On Russian Colonialism

maksym.eristavi 🇺🇦🏳️‍🌈

when foreigners casually drop ‘bombing of kyiv’ these pics always come to mind. this is what #RussianColonialism did to chechnya and grozny when they tried to leave the empire in 2000. a war crime of horrific scale, but the rest of the world was like ‘meh’, so moscow continued

moscow is awfully uncreative. in the last one hundred years #RussianColonialism has been using the same invasion and occupation tactic over and over and over again. thread.

1920. central asia tries to leave #RussianColonialism. moscow invades to protect from ‘ethic violence’. bukhara, one of the oldest cities in the world, ends up in ruins. 150,000 slaughtered across the region in pogroms and ethnic cleansing
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basmachi_…

1917-32. ukraine tries to to leave #RussianColonialism. moscow invades to ‘stop violence’, spends years on a mass murder spree across the country, stokes unrest and eventually occupies it. kremlin uses the #holodomor genocide and mass terror to crush the resistance

1917-20. azerbaijan tries to leave #RussianColonialism. moscow manufactures fakes about mass murders and invades ‘to stop violence’. tens of thousands slaughtered

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1917-20. armenia tries to leave #RussianColonialism. moscow manufactures fakes about mass murders and invades ‘to stop violence’

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1917-24. georgia tries to leave #RussianColonialism. moscow stages ethnic violence and invades to ‘stop it’. over 15,000 executed and 20,000 deported in ethnic cleansing of georgians
civil.ge/archives/39704…

1918-45. north caucasus tries to leave #RussianColonialism. moscow stages ethnic violence and invades to ‘stop it’. mass ethnic cleansing and deportations in following two decades kill hundreds of thousands

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1917-21. Bashkortostan tries to leave #RussianColonialism and becomes the world's first muslim democracy. moscow stokes internal divisions, lures into a military union and then absorbs the republic, murders over 10,000 in following anti-colonial uprisings
ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Башкурдис…

1918. latvia tries to leave #RussianColonialism. moscow manufactures a civil war, but fails to take over the country and latvians manage to defend newly-born post-colonial democracy
okupacijasmuzejs.lv/en/history/ind…

1917-20. estonia tries to leave #RussianColonialism. moscow invades using token estonians & disinfo claiming 'liberation' of the country. with solidarity of uk & finland estonians managed to defend newly-born post-colonial democracy
youtube.com/watch?v=HBA0xD…

1918. lithuania tries to leave #RussianColonialism. moscow breaks the word on international post-ww1 treaty that guaranteed lithuanian independence, creates a puppet statelet litbel to legitimize the invasion, orchestrates a coup, but lithuanians push back
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithuania…

1918. belarus tries to leave #RussianColonialism. moscow creates a puppet statelet litbel to sabotage the independence movement. small belarusian army resists enormous kremlin forces for over a month on a heroic suicide mission but loses
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belarusia…

тым, што пайшлі паміраць, каб жыла бацькаўшчына
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slutsk_up…

1919-22. karelia tries to leave #RussianColonialism. moscow crushes anti-colonial uprisings, bans democratically-elected assembly, creates a puppet govt. hundreds slaughtered, approx 30,000 became refugees, local language/culture banned in 1930s
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Kare…

1929-30. north afghanistan becomes a base for anti-colonial fighters from central asia. plus, unpopular afghan king gets ousted, asks #RussianColonialism to invade. kremlin sends troops dressed in afghan uniforms. they slaughter hundreds, but return home
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Army_…

1924. tungus republic of indigenous arctic nations tries to leave #RussianColonialism after centuries of genocides, exploitation, cultural erasure. moscow lured the republic in ceasefire with fake autonomy promises, then mass slaughtered the leadership
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tungus_Re…

1927. sick of exploitation of indigenous lands, yakutia tries to leave #RussianColonialism, form a democratic confederation. moscow lures the leaders into a false autonomy and amnesty deal, then breaks the word, executes most of the uprising's participants
ojs.lib.uwo.ca/index.php/iipj…

1933. indigenous siberian nation of khanty tries to leave #RussianColonialism after centuries of genocides, exploitation, cultural erasure and mass abductions. anti-colonial uprising was drowned in mass murder
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazym_reb…

1934-43. indigenous nation of nenets tries to leave #RussianColonialism after centuries of genocides, exploitation, cultural erasure. the mandalada uprising was drowned in another genocide
academia.edu/479640/Two_War…

1932. indigenous nation of dolgans tries to leave #RussianColonialism after getting sick of economic exploitation and cultural erasure. moscow drowns the taymyr uprising in blood and mass repressions
tol.org/client/article…

