Vladimir Putin has a masterplan. He wants to re-establish the historic Russian Empire with him as the new Tsar Peter the Great. Finland should be worried because they were part of that historical empire.
As if war in Ukraine, missile attacks, jet fighters screaming overhead and tanks bullying their way through suburban streets wasn’t already terrifying enough, the world must now also accept a sobering truth: this is just the beginning.
The architect of this catastrophe, Russia’s autocratic leader Vladimir Putin, has a masterplan that doesn’t stop with punishing 44 million Ukrainian citizens. With the collapse of Kyiv, Putin will look elsewhere in eastern Europe to prove his dominance. And in this very deliberate bid to wreak havoc, he’s prepared to damn international law, and damn the west.
Russian President Vladimir Putin talked about the Russian Empire in his address to the nation before the attack on Ukraine. The Russian Empire, commonly referred to as Imperial Russia, was a historical empire that extended across Eurasia from 1721, succeeding the Tsardom of Russia following the Treaty of Nystad that ended the Great Northern War.
The Empire lasted until the Republic was proclaimed by the Provisional Government that took power after the February Revolution of 1917. The Russian Empire was surpassed in size only by the British and Mongol empires.
When Vladimir Putin talks about the Russian Empire and the history of Ukraine, it is this empire he wants to re-establish. With him as the new Tsar Peter the Great. Finland should be worried because they were part of that historical empire.