Offbeat Commemorations of 1945 in Russia: Putin plays the card of confrontation with the West
As Russia's confrontation with the West escalates so has its crackdown on dissent at home
As Russia’s confrontation with the West deepens, domestic critics of President Vladimir Putin say they’re paying a heavy price. Activists with pro-Western leanings are being arrested and jailed and journalists say they are facing intimidation."It was like 'bang, bang, bang' for half an hour," said Nikita Golovizin, an activist from the city of Voronezh about five hundred kilometres south of the capital Moscow, as he described how security agents parked themselves outside his apartment for several hours on one recent evening.
in Russia, the traditional military parade to celebrate every year the victory over Nazi Germany took place this May 9th. Just as traditional since its arrival in power, the speech of Vladimir Putin at the foot of Kremlim wanted very martial in a context of lively geopolitical tension with Western countries.
with our correspondent in Moscow, Daniel Vallot
The Russian flag, followed by the Soviet flag to celebrate the victory against Nazism. More than 12,000 soldiers, and dozens of shielded and missiles have marched on the pavers of Red Square this Sunday, right in front of Lenin's mausoleum, veterans, officials, and Russian president.
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In his speech, Vladimir Putin is committed to defending the interests of Russia and denounces what he considers to come back to the world, of Nazi ideology. "Unfortunately those who are obsessed with this ideology try again to use it. Not only radicals or terrorist groups. Today, we see attempts to rewrite history, justify the acts of criminals, who have on their hands the blood of hundreds of thousands of civilians, launched the Russian president. Our people know that too well where it leads. Each of our families keeps the memory of those who won the victory.
Vladimir Putin denounces in some European countries, what he considers to be of complacency vis-à-vis Nostalgics from Nazi Germany. Russian President also castigates historical revisionism, which would be at work among Western countries, accused of minimizing the role played by the Soviet Union during the Second World War.
One way for the Russian President to exalt the memory of this conflict with the population, while playing the card of.
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