Russian Kindergarteners to Stage ‘Baby’ WWII Victory Parade

Updated at 4:09 p.m. on May 6 to add the event’s postponement.

Russian kindergarteners in full military gear will march in a “baby parade” to mark Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, authorities in a region near Moscow said in an announcement, which was later deleted.

The Tver region’s Likhoslavsky district 200 kilometers north of Moscow said the parade will feature more than 100 children from local kindergartens. The kids will represent various branches of the Russian Armed Forces and brandish mock weapons “made by the skilled hands of kindergarten employees and parents.”

While the event was originally scheduled for May 9, the day of Russia’s Victory Day military parade, authorities told the Podyom Telegram channel that it has been postponed due to the local coronavirus situation.

“We received [federal consumer protection watchdog] Rospotrebnadzor’s recommendations to wait for the epidemiological situation to improve. We’ll just move it, maybe for District Day,” the district’s press service said.

“It’s possible to criticize us, but we are pursuing the goals that we need: patriotism and raising children,” it addded.

The district’s initial announcement noted Tuesday that “border guards, tankers, sailors, infantrymen, paratroopers and other Russian Army troops are actively preparing for the performance.” 

“The baby troops will demonstrate marching drills and perform thematic dances with theatrical elements,” it added, inviting residents to attend.

The announcement was visible on the district website until Thursday afternoon.

The event, held on the day Russia marks the 76th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany, comes amid the country’s increasing militarization of its youth through education and the media.

Highlighting President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to cement patriotism as a unifying national idea, Russia’s school curriculum has recently been bolstered with war history, while state television in 2019 launched a youth-oriented channel with 24/7 World War II coverage.

Putin in 2015 created a military-patriotic youth movement that has drawn unfavorable comparisons to the Hitler Youth, while officials in recent years began sending delinquent juveniles to military-patriotic re-education camps.

These efforts have been accompanied by a growing number of reports showing Russian schoolchildren being taught marching drills and gun assembly skills.

“This will be a grand and unforgettable spectacle, which will further raise the degree of public patriotism, which is already at its highest level on this day,” the Likhoslavsky district’s administration said of the upcoming baby military parade.

(c) The Moscow Times

7 comments

  • Man, that’s just sick.

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    • Do you know they are still making WW2 films in Russia. I can’t remember the last WW2 film made in the UK, but it must have been 30 or 40 years ago.

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      • Of course! WWII was the only positive contribution Moskovia made to mankind in 500 years.

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        • That’s debatable Redders. The bastards started it!
          The only tangible thing we can credit them for is Dmitri Mendeleev. The only other things of value are in the cultural field: one or two decent composers such as Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky, the Bolshoi Ballet and a couple of decent writers : Tolstoy, Pasternak. I refuse to include Dostoyevsky in that latter list as his output had a tendency to make heroes out of sinister psychopaths, which is a very Russian thing isn’t it?

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          • Tchaikovsky’s family have a fair amount of Ukrainan blood in them.

            His grandfather, Pyotr Fedorovich Tchaikovsky (né Petro Fedorovych Chaika), was born in the village of Mikolayivka, Poltava Gubernia, Russian Empire (present-day Ukraine), and served first as a physician’s assistant in the army and later as city governor of Glazov in Vyatka. His great-grandfather, a Zaporozhian Cossack named Fyodor Chaika, distinguished himself under Peter the Great at the Battle of Poltava in 1709.

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          • I thought about that after I posted it. You’re right of course but they did manage to kill a few Nazis so I considered that positive.
            Its not surprising that Putin wants to ban more common sense and logic.

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  • ““It’s possible to criticize us, but we are pursuing the goals that we need: patriotism and raising children,” it addded.”

    What next, grab them as they are coming out of the womb? If the Russian sheep ever wake up, and realise all this patriotism is not improving their lives, they might start protesting. It’s just a massive deflection away from the poverty and misery of living in this shithole.

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