Last weekend Belarusian Communists and other fans of Josef Stalin and the USSR held an action dedicated to the Soviet-era Defender’s Day.
The celebration took place at the Stalin Line museum which represents the remains of a line of fortifications along the western border of the Soviet Union. The participants laid flowers at the bust of the Soviet leader.
Many were holding portraits of soldiers who were fighting in the Second World War II. Such format of actions is called “The Immortal Regiment” in Russia.
During the ceremony, one of the speakers tried to sell the idea that the soldiers of the Immortal Regiment led by Comrade Stalin are observing the action from heaven giving spiritual strength to its participants. He also stressed that they should prevent “people carrying portraits of traitors’ from walking along the streets of the Belarusian capital”.
The fans of Stalin expressed hope that Belarusian president Alyaksandr Lukashenka would join the action “The Immortal regiment” on May 9, Victory Day.