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A thread on how Russia used cinema as a weapon of #Russiancolonialism and method of suppressing Ukrainians and dehumanizing heroes. Today we’ll talk about how Russia mocked Ukrainian Liberation Movement in the movie “Wedding in Malinovka” (“Весілля в Малинівці”)

When Russian troops occupied the Berry village in Chernihiv oblast, they drove 300 civilians into the school basement and turned it into a “death chamber”. Thread with photos and names of identified soldiers who came to Ukraine from the poorest Russia’s region, Tuva Republic

Kamil Galeev Twitter threads

Poll: Richer Russian are more supportive of the War

The most overlooked part of Russian literature is of course its poetry. Russia is not so much literature-centered as poetry-centered. Poetry stands in the middle of the Russian sacred literary canon. However, it is largely untranslatable and thus is poorly known in the West

How long will this war go?
Andrey Illarionov used to be Putin’s economic adviser, advocating for liberalisation of Russian economic policies in early 2000s. Later he turned into one of Putin’s most outspoken critics. I very much like his sober, realistic and informed analysis

Last time I discussed Volgograd – the poorest large city in Russia. Today I read a news about relatives of a Volgograd corporal KIA in Ukraine who are fighting over 12 million rubles of compensation. His aunt illegally appropriated all the money, so other relatives are suing her

The war in Ukraine and the regional divergence in Russia
1. It will be a long war
2. Hostilities can be localised or interrupted with ceasefires. Doesn’t matter. The fighting will resume again. And again
3. Contrary to the popular opinion, it will be Russia that breaks first

Great question. My answer:
1. Ethnic republics are super vulnerable. Moscow is much more likely to unhinge violence on them, than on Russian Oblasts. And nobody gonna step up
2. From the minority perspective you must be absolutely cracked to help “liberals” to get into power

Three Faced Icon
Diversity is natural, uniformity is artificial. Whenever you see the uniformity of cultural memes, be it the linguistic map of modern France or the style of Russian icons, you may be sure it is a result of violent homogenisation. Consider this trifacial Trinity from Tobolsk

Brat-2 and the Russian state cult
The CEO of Russian aerospace (& missiles producing) state company Roskosmos Rogozin published this video in his telegram channel РОГОZИН. It may look weird for foreigners but Russians understand this allusion very well (not a thread)

Forced religious conversion in occupied territories

forced conversion to Russian Orthodoxy are being perpetrated on Baptists, Pentecostals, Catholics and Ukrainian Orthodox members in Russian occupied areas of Ukraine

The Kremlin’s virtual squad (2009)

Political forums on the internet are relatively new for the Russian public. They’re today’s “universal kitchen”, where public opinion is “cooked up”. Users report that before 1999 such forums were fairly homogenous sociologically. 70-80% of the audience consisted of like-minded people of liberal and democratic convictions, representatives of the Russian middle class and Russian-speaking émigrés.

However, in a mere four years this has all changed. Suddenly, totalitarian opinion makes up 60-80% of all posts on Russian political forums! This dramatic increase does not correspond to the spectrum of public opinion. It diverges significantly from data of internet voting on key problems of modern Russian life.

For example, today 80% of participants on all web forums criticize the USA aggressively and monotonously. But on sites where you can only vote once from one computer, 84% of Russian speaking internet users support the USA…You find the same with attitudes to the Chechen war, support/criticism of the Kremlin policies etc. Wherever voting is protected, wherever it is not possible to vote several times, surveys come to exactly the opposite conclusions from those on sites that are “unprotected” from repeat voting.

Absurdity is the Goal

Westerners STILL don’t understand. The goal isn’t to convince you, so pointing the absurdity of their propaganda isn’t a win.

Absurdity IS the goal — to make nothing true, and ridicule anyone who attempts to discover truth.

Only in such a polluted environment, are the whims of their Czar supreme, and the darkness of their history palpable.

Russian Books Promoting the Idea of Russia taking over the World

THREAD Let’s start a long thread about how Russian book market prepared Russians for a full-scale war against Ukraine, NATO, the West, and promoted stalinism and nazism, and how this was ignored by the West. Keep seat belts fasten, you will see a lot of nasty things here. 1/52

One of the first indicators of Russia preparing for a full-scale turn into dictatorship and a global war was the mass production of books praising Stalin and Stalinism and welcoming upcoming war against the West. These books appeared on Russian bookshelves in early 2010s 2/52


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