On this day: Russia invades Azerbaijan

27th April, 1920, and Russia was in the process of building up their egos and their empire (sorry, their Socialist Republic).

 Красная_армия_в_Баку,_май_1920_гRussia invading Baku May 1920

According to the Russian historian A.B. Shirokorad, the Soviet invasion of Azerbaijan was carried out using a standard Bolshevik template: a local revolutionary committee starts real or “virtual” worker riots and requests support from the Red Army.

 800px-The Red Army in Baku 1920

That’s pretty much what they did in Ukraine THIS YEAR. Russian tactics are scary because #1 they don’t change and #2 they WORK.