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Russian Scholar Depicts The Independence Status Of Tibet

March 17, 2010

March 16 2010
UTC

Title: Hidden Tibet: History of Independence and Occupation (pp. 541 & 180
pictures)

Author: Dr. Sergius L. Kuzmin, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow

Publisher: Publication A. Terentyev, St. Petersburg, 2010

Publication sponsor: Save Tibet Foundation, Moscow

Review and summary by Nawang Rabgyal

The latest book in Russian on Tibet entitled HIDDEN TIBET: HISTORY OF
INDEPENDENCE AND OCCUPATION, authored by Dr. Segius L. Kuzmin, Senior
Scholar of Russian Academy of Sciences, was released on March 10, 2010, on
the occasion of the 51st anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day.

The book contains 12 chapters in 541 pages and 180 photographs, starting
from geography of Tibet and origination of Tibetan people up to the present
situation in occupied-Tibet. It is the most comprehensive and convincing
work in Russian language devoted to the question of Tibet. It depicts the
history and development of Tibetan culture and religion, which makes very
clear that Tibet had its own independent and unique national identity. The
book analyzes the Chinese traditional and geopolitical views as well as
politics in respect to "national minorities", and thus makes very clear why
China misinterpreted Tibet as a state subordinate to China, or even the part
of China, and why it is wrong. It analyses legal argumentation of the
Tibetan question and depicts very clearly that according to international
law Tibet has never lost her statehood and thus uneqivocally Tibet is an
occupied country.

The book disproves some erroneous views on history of Tibet. In summary the
author writes " Tibet has never been a part of any other state. At the time
when China was an inseparable part of Mongolian Yuan Empire and Manchu Qing
Empire, Tibet was a separate country but not a part of these empires. It was
not a part of Chinese Tang and Ming empire. Statement that Tibet was a part
of neighboring empires is related to ancient Chinese conception of the
emperor's global power. Its principles are being wrongfully transferred onto
a nation state model in post-revolution China. Inclusion of Tibet into the
People's Republic of China was not legitimate. Tibet is an occupied
country."

To jump to the conclusion, the book traces history of the Tibetan statehood
from ancient times to our present days, describes life of Tibetans at the
times of " feudalism" and under Chinese socialism. It depicts the economic
development and system cultural genocide in Tibet under China's rule.

The book is now being translated into English under the management of
Moscow-based Tibet Culture and Information Center, which also up-loaded the
Russian version in its website: www.savetibet.ru

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