And, most importantly, the Z-authors know this; they are extremely saddened by this fact and endlessly whine about it.What is the relationship between the Z-community and Russian nationalism?
The main bond of the Z-community that unites both the most bloodthirsty and the most vegetarian is chauvinism. Chauvinism is capable of uniting authors such as Marina Akhmedova
, a member of the Presidential Council for Human Rights, and fighters from the group Rusich,
who openly call themselves Nazis and do not hide the war crimes they have committed.
When the Z-community unites, it is always against someone. Against Armenians, Azerbaijanis, Jews, ethnic crime perpetrated by diasporas, national minorities.
Everything connected with [the head of Chechnya Ramzan] Kadyrov and the regime in Chechnya provokes a real explosion of hatred. This is especially noticeable in military channels.Could the Z-community create some kind of oppositional political force that in the future would be able to compete even with the Kremlin?
To me, it seems naive to think of them as some kind of political force. They voice the thoughts, aspirations and fears of a certain part of society. I repeat, this is a marginal part of society.
If we take, for example, military channels, then the main thing they write about is how wrong the people are, how the people do not support the war, how they pretend that it does not exist, how they live their own lives, have fun, how we are dying on the battlefield but they will not put the country on a war footing. This is the most popular topic in Z-discussions. In their minds, supporting a war means either fighting yourself or doing your best to help those who are fighting.
All summer, Z-channels discussed a second wave of mobilization. They wrote: dear comrades, the front really needs your lives, so there will be mobilization. But they warned: though the state has resolved the issues related to mobilization, there are big problems with provisions for those who have been mobilized; so right now, get what you need for the front, look for RUB 200,000 to buy equipment, no one will equip you, and without equipment you will quickly be killed. Thus, they quite objectively talk about the abilities and capabilities of the Russian state and the Russian army.
As for whether they can become an opposition, after Strelkov’s arrest we saw that they are very afraid of the current government. So, I am far from the opinion that something can be made of them. Sure, they represent some part of the electorate. Yes, they write things that are unpleasant for the Kremlin. Moreover, as one channel wrote the other day,