Russia return to soviet-era military parades...

Russia have returned to Soviet era parades, with them planning to hold a parade this year in which tanks, missile systems and fighter jets will take part - the first time since the collapse of the soviet union. Some academics are saying that this is rather odd given the latest dealings with Russia in which the British Council offices were closed by 'tax police' and employees were interogated by the Russian authorities using 'Soviet era KGB tactics'.

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I don't see what's new here really. I've been living in Russia since 1996 and I've seen this sort of uniformed cock-stroking going on every year since then, despite the fact that most of my friends and acquaintances tell me that things have been going from bad to worse until very recently, and there's still a hell of a lot to sort out.
Getting a parade together is just about all the army is fit for here to be honest.
5205Bradders said:
I'm sure a little discussion with the Russians would secure that... I'd assume they'd be most keen ;)
The BBMF could fly in slow formation with (say) a Sturmovik

which smashed the German armour on the Ukrainian plains and a Thunderbolt

which swept the Luftwaffe from the skies in 1944. Thousands of older Russians would weep into their vodka at that. Unfortunately, here's a



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codbutt said:
Getting a parade together is just about all the army is fit for here to be honest.
Really? I thought they'd been modernising/restructuring/professionalising over the past few years.
Boarder Police: “What is your business within the Soviet Union

Homer Simpson: “Soviet Union? I thought you guys broke up?!”

I'd actually like to go and watch the parade. I could buy myself a button camera and pretend i'm a spy.

I wonder whether our 3 rifle platoons in Germany will be able to hold them off if they actually come this time.


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It's, it's, it's a bit pathetic isn't it? There's all this fancy new weaponry come out of the West, clever technology, supadupa fighter planes, satellites, comms systems and all the rest of it . . . and Russia doesn't even spend on defence what Britain does . . . and they are having all these gooorgeous parades, flying bombers over to the West, sailing ships all over the place . . . it's a bit pathetic, and doesn't really frighten anyone does it?

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