A week after Global March against Russian aggression, Kremlin strikes back with “putings”

A march in Moscow

A march in Moscow 

2014/09/28 • Featured, Russia

Article by: Alya Shandra

Pro-Putin demonstrations in Russia have already been christened “putings” – a hybrid of “Putin” and “meeting”

On September 27, six days after the global Peace March against Russian aggression in Ukraine that took place in 59 cities of 27 countries on International Peace Day, the Kremlin decided to have its take at global actions against Ukraine. The action was organized by the Russian Liberation movement (NOD) under the title “Global ‘AntiMaidan’ action.”

Here the careful reader might stop and wonder who this movement is liberating in Russia, as historically such movements were involved in leading a rebellion against a colonial power or national government, most often as colonized nations rising against an empire. Spare yourself the intrigue: it is not the Chechens and neither residents Siberia with a recently expressed desire for federalization.

The Russian Liberation movement seeks to restore the territorial integrity of Russia within the boundaries of the former USSR, fighting against the USA which “partially occupied and partially annexed, as in the case of the Baltic states” the territory of…the USSR? Russia? … at this point it’s hard to tell, as the liberation movement’s site claims that “there are no ‘Ukrainians’ and no ‘Russians,’ but there is a UNITED RUSSIAN PEOPLE, independent of ethnicity! AND WE WILL BE TOGETHER!”

Under the motto “Motherland, freedom, Putin!” its alleged 161,000 supporters in the 2,272 demonstrations that the site claims to have taken place demanded for Russians to “cease living under the laws of the USA,” showed its support for “Novorossiya” and the policies of Vladimir Putin, and protested against the “Western position” of one of Russia’s few independent media stations, Ekho Moskvy.

Where the need to hold pickets in support of Putin’s policies stems from is unclear, as in August 2014, 84% of Russians supported the current Russian president. Boasting a military-like discipline, the organization has representatives in 260 Russian towns and even headquarters abroad in Canada, Germany, Moldova, Estonia, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Finland.

Map of the NOD's regional HQ in Russia. http://rusnod.ru/nod32.html

Map of the NOD’s regional HQ in Russia

The 13th all-Russian event of this organization was supposed to take place in a whopping 200 Russian cities and in all of the foreign HQs. We will never find out how many actually took part, but the photos that were available on the organization’s VK named Sevastopol, Magnitogorsk, Samara as sites.

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AntiMaidan demo in Sevastopol

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AntiMaidan demonstration in Samara – featuring GRU agent and former DNR leader Strelkov aka Girkin, currently in exile in Russia, as “Hero of Novorossiya”; “Motherland, Freedom, Putin”

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NOD demonstration in Magnitogorsk. Uncle Sam threatening the Russian Ivan, “Magnitorgorsk stands with Novorossiya”

The spotlights were once again on Moscow after the massive demonstration against Russian aggression in Ukraine in Moscow on September 21, organized by the opposition. While on the Peace March on September 21 the authorities noticed only 5,000 participants out of the 20-30,000 that the march’s organizers counted, the AntiMaidan march of September 27  elicited an official count of 20,000 with protest participants noticing only 5,000.

Two main topics dominate the placards: fascism is evil and Putin is good. The Kremlin’s relentless stream of propaganda knows no limits in showing the Ukrainian government run by a fascist “junta,” from which Putin must save Russia, and the pro-Russian population in Ukraine. Signs glorifying Putin leave no doubt as to the affiliation of this demonstration – clearly in the NOD spirit. All photos by @AlexNaryshkin.

  • "DNR" terrorists at the march
    "DNR" terrorists at the march
  • Poroshenko leave Mein Kampf, take the Bible
    Poroshenko leave Mein Kampf, take the Bible
  • Putin is the best
    Putin is the best
  • Fascism is evil
    Fascism is evil
  • Kudos, Putin! Putin is our President! Patriots of Russia against fascism with Putin
    Kudos, Putin! Putin is our President! Patriots of Russia against fascism with Putin
  • Thanks to Putin for the faith, truth, peace, and freedom
    Thanks to Putin for the faith, truth, peace, and freedom

This pro-Putin demonstration’s purpose was to mourn civilian casualties in Donbas. Paradoxically, on March 3, 2014, another pro-Putin demonstration took place – for the introduction of Russian troops to Ukraine. The participation of the regular Russian army in the war in Donbas, as well as Russian military aid to terrorists fighting under separatist flags, has led to over 3,000 civilian casualties as of September 2014.

Snapshot from video

Snapshot from video. “We will not leave Crimea in despair”

In Russia, these pro-Putin demonstrations have already been christened “putings” – a hybrid of “Putin” and ” meeting,” the Russian word for demonstration.

 

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  • Brent

    Interesting numbers
    >161,000 participants in 2272 demonstrations worldwide, of which up to 30,000 in Moscow. That means an average of 58 people in the remaining 2271 demonstrations outside of Moscow. Not exactly a resounding success, but I’m sure these mindless sheep will get on their I-PHONES, HP & DELL computers, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, and THE INTERNET and all other western social media and cry about wanting separation from the “Evil USA” and all its technology….

  • Jim

    Pro-russian marches were entirely predictable. Lemmings are lemmings.

  • Jacks Channel

    Putin says that there is only a “Russian People”, and not independently developed ethnic groups, with distinct ethnic heritages and customs, that developed separate from Russian Culture. He said that former Soviet Bloc countries are actually Russians, that in the past have slowly drifted away from Mother Russia under Western influence, developing their own languages and cultures.

    I am laughing right now because this just isn’t true.

  • Vlad Pufagtinenko

    I’m going to march in the pro Paul Bernardo parade

  • Jackie Bugdale

    why would anyone mourn a Russian stupid enough to “volunteer” to fight in Ukraine on their “vacation” time? Their choice, not the Putler’s… Or so he says.