“Colonial rhetoric”. Term ‘russophobia’ used to justify moscow’s war crimes, historian tells UN security council

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The term “russophobia” is an attempt to justify the russian Federation’s war crimes in Ukraine, Timothy Snyder, Professor of History at Yale University, pointed out to the United Nations Security Council.

The harm being done to russians and russian Federation culture is primarily due to moscow’s own policies and actions, he countered, spotlighting the emigration of creative russians due to its invasion of Ukraine; destruction of independent russian journalism; attacks on culture, books, museums and other landmarks; mass killings of russian speakers and citizens; and russian Federation State television proclamations. 

The claim that Ukrainians are sick with a disease called “russophobia” is simply colonial rhetoric and part of a larger strategy of hate speech, he stressed.

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