Vladimir Putin’s speech on the occasion of signing of accession treaties yesterday with four of Ukraine’s oblasts is worth reading in its entirety. It remains for the Duma to formally recognize the oblasts as new members of the Russian Federation. Only then will the territories they represent become officially Russian.
The speech criticizes the United States and the West rather harshly. I noticed, however, that all but one the very same criticisms have been made in Tidewater Forum at one time or another by leftist commentators. And the one exception (genderism) is vaguely reminiscent of the old leftist complaint that Western Civilization is morally corrupt.
The speech illustrates an inversion: Those who once loved the Soviet Union, or at least Communists, now hate Russia.