As a snub to the West and the sanctions imposed on it, Russia has released a promotional video on social media through its tourism bureau to try to encourage foreigners to come and settle there. An initiative that was laughed at a lot.
“It’s time to go to Russia.” In a video lasting less than a minute, broadcast on social networks, Russia promotes itself and invites foreigners to settle there.
Driven by the voice of an American blockbuster trailer, the short sequence thus lists the “multiple qualities” of the country led by Vladimir Putin.
Illustrative images scroll by against a violin background while the commentary, with supposedly ideal arguments, tries to persuade the viewer to come to the former USSR and put down their suitcases.
Time to move to Russia pic.twitter.com/4CZL1Nt4Gi
– Russia and Spain (@EmbajadaRusaES) July 29, 2022
“This is Russia: delicious food, beautiful women, cheap gas, rich history, world-famous literature, unique architecture, fertile land, cheap electricity and water, ballets, cheap deliveries and taxis, traditional values, Christianity, no-cancel culture, hospitality , vodka and finally an economy that can endure thousands of fines… It’s the time to move to Russia! Don’t hesitate … winter is coming.” A clear message, all of which were widely ridiculed in 53 seconds on Twitter and other networks, if not simply parodied.
this is russia pic.twitter.com/qfuQM1clcu
—Jen Bones (@gnucontrol) July 29, 2022
“This is how Russia is trying to get people to live and live there. And no. It’s not satire,” one Twitter user said. On February 24, 2022, during a warrior’s speech, Vladimir Putin announced the launch of a “military special operation” in Ukraine, paving the way for an invasion of the country. Five months later, Kyiv is injured but not defeated.
At the military level, the head of the British armed forces, Admiral Tony Radakin, put the number of Russian soldiers killed or wounded at 50,000. Ukraine, for its part, has reported 10,000 dead among its troops. There is no overall assessment of the civilian casualties of the conflict.