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🇫🇮🇪🇪: a Balto-Finnic people separated by 🇸🇪🇷🇺, split by an iron curtain, now united by the 🇪🇺.
It is clear who is on the right side of history.

Brutal empires, be it 🇷🇺,🇬🇧or🇫🇷, rode roughshod over peoples aspirations. Nation-states birthed in 19th century were formed through myth & forced expulsions

🇪🇺 respects national feelings while making arbitrary borders irrelevant
For 🇷🇺to accuse 🇪🇺of colonialism is laughable.

The #RussianEmpire, unlike others, never had to decolonialise because it was a contiguous land empire that could later hide behind a supposed common ideology. But 🇷🇺has never stopped being a colonial empire.…
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If you don't understand the horrors experienced by Russia in the 20th century (and before) you can never understand their mentality & policy considerations.
Russia lost probably the equivalent of the whole of its current population (around 170 million) in single 50 year time span due to wars, revolutions, civil war, purges, famines, another war.
All due to either 1) invasions from the West or 2) ideologies imported from the West (Marxism). Assuming the Russian Empire had stayed intact in some modified form without those calamities it would probably have 1/2 billion people or more
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Around 3000 BCE in eastern #Europe, a Proto-Balto-Slavic #language started to diverge from #ProtoIndoEuropean.

The #Slavic branch of the #IndoEuropean #languages began about 2,000 years later when Proto-Slavic deviated from Proto-Balto-Slavic.

[Image:…] Source: The Indo-European L...
As the #Slavic-speaking area expanded during the first millennium CE (striped area on map), Proto-Slavic transitioned to Common Slavic. The #language underwent minor changes that occurred mostly uniformly across eastern #Europe, thereby maintaining mutual intelligibility. A map of eastern Europe sho...
Around the year 1000 CE #CommonSlavic began to split into the South, West, and East branches to which all modern #Slavic #languages belong.

Roughly 315m people speak a Slavic #language, mostly in Eastern #Europe (including the #Balkan peninsula), #CentralAsia, and #Siberia. A map of Europe highlightin...
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