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Levin Professor of History at Yale. Author of "On Tyranny," with 20 new lessons on Ukraine, "Our Malady," "Road to Unfreedom," "Black Earth," and "Bloodlands"
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Sep 23 6 tweets 1 min read
1/6. The Russian invasion of Ukraine is also, in a sense, a Russian imperial war on its own non-Russian minorities. 2/6. In the first offensive the soldiers sent to die were largely Asians.
Sep 22 21 tweets 3 min read
Russia is undertaking a media exercise regarding Russian-occupied Ukraine, which its propagandists call "referendums" on annexation by Russia. People elsewhere are struggling to characterize this action. I am going to propose "obscenity" and "element of war crime." 1/ The point that people make about these media exercises is that it would be illegal to hold referendums during an armed conflict and under the threat of the use of force. This is of course true. 2/
Sep 21 8 tweets 2 min read
1/8. Putin’s speech demonstrates that Russia is losing. Given casualties and desertions, Putin wants bodies in occupied Ukraine to defend against Ukrainian counter-offensives. That’s pretty much it. 2/8. It’s not just Russian forces in Ukraine that are in retreat. Putin himself is clearly afraid. He’s done something he plainly didn’t want to do. Announcing mobilization shows he fears his fascist rivals more than he fears the Russian public.
Sep 20 4 tweets 1 min read
1/3. Five years ago in New York, the Ukrainian poet and novelist Serhyi Zhadan and his band performed a ska cover of the Clash’s 'Know Your Rights' with #OnTyranny as the lyrics. "Listen to friends in other countries... like Ukraine" they sang. 2/3. After the show, Serhyi Zhadan signed his novel of the 2014 Russian invasion of Ukraine. I reread the novel on the train to Kyiv last week.
Aug 18 16 tweets 2 min read
Often imperialist expansion turns quickly against those who enjoy it. A good example of this is on display in the Russo-Ukrainian war in the form of Russia's plan to fake "referenda" on joining Russia in the occupied Ukrainian territories. 1/16 Until now there has been no forced mobilization of Russian citizens to fight in Ukraine. Instead, Russian citizens (unless they are Asian or poor) generally watch the war on television. 2/16
Jul 23 29 tweets 4 min read
Putin's rule is weakening. 0/ We now regularly hear now from people aside from Putin (for example former prime minister and president Dmitri Medvedev) about the meaning of the war, the catastrophic consequences that await Ukraine and the West, and so forth. This is a sign that Putin is losing control. 1/
Jul 2 16 tweets 2 min read
Russia has a hunger plan. Vladimir Putin is preparing to starve much of the developing world as the next stage in his war in Europe. 1/16 In normal times, Ukraine is a leading exporter of foodstuffs. A Russian naval blockade now prevents Ukraine from exporting grain. 2/16
Jun 11 16 tweets 2 min read
Russia has a hunger plan. Vladimir Putin is preparing to starve much of the developing world as the next stage in his war in Europe. 1/16 In normal times, Ukraine is a leading exporter of foodstuffs. A Russian naval blockade now prevents Ukraine from exporting grain. 2/16
Jun 9 10 tweets 1 min read
Speaking of the Russo-Ukrainian war, a number of commentators begin from the premise a nuclear power cannot lose a war. This is utter nonsense, and dangerous nonsense. 1/10 It is ritually repeated that the Cold War showed us that nuclear powers cannot be defeated. In fact, the Cold War proved the opposite. Nuclear powers lost wars all the time. 2/10
Jun 4 17 tweets 2 min read
It is senseless to shelter Putin from the sense that he is losing. He will figure that out for himself, and he will act to protect himself. 1/17 Russians are not cornered. The Russian army is not cornered. It is an invading force. When defeated, units just retreat across the border to Russia. 2/17
May 17 17 tweets 2 min read
It is senseless to shelter Putin from the sense that he is losing. He will figure that out for himself, and he will act to protect himself. 1/17 Russians are not cornered. The Russian army is not cornered. It is an invading force. When defeated, units just retreat across the border to Russia. 2/17
May 7 21 tweets 6 min read
#OnTyranny #Ukraine audio edition, adding 20 new chapters in the style of a podcast on the history, ideology, and politics of Russia's war on Ukraine:
timothysnyder.org/books/on-tyran…
All proceeds to humanitarian assistance in #Ukraine.
