Aquinas professor reports fears of psychological impact on Ukraine youth
Caroline MacGregor March 20, 2014 | WGVU
Congressman Fred Upton believes Putin wants to restore the luster of the Russia
of old and worries about Putin’s advances westward. Representative Justin Amash
of Grand Rapids believes it’s too early for US military involvement.
Marco heads up Aquinas College’s Theology Department and has visited the
Ukraine numerous times. Whether correct or not, Professor Marco says the
analogy of Jews escaping Hitler has been voiced and he expects to see migration
of ethnic groups as a result of Putin’s actions.
“You have fear among people
and a whole population of Tartars- who are not aggressive militant people but
they remember history and what Stalin did to them. It’s been part of the policy
to force a migration of population.”
Tatars, who are the native Turkic Muslims of Crimea, and make up 13% of the
total population, boycotted the referendum to rejoin Russia.
Professor Marco’s friends, a young student by the name of Roman, is studying in
the Netherlands but has family in Crimea.
“I talked to him yesterday on skype and his dad is going to stay in Crimea for the rest of the academic year.”
be in Grand Rapids in June for a conference. During conversations with
Professor Marco, he talks of growing frustration and the disastrous
psychological effects among young people who want more freedom.
"You see this in Ukraine itself, there is a great deal of cronyism and corruption; I think the younger people want more a transparent policy
economically, as well as other things.”
lower house of parliament Thursday passed by a 443-1 vote, a treaty to annex
the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine. Russia's Federation Council upper house is
expected to hold a similar vote Friday, ratifying the treaty
signed by President Vladimir Putin earlier this week.
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