treaty between the then Lithuanian-Polish dual state and Moscow, which defined the border between the empires far west of present-day Russia: “Smolensk is Lithuania This provoked Vladimir Solovyov, one of Kremlin’s leading television propagandists. He pretended not to notice the irony in Maldeikis’s words (such absurd statements are regularly and seriously broadcast on Russian television) and concluded: how it can make the world tremble! ”
Lithuanians have become accustomed to initiatives such as Fyodorov, who in 2015 called on Russian prosecutors to investigate those who recognized the country’s independence. We should not “inflate such words into a big bubble,” said Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis: “There may be many such statements in the future. You should not surprise us – such is the regime. “Whatever the reason, one must be clear” who we are dealing with “and take the Russian regime” very seriously “.
German benevolence to the Baltic
Politicians from the Baltic states have often found in recent years that their warnings about the dangers of the Russian regime in the West – and especially in Germany – have been dismissed as historically understandable, but exaggerated or even hysterical. The Russian leadership has long officially questioned the independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Russia denies that the three countries were occupied by the Soviet Union in 1940.