Staunton, May 10 – As the last remaining World War II soldiers pass from the scene – and the youngest of them would be over 90 – Vladimir Putin has shifted their message to the world from “never again” to an aggressive “we can repeat our victory” from people who played no part in that victory or suffered in any way from the horror of conflict.
But in the face of all this militant bravado, many Russians, including those who originally created the Immortal Regiment idea that the Kremlin has hijacked, are in small ways maintain their dignity and the dignity of those who fought and died so that their children and grandchildren wouldn’t have to.
And just as they are keeping alive the memory of their forefathers, so too all those who care about Russia and its future after Putin need to take note of and keep alive what they are doing. Otherwise, the Kremlin leader will win as he often has not on his merits but because far too few are prepared to actively oppose him and call his bluff.
In a comment on the Kasparov.ru portal, Aleksey Murashov says that with each passing year, Victory Day is becoming more offensive and off-putting because it is becoming ever less its original self, a day of sadness and memory and of reflection that those who died on the other side died as they did. “Everyone wanted to live and not to fight for world greatness,” he says (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5AF29574DA91D