Staunton, February 23 – In the United States, reenacting the American Civil War involves thousands of people most of whom are passionately attached to one side or the other in that conflict. But in Russia, where re-enacting the Russian Civil War is beginning to take off as a pastime, few care which side they are assigned to play.
One the one hand, the Putin regime is likely pleased by this because it suggests that most Russians have integrated the Reds and the Whites into the single stream of Russian history the Kremlin favors. But on the other, it also likely means that many who take part have little knowledge of what the Russian Civil War was about and what each side stood for.
This month, reenactors played out the Volochayevsk battle on its 99th anniversary. That fight which occurred between the Soviet-backed Far Eastern Republic and anti-Soviet White Forces in February 1922 is considered by many to be the final battle of the Russian Civil War (sibreal.org/a/31112068.html
Until that happens, however, “it will be as if the civil war is continuing and as if there are as before ‘reds’ and ‘whites.’ But these conflicts now already do not have any relation to history. People simply turn to the past in order to argue their point of view on events of the present day.”