#StandWithUkraine️
Apr 19 4 tweets 3 min read
Available today: I've recorded a much expanded audiobook of #OnTyranny, adding 20 new lessons on the history, ideology, and politics of Russia's war on Ukraine. From @PRHAudio. All proceeds to humanitarian assistance in #Ukraine.
#StandWithUkraine #OnTyrannyUkraineEdition
timothysnyder.org/books/on-tyran…
Lesson 1: Connections: Why On Tyranny
2: A Twenty-First Century Test
3: Fascist Eternity
4: The Politics of Time
5: Vikings, Khazars, and Slavs
6: Valdemar, Volodymyr, and Vladimir
7: Renaissance, Reformation, Rebellion
Apr 13 10 tweets 1 min read
On 19 August 1939 Stalin's Soviet Union began a new era in economic cooperation with Nazi Germany, in which Moscow would supply Berlin with oil. 1/ Four days later Berlin and Moscow signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, the secret protocol of which provided for the division of eastern Europe into spheres of influence. 2/
Apr 2 8 tweets 2 min read
I am getting weary of reading articles in which Americans advise other Americans about how to negotiate the future of #Ukraine. (Thread) 1/
#WestSplaining We are not fighting in Ukraine, and so we do not decide when the fighting stops, or on what terms. 2/
#UkraineWar #RussianUkrainianWar
Mar 28 30 tweets 5 min read
1/30 Putin is responsible for the invasion, and must redistribute blame for its failure. After a month, some vectors of discord in the Russian government have suggested themselves. (Thread) 2/30 I summarize here from open sources certain unusual features of this war. These are odd facts that would seem to suggest prior, or provoke future, dissension among Russian leaders. I draw no conclusions, and will at most suggest where to look.
Mar 24 8 tweets 5 min read
1/8. Sister cities should help one another. American cities can help Ukrainian ones. #SisterCitiesforUkraine #HelpYourSister #StandWithUkraine 2/8. A number of American cities have sister cities in #Ukraine, where people have been attacked by or are threatened by the Russian army.
Mar 23 7 tweets 2 min read
0/6 FAQ about my new #Ukraine audiobook (On Tyranny: Expanded Audio Edition) 1/6 Will the new Ukraine audiobook be available in print?
There is no text. I wasn't reading. I was speaking to you. I did this very quickly, from notes, in the form of twenty conversational lectures, sometimes ambitious intellectually, sometimes intimate and close.
Mar 9 4 tweets 5 min read
1/4 Today in Ukraine: Russian bombing destroyed a maternity and children’s hospital in the Ukrainian city Mariupol.
#Ukraine #UkraineWar #UkraineRussianWar #Russia 2/4 The consequences of Russian bombing. Evacuation of expectant mother from destroyed maternity and children’s hospital in Mariupol, southern Ukraine.
#Ukraine #UkraineWar #UkraineRussianWar #Russia
Mar 7 14 tweets 4 min read
1/14 My six books about #Ukraine. I am called upon to answer questions about Ukraine every day. My books, which represent a quarter century of research and thought, often do a better job than I can while speaking live or in short pieces. 2/14 I don't often mention my books on Ukraine, because I feel uneasy promoting things that cost money while people in Ukraine are suffering and dying in this horrible unjustifiable invasion. I will continue to make meaningful donations to Ukraine. If you can, I hope you will too
Mar 5 15 tweets 2 min read
1/15 "Открытое письмо от 177 Нобелевских лауреатов" (о вторжении России в Украину, полный текст) 2/15 "Нижеподписавшиеся лауреаты Нобелевской премии выражают свою поддержку украинскому народу и свободному, независимому государству Украина перед лицом российской агрессии."