Russian invaders “restored” the monument to Vladimir Lenin, demolished during the de-communization in the Henichesk town of Kherson region, occupied by them. Moreover, a red, Soviet flag appeared on the building of the local administration, near which the monument stands, in addition to the Russian invaders’ flag, hung out a few days ago.

Local collaborators, in particular, the head of the so-called occupation “militia” Gennady Malyukov, have already boasted of allegedly “restoring historical justice” and received a predictable flurry of hatred from Henichesk inhabitants. People were outraged by the frank occupiers’ and collaborators’ insanity, as they first of all decided to return the Soviet idol, which was pretty shabby and divided into three parts during dismantling, to its original place, despite the fact that there are enormous problems in the occupied town.

Henichesk’s pharmacies and hospitals are out of medicine, and there is still a serious food shortage in the city. Many people have lost their jobs and livelihoods due to Russian aggression. The Lenin’s “return from oblivion” and the red flag are now in the problems’ ranking of the Henichesk inhabitants now are, as one serial character said, “somewhere between the problems of migration of the long-eared owl and taxation issues in the Congo”.

However, the “restoration” of the idol and the hanging of the red flag also have some conditionally positive aspect. Local inhabitants were directly convinced how far the occupiers are from Ukrainian realities, how stuck they are in the past. The occupiers have nothing to offer Henichesk, except for the symbol of a long-dead country and its flag fastened with cement mortar. The Russians projected onto the occupied territory their ideas about life, consisting of an “explosive mixture” of orthodox “staples” with Soviet idolatry and slavish psychology.

At the same time, the occupiers in their “cultural policy” are obviously trying to borrow the “Crimean experience” of relying, among other things, on the “veterans of the communism reserve”, obviously not realizing how much the situation in mainland Ukraine has changed over the past decade, comparing with the peninsula.

Hastily “restored”, and even “slipshod”, the Henichesk’s Lenin became more than an eloquent artifact illustrating the incorrigible savagery, stupidity and callousness of the “Russian world”, which has no future, but only the “glorious past” and “ great story.” But in fact, there is nothing “glorious and great” there and never was.