All Kremlin’s ‘bonds’ come down to the exploitation of this word.
Unlike the totalitarian regimes of the past, modern ruscism does not have any original ideology (and this is a feature of mafia states). All its so-called bonds come down to the exploitation and sacralization of the word "victory" and the setting of a ritual system around it. There is a chain of uncomplicated theses that should be interpreted as a desire for historical justice: Russia defeated Nazism - Russia is a great country - Russia is underestimated and fooled - Russia can do everything. Any objections invariably come up against references to the heroic past of the grandfathers who fought.
However, the memory of the war in which they participated has long been turned into a big lie, started by Stalin, Brezhnev brought it back and Putin flourished it. Lies for autocracy, repression and aggression.
1. A separate Great Patriotic War is a lie. There was the Second World War, which began not on June 22, 1941, but on September 1, 1939, and it did not end on May 9, 1945, but on September 2. The Soviet Union participated in this war, first on one side, then, against its will, on the other.
2. The fundamental hatred of the USSR for Nazism is a lie. Anti-Nazi and anti-fascist pre-war propaganda ceased at once in 1939 with the conclusion of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. and Soviet Union turned its flame of implacable criticism against Britain, who allegedly "unleashed a war against Germany." Anti-Nazi slogans returned only in June 1941.
3. The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact as a cunning way to delay a German attack is a lie. The pact was used by Stalin for aggression against Poland, Finland, the Baltic countries and Romania, and not for preparing the defence of the USSR, which in 1941 was just as unprepared for war on its territory as in 1939.
4. Stalin's peacefulness on the eve of the German attack is a lie. The Red Army waged an aggressive war at least twice - in Poland and in Finland before 1941.
5. The unselfishness of the Soviet Union in World War II is a lie. Stalin was interested in annexations and occupations, both in 1939-1940 and in 1945-1946 (from north to south: Petsamo, the Karelian Isthmus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the north of East Prussia, Eastern Poland, Transcarpathia, Northern Bukovina, Bessarabia).
6. The exclusive role of the USSR in the victory over Hitler is a lie. Stalin himself was forced to admit that without tanks and planes, trucks and locomotives, gunpowder and explosives, steel and aluminum, fuel and oil, clothes and shoes, stew and egg powder received under Lend-Lease, there would have been no victory at all. As well as without the hostilities of the allies in the west.
7. The unwillingness of the Allies to open a second front in France is a lie. Both Churchill and Roosevelt understood perfectly well who Stalin was and what he could do in Europe he conquered, so they tried with all their might to be in Berlin no later than the Russians.
8. The unanimous heroism of Soviet soldiers is a lie. Otherwise, there would be no penal companies and battalions, no retreat-blocking detachments, no cannibalistic order "not a Step Back." And there would be no army of General Vlasov either.
9. The Soviet Union's strict observance of international treaties is a lie. The USSR acted at its discretion: in 1944 it started a war with Bulgaria, which did not fight with it, in 1945 it broke the Non-aggression Pact with Japan (which observed it throughout the war) and attacked the country.
10. The liberation of Europe by the Red Army is a lie. All of Eastern Europe, occupied and robbed by it, was enslaved for forty-five years in a manner no less cruel than under the Nazis.
11. Victory Day on May 9 is a lie. Germany signed the surrender (for the second time at the demand of Stalin, the first was signed the day before) on May 8. All mankind celebrates the victory in Europe on this very day. However, it was important for Stalin to emphasize the special role of the USSR in the war, for which he took advantage of the fact that it was one minute of a new day in Moscow on the clock, May 9, at the time of the signing of the surrender. Later, the entry of the Red Army into Prague on May 9 was added to the rationale for the special Soviet date of victory and to be even more persuasive.
12. The great victory is also a lie. The Red Army, of course, defeated the Wehrmacht and entered Berlin, but at the cost of such incredibly huge losses (much more than defeated Germany). Talking about greatness is the height of cynicism.
Of course, World War II was a terrible tragedy, the bloodiest tragedy in human history. Of course, it manifested itself in a terrible way in the Soviet Union. But, firstly, a significant part of the horror of this tragedy was created by Stalin himself, and secondly, this tragedy was cynically turned into a false fetish, which should be worshipped and which justifies any meanness of ruscism.
Leonid Nevzlin, telegra.ph