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Friday, June 02, 2023 

Russia bankrolls a comics contest villifying Ukraine

It's very bad Russia declared war upon Ukraine in the past year or so. Now, as told by the UK Express, Putin's regime is funding a comic competition illustrated by children that sensationalizes the deaths of Ukrainians:
Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin has funded a sick comic book contest featuring books with images drawn by Russian children of Ukrainians being killed.

Bankrolling for the propaganda event came from the Presidential Grants Foundation (PGF) which showed off the results this week on the Russian VK social media network.

Organisers said comic books were still “extremely popular among the youth” and the stories will "instil patriotism."
This isn't the first time Putin and company used hypocritical language to describe their offensive actions in attacking a civilized neighboring country and visiting barbarism upon them for the sake of an ideology that's sadly prevailed for over a century - communism, which, much like fascism, is also totalitarian. "Patriotism"? Coming from such a tyrant, that's an offense. Even Islamic regimes could use language like that if they thought it served an advantage, and if they thought it could have the effect of embarrassing the concept of patriotism and giving it a bad name in the west. Speaking of which, Russia's been collaborating with Iran, and that's certainly telling too.
According to the Daily Beast, the competition dubbed "Heroes of Russian Victory" chose to compile the final comic book containing three stories from the war in Ukraine.

More than three million Russian rubles, or almost £30,000, was allocated to the initiative which is just one of many started by the PGF to boost morale at home since the war began in 2022.

The Daily Beast reports the cartoons in the comic try to link the Russian war its neighbour with fighting the Nazis during World War 2, except the Ukrainians are pictured as the fascists.

In one photo drawings of Russian troops depict them closing in on "Ukrainian Nazis" before they are blown up. In another harrowing image a young woman is hanged covered in blood in an apparent reference to German soldiers killing a Russian girl in World War 2.

The event organiser Valery Anisimov said in statement on VK: "We wanted to get creative young people involved in the process of preserving historical memory, talking about our heroes in a format that is close to the younger generation."
What they're doing is not creativity so much as it's indoctrination of Russian youths. It's horrific they're drawing an analogy between Ukrainians and German troops, and depicting Ukrainians committing acts of evil similar to what German National Socialists committed during WW2. It's similar in some ways to how anti-Semites/anti-Israelists depict IDF soldiers committing acts of evil against supposed oppressed "palestinians" in Judea/Samaria. And the comics/cartoons Putin's Russia is now bankrolling demonstrate how the medium is sadly vulnerable to abominable political exploitation that humiliates it.

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