This story was told by a resident of occupied Kherson. She stood in line for “Russian SIM cards”, which she was forced to buy by the presence of elderly and sick parents, with whom she constantly needs to be in touch.

The point of sale of these “SIM cards”, located in the city center on Freedom Square, was guarded by many Russian militaries, mostly “mobilized” from the terrorist fake “people’s republics”, who have recently replaced a significant part of the purely Russian occupation contingent.

Out of boredom, the guards from time to time spoke to the Kherson residents who were standing in line. Basically, they tried to talk “for life”: about the situation in the city as a whole, about the climate, prices, about the attitude to the so-called “Russian special operation”, or, more simply, to the war of conquest unleashed by Russia.

The townspeople, not wanting to engage in long conversations, usually answered questions rather dryly, wanting to keep such communication to a minimum. But one such conversation, as the woman said, stood out from the crowd.

A man approached the people standing in line, who, judging by his clothes, was not an ordinary “mobilized”, although there were no insignia on his uniform. But the uniform itself, in contrast to the baggy uniform of most of the mobilized, was well fitted to the figure. And, most importantly, it was clean, and the man himself looked well-groomed and even smelled of some good perfume. And from the weapon he had with him was not the usual “AK-74” assault rifle for the mobilized, but a pistol in a belt holster.

After apologizing, the man turned to one of the women standing in line and asked why she was wearing a T-shirt printed with a photo of New York and the words “New York, I Love You”. The woman replied that the T-shirt is beautiful, and that she wears it, in her opinion, there is nothing reprehensible.

“This is your trouble,” the Russian occupier said. “You don’t see the obvious. You have been zombified, you have been instilled with an alien code. In this world, everything has a meaning, and a person should be aware of this. For example, I clearly understand why I wear my clothes, it means my choice.” And then he told how his family, wife and daughter, back in 2014, allegedly “reviewed their belongings, getting rid of everything alien.” “There is a lot of work to be done here. You need to be recoded,” the occupant said.

And then the broadcast of what plunged the Kherson resindents who were standing in line, at least into bewilderment, began. The man with the pistol said that “the Soviet Union won the Great Patriotic War because Stalin recoded people who … were very relaxed and used to democracy”.

Further, this “political officer” began to retell the theses of the vile article by Russian political strategist Timofey Sergeytsev “What Russia should do with Ukraine”, published on April 3, 2022 by the Russian state-owned publication RIA “Novosti”. He began to talk about “the re-education by creative labor of those who prayed for the Third Reich”, about the “inevitable massive use of extreme measures” and carried other cannibalistic nonsense about “recoding” and, of course, “denazification”.

The people standing in line, of course, did not discuss with the Russia’s armed “denazifier”, who in fact himself was the bearer of the Nazi ideology.

However, he was the bearer of the real ideology of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, not covered by propaganda demagogy. Ideology, which is now being implemented in the occupied districts of the Kherson region. Fortunately, things have not yet come to the radical measures described in Sergeitsev’s fascist article, but if the de-occupation of the occupied territories is postponed, then the most terrible scenarios may well be realized there.

However, it is already possible to speak about attempts to “recode” population. In particular, as in the terrorist fake “people’s republics” of Donbass, the Russian occupiers in the Kherson and Zaporizhzhya regions open pharmacies and shops under their patronage, the names of which should tell to populaituion about the alleged “accessibility” of what is sold there, even for the poorest people.

The occupiers open their “Social Markets” (“Sotzmarket”) stores in the “squeezed out” Ukrainian supermarkets of the “ATB” network, and in the Russia-captured Ukrainian pharmacies they open the “People’s Pharmacy” (“Narodnaya Apteka”) network. Of course, the words “social” and “people’s” do not carry anything negative in themselves. But when these concepts become dominant in an extreme situation, when the Russian occupiers try, albeit for a short time, to “break the old way of life” and form a “new one”, everything starts, as they say, “to play with completely different colors”.

Let’s remember the terrorictic so-called “people’s republics” in Donetsk and Luhansk. In 2014, the words “social” and “people’s” were exploited there like never before. “People’s Pharmacies” were opened by Russian invaders in the occupied territories of the Donetsk region. In the occupied part of the Luhansk region, Ukrainian supermarkets “ATB” have become a “stores of the network” “People’s” (“Narodny”). Both in Donetsk and Luhansk, shops and pharmacies with the word “social” in the title also appeared.

In a situation of occupation and impoverishment, the words “social” and “people’s” in the names of institutions, without which a modern person cannot live, can be perceived by some of the inhabitants of the occupied territory as supposedly “a manifestation of concern” from … Yes, from the occupiers.

