Well, it wasn't an invitation for a flamewar and you basically understood it as I meant it. Why is it necessary to constantly bring up old glories (and old wounds)? Are the people so hung up on the past that using this rhetoric and symbolism remains a viable way of manipulating them? To me, the Russian reactions to the events in Kiev border on absolute hysteria. To a foreigner like me, the blanket denouncements of the protesters/rioters/demonstrators as "fascists" (with all the WW2 connotations that word has, especially in Russian) are completely out of this world. The fact that people actually buy that is alarming.