Putin’s ‘Military Disneyland’

KUBINKA, RUSSIA - JUNE 16: Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) shakes hands with an officer as Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (R) looks on during his visit to the International Military-Technical Forum "ARMY-2015" at Patriot park June 16, 2015 n Kubinka, Russia. The forum is geared towards demonstrating capabilities of scientific organizations, defence industry businesses, weapons and equipment production, innovative technologies, both from Russia and abroad.  (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)KUBINKA, RUSSIA - JUNE 16: Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) shakes hands with an officer as Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (R) looks on during his visit to the International Military-Technical Forum "ARMY-2015" at Patriot park June 16, 2015 n Kubinka, Russia. The forum is geared towards demonstrating capabilities of scientific organizations, defence industry businesses, weapons and equipment production, innovative technologies, both from Russia and abroad. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)

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Vladimir Putin attended the Tuesday opening of Patriot Park, a military theme park located about an hour outside of Moscow in Kubinka. Described as a “military Disneyland” in a Guardian newspaper feature, Patriot Park serves Russian Army rations at the food stands, the souvenir shops are filled with Putin memorabilia and kids can play with grenade launchers and climb over tanks.

KUBINKA, RUSSIA - JUNE 16: Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) shakes hands with an officer as Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (R) looks on during his visit to the International Military-Technical Forum "ARMY-2015" at Patriot park June 16, 2015 n Kubinka, Russia. The forum is geared towards demonstrating capabilities of scientific organizations, defence industry businesses, weapons and equipment production, innovative technologies, both from Russia and abroad.  (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)

KUBINKA, RUSSIA – JUNE 16: Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) shakes hands with an officer as Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (R) looks on during his visit to the International Military-Technical Forum “ARMY-2015” at Patriot park June 16, 2015 n Kubinka, Russia. The forum is geared towards demonstrating capabilities of scientific organizations, defence industry businesses, weapons and equipment production, innovative technologies, both from Russia and abroad. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)

Putin was taking part in “ARMY-2015,” a sort of Russian military trade show designed to show off the nation’s military innovations and technical prowess.

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On the scene for the big day were members of the notorious pro-Putin biker gang the Night Wolves, who made headlines last month when they drove the 3,700-mile path of the Red Army across Eastern Europe to Berlin to mark the 70th anniversary of Russia’s victory in World War II (known locally as the Great Patriotic War).

Alexander Zaldostanov, the gang leader known as the Surgeon, was on site at Patriot Park on the first day and said, “When I look at all this stuff it makes me feel proud of Russia and realize that we have something to answer the Americans with. They wouldn’t dare to press the button. In Soviet times the army was a distant, faraway thing, but now we all feel closer to the army. The army is being romanticized and I see that as a good thing. If we don’t educate our own children then America will do it for us … like we have seen in Ukraine.”

The park is just in its first stages, but the Army will spend 20 billion rubles ($376 million) before it’s completed in 2017. There will be hotels and campgrounds so Russian families can take a true vacation while visitors ride tanks, shoot guns and play extreme sports.

The Guardian describes some of the souvenirs available to guests:

A stall sold fridge magnets depicting Russian and Soviet figures including Putin, Joseph Stalin and Lavrenty Beria, one of Stalin’s most notorious henchmen. Vending machines dispensed army-branded water, and shops sold iPhone cases, T-shirts, sweatshirts and bomber jackets branded with either Putin’s face or slogans extolling victory in the second world war.

So, should the Pentagon open its own theme park? Is America falling behind the Russians in the miltary entertainment sector? Let us know what you think in the comments.

  • Rivrat 1970

    Having just seen a documentary about Putin’s experience in Berlin as the Wall fell, I have come to a better understanding of his method of operating. He was a low ranking KJB agent caught in Berlin as Sovviets(Russians) became targets for malicious actions. In addition calls for help were never answered and he was “alone” and betrayed. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t “feel for the guy” but it provides a better understanding.

    In fact, it is very similar to a corporal’s rise to power. But this one is a good deal smarter. Today’s Crimea vs pre-WWII Sudetenland. AND, Putin is a cult much like that German corporal became.

    Ok..I have had my say…now unleash the Krakens …. Those who will tie all of the story to Obama, women in the service etc., etc., etc..

    • bbabbitt

      This is a great post, but I would like to know where you got your intel on Putin. It is all quite believable, but I would like to verify it.

  • American

    you know what , fuck putin and fuck russia ! They dont dare press our fucking button

  • Brian B. Mulholland

    He might. I don’t think anyone anticipated that he’d go as far in Ukraine as he has. And the Baltic states have plenty of Russian speakers whom he may wish to “protect.”

    I think the Poles and Lithuanians are being far more realistic then anyone else – they’re rushing to try and pre-empt his next deniable deployment of his “little green men.”

  • JJMurray

    I remember when I was a kid the military regularly had parades and exhibitions and we got to climb around on tanks and APCs and the like. Apparently that went out of favor and became “frowned upon”. Perhaps it’s time the military started doing that again. I know the Navy and Air Force often provide planes to air shows but the ground pounders need to figure out a way to do the same kind of thing.

  • 45k20

    A distraction…keep the people focused on the military might, and maybe they forget how crappy the Russian economy is.

  • BigG

    This pro-Putin biker gang (The Night Wolves) seem to have a lot of hatred and mistrust towards America. Putin has his people believing that we actually want to go over and take over “Mother Russia” or something. This gang did this 3,700 mile bike ride across Russia and it probably safe to bet that they did this bike ride on American made Harley Davidson’s. This bike gang leader, who resembles Wolf-man Jack, says “If we don’t educate our own children then America will do it for us …” – Wolf-man, we don’t have to do that, you and your boys did it yourselves…by demonstrating great American ingenuity and it’s ability, by riding American made machinery across the vastness of Russia. Good Job!;)

    Read more: https://undertheradar.military.com/2015/06/putins-
    Under the Radar

    • Tom

      Funny

  • AIM

    The financialization of the American economy

    American De-Industrialization
    Continues Unabated

    The U.S. is becoming dependent on countries such as UK, Russia, France and Germany for critical weapons technology.

    US de-industrialization will result in military crashes