Russian social media users were stunned, appalled, and amused by a video posted on June 21 from Russia’s Dagestan, depicting a herd of sheep branded with Z symbols.
The sarcastically “patriotic” video shows the wooly Z-congregation happily running along, while jingoist Ing song “Go Russia!” by Oleg Gazmanov blares in the background.
In a remarkable display of herd mentality, supporters of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine were ramming ahead with their condemnations of the not-so-subtle allegory, seemingly oblivious to the irony of it all.
More independently-minded Russians were rather amused by such a light-hearted critique of the Russian public opinion.
Some compared the footage to the waves of Russian soldiers being sent to die on Ukrainian fields by the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.
Others instead drew parallels with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s notorious “Tik-Tok battalions.”