Russia Using WW2 Myths To Fuel Militant New Patriotism

As Russia unites in remembering The Great Patriotic War, their full involvement in WW2 remains a taboo. In these times of sanctions and economic uncertainty, how will the Kremlin recall the Soviet past?

“As long as the war is remembered, everything is justified”, says political analyst Dmitry Oreshkin. With Russia preparing to mark 70 years since the conflict in which 25 million Soviets lost their lives, many anticipate a state-led exploitation of patriotism, led by Putin. “The escape into a myth that creates unity is very convenient”, a historian explains. This report takes us to the frontline of the military re-enactment of Stalingrad.

  • The Goat

    My work is blocking your Geert Wilders thread. But only that thread. How bizarre. The front page still works.

  • Doug Kursk

    I wonder if the Russians re-enact the part where Krushev orders anyone who retreats to be shot on the spot, and their families rounded up and sent to internment camps.

    Thank God they won, in order to prevent the sight of the goose step ever being seen again!…er…wait..

  • Clausewitz

    It’s a toss up on who killed the most Russians during WW II, the Germans, or the Soviets.