Friday, May 10, 2024

Victory Day Parade: Lenin's Mausoleum... magically disappeared from the Red Square

Well, not so magically... 
While they attempt to appropriate the history of the Soviet Union and the Red Army, presenting themselves as the heirs of the People's Great Anti-fascist Victory, the authorities of capitalist Russia managed to... cover Lenin's Mausoleum during Thursday's Victory Day parade in Red Square.

Photos and videos from yesterday's impressive parade in Moscow shows the entrance of the Mausoleum being hidden behind giant scaffolding with banners. 
Apparently, the legacy of V.I.Lenin, the founder of the Soviet Union, has no place in President Putin's propagandistic fiestas.

This is a strong reminder that anti-communism doesn't exist merely in Ukraine or the western capitalist democracies, but in contemporary Russia as well.  Alongside the appropriation of soviet symbols, the Russian government never forgets to honor tsarist counterrevolutionaries, reactionaries, Nazi collaborators (like Pyotr Krasnov) and openly fascist ideologues like Ivan Ilyin.

It is not a coincidence that the Higher Political School of Moscow's Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU) was recently named after Ilyin, one of Putin's favorite philosophers, thus provoking plausible reaction from students and academic staff.