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Fic 514: Stalemate

So. Heavy x Soldier. Never done this one before. Enjoy!


“History is full of rivalries!”

Heavy nods. This was true.

“Rome versus Carthage! The Persians versus the Greeks! England versus France!”

Lessons from his school days flash though his memory. The Carthaginian War. The Battle of Platea. The Battle of Agincourt. Pivotal moments each and every one. Some were small nudges. Others changing the course of human history.

He lets himself be impressed that Soldier had been able to rattle off three factual rivalries. Last week it had been the Mayans versus South Korea, with little thought given to the mental gymnastics that had connected the two in his head.

“The United States versus the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics!”

Heavy takes a little exception with that last one. He has little love for the Soviets, although the man sitting across from him cares little for such nuance. Crossing his large arms, he raises a single eyebrow at Soldier, who is leaning on the crate that sits between them.

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☭ – Rest in Peace, Comrade Lenin! – ☭

On the 21st January of 1924, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, more commonly known as Lenin, departed our world after a series of strokes left him incapacitated. 

From orchestrating the Great October Socialist Revolution to uniting the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic with former territories of the Russian Empire to form the Soviet Union, the first workers state in the world, Lenin was the leader and symbol of the Soviet proletariat in its early beginnings, and beyond his death an immortal icon for all the peoples in the world struggling against capitalism and imperialism.

You have seen during the past few days the pilgrimage of scores and hundreds of thousands of working people to Comrade Lenin’s bier. Before long you will see the pilgrimage of representatives of millions of working people to Comrade Lenin’s tomb. You need not doubt that the representatives of millions will be followed by representatives of scores and hundreds of millions from all parts of the earth, who will come to testify that Lenin was the leader not only of the Russian proletariat, not only of the European workers, not only of the colonial East, but of all the working people of the globe.

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President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia signed a decree late Monday night formally recognizing Ukraine’s Crimea region as a “sovereign and independent state,” defying the United States and Europe just hours after they imposed their first financial sanctions since the crisis began and laying the groundwork for possible annexation.

Mr. Putin’s decree came after the breakaway republic formally declared its independence and asked Russia to annex it in keeping with the results of a referendum conducted Sunday under the watch of Russian troops. The Kremlin announced that Mr. Putin would address both houses of the Russian Parliament on Tuesday, when many expect him to endorse annexation.

The moves showed that Moscow had no intention of backing down in the face of Western sanctions over a dispute that has created a profound rift in East-West relations and threatens the security of borders created after the Soviet Union’s breakup in the early 1990s.

Even as the Kremlin announced Mr. Putin’s decree all the factions in Russia’s lower house of Parliament submitted draft legislation that welcomed Crimea’s referendum, reversing a decision made 60 years ago by the Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev to put Crimea under the authority of what was then the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.

… Earlier Monday the United States froze the assets and banned travel for 11 Russian and Ukrainian political figures, including top aides and allies of Mr. Putin as well as former President Viktor F. Yanukovych of Ukraine, whose ouster following pro-Western street protests last month prompted the Russian military incursion into Crimea. The European Union followed suit with sanctions against 21 Russians and Ukrainians, although none as prominent as those on the American list.

“We’re making it clear there are consequences for these actions,” Mr. Obama said in a televised statement in the White House briefing room on Monday morning. “The international community will continue to stand together to oppose any violations of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

He repeated that Russia can still defuse the conflict. “Going forward, we can calibrate our response based on whether Russia chooses to escalate or de-escalate the situation,” he said. “Now, I believe there is still a path to resolve this situation diplomatically.”