The Independent: Russia returns the army to the hearts of the people

In connection with the latest events in the international arena, several characteristic tendencies have appeared in Russian society. People began to pay more attention to the problems of international politics and the place of their country in the world, as well as to show their patriotism more actively. In addition, there is a desire of society to rally around their leaders, which is reflected in the high ratings of trust of the authorities. Naturally, not everyone is satisfied with such phenomena. The result of this is critical or aggressive statements, as well as interesting publications in the press.


26 of October, the British edition of The Independent published the article “Nadi Bird.” The Russian Military Revival is trying to return the army to the hearts of people. The author of the publication attempted to study the recent past and the current situation, as well as to predict possible further developments. Looking ahead, we can say that not all readers will agree with the conclusions of the British edition.

The journalist of the publication The Independent begins his article with a description of recent events. Shortly after the commencement of the military air operation in Syria, new products appeared in the Moscow Army “Russia Army” store. Buyers were able to purchase the latest T-shirts with pictures in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad.



Previously, the store sold mostly goods with the logo of the Russian army. In its assortment there are clothes, bags and even mobile phone cases in the appropriate design. The store opened soon after the “annexation of the Crimea”, and now, in connection with the “new enterprise of President Vladimir Putin”, its range has been replenished with new products. According to the author of the article, such things are inappropriate in Russia now.

N. Bird believes that in connection with the events in the Crimea, Eastern Ukraine and Syria, the Russian army "is being revived at home." The recent actions of Russia in Syria seem to have led to the fact that foreign countries are ready to make concessions in relation to B. Assad and can recognize his right to participate in the presidential elections. At the same time, the Russian army, which will not participate in the ground operation, can now serve as the "reference point of ideology."

The author of the publication The Independent recalls a recent proposal submitted to the State Duma. One of the newest bills can be a confirmation of the assumptions about the new “support” for ideology. Deputy Alexey Didenko (LDPR party) made a proposal that should change the existing system of execution of sentences. It is proposed to use the army as a means of “re-educating” criminals who have not committed serious and violent crimes, as well as convicts for the first time.

According to the author of the proposal, the army is a more effective "educational institution" in comparison with the prison. This is a well-known fact, like the deputy, the army helps people. Even a criminal, having served in the army, will be able to change his outlook and become a normal person.

According to N. Bird, such proposals of the State Duma are unlikely to look amazing. The author calls the State Duma "Mr. Putin" a platform for outlandish things, inspired by popular trends. In addition, it is noted that the further fate of the bill is still not completely clear. He may not go through the required three readings, but is the result of a “push coming from the highest circles of the country's leadership.” The purpose of such a proposal is the normalization of the army and its "return to the heart of society."

The article cites the words of Professor of Higher School of Economics Sergey Medvedev. He argues that the Russian leadership has managed to link its actions, such as domestic policy toward the war in Ukraine or attitude to events in Syria, with the idea of ​​some kind of global threat that Russia confronts.

Medvedev also added that, at present, the orange-black St. George ribbon has become a real symbol of Russia (the author adds that this ribbon became popular after the “annexation of the Crimea”). In addition, such a symbol of the country as the Kalashnikov assault rifle, which even exists in the form of stickers for cars, has become very popular.

“The militaristic fervor,” according to the author, is not limited only to politics. Recently, a military-oriented Patriot park has opened to the west of Moscow. In this place, children can “play on the tanks, hold weapon and look at military exercises. " Older visitors, in turn, may even enroll in military service. At the opening ceremony in June, V. Putin called the new park an important element of the system of military-patriotic work with young people. A year earlier, another park was opened in Nizhny Novgorod, designed for teenagers from 12 to 18 years, where they were taught the basics of military affairs and gave lessons on "how to love their country."

A new image of the Russian Army, popular and friendly for family institutions, began to take shape relatively recently - after the "annexation of the Crimea" and the start of the war in Ukraine. N. Bird notes that at this time the Russian state media began to form their own picture of the so-called. Maidana. From their point of view, the coup in Ukraine was carried out with the support of the United States, and the Russian armed forces are the only force capable of protecting the country from external threats. All this contributed to the rise of patriotic sentiment.

