|May 9, 2010, in Lenin Park, Starobelsk. Memorial to WWII vets, bottom center photo.|
|Images of the Starobelsk Calender, with the month of May (below center)|
featuring scenes of May Day 2010, including a veteran who was
at the park (how I wished then that my language skills were better).
According to Putin's ultra super propaganda machine, the Nazis and fascists are still with us, reincarnated in the form of the unstable national government in Kiev, “infesting” every town and village in the east and southeast. The Ukrainians are waiting for a courageous hegemonic Russia, begging Russia, to save it from the dreaded terror.
Since Putin has been in office, the last 14 years, he has greatly embellished the May 9 celebrations, expanding parades for example to include heavy intercontinental missiles and TU-95 bombers (which could reach America) and all the latest weapons in Russia’s arsenal of war.
Putin, a voice from the past out of touch with the present realities of an inter-dependent world, has increased the rhetoric to fever pitch, revving up nationalism the way Hitler did in Germany before World War II. There’s really no better analogy.
People gathering in front of the Administration building,
along the main street in downtown Starobelsk, for a May 9 parade.
According to a friend, the Ukrainian flag has now been taken down and a Russian flag put up.
|Mural in Lenin Park|