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Извержение Московского жилищного фонда

МОСКВА – Всего несколько месяцев назад создавалось ощущение, что Россияне полностью сдались “мягкому деспотизму” Кремля. Аресты или попытки заставить замолчать противников по всей России породили повсеместное чувство не страха, а отчаяния – ощущения, что слова и действия просто не имеют значения, и таким образом эти выступления и мобилизация, бесполезны. Но недавние протесты говорят о том, что Русские еще не утратили дух борьбы.

Безусловно, Российские “патриоты”, поддерживаемые Кремлем, остаются мощной силой для разоблачения критиков Президента Владимира Путина. На праздновании Дня Победы 9 мая, посвященному разгрому Нацистской Германии в 1945 году, более миллиона человек по всей стране прошли, держа в руках портреты Сталина и павших во всех русских войнах, включая нынешних в Украине.

Так называемый марш Бессмертного полка, когда-то замечательная гражданская инициатива, был подхвачен Кремлем ради выгоды и пропаганды: это проявление национального единства, в котором государство предоставляет, за определенную плату, такие предметы, как древко для портретов и ленты. Когда одна женщина выразила свое несогласие, держа плакат с призывом к прекращению всех войн, толпа выполнила свой вдохновленный Кремлем патриотический долг, гневно крича: “Вы позорите нашего воинствующего президента”.

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