The situation was developed after the start of operations in Syria. The conflict in this country remains on the verge of becoming an indirect war between Russia and the West. Shortly after the start of air strikes against enemy targets, the Russian Ministry of Defense began publishing videos of the results of the sorties. Similar videos shocked even Kremlin critics.

Russian and Syrian state media, the author notes, believe that the operation of the Russian videoconferencing system in Syria leads to the expected results. In addition, Syrian President B. Asad met with Russian politicians and noted that elections could be held in the country after the end of the war. Answering the question about the position of the Syrian leadership, the deputy of the Russian State Duma Sergey Gavrilov said that B. Assad is ready for dialogue with all the forces that are interested in restoring Syria. In addition, he agrees to the holding of parliamentary and presidential elections, constitutional reform, etc.

Against the backdrop of growing international isolation, Moscow continues to increase the activity of the armed forces both in the country and abroad. For example, in 2008, plans were announced for the return of the army to the Arctic. Not so long ago, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the construction of three new bases in the Far North and one similar facility in the Kuril Islands. All these plans clearly show that Russia intends to protect even remote areas of its territory.

His article Nadia Bird concludes with a quote from a recent speech by Vladimir Putin. Speaking in Sochi after meeting with Bashar Assad, the Russian president recalled one thing that half a century ago he learned from the streets of Leningrad. If a fight is inevitable - you should beat first. Probably, the author of this thesis decided to summarize the entire article and make a hint of further developments.

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For the Russian reader, the Independent’s article looks at least ambiguous. It is quite expected that there are political clichés inherent in recent publications, such as the "annexation of the Crimea", "militaristic fervor", "international isolation", etc. De facto, such verbal constructions have become the standard of the press of foreign countries, which has to take into account the views of society and politicians, as well as the official position of governments.

Nevertheless, and taking into account this factor, the article looks ambiguous. The short material consistently mentions the growth of patriotic sentiment, the bill on sending convicts for minor crimes to the army, as well as the Patriot park in Kubinka and the Syrian operation. Indeed, all these things with certain reservations can be combined with the help of the “main thread” in the form of patriotism, however, such a logical structure is obtained complex and implicit.

The only thesis of the article, with which it is difficult to argue, is statements about the growth of patriotic sentiments in society. Since the beginning of last year, including in connection with the events of that time, Russians began to show greater patriotism, and also more interested in the army. The armed forces gradually regain their former respect and become just as important a part of society and the state as they were several decades ago.

The causes, consequences and features of such "transformations" can be the subject of a separate long-standing dispute. Nevertheless, the attitude towards the army is changing, as well as the growing patriotism of society. Apparently, not everyone is satisfied with such processes, which is why accusations of aggressiveness, “militaristic heat”, etc. are heard. But it can be assumed that all these negative factors are unlikely to affect the observed positive trends.


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  1. strelets 30 October 2015 06: 45 New
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    Patriotism did not appear out of nowhere. In the second half of the 80s, he looked like bewilderment: “Such a country is being ruined”, and in the 90s it was just a deaf rage at the sight of the ever-drunk president, flushing history and resources into the toilet. And only now patriotism looks like patriotism.
    1. science fiction writer 30 October 2015 07: 02 New
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      Russia returns the army to the hearts of people

      At 93m I often saw advertisements in the shops,
      BUYERS WITH DOGS AND SOLDERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO STORE
      Oh, how in the West yearn for these times.
      1. inkass_98 30 October 2015 07: 15 New
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        Quote: fiction
        SOLDIERS FORBIDDEN

        I have never seen such a thing. What reality was this?
        1. science fiction writer 30 October 2015 08: 02 New
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          I have never seen such a thing. What reality was this?

