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“Putin has a plan to starve much of the world”


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Timothy Synder, a history professor at Yale University specializing in the history of Central and Eastern Europe and the Holocaust, has published a thread on Twitter in which he warns of the possible strategy that Vladimir Putin is carrying out. «Russia plans to starve Asians and Africans to win its war in Europe. This is a new level of colonialism and the latest chapter in the politics of hunger,” warned the American historian.

“Putin Is Preparing An Unfolding World Famine As The Next Stage Of His War In Europe”said the expert. The Yale professor recalled that Ukraine is one of the main food exporters and that Moscow established a brutal naval blockade that prevents it from exporting cereals: “If the Russian blockade continues, tens of millions of tons of food will rot in the silos and dozens of Millions of people in Africa and Asia will starve.

Snyder Says “Putin’s Plan Is So Horrific” It’s Hard to Admit, but lists two historical examples that explain the central role of food in politics and how its manipulation can be considered a weapon of war. The idea that control of Ukrainian grain can change the world is not new, he explains, recalling that both Stalin and Hitler tried to dominate it.

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“For Stalin, the black land of the Ukraine had to be exploited to build an industrial economy for the USSR. In fact, collectivized agriculture killed about four million Ukrainians », he explains and adds:« When people began to die in large numbers, Stalin blamed the Ukrainians themselves. Soviet propaganda called those who drew attention to the famine ‘Nazis’.

However, the Nazis also carried out this plan: “They liked the idea of ​​controlling Ukrainian agriculture. This was, in fact, the central aim of Hitler’s war.” As Snyder explains, Hitler wanted to redirect Ukrainian grain from the Soviet Union to Germany, “in the hope of starving millions of Soviet citizens.”

Now, he warns, “the Russian policy of memory” paved the way for “a 21st-century hunger plan”: “Russians are told that Stalin’s famine was an accident and that the Ukrainians are Nazis. This makes stealing and blocking seem acceptable.”

The historian believes that Putin outlined a plan designed to work on three levels: he wants to destroy the Ukrainian state by cutting off its exports; it is destined to generate refugees from North Africa and the Middle East, which would produce instability in the European Union; and he hopes that a world famine with mass deaths will enable him to gain propaganda from him.

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