Moscow is all red for the May 9 parade – Corriere.it

from Marco Amarisio, our Moscow correspondent

Tests in the sky, bars decorated with flags and posters: “It seems that they belong to the times of the Soviet Union.” Far from choreography, history can signal the end of “Special Operation” and the beginning of “War”, to get more men and money

The men from the Irish pub were ordered to remove all that greenery from the window. The capital letters of the name Joyce Descent, the contoured silhouette of U2’s Bono, and while we’re there, the four-leaf clover. They can paint it red at most: that should be the color of the show’s capital on May 9th.

Moscow, what an effort. In the morning, military planes fly in the sky, a clone of Formation Z, the symbolic letter for a special military operation. Meanwhile, the army occupies the city for night trials, dividing it in two. Each store now received the celebration set, and the Moscow policemen urged them, to hurry up with the display of posters and tokens that seemed to have come from the time of the great patriotic victory. “We haven’t seen so much of a hammer and sickle since Brezhnev,” says Mikhail, a Pushkinskaya restaurateur who wasn’t born until the time of the Great Recession of the early 1980s.

We are in the area where people at the beginning of the special military operation went to look for signs of opposition, the protests that were supposed to become mass, we know how it went. Now the military is more interested in verifying that the statue of Mayakovsky in the square of the same name is paved with red flags surrounded by yellow gold. However, even the mother of May 9 each year, more important and revered than the mother of seventy, has her beautiful contrasts. It will take place in 28 different cities, and a total of 65,000 soldiers will participate in it. In the most important parade, the one in Red Square, only 129 vehicles will be shown compared to 191 in 2021, when there was already a smaller version due to Covid. And ten thousand men, including the Cossacks, would advance, but in the previous year there were another two thousand.

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It’s not about a tendency to save, as the Kremlin argues, but about a wave of sobriety due to the moment. A special military operation is not a war, it is forbidden to call it that Putin may declare war after two months of fighting, Something completely different from the possibility of general mobilization which its spokesman Dmitry Peskov strongly ruled out. The same person who always was last February 23 strongly excludes the hypothesis of an imminent invasion of Ukraine. It could alternatively be an intermediate step, Formalization of the ongoing conflict, which will allow the use of more men and financial resources. Everyone is talking about it, even state television, May 9 has become a date with near-messian value. Other than the show, red tapes and old photos of Red Army soldiers entering Berlin.

This year, there is anxiety that can not escape the inhibitions of loyal public opinion in the Kremlin. Maybe it’s just calming down by declaring a small victory on the great D-Day. Some of the signs are already there. The Minister of Defense, Sergei Shoigu, yesterday afternoon made many senses. He declared before his General Staff, live on every possible channel, that Mariupol was under Russian control, with the exception of the “few Nazi remnants” confined to the Azovstal plant. These are the same words he used during his meeting with Putin on April 21. Maybe they insist on Mariupol because there is nothing else to celebrate. Informed military websites reported that on that very day, Shoigu told the president that he could not fulfill his promise to conquer the Donetsk and Lugansk regions by May 7.

In the meantime, the only sure thing is there The difference between the real economy and the economy seen by the Kremlin. Restaurants are becoming more and more empty. The ruble fluctuates, like supermarket food prices. The men from the fake Irish pub began closing in the early evening. Moscow is red from head to toe. But all the gadgets that will shine on Red Square will not be gold.

May 4, 2022 (change 4 May 2022 | 22:22)

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