I just found out that there is something called MGIMO, a Russian school for diplomats, and that a professor who used to teach there has been sacked for publishing an article in which he equated the annexation of Crimea with Hitler’s 1938 Anschluss. (You can read that article, translated in English, by clicking here)

I did that by reading an article from The Moscow Times, published more than a month after these events have taken place and whose apparent point of interest was the state of turmoil prevalent at MGIMO.

Now, that I finished reading, I am left with a nagging question. What is the real purpose of this article? To demonstrate, against the prevalent feeling, that there still is some ‘freedom of expression’ left in Russia or just to ‘discreetly’ remind us that  “MGIMO has seen at least one other prominent expression of public protest against the government’s actions. In 1956, 18 Hungarian students left MGIMO to protest the advance of Soviet troops into Hungary. Nothing like this happened after the annexation of Crimea, according to Silantyev, who said there were some 1,000 foreign students from about 55 countries studying at MGIMO.”?

Well, Hitler might have acted differently, had Chamberlain and Daladier responded more appropriately to his opening gambits…