Kiev outraged at Elle’s May cover reminiscent of St. George ribbon – the symbol of Russia’s victory over Nazis, on the month of its 70th anniversary


April 22, 2015


A Louis Vuitton dress featured on an Elle magazine cover has caused a scandal in Ukraine, accused of being sponsored by Russian President Putin. Activists say it’s no coincidence that the dress’s colors are those of Russia’s symbol of Victory Day.

Black and orange dress from Louis Vuitton recent collection has become the cause of the whole kerfuffle as it indeed matches colors of the St. George ribbon, a symbol of annual Victory Day celebrations and the highest military decoration in Imperial Russia in the past.

On the cover of the new issue of Elle, 34-year-old actress Michelle Williams is posing in the orange-and-black striped dress.

But MPs and activists in Kiev have come up with their vision of intentions behind the Elle’s cover. They suspect a Kremlin ploy to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII.

The magazine, translated into Russian, as well as plenty of other languages, is now under attack for  “how Putin’s money transforms global consciousness.”

This phrase came from the MP Aleksandr Briginec of the Batkivshina (Fatherland) Party, who joined many Ukrainians expressing outrage on social media. Tempers flared up as soon as the April issue of Elle hit billboards across the country. Then, everyone, from MPs to the general public, was up in arms.

“The magazine has gone ahead and given itself another dose of bad “St. George” publicity, though the ‘dough’ it got in return probably more than made up for it,” – Briginec continues to write online of the leather dress worn by Williams. As if to underline the conspiracy, Briginec goes on to say, that “completely by accident, it’s the May issue of the magazine. The model’s mug should be smeared in the blood of Ukrainians.”

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenuk, who has repeatedly stated that it was Ukraine who liberated the world from the Nazis, now wants to officially use a red poppy – “a European symbol” – as Ukraine’s new sign of victory in World War II.

Despite being used to commemorate World War I, the remembrance poppy was first used by some Ukrainians to observe WWII Victory Day in 2014.

Another prove, activists say, that the Kremlin is indeed behind the May issue of Elle, is that it used a different cover for the Russian issue – one with actress Eva Green.

What they don’t question is how Putin’s ‘pro-Russian’ Michelle Williams cover first appeared in the UK in April.

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Elle cover in Ukraine


What Russia Today failed to mention is that the St. George ribbon is also a symbol for Novorossia’s independence struggle, for Donbass separatism, the anti-fascist movement in Ukraine, and a symbol of Kiev junta’s future demise.

The St. George ribbon also clearly exposes the reasons for the anti-junta movement in Ukraine – it is the legacy of the grandfathers and the grandmothers of Russians,  Ukrainians and other ex-Soviets, who fought and died for freedom from the Nazis. And a symbol of the sacred holidays of their remembrance which are under attack by the new Kiev authorities. This is the symbol that ensures a steady stream of  determined grandkids of those war heroes to Donbass (either from the ex-USSR or wherever they ended up geographically).

Naturally the descendants of Banderites who fought on the side of the Nazis and the servants of the new masters run away from this symbol like a plague.

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