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Echoes of Riefenstahl | Novaya Gazeta Europe – Russia


For Kirill Martynov, editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta Europe, the military parade on Red Square is the height of militarism:

“Visually and rhetorically, this event is on a par with Leni Riefenstahl’s films. Columns of soldiers in stylised World War II uniforms move through the centre of Moscow in the snow. Putin gives a speech about an endless war, of which he has appointed himself the leader. Heads of state from Tajikistan to Cuba, whose common trait is complete indifference to the fate of their own citizens, watch from the stands. … This parade could not be a more terrible symbol.”


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