The Czech Republic: A baby Russia
The Czech Republic and Russia are separate countries under the European Union at the present date. Russia is the largest country on earth in terms of surface area, while the Czech Republic is a relatively small country. The Czech Republic was formerly known as Czechoslovakia at the start of an eventful 20th century. Czechoslovakia was broken off from the USSR, which is also known as the Soviet Union. After an overthrow of the State in the mid-1940s, the Czechoslovak State became when it broke off from the Soviet Union. Czechoslovakia could not independently rebrand itself after the Second World War as it fell under KSC influence, whose ideas were largely communist.
Essentially, Czech Republic’s history is strongly linked to Russia’s as their territory was somewhat under Russian influence in terms of ideology and under their control for a significant portion of the 20th century. By no means does this imply that one country belonged to another but just that they share a common history. What is today known as the Czech Republic is an independent state in Central Europe.
No country belongs to another country in 2021 as all States have a right to their own territorial sovereignty. This is a right recognized by Customary International Law, making imperialism impossible in today’s age. It is therefore not possible for the Czech Republic to belong to Russia. Independence entails that the internal politics or policies are determined by a State’s own leadership. There can be no outside interference in Czech Republic’s affairs unless they request it. This, however, hasn’t always been like this, and a look into history will make it evident.
The modern Czech Republic and Russian states are neighboring countries, with Russia to the East of their neighbors. Russia and the Czech Republic have often had strained relations, but they both have embassies in the other’s capital cities. Russian is a recognized minority language in the Czech Republic, while 1% of Russia’s population comprises people of Chechen descent. Many parallel cultures are shared between these States as even their official languages are very similar. They have maintained good economic relations with neighboring countries but aren’t very dependent on imports and exports. Both countries are doing quite well economically, with Russia having more natural resources to export. Exports coming from the Czech Republic have mostly manufactured products.
Interestingly, the Czech flag has blue, red, and white as its main colors, similar to the Russian flag, displaying identical colors in a different design. The Russian flag displays these three colors as horizontal bars, whilst the Czech flag has a red bar, a white bar, and a blue triangle on its left side. White symbolizes virtue or openness, blue is for fidelity, sincerity, excellence, and chastity, while a red represents bravery, generosity, and love. This speaks to strong historical and foundational links between the two States. There are clear links between the countries in every aspect, from the historical links relating to the Soviet Union to the current cultural similarities. This does not speak to one State belonging to another or vice-versa.