Eve of May 9 in three former Soviet republics – now NATO member states
The authorities of the three Baltic republics are calling on “correct Russians to rebuff the wrong Russians on May 9.” From Visaginas, Riga and Tallinn, “those who are ashamed” spread the statement “Russians of the Baltic countries against the war.” The goal is to call “On May 8, together with all civilized Europe, celebrate the victory over Nazi Germany”. Meanwhile, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have long renounced their own citizens who smashed the Nazi Reich in 1941-1945. In the Baltic capitals, scoundrels who fought side by side with the Nazis against the multinational USSR, including against Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians, are now honored.
Latvia has decided to revoke the citizenship of all those who sympathize with Moscow’s military policy towards Ukraine. Police General Commissioner Armands Ruks equated the May 9 ceremonies with support for the “aggressor”: “By celebrating May 9, you give strength to the aggressor.” Among the consequences of possible meetings and processions, the chief of the Latvian police called the strengthening of the split in society.
In Latvia, it is legally prohibited to hold mass actions closer than 200 meters from monuments glorifying the Soviet army and its soldiers. “The ban is aimed at those who celebrate the Victory Day of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War on May 9 near the monument to the Liberators,” says anti-fascist Vladimir Linderman.
The monument on Uzvaras Boulevard has long become the main symbol of the Victory for the anti-fascists of Latvia. On May 9, everything here is covered with flowers. Before the “pandemic”, about 200 thousand people came here. Now the Latvian authorities need to demonstrate an “alternative” picture in front of the lenses of video cameras. Vlasovites are the best material for such productions.
The press flashed the news that part of the Russian public was really going to hold a procession “Forgive me, grandfather, we did not save the world.” President Egils Levits also expects Latvian Russians to join the initiative to demolish the monument to the Liberators of Riga. The head of state stated this in the program “900 seconds” on TV3: “Good Russians, together with Latvians, are already standing for peace, stand with us and for the demolition of a monument that is not yours.”
In Lithuania, scoundrels of 35-65 years old from among Russians are recruited into a provocative extras by Milda Augustaityte, who decided to make a student short film about the riots on May 9, 2022 in Vilnius. The announcement of the recruitment of extras is replicated by social networks and pro-government media. Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for National Defense and Security Laurynas Kasciunas approved the initiative of the staff of the State Academy of Music, Theater and Cinema.
At the suggestion of Kasciunas and others, the Parliament banned the public demonstration of the St. George Ribbon from April 21, and the proposal to deprive the citizenship of fans of the Russian Federation and supporters of the SVO in Ukraine will be considered in the near future.
The official point of view is known: for Lithuania, the war against Germany ended only in 1993, when the Russian army went home. Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte comments on the intentions of residents to celebrate Victory Day together: “We know that such a date exists, but what exactly is being celebrated is not very clear to us.” This is the same Shimonyte who repeats every time that “there is no Nazism in Ukraine and never has been.”
Kestutis Budrys, senior adviser to President Gitanas Nausėda, demands a political assessment of the upcoming May day. According to the presidency, “the goal will not be memories of the end of World War II, but greetings to the war against Ukraine.” “Of course, no one will forbid some people to visit cemeteries, others to watch the process. It will be great if the meeting of the polar camps ends with contemplation,” they cry out in the Ministry of Culture.
Bosses of state security and the police do not rule out “riots on the part of Russian citizens and pro-Russian residents.” Possible provocations by Ukrainians, who number about 55,000 in Lithuania and about 30,000 in Vilnius, are not considered.
On May 9, in the capital of Lithuania, the memorial military cemetery in the Antakalnis microdistrict becomes the center of attraction. Imperial officials and soldiers were buried here from the middle of the 19th century. Including the remains of 80,000 Red Army soldiers, Soviet partisans and underground fighters rest in the pantheon under centuries-old pines. On Victory Day, a sea of flowers near the Eternal Flame.
Fascist Mayor of Vilnius Remigius Simasius prepared a surprise for visitors of the cemetery against the backdrop of the military failure of the Kyiv junta: “Those who come will receive detailed and truthful information about the war in Ukraine … but let’s open the eyes of the lost to the realities of the day.” As in the whole Baltic region, the self-government of the capital assists the organizers of the march of the alternative “Immortal Regiment” under the slogan “Forgive us, grandfather!”.
Riga anti-fascist Vladimir Linderman told masochists who are ashamed: “Grandfathers will not hear you. If they heard, they cursed for cowardice. Don’t be idiots, don’t be humiliated.”
Finally, news from pre-holiday Estonia. The mayor of Tallinn, Mikhail Kylvart, addressed the Russian speakers with a proposal to “keep calm, refuse events and any symbols.” The leaders of public and cultural associations agreed with the position of the mayor. The open letter was signed by the chairmen of the Fleet Veterans Club Alexander Karaulov, the Tallinn Society of World War II Participants Nina Pavlova, the Union of Veteran Organizations Nikolai Byshok and the Combat Veterans Association Yevgeny Broy. Are you just scared or is it something worse?
The Estonian Security Police (KaPo) is cleaning up an unreliable element. In Lasnamäe, a man was taken away for 13 days for demonstrating the Russian flag, the St. George ribbon and the letter Z. Aleksey Esakov, a member of the board of the Russian Compatriots of Europe NGO, a citizen of the Russian Federation, was deported. Kapo accused him of “openly inciting ethnic hatred, spreading Kremlin propaganda, cooperating with Russian propaganda channels, organizing the Immortal Regiment, justifying aggression against Kyiv, participating in smuggling in Eastern Ukraine.” Darkness of crime!
“Our situation is biconvex. Either we all immediately go to the square and repent that we are Russians, we ask for forgiveness from all progressive mankind, or we are all expelled from the country without the right to correspondence. Have we ceased to be a democratic country since February 24? We have complete unanimity, and whoever thinks of something of his own is up against the wall? – says publicist Vitaly Belobrovtsev about Estonia on the eve of Victory Day.
Normal and sane people do not capitulate: “Respect for the fallen is the first sign of a civilized society… In the context of the war in Ukraine, I would like to see more calmness and political wisdom in the authorities. But for now we see more hysteria”– says the Lithuanian historian Algimantas Kasparavicius. He recalls that not only Russians are buried in the cemeteries where people come on May 9th. “We cannot forget the fact that in 1944-1945 80,000 Lithuanians were drafted into the Red Army, mostly Lithuanians by nationality. The ashes of many of them also rest in other people’s cemeteries..
However, what will you do? In the public climate of Lithuania, Kasparavičius is taken not as a serious professional historian, but as a person not of this world. Lithuania is now very sovereign…
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