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The Russian State and the Berlin Wall: Lying then, lying now.

Posted by democratist on November 9, 2014

9th November 2014

Democratist has been enjoying RT’s rather lavish coverage of the 25th anniversary of fall of the Berlin Wall, complete with stories of daring escapes to the West.

But there’s a couple of things that Bill Dod and Co. seem to be forgetting;

Most importantly, that the Wall was originally put up by very similar people to those who run Russia now (and who pay for RT). It was built by the East German Communist regime, at the insistence of the Soviet Union (and the Soviet KGB).

Vladimir Putin himself worked for the KGB in East Germany between 1985-1990, and although too young to have been present during the building of the wall, was part of the system of repression that kept it in place.

Interestingly, the official East-German (propaganda) reason for the construction of the wall was that it was needed as an “anti-fascist protection barrier.” The communists insisted that, if they didn’t build the wall, they would be under threat from all the Nazis who were supposedly getting ready to invade from West Germany.

This is the same argument that is used by the Russian government today, in a slightly different form:

Today their claim is that Ukraine has fallen victim to a “fascist coup” – thus justifying the actions of the separatists in Eastern Ukraine (and Russian military aggression “supporting” them).

Needless to say, the Russian state is lying just as much now as it was in 1961, or in the mid 1980’s when Putin was working in East-Germany: In 1961 there were no fascists ready to invade East-Berlin, and this is equally true of Ukraine today, which has held two elections since the February 2014 revolution – in which the far right did notably badly.

So there you go. The Russian state; lying in 1961, lying now. Repressing in 1961, repressing now.

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