There is an institution in Russia whose duty is to educate students and study foreign policy. One would assume those working for such an institution would explore new ideas and offer fresh perspectives on foreign policy decisions. Alas, this institution is located in Russia, the land of Putin whose concept of free speech is that each individual has the right to agree with his ideas using individual words. Professor Andrei Zubov works at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He wrote an opinion piece which disagreed with actions of the Putin administration in seizing control of the Crimea and incorporating the area into Mother Russia. Zubov compared the action to that of Adolf Hitler who took over Austria in 1938 in the same manner as the recent seizure of the Crimea.
Authorities at the Institute charged Zubov with “knowingly and repeatedly” violating the charter of the institution. He was also denounced for “reckless and irresponsible criticism of government policy.” The professor who behaves like a professor of international relations was fired.
Please understand people of Russia who are pouring into the streets cheering the invasion and conquest of the Crimea that one day there will be consequences.