This is Andrey Kondrashov’s documentary on the return of Crimea to Russia, available with English subtitles. It has been a year since Crimeans took to the polls to vote for returning to their Motherland and leaving wretched Ukraine behind. The Western powers – led, as ever, by the US and UK – are determined to portray this momentous historic event as an imperial land-grab by Russia, and that it caused the subsequent civil war between Kiev and the breakaway provinces in the country’s East.
However, as this excellent documentary shows, the Russian government could see that the violent manner in which the elected Ukrainian leader Yanukovich had been ousted from power – with American fingerprints all over it – meant chaos would soon spread throughout Ukraine, and the majority ethnic Russian population in Crimea would be among the worst hit by neo-Nazi militias terrorizing people across the country whom they considered ‘insufficiently loyal’ to the US-selected regime.
When President Yanukovich fled the capital on February 21st 2013, President Putin set in a motion a series of responses that would present the first real challenge to American imperial hegemony. In this documentary we learn that Yanukovich would have been killed if Russian Spetsnaz hadn’t rescued him. We also learn what specific measures the Russian government took to ensure the safety of Crimea, including warding off the American destroyer USS Donald Cook, deploying soldiers on the peninsula (who, contrary to US propaganda, were welcomed with open arms), and jamming/preventing orders from Kiev for Ukrainian soldiers stationed in Crimea to begin terrorizing the local population.
A Rossiya One production, EN subtitles by Vox Populi Evo (VPE). Uploaded to LiveLeak by VPE, in 14 parts, on 22 March 2015