Igor KOZLOV, “the FACTS”
Wednesday, June 24, at the red square in Moscow military parade was held in honor of the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany. The Kremlin really wanted to draw the world’s attention to this event. That’s just the reaction of the Western media was not one that expected the Russian authorities.
The quintessence of various publications devoted to this event, we thought an article “Parade in Moscow need one person — a desperate Putin”, published in the German magazine Stern. “FACTS” have prepared a full translation.
“Vladimir Putin is conducting in Moscow parade in honor of the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany. But this is not a tribute to the fallen soldiers. It is a great show for a man who can no longer make any progress.
The memory of the millions of casualties suffered by the Soviet Union in the Second world war, in Russia sacred. Out of every 100 soldiers, who in 1941 was sent to the front, only two witnessed the Soviet victory in the spring of 1945. In Russia today there is hardly even one family whose members would not have lost immediate family in this most terrible of all wars. The memory of them is very expensive.
Vladimir Putin claims that honors the memory of the fallen soldiers and the enormous suffering of those who survived. But he perverts and uses to their advantage and both. 75-th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany, he sends the Red square in Moscow, the great-grandchildren of the fallen soldiers and risking their lives. Even if Putin declared himself the winner of the coronavirus pandemic, a Kremlin decree to destroy this virus can not. In the morning when the first soldiers marched in front of Putin taking part in the Grand parade in the Russian history, it was announced on 7 176 new cases of infection. The number of infections, not included in the report, is much higher, apparently.
Every human life is priceless — this is the main lesson of the Second world war gave the world. But, apparently, not Putin. He doesn’t care about the lives of all of 13 thousand soldiers involved in the parade.
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And not only they deliberately endanger of infection — and even recent veterans, whom Putin turned into decorations for your parade. Are women and men who had survived the Second world war. On this day they should be given all the honors. They every Russian citizen owes his life constantly teaches Putin himself.
Empty words. The hypocrisy of his own words Putin himself and strips. After all, he is very aware of the risk of infection. All veterans before the parade was two weeks be quarantined — according to the official explanation, for their own protection. But in fact, this measure serves to protect primarily one man: Putin. He can’t resist not to hug a few people posing for the cameras. Therefore it is impossible to keep the virus is too close to him.
But why Putin was forced to hold a parade on June 24? Yes, this is a symbolic date. On this day, 75 years ago, was held the first postwar parade. But for Putin much more important is the next day — July 1. On this day, the Russians will vote for the historic changes to the Constitution that would allow Putin to remain in power until the end of life. What may 9 became Stalin, July 1, might be Putin.
The parade this year is not a tribute to the fallen soldiers. This is a parade for one man who can’t show the successes of others in addition to the 75-th anniversary of victory, which he won’t. The Kremlin has nothing to offer his people except the cult of victory, which lead to extremes. The whole 2020 turned into an endless celebration of May 9.
It seems that in his national-Patriotic policy of Putin sees the only way to stop the rapid decline of his popularity. However, it remains a big question whether the parade to help him. According to a survey conducted by an independent research group, 72% of Russians believe the parade this year is optional. And 62% believe that it is “outdated” attempt of the government to gain popularity underhanded methods.
On the background of severe economic crisis, significant costs from the budget for the parade is not entirely clear to the public. Oppositionist Alexei Navalny decided that it will cost over than 1.2 billion rubles, or more than 15 million euros. This money could be used instead of a parade of doctors who are at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus and who for several weeks sought Putin promised additional payments to their salaries.
Parade unlikely to save Putin’s rating. For 20 years he promises that the Russians again “rise from knees”. But coronavirus crisis demonstrates to citizens: the President can’t protect them from the disease, it cannot protect the economy. Wages are falling, prices are rising.
The parade is the last straw, which catches Putin. But in all this there is something artificial, insincere, false. Putin is trying hard to press the military-Patriotic pedal. After all, it worked for a long time. And he simply has no time to come up with something new. However, the moment when a politician is willing coolly and solely for their own benefit to sacrifice the lives of the people, shows everyone that he is not in his place.”
Translation of Igor KOZLOV, “FACTS” (original Ivits Ellen / Stern)
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