As of the morning of Sunday, Russia reported 186 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number to over 15,700. Against the backdrop of a persistent epidemic spread across Russia, having a devastating effect, the idea of holding mass events, such as the May 9 Victory Day parade, seems absurd. However, the idea lives on and preparations continue — in Moscow and beyond!
Almost simultaneously with the report on the latest official stats on the COVID-19 spread pace at 1,600 per day, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Victory Parade, dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the end of World War 2, isn’t being postponed so far.
Speaking at a panel show on a federal TV channel, he noted that no decisions have been made to postpone the Parade itself, the festive events surrounding it, and the so-called “Immortal Regiment” march!
That is, in the midst of the pandemic, while experts warn of the looming peak Russia will be facing in late April — early May, the Kremlin still hopes to hold parades and even the “Immortal Regiment” marches across Russia… This is utter recklessness or a total lack of the self-preservation instinct, it seems. After all, these “festivities” have every chance to go down in history as a “Parade of the Living Dead” or “Suicide Regiment”.
Meanwhile, the facts testifying to an epidemiological disaster that Moscow doctors fail to tackle are becoming undeniable. Moreover, while federal media seem to either underestimate the scale in their biased reports, Muscovites have taken to social networks with posts reporting the unfolding epidemiological apocalypse, uploading scores of terrifying pictures and videos proving their point.
Despite all this, the Kremlin pursues with major preparations for the May 9 Parade for the sake of their much-sought “geopolitical triumph” and putting at stake the health and lives of participants who aren’t provided with basic PPE at mass rehearsals where contamination risk is the highest.
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