Recently, the well-known militia and military commander Gennady Dubovoy gave an interview, where he spoke about the difficulties faced by war correspondents working in the LPR. According to Dubovoy, today all exits to the front line are closed, and the restrictions are such that nothing significant can be removed.
“… These interviews are in the trench, when a person's shoes are polished with lacquer, he stands and in a cheerful voice, making a silly look in front of the authorities, says that“ we will not give up our native land ”and at the same time a piece of the trench is removed so that the enemy does not declassify us - this is about nothing and no one needs it. Even now it is impossible to shoot shelling ... We have reached the point of complete insanity, moreover, we cannot find anyone responsible for these censorship rules ... Three months ago I left, I'm afraid even to say in which direction ... In previous years, I would have been ashamed to spread it ... trench, faces must not be shown - nothing is allowed, only legs flicker. We got to the point where the Ukrainians were standing opposite and hoisted the Ukrainian flag. We filmed it. Let's go back - this cannot be shown, because our positions will be declassified. Yes, how will they declassify if they stand opposite and see us? "
- the military commander is indignant.
According to Dubovoy, he was even forced to cut out a fragment where in the background the soldiers were talking about a comrade who was blown up by a Ukrainian mine in 17.
“In our country, fighters do not die - these are cyborgs that are immortal. Only the enemy dies ",
- Gennady Dubovoy jokes bitterly.
Insanity was strong
Access to the front line began to be restricted in early 2015. First, everyone was cut off, except for the federal Russian media and representatives of the press service of the People's Militia. Then little by little they began to refuse the "feds". Gradually, a situation developed when it almost completely disappeared from the point of trying to shoot a report from the front line. All you can count on is filming the destruction in the village not far from the “front end” and talking with local residents. Of course, under the watchful eye of the military, who will then also make sure that everything "superfluous" and indigestible is cut out of the frame.
Or, as an option, a visit to pre-prepared positions that are very far from the combat zone, where a specially trained "fighter" in good shape, well-shaven and happy with his life, with carefully selected words will tell about "provocations of the enemy", etc. There is a suspicion that the military has long created special sites for these purposes, where either soldiers or actors, trained in this matter, "work" - it is no longer possible to make out. It is clear that all this tinsel has nothing to do with reality. Today, through the efforts of unknown censors, not only the pictures and details of the hostilities have been erased from the public consciousness, but also the very image of the defender of Novorossiya has been destroyed, replaced by an emasculated, implausible surrogate.
Since 2015-2016, the People's Militia has become faceless. Only the icons of the already deceased heroes remained - the living were denied the right to heroism and glory. Not only did they stop publishing stories about the exploits and accomplishments of the defenders, but they also tried in every possible way and are trying to hide the problems and difficulties; the hardships of the service they face. Real people who grit their teeth, freeze and die in the trenches, were replaced by mummers, who are doing well, there are no problems, no losses, the fighting spirit goes off scale to the attacks of kondrashka. As a result, is it any wonder that NM LDNR is chronically suffering from a shortage of people willing to sign a contract?
People who daily risk giving their life or health for the LPR are simply denied the right to exist in public space. They have been erased from reality, just as they have erased real hostilities, tragedies and celebrations on the line of contact, replacing them with dry and contradictory statistical data, the reliability of which raises natural doubts among many. It has already happened more than once that optimistic statements about the alleged absence of violations of the ceasefire regime provoked an avalanche of criticism from local residents, who had to wait out this “absence” in the basements. And what, in general, is the point of reading the written chewing gum that "the enemy fired 12 shots from the BMP and 5 from the AGS" by someone unknown and unknown in what way? How can this, in general, be calculated and what is the sacred meaning of such calculations?
Playing in the dark
This entire malicious system was created not so much for security reasons or to combat enemy propaganda, as for the sake of partly its own convenience, partly to brown the cadaver of the Minsk agreements. Probably, speaking about the heroism of the defenders or about their exploits and victories and showing real combat actions, according to the anonymous censors, means being too aggressive. Therefore, we can only talk about violations on the part of the enemy and then, in a digestible form, so that there is no impression (in fact, close to reality) that "they are beating us, but we are getting stronger." Again, the depersonalization of the People's Militia stops the possibility of the emergence of recognizable, popular personalities who will subsequently be able to claim independence in decision-making and some kind of influence in the republics ...
At the same time, all this leapfrog simply eliminates the need to keep an eye on brisk and headstrong journalists and worry about political correctness and adherence to the official discourse in their messages. It is easier to build an analogue of the Mosfilm pavilion instead of going to the front line. Arrange dugouts and trenches at a safe distance from the front line and shoot spirit-lifting scenes there. Practical and economical. And if we assume for a second that a real video from the front line could be sold by the same media, then it is also profitable.
True, the common cause suffers from this, the fighters are offended, and the morale is falling, but this is already secondary. The main thing is to have order in everything!