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Russia: The Victim Of Racial Bias

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In recent times I have seen a tragic trend emerge amongst Western nations. It is an inexcusable and abhorrent evolution of thought that has led to the brutal, racist victimisation of the largest country on earth. From the Caucasus to Washington D.C. there is what can only be termed as a vicious, manipulative political conspiracy designed to besmirch the name of a nation that is still struggling to recover from the collapse of the Soviet Union. I am speaking of Russia. Recently the coverage of Russia as a country by western media outlets such as the BBC and the sickening Fox news network has been remorseless, right wing propaganda. It is a trend that shows no signs of slowing down.
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For those not acquainted with the past of Litvinenko allow me to enlighten you. Alexander Litvinenko was a KGB agent during the eighties and was renowned amongst colleagues for the vicious approach he took towards suspects under his control. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in ninety ninety one the KGB became the FSB and underwent an internal reshuffle of sorts. Many agents who had behaved reprehensibly under communist rule were ousted, Litvinenko was one of them. It was now that he sought out MI6 and asylum in Britain. In return for his protection Litvinenko divulged countless secrets to the British secret service claiming he had undergone a 'crisis of conscience' whilst working for the FSB. A declaration that seemed out of character for a man whom the KGB had deemed too extreme. The British press ignored these factors and continued to proclaim him a hero, Lugovoi on the other hand was quickly portrayed as a James Bond style villain whose capture was being impeded by the Russian authorities because of his links to the President. None of these claims were ever proven.
The problems escalated further following the Georgian war. This time the Americans were salivating at the prospect of displaying the Russians as totalitarians determined to abolish freedom and democracy in Eastern Europe. The truth was something quite different. To begin with the Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili is one of the most repugnant characters in modern politics. Suspected of having his former Prime Minister turned rival killed Saakashvili has aligned himself with the Bush administration against the wishes of the Georgian people themselves. Furthermore his oppression of the breakaway regions Abkhazia and South Ossetia has equaled anything Josef Stalin (Stalin being a Georgian himself) could have hoped to have accomplished. The history of these two regions is a fascinating one, but what comes across when studying their past is their right to self-determination. Even under communism the two areas enjoyed regional autonomy complete with their own local officials and regional President. When the Soviet Union fell Georgia decided to claim them as its own despite the glaring historical, cultural and racial differences between themselves and the two prospective nations. Since this conflict in the early nineties the two regions have been policed by Russian peace keepers at the behest of the U.N. and according to those living in the conflict zone they have carried themselves with the utmost integrity and gentility. Something American forces in Iraq can never lay claim to. The western media put forward the image of an unprovoked Russian invasion being the cause of the war. This was not true. In fact the Georgian forces had begun firing on Russian peace keepers and in certain towns within South Ossetia started a programme of ethnic cleansing. The Russians, noting that their troops were at risk and being aware of Saakashvili's plans for mass genocide felt entitled to...

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