That song, composed in Soviet times as harmless “banter,” has been taken “seriously,” with pro-regime elements celebrating the fact that some is now saying openly what they believe and liberals fearful that the song expresses exactly what the Kremlin would like or even plans to do, Eidman continues.
In Soviet times, drunken youths often sang such songs; but no one took them particularly seriously. Now, they have become part of the mainstream. The St. Isaac’s case has attracted particular attention but there are many other songs of this type now circulating and sending equivalent messages.
These include “aggressive militarist” lyrics like “Uncle Vova, We’re with You,” “From Donets to the Kremlin is My Motherland,” “The Medal for the Occupation of Washington,” and many others, the sociologist says. To be cute about nuclear Armageddon has become “glamorous” and thus not so frightening.
After all, Eidman continues, Putin “himself has said: ‘they all will burn but we will land in paradise. The moral idiotism and irresponsibility of the Russian establishment today is unprecedented as is the threat to the world it represents.”
Eidman is not the only one to notice this dangerous development. Among other articles this week making related points, see . , , , , and ).