I recently discovered that we receive the television channel Russia Today in our humble little flat here in Stellenbosch, and have spent the past few days enjoying it. They are shockingly truthful (almost nasty) in their reporting of international relations, in so far as the truth — for the moment — tends to favour the Russian case in world affairs, and make NATO look like a bunch of ninnies. Saturday — May 9 — was Victory Day in Russia, in which the defeat of Nazi Germany in the Second World War is commemorated and celebrated. RT showed many minutes of splendid highlights from the great parade in Red Square, and I just sat and enjoyed it.
The Russkies still know how to do a military march-past and make it look impressive.
The President and the Prime Minister enjoyed the spectacle, which included a display of some of the latest of Russia’s investment in defense technology. No doubt there was also a bit of schadenfreude, as Mikhail Saakashvili — the fatuous and incompetent US-backed president of neighbouring Georgia who provoked a military conflict with Russia last year — was simultaneously observing massive opposition-led demonstrations against his autocratic rule in the capital of the Caucasian republic.
The best part of the parade for me was the impressive aeronautical display by the Russian Air Force. Here two larger planes accompanied by jet fighters time their refueling demonstration for their appearance over Red Square.
More aeronauticual displays.
Here a radar plane flies in behind one of the Kremlin cathedrals. I was tempted to entitle this one “The reactionary tendency in Russian architecture has led airports to design control towers in the form of traditional onion domes”.