The excuse to invade Crimea was the need to Russia to protect the culture and language or "brotherly" Russians in Crimea who falsely claimed to be threatened by "Ukrainian fascists". In fact, the dominance of the Russian language and culture in Crimea is indisputable. Such claim is contradicted by a 2011 study by Freedom House on Human Rights in Ukraine conducted by D J Kramer et al. The report calls attention to the policies of the regime of the former Ukrainian President Mr. V. Yanukovych, an "ethnic" Russian who once elected learned how to barely speak in Ukrainian. He appointed a native Russian who refused to learn Ukrainian as Prime Minister. The reports notes that Mr. Yanukovich advanced "a reactionary agenda against Ukrainian language, identity and religion ..."
It is of interest that there are many US analysts and specialists in "Russian" affairs (not to be confused with "Ukrainian" affairs) who strongly empathize with Mr. V. Putin and Russian policies. One dramatic example is Mr. Robert English who as Director of the School of International Relations at the Universtiy of Southern California (USC) published March 13, 2014 an Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Times under the title "Ukraine"s threat from within. Neofascists are as much a menace to Ukraine as Putin"s actions in Crimea". In his brief, less than 900 words article, or diatribe, Mr. English managed to unleash a barrage of insults, slurs, aspersions, and calumnies to deprecate and sully Ukrainian protesters many of whom were murdered by "pro-Russian" snipers. The universal revulsion to such and act made Mr. V. Yanukovich realized that it was time for him to abandon his post of president of Ukraine and run for protection to Russia. (see overview A). A Ukrainian patriot reading the article by Mr. English is likely to conclude that he is either suffering from Ukraino-phobia or that he is a member of some propaganda machine of an ideological group threatened by a democratic Ukraine. Non-Ukrainian readers may be surprised at Mr. English, who was educated at the University of California at Berkeley and Princeton University and is a Director of the School of International Relations at USC (University of Southern California) can descend to such low levels of vulgarity as evident in his pro-Putin diatribe. He goes as far as calling Ukrainian nationalists "repugnant" and asserts "some of whose minions were at that
same moment distributing "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" on
Independence Square?" (note the ?) - another venomous slur probably to get the attention of the Jewish readership in Los Angeles. In any case, Mr. English display of vulgarity and distortions question his objectivity and the credibility of the Los Angeles Times.
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The slurs stressed by Mr. English include: neo-fascist, anti-Semite, extreme nationalists. See the actual article at:
NOTE: Overview-D (see link on the left) is concerned with suspiciously similar barrage of insults and slurs by a conservative member of the Republican party who refers to the Premier of Germany as "whore" and labels the U.S. Presidency as "stupid".