Russian Communist Party wants to change date of Russia Day


International, More, Ukraine, Ukrainian politics

Translated by: Christine Chraibi

Russian communists have proposed transferring the most important national holiday of the country – Russia Day – commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the RSFSR on June 12, 1990 to the Day of the Baptism of Kyivan Rus (July28).

This proposal may seem strange, especially when it’s voiced by members of a party that destroyed churches and killed priests. But, it’s really quite logical. The Day of Russia is currently a celebration of nothing in particular. 

In fact, it’s associated with a date that reflects the confrontation between two Russian centres of power – Gorbachev and Yeltsin. Russia never wanted to be free of the Soviet Union, as it WAS the Soviet Union.

At that historic moment in 1990, Russian authorities tried very hard to weaken Gorbachev, while most Russians believed in the new  “tsar”, and for some reason or other, had no doubt that their “neighbours” would also believe in him… after all, it was what the “older brother” wanted!

The battle for the “crown” and the struggle between these two Russian centres of power ultimately led to the collapse and dissolution of the USSR, a monumental shock for Yeltsin and his compatriots. Ordinary Russians still lament “the loss of their country”.

However, they should have been ecstatic about Russia’s Declaration of Sovereignty. The sad fact is that Russians are incapable of discerning the cause and effect of their own actions – it’s the main feature of Russian political thinking.

With such a mess in their heads, Russians cannot tell you what they’re really celebrating on June 12. What declaration? What sovereignty? From whom? What RSFSR? But, the Day of Christianization of Kyivan Rus is more logical, as the baptism took place in Kyiv, and not Moscow.

Transferring Russia Day to a date related to an event that occurred in a foreign country seems to put a clear task before Putin’s empire – “liberation”, or more simply – the occupation of Ukraine.

So, it’s clear! If this most important day in Russian history is linked to Kyiv, Kyiv must be “liberated from those banderite hordes”. The occupation of Crimea and other criminal actions initiated by the Putin regime can also be justified in the same way…..

It’s also logical that such a proposal was made by the communists. After all, their main strategy is to restore the Russian empire under the red flag. They didn’t need the Church to achieve this objective in 1917. The Romanovs and the Church were dispensable, so they destroyed the patriarchate and turned the Church into an appendage of their regime.

During WW2, when Stalin needed the Church, he allowed a patriarch to be elected, despite the fact that he’d destroyed churches and eliminated most of the priests during the Bolshevik Terror. And then, the Church became and still is a major ally for former communists who took power in Russia during the Yeltsin and Putin years.

It’s no coincidence that members of the Russian Orthodox Church support the Communist Party’s initiative. The Communist Party and the Russian Orthodox Church are the main pillars of Russian obscurantism. However, there’s one question left… What does Putin think of all this and what is more important to him? To legitimize the idea of ​​a continuous war and celebrate annexation or be the successor to Boris Yeltsin? Putin’s choice will show us which privileged political elite he most depends on.



Translated by: Christine Chraibi
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