Russia cancels military parades out fear it would highlight the scope of Russian losses – not safety, UK intel
Russians carry portraits of people, including Red Army soldiers, during the Immortal Regiment march (Photo:REUTERS/Anton Vaganov)
This year's Immortal Regiment ‘Great Patriotic War’ remembrance marches in Russia were canceled for reasons other than 'safety', Russian state media outlets claimed, the U.K.’s Defence Intelligence said in an April 22 update on Twitter.
"In reality, the authorities were highly likely concerned that participants would highlight the scope of recent Russian losses," it tweeted.
The Kremlin is struggling to maintain the propaganda-based narrative that it uses to justify the war in Ukraine, comparing the Russian invasion of Ukraine to the Soviet experience in the Second World War.
This announcement followed Wagner Group owner Yevgeny Prigozhin publicly questioning whether there are any 'neo-Nazis' in Ukraine, which goes against Russia's main justification for the war.
U.K. intelligence stressed that Russia continues its attempts to unify the Russian public around polarising myths about the 1940s.
For example, RIA Novosti state news agency reported on April 12 about 'unique' documents found by Russian FSB Security Service that supposedly provide evidence of Nazi participation in the mass execution of 22,000 Polish people during the Katyn Massacre in Spring 1940. The massacre is named after the Russian town of Katyn, where mass graves were first discovered.
It is accepted historical fact that it was the Soviets that perpetrated the atrocity.
"In reality, FSB’s predecessor agency, the NKVD (People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs), was responsible. Russia’s State Duma officially condemned Joseph Stalin for ordering the killings in 2010," the tweet said.
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