Cambridge University, Fake Research, Rory Finnin, Anti-Russia Propaganda

Ever wonder why the mood in the UK is so entrenched, endemic, anti-Russian? Well, where are a huge number of politicians, business leaders and more, educated?

Fake News
is now in the zeigeist, and a number of media outlets have been accused of producing fake news over the last year. However it looks like even that mighty bastion, Cambridge University – 2nd oldest university in the English-speaking world, along with Oxford arguably the most famous, has been implicated in a Fake News spin-off – Fake Research.

Dr Rory Finnin, is the Head of Slavonic Studies at Cambridge University. Actual biographical details of Finnin are not readily available. In a world of biographies laid out with full details, Finnin’s gives only the scantest of details, but an internet search shows he has been at Cambridge in a senior departmental capacity since at least 2010.

Finnin is not one to even make an attempt to be impartial as an academic, here he is, on Al Jazeera in 2014, accusing Putin of ‘flat untruths, really bad strategic policy‘. Finnin entirely defends the coup power put in place by Euromaidan, making no reference at all to the terrorism behind that coup. Finnin goes on to accuse Yanukovych of shooting ‘at least 94’ of ‘his own people’ – something so preposterous even the BBC had to debunk it. Watch the interview with Finnin here –

01:47 – “The Ukrainian people legally took power.” Ok, I was at Euromaidan, and filmed there. This is the ‘Ukrainian people legally taking power‘, then…

Finnin rounds off by stating that Russia has ‘invaded’ Ukraine – it’s ‘as simple as that’. If you are, as Finnin clearly is, a pathological Russophone, then it probably is ‘as simple as that‘. However, for the rest of us, it’s really not, and surely, particularly, the finest minds of the UK at Cambridge should not be being taught by a man who believes a deeply nuanced crisis can be summarised by ‘as simple as that’, on a presumably paid-for tv appearance… no mention of the far-right, ultra-nationalist, neo-Nazi forces behind Euromaidan which caused Crimea, and the former east of Ukraine to take up against the unelected coup power they put in place so strongly? From Finnin, nothing of the sort…

Finnin pops up again in 2014, on CNN, August, to accuse Russia, of ‘waging a war of aggression against the Ukrainian state’ and the ‘Russian ‘invasion’ of the ‘east of Ukraine’, ‘Russian troops’, ‘columns of tanks’, ‘regular Russian soldiers’… watch for yourself, from 2 minutes on –

Finnin continues with some bizarre faux-concern for these ‘Russian soldiers’, and the ‘backlash’ they supposedly face back home. There is a truly staggering moment after 5 minutes when he positions Mariupol as a ‘peaceful’, city where Russian-speakers had their rights enshrined, and ‘hundreds, if not thousands’, of citizens had protested Putin. No mention at all of Ukrainian forces storming into Mariupol in May, opening fire, and then firing on civilians marking Victory Day – just a couple of videos of that here –

Finnin clearly prides himself as an ‘esteemed academic’, and so forth. Actually his biography on the official Cambridge website states –

‘In 2015 Finnin won a Teaching Award for Outstanding Lecturer from the Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU), the representative body for all students at the University.’

But there’s no claim even that Finnin has ever done any of his own research on this situation. All his assertions are based on what Finnin has read, and seen, in the media. And given there’s no attempt whatsoever to present a balanced picture, it’s clear that Finnin has simply chosen media to suit his own polemic. As simple as that…

Finnin’s views expressed on his television appearances are exactly those which make it into his ‘academic research’, taught to students at Cambridge (pictured). So, to recap – entirely one-sided, biased, unrelated to facts and entirely dictated by Finnin’s transparent vendetta against Putin, and Russia. Finnin’s piece, with Dr Thomas T Grant (Faculty of Law), from August 2015 – published here on the official Cambridge University site –

Don’t call it a civil war – Ukraine’s conflict is an act of Russian aggression

A few extracts of that here –

As Ukraine marks 24 years since its independence from the Soviet Union, it is embroiled in the most dangerous armed conflict in Europe – against the Russian Federation.

Wrong. Ukraine is waging a war of self-defence against an international aggressor – the Russian Federation.

Then there’s the matter of Ukraine’s right to self-defence, which of course is a right of all states. Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is just about the only case where a UN member state has seized and in effect sliced off whole regions of another UN member state.

