This symbol isn’t equivalent to the Nazi swastika but represents humanitarianism, international law, justice, multipolarity, and peace.
The German states of Bavaria and Lower Saxony just decreed that the Russian “Z”, which recently became popular after it was spotted on Russian military equipment during that country’s ongoing special military operation in Ukraine, is equivalent to the Nazi swastika. This means that those who publicly display it risk up to three years in prison. There’s no way to describe this development other than representing the revival of fascism in post-modern Germany.
Officials from those two states and perhaps however many others might soon follow their lead (including foreign countries like Poland and the Baltic States) claim that the Russian “Z” is a sign of “aggression” due to what they portray as that country’s so-called “illegal war”. The reality is the exact opposite though since the Eurasian Great Power has consistently maintained that its special operation was provoked by Kiev’s US-encouraged genocide against the indigenous Russian people of Donbass.
It also exposed how the US was supporting Kiev’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) programs there. These would have been employed by that country’s fascist authorities to blackmail Russia as part of the US’ grand strategic plan to neutralize its geopolitical potential. In fact, President Putin himself also revealed on 24 February when announcing the onset of that operation that NATO clandestinely established military infrastructure in Ukraine ahead of an planned surprise attack against Russia.
This would have presumably come after the US first neutralized Russia’s nuclear second-strike capabilities through the continued regional deployment of so-called “anti-missile systems” and strike weapons near its borders. With these credible national security concerns in mind, Russia’s special operation in Ukraine can be described as a humanitarian mission that also served to preemptively avert World War III by neutralizing actual and latent threats to its red lines emanating from that country.
The latest briefing from the Russian Ministry of Defense on Friday confirms that the main objectives of the first phase of this operation have already been completed. Kinetic action was employed as a last resort after the US-led West and its vassals in Kiev refused to respect Russia’s security guarantee requests and comply with the UNSC-backed Minsk Accords. “Operation Z”, as some have since taken to calling it, therefore isn’t an “aggressive illegal war” but a legitimately defensive campaign for peace.
This insight makes those two German states’ legal equating of the Russian “Z” with the Nazi Swastika a manipulative attempt to imply a moral comparison between Moscow’s special operation in Ukraine and Hitler’s genocidal wars of conquest across Europe. It’s also fascist and fully conforms with what the author described here about how actual fascism is being revived in Europe nowadays under the pretext of supposedly being “anti-fascist” or fighting that which is falsely presented as “fascist”.
He also wrote how Russia’s upcoming International Anti-Fascist Congress in August will serve the strategic purpose of articulating the non-ethnic dimensions of post-modern fascism such as what was just explained above about manipulating the public into supporting genuine fascism by deliberately mislabeling that which is legitimately anti-fascist as “fascist”. It should also be remembered that Russia is fighting literal fascists in Ukraine who openly glorify Hitler’s local collaborators in the Holocaust.
It’s particularly manipulative that two German states ended up doing this since the unassuming Western masses naively regard that country as the vanguard of anti-fascism in the world after its society committed itself to eternally atoning for Nazi Germany’s unprecedented sins during World War II. This means that they’re very likely to believe that the Russian “Z” is indeed morally equivalent to the Nazi swastika and that the special operation in Ukraine is a precursor to a Hitler-like continental genocide.
There’s nothing that those affected by this decree can do without possibly losing three years of their lives behind bars by defiantly displaying the Russian “Z” which is why it’s incumbent on Russia to speak on their behalf by condemning this development and exposing it for the fascist psychological warfare operation that it truly is during August’s upcoming anti-fascist event. This symbol isn’t equivalent to the Nazi swastika but represents humanitarianism, international law, justice, multipolarity, and peace.