The decline of the Russian Empire began in March of 1856.
An alliance of Euro/Turk nations defeated the Tsar and his Russian armies at Sevastopol, Crimea, on the Black Sea. This defeat ended the Crimean War.
As we look around the world today, it seems that in some ways not much has changed, although the current Russian dictator is having a hard time accepting his defeat.
There’s been a lot that happened between then and now:
Even though the Bolsheviks took control of the Russian empire in 1917 and enslaved their people with a communist juggernaut that ran wild with gulag imprisonment and KGB paranoia until 1991 . . .
And even though a duo of heroic reformers — Gorbachev and Yeltsin — were able to wrest the Grand Gulag from the Communist Party and thereby turn Russia into (theoretically) a democratic republic . . .
And even though a former KGB wizard was able to wrest control of the awesome post-Soviet Russian military machine and redirect all that destructive power against the Ukrainian people, just to prove his illusory Russian superiority. . .
That doesn’t negate the fact that an alliance of Euro/Turk nations already ran the Russian power-mongers out of Crimea, long ago, in 1856 . . .
and will do so again in 2022!
Now the World is proclaiming, in echoes of President Reagan and assurances of President Biden, loudly and clearly:
Mr. Putin, Stand down this War!
This morning, as I was perusing historical artifacts in the St. Andrews Museum, Scotland, I came upon a panel that informs us about one decisive battle of that 1855 Crimean War, the war in which our Alliance ran the Russians out of Ukraine, the first time:
While reading this panel, I found special interest in this historical fact:
“After news came through that a British and French force had captured the Russian fort of Kinburn at the mouth of the River Dnieper on the Black Sea, Dr. Buddo (the owner of the mansion) decided to name his house after the battle: Kinburn.
Today, that house of Kinburn is the home of the St. Andrews Museum. And today, as I entered the building to tour the museum, I noticed that the Ukrainian flies overhead. There is a good reason for that.
Everyone in the freedom-loving world agrees that Ukraine belongs to the Ukrainians.
How many more days, buildings destroyed and people killed before Vladimir Putin gets the message?