Activists from Latvia was timed to the Victory Day original action: they want to celebrate together with the military stationed in the republic from the former anti-Hitler coalition, and remind them of how their ancestors shoulder to shoulder with the Russian fought with the Nazis, marching today in Riga. Whether or not anti-Russian propaganda, which is stuffed NATO military can dispel?
Latvian representatives of the unregistered party "For the native language" taken bold initiative - to remind the soldiers and officers of NATO countries about the brotherhood-in-arms that has developed between the Nazi enemies in the Second World War. For this special was launched English site Homeland404, the target audience is seeing the representatives of the military units of NATO countries stationed in the Baltic. Particular emphasis is placed on Canadians, as they form the basis of NATO troops in Latvia. Text of the appeal to guests in the form of compiled-known opposition activist Vladimir Lindermanu, reads in part:
"We were allies during the Second World War, our ancestors together beat the Nazis. Many of you remember about it. I recently went on the train to Jurmala, next to the company sat English tourists, men 30-40 years. I showed them the window monument to Soviet soldiers who liberated Belarus from the Nazis. All of them, as if on cue, stood up, pulled out a bottle of whiskey and we drank together for the our common victory, and for those who did not return from the war. But you are here today not as tourists, but as soldiers. Ask yourself - why? Russia is not going to attack the Baltic countries. It's a lie. "
According to Linderman, Baltic nationalists injected a tantrum at Russia, to have a good reason to discriminate against local Russian: "You told us that Russian, who were born and grew up in Latvia and Estonia, deprived of citizenship of these countries, and they can not vote in the elections? That the Russian language, which is native to 35% of the population is considered "foreign"? That every year 16 of March in the center of Riga held a solemn march of former SS men and their young fans? I think you do not talk about it. But you should know this. Military NATO came to defend regimes that are nostalgic for the days of Nazism and fascism, from Russia, which is not going to attack. You are trapped in a bad situation. You have been scammed politicians. You have to understand that people in Russia are experiencing anxiety, seeing as on the borders of the Russian Federation, NATO troops are concentrated. For the Russian it as a new Hitler, the impending attack. Russia forced to seek an answer to this threat, and the world is moving to a new war, in which the winners will not be only millions of corpses. But it is too late to stop. We can find a common language and understanding in the memory of the past. "
Therefore, the Russian-speaking activists invited Alliance soldiers serving in Latvia come 9 of May, the Day of Victory over the Nazis, a monument to Soviet soldiers in Riga. "There in the day hundreds of thousands of people come every year to honor the winners. Will share the "Immortal regiment", where people come with portraits of their relatives who fought with the Nazis. Your ancestors also fought with the Nazis, so come, you will be happy! "- calls on the text conversion.
"Arrow" and "Saber"
NATO military in the Baltic countries a lot in recent years. As recently as April 30 Adazi near Riga that culminated in international exercises Alliance Summer Shield XIV, reaching over 1200 soldiers. The maneuvers, prolonged by two weeks, representatives of the armed forces of Latvia, the USA, Bulgaria, Estonia, Canada, Lithuania, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovakia, Germany and Sweden are not included in the alliance. This year, perfected the skills of combat support a wide range - the interaction of artillery, air defense, intelligence, protection against weapons of mass destruction and anti-tank systems. Scientists have also affected the military engineers, military medical and transport units.
In the near future NATO maneuvers in Latvia will take place more than once. In particular, the battalion level ground and air forces Saber Strike ( «Blow saber") annual teaching staffs and units are scheduled to 5 16 June. They will be tested operations management and interaction units. Summer will be held the annual international exercise Open Spirit ( «Open Spirit"). Their goal - to find and neutralize remaining in the waters of the Baltic Sea from the First and Second World Wars unexploded ordnance. In the autumn maneuvers held Sudraba Bulta ( «Silver Arrow"), organized directly by Latvia to improve the command of infantry units and their interaction with NATO allies.
Accommodation in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia new multinational NATO battalion is currently nearing completion. The backbone of the contingent in Latvia, as already noted, Canada introduced, in Lithuania - Germany, Estonia - United Kingdom. Also there are French, German, Spanish, Slovak, Polish. In addition, in the region since 2014 years within Atlantic Resolve operation ( "Atlantic determination") are US soldiers.
