I saw this piece today in Kommersant. The headline is that NATO is seeking supernumeraries (aka “extras”) to play the role of Russian civilians for a training exercise.
A German talent agency called Optronic HR GmbH has put out a casting call for Russian-speaking extras to portray “peaceful civilians”. The talent are expected to report for duty on April 26 and will work on this project up to 15 May. The pay is 88-120 Euros per day. According to the job description, most of the actors will be cast as “farmers or store owners”.
The American army and NATO have used this German talent agency before, so no shock there. What is different this time is that, in the past, the talent agency staffed scenarios that were more in line with America’s aggressive wars in the Middle East, say, Afghanistan. Hiring extras to portray Russians can be construed as a more aggressive attitude toward Russia. Not to mention telegraphing an intent to invade and bomb the shit out of Russia.
The training exercise will take place on the polygon of Hohenfels, in Bavaria. This training polygon was founded by the German army in 1938. When the Germans lost the war, the polygon was captured by the American army on April 24, 1945. Ever since then, Germany has been occupied by the Americans, and whatever the Germans had or have, actually belongs to America. Especially the military assets. Under the fig leaf of NATO, it goes without saying. But within the NATO alliance, Germans are especially valued because of their experience in invading Russia.
On the Hohenfels polygon, NATO has built 10 “Potemkin villages”, each village consisting of 10-30 homes. Between 30-100 actors will “live” in each village, portraying hapless Russian civilians who find themselves in the middle of some nasty goings-on. Each “Russian civilian” will wear a special jacket containing an infrared transponder, this will allow the military brass to count how many civilians get “accidentally” harmed in the course of certain military operations.
This is not a live-fire exercise, more like a glorified paintball game. But the point being, not that anyone is expected to really get hurt, but more like, what is the actual intention here? As we have seen from past experience, NATO’s training exercises, say, simulating a war in Afghanistan, are often followed by the real deal. Not deliberately trying to be paranoid here, but this Hohenfels dress rehearsal, combined with everything else that has been going on these past few years, clearly signals a sinister intent.
In other words, when does the real invasion of Russia by NATO begin? The second question being: Is the Russian army ready and prepared for this inevitable attack?