Russians carry portraits of people, including Red Army soldiers, during the Immortal Regiment parade (Photo: REUTERS/Anton Vaganov)
According to British intelligence, the Kremlin is trying to maintain consistency in the main narrative it uses to justify its war against Ukraine: the invasion is an “analogy” to the Soviet experience during World War II.
about this It is said In a statement from the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain.
On April 18, 2023, Russian state media announced the cancellation of this year’s commemorative parades, as noted by British intelligence officials. The Immortal Squad About the Great Patriotic War “for security reasons”. Indeed, Russian officials were probably concerned that participants would highlight the extent of Russia’s losses in its war against Ukraine.
This happened after Yevgeny Prigozhin, the owner of PVK Wagner, publicly doubted whether there really were “Nazis” in Ukraine, contradicting Russia’s justification for the war.
British intelligence insists the Kremlin continues to try to unite Russians by polarizing myths about the 1940s.
On April 12, 2023, the state news agency RIA Novosti reported «Unique” documents from the archives of the FSB testifying to the involvement of the Nazis in the killing of 22 thousand Polish citizens during the Katyn massacre in 1940.
Indeed, the FSB’s predecessor, the NKVD, was responsible for this crime against Polish citizens. In 2010, Russia’s State Duma officially reprimanded Joseph Stalin for ordering the killing of Polish citizens, according to Great Britain’s intelligence agency.