Putin’s Victory Parade – a horrific Orwellian exercise, Khots says | EUROMAIDAN PRESS

Troops in armoured personnel carriers salute during the Victory Day parade. Photograph: Grigory Dukor/Reuters

Troops in armoured personnel carriers salute during the Victory Day parade. Photograph: Grigory Dukor/Reuters 

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“’The Victory Parade’ in Putin’s Russia is unique in its absurdity, one in which an imperial army presents itself as ‘defenders of the motherland,’ occupiers as liberators, and invaders as anti-fascists,” Aleksandr Khots says. It is thus “a hybrid parade of ‘heroes’ of a hybrid war,” of “totalitarianism under the mask of anti-fascism.”

German general Heinz Guderian and Soviet brigade commander Semion Krivosheyin during the joint parade in occupied Brest-Litovsk to celebrate the transfer of the city from the German to Red Army troops. General Mauritz von Wiktorin on left, Sept. 22, 1939

German general Heinz Guderian and Soviet brigade commander Semion Krivosheyin during the joint parade in occupied Brest-Litovsk to celebrate the transfer of the city from the German to Red Army troops. General Mauritz von Wiktorin on left, Sept. 22, 1939

The Russian opposition journalist points out that “a military parade by definition is a symbolic event connected with the present even if it is devoted to past victories because the army with its ‘patriotism’ and militarism is always (especially in Russia) an instrument of present-day policy.”

The military parade in Moscow today features not the weapons that Soviet forces used against the Germans in World War II but those they have used against Ukraine and other countries in recent times. And among those marching and being celebrated were those who invaded and occupied Ukrainian cities.

In short, Khots says, this parade is “a parade of hybrid murderers and occupiers who hide themselves under the mask of ‘liberators’ and ‘anti-fascists.’”

The commentator doesn’t say but for half of Europe, Stalin’s victory in 1945 was much the same: it brought them not freedom but a half century of enslavement.

No one should be deceived by references to 1945 and “the immortal regiments,” he continues. The only meaning of this parade for those who organized it and the only meaning they want others to take away from it is that Moscow again has “a strong instrument for its imperial policies of occupation.”

“It is no accident,” Khots says, that among the portraits of “the immortal regiment” are people like Zakharchenko, “Motorola” and “Givi,” people who weren’t even born when the victory supposedly being celebrated occurred but who have been conducting a war for Moscow against Ukraine in recent years.

According to the Russian journalist, today’s event is best understood as “the parade of an occupation army, a demonstration of the powers of the Russian regime, an instrument of militarization and stupefaction of ‘the popular masses’ – under the cheap camouflage of past ‘historical victories.”

“For a long time already,” he concludes, we have been living in a country of total imitations, from ‘elections’ to ‘democracy,’ ‘constitutionality,’ ‘division of powers,’ ‘an independent court system,’ and ‘a parliament.’” Thus, no one should be surprised that a Victory Parade under Putin would be “such a cheap imitation of its initial meaning, false and cynical.”


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  1. Avatar Ihor Dawydiak says:

    Extremist ideologies that were put into practice such as Communism in the Soviet Union and Fascism in Nazi Germany were equally totalitarian, brutal and directly caused the deaths of multi-millions of innocent lives. As for those who espoused or continue to laud these despicable regimes and their leaders (including Putin the Pederast and his Putinistas), they can only be described as either mentally challenged or as quintessential reprobates of the nth degree.

    1. Avatar Oknemfrod says:

      “Mentally challenged”? You’re too kind, добродію. This euphemism exists to avoid offending mentally deficient persons whose deficiency is not a result of their own action or lack thereof but factors they’ve had no control over, such as a congenital illness.

      Most participating in those parades were born with full cognitive faculties, and their astounding ignorance, stupidity, complete lack of taste and measure, etc. stem from not challenging what shines in their eyes and pours into their ears from the media, moral indifference and sloth (the tandem called in Russia “похуизм”), and the personal inability to resist swilling alcohol in excess and following their herd instinct.

      So, they aren’t “mentally challenged”. They are merely lazy immoral imbeciles parading with signs, symbols, and slogans whose history and meaning they don’t understand – and don’t want to understand. Particularly, it concerns the slogan “можем повторить” (“we can repeat it”), which begs the question “repeat what?”. 42 million dead (their own last figure)? Poverty and starvation? Mass rapes? GULAG? Deportations and genocide? But don’t ask those kolorado-striped bipedal herd animals any questions, for the only responses they can elicit are blank stares and pure aggression.

