I recently came across a series of tweets by Sergej Sumlenny, discussing how Russia had used books, as well as other entertainment media, to prepare its citizens for war in general, prior to its invasion of Ukraine. Here’s an excerpt from Threadreader’s aggregation of the tweets.
Let’s start a long thread about how Russian book market prepared Russians for a full-scale war against Ukraine, NATO, the West, and promoted stalinism and nazism, and how this was ignored by the West. Keep seat belts fasten, you will see a lot of nasty things here.
One of the first indicators of Russia preparing for a full-scale turn to dictatorship and a global war was the mass production of books about cool sides of Stalin and Stalinism and about upcoming war against the West. These books appeared on Russian bookshelves in early 2010s.
The appearance was so massive that it could not be a coincidence on a book market which was under a strict control of secret police FSB. “Be proud, not sorry! Truth about Stalin Age” “Stalinist’s Handbook”, “Stalin’s Repressions: A Great Lie” and “Beria: Best XX Cent Manager”.
The wave of stalinist books was so massive, that in 2011 a grass-root initiative “Stop Publishing Stalinists Books” emerged with a call for publishing houses to stop. It was ignored of course.
The idea to create authoritarian and militarist mood through bookstores was brilliant. In 2015, I visited Moscow’s central bookstore “Biblio-Globus”, and that what were the goods welcoming you just after the doors: military uniforms, accessories, and books about Stalin and war.
This was the prelude. Soon after, Kremlin has started to publish what they called “battle fantastic”. Mass-produced low-quality books about Russian military superiority in all possible conflicts. The whole book series appeared. Here: “Battlefield Ukraine series” “Ukraine on Fire”.
The whole series is playing with the same idea: Ukrainian “nazis” need to be destroyed. Covers were like created on drugs. Here: “Wild Field: On Ukraine’s Ruins” – a “DNR” tank smashes what can be identified as “Ukrainian Azov Nationalist Mercedes SUV”.
“Ukraine in Blood: Banderite Genocide” (the cover pictures Maidan in Kyiv, note the “Azov” connection of the “Nazi”).
“Ukrainian Hell: It is our War!” (A Russian soldiers captures a US pilot).
“Ukrainian Front: Red Stars over Maidan” (US planes got destroyed).
What is inside? Here is a typical description: “WW3 starts on Kyiv Maidan! With Nato “Peacekeepers” start Baderites genocide of Russians, wiping out the whole cities. Polava does not exist anymore. Novorossiya fights back, Russia helps! We take Kyiv! This is our final battle!”
As you see, most of these books have the same narrative: bad Ukrainians act as marionettes of the West, the US want to destroy Russia, but Russians go into a full-scale war because they are not afraid and are mighty. Same books were published about Georgia, but not so many.
There’s more at the link, including book covers and other images. Recommended reading.
I was struck by what we’ve seen from social pressure groups in the USA over their agendas. How many of us have noticed the explosion in the number of children’s books promoting the LGBTQetc agenda? They’ve slowly crept into the market, unnoticed by many adults, yet now they’re an overwhelming presence in many school and public libraries, even if we don’t see many of them in mainstream book stores. (After all, how many people take their children to bookstores any more, anyway? Most of them encounter books in their school libraries – which is why that’s the logical place to propagandize them.) Don’t believe me?
- Are These 7 LGBT ‘Kids’ Books in Your Child’s Classroom or School Library?
- 30 Children’s Books With LGBT Characters
- How the LGBTQ Agenda Is Targeting Your Children
Look at how we’re being propagandized to eat bugs, as part of the World Economic Forum’s agenda to introduce insect protein to replace meat in our diets.
- U.S. Public Broadcasting Promotes American Diet of Insects
- YOU WILL EAT BUGS: EU legalized sale of insects for human consumption
The old Soviet Union was notorious for demanding that the arts should serve the State and the Communist Party, by incorporating officially approved themes and excluding those that were not approved. How soon before we’re facing that problem from the politically correct commissars of our day? Well, we already are, at least from the traditional publishing industry. Try to market a manuscript to them that doesn’t hew to the “approved” view of topics such as those mentioned above, and see how fast it gets rejected. When J. K. Rowling, one of the best-selling authors in history, is pilloried for her dissenting views on transgenderism, what chance do the rest of us have?
This is really getting out of hand. A beloved children’s author is being etched out of her own work like some commissar who got on the wrong side of the party leader. And for what? For saying and believing things that are shared by the vast majority of the population.
Those of us who are independently published aren’t (yet) subject to the same pressures as traditional publishers and authors: but the time can’t be far away when we are. Food for thought.