Russia's war as cultural suicide
Thanks kindly Professor Snyder for continuing to keep the intellectual process moving ever forward in support of Ukraine. Slava Ukraini.
To disappear a country filled with individuals’ is harder than Putin thought. The Ukrainian’s fight is for something. It’s for freedoms of thought which is stronger than a foot on a neck.
To your being sanctioned, i agree that even more people will listen to your class. The pen is stronger than the sword.
The loss of life is staggering and removing mothers and children, Genocide. May those lives be our reminder that we must never give up supporting Ukraine.
Great to see your name on UNITED24, Professor Snyder. Just donated, for the time being for the war effort. Then comes the rebuilding of Ukraine. I hope you treat your being sanctioned by the Russians as an honour, an acknowledgement of all that you do for the Ukrainian people. I'm hoping to meet my virtual airbnb hosts in Kyiv next summer. Maybe you'll be passing by?
Professor Snyder, this column was a revelation and I want to thank you for it as it puts into perspective so much of what's on with Putin and his drones vis-a-vis Ukraine and does so clearly, cleanly, and intelligently. I subscribe to Robert Reich on Substack and am now happy to say that I subscribe to you as well.
Russia? I call it Moscovia.
Thank you! Not having much of a background in Eastern European History, just Western. I subscribed to your history lessons for a deeper understanding. I subscribed off a link in Heather Cox Richardson's , "Letters From an American" blog also on Substack. Believe me when I say that I am certainly getting my money's worth! Thank you again!
Thanks so much for your keen awareness and teaching the rest of us about this amazing culture of Ukraine. Thanks for our lectures. I enjoy them immensely and I am grateful for having access to them.
Is being sanctioned but not noticing akin to the tree falling in the uninhabited forest?
I had mentioned this before, but the similarities between the Russian views of Ukraine (especially its rights to sovereignty, its history and culture) and the Arab countries view of Israel (until perhaps the ongoing sea changes wrought by the Abraham Accords) is startling. And it may be no coincidence that Iran’s longstanding rhetoric (the US as the Great Satan and Israel as the Little Satan) finds an echo in Russia’s use of the Old Scratch trope.
I had read that among the things Russian soldiers had stolen and brought back to Russia were Prince Potemkin’s bones themselves. I wonder if the average Russian notices the irony. He was the one who saw to Crimea’s annexation in 1783 and now he’s returning within the frontiers of Catherine the Great’s Russia before he helped her expand them.
I too appreciate your insight and depth of knowledge about both Russian and Ukrainian history and culture. I’m very glad the US and EU are supporting the really “good guys” in this war.
I wonder what percentage of russian citizens actually pay any serious attention to Soloviev. Just the morons? More or less to what goes on in the US - millions tuning in to the CNN and FOX talking heads to get their daily fix of predictable opinions and anti-opposite-side dribble?
While reading the last paragraphs about the looting of the documents of history and the distortions of history that Russians receive about Ukraine, I am reminded that some states in the south are not teaching about slavery and banning books and of course limiting the civil liberties of people of color, students, etc. Aren't these parallel universes? Danger invites a rescue.
Excellent reflection, so fair and sensitive. Thank you Professor Snyder.
> The sooner and more decisively Russia loses this war, the better it will be for the Russian future.
No, "The sooner and more decisively Muscovy loses this war, the better it will be for the indigenous peoples and/or nations inside the muscovitian federation and for the world community."
Some of your views on the Ukrainian history are what Ukrainian historians, and also I (me) as an enthusiast, disagree with you about. But ...
Pr. Timothy Snyder, I thank you for this article!
З повагою. (Lit. "Respectfully".)
One of the things that stood out to me was your link to Marci Shore's interview with Volodymyr Rafeyenko. The question, "where does evil come from" and Rafeyenko's, "Truth desires that we be its creators." This, of course, is applicable to the U.S. elections, to Kari Lake's toxic pronouncements against John McCain, for one. Wednesday morning I cried at our results, this morning I have a big smile on my face that we won the Senate and most probably will have that 51st seat by Warnock. I will be writing letters as I did the last time he had a run-off, and contributing. I think he will win by a bigger margin than in 2020. Thank you so very much for having access to your Yale classes online. You are a gift and I thank you, professor.
If anyone is interested in writing letters for Sen. Warnock, go to VoteForward.com. We have a very small window of time to do this.
This is quite brilliant writing and I'm incredibly grateful for it. But still, at the centre of it all, for me, is a huge void. What would the Russia that Putin imagine he is fighting for look like? I mean, suppose he won? It seems in a very way to have no content at all. It is all negative. It feels in fact not gloriously nationalistic but nihilistic, a longing for an apocalypse.
Professor Snyder. Each one of us who is following your, The Making of Modern Ukraine, has probably told everyone they know. There is a huge number of people who cannot deny Ukraine exists. Thank you. Slava Ukraine