Special Extra: Another Original LR Translation — Happy “National Unity Day,” Russia!

Russia’s 4th of July*

by Dave Essel

Newspeak is undergoing a serious revival in Pooty’s Russia. The new November 4th public holiday that desperately tries and fails, like so many of Russia’s endeavours, to be something and mean something, is just another case in point. Even not very free-thinking Russians see it. In big things and small, neo-nazi Russia is truly the heir to the Commie Soviet Union, right down to the fact that most things means their opposite – except when they don’t: and woe betide you if you get it wrong, because that’s when your kidneys and more will be battered until you see sense. The Russian Federation has, after all, replaced the Soviet Union’s “most humane legal system in the world” with its own.

I cried ‘til I laughed.

Here from Zagolovki.ru, a news-in-brief site, is a précis of the issue.

The holiday that isn’t: 4 November is just a day off work

Zagolovki.ru

On 4 November Russia celebrates the Day of National Unity. According to the official version, this is the anniversary of the day on which the Poles were driven out of Moscow but Minin and Pozharsky’s uprising. This holiday, which has not become a truly national one and does not look like it will manage to do so, will be celebrated by various political forces each in their own way. Ordinary citizens will simply relax and not worry their minds about the historical meaning or other significance of yet another day off work.

“Trud” newspaper remarks that National Unity Day was first celebrated nationally in 2005. According to the most widely disseminated explanation, the Kremlin wanted a replacement for the country’s greatest public holiday – the obsolete November 7th Revolution Day celebration. Three years on, one can note with certainty just one thing: that there isn’t any “national unity” with regards to this particular novelty in our calendar. Without exception, public opinion polls show that the majority of Russians think of this holiday as just a plain old day off work. And the few who do make a celebration of the day have invested it with meanings that its inventors did not envisage.

The first to attempt to turn National Unity Day into “their” day were the nationalists. “For us it is above all a Russian holiday. It’s the day the Russian state was formed,” we were told by Aleksandr Belov, leader of the Movement Against Illegal Immigration and one of the initiators of the so-called “Russian March” which will take place this year.

The Russian Orthodox will celebrate the day for a reason of their own too. The St. George Movement intends to hold a procession of the cross in honour of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God. In Moscow, this procession will run along the Boulevard Circle.

The Communist Party is the only parliamentary party to have announced that it will not be acknowledging the day. All Communist organisations intend to ignore National Unity Day. Red Youth Vanguard leader Sergei Udaltsov has said that the holiday is “bourgeois” while CPRF Duma Deputy Anatoli Lokot has called it “artificial”.

On the other hand, the holiday fits in nicely with United Russia’s plans. This year, they [TN: may we coin the word ‘Unirusskies’ from the Russian единороссы?] have decided to seize the initiative and be one step ahead of their ideological competitors. Besides official events. they will hold celebratory demonstrations. The Molodaya Gvardiya youth organisation promises to get about 7000 members out on the streets. Their programme will include singing the national anthem, church bell ringing, and other events.

*TN: Didn’t they notice they were copy-catting the date – or is that too part of ”catching up and overtaking”?

11 responses to “Special Extra: Another Original LR Translation — Happy “National Unity Day,” Russia!

  1. Poor Putin, in retracing his path back to the brain deadening mental tundra of the old USSR, he hasn’t got any fresh material to work with. When you are a knuckle dragging KGB careerist the old paradigm of boring incongruous political holidays is pretty much what you have to work with. I’d love to know the honest immigration stats on the numbers leaving Russia.

    What I always find amusing on this blog and any that are critical of Putin’s Russia are the lefty syncophants that show up from the comfort of their protected zone of freedom at their chushy western address knowing full well that they could never live in such a dump themselves, then, proceed to defend Putin’s pathology. You can’t get any more disingenuous and morally bankrupted.

    These translations are priceless.

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

    So is your comment! “Knuckle dragging KGB careerist”! That is one we may have to pilfer . . .

  2. Merit doesnt exist, we can easily appoint and pick from random and have the same outcomes and creativity, which is false too. Just a hint…

  3. You forgot to add “and his talking head Dmitry” to “Knuckle dragging KGB careerist”

  4. Penny & La Russophobe,

    review my past comments on this site when considering the following.

