What if the Soviet Union hadn’t collapsed?

Would the ethnic violence in Ukraine and other former Soviet republics still be a problem if the Soviet Union had not collapsed?  British historian Tim Stanley suggests not.

I have to agree with his analysis.  If you look at the deliberate Soviet oppression of nationalist and religious sentiment in republics like Chechnya, Dagestan, Georgia, Ukraine and many others in its portfolio of ethnic groups, what we’re seeing today is just more of the same.



  1. Hey Peter,

    Tongue in cheek but a very good video. It quickly explained the dynamics of the Soviet Union and former members of the same union. I remembered reading that there was a swell of nationalism under all the solidarity of Mother Russia. The Soviets made a habit of crushing nationalist movement. From Germany in 1953, Hungary in 1956, and Prague in 1968. There was a fear of the Soviets rolling into Poland if the polish communist couldn't control the solidarity movement that was raising hell in the early 80's.

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