Comments like this really get my goat:
“It’s their brains, not our Constitution, which need to be changed. What they are offering to us is a clear remnant of colonial thinking. They must have clearly forgotten that Britain is no longer a colonial power, there are no colonies left and, thank God, Russia has never been a British colony.”
Vladimir Putin – Russian Dictator President
Not just the fact that yet another country is having a pop at the greatest Empire this world has ever seen, which at the moment it seems fashionable to do, nor the fact that Russia was never actually under the control anyone else’s empire and so wouldn’t know so called ‘colonial thinking’ if they started printing it on vodka bottles, but the fact that Russia was itself one of the worst colonial powers! Talk about pot and kettle!
Admittedly Russia didn’t have any overseas colonies per se, but it certainly had colonies, afterall the definition of colony is:
• noun (pl. colonies) 1 a country or area under the control of another country and occupied by settlers from that country.
Oxford English Dictionary
In fact after Britain they were the worst (or most successful depending on how you look at it) colonial power, acquiring a huge amount of land and taking over countless other nations and peoples from 1613-1917, admittedly they were all on the borders of Russia, at least they were after Russia had conquered all the other nations in between, but colonisation is colonisation. Most importantly none of the territories were handed their freedom after the glorious Revolution that ended the Russian Empire either.
Russia, a massive colonial power right up until 1991, that is still fighting a war against freedom fighters in one colony (Chechnya) and I believe is the worlds only colonial power in the 21st Century, accusing another nation of backward colonial thinking. Do the Russians even have a word for irony?
This is all because Putin thinks that he is able to assassinate people in Britain with impunity and to be fair he may well have gotten away with it, but to poison someone with a radioactive material, exposing hundreds if not thousands of innocent people to at best an early death due to cancer at worst a slow and painful death is going too far. If anything that kind of complete disregard for innocent civilians is something not from colonial times, but from the days of Stalin.