Thus, the aggressor’s propaganda is deliberately trying to create a “Stockholm syndrome” among some Kherson residents. The fact that goods in such stores and medicines in such pharmacies are not the first grade, to put it mildly, and also the fact that this fake “concern” for the inhabitants of the occupied territories is nothing more than the Russian invaders’ business is taken into the background and further.

Moreover, business is very cynical and immoral, the essence of which is very well expressed by the phrase of one literary hero: “we trade in cheap goods, but the turnover is in the millions.”

But, besides business, this stake on “social” and “people’s” in the occupied territories is also a “recoding” of the population, which the occupying “political instructor” spoke about in Kherson. All these “social” and “ people’s ” ones introduced by the occupiers as a “care” in combination with unemployment and impoverishment of population are also the imposition of completely different “standards” for the quality of life. Just those that are aptly mentioned in the song, which at one time was practically an unofficial anthem of the agonizing USSR: “The beggars pray, pray that their poverty is guaranteed.”

The occupiers seek to fix a return to guaranteed poverty, a side effect of which, as was repeatedly confirmed by the example of Russia itself, is a pathological reverence for the authorities. Only people whose well-being allows them to have at least a small margin of safety and at least some confidence in the future can be dissatisfied with the authorities.

But the quality of life of the vast majority of Russians does not advance beyond the third level of Maslow’s Pyramid of needs. They did the same in the occupied Crimea, and now they are installing it in the captured Kherson, where a person can theoretically somehow satisfy his basic physiological needs, and also try to do something about the needs for personal security and communication, as far as possible in the occupied territory . Next should be “the need for the respect of others and self-esteem”, as well as “the need for personal improvement, personal development”.

The need for respect is being replaced by the Russian punitive apparatus of “concern for security”, but the top level of Maslow’s pyramid is an unaffordable luxury for people under Kremlin control. The aggressor deliberately does not create conditions for the ordinary citizens’ self-development, since self-development presupposes the presence of intellect and critical thinking. And their carriers are deadly bacilli for a totalitarian state.

That is why Russia was, is and for now, alas, will be the bearer and exporter of “guaranteed poverty”. It is in this way that the Russian invaders want to start “recoding” the inhabitants of the Kherson region, creating “Social markets” and “People’s Pharmacies” with an assortment of goods and medicines designed for the most unassuming consumers. And all this is sold to the jobless and impoverished residents of the occupied territory at frankly inflated prices, which are about two to three times higher than the “pre-war” ones.

The purpose of such a criminal “transcoding” is to create a fairly solid layer of people who will be content with various “minimum wages” and at the same time will be afraid of losing these “minimum wages”, since they do not have serious reserves for a rainy day. But at the same time, they can become “grateful” for that very “guaranteed poverty”.

Counting on own long-term occupation, the Russians are trying to “integrate” mentally criminally the Kherson region “into Russia” as soon as possible, changing the thinking of people, “recoding” it from freedom-loving to slave. We believe that these attempts are doomed to failure.

It is possible that the uncontrolled trade in alcohol in the occupied region is also a component of such a “recoding”. In particular, in Kherson city, on almost every corner you can see vodka on tap of unknown origin for sale at a price of 150 to 200 hryvnia per liter. In fact, with at least the tacit consent of the occupiers, Kherson residents are being soldered with some kind of alcohol-containing surrogate.

Of course, this dubious vodka will not be bought and drunk by everyone without exception, but the uncontrolled sale of alcohol is the marginalization of the city. The social and criminogenic situation from this will only worsen, as well as the health of Kherson residents. By the way, tobacco products are sold in the Russia-occupied completely uncontrolled, without age restrictions.

Perhaps the cultivation of bad habits and unhealthy inclinations in Kherson is also part of the invaders’ attempts to criminally “recode” the inhabitants of the occupied city. After all, marginal persons with primitive thinking are an excellent component for the social base of any totalitarian regime. For example, if necessary, they can be used as “titushki” in the suppression of protests. And they themselves will just be the backbone of those beggars who “pray that their poverty is guaranteed”.

Perhaps one of the immediate tactical goals of such “recoding” may be the occupiers’ desire to obscure at least the minimum participation of real Kherson residents in the criminal “referendum” on the alleged “joining of the region into Russia”, which the occupiers may intend to unlawfully hold in the occupied Ukrainian territories 11 September, on the “Russian single voting day”.

If the fake “referendum” will be announced by the Kremlin through the Kherson “talking heads”, then its fake “result” is predictable – it will simply be “drawn”. However, the Russian occupiers also need a picture for propagandists: people at the “voting stations”, interviews with allegedly “happy residents of the liberated city”, with which the aggressor has big problems in Kherson.

As for the strategic goals of “recoding”, we are sure that they will never be achieved, since the Armed Forces of Ukraine will inevitably liberate the Kherson region and other occupied territories.