There is a dark undercurrent of public support waning as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to advance – even on tightly controlled state television. In the early days of the bloody war, the public was promised a quick solution because of the superiority of the Russian military. Instead, the Kremlin’s offensive has been plagued by heavy losses and insufficient equipment to the point that pundits on state television have publicly considered seeking aid and assistance from other pariah states — including Iran and North Korea.
Russia has reportedly been in discussions with Iran to buy military drones due to a severe shortage of its own drones. On state television program 60 Minutes, which aired on Thursday, military expert Igor Korochenko suggested North Koreans could help rebuild devastated areas of Ukraine and join Russia’s military. Conversations about legalizing foreign fighters with Russian troops have been a recurring topic in state media, and for good reason: Ordinary citizens are less enthusiastic about the prospect of going to war or dying for Putin. Russian President Vladimir Putin has made two formal acknowledgments for the good of the motherland, unhappy with senior pro-Kremlin propagandists.
When his show aired on Thursday, Vladimir Solovyov nightthe host complained: “It annoys me that our society doesn’t understand that a watershed moment is happening. We either stand up, build up and eventually reach another level, or we simply cease to exist.” His guest, political scientist Alexander Kamkin, agreed and suggested a “cultural special operation” in Russia.
The Kremlin’s tight control over information disseminated to the public failed to reduce access to outside sources, and tensions rose to such a boiling point that on Monday on Solovyov’s show, convicted Russian agent Maria Butina suggested jailing her. Children use VPNs to access parental media in foreign countries.The host was equally disappointed by the lacklustre performance of the younger generation in Putin’s war, complaining: “Those who plan to join [the military] Mostly my age, some younger…that’s a generation that grew up with Soviet cinema, Soviet literature and values. But the very young people I talk to, if they cut their fingers, they’ll faint – they think it’s their democratic values…special military operations are our Rubicon. I feel like a lot of people here still can’t get the hang of it. ”
Writer Zakhar Prilepin, wanted by Ukraine’s SBU security services for his involvement in Russia’s war crimes in Ukraine for “participation in terrorist organizations,” added: “We really need volunteers and we’re not hiding that. . The evacuees need to be replenished. At the same time, the topic of death is silenced. The topic of demise is curtailed. In a society driven by comfort, you cannot talk about death. Everyone deserves to go to war, win and come back alive Better yet, don’t go in the first place. Let me remind you, the Imperial Army Charter says in simple language: If you have three opponents, go to war and go ahead and kill all three. If you have ten, then Just defend yourself. If your death has come, go die. It’s written clearly: ‘Soldier, death is part of your job. It’s part of your duty and part of your contract with the government . The same principle is also used by [Joseph] Stalin, he had an Orthodox education. “
Prilepin recited the lyrics of an old Soviet song “In the Woods on the Front Line”: “If you have to lie on the ground, at least you only have to do it once.” He asserted: “Soldiers are told openly: to fight “If you have to die, you only have to do it once… it’s part of your duty as a citizen, soldier, soldier, Russian. Today we are protecting everyone: the government, mothers, conscripts, everyone. We barely compelled our governor to put up a mural [of the fallen soldiers]…everyone is afraid of disrupting society. “
Prilepin is openly concerned that, in the event of a full-scale mobilization, the younger generation will choose to flee to neighboring countries rather than join the fight: “The government assumes that in Russia there are always a million people ready to fight. As for the rest of the country, we try not to worry them …we’ve been talking about difficult topics that could lead to a 3rd world war and the same mobilization we’re trying to avoid now…it’s hard to talk about the general mobilization because I doubt a large number of people will The sudden influx of Armenia and Georgia. Borders must be closed. I’m talking about our younger generation.”
Solovyov suggested that the rules protecting conscripts from fighting should be changed: “You know what surprises me the most? Conscripts in our army are not supposed to fight … so what are they supposed to do in the army?” He complained that there were not enough volunteers fighting: “We have 150 million people. How many are fighting in the Donbass?” Participant in the film and television “Special Operation”.
Gone are the days when state TV propagandists predicted that other countries would flock to Russia to join the fight against Ukraine and the West. On Thursday’s “Vladimir Solovyov Nights,” political scientist Sergei Mikheev summed up the current mood in Russia: “There is a constant discussion about what we can offer the world. , the world could screw itself up… We don’t need to offer anything to anyone. We are special, we need to build ourselves.” Solovyov agreed: “We are Noah’s Ark. First of all, we need to save ourselves. We Own!”