Nov 8, 2022
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England – Russia. Cunning without love. Purely English provocation

The lessons of the British-Russian “Great Game” have not lost their relevance today

On November 9, at 00:20 Moscow time, the NTV channel began the premiere of the documentary cycle England – Russia. Cunning without love.” The 10-episode film is a documentary investigation of Russian-British relations in a historical retrospective from the time of Ivan the Terrible (XVI century) up to the present day.

The first series tells about several specific episodes that testify to the long-standing game of the British elites aimed at weakening and ultimately destroying Russia by fragmenting along territorial and national lines and plunging into the abyss of fratricidal civil war.

The authors of the film talk in detail about the so-called “Hull Incident”, when British sailors, hiding behind civilian schooners, tried to disrupt the transition to the Pacific Ocean of Admiral Rozhdestvensky’s squadron to help the Russian army in the “Japanese” theater of operations.

During the First World War, the mission of Lord Milner delivered an ultimatum to the imperial court, demanding the admission of British officers to military headquarters, not excluding familiarization with secret documents, which they would not hesitate to share with the Germans. After Nikolai’s refusal II The “allies” began to actively flirt with the leaders of the liberal Duma opposition, creating the necessary prerequisites for the February coup of 1917, which paved the way for further tragic events.

During the years of the Civil War on the territory of the former Russian Empire, the interventionists initially supported the Whites, but then went into contact with the government of Lenin and Trotsky, which became an important factor in the failure of the offensive actions of Admiral Kolchak, Baron Wrangel, Denikin’s Moscow Campaign, etc. According to the version put forward by the authors of the film, it was under the influence of London that the Polish government of Pilsudski suspended the offensive in Ukraine and Belarus, which allowed the Bolsheviks in 1919 – early 1920. transfer additional forces to defeat Denikin. Not feeling the slightest sympathy for the Bolsheviks, their government of Lloyd George was more afraid of the practical implementation of the slogan of the white governments about the revival of “great, united and indivisible Russia.”

A separate plot of the film is dedicated to the activities of the British military missions in Transcaucasia, Persia and Turkestan, aimed at exploiting local resources by manipulating puppet local governments, tribal leaders, national movements, etc. Only oil, in particular from the Baku oil region, during the years of the British military’s management in the “southern underbelly” of the former Russian Empire and its sphere of direct influence was taken out for 113.5 million of the then gold rubles (an astronomical amount).

…AT XIX century, British Russophobia received a powerful impetus in connection with the uprising in the territory of the Kingdom of Poland, which was part of the Russian Empire, in 1830-31. Having provoked the Poles into a bloody rebellion against the Russian authorities (Grand Duke Konstantin Pavlovich barely escaped death) and promising weapons to the rebels, the British did not fulfill their promises in their characteristic style. Nevertheless, they used the defeat of the uprising for their own purposes, building on a long-term basis work with Polish emigre circles, stirring up Russophobic hysteria everywhere, opposing St. Petersburg to other European monarchies according to the age-old principle of “divide and rule.”

And these are just some examples of the inflammatory policy of the British crown, which has passed into XXand in XXI century. In addition to the testimonies of people directly involved in the events, the film uses unique little-known documents from the archives of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Central Archive of the Federal Security Service of Russia, the State Archive of the Russian Federation, the archive of the Foreign Intelligence Service, as well as from the National Archives of Great Britain itself. Many of these materials are presented to the attention of a wide public audience for the first time.

To be continued…

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