Vote to join the Netherlands, Dutch satirist urges Russians

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A video by Dutch satirist Arjen Lubach encouraging Russians to vote to be part of the Netherlands has been watched by millions – and many viewers seem to support the idea.

The video, prompted by upcoming Russian-sponsored referendums in occupied parts of Ukraine, has also reached Russian audiences – and is circulating on Russian Telegraam groups, the AD said.

‘If he [Putin] can do it, we can do it too,” Lubach said, featuring the clip on his daily Avondshow.

In the video, Lubach urges Russians to vote to be part of the Netherlands due to the long history between the two countries. “Our King Willem IV is also your king,” he said. “In 1816, Anna Paulowna, the daughter of Tsar Paul I, married Willem II, one of the ancestors of Willem IV.”

Possible names for the new province could include Rusburg, Rustrecht, Gooi-in Russia, East-Holland, Frusia or Over-Russel,’ the video suggests.


Russian nationals were quick to support the initiative on YouTube. ‘As a Russian citizen, I would definitely vote “yes” just tell me where to put my signature, it’s time to restore justiceVictor said.

I am Russian and I vote for Holland,” Pekta said. ‘When do I get my passport?’

Another viewer pointed out that there are more ties between the two countries than Lubach mentioned. ‘You forgot to mention that the former capital of the Russian Empire was inspired by the Netherlands, even the name St. Petersburg comes from Dutch. We literally have an island called New Holland here! Vera wrote.

Lubach went global for the first time with the video, America first, then the Netherlands – an introduction to the Netherlands for Donald Trump when he became president in 2017.

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