May 11, 2022
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Why not cut down the Mausoleum from the Order of Victory?

Why not cut down the Mausoleum from the Order of Victory?

Photo: Alexander Shcherbak / TASS

This year, they closed ahead of time as usual: “In connection with the preparation and holding of events dedicated to the celebration of the 77th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, the admission of visitors to the Mausoleum Lenin and to the necropolis near the Kremlin wall from April 23 to May 16, 2022 will not be carried out.” This media release was prepared by the Press and Public Relations Department of the FSO. Why such an emphasis on the department?

Because, for example, a deputy of the State Duma Angelica Glazkova an official paper came to her deputy request to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin about the “drapery” of the Mausoleum by May 9. There is no direct answer to the question – “why?” – but signed by a representative of the public projects department Novikov it is alleged that it all started with the initiative of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. Seventeen years ago. So, the FSO of the Russian Federation or the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation?

Or, is it not at all in some separate structures? Politics is one for all and they will not stand up for the price (it is necessary to allocate appropriate funds from the budget). And under the euphemism “in connection with the preparation”, it is immediately clear what kind of “event” is meant.

Who has forgotten, the fashion to “mask” the Mausoleum arose exactly on the 60th anniversary of the Victory. A test took place over the course of a year – on May 9, 2004, the facade was blocked with a palisade of flagpoles. However, the Mausoleum was still visible, it was still possible to see.

But by May 9, 2005, it was already “tightly” – with painted plywood shields. Then, at the invitation of the President of the Russian Federation, the President of the United States set foot on Red Square BushChancellor of Germany shredderPrime Minister of Japan KoizumiFrench President ShirakPrime Minister of Italy Berlusconi and many others. President of Ukraine Yushchenko also came.

By the way, Schroeder did not come alone, but brought with him a whole delegation. Veterans of the Wehrmacht. To which, after the military parade, the President of the Russian Federation approached. It is understandable – reconciliation, friendship, chewing gum. And in such a “situation” the Mausoleum really should have been covered with a “fig shield”, otherwise it would be inconvenient, “shame”. The invitee, probably, was “zapadlo”.

Years passed, the “guests” had long ceased to come (at least of a comparable rank), but the habit of “playing hide and seek” remained, entrenched in tradition. It would seem, well, what’s wrong with that, and the Mausoleum in the context of the Victory? And despite the fact that it was from there that the Parades of both 1941 and 1945 were taken. And, for example, in Putin’s fresh congratulations to “leaders and citizens of foreign states on the occasion of the 77th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War” it says: “It is necessary to preserve and pass on to posterity the truth about the events of the war years.” And wishes “to be worthy of the memory of their fathers and grandfathers.” Personally, I remember that my grandfather told me about the Mausoleum, and you – whatever you want …

And by the way, why is the date of the European-style Congratulations on May 8, 2022? It would be logical to apply on May 9th. It’s about the Great Patriotic War. They have a second World War. And they were “somewhat different.” Armed conflicts within a single civilization against the “war of the worlds”. Like “a trifle”, but unpleasant. Rather, it’s strange.

PS. In the center of Khabarovsk, by May 9, the monument to Lenin was closed, according to the explanation of local authorities, so that “it would become closer to the military theme.”

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