In Ukraine, Russian rocket terror forced children to hide under tables on New Year’s Eve. In other countries, champagne corks came out at the beginning of the year – in Russia, Russian propaganda was back on TV.
State New Year’s Eve during the War of Russian Aggression.
► A man rhymes a New Year’s poem in Russian that must have the propagandists in the Kremlin weep with joy: “My New Year’s toast will be a little unusual: Last year the West tried to destroy Russia. They failed to realize that Russia is the main body in the world system. Yes, ladies and gentlemen. Like it or not. , Russia expands.
Meanwhile, the woman at the table next to him is smiling into the camera as the campaign guests giggle and giggle after each sentence.
The whispers are so exaggerated that one fears that a Russian FSB agent is sitting under the white cloth-covered table.
There’s only one word for this Russian propaganda show (title: “The First New Year’s Eve”) on Channel One: freaky.
Peace analyst Hans Christensen (61) tweeted: “This reminds me of the cabaret scene in Mel Brooks’ satire Springtime for Hitler.”
It’s a trip to the Soviet past: military, propaganda, folk songs, mock euphoria – and a clapping challenge in the style of CPSU or SED party events.
The power of images
In the Kremlin, Pope Vladimir Solovyov (59) sits at a table in a black suit, surrounded by three members of the Russian military, who look stern in dress uniforms hung with countless medals — and they don’t touch a glass of champagne. This is very impressive, at least for the Russian military.
Anyway: military presence! Soldiers and generals can be seen in every second picture. They also clap in competition, and in front of them is a nasty plate of strawberries, grapes or other fruits.
The question arises: are they really members of the Russian army or Again An actor?
The New Year’s Eve program also has a musical element of the evening: men and women in colorful costumes sing Russian songs, while the whole corps dances to them on stage – yes, they forgot, they also sing the Ukrainian folk song “Chervona Ruta” from the list. And confusion.
Of course, the invited guests are also clapping and laughing at the match here.
And central to this fake happiness: the Kremlin is trying with all its might to recast Putin’s war defeat as a victory. There is still war on New Year’s Eve: national war pride as the hopeful lubricant of society.
In a world that knows only one truth (the Kremlin’s word), that might work to some degree. Whether Russians in front of the TV will still be enthralled by this laugh-fest: questionable.
Ten years ago, Selenskyj was allowed to run the show
Another aspect of the New Year’s Eve program: People in that country should not forget (or understand) that Kremlin dictator Vladimir Putin (70) is waging a devastating war of aggression against his neighbor, in which (more) tens of thousands of Russians are dying.
No! They also want to think that everything is fine, everything is the same as always. In times of forced mobilization, tens of thousands of dead Russians, people losing their jobs, rising inflation and Western companies fleeing the country, the good old Russian world is defrauded in their imaginations.
Ten years ago, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (44) moderated the Russian New Year’s Eve event, opening it with Maxim Kalkin (46, who later fled to Israel). Kremlin agitator Solovyov clapped his hands enthusiastically.
Now they are completely opposed on the front line – the defender of his country and the free world (Zelensky) and the rebel against Putin and the Kremlin (Soloviev).
Even then, at the start of 2012/13, guests were laughing competitively, bursting crackers at the table and toasting each other every second. One reason: New Year’s Eve is one of the most important festivals in Russia, comparable to Christmas in the West – on this day, gifts are given and the Christmas tree is decorated. At least that explains the audience’s exaggerated enthusiasm.
Only: in previous years, like Selenskyj appearance, everything seemed more reliable. Exaggerated, but true. And: there were no players in the audience at that time who were supposed to bring the story of the Kremlin to the people with their presence.
Happy New Year…
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