Putin signed a "law, supplementing the list of anniversaries with "A Day of Remembrance of Russian soldiers who died in World War I of 1914 - 1918's" which is to be celebrated on August 1. For almost 100 previous years, this war was condemned in Russia and called imperialistic.
A paper, amending the law "On the days of glory and anniversaries in Russia", was adopted by Putin's "parliamentarians" on December 18 and approved by Putin's "Federation Council" on December 26.
"This memorial date is set in order to perpetuate the memory and merits (? - KC) of Russian soldiers who died in the World War I", said a statement on the Kremlin website.
In 1914, the Russian Empire unleashed an aggressive war in order to capture Istanbul which the Russians historically call "Tsargrad", or Emperor's City,, and capture the Turkish Black Sea Straits.
After the capture of "Tsargrad", Russians plan for many centuries to "liberate Jerusalem" (then a purely Muslim city). In the Imperialistic War of 1914-18, Russia was defeated and left apart for some time its criminal plans of expansion in the "southern direction".
In a song, popular in the Soviet Union, ever deceitful and hypocritical Russians assured the civilized world in a song: "We do not need the Turkish coast, and neither Africa we need".
The present glorification of Russian invaders killed in their advance on "Tsargrad" might indicate that Moscow once again removed from its dusty store-rooms criminal plans for "capturing Tsargrad".
Department of Monitoring