In Moscow, the authorities recently came up with the idea of connecting video surveillance systems for nightclubs to the city’s data center, St Petersburg newspaper “Kommersant” reported. The reasons are obvious: the police and intelligence services have been working on mastering facial recognition for a long time and are working on complete control of the Russian capital. This is also supported by the 213000 camera that is said to be in use now.
It is clear that the Putin regime is not able to collect enough information, which indicates an increase in tension, especially since the places of entertainment are identified even with the minimum resolution of the videos. However, fearing for their guests, the owners of nightclubs only want to work with the “formal” city.
“Many citizens did not understand that”
The process shows how much the authorities fear for their power and how unconstrained their actions are now. But now the Kremlin seems to realize that its propaganda has turned into hysteria that can swallow those behind it. The Telegram portal critical of the government claims that it has learned from government informants that Putin’s vociferous declaration of war that he should “remove the danger” of Ukraine is being quietly and secretly withdrawn. The alleged reason for this: citizens did not “understand” the term, and many even found it difficult to pronounce it correctly.
In the polls, hardly anyone was able to explain what “de-Nazification” actually meant. A source close to the Kremlin said: “After that, chaos began – every week we were looking for new words, but we did not find anything that worked.” In fact, a media analysis is said to have shown that television presenters spoke about “defamation” much less often in April than at the beginning of the war.
At the end of March, it was said that Moscow tacitly abandoned the “slander” in the negotiations with Ukraine at that time. This shift seems somewhat awkward for the Kremlin, as Putin’s completely groundless invention of the need to protect Russians from the “Nazis” was a mainstay of propaganda. Perhaps the failed scandalous interview of Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in which he turned Israel against Russia, contributed to the abandonment of the term.
At a meeting on April 28, 59-year-old Sergei Kiriyenko, head of Putin’s presidential administration, reportedly asked Russia’s rulers not to fan “falsely high expectations” and not to allow “excessive enthusiasm for victory” to emerge. Everything is going “according to plan”, the main task is to “reduce losses”. This also speaks of a “new sobriety” in the Kremlin.
‘Public Folly’ Warning
It now appears that the Kremlin, or at least its promoters, have a bad feeling about exclusion and harsh insults against artists who criticize the system. The usually pro-government news agency, RIA Novosti, reported that there was a serious risk that “quiet self-confidence would be replaced by hysteria”, and that there was talk of “public foolishness” to be avoided.
At the time, no one asked Mozart how he felt about the French Revolution. The bottom line was “actors, musicians, and others should not be opinion leaders on topics they do not understand at all,” and the Russians should pay less attention to them and what they say. Referring to the loud insults citizens and officials exchanged for weeks when it came to anti-war artists, many of whom had left the country.
“It is absurd to push a horse”
“It may not be necessary to turn a culture, a wild forest, or a complex bioenvironment into a boring farm of identical plants: it will not work,” said commentator Dmitry Kozyrev. He recalled the days of the Soviet Union, when rulers expected a constant rant, although everyone knew that many cultural workers were “in silent or outright opposition.” Because of that, the system collapsed.
Because of the “culture of abolition”, the West is developing into a kind of “moral torture chamber”: “Do we want to plunge into such disgrace, despite our bitter Soviet experience, which for some reason they now want to repeat?” In Russian culture, there is a “general rebound” on its own, according to Cosero: “It makes more sense to spur on a horse running in the right direction and at the right speed.”
Putin’s photographer resigned
Meanwhile, not all members of Putin’s closest circle of colleagues are shouting: his personal photographer Ilya Filatov is said to have resigned because he was tired of being in “permanent quarantine” with all employees. The reason for this is the Russian President’s fear of infection with Corona. Quite a few people would have started drinking in seclusion, so the story goes.