‘Short-sighted philistines’ and ‘oinking swine’ A festive run of slurs, fallacies, and choice clichés for celebrating Unity Day together with Putin and Medvedev
On Unity Day — a state holiday celebrated on November 4 in Russia — President Vladimir Putin explained, once again, why Russia invaded Ukraine. Before an audience of historians gathered at the Moscow Manezh exhibition hall, Putin spoke about why the war had been inevitable. Russia’s former president Dmitry Medvedev, too, had some holiday thoughts — about the various kinds of people who apparently oppose Russian unity. Meduza has compiled — and translated — the slurs, fallacies, and clichés that might help you get into a festive mood for this holiday.
First, Putin’s justifications of the war:
And now, the slurs extracted from Dmitry Medvedev’s holiday Telegram post, for those who fall outside the realm of Russian “unity”:
and finally —
Of necessity, this is a somewhat free translation. For exact phrasing and context, please visit the linked sources.