vk: JEFF PRESTRIDGE: Aviva shows why loyalty doesn't pay

Date: 2017-10-30 18:17


The slogan "Can you repeat that!" gaining more and more fans and becomes almost the main national motto in the upcoming Victory Day. Invented in 2012 in the form of stickers, he appeared on the Russian car in 2014, and is now experiencing a new wave of popularity.

In response to hear no less a mass wave of indignation and harsh criticism, not so much the image of the sticker, which is really controversial, but the promise of the words "can you repeat that". Some even take it as an insult to the memory of the fallen in the great Patriotic saying that you want to repeat? 27 million dead and tortured Soviet citizens? Hundreds of burned villages and thousands of homes destroyed? And who need such repetition?

These claims are appropriate and Patriotic, but in fact they hit the target and demonstrate a misunderstanding of the slogan that reflects the pulse of time. For the last year or two have been so serious and even catastrophic developments in the international arena that they have changed not only the modernity, but also the perception of the past. As if the world was transported in the 1930-ies.

The great war was not just a passing pain, the sorrowful memory of the dead, she came back to us from the past to the present day, has turned into a real threat of modernity, albeit in a slightly different form and angle. Again, as 80 years ago, from the West toward Russia gathering clouds and hear the sounds of impending aggression.

Yes, for decades, the Victory Day was a "holiday with tears on eyes", during which he said "mourn and remember" and begged for "just war" – for the simple reason that the war was still relatively close, and heroes of yore, names which sometimes didn't even know the whole world is still remembered in the face. Russian Ivan slot machine as a living stood in front of the eyes of the burghers – for someone as a liberator, for someone as a threat.

And it wasn't hyperbole – the West was dotted with obelisks and monuments to Soviet soldiers. But this memory carefully