Perhaps eedless to say, there’s no attempt to balance any of this with an alternative view to Finnin’s diatribe. So, let’s come to the nub of it – what is Finnin there for, what does he want? Have a look here again – from 7 mins 30 on…

He wants Ukraine to be in NATO, have access to NATO arms. And here – 

It’s not as if the signs aren’t clear. Recent weeks have seen another intense spike in fighting in eastern Ukraine. Given all the prior sabre-rattling, nuclear threats and general rhetorical brinksmanship, it takes little imagination to see the conflict expanding beyond Ukraine’s borders into EU member states.

Rory Finnin is within the hallowed walls of Cambridge, with a role in shaping the minds of future key players in the UK. And be sure, he’s there to shape them entirely against Russia, position Russia as a ‘threat’ in the strongest way possible, incite and cement anti-Russian sentiment, warmonger even.

It’s time to face reality. The continued escalation of the war in Ukraine poses a serious challenge to international public order. Journalists have risked everything to report events from this war, and we need to stop watering down their reports with euphemism and understatement. We need to call this what it is: a war of self-defence against an international aggressor.

So, that’s Cambridge University. Fake Research, feeding into Fake News. Fake Doctors. However a very real answer to the question about why there is so much anti-Russian sentiment in the UK. Some people are making sure it’s kept like that. And be sure, Finnin is far from the only one.

The Cure for Russophobia / Лечение От Русофобии

By Graham – спасибо за помощь мои друзья на Вконтакте

Open up almost any western media, turn on any channel, you’re confronted by a wall of anti-Russian sentiment. Russophobia in serious news on a par with the ‘Russian villain’ stereotyping of cold war spy movies. It’s the illness of the 1Russia50western world, but, there’s a cure for it. Go to Russia, I’ve been 3 times – 2009, 11, and 6 months ago.

Смотря практически любые западные СМИ, любой канал, вы столкнетесь с волной антироссийских настроений. Русофобия в серьезных новостях подается в стиле “русскии негодяй” времен холодной войны в шпионских фильмах.

Это болезнь западного мира, но есть лекарство от него. Посетите Россию! Я был в ней 3 раза: в 2009 году, 11 и 6 месяцев назад.

Starting with stereotypes, but, seeing Swan Lake in St Petersburg is better than you could ever imagine –

Для начала посмотрите балет Лебединое Озеро в Санкт-Петербурге. Это лучшее, что вы могли бы себе представить –


Actually, just to be in St Petersburg is mind-blowing, to visit the Hermitage, one of the oldest museums in the world, the largest collections of paintings in the world –

На самом деле, просто быть в Санкт-Петербурге обалденно, посетить Эрмитаж-один из старейших музеев в мире,с самой большой коллекцией картин в мире –






The nightlife, legendary, here I am at a hostel in 2011, just prior to going and getting involved – 

Ночная жизнь, легендарный, я здесь в хостеле в 2011 году, готов чтоб участвовать –


What makes a night, of course, or a place, the people. Natives of St Petersburg, everywhere I’ve been in Russia – warm, friendly, fun, if you say you like their shirt, they’ll want to give you their shirt –

Самое главное конечно, ночь или месту – людям. Народ из Санкт-Петербурга, везде я был в России – теплый, дружелюбный, веселый, если вы говорите, что любите их рубашку, они хотят дать вам их рубашку –






Going through night into morning, on one of the city’s many spectacular white nights –

Тусить всю ночь до утра, один из невероятных белых ночей –



By day, just walking around the city itself, referred to affectionately by Russians as ‘Peter’, even ‘Leningrad’ – with much of the centre the sight of landmarks at every turn –

Днем просто гулять по городу, русские называют его ласково ‘Питер’, даже ‘Ленинград’, достопримечательности на каждом шагу –











Getting down with the kids on the street –

Наслаждайтесь молодых танцоров на улице –



Then there’s Moscow, the unbelievably majestic Red Square. Close your eyes there you can see everything from Lenin to Stalin, to Paul McCartney. Some of them are still around –

Тогда есть Москва с невероятно величественной Красной Площадью. Закрыв глаза там, можно представить всё: от Ленина и Сталина до Пола Маккартни. Некоторые из них еще бывали там –







Another selfie?

Еще один селфие )


The beauty of, the beautiful Russian girls – everywhere – doing all sorts –

Красивые девушки России – везде, делая все –






The most incredibly romantic city you could imagine –

Удивительно романтический город –





Similarly amazing, friendly nightlife, outside in summer against the most marvellous of backdrops –

Фантастический, доброжелательный ночной жизни – на улице в летнее время, сказочные окрестностях –




That’s why I’m not a Russophobe, I went to Russia with an open mind. That’s the cure for Russophobia.

Вот почему я не русофоб. Я посетил в Россию с открытой душой. Это лечение от русофобии