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Thursday, June 09, 2022

[O]n Thursday, after visiting an exhibition dedicated to Peter the Great's 350-year anniversary, Putin remarked on how little had changed over the intervening centuries. "Peter I fought the Northern War for 21 years," Putin remarked. "It seemed then, fighting with Sweden, that he took something away ... but he wasn't taking anything away, he was returning!"

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...So on Thursday, after visiting an exhibition dedicated to Peter the Great's 350-year anniversary, Putin remarked on how little had changed over the intervening centuries.

"Peter I fought the Northern War for 21 years," Putin remarked. "It seemed then, fighting with Sweden, that he took something away ... but he wasn't taking anything away, he was returning!"

Putin added that Peter I founded Russia's imperial capital -- St. Petersburg -- on territory taken from Sweden during that war.

"When he laid the new capital, not one country of Europe recognized this territory as Russia, they all recognized it as Sweden's," Putin said. "And there, since time immemorial, the slavs had lived alongside the Finno-Urgic peoples, and this territory was located under the control of the Russian state."

It's another dubious history lesson from a leader who launched his war against Ukraine with two lengthy lectures and an essay expounding on his view of the circumstances that led to the creation of modern Ukraine, from Kyivan Rus to 1991.

But Putin inserted another reference in his Wednesday remarks: Peter the Great's campaign to take Narva, a city that's currently part of Estonia. ...


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-06-09 01:43 PM | Reply

Great, a leader with his finger on the nuclear button is bat-sh#t crazy. Hurry up and die, fool.

#2 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-06-09 03:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Peter the great didn't have nukes. And if putin didn't have them he'd have been removed by now.

#3 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-06-09 05:45 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Murder is murder.

#4 | Posted by Hughmass at 2022-06-09 05:48 PM | Reply

Donald Trump also compared himself to Peter the Great. Or maybe to Jesus?

#5 | Posted by Zed at 2022-06-09 05:53 PM | Reply

More like Stalin.

Short, -------, violent, has a thing for poison, fears Democrats, enjoys invading other countries, and is likely in the closet.

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2022-06-09 05:56 PM | Reply

And this is why he chose now to go to Ukraine at this time. He has delusions of greatness, and he is dying, so he was trying to cement his place in Russian history as the "leader" who put the empire back together. This is why he is dangerous, and we cannot discount his threats of nuclear war. We also cannot let him win and must continue to assist Ukraine to recover their territory, or the West and democracies look weak.

#7 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2022-06-09 06:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Putin compares himself to Peter the Great. Trump compares himself to Abraham Lincoln and poses for photo-shopped portraits of him on Mt. Rushmore.

Narcissistic, arrogant dictators and mass murderers always think they are great. Truth be absolutely damned.

#8 | Posted by moder8 at 2022-06-09 06:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Maybe he meant his "peter was great" and it was "lost" in translation.

Here's a pic of him pointing to it:
www.washingtonpost.com

#9 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2022-06-09 07:42 PM | Reply

That is almost as ridiculous as China Joe trying to represent himself as being a great president. He makes Jimmy Carter look like George Washington. What a loser.

#10 | Posted by gtjr at 2022-06-09 07:53 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

That is almost as ridiculous as China Joe trying to represent himself as being a great president. He makes Jimmy Carter look like George Washington. What a loser.

#10 | Posted by gtjr

He was elected simply to NOT BE TRUMP. He's been great at that. That's now low the bar is after you morons elected a reality show con man who got hundreds of thousands of citizens killed and tried to overthrow democracy.

#11 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-06-09 08:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@GTJR

You're dog meat Ivan.

The longer your country fights in Ukraine the weaker it gets.

Eventually your stupid leader will attack a second neighboring country which will subsequently sac Moscow in a matter of months.

And yes starving former pets will rip you apart.

#12 | Posted by Tor at 2022-06-09 08:34 PM | Reply

And yes starving former pets will rip you apart.

Do I smell a Ramsay Bolton reference?

#13 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-06-09 08:44 PM | Reply

@13

No.

#14 | Posted by Tor at 2022-06-09 08:51 PM | Reply

At least he doesn't think he's Hitler.

Peter the great was a modernizer, a Tsar who looked West.

There are worse Tsar's he could be in awe of.

The West spurned Putin's attempts over the years to become as they are.

That's what he sees in Peter the Great.

Who was also not accepted by the Western Powers.

So he made War.

#15 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2022-06-10 12:35 AM | Reply

I understand some dung beetles extract all the food they need from Elephant crap.

So tell me what's it like to consume so much putin crap?

#16 | Posted by Tor at 2022-06-10 01:08 AM | Reply

And Trump is just like Russia's Peter III, who was a bats*** crazy, ego-maniacal moron with delusions of grandeur and nothing to back it up. Thankfully, his wife, Catherine The Great, seized power.

#17 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2022-06-10 01:25 AM | Reply

Some Slavs are more equal than others.
~ Petite Putout Putin

#18 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2022-06-10 04:36 AM | Reply

"The West spurned Putin's attempts over the years to become as they are."

Still peddling this lie?

www.theguardian.com

Vladimir Putin wanted Russia to join Nato but did not want his country to have to go through the usual application process and stand in line "with a lot of countries that don't matter", according to a former secretary general of the transatlantic alliance.

#19 | Posted by sentinel at 2022-06-10 12:22 PM | Reply

"Who was also not accepted by the Western Powers.
So he made War."

Oh, so you're not pretending the invasion was about the previous lies you helped peddle and are admitting it's all about butthurt ego?

#20 | Posted by sentinel at 2022-06-10 12:24 PM | Reply

More dead Ruskies in 90 days than Russia had in 10 years in Afghanistan.

Ukraine: Afghanistan II - always nice when a sequel outperforms the original.

#21 | Posted by censored at 2022-06-10 12:46 PM | Reply

"More like Stalin."

More like Hitler ... With nukes.

#22 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-06-10 12:50 PM | Reply

#13 | POSTED BY REDIAL

Chow down, hounds.

#23 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-06-10 01:23 PM | Reply

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