If the USSR is divisible, then so are Georgia and Ukraine — Kurginyan

26.06.2019, Moscow.

Promoting everyone’s right to self-determination while denying this right to their own citizens is nonsense on the part of the national elites of certain former Soviet republics, said political scientist, the leader of the Essence of Time movement Sergey Kurginyan on June 23 on the air of the Evening with Vladimir Solovyov TV program on the Russia One channel.

“It is nonsense when they shout that it is all imperialism (the existence of the USSR ― Rossa Primavera News Agency), although this imperialism saved the Georgians, the Ukrainians, and other people, and it was not imperialism at all; and then they begin to impose the worst imperialistic traditions on their territories, crying about Russian influence when people fight back. This nonsense must stop someday!” Sergey Kurginyan said.

Sergey Kurginyan explained that the process that started after the disintegration of the USSR is continuing. Another phase of this process is starting, “You condemn Russian, Soviet imperialism. Then do not promote Ukrainian imperialism through killing children in Donbass, and do not promote Georgian imperialism through killing people in Ossetia and Abkhazia. They have the same right to self-determination, especially because they never were part of Georgia, they were part of the Soviet Union!”

The political scientist pointed out that as soon as a newly established state steps aside from the Russian center in order to join Western civilization, the inviolability of its own borders comes into question.

 “We are talking about processes that take place when parts break away from a state. And we always refer to the Soviet Union. But let us take a look at Canada! There was a very acute process there. And what did they say? ‘If Canada is divisible, Quebec must also be divisible!’”

“If you condemn an empire called the Soviet Union, […] which did everything it could do, […] which protected the people of the Caucasus against Persian and Ottoman massacre, then do not create a small empire! If the Soviet Union is divisible, Georgia must also be divisible! As well as Ukraine and whatever else,” the political scientist said.

Kurginyan noted that border inviolability has long ceased to be valued in contemporary Western civilization. This civilization is ready to divide Scotland from the UK and Catalonia from Spain. If a country joins this civilization, it has to understand that the era of national sovereignties, dictatorships and the like has ended for it, the political scientist believes.

Previously, the leader of the Georgian parliamentary majority Archil Talakvadze said that the protesters in his country are campaigning against “Russian occupation,” for the restoration of the country’s territorial integrity, and the independence of Georgia.

Spontaneous protests by the Georgian opposition began on June 20, triggered by a scandal around the session of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy at the Georgian Parliament. The opposition members felt insulted by the fact that a member of the Russian delegation, Member of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Sergey Gavrilov opened the session having taken the seat of the Parliament Chairman. The protests ended with an attempt to assault the parliament, which was stopped by the police.

The Kremlin believes that these events are a dangerous anti-Russian provocation. The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed a decree suspending flights by Russian airlines to Georgia starting July 8.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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