US Cold War adviser asks ‘gentleman’ Vladimir Putin for Russian citizenship
An American historian who advised former President Ronald Reagan on the Soviet Union in the last years of the Cold War, called on Vladimir Putin to grant him Russian citizenship.
Suzanne Massie, 90, is an expert on Russia who trained the late Republican president on the country and its people during his dealings with the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev.
New York-born author of the book, Land of the firebird: the beauty of old Russia, met Reagan several times in the 1980s.
She taught Reagan the proverb “doveryai, no proveryai“which means” trust but verify “which, although it doesn’t rhyme in English, was still a catchphrase enough that the sympathetic US president frequently uses when referring to discussions of nuclear disarmament.
In 1987, Reagan and Gorbachev signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which expired in 2019. His memoir, Trust but check: Reagan, Russia and me, underlines the key role in helping the former president to end the cold war peacefully.
Massie was the subject of a documentary on the Kremlin’s Friend TV channel NTV this week, titled “Grandma with a Secret” which she bills as a “world exclusive”.
She is filmed in a number of locations, including taking place to attend the annual Victory Day celebrations in Moscow’s Red Square on May 9 to mark the role of the Soviet Union in defeating Germany. Nazi.
In interviews in Russian, she criticized the current US administration, the US media and praised Putin. She described how she thought the American media was unfair in their portrayal of Russia, saying, “They hate Russia” and the Western media “speak against you all the time.”
âThe American people don’t know anything about Putin. They know (only) what they read in the newspapers,â she said.
His comments come as relations between Moscow and Washington, DC continue to wind down, amid tit-for-tat sanctions, accusations of Russian election interference and the arrest and imprisonment of the opposition politician Alexei Navalny.
the NTV the film also refers to the tensions between Russia and Ukraine.
She said she met Putin in the 1990s, and said that âwhen he talks about America he’s like a gentleman,â using the English word, âmaybe because he’s from Saint PETERSBOURG”.
On several occasions, she describes Washington as a “swamp” and Biden as a “puppet”, and makes a direct appeal to the Russian president.
âDear Vladimir Vladimirovich,â using the official surname of the president, âI would be very happy if I could become a citizen of Russia,â she said, âit is a great honor to be Russianâ.
Separately, she said, âI know what they’ll say, ‘I’m a traitor, I’m a person who’s against America.â They’ll say, âtraitor.â He’s a person who works for America. ‘enemy.”
Asked by reporters on the status of his citizenship application, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday: “We are not aware of the application, we have not had a chance to watch this television program.
“You have to submit an application, and so on. Once these procedures are completed, the matter will be examined,” he added. Tass reported.
Newsweek reached out to Massie for comment through her website.
A number of prominent US citizens have acquired Russian citizenship in recent years. Among them are action movie star Steven Seagal, former professional boxer Roy Jones Jr, and former mixed martial arts star Jeff Monson.