      1. Avatar Styx says:

        “mentally deficient persons whose deficiency is not a result of their own action or lack thereof but factors they’ve had no control over, such as a congenital illness” don’t come much more obvious than you, frau dorfmenko.

        That is of course, if I understand you macaronic “English” correctly ..

        1. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

          Farkov you piece of dung.

          1. Avatar Styx says:

            And a very good morning to you too, frau dorfmenko ..

          2. Avatar Kruton says:

            Putin is gay!

          3. Avatar Kruton says:

            The Americans TV program shows the world what the Russians truly are,a bunch of immoral murdering nutjobs.

          4. Avatar Styx says:

            You are no tv programme, but you do indeed show what “a bunch of immoral murdering nutjobs” Ukrainian “heroes” are ..

          5. Avatar Alex George says:

            How? It is not Ukrainians who have invaded Crimea and part of Donbass, and tortured and murdered people there.

      2. Avatar Sania says:

        ubludki,
        Genius Dostoevsky did not explain ru soul and matters,
        and u , two stupid eblana discuss about…
        are u working, study, fighting , at least be drinking with real ru man?
        hohlozhopye are weak for it…

    2. Avatar Mick Servian says:

      You with a preoccupation for peados look like a bonafide reprobate.

  2. Avatar Dirk Smith says:

    Exemplifies this hermit kingdom. This hypocritical lie of a justifiable parade mirrors the ridiculous military parade held a few weeks earlier in North Korea. Two short flabby sociopaths whose mental illness worsens each day. Why/how ruSSia remains on the UN Security council and/or hosting the 2018 World Cup is beyond comprehension.

    1. Avatar Mick Servian says:

      You guys here are like the same people as the fiction writers on here. Or they’re friends eh?
      You’re like official headnodders to everything anti Russian put on here.
      Just change your name to Ihaterussia. It’s more inclusive.
      I post a comment to what some guy says 2 years ago. And he answers back immediately. Others like you never leave. Like ever.
      You guys are way too preoccupied with hating Russians. No way your country has been a basket case for nearly 30 years.
      “Were an independent sovereign state standing proudly on its own feet. It’s the Russians fault. All of it. By the way can we get some money? US? Europe?
      We’re so independent we’re not that picky.
      Lol

  3. Avatar Mykola Potytorsky says:

    Happy FAKE victory day to Nazi Russia.

    1. Avatar Kruton says:

      14,700,000 KIA,s,you can keep that victory!

  4. Avatar veth says:

    If it was victory day, than there would be no Fascist regime in Moscow………….

    1. Avatar Mick Servian says:

      Funny thing is. You guys are showing your disdain for the few Ukrainians that died fighting fascists.

  5. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

    Another classic article. Absurd truly is the only word to describe both the RuSSia and its head assclown, the Putinator. Unfortunately real human beings are losing their lives because of the actions of the Kremliminals in Moscow. That changes things from a farce to a tragedy. In Soviet times the Kremlin hid its imperialist strategy behind a mask of Marxism. Now Putin disguises his evildoing behind hybrid wars, mercenaries, disinformation, and trolls.

    1. Avatar Mick Servian says:

      Absurd is how you and this faux news site can be described. Lol

      1. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

        The word tu rd describes trolls like you best LOL.

  6. Avatar Terry Washington says:

    And of course such inconvenient matters as the Molotov Ribbentrop Pact of 1939(which allowed Stalin to seize Eastern Poland along with the Baltic States), Soviet ignoring of warnings(even from its own spies such as Richard Sorge of the GRU_ of the impending Nazi attack on June 22, 1941!), Allied lend lease aid(instrumental in the Soviet victory) were discreetly sent down the memory hole!

    1. Avatar Mick Servian says:

      You idiots on here have just discovered that pact?
      It’s been around, for i don’t know, ages.
      But your bull shit interpretation has only been around since maidan.

  7. Avatar Roman Serbyn says:

    Unfortunate misprint on the hammer and sickle shield. I should read:

    ОКУПАЦИОННАЯ ВОЙНА – WAR OF OCCUPATION (beginning in 1939: Western Ukraine, the Baltic states, etc., & resumed in 1943 until 1945)

    1. Avatar Mick Servian says:

      Its nice to wash away your past eh?
      Sad