Glory to the Red Army that once saved the world from nazism. pic.twitter.com/yTvVFrTuss
Lately, the Russophobes are engaging in revisionism that the USSR was not the primary party that defeated Nazism. Instead it was the US! The US engaged in Lend-Lease with the USSR (now resurrected in reverse by arming literal Nazis against the descendants of the Red Army victors), and, it is true that this is what enabled the USSR to beat the Nazis. Even Stalin admitted it.
But Lend-Lease would not have worked without the USSR sacrificing 27 million dead, including an incredible 11 million soldiers. There’s also some truly despicable revisionism going on regarding the Soviet death figures saying that Stalin just treated his soldiers like meat and didn’t care if they lived or died.
I’m not sure if that’s true, but they did have penal battalions that were used in what amounted to suicide charges. If you got in serious trouble in the army, you got sent to one of these penal battalions which went right to the front and were used as spearheads. The death rate in these battalions was very high.
People are going on and on about Wagner using convicts as soldiers. And the Russian military has now done this too. But this was also done in the Red Army during WW2! Prigozhin, the leader of Wagner, justifies it by saying that Russians would rather see convicts die in war than non-convicts.
If they survive for six months, their sentences are annulled, and they are set free. Some men were doing as long as 20 years. There are some restrictions as people in prison for drugs and rape are not considered. A murderer who killed his own mother was recently set free, and the Russophobes made a big deal about this.
But I doubt if Russians care. As good Christians, Russians believe in mercy, redemption, and rehabilitation, something America’s lousy Christians (even shitlib Christians) gave up on long ago. You would be amazed at how many liberals are cop-and-prison lovers.
I actually think that after that Wagner battalion trial by fire, the convict would be unlikely to commit an extremely serious offense again. Also Prigozhin himself is a convict, having served eight years in Russian prisons for financial crimes. So the prisoners in a way are his comrades.
Prigozhin is one man in this war who actually has a heart. I’ve seen video of him delivering Christmas meals and presents to Ukrainian POW’s. He showed complete Christian love for them. And his group has recently sent convoys of Ukrainian soldiers’ bodies killed in Soledar back to Ukraine for burial. Prigozhin was adamant that all soldiers killed in war deserved a proper burial. Furthermore, corpse mutilation is a very serious crime in Wagner battalions.
Almost everyone in Russia alive today with ancestors who lived during that period lost family members to the Nazis. Even Putin’s younger brother, only six years old, died at Stalingrad. They don’t call it The Great Patriotic War for nothing.
Victory Day parades are held every year in the USSR in which descendants of WW2 fighters march with photos and portraits of their ancestors and relatives who died in the war. It’s a huge deal in Russia.
An elderly Russian woman recently said that she celebrated her birthday every year on Victory Day instead of the day she was actually born, which was another date. She had survived Stalingrad. She justified it by saying that Victory Day was the day that she was really and truly born (in spirit) as opposed to her legal date when she was only born (in the flesh). The distinction is important.
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