Historical revisionism on Russian TV: Plans to resurrect Austria-Hungary discussed"

Written by Jeppe W

Dec.05 - 2023 10:03 AM CET

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A controversial video has emerged from Russian state television, stirring significant discussion and concern among international observers.

The video, highlighted on the profile of Anton Gerashchenko, Advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and Founder of the Institute of the Future, features Russian propagandists discussing ambitious post-war plans for Europe following the conflict in Ukraine.

In this striking broadcast, the Russian commentators are seen deliberating over the re-creation of an "Austrian-Hungarian territory," to be protected by a Russian military contingent.

The notion of reviving the "great Austria-Hungary," an empire that dissolved over a century ago, marks a dramatic and unexpected turn in the narrative being pushed by Russian state media.

This proposal is not just a nod to historical empire-building but also a clear indication of Russia's expansive ambitions in the European region.

The discussion on state television suggests a desire to reshape the European political landscape in a manner that echoes past imperial eras, with Russia assuming a protector role.

The emergence of this video and its contents have sparked a wave of reactions, ranging from skepticism to alarm, over Russia's intentions and vision for the future of Europe post-Ukraine war. It raises critical questions about the potential shifts in geopolitical strategies and the broader implications for European security and stability.

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