Crimean history. What you always wanted to know, but were afraid to ask

We need to learn more about Crimea and more to defend Crimean Tatars.

To Inform is to Influence

2016/04/11 • ANALYSIS & OPINION, CRIMEA

Article by: Olena Makarenko
Imagine if a few centuries ago Russia had as much money and resources for propaganda as it does now. How would have the historical books looked like?

In fact, similar propaganda really did take place at that time. Russia had been rewriting history books centuries ago, as it now rewrites Wikipedia pages about MH 17, Kyivan Rus, Crimea, and others. As the Russian Empire always had more resources on nurturing myths and rewriting history, guess who’s versions became mainstream.

In 1783, Russian empress Yekaterina II established the Commission on Creating Notes on Ancient History, Primarily of Russia. The task of the Commission was to “create” the history of the Empire. The following generations of Russian historians also labored to create myths about the great Russian nation.

Swiss historian Valentin Getermann wrote in his…

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