Hey Russia, 1989 called, wants its failed Socialist utopia back.
Russian lawmakers will consider a new statement that would condemn an event that happened 25 years ago – the reunification of Germany.
According to Russian news agency Tass, State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin has asked the Duma’s Committee on Foreign Affairs to look into condemning the “annexation” of East Germany by West Germany in 1989.
Given the time that’s passed and the relative success of German reunification, the idea has struck many as absurd: Mikhail Gorbachev, leader of the Soviet Union in 1989, called it “nonsense” Wednesday. Similar outlandish statements have been made by Russian lawmakers recently – last year, one proposed a ban on high heels, for example.
However, this proposal can’t be as easily dismissed: Naryshkin is an ally of President Vladimir Putin, and it seems unlikely he would have made such a bold statement without the Russian leader’s approval.