Weekend Reads Column: 60 years of DW Russian - even when we started there was crisis

04:20  01 august  2022
04:20  01 august  2022 Source:   dw.com

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on August 1, 1962, the Russian program of the DW went on the air for the first time. The USSR was the main opponent in the Cold War. And today's Russia? A look back from program manager Christian F. Trippe.

Am Tag des Sendestarts des Russischen Programms reiste Walter Ulbricht zu Nikita Chruschtschow nach Moskau © Provided by Deutsche Welle On the day of the Russian program of the Russian program, Walter Ulbricht traveled to Nikita Khrushchev to Moscow

in the summer of 1962, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev was looking for a location. The thaw in relationships with the West was finally over, the Berlin crisis had an effect. In the autumn of the previous year, American and Soviet tanks were opposed to each other at the Checkpoint Charlie in the middle of Berlin, for days and ready to fight. For the evening of August 1st, DDR State and Party leader Walter Ulbricht had announced itself near Khrushchev in Moscow, the two wanted to discuss some fundamental questions a year after the construction of the Berlin Wall .

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The broadcast plans of the first Russian -speaking program of the German wave are no longer available. Ulbricht visit to Moscow may have been reported almost safely. Shortly afterwards, the Kremlin called for the three western allied powers from Berlin. That would have meant a rough violation of the so-called "four-powers agreement", and the leadership in Moscow will have been aware that Washington, Paris and London would not be able to agree under any circumstances.

nuclear weapons in the geopolitical threatening backdrop

At the latest here a first parallel to the present is arising: it was not again a guided tour in the Kremlin, which made completely unacceptable demands a few months ago and also knew exactly that the addressee - namely the government in Washington - this would never be able to accept this? Shortly before he gave the command to attack Ukraine, Wladimir Putin from the West called for a general revision of the security order that had formed after the Cold War in Europe - which would have arisen to process NATO. Unacceptable.

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Christian F. Trippe leitet die Russische Redaktion © DW Christian F. Tripe leads the Russian editorial office

Khrushchev decided to escalate in the summer of 1962. His diplomats negotiated with the communist friends in Cuba about a far-reaching military and auxiliary agreement. Soviet nuclear weapons should be stationed on the Caribbean island on the door of the USA. The United States reacted with a political determination that brought the world to the edge of a nuclear war.

at the latest here the parallelities between the then and today. President Putin immediately brought the use of nuclear weapons into play with the beginning of the Ukraine war, but until further notice, this nuclear threat remained so undetermined that Western observers believe it to recognize a gesture of intimidation. Effective in some western publications, militarily but ultimately without substance. The threat of atomic leg - 60 years ago she was to be understood differently.

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 War in Ukraine: What must be remembered from Wednesday July 27 The Ukrainian government expects the first cereal loads to leave "this week" the ports of the Black Sea. © supplied by Franceinfo in order to resume cereal exports, three Ukranian ports located on the Black Sea will start working again. On the diplomatic level, Antony Blinken and Sergei Lavrov should speak in the coming days, according to the US Secretary of State. Franceinfo takes stock of what to remember from the latest developments in the War in Ukraine , Wednesday, July 27.

Caution compared to overly obvious parallels

Russia is not the Soviet Union. Even if Russian soldiers keep showing Soviet troop flags on their bloody advance in Ukraine. Even if the image of the USSR is becoming increasingly manipulative in the Russian history policy of the past few years. The historical cold war cannot be compared to the new east-west confrontation in the digital age. Comparisons are always lagging, this always applies to historical comparisons - especially if they pretend that they could prove that everything has been there.

  Kolumne: 60 Jahre DW Russisch - Schon als wir anfingen war Krise © Provided by Deutsche Welle

In autumn 1962, the Russian literary magazine "Nowy Mir" began with the impression of the novel "A day in the life of Iwan Denisowitsch" by Alexander Solschenizyn. If you are looking for parallels and want to make comparisons, you should wonder if such a piece of opposition literature would make it through the Russian censorship of 2022? But the current censorship also knows that it can only be effective in the digital world. Information always finds its way, even to Russia, even though it tries to block unpopular websites. The Russian internet censorship should once prove just as ineffective as it was the disturbance of the DW shortwave signals by the Soviet Union. Even then, the DW already read out texts by Solschenizyn on the radio.

The state of the world was so deprived in 1962 that the Norwegian committee did not want to give anyone a Nobel Peace Prize - this was only made up for the following year. It remains exciting whether and to whom he will be awarded this year. We will report on all of our Russian platforms.

Author: Christian F. Trippe

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