In a bizarre incident, Russian soldiers, freshly returned from the Ukraine frontline, were filmed singing a controversial song to school children in Magadan, Russia.
The song, described as "grotesque" by Russian Media Monitor, was performed in a school and shared on social media. It featured two soldiers in uniform, one playing the guitar, singing about invading Ukraine as "revenge for the USSR" and making references to "globalism and liberal fascism," "Satan's black mass," and "social Darwinism."
The song also mentioned "cleansing Ukrainians from anti-Russianness" and taking revenge for the "destroyed USSR."
The performance took place in front of a group of young students and parents, with some children dressed in cadet uniforms. The audience appeared unimpressed, showing no enthusiasm or applause at the end of the song.
The town of Magadan, ironically, was a significant transport hub during Josef Stalin's era for sending political prisoners to forced labor camps.
Julia Davis of Russian Media Monitor highlighted the event on Twitter, describing it as a "predictably genocidal explanation" of Russia's actions in Ukraine, delivered through a song by soldiers who had returned from combat. She also commented on a line in the song about "Devil's Sabbath," explaining it as part of the absurd claim that Ukrainians are Satanists.
Watch the bizzare episode below