Dead Nazis, Dead Bolsheviks, and Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine

The depth of Russia’s expansionist attitudes manifest by Vladimir Putin’s ordered invasion of Ukraine in February of this year has for many, including myself, come as a shock. In listening to the rhetoric coming out of Moscow and studying more in depth and thinking about more deeply the history of Russian chauvinism over the last […]

“America First” in Ukraine

Since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, an argument against the United States supporting Ukraine financially and militarily has circulated that I would loosely describe as “America First.” This argument typically has two complementary assertions, (1) that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine does not pose a danger to the vital interests of the United States […]

Ukraine’s Stepan Bandera and Nazi Germany’s Greatest Collaborator

Since Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops to invade Ukraine beginning on February 24, 2022, calls of Russian soldiers phoning home that the Ukrainians have intercepted have proliferated on youtube. In those calls Russian soldiers often refer to Ukrainian soldiers as what sounds like “bandits.” The word these Russian soldiers are actually using is Banderites. One […]

Neo-Nazis in Ukraine

One of President Vladimir Putin’s justifications for the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 was his claim that there were Neo-Nazis in Ukraine and his “special military operation” was to achieve the de-Nazification of Ukraine. The common retort by Ukrainians and their supporters is that the President of Ukraine and arguably the […]