It seems that in connection with the V-E celebrations, a new monument
of Charles de Gaulle was opened in Moscow. Russia loves public monuments, but our resident art historian Nudnikette points out some very interesting aspects about the statue. Basically, it signifies cowardice. He looks like a "toy soldier" - well dressed but powerless and unarmed. His feet are facing slightly inwards, like a child's. He is standing at attention, the way a soldier stands before a superior. And the superior is undoubtedly Stalin. Probably not how the French wanted him to be represented, but a fairly true representation nonetheless.