1939. moscow fabricates 'ethnic conflicts' and invades poland to protect 'minorities' — as a facade for a secret #RussianColonialism deal with hitler to divide europe. around 200,000 slaughtered in german-russian invasion
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_…

poles delayed pre-invasion mobilization believing it would provoke invaders and give them a reason to violate the peace in europe
#RussianColonialism
youtube.com/watch?v=36UrLD…

1939. moscow lies it wants to protect itself from security threats inside finland & invades it as part of a secret #RussianColonialism deal with hitler to carve up europe. amid heavy losses kremlin settled for 11% of finland. over 400,000 slaughtered
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_War

1940. moscow makes a #RussianColonialism deal with hitler, lies it wants ‘to protect itself’, bullies estonia, latvia, lithuania into accepting russian military bases, uses them to invade. Over 179,000 deported, tens of thousands die in ethnic cleansing
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupatio…

1940. moscow makes a #RussianColonialism deal with hitler, lies it wants ‘to protect itself’, invades romania and annexes 15% of romanian territory
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_oc…

1953. east germany tries to leave #RussianColonialism, millions show up for pro-democracy rallies. moscow uses a formal help request from a puppet regime to send tanks, kill hundreds and crush the uprising
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Germ…

1956. hungary tries to leave #RussianColonialism, students launch a popular pro-democracy uprising. moscow uses a facade collective security pact to invade. thousands slaughtered, uprising crushed
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1930. kazakhstan tries to leave #RussianColonialism amid moscow's wild pillage of farming lands and local resources. over 372 uprisings and rebellions pop up, some are explicitly anti-colonial. kremlin suppresses most of them, thousands killed
uk.wikipedia.org/wiki/Антирадян…

1930-43. under the pressure of settler colonialism, indigenous nation of crimean tatars tries to leave #RussianColonialism via several uprisings. moscow lies it wants to protect itself and targets the nation with genocide & deportation. every second dies
ukrainianinstitute.org/today-we-comme…

1917-18. indigenous nation of crimean tatars tries to leave #RussianColonialism, founds the second-ever muslim democracy. moscow overthrows the government, executes 33-yo president numan çelebicihan, throws his body into the sea. ethnic cleansing follows
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimean_P…

1968. czechs and slovaks try to leave #RussianColonialism. moscow uses a facade collective security pact to invade. 137 slaughtered, the uprising is crushed
rferl.org/a/prague-sprin…

1929-44. tannu-tuva tries to leave #RussianColonialism. moscow stages a coup, installs a puppet regime, starts cultural erasure, sends ethnically russian settler colonialists, forces tuva to grant them citizenship and eventually annexes the country
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuvan_Peo…

1917-22. ukrainians of the far east try to leave #RussianColonialism. they form the zeleny klyn state as part of newly-independent ukrainian people's republic, a democratic council, an army. a proto-state collapses with the russian occupation of ukraine
bigthink.com/strange-maps/u…

1917-20. kuban cossacks try to leave #RussianColonialism. they form a democratic parliament, a republic, join newly-independent ukrainian people's republic in a federation. after the invasion of ukraine, they get encircled and crushed by moscow
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuban_Peo…

1918. idel-ural tries to leave #RussianColonialism. a tatar proto-republic had one of the first democratic muslim parliaments and constitutions in the world. moscow stokes internal ethnic divisions, kidnaps MPs, invades and disbands the parliament
idelreal.org/a/29306275.html

1986. kazakhstan tries to leave #RussianColonialism, the jeltoqsan pro-democracy uprising becomes the country's own tiananmen moment. moscow dispatches kill squats: hundreds protesters executed, but they inspire anti-colonial fighters across the empire
codastory.com/disinformation…

1991. estonia leaves #RussianColonialism. moscow sends tanks to drag it back. estonians mount barricades, peacefully confront invaders. demoralized russians go home
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singing_R…

1990-91. latvia leaves #RussianColonialism. moscow orchestrates bombings, stokes ethnic hatred, fuels fear and hysteria via disinfo. citizens build barricades, meet kremlin kill squads mostly unarmed. 6 killed. demoralized russians go home
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Barri…

1990-91. lithuania leaves #RussianColonialism. moscow puts economic blocade, uses disinfo to further ethnic strife, sends tanks to roll over peaceful protesters. 15 killed, but lithuania withstands. demoralized russians go home
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/January_E…

1990. azerbaijan wants to leave #RussianColonialism. moscow fuels ethnic hatred, uses it as an excuse to send tanks & slaughter independence supporters. 170 die in the january massacre. instead of demoralizing, it turbo-charges the independence push
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Jan…

