No more Russia for the rest of the 21st century?

Juris Kaža
5 min readApr 13, 2022

A civilized Europe must prepare for decades, if not a century ‘without Russia’. Not literally, as it would be if, with hugely devastating global side effects, Moscow triggered an exchange of nuclear strikes and left a “glass desert” — melted sand — instead of Moscow. This, hopefully, will not happen.

Rather, Russia will be associated for a long time with a “rogue state” and also with a degraded, psychologically and socially crippled to the point of blind ignorant aggression warped Russian nation — Ruskiy Mir. If not already, it will soon produce the same sense of disgust as “Das grosse deutsche Volk” — as at one time trumpeted from Goebbels’ throat.

Similarities multiply every day: civilians shot in the streets of Ukraine in a “modern” manner with their hands tied with plastic loops, rumors that mobile crematoriums were brought to Mariupol and possibly elsewhere to hide such massacres, and unmistakable similarities to Auschwitz ovens if these rumors prove true. Hitler can sit up in his grave.

Thousands of people were allegedly collected and deported to Russia in Mariupol. In that sense, Stalin would also have something to tremble with delight about. Latvians and Balts and in a wider sense, people throughout Eastern Europe, are not surprised by such things. In the countries of the old European Union (EU), they are SURPRISED (and like us, are horrified and frightened). Good morning!

The West studies Russian history, Eastern Europe was forced to live it

The hundreds of years of Russian history of internal and external atrocities, repression, enslavement of other nations is, of course, well described. In the West — on the shelves of US and British universities, these descriptions gather dust, but in the Baltics, they are almost burned into the DNA of the memory of nations. One hopes that Russia’s attack on Ukraine also convinces the rest of the world that they are dealing not just with a crazed Vladimir Putin or the application of the ideas of Vladimir Zhirinovsky (I guess finally truly dead). Ruskiy Mir in the latest version of the project involves hundreds of thousands of performers and is actively or passively supported by a large majority of the so-called Russian people. There was a similar scene with Germany in the 1940s, when at a “people’s meeting” the Goebbels asked f “wollt Ihr den totalen Krieg” — do you want a total war? Of course, the carefully selected audience roared “Jawohl!” but many outside the…

Juris Kaža

A freelance journalist based in Riga, Latvia who has covered the country and region for 20 years. Speak native Latvian and English, fluent Swedish and German.