Russian propaganda is full of lies, but it is still believed very often. In the Kremlin itself and also in Germany, where “Russian parades” are irritating. So thinks Vladimir Kaminer.
Each new crisis enriches the German language. The refugee crisis gave us Pegida, Corona gave birth to side thinkers and the war in Ukraine gave birth to the “Russian corset”. Sometimes I think they are the same people, even if they do not always speak the same language.
(Source: dpa / Frank May)
Vladimir Kaminer is a writer and columnist. He was born in Moscow in 1967 and has lived in Germany for more than 30 years. Among his most famous books is “Russian disco“. In the summer of 2021 his latest book was published.”Knights of the waves. History from New Germany“.
Pro-Russian motorcades took place in several places in Germany to protest the so-called Russophobia, in Lörrach, in Hanover, near Bonn. Almost 900 vehicles took part in Berlin, all expensive and modern cars, decorated with large Russian flags. And no one knows where these people come from, who organizes and distributes the flags.
They may have brought pieces to the respective flags, but to me it is a misconception that there are people who have national flags as much as a tablecloth in their homes. The media interest was great, many journalists drove there, were insulted and spat at, and was called a “liar press”.
“We live in a democracy, you have to be patient with us,” a Russian flag owner laughed at the camera. Doesn’t that remind you of Monday’s demonstrations, the side meetings of thinkers who will survive all the viruses in the world? The media likes to create a sensation.
Thousands upon thousands of my Russian compatriots here in Germany accept Ukrainian refugees, they help, volunteer at train stations, donate money and collect clothes. But you can not make sensation with these people, they are very normal. Only the scattered and the confused provide high ratings.
There is a wide-ranging discussion, is there really Russophobia complained about by participants in “Russian parades”? A common attitude that aggressively rejects people from another race? It actually exists. Namely on Russian propaganda television, which can be taken without a problem in Germany. And also in the ambassador’s tirades.
The Russian Embassy has created an additional page where Russian-speaking citizens can complain. One writes that he saw a cartoon of Putin on the wall of a hotel and that the photo offended him greatly. One lady says she defended Putin’s fight at work, citing Russian television news and then being verbally abused by colleagues.
Lies, lies, lies
Another allegedly raised a Russian flag in his first courtyard and was later called a fascist by the neighbor. Complainants remain anonymous. But the site further states that the owner of the Berlin restaurant “Pasternak” and the owner of the store “Kasachok” are threatened because they sympathize with Putin. It happens that I know both owners well and for a long time.
One is Ukrainian and very hurt by the war of aggression that Russia is waging against his homeland, the other has offered more aid to refugees than the entire Federal Foreign Office and both want Putin to be burned in hell. Russian embassy staff lie while breathing and do not even blush. They continue to claim that Russian culture is being eliminated.
My mother goes to the Berlin Philharmonic every week for a Russian concert, I have the feeling that they play almost exclusively Mussorgsky, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. His “Pique Dame” had just premiered. The conductor is Russian and the best pianists in my hometown perform over and over again in the country’s biggest concert halls. The whole list of Russian bestsellers.
The convoy participants suffer from cognitive dissonance, from irreconcilable mental events triggered by Russian state television propaganda. Russian news shows that the glorious Russian army would free Ukrainians from the basements where they are allegedly held by Ukrainian nationalists and their commanders in Europe.
It is also about the west
The Russians consider the rest of the world’s population as fascists and at the same time want to liberate them. So who are they, Russian viewers from Germany? Are they the liberators or those in the basement who need to be liberated? And if the latter is the case: by whom? They do not even know who they are and are used by the Putin regime as the fifth pillar to extinguish the enemy in the West.
The Russian president and his foreign minister have repeatedly stressed that this war is not about Ukraine. It is about shameful Europe and America. In this way, the people of the “Russian corset”, who no longer know who and where they are, become free advertising media for the Russian policy of aggression.
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