Paul Robinson is a professor at the @UOttawaGSPIA, @uOttawa, Canada where he writes about Russian and Soviet history, military history and military ethics 2/
A quick scan through Robsinson's "Irrussianality" blog gives the impression that he is fairly reasonable and impartial: comparing and contrasting the West with Russia, criticising pro-Russian conspiracists (e.g. Helmer regarding the Skripal case) 3/
However, delve further back in time to around when Russian marines and airborne troops were seizing Ukraine's Crimea and Russian spetsnaz crossing into the Donbas, and we see a different, rather partial Paul Robinson: 4/
Robinson labels the Euromaidan Revolution of Dignity with tropes favoured by Russia's state propagandists: "fascists", "Bandera", "armed far-right groups", "sectarian" and so forth https://www.cips-cepi.ca/2014/03/04/reaping-the-whirlwind-in-ukraine/ 5/
After making an effort to sound acadmically reasonable and impartial, Robinson goes on to state "The West should recognise the legitimate interests both of Russia and of the Russian-speaking population of Ukraine" 6/
While taking into account that the situation was developing back in March 2014, no one who was following events at the time was under any illusions that Russia had zero "legitimate" interests in Ukraine. Robinson must know this. After all, he is an expert 7/
Even earlier, in January 2014, Robinson was defending the "democratic authority" of the Viktor Yanukovych regime in Ukraine against protesters and rioters who sought to "usurp" it https://www.cips-cepi.ca/2014/01/24/in-face-of-ukrainian-unrest-doing-nothing-is-the-best-approach/ 8/
In an article published in the Ottawa Citizen 9 Sep 2013, Robinson calls Russia's leaders "beacons of sanity". Regarding Syria, "Vladimir Putin speaks for the world." Evidently Russia's war against Syrian civilians is all the fault of the United States! https://www.cips-cepi.ca/2013/09/10/russia-is-a-beacon-of-sanity-about-syria/ 9/
More recently, in October 2017, Robinson delivered a talk asking "Do we still need NATO?" on the premise that the threat from the Soviet Union 'has long since disappeared' but NATO still exists and continues to expand. Another Kremlin trope https://group78.org/event/paul-robinson-do-we-still-need-nato/ 10/
Here is the video of the talk in which he says "I will not be neutral at the end of the day" (8m02s). He claims the Russians only moved missiles into Kaliningrad after NATO placed anti-missile systems in the Baltic. Another Russian trope 11/
Robinson claims Russia is not going be invade Europe (41m) "I go their [Russia] regularly" - what happend in Ukraine was a "violent overthrow of an elected government", "the Ukrainian army indiscriminately shelling its own cities ... killing hundreds of its own citizens" etc 12/
In a 2016 interview with Radio Canada International, Robinson doesn't think Canada participating in NATO exercises in the Baltic states is a very good idea because it would make relations with Russia worse https://twitter.com/RussianEmbassyC/status/750061580138708992 13/
Robinson advises realism rather than emotion. He says "the so-called Russian threat to the Baltic states doesn't really exist" - that Russia has no intention to invade or cause trouble in the Baltic states https://www.rcinet.ca/console.php?id=7561092&image=http://img.src.ca/2016/06/24/635x357/160624_xd8ac_rci-nato-baltics-marines_sn635.jpg&locale=en&appCode=medianet 14/
In October 2019, Paul Robinson appeared on RT_com's "CrossTalk" show in Moscow talking about Russia's conservatism (based on Robinson's book) https://www.rt.com/shows/crosstalk/471521-conservative-russia-stereotypes-study/ 16/
Finally, whether we are academics or not, we must recognise that we are all to some extent conflicted and declare accordingly. Paul Robinson and those investigators at @ReframingRussia are no different

Transparency. Academic freedom depends on it

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