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Cognitive Dissonance and Hypocrisy: A Speech from Vladimir Putin

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SAFAN fans! Victory Day in Russia was a huge celebration for the country, so of course Vladimir Putin would take the time to give a speech. If you guessed it would just be more propaganda and hypocrisy then you would be correct.


In a speech criticizing the Nazi ideology and actions of the Third Reich, Putin then claims that the ideology today is still supported by radicals and terrorists and that Russia is fighting them like they did in World War II. Which is odd considering Putin and the Kremlin actively use those they just labeled as radicals and terrorists in their proxy armies, the PMCs that rampage in every country they’re sent on behalf of Russian interests. Instead of dealing with this internal ideological problem, they continue enabling and supporting these groups. Russia then tries to claim that they are protecting countries they invade and who’s sovereignty they violate but stating that they are deploying their forces to fight against THAT country’s ‘extremists’ and ‘terrorists’. The hypocrisy is astounding, and I’ve never fully understood the term ‘gaslighting’ but I think this cognitive dissonance is perhaps an example of it.

Further reading an analysis of this speech can be found here:

https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-putin-victory-day-speech-shuns-west-allies/31248055.html

https://www.dw.com/en/victory-day-putin-says-russia-will-firmly-defend-interests/a-57474684

There you have it SARFAN fans, a post that isn’t quite as preachy and soap boxy, but I hope still gets the point across. Putin denounces the Nazi ideology, using it as a justification to attack other nations, while at the same time nurturing Russian’s internal Nazi groups to use in their proxy wars. Let’s hope Russia starts facing more consequences for these actions as they grow increasingly bold in their violations. As always SARFAN fans, stay informed, be safe, and if you have any ideas for articles in the future, please reach out! When we help each other and strengthen our community, we work towards creating a safer world, hopefully preventing events that have happened in the past and caused massive devastation for all parties involved.

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