"In these sentiments have to catch"
In an interview with the newspaper VIEW Vladimir Linderman said that the idea to address all of these "international brigade" lying on the surface. This kind "information carrot" in addition to "information whip". "Russian media tend to portray the NATO army, arrived in the Baltic states, a sort of rowdy rabble who drinks, fights, stick to the women boldly violates the rules of the road, in short, in every way rude. It is assumed that the population of the Baltic States is troubled by these outrages, "- he recalled.
Indeed, the recent Russian and Russian-speaking Baltic press eagerly wrote about the accident involving NATO soldiers. So, at the beginning of the year police detained Lithuanian Klaipeda five drunken Czechs in the form of, staged a brawl with local youths near one of the city's nightlife. In March 2016-th group of drunken American soldiers as active rest in the Lithuanian town of Druskininkai water park, one of the military broke through the protective wall separating the recreation and entertainment areas. In May of the same year it turned into a fight showdown between the soldiers of the German army stationed in Rukla, and local residents.
In Riga in June 2016-of four British soldiers, while drunk, damaged taxi car, arranging dancing on its roof. Then it became known that the local investigating authorities involved in the case of a severe accident, the culprit is in 2015-he became a US serviceman. It affected five people, including launched under the Latvian flag Russian pilot Vasily Gryazin rally. No less sensational case occurred in Riga last fall: for the young Latvians Ayzkalns names Seen "McDonald's" over the attack of a British soldier and a broken nose.
According to Linderman, striving to portray soldiers visiting a bunch of hooligans and brawlers unproductive. "Russian residents of the Baltic countries to NATO people are not bad for their everyday behavior (cases excesses few actually), but because they perceive their stay in the region as a threat to the Russian Federation, as a provocation of war. As for the representatives of the titular nation - Latvians, Lithuanians and Estonians, the majority of them for the presence of NATO troops. And no special incident their relationship will not change, "- said the activist.
He emphasizes that the most effective way to try to influence Canadians or Britons. "You can if you do not convince you, then at least to sow doubt. I ran through the Canadian Forum on the Internet, where they discussed sending his soldiers to Latvia. There's a good half of the commentators or against, or fluctuates. In the countries of "old" Europe, the US, Canada, a large number of citizens do not see the enemy in modern Russia. Not because he loves Russia, but simply does not see the real, not sucked from the finger reason for hostility. It is for these attitudes need to catch, "- says Linderman.
"Repression? We are accustomed "
The action is addressed to the soldiers of the NATO countries that are already in the Baltic countries, or are going to come here. But not only. "Indirectly, we refer also to their family, friends, even to the citizens of these countries. Our task - to convey to them the truth, which consists of only two points. First, Russia has no plans to capture the Baltic. Secondly, the capacity of NATO forces on the borders of Russia to provoke a world war, in which there will be winners. Yes, we hope that these simple ideas will reach the addressee ", - says Linderman.
He drew attention to the fact that military service in a number of Western countries is often something of a social elevator - with the help of a person from a poor family makes a leap into the middle class. "This is not a" kreakly ", it's just guys who need to very simple language to explain the Russian did not want to fight, navoyevat already in its history. But if you have to, then you will not find it. Of course, they do not talk about that in Latvia and Estonia discriminate against Russian, problems with citizenship, language, cult members Legion "Waffen SS" and so on. They narrowly programmed Putin has seized the Crimea, the Baltic states are now going to take over, your duty - to prevent it. I read in a Canadian newspaper interview with an officer, who is preparing to be sent to Latvia. He never says we will have to take the first blow, not to deep Russian advance, and then help arrives, "- said the activist.
In his opinion, it is important to understand that this is not Hitler's army, welded ideological fanaticism, of which collapsed Soviet propaganda attempts to win the soldiers over to their side. "These are ordinary guys without any particular ideology, they simply want to advance in life. They are not without memory. I do not know how in the US and Canada, but in Britain remained a cult of heroes who participated in World War II. At least, this cult is maintained at the family level. That the bridge that connects us ", - said Linderman.
Party "For the native language", which owns shares of the initiative, currently banned, but in an informal, semi-underground level continues. "Latvian special services still silent, I think they confused a few unexpected approach. They are no longer counted, that we start to label Canadians arriving thugs and drug addicts, and we invite them to celebrate together the Victory Day. Repression? Well, swat site zavedut any regular business from scratch ... We are accustomed ", - he concluded the activist.