1989. georgia wants to leave #RussianColonialism. moscow sends troops to mass murder a peaceful pro-independence uprising in tbilisi. 19 killed. instead of demoralizing, it turbo-charges the independence push
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1992. moldova leaves #RussianColonialism. moscow punishes it by fueling ethnic strife, uses it as a pretext for annexing 10% of the country, and creating a russian-control statelet of transnistria
rulac.org/browse/conflic…

1992. georgia leaves #RussianColonialism. moscow punishes it by fueling ethnic strife & a civil war. kremlin claims 'neutrality' but keeps sending weapons, money to support breakaway regions. georgia ends up broken, with pro-russian kleptocratic regime
rferl.org/a/georgia-civi…

2008. georgia kicks out a pro-#RussianColonialism kleptocratic regime and moves towards rejoining with europe. kremlin decides to punish it. moscow uses disinfo to fabricate claims about 'imminent genocide', invades and occupies 20% of the territory
rferl.org/a/russia-georg…

2014. ukraine kicks out a pro-#RussianColonialism kleptocratic regime. kremlin decides to punish it, creates false disinfo narrative about ethnic strife, claims 'neutrality' but sends troops to create breakaway stateless and annex crimea
en.hromadske.ua/posts/an-open-…

2015. syria is about to kick out a tyrant and get rid of a key #RussianColonialism military base. moscow sends troops to carpet bomb, gas and mass murder civilians - all to stop 'imminent genocide'. 600,000 killed, 7 million displaced
nytimes.com/2019/10/13/rea…

1940. moscow wants to punish finland for leaving #RussianColonialism. it creates a puppet statelet on finish lands occupied earlier, promises to protect it from ‘genocide’, uses as a front for invasion of finland
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnish_D…

2022. russia wants to punish ukraine for leaving #RussianColonialism, creates fake ‘genocide’ narratives, uses puppet statelets as a front for invasion. invaders engage in mass war crimes, but blitzkrieg fails and they face unprecedented resistance from the population. TBC

by popular demand, i will extend this thread to cover #RussianColonialism genocides pre-1917, too. stay tuned

1552. #RussianColonialism genocide of Kazan. after several failed colonizing attempts to install puppet rulers, russians sieged the capital for a month, then slaughtered each and every of 65k citizens, razing most buildings to the ground
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_…

1651-56. #RussianColonialism genocide of the daur people, part of siberian settler colonialism push. no exact estimate how many killed, but males were systemically slaughtered. russians used rape and kidnapping of children as deliberate genocide strategy
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daur_peop…

1640-50s. #RussianColonialism genocide of yakut, koryak, kamchadals, chukchi people. part of siberian colonialism push. 80% killed or died of settler-introduced smallpox. russians used meat hooks to hang the native men, raped the women
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_c…

1706-44. #RussianColonialism genocide of itelmens. the indigenous nation was enslaved during siberian settler colonialism push. after several rebellions, russians killed 80% of the population. just 3k itelmens survived to the date
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itelmens

1740-1850s. #RussianColonialism genocide of kamchatka indigenous nations. the original population of 150,000 went to 10,000 via systemic slaughter. at least 12 nations were fully exterminated, their lands stolen by settler russian colonists
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_c…

1750-1800. #RussianColonialism genocide of the koryaks indigenous nation. the original population of 11,000 reduced to 4,800 via systemic slaughter, settler-introduced smallpox and slavery
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koryaks

1820-70s. #RussianColonialism genocide of circassian people. ethnic cleansing, mass rape, and deportations affected 97% or 1,500,000 of this muslim indigenous nation. villages would be located and burnt mostly at night, systematically starved, massacred
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circassia…

1900. #RussianColonialism genocide of chinese and other indigenous nations of the far east. when moscow got scared that anti-colonial boxer rebellion will inspire russian-colonized asian people it just slaughtered thousands and deported tens of thousands
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1900_Amur…

1944. #RussianColonialism genocide of chechen & ingush people. after decades of anti-colonial insurgencies, moscow opts out for the 'final solution' of deporting two indigenous nations to central asia. between 200 & 400k die, every third chechen & ingush
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deportati…

1943. #RussianColonialism genocide of the kalmyks. threatened by anti-colonial uprisings within this indigenous and buddhist nation, moscow deports to siberia 20% or 93k. 17k die, the rest are made slaves. their lands remain stolen
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deportati…

1944. #RussianColonialism genocide of the karachays. to clear lands for russian settlers and as 'final solution for muslim problem', moscow invents the myth about this nation being 'a traitor.' reports all 70k of them to central asia. every 5th killed
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deportati…

1944. #RussianColonialism genocide of the meskhetian turks. as 'final solution for muslim problem', moscow deports 100k of them to central asia. every 2nd killed. most descendants remain stateless
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deportati…

my brilliant friend @Val_Voshchevska made a cover for this thread which now i will use for all my reels and tiktok adaptations in this thread.
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