          In 1993, I saw and read with my own eyes,
          I won’t call the city, but whoever be offended by the site for their city.
          BUT IT WAS.
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      2. 222222 30 October 2015 09: 13 New
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        science fiction (3) SU Today, 07:02 ↑ "" "At 93m I often saw advertisements in shops,
        BUYERS WITH DOGS AND SOLDERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO STORE
        Oh, how in the West yearn for these times. "
        ... NEVER this was. It was difficult. Yes, it was. Simple people at all times helped helped the soldier.
        FANTAST, HOWEVER ...
        1. tolian 30 October 2015 10: 49 New
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          Pay attention to the literacy of this FANTAST. This is a minor brain decided to speak in front of people.
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    3. Tanker55 30 October 2015 07: 45 New
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      strelets, I completely agree with you, the time has passed for the sale of "Vouchers", it's time to remember about the Motherland. Thanks to those who instill a love of Russia at that time, and the NEXT generation has already missed something.
  2. vladimirvn 30 October 2015 09: 03 New
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    Quote: fiction
    I have never seen such a thing. What reality was this?

    In 1993, I saw and read with my own eyes,
    I won’t call the city, but whoever be offended by the site for their city.
    BUT IT WAS.

    There was such a period in our history. Even in Russian cities, officers were not recommended to walk in the streets in military uniform so as not to be subjected to violence and insults. And in the evenings, dressed as a citizen, they returned from work in groups. We were then "satraps strangling the liberal-democratic people" who killed soldiers in the war, parasites and parasites.
  3. Dimon19661 30 October 2015 10: 24 New
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    Quote: vladimirvn
    Quote: fiction
    I have never seen such a thing. What reality was this?

    In 1993, I saw and read with my own eyes,
    I won’t call the city, but whoever be offended by the site for their city.
    BUT IT WAS.

    There was such a period in our history. Even in Russian cities, officers were not recommended to walk in the streets in military uniform so as not to be subjected to violence and insults. And in the evenings, dressed as a citizen, they returned from work in groups. We were then "satraps strangling the liberal-democratic people" who killed soldiers in the war, parasites and parasites.

    Do not lie.
    1. science fiction writer 30 October 2015 10: 40 New
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      Do not lie.

      And no one is lying, and when I read it it was very disappointing, since I myself was in shape.
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  4. antoXa 30 October 2015 10: 55 New
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    "Medvedev also added that at present the orange-black St. George’s ribbon has become a real symbol of the new Russia (the author of the article adds that this tape became popular after the" annexation of Crimea ")"

    Here after this addition from the author)) this "analytical" miracle can already be read and not read further.
  5. vladimirvn 30 October 2015 11: 01 New
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    For Dimon19661. Each soldier sees war from his trench.
  6. raid14 30 October 2015 11: 49 New
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    We are to the "joy" of all the bourgeoisie, we are reanimating OSOAVIAHIM and the courses "Voroshilovsky shooter". It's time to recall the forgotten traditions of educating young people.
  7. ALEA IACTA EST 30 October 2015 16: 03 New
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    The Armed Forces have reached a new level, but something does not smell like “military ardor” in Russia.
  8. Dmitry Potapov 30 October 2015 16: 46 New
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    The author, a complete fool! "Russia is ready to defend its even remote territories," that is, remote is not necessary.
  9. Dimon-chik-79 30 October 2015 23: 35 New
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    "It is proposed to use the army as a means of" re-educating "criminals who have not committed serious and violent crimes, as well as convicts for the first time" - a very interesting proposal! It would not be bad to implement it somewhere in the Arctic. Maybe you really need to stop sending for the first time stumbled into the thieves departments of Russian prisons.
  10. bad
    bad 3 November 2015 14: 27 New
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    Quote: strelets
    Patriotism did not appear out of nowhere. In the second half of the 80s, he looked like bewilderment: “Such a country is being ruined”, and in the 90s it was just a deaf rage at the sight of the ever-drunk president, flushing history and resources into the toilet. And only now patriotism looks like patriotism.
    yeah .. it’s been a good time ..