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May 11, 2024 ⏱ 14:30
Embassy of Russia, 📍 Rua Visconde de Santarém 71, Lisboa

Boycotts of Putin's Inauguration and Victory Parade. How Did Victory Fanaticism Appear? Screening of the Film "The Hardest Hour."

You are watching news from the weekly rally at the Russian Embassy in Lisbon. Today is May 11, 2:30 PM.

The ambassadors of the USA, Great Britain, Germany, and many other countries did not participate in the inauguration of Vladimir Putin on May 7.

On that day, Yuri Ushakov, an assistant to the Russian President, remarked that the ambassadors from Western countries who did not attend the ceremony had forgotten whom they were accredited to and why they are in Moscow.

On May 9, the Victory Parade took place on Red Square. Standing with Putin on the podium were the heads of nine countries: Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Cuba, Guinea-Bissau, and Laos.

The number of guests at the parade has dwindled over the years. In 1995, representatives from over 50 foreign countries attended the celebrations. By 2005, for the 60th anniversary of the end of the war, representatives from about 30 countries and international organizations were present.

In his speech on May 9, Vladimir Putin called Victory Day the most important holiday in Russia.

Previously, this holiday was celebrated "with tears in our eyes," remembering the fallen and wishing for peace.

On May 8, on "The Breakfast Show," anthropologist Alexandra Arkhipova discussed how the "Immortal Regiment" movement has made people romanticize war and how the phrase "Never Again" has turned into a form of victory fanaticism. She explained, "They constantly tell you that somewhere in the West, they don't believe in our victory. So we must increasingly demonstrate our pride together. By portraying soldiers with our bodies, we feel proud... The result is that we are proud of the war."

On Thursday, May 23, at 7 PM, in Lisbon at the Sputnik bar on Rua Andrade 41A, there will be a charity screening of the documentary film "The Hardest Hour." This film, created by Ukrainian director and screenwriter Alan Badoev with the 1+1 Ukraine channel, is based on videos sent by 12,000 Ukrainians from their phones and DVRs.

Journalist Dmitry Gordon, in an interview with Alan Badoev released on March 7, described the film as "very dynamic, very accurate... You made the audience, me in particular, empathize."

Alan also shared in the same interview how the screening of this film at NATO went: "I always know what this film does to people because it is honest... They told us, 'You don’t understand what you did—people here are all cynical, they are engaged in war.' And they hugged and asked, 'How do heroes do?'"

I watched this film with friends two weeks ago, and I believe that Russians definitely need to see it. This film is not so much about war, but about life—life as it was before February 24, 2022, and what it became for tens of millions of people. We think we see this war every day, but to truly understand how Ukrainians experience it, you need to communicate with them or see it through their eyes in this film. It even includes scenes from Portugal. Be sure to come.

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