Russia Day 2017 may forever more be remembered as a day when western mainstream media reached new depths (some would say heights) of pure, unadulterated stupidity.
Part of the Russia Day Festivities included historical reenactments by performers and volunteers who put on the multi-city Time & Epochs Festival throughout Russia.
The Festival features historic recreations of events from the days of Alexander The Great up to the modern age including the Great Patriotic War (Second World War).
In Moscow, the group set up reenactments of the equipment from the Great Patriotic War complete with perfomers dressed as soldiers wearing authentic uniforms from the 1940s.
But what even Russian children understood as an exciting way to learn about both modern and distant history, became a source of perverse confusion among the ill-informed flunkies of the western mainstream media.
Well known fifth columnist Alexey Venediktov took a photo of some of the preparations and posted the following Tweet which reads, “Moscow is ready for Russia Day”,
— Алексей Венедиктов (@aavst) June 12, 2017
It seems however that even Venediktov, the co-owner of ultra-liberal radio station Echo of Moscow has more of a sense of humour than his western counterparts on whom he models himself.
So-called journalists from mainstream media outlets picked up the Tweet and assumed that the Moscow authorities were preparing for some sort of civil war. They really ought to have checked their facts.
RT and Sputnik editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan Tweeted some of the comments from western journalists who don’t seem to have a grasp on reality,
— Маргарита Симоньян (@M_Simonyan) June 12, 2017
It seems that the New York Times and Financial Times cannot tell the difference between a situation of civil strife and an educational historic reenactment.
The Tweets were rapidly deleted when other social media users began highlighting the shameful, disdainful comments.
It seems that some people are so eager to look for bad things in Russia that they can mistake something simple and obvious for that which it is now.