Putin mulls ‘renaming’ mysterious Z symbol as Russians REFUSE to display it | Science | New

Russia claimed that the symbol represents victory, however, this has been compared by many to a Nazi swastika and has even been banned from being displayed by some Baltic countries. Such is the popularity of the sign in Russia, merchandise has appeared in shops and stores across the country, with the sign also being used in a planned air show in Moscow on Victory Day. However, the sign now seems to be attracting negative attention in Russia itself.

In Moscow, inspectors asked Sergei Mironov, the leader of the Just Russia – For the Truth party, to remove a banner from his office in the center of the city, citing “numerous” complaints from members of the public.

Additionally, in Siberia, a teenager successfully argued that banners hanging from the exterior facade of the mayor’s office violated regulations on public advertising.

A similar move was also seen in the city of Perm, where a banner displaying the sign was removed from a veterans office.

In an attempt to standardize the sign, children in Russia were first seen sporting the logo, however, children decorating the windows of a cultural center in the Pskov region of western Russia with Zs and Vs were also instructed to remove the symbols.

A local official told state television that only politically neutral images could be shown.

There have been many debates about the meaning of the Z symbol.

Some argued that it was in order for Russian forces to easily identify friendly units and avoid friendly fire, while others said they indicated the geographic location of vehicles carrying the now familiar large white Zs.

Abbas Gallyamov, a political analyst said: “It is possible that the Kremlin is planning a name change.

“These two strange letters didn’t go down very well, so they need to be replaced with something more effective.”

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Neither the letter Z nor the letter V exist in the local Cyrillic alphabet, but both have phonetic equivalents in the language.

Critics compared the label to the Nazi swastika calling the Z a “Zwastika”.

Mr Gallyamov, a former Kremlin speechwriter, also suggested the decision to remove the symbols could be a sign that Moscow was looking for ways to end what it calls its “special military operation” in Ukraine.

Writing on the popular social media app Telegram, he said: “It cannot be ruled out…that a decision has been made to prepare people for peace, and so they are starting to get rid of all this militaristic symbolism. visual. ”

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The idea of ​​the beginning of the end of the war could come from the realization that the Russian losses suffered since the beginning of the conflict are beginning to weigh on Russian morale.

Reports from The Kyiv Independent suggest that more than 34,500 Russian soldiers have died in the conflict, with another 100,000 injured and wounded.

Despite the huge losses, pro-Kremlin polls suggest that more than 70% of Russians support the war in Ukraine, however, the figures are widely disputed as Russian law prohibits discrediting the conflict, with a 15-year prison sentence in waiting. those who dare.

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny’s team reportedly said: “You can’t trust polls where they ask questions directly about the war – people are intimidated.”

Pro-war propaganda in public nurseries and schools led to an increased demand for private education.

Annual tuition fees for private schools in Moscow have risen by 20 to 100 percent since the invasion, reports the Moscow Times.

One parent said: ‘Everyone now wants to send their children to private schools where there is hope that the teachers won’t do propaganda.

However, the message does not appear to have reached all parts of Russia, with a Dagestan shepherd becoming a viral sensation after spraying his entire flock of sheep with the letter Z.

Critics have compared images of Z-shaped sheep to Russian soldiers aimlessly following each other through the conflict.

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