Putin’s Pals Furious Younger Russians Don’t Want to Die in Ukraine

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, there is a dark undercurrent of dwindling public support — and it’s even making it through on tightly controlled state television. In the first days of the bloody war, the public was promised a quick victory due to the superiority of the Russian army. Instead, the Kremlin’s offensive has been plagued by heavy losses and equipment shortages, to the point that state television experts are openly considering seeking help and assistance from other pariah states, including Iran and North Korea.

Russia has reportedly been involved in talks with Iran to purchase military drones, due to a severe shortage of its own unmanned aerial vehicles. During Thursday’s broadcast of the state television program 60 minutes, military expert Igor Korotchenko suggested that North Koreans could help rebuild the devastated Ukrainian regions and join Russian military ranks. Talks about legalizing the participation of foreign fighters alongside Russian troops are a recurring topic in state media, and for good reason: Ordinary citizens are less than thrilled at the prospect of going to war or dying for Putin. That doesn’t sit well with pro-Kremlin propagandists, such as state television host Vladimir Solovyov – twice formally recognized by Russian President Vladimir Putin for his services to the homeland.

During the broadcast of his show Thursday, The evening with Vladimir Solovyov, lamented the host: “It annoys me that our society doesn’t understand that a turning point is happening right now. We get up, build up and end up on another level, or we just cease to exist.” His guest, political scientist Alexander Kamkin, agreed and suggested conducting a “cultural special operation” in Russia.

The Kremlin’s tight control over information disseminated to the public has not restricted access to outside sources, with tensions running so high that convicted Russian agent Maria Butina suggested on Monday during Solovyov’s show that parents be locked up. whose children use a VPN to access foreign media. The host was also disappointed with the low involvement of the younger generation in Putin’s war and complained: “People who intend to join [the military] are mainly of the same age as me, some are a bit younger… That is the generation that grew up with Soviet films, Soviet literature and values. But the very young people I talk to pass out when they cut their finger – and they see that as their democratic values… The special military operation is our Rubicon. I feel like many here still can’t comprehend it.”

Writer Zakhar Prilepin, who is wanted by Ukraine’s SBU security service on charges of “participation in the activities of a terrorist organization” for his involvement in Russia’s war crimes in Ukraine, added: “We really need volunteers, we are not hiding it. We need to replenish displaced personnel Meanwhile, the subject of death is silenced. The subject of perishing is curtailed. In a society driven by comfort, you cannot talk about death. Everyone is expected to go to war, win and return alive Better yet, not to go in the first place Let me remind you that the Charter of the Imperial Army was written in plain language: if you have three adversaries, go to battle and advance, kill them all 3. If you have 10, then defend yourself. If you are dead, die. It is written very clearly: ‘Soldier, death is part of your job. It’s part of your duty and your contract with the government.’ The same principles were adopted by [Joseph] Stalin, who had had an Orthodox Christian upbringing.”

Prilepin recited the lyrics of an old Soviet song entitled “In the forest on the front line”: “If you have to lie in the ground, at least you have to do it once.” He claimed: “The soldier was told openly: go and fight. If you must die, you only have to do it once… This is part of your duty as a civilian, as a soldier, as a warrior, as a Russian man. Today we protect everyone: the government, mothers, conscripts, everyone. We hardly forced our governors to put up murals [of the fallen soldiers]… Everyone is afraid of upsetting society.”

Prilepin was openly concerned that in the event of total mobilization, the younger generation would choose to flee to neighboring countries rather than join the fight: “The government assumes that in Russia there are always 1 million men ready to to fight. As for the rest of the country, we’re trying not to worry them… We’ve discussed difficult topics that could lead to World War III and the same mobilization we’re trying to avoid now… It’s hard to talk about total mobilization , because I suspect that suddenly an excessive flow of people is pouring into Armenia and Georgia. Borders will have to be closed. I’m talking about our younger generation.”

Solovyov suggested changing the rules protecting conscripts from participating in combat: “You know what surprises me most? That the conscripts in our army shouldn’t have to fight… So what should they do in the army?’ He complained that there were not enough volunteers in the fight: “We have 150 million people. How many are fighting in Donbas?” The state television host proposed a massive government-funded propaganda campaign, glorifying the participants of Russia’s so-called “special operation” in film and on television with songs and poetry.

Gone are the days when state television propagandists predicted that other countries would flock to Russia to join the fight against Ukraine and the West. During the broadcast of The Evening With Vladimir Solovyov on Thursday, political scientist Sergey Mikheyev summed up the current mood in Russia: “About these constant discussions about what we can offer the world, the world can ruin itself … We don’t have to offer anything to someone. We are special, we have to build ourselves up.” Solovyov agreed: “We are Noah’s Ark. First and foremost, we must save ourselves. Ourselves!”

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