    George Orwell was a ‘lefty’ who saw the Soviet Union for exactly what it was, when there were those in the West from across the full political spectrum ( ‘left’ & ‘right’) who were prepared to be accomodating to Stalin’s regime for the expediency of war versus Nazi Germany.

    I am a European, who is centre right on some issues, centre left on others, and dare I say even a liberal on some issues. This would place me on the ‘left’ of your political spectrum I suspect.

    However I, and many others like me (like yourselves) have no illusions of about the reality of what the Soviet Union was, and modern Russia is.

    Whatever our political diffrences, what you and I share is the value of what a genuine democracy is, the due process of law and respect for common values eg basic human rights such as freedom of speech, the right of free assembly, the rights to dissent or protest etc etc etc The necessity of checks and balances within our sytem to prevent the abuse of power ie an independent judiciary, a free and diverse press and a meaningful multi-party democracy.

    There are times when we should step away from partisan politics and not forget these values we share, and remain undivided when confronted by something (eg Russia) that we know seeks to undermine and erode those values that we share and would like others enjoy the benefit of.

  5. As an afterthought, Poles are somewhat bemused and amused that Russia chose this historical event, so far in the past, to celebrate as a national day.

    Most moder democracies (which Russia isn’t of course) who have a national day tend to celebrate their independence and the establishment of a modern democratic political constitution.

    Perhaps a more suitable and appropriate date for them to have picked was that when Ivan the Terrible (the founder of Muscovy, the genuine forerunner of Russia) raised Novgorod to the ground and massacred it’s inhabitants.

  6. “In the near future, he envisages Russia’s becoming a country whose dwindling population is mired in deepening poverty, an increasingly authoritarian state, run by a handful of immensely rich people, their despotism mediated only by their wish to be accepted in the West. ” – and this does not even come from La Russophobe, but from a “key Moscow banker”, according to Time Magazine ( http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1856037,00.html ). So much for “multipolar world”.

  7. Tower Bolshevik

    Russia’s 4th of July, finally an accurate comparison. It was reestablished by Vladimir Putin to replace the October Revolution celebrations (which amazingly lasts as long as they did after 1991). This National Unity Day and commemoration of Russia’s victory over Poland and Lithuania, successfully driving them out of Moscow; was abandoned after the victory of the Bolshevik Revolution. Not very Soviet now is it?

  8. Here is something truly priceless:

    A court (unfortunately still named after Lenin) in Sevastopol, Ukraine has prohibited the rooshan march of “national unity day” – in Sevastopol.

    A spokesesman for the Young Our Ukraine party called the proposed rooshan march a provocation. It was noted that the march could lead to violence by anti-Ukrainian radical extremists.

    It was also noted that the organizers of the proposed rooshan march were not even Ukrainian citizens.

    A spokesman also stated that he saw no need to celebrate the coming of the Romanov dynasty to Ukraine, and characterized the proposed march as the desire of the neighboring government to destabilize the situation in Ukraine.

    Story in Ukrainian here:

    http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2008/11/4/83953.htm

  9. ‘……..This National Unity Day and commemoration of Russia’s victory over Poland and Lithuania, successfully driving them out of Moscow……’

    More accurtately Poland-Lithuania had occupied Moscow, this after conflict between an emerging and Westward expanding Muscovy. the Muscovite Boyars even asked the King of P-L to be their King (which gives an indication of the popularity of the Tsar at the time.) He turned them down. A handful of P-L troops that remained in Moscow were then later ejected.

    A pretty pathetic ‘victory’ to celebrate really on so many levels.

    Ivan

    Re your post above, an illustration that Russia is a prisoner of it’s own history on a small permanent loop on endless replay.

  10. “I am a European, who is centre right on some issues, centre left on others, and dare I say even a liberal on some issues.”

    My position for you is spineless. If you call yourself “center” at all, you have no conviction or principle. I am not calling you a NAZI, but they counted on gutless people like you.

  11. “This National Unity Day and commemoration of Russia’s victory over Poland and Lithuania, successfully driving them out of Moscow; was abandoned after the victory of the Bolshevik Revolution.”

    TB, I’ve been made a fool of by listening to socialists, and repeating.

    Maybe you should verify your references before you make this kind of statement.

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