Infuriating Video: Teens desecrate WW2 eternal flame

Respect for monuments and historical memory is taken very seriously in Russia – especially when it comes to World War II

Police in Krasnodar are investigating for two teenagers who desecrated the Eternal Fire at a memorial to soldiers fallen during the Great Patriotic War, TASS News reports [in russian].

Footage of the disrespectful incident appeared on January 29th via a security camera:

The girls were punished at school for spitting into the fire, and dancing around it, and it is possible for there to be criminal repercussions.

That may sound harsh, but its hard for foreigners to understand what the Soviet Union suffered in the Great Patriotic War. More than 20 million Russians died fighting to end to fascism in Europe. With the return of Nazism to one of the cradles of Russian civilization – Kiev, the threat of Nazism to Russian people always feels real.

It is for that, and so many more reasons that Russians do not allow for the Great Patriotic War to be insulted. In the event that the girls receive a criminal sentence, let’s all get ahead of it by predicting what will happen should the MSM get wind of it.

There will be a massive outcry about how Russia suppresses free speech, and how these innocent girls are about to be subjected to draconian punishment. This will happen simply because this is Russia we are talking about, anything Russia does is automatically an outrage in the west. Anyone who reads alternative media will not be surprised by this, it’s actually become very tiresome to hear about.

Rather than complaining about the double standard, let’s expose the hypocrisy outright. What happened in Krasnodar is no different than Germany where the Nazi salute will get you arrested, or Poland where denying the Volyn massacre is equally a crime. Russia’s serious view on WW2 is actually shared by NATO/EU countries, so in the event that there is outrage over a potential punishment, let’s not forget it would happen there too.

Krasnodar Krai is part of a very traditional region of southern Russia called the Kuban pictured in yellow below.

It was originally settled by Cossacks from Zaporozhie in Southern Ukraine, is one of Russia’s “Krais” a Slavic term for a territory on the far border of the nation, the equivalent of a March of Mark in Germanic languages, as in Denmark (Mark of the Danes). It is from this word, Krai, (borderland) that Ukraine takes its name, being the borderland of Rus’.

Those of you familiar with Ukraine may have heard the nationalist saying “Slava Ukraiini! Heroyam Slava!” (Glory to Ukraine, Glory to the Heroes). Would it surprise you to know this saying originated in Russia? The original phrase was “Slava Kubani, Gheroyam Slava” (Glory to Kuban, Glory to the Heroes). It was a Cossack greeting.

The phrase on a banner in Krasnodar Krai, Russia

Krasnodar is a beautiful city still very much in touch with its Cossack roots.

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Seeing that the memorial the teens disrespected is in Krasnodar, it is possible it was built in honor of many Cossacks who died in the war, as they were known to have their own special divisions in WW2. Some even used their Sabres in the war itself.

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Cossacks in the 1945 Moscow victory parade

The legendary Kuban Cossack Choir famous all throughout Russia is based in the beautiful city which was originally called “Ekaterinodar” meaning Catherine’s Gift, as it was built by Empress Catherine the Great and dedicated to Saint Catherine of Alexandria.

Check out these songs by the Cossack Choir. The first is about Cossack glory, singing in the Ukrainian language about how Cossacks live freely, and how their glory isn’t written on paper, but rather is reflected in their lands.

The second song is a hauntingly beautiful hymn written by a Hieromonk, telling the story of Russia during the revolution. It speaks about how “White Churches were torn down by savages, savages, but not from Tatars, but from our own people” and much like the “Lay of the Ruin of Rus” it laments the fall of Holy Russia.

It ends on a happy note, however, saying “How many (millions) of Russian Martyrs and Confessors stand before the Throne of God and his Mother. With all of the whole Church praying on heaven and on earth, Russia is still alive. It’s not right to have a funeral for Holy Russia.”

Russia indeed has a unique mentality. She does not, in fact, cry that millions of Russians have been martyred, nor that she lost millions of heroes during the Great Patriotic War.

To be sure, she suffered, and did not enjoy watching her children suffer, but Russians always believed that when Heroes die, they go on to eternal glory. Russians believe suffering makes them stronger.

Russia is proud of her glorious martyrs, and it is her mentality to endure and survive any suffering. You can feel that suffering and joy mingled together in these Cossack songs from Kuban. If you ever travel to Russia, you should try and hear the Kuban Cossack Choir sing.

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