Moscow parade: Good old days of war: Soviet past as a propaganda tool

22:13 Nov. 9, 2016

Good old days of war: Soviet past as a propaganda tool

Russian parade of 2016 in commemoration of the Soviet parade of 1941 in commemoration of the Bolshevik revolution of 1917 (by Sergey Mikheyev / Rossiyskaya Gazeta)

Political observer Кseniia Novikova on 'Russian military glory' parade in Moscow and its presentation by official media – specially for Ukraine Today

Have you ever wanted to travel back to your childhood or youth? Or to the times distant enough you've heard of them only from your granny? Or maybe bring all of that to present day? It may sound impossible but millions of Russians make it happen. They've invented a kind of time warp. And they are bringing the 'good' old days back, a mixture of all the 'best' memories. 

Besides, what can be better than a revolution and a war? 'Let's celebrate the October revolution by a Great Patriotic War military parade!' 

The 7th of November has been a birthday for the USSR for many years. In most of the former Soviet republics it's no longer a holiday but Russia still observes it by the official name 'The Day of Russian military glory'. And the re-enactment of the 1941 Military Parade is a part of the tradition. 

The re-enactment of the glorious past 

‘The Sacred War song opens the parade'.

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‘The past comes alive on the main square of the country,' enthusiastically reports the 1st channel and then adds some details: ‘The colder it gets the more this march looks like the historical parade of 1941',More than 5000 men' are taking part, The soldiers wear the same uniform their grandparents wore' .

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I'd like to feel what they felt in 1941' a middle-aged man in a Soviet uniform tells the Russian 5th channel. As most of the reconstructors, he's too young to remember anything about the War but it doesn't stop his enthusiasm.608xX

It's like the time has turned back', The tanks are in the city! In the very center of it,' the Russian Army's channel Zvezda joyfully informs. The reporter points at one of the T-34 tanks and says ‘it's a battle machine, it was damaged in the Stalingrad battle'. Then, however, she explains that the real fate of the tank is unknown and that it has been assembled from parts of several other vehicles.

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More than 40 wartime units of military hardware drove through the square,' the TVC channel informs.

These are the legendary weapons of the Great Victory,' explains the NTV channel. It emphasizes the time travel effect as well - "The weather is the same as it was 75 years ago. It's cold and it snows', "The giant screens and the re-enactment of the anxious atmosphere of the besieged Moscow have built a bridge between the epochs'.

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The original parade was a historical event - the mainstream Russian media explain to their audience. The 1st channel says it ‘lasted only for 25 minutes. But those minutes gave people the faith, made them believe the war can be won and the country won't give up'.

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‘It was a psychological warfare that turned the tide of the battle for Moscow.' - claims the Rossiya 24 channel. ‘It boosted the morale of the Army and the whole country. It showed all the world that Moscow won't give up and the Army's spirit is still strong'.

And the price of that show-off? It doesn't bother Russian media much when they talk about war and victory.

Most of the units went to the front right after the parade had ended'. 

Yes, a lot will die'.

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