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 

2017/05/10 - 11:24 • Analysis & Opinion, Politics, Russia

“’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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  • Ihor Dawydiak

    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.

    • Oknemfrod

      “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.

      • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

        “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 ..

        • zorbatheturk

          Farkov you piece of dung.

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

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

          • Kruton

            Putin is gay!

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx
          • Kruton

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

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

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

          • Alex George

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

      • Sania

        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…

  • Dirk Smith

    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.

  • Mykola Potytorsky

    Happy FAKE victory day to Nazi Russia.

    • Kruton

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

  • veth

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

  • zorbatheturk

    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.

  • Terry Washington

    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!

  • Roman Serbyn

    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)