Victory mania: Why the growing glorification of May 9 in Putin's Russia? • FRANCE 24 English

Victory mania: Why the growing glorification of May 9 in Putin's Russia? • FRANCE 24 English

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In the end, there was no big reveal on Moscow’s Red Square on May 9. But is the devil in the detail of Vladimir Putin's Victory Day speech? In commemorating 1945 win over the Nazis, the Russian president did not declare war on Ukraine or announce a mass mobilisation, defying some expectations. He did however single out the perceived aggression of ''America and its minions”. Is it all a bit of bluster, or can Putin still spring a surprise? What would be the interest in drawing NATO members directly into the conflict?


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