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Behind Putin's backdrop

It is crucial for the Putin regime that more people follow Nistad's call in the recent New Age – that people go to the Promised Land to be blinded and seduced. But behind the scenes, things look different.

The term "Potemkin's backdrop" originated from the Russian tsarina Katarina's inspection trip to the newly conquered Crimea in 1778. First-time lover and prince Gregory Potemkin, according to the myth, set off scenery of affluent villages to give the conqueror the right impression, and cover a reality of corruption, oppression and distress.

The story repeats itself in the February issue of Ny Tid, with Bjørn Nistad in the role of set designer ("Crimea is Russian") and the business couple Hendrik and Mette Rosenlund as visiting conquerors ("Seven days in Crimea").

Putin's backdrop, which Nistad promotes, is that "almost everyone in Crimea, including the Crimean Tatars, supports the reunification with Russia and that people look bright for the future." Nistad urges Norwegian politicians and ordinary citizens to travel to occupied Crimea in order to support the scene by themselves. The Rosenlund couple have already taken the call and are excited about a week's journey in Crimea in the autumn of 2016.

Nistad's academic title and book releases will ensure that he is an objective observer of Putin's Russia. In reality, he is a biased player on behalf. . .

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