May 10, 2020

An Understandable Mistake?



An Understandable Mistake?
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A campaign to bring to light to citizens' ancestors who fought in the Second World War, held in Chelyabinsk, has suffered at the hands of a prankster.

The "Names of Heroes" project, organized by city authorities, encouraged citizens to submit a photo and biography of their loved ones who served. One creative citizen, however, submitted a picture of their "grandfather," one Vladimir Vladimirovich Sumin, complete with a record of their service — but it was graced with an image of Adolf Hitler sans mustache.

The city prosecutor was quick to launch an investigation, and the post has been taken down and an apology published.

Victory Day, Russia's main patriotic holiday, was May 9; this year marked 75 years since the end of the Great Patriotic War, as it's called in Russia. Putin's efforts to revamp the commemoration of WW2 has meant the continuation of celebrations despite coronavirus lockdown this year.

 

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