Vladimir Putin evidently feels a kind of boundless nostalgia for what he remembers as days of glory and pride, with parades and big red flags on the streets of Moscow with the rest of the world looking on in fear.
So this May Day, they are marching again, as Ilya Khrennikov of Bloomberg reports:
Russian President Vladimir Putincelebrated May 1 by “restoring traditions,” as he said, from the Soviet era: a parade of trade unions and medals for “heroes of labor” awarded in the Kremlin. In the first Labor Day march across Red Square since the Soviet Unioncollapsed, workers carried banners saying “I’m proud of my country,” “In Putin we trust,” and “We’re going to vacation in Crimea,” under the Kremlin walls.
The old guard of his youth lost the Cold War, to Putin’s dismay. One senses that he might like a rematch.