The modern, Russian Army still carries the Soviet Red Flag on parades, and the symbol of the Hammer and Sickle is a common feature of Russian military insignia and cultural iconology. Although modern Russia has embraced the predatory capitalism of the West, its armed forces still remember their Soviet past with pride, as it is believed that over 27 million Soviet men, women and children died during the Nazi Invasion of the USSR during the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945).
Elements of the the Soviet Red Army did attempt prevent the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, but was hindered in this task by the duplicity of Mikhail Gorbachev, and the covert forces of Western capitalism that had infiltrated the Soviet System during Gorbachev’s premiership. As a consequence, the obedience and discipline of the Red Army was used against it by the emerging capitalist – and the rest has become history.
On May 7th, 2007, President Putin signed into law the ‘Victory Banner Act’. This formally legalised the Soviet Red Flag, and enabled it to be officially carried on the annual May 9th Parade Days – the date that Russia celebrates the Nazi German Surrender at the end of WWII. Although the Red Flag was never ‘banned’ in post-Soviet Russia, many called for this act to preserve the honour and prestige of the Red Flag as a ‘Battle Banner of Victory’, as this was the Soviet flag raised over the ruins of Berlin in 1945. Now the elderly veterans of the Red Army who performed such a great service to humanity (by resisting and crushing the forces of fascism) can march with pride!
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