Believe it or not, during the 1930s, the basic Soviet Red Army ‘Rifle’ was a development of an original 1891 Model! This proved so effective
This is what the Bourgeisie always does – it generates the conditions for ‘war’ so that the working-class is ‘forced’ to ‘join-up’ and defend the very status quo that keeps it oppressed! Workers killing each other is preferable to workers ‘uniting’ into ‘Internationalist’ Socialist organisations and confronting the Bourgeoisie! If you do not like what you see – STOP voting Tory and STOP supporting Trotskyite Movements on the fake Left! After all, the the ‘Comments’ section of the above Russian-language post – there is talk that these Ukrainian men were POWs ‘executed’ by Russian troops in retaliation for the Ukrainian murder of Russian POWs that occurred in Kherson recently!
From what I have seen whilst mixing with the Russian people via Telegram, many of them hold EXACTLY the same racist, homophobic and misogynist viewpoints as their Ukrainian counterparts – but just happen to be on the other side! There is no ‘Internationalism’ and the average Russian generally hates non-Russians. This is the damage done by just 31-years of capitalist indoctrination. The Wagner Group is named after a Neo-Nazi figure-head – whilst the badge of the Wagner Group usually depicts a ‘skull’ – similar to those used by the Hitlerite SS Units (particularly the ‘Deaths-Head’ Units)! Recently, the Wagner Group murdered a prisoner using a sledgehammer to the head (all filmed and uploaded) and Putin had the head of RT (a woman) go on air and ‘justify’ the murder! We certainly are down the rabbit hole on this one! Supporting the Russia fight against Ukrainian Neo-Nazism does not (and should not) equate to an automatic support for Russia Neo-Nazi (and Neo-Fascist) attitudes! I suspect the Trotskyites are loving this as it is all unfolding to Trotsky’s dream – a point little expressed by the Left (if we can still call it that)!