Construction Literary Magazine

Fall 2020

Apocalypse Tomorrow!

Apocalypse Tomorrow!

Photograph via

I’ll freely admit that I sorely miss Russian TV when I’m in NYC. I don’t even own a TV in the states, yet whenever I’m in the motherland the deathtube is on non-stop. And wow was I lucky this evening: a ripe screening of an anti-West documentary that really does it all.

Even more fortuitously, the best attack ad I’ve ever witnessed was highlighted during the final commercial break. I was floored—it literally makes American clips seem like compliments. I’ve hastily translated it below from the Russian (and added comments to help with the various characters). Hopefully you can follow along with the dates and time references to the video given below. For the uses and abuses of anti-Americanism, stay tuned for my next post.

Title: Russia Without Putin? Apocalypse Tomorrow!

Gist: The opposition’s slogan has been “Russia Without Putin.” This video predicts the scenario if Putin actually left.

TV Broadcast: Primetime, 10 p.m., Russian channel REN TV

Youtube: Nearly 800,000 views

Summarized in English: “In Moscow, the opposition has called for Russia without Putin. What would the country be without him?”

March 2012: Presidential elections cancelled. The Federal Duma (legislature) is dispersed and thousands of people meet in the streets. Over 200 political parties are created. The new government is made up of liberals from the 1990s and the virulent nationalists/fascists. An interim government is formed and the West recognizes a new era of real democracy in Russia (0:42).

May 2012: All of the big enterprises are redistributed. Boris Nemtstov (liberal leader from 1990s) heads Gazprom (largest gas company), the wife of the opposition blogger, and known Russian nationalist, Navalny heads the largest state-owned bank, and Evgenia Chirikova, an environmental activist, will run Transneft (a large oil company).

As an act of good will, Russia voluntary hands over part of its nuclear arsenal to the U.S.

After conflicts within the government, nationalists/fascists go underground (Nazi symbols everywhere—1:07) and begin subversive activities.

A new wave of economic crisis hits: bankruptcy for thousands of firms and a decision by the interim government to close the country’s largest car factory. The town where this factory is located organizes a revolution and breaks off from Russia (1:19).

Massive strikes across the country. The Central Bank just starts printing money to pay off debts and pensions. Hyperinflation sets in. The cost of a loaf of bread reaches 10,000 rubles ($400 dollars).

All international companies halt all their activities within the country and leave. Unemployment reaches 50 percent in Moscow.

November 2012: (1:41) Conflicts between fascists and ethnic mafias occur in every large city. Multiple innocent victims everywhere. The St. Petersburg Duma (legislature) basically gets taken over by Nazis. Protests are put down by violence.

March 2013: After a famine-stricken winter, regional extremists win regional elections. Numerous territories now break away from Russia proper. The North Caucasian republics unite into an Islamic Caliphate (2:12). Hundreds of thousands of people who don’t want to live in an Islamic state migrate into the new, smaller Russia proper.

April 2013: Ethnic violence turns into all-out civil war. The nationalists cannot put down the ethnic threats. Alexei Navalny asks for political asylum in the United States and the interim government is dissolved.

June 2013: (2:40) Under the pretense of protecting innocent citizens, NATO invades Kaliningrad (a Russian region). China installs military bases in a number of eastern Russian regions. Japan takes over Vladivostok in the East with peacekeepers.

August 2013: Georgia invades Russia from the south. The Islamic State there eradicates a Russian minority there as well (3:07). The West talks about a humanitarian catastrophe in Russia.

December 2013: Navalny receives both the Nobel Peace Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature for his memoirs Year Behind the Wheel.”

February 2014: Georgia takes over the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi (remember it has conquered this territory) and doesn’t allow Russian athletes to compete. Live broadcasts in Moscow are accompanied by mass riots and chaos. In the city, television, mobile phones, and the Internet are all shut off. People are advised not to leave their apartments (3:45)

(3:46) “Russia without Putin: You Choose.”