A Russian-born researcher explains that Russian families do not oppose the war in Ukraine, even if their sons die

Russian-born journalist and researcher Kamil Kaliev explains why many Russian families opposed war during the wars against Chechen separatists, but now no one opposes “special military action” in Ukraine.

A new box, compensation for the loss of his son in UkrainePhoto: Video capture

“Well, one of the answers is that the cash compensation for families during the Chechen wars was very low, and now the ‘coffin money’ is very good. You can buy a car,” he wrote on his Twitter page, directly referring to a report broadcast by state television Pervy Kan a few days ago. Benefits a family can achieve What misses his son in Ukraine.

Kaliev, a freelance journalist and researcher at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., notes where a report in which a family buys a new Lada car with “coffin money” was filmed: Saratov.

“There is a huge gap between the successful regions of the Middle Volga, such as Tatarstan, Samara and Ulyanovsk (green), and the much poorer Lower Volga, such as Saratov (yellow) and Volgograd (red),” he said. The socio-economic situation in the regions of the second category is much worse.

Memories of poverty and imperial glory in Russia

Galiev recalled that in 1900 Saratov was the third largest city in Russia after Moscow and St. Petersburg”.

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The gap between Russian regions is economic and cultural, the researcher says.

He also explains that if Saratov was trapped in the mentality of the Tsarist Empire based on local identity and public imagination, Volgograd was captive to the mentality of World War II:

“No other city or region had such a cult of Victorian worship [în al Doilea Război Mondial] It takes such exaggerated forms.

The explanation is simple: despite the name change during the Stalinization process, the people of Volgograd still proudly identify with the communist-era name and its echo in World War II: Stalingrad.

Volgograd was the deadliest in the Ukrainian war

“Captive to the Soviet mentality, Volgograd is Russia’s poorest city with a population of over one million. Saratov, trapped in the Tsarist Empire with very low salaries and low living standards for a large regional center, is not doing well,” explains Kamil Kaliev.

An investigation published by investigative journalists in Mediazona in late April showed that most of the Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine came from two of Russia’s poorest regions, Dagestan and Siberia.

It is ranked third Located in Volgograd region.

First female soldier in the Russian Armed Forces His death has been confirmed He was from the former Soviet city of Stalingrad of the same name during the “special military operation” in Ukraine.

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