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Two sides of the same coin

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Submitted by David V (Australia), Dec 25, 2016 at 22:49

Russia and Turkey under their current leadership have certain things in common. Both Putin and Erdogan cynically exploit a mixture of nationalism and religion for power, both are trying to implement a long-held dream of reclaiming long-lost ill-gotten empires, and both also promote a version of history which amounts to a denial of atrocities - Turkey denies the Armenian and Assyrian genocides, Russia denies the many crimes of the Soviet Union including the Ukrainian famine, Baltic annexation and deportations, and other instances of mass murder.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
Erdogan and Putin Are Similar, and Bad [205 words]DaveDec 27, 2016 15:41234932
UK Russia Relations. [35 words]Peter L. GriffithsDec 26, 2016 10:23234909
Two sides of the same coin [85 words]David VDec 25, 2016 22:49234891
Prospects of a Putin-Trump Bromance [650 words]RobertDec 23, 2016 19:54234858
Russian and Turkish aims in Syria [341 words]Michael SDec 23, 2016 16:19234854
Continuity from czars to Putin [39 words]Brian MeadowsDec 23, 2016 14:11234852
Shades of Molotov-Ribbentrop? [28 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
James GlucDec 23, 2016 13:40234849

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