Thursday, June 10, 2010



By Kevin Stoda

I was in London last month and came across a large advertisement entitled, “Yalta to Siberia”. The advertisement ran in several major newspapers. The advertisement which poses as an article, is a nationalistic fear-tactic-type piece of propaganda that reflects changes in Russian identity in this 21st Century. It also reflects a failure of Russia to welcome and integrate many of its (multicultural native) peoples and would-be immigrants over the past 2 decades following the collapse of communism.

For example, Russias immigrant visa rules are revised and rewritten each month, making it hard for non-Russians to integrate—most have to leave the country 2 or more times a year to renew their work or living permits.

The article-advert, written by Aivars Slucis, states bluntly that China has its eye on Siberia and all of Russia’s great wealth there. Likewise, the same advertisement writer noted that “on Russia’s western border are NATO countries Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Koenigsburg (Kaliningrad in Russian).”

The ultra-nationalist Slucis adds that in these so-called NATO (Baltic) regions there are too many Russians while in Eastern Russia there are too few real Russians. Slucis rightly points out that following “the collapse of the Russian empire (the Soviet Union), the Russians left the rest of Central Europe but” are still living in large numbers in the Baltic states—and--, of course, in Kaliningrad.

I need to note on behalf of those who do not know geography well that Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave on the Baltic Sea, is still, in fact, fully part of Russia today (i.e. not a separate state belonging to NATO)—so, the author of this propaganda has certainly gone out of his way to make false narration’s, especially in terms of Slucis´many insinuations about Russia being threatened or carved up further into small reams territory over coming decades.

Nonetheless, one interesting and important point of propaganda in the 4th paragraph in this “Yalta to Siberia” piece is that Slucis is encouraging Russians to now leave the Balkan states (and Kaliningrad), in order to return to their motherland and rebuild the country—especially in the Eastern part of Russia, where Russians with Asiatic faces dominate. Slucis encourages all these Russians from the Balkans to take their wealth and skills back to the home country, Russia, and make a difference in the years ahead, i.e. protecting the land from China and NATO.

Next, however, I was certainly taken aback by the ironical twist which came at the end of this advertisement.

It was irony, pure and simple. Here is the address that Aivars Slucis had the nerve to put at the bottom of his own propaganda piece written for good mother Russia:

Aivars Slucis
3452 Autumn Woods Drive
Chasca, MN 55318

It appears that our Russian ultra-nationalist either lives in the USA or at least publishes out of the USA—and not out of Russia.

What kind of role model are you Mr. Slucis?



Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home