HYBRID WAR STRIKE

1. “IMMORTAL REGIMENT” EVENTS, MAY 5–9, 2018

THE US

San Francisco, 2018. “Every year more and more ordinary Americans show interest in the Immortal Regiment despite the fact that we do not engage in mass advertising and loud propaganda,” said Igor Kochan, the head of the Russian Youth of America. “We just talk with colleagues at work and our children talk about the action to their classmates, explaining what the Immortal Regiment is and Americans are happy to join.”

WHITE HOUSE, WASHINGTON, D.C.,

Left: The Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov with Russian youth in military uniform in Washington D.C. Right: “Immortal Regiment” in front of the White House.

OHIO

Screenshots from a Youtube video of a Russian TV channel show.

SEATTLE

The Immortal Regimen in Seattle, 2016. The organizer of the Seattle event, Sergey Gladysh, the head of the Russian-American Initiative for Cooperation, an organization that covered the expenses in connection with the city authorities, police, and park department said that events held by the Russian-American Initiative are sponsored by “local businessmen.”

NEW YORK

Left: St. George’s Ribbon over the Statue of Liberty. Right: Statue of Liberty giving away free ribbons symbolizing Russian imperial ambitions.
The combination of the Soviet flags, Russian Orthodox icons, and garb and NKVD uniform in the state of New York is borderline surreal.

Religious organizations do not pay taxes in the US and are unlikely to be audited since Congress imposed special restrictions on the possibility of conducting church audits. This means that donations to religious organizations are largely unregulated.

There is a long tradition of running pro-Russian and Russian Orthodox paramilitary “boot camps” in California, Washington and Oregon. In California, a “sports-patriotic camp dedicated to the Paratrooper’s Day, a Russian military holiday” had been organized from 2012 to 2015.

Left: 10th annual Russian paramilitary bootcamp held on the day of Russian airborne troops. Oregon. Right: A Russian Cossack paramilitary youth group at the Community Outreach Academy in Sacramento, CA

2. FACTS ABOUT THE “IMMORTAL REGIMENT”

Left, Center: Nicolay Zemtsov with Putin. 2016, 2015. Right: Zemtsov and Dmitry Kiselyov with St, George’s Ribbons.

FACTS ABOUT “ST. GEORGE’S RIBBON”

Left: A family wearing St. George’s ribbons, 2018. Right: Distribution of St. George’s ribbons by a priest in Yaroslavl. 2015.
Left: A gun with the sticker of Donestk Republic and St. George’s Ribbon signifying Russian aggression in Eastern Ukraine. Right: “Fire and Ice are a strong union, Again the Russia of olden days is a-rising.” A car sticker.
The map of free distribution of St. George’s Ribbon around the world in 2015 and 2017. Orange is the color of places where you can get the ribbons.

New York — 12,000 (Pravda.ru)

USA — 25,000 (source)

Worldwide, over 50 countries — 70,000 (source)

AGENCIES AND PEOPLE BEHIND THE EVENTS

Anton Konev at a panel of Youth Forum at the Russian Consulate.
Left: National Hotel, Lenin’s Suite #107. Right: The White Rabbit, a luxury restaurant in Moscow.

RUSSIAN AGENCIES

Left: Russian Youth of America FB group cover page. Right: Translation. *Personal note: Gogol was a much better writer than this and also a Ukrainian.

VIOLENT SUPPRESSION OF THE YOUTH IN RUSSIA

On May 5, 2018, thousands of Russians, predominantly young people, protested against Putin’s inauguration in Russia in 90 cities. Russian police detained and brutally assaulted 1600 participants, including many children and teens. Cossack-clad militia paid by the government beat up protesters with whips.

Right: Anton Konev and Igor Kochan, 2018.
Left: Igor Kochan with a Soviet banner at an event. Right: Kochan’s business card.
Left: Kochan is on the left. Right: With La Rouche group.

3. HYBRID WAR STRATEGIES

Left: A woman in Toronto carrying a portrait of Stalin. Right: The New York Times from August 1939.
Left: Victory Day Parade in Moscow, 2018. Right: Women in Syria, with St. George’s Ribbons. 2018.
“We Can Repeat.” A car sticker.
Immortal Regiment in Moscow: 1,000,000 people. May 9, 2018.

WHAT TO DO?

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Zarina Zabrisky is the author of IRON and CUTE TOMBSTONE, EXPLOSION, a poetry book GREEN LIONS, and a novel WE, MONSTERS. More at www.zarinazabrisky.com.

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