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Should Russia Be Afraid of a Polish-Lithuanian Invasion?

It's time to turn the tables on the traditional anti-Russian narrative


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It’s 1611.  After over a year of occupancy by the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and after subsequent invasions, Muscovites revolt. Although this eventually brings Moscow back under Russian control, it does not prevent repeated attempts by the Poles to capture Russian lands in the years to come, and it is not until 1618 that the Truce of Deulino is signed, giving the Commonwealth control of various conquered territories, including the much fought-over city of Smolensk.

<figcaption>Defense of the Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra against the Poles in 1610.  Sergei Milodarovich.</figcaption>
Defense of the Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra against the Poles in 1610. Sergei Milodarovich.

So let’s throw this historical fact into the contemporary debate on ‘Russian aggression’. Poland invaded Russia. Fact. Not that I think many are aware of this in the mainstream media. Why, it’s just not possible — there is only one aggressor — evil Russia.  And why cast your minds back to the pre-Soviet period? Eastern European history apparently begins with the Russian revolution. Since then ex-Soviet bloc countries such as Poland and Lithuania were repressed and seemingly continue to be so despite the fact they have been ‘liberated’ for over two decades.

The anti-Russian hysteria propagated by the Baltic states and Eastern European countries such as Poland and now Ukraine, is nothing short of ridiculous. It’s time these states stopped rewriting their history — as seems to be the current fashion — and instead start learning it. For Russia could quite easily take the recent plans to further militarise Poland and Lithuania and create similar panic amongst the population — fear of another invasion as they endured a few centuries back. It sounds absurd, but so does the mass hysteria surrounding a potential Russian invasion.

Can we please inject some common sense into the geopolitical debate, before it’s too late?


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