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“The West has decided to revoke these millennial values.”Excerpt from Vladimir Putin’s Victory Day speech

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Instead of officially proclaiming the war with Ukraine in a speech at the Moscow Victory Parade on Monday, as many expected, he took this opportunity to take advantage of Russia’s “traditional value”. Played many of the old hits, including blaming the West for attempting to undermine and claiming solidarity with the world, as a World War II veteran and multi-ethnic refuge around the world. Leaning on Russian ideas. Read the Meduza translation of the excerpt from the speech below.

The United States began talking about its exceptionalism, especially after the collapse of the Soviet Union. By doing so, he insulted not only the whole world, but also his own satellite state, which had to pretend to swallow obediently without noticing anything. Do it all.

But we are another country. Russia has a different nature. We never turn our back on our love for our country, our faith and traditional values, our ancestral customs, and our respect for all people and cultures.

But the West has decided to revoke these millennial values ​​in all its appearance. This kind of moral decline is the basis for the ironic tampering of World War II history, the agitation of anti-Russianism, the glory of traitors, the ridicule of the victims’ memories, and the betrayal of the bravery of those who suffered. increase. To achieve victory.

We know that American veterans who wanted to come to our parade in Moscow were virtually banned from doing so. But I want them to know. We are proud of your achievements, your actions, and your contribution to our common victory.

We honor all Allied soldiers — Americans, British, and French. Resistance members, brave Chinese soldiers and guerrilla fighters. Everyone who has defeated Nazism and militarism.

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Dear companion!

Today, here on Red Square, soldiers and officers from different parts of the vast homeland stand side by side, including those who came directly from Donbus and directly from the battlefield.

Recall how Russian enemies tried to use international terrorist gangs against us. How they sought to disperse national and religious conflicts in order to weaken and divide us from within. None of them succeeded.

Today, our fighters of different nationalities are fighting together, protecting each other from bullets and shrapnel like brothers.

And that is Russia’s strength. The great and indestructible strength of our unified multi-ethnic nation.

Today you are defending what our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather fought. For them, the highest meaning of life has always been the happiness and security of their homeland. And for us, loyalty to their heirs, their homeland, is the most important value and credible pillar that underlies Russia’s independence.

Those who destroyed Nazism during the Great Patriotic War have always given us an example of heroism. They are the generation of victors and we always respect them.

Glory to our brave army!

For Russia! For victory!

https://meduza.io/en/feature/2022/05/09/the-west-has-decided-to-cancel-these-centuries-old-values “The West has decided to revoke these millennial values.”Excerpt from Vladimir Putin’s Victory Day speech

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