The first and the last Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev made the Crimean problem for Ukraine.
Political scientist and sociologist, President of the Russian Research Centre “Political analytics” Mikhail Tulsky told this in an interview. “Let me remind that for the first time the Crimean problem was organized for Ukraine by Gorbachev in 1990-91,” he said.
According to him, Gorbachev had the idea “to hook all the Soviet republics” by finding in each of them a “struggling region”. And such struggling regions were found by Gorbachev in all the republics, including Russia. They were Chechen-Ingushetia, North Ossetia, Tatarstan and Tuva in the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic. The authority of these regions boycotted at the order of Gorbachev in March 1991 the referendum on the Presidency in the RSFSR, launched by Yeltsin. There was the Republic of Narva, which intimidated Estonia with separatism in case of departure from the Soviet Union. The same “Republics” and the same intimidations were in Eastern Latvia, in three Polish regions of Lithuania, Transnistria and Gagauzia in Moldova, Crimea in Ukraine, Abkhazia and South Ossetia in Georgia, and with Nagorno-Karabakh and Nakhichevan Gorbachev would “hook” both Azerbaijan and Armenia simultaneously,” listed the expert.
“The policy to collapse the former Soviet republics was initiated by Gorbachev, who is still esteemed by naive people in Russia and in the West as democrat, humanist and even an enemy of the Communist system which he had been really trying to keep at all costs. In fact, Gorbachev is the same imperialist and colonialist, like the others. So the steps of Putin are a logical extension of the traditional Kremlin and communist-KGBist education as well as the same practice. He thinks in colonial and conqueror’s terms,” concluded Tulsky.