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What He Said and What it Really Means – “Interview/ history lecture”

Putin opened the Kremlin’s doors to the fired former Fox News host, right-wing extremist Tucker Carlson as microphone-holder for a two hour trip, some call it “interview”, basically regurgitating Putin’ thinly veiled imperial dream.

The attention around this propagandistic spectacle illustrate the Kremlin’s attempt to craft a the psychological operation to erode popular support for Ukraine in Western societies.

Any news from the Carlson/Putin show? In fact, nothing new. Most of the world know that Putin is obsessed by a desire to control Ukraine and restore imperial Russian glory. Putin launched himself into a 30-minute history-according-to-Putin lecture and then cruised around unchallenged by Carlson.

We cut through all the double speak and bring a deciphered resume of what Putin really means.

He said

What he really means

“Originally, the word ‘Ukrainian’ meant that a person was living on the outskirts of the state”

I reject the very notion that Ukraine would have the right of national self-determination

“Russia reclaimed all of its historical lands, including in the south and west.”

We expanded our colonial empire though ruthless conquest and oppression

“Hitler offered Poland peace and a treaty of friendship and alliance”

I have no shame to whitewash the most horrendous dictator in human history. I

“Before World War II, Poland collaborated with Hitler”

You’re a Nazi if I say you’re a Nazi

“Poland went too far, pushing Hitler to start World War II by attacking them”

I grossly twist the real intent of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact to divide Europe

“USSR behaved very honestly”

We lied through our teeth

“Lenin, the founder of the Soviet State, established Ukraine”

I am re-writing the past and denying centuries of Ukrainian history

“The promise was that NATO would not expand eastward”

The west forced my hand to attack, Russia is innocent

“United States should not support separatism or terrorism in the North Caucasus”

You should not care about Russian land-grabs if they are far away

“Armed opposition committed a coup in Kiev”

It is always someone else to blame, when Russia is aggressive

“They created a threat to Crimea which we had to take under our protection”

I am blaming imaginary adversaries to justify an illegal and shameless land-grab

“They launched a war in Donbass in 2014”

Once again, I am blaming the victim for Russia’s own crimes in Donbas

“We would have never considered to even lift a finger, if it hadn’t been for the bloody developments on Maidan”

I believe that Russia is a knight in shining armour sent by heavens to save the heathens enthralled by western war-mongering

“We never agreed to NATO’s expansion and moreover we never agreed that Ukraine would be in NATO”

I don’t understand that sovereign countries make their own independent foreign and security policy decisions

“Ukrainian leadership declared that it would not implement the Minsk Agreements”

I am trying to distract from Russia’s own breaches of said agreements and conjure another faux cause for aggression

“No, we haven’t achieved our aims yet”

We will keep killing, raping and razing Ukrainian lands until someone stops us

“We pulled back our troops from Kiev”

Please don’t remember how we boasted that it would all be over in three days

“Ukraine built its identity upon some false heroes who collaborated with Hitler”

I will say and do anything to demonize Ukraine and justify Russia’s brutality against Ukrainian people

“Kiev obeyed the instructions of Western countries, European countries and the United States to fight Russia to the bitter end”

I reject the idea of a sovereign and independent Ukraine acting with its own agency

“If you really want to stop fighting, you need to stop supplying weapons. It will be over within a few weeks”

Just let us burn Ukraine to the ground

“NATO is trying to intimidate their own population with an imaginary Russian threat”

Don’t think about the many, many times Russia has threatened or attacked almost all of its neighbours

“Because we have no interest in Poland, Latvia or anywhere else”

We definitely have colonial interests in Poland and the Baltic States

“United States controls all the world’s media and many European media”

Believe in conspiracy theories and don’t think about Russia’s own massive multi-billion propaganda machine

“Completely unjustified policy of pressure was pursued against Russia”

Once again, it’s time to play the victim card

“We have never refused negotiations “

We don’t consider Ukraine sovereign enough to even talk to it

“Everyone had the illusion that Russia could be defeated on the battlefield”

In other words, be very scared of our nukes

“Russian authorities were always very careful about the culture and religion of those peoples who came into the Russian Empire”

We have systematically oppressed and russified the nations and cultures Russia has occupied and colonized

“We won’t attack anyone.”

Like we didn’t attack Ukraine in February 2022

“We have done so many gestures of goodwill out of decency”

If we attack you, it means we care about you

“We are ready for a dialogue”


We will accept nothing less than unconditional surrender

“The unity is still there”

We will continue to brainwashing and russification of temporarily occupied territories.


Article and pictures first time published on the EUvsDisinfo web page. Prepared for publication by volunteers from the Res Publica - The Center for Civil Resistance.


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