RUSSIA

Russia celebrates Nazi Germany – by accident

A bank inadvertedly advertises the Nazi code for a fellow fighter. The end of WWII is celebrated on May 9 in Russia. Since Putin came to power, the event has become increasingly more commercial. But this year, it went a step too far, when eager party-goers put up Nazi symbols in place of Soviet war imagery.

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The end of WWII is celebrated on May 9 in Russia. Since Putin came to power, the event has become increasingly more commercial. But this year, it went a step too far, when eager party-goers put up Nazi symbols in place of Soviet war imagery.

Second photo: the original photo used on the banner.

The final scandal, in Chelyabinsk, saw a banner strung across the city's main square, with a picture of victorious soldiers posing on a Soviet tank. Even that managed to go wrong: the public soon noticed that the uniforms of the soldiers were, in fact, those of the Nazi Luftwaffe - the German air force. The pair were showing off their seizure of the Soviet tank to fellow soldiers. The banner was hastily replaced, but talk of the "careless idiots" at fault will not be so easy to get rid of.

In another blunder, the day was chosen for the grand opening of a local hotel in the former East-Prussian capital now known as Kaliningrad. The hotel's name was revealed as "Reich Strasse" (Reich Street). Following enquiries from offended veterans, it turned out that the owner had wanted to call it "Reiche Strasse" (Rich Street), but had made a mistake with his less than perfect German.

 

In Russia's fourth largest city, Yekaterinburg, a local bank, Treasure of the Urals, had the great idea of celebrating the day by offering an account - advertised on huge banners in the street - available to veterans with a generous 14,88% interest rate. Sadly, 14/88 is also the famous code for Nazis to recognise a fellow fighter. The offer wasn't received very warmly.