Gun-Toting Russian Schoolkids Sing ‘God Is With Us’ in Military March

Young Russian schoolchildren were filmed holding mock weapons and marching in military formation at an event marking Soviet victory in World War II last Friday.

Footage shared by the MBKh Media news website showed the children singing “We are Russians, God is with us” while marching around the schoolyard holding the weapons resembling Soviet submachine guns with drum magazines. The RBC news website identified the phrase as a lyric from pop songwriter Alexander Shaganov’s work.

“This event is dedicated to Victory Day, it’s an annual review competition,” Yelena Karpacheva, vice principal of School No. 42 in the village of Vsevolodovo 50 kilometers east of Moscow, told MBKh Media.

“The competition has been held since 2017,” Karpacheva said.

One of the students’ parents who shared the video said that only third graders marched with toy guns at the event, which took place one week after Russia marked the 76th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany.

Karpacheva confirmed to RBC that the students were third-graders and insisted that no parents had expressed their disapproval with their children brandishing small arms.

The school event comes amid Russia’s increasing militarization of its youth through education and the media.

Russia’s school curriculum has been bolstered with war history in recent years, reflecting President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to cement patriotism as a unifying national idea. 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 called the “Youth Army,” 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.

A planned “baby parade” among Russian kindergarteners earlier this month was postponed, citing coronavirus concerns, after receiving media attention and coming under public scrutiny.

(c) The Moscow Times

5 comments

  • “Karpacheva confirmed to RBC that the students were third-graders and insisted that no parents had expressed their disapproval with their children brandishing small arms.”

    This means either the parents are in fear of not allowing their children take part in this nazi propaganda, or the parents of these children are just as brainwashed as the terrorists in the Kremlin. Hitler stooped low with his nazi propaganda using his Hitler Jugend, but Putin is on another level, by allowing Russia to exploit kids barely out of nappies.

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  • Am reminded of an exchange I had with Peter Hitchens a while back. He still interacts with commenters from time to time, rarely with hostiles such as I.
    In reply to my statement that putler ran a fascist regime, he replied that there was no compulsory youth movement there. As if that was proof against my claim! I replied ‘you forgot Nashi’. He said ‘ah but that’s not compulsory.’
    So that’s all right then. Since that time, the militarisation of kids and indoctrination into putler’s fascist ideology has continued apace. As the above piece demonstrates clearly.
    Naziism is hiding in plain site in the 21st century and its chief enablers are the Franco-German alliance that runs the EUSSR.

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    • Sending delinquent juveniles to military-patriotic re-education camps, doesn’t sound compulsory to me. It sounds more like a torture camp similar to the re-education camps the Chinks are fond of.

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      • This whole situation with Putler and Russia makes me think of a carjacking. Some thug beats the driver of the car and shoots the kids in the back seat in plain sight. Hundreds of folks on the street gasp and point to the perpetrator and call the police but the police respond, “What do you want me to do about it? He has a gun you know…”

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