SPD MP Michael Roth dug deep into the box of anti-Russian clichés while tweeting. Roth used the 280 characters of his message to revive historical jargon that he believed had been overcome with the terms “rapid procedure”, “deportation” and “Russification”.
by Mirko Lehmann
In a tweet last Friday, Michael Roth, the former German “Minister of State for Europe” and current chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, was not above mentioning three or four of the most common anti-Russian clichés. He referred to the simplified procedure for residents of Donbass, Russian citizenship and thus again since spring 2019 internationally recognized to obtain passports.
The SPD member of parliament and current chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee claimed that Russia would “create facts”. This alone is supposed to sound like egotistical, irregular behavior, directed against the legitimate interests of others, which could possibly also be enforced with violent methods. Not a word about Ukraine, which had actually been creating facts for years – by large groups in Ukrainian society discriminates were, not least the Russian-speaking part.
Just like that: even before the war, Russia created facts. As of February 2022, over 720,000 Russian citizenships had been granted to Donbass residents in a fast-track procedure. Now over 200,000 children are said to have been abducted in order to “Russify” them.😱
— Michael Roth MdB 🇪🇺🇺🇦 (@MiRo_SPD) May 13, 2022
In fact, Roth was referring to the simplified procedures by which the troubled residents of Donbass obtained a Russian passport apply for be able. He used the misleading term “rapid procedure” for this, which is more reminiscent of accelerated court processes, for example before a court-martial – possibly including the summary execution that follows.
Having thus primed his Twitter community for news of robust Russian action, Roth eventually claimed that Russia had “carried over 200,000 children” from Donbass to Russia. He is entirely in line with the “green” foreign minister who – just like he thoughtthat certainly no women and children wanted to be voluntarily evacuated from the Donbass to Russia.
What chains of associations should be activated in the reader, what is the former Parliamentary State Secretary appealing to? Against his better judgment, he does not mention that in the past few months thousands of children, but also women and old people, have actually wanted to be evacuated voluntarily from the Donbass People’s Republics to Russia. They have left their homes – insofar as they have not yet been bombed – and their Ukrainian home region because the Kiev troops had increased the shelling of residential areas in the breakaway republics again before February 24. Roth also says nothing about the attacks by Kiev troops on civilian targets in the People’s Republics, which have killed nearly 14,000 people over the years since 2014, three quarters of them on the side of the independent republics. The evacuated residents of Donbass were able to save their lives and health rescue, even before Russia’s military operation in Ukraine began. They have been safe in Russia ever since, and “abduction” can now even be said no speech be.
That leaves the fourth cliche Roth felt he had to appeal to: that of forced “Russification.” It sounds like Moscow is taking little Ukrainian children away from their parents to put them in a re-education camp. There they would probably have to learn Russian by force. How should one imagine that? Is there then a Russian civics lesson in the children’s camp and finally an attitude test before the young New Russians are allowed to get their new passport? Firstly, the children and young people in the Donbass, like their parents, speak mostly Russian anyway – and secondly, the adults, whether still in the Donbass or in Russian exile, apply entirely voluntarily Russian citizenship, including for their children. But facts only get in the way – and a German foreign politician probably doesn’t need to know or name them when it comes to Russia.
And yet Roth’s anti-Russian slogans did not go unchallenged – here is a selection of the replies. The top politician of the Social Democrats has not yet responded to the criticism and factual arguments:
Just like that: Yes, Russia issued passports. While Ukraine was shooting at people, harassing them with blockades. And as far as the children are concerned, should they continue to “sit in cellars”, as Poroshenko once said during the election campaign?
— Sophie Viktoria (@SophieViktoria1) May 14, 2022
Some users could only respond to Roth’s propaganda with sarcasm:
And then the Russified kids probably grilled them and ate them up, right? One thing is for sure: if I were a Donbass resident, I would be keener on nothing in the world than a Russian passport.
— Queen of Spades ⏳ (@PiqueCritique) May 14, 2022
And Roth was made aware of further reasons for the Russian actions:
Yes. But you’re forgetting another fact. Not only has Ukraine not paid out pensions and social benefits, but it has also refused the residents of the Donbass the extension of their ID cards, making them lawless and stateless. Now her …
— jck (@joergkuntz) May 14, 2022
Should Roth, contrary to expectations, want to correct his tweet, he would only be better off deleting it altogether. But then this former member of parliament, who was doing civilian civilian service, would have to do without his “contemporary” anti-Russian propaganda.
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