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Putin opens ‘military Disneyland’ park, helping Obama prove Romney was wrong on Russia

By Doug Powers  •  June 18, 2015 06:52 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

In the Kremlin, this park is known colloquially as “Six Flags Over Stalin”:

Russian President Vladimir Putin opened “Patriot Park,” a military theme park funded by the Russian Defense Ministry.

The 15,000-acre park, a hour away from Moscow in Kubinka, will be completed by 2017 featuring hotels, conference centers and a residence for Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu. A massive assortment of military hardware will be on display on which children can climb and play.

The park opens as military rhetoric and heightened patriotic passion accompanies Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its involvement, officially denied, in Ukraine.

The Defense Ministry has allotted over 20 billion rubles ($363.3 million) to the project, which features an “Army-2015” exhibit showcasing the latest in Russian technology for sale to visiting delegations from around the world.
At the opening ceremony Tuesday, Putin called the park “an important element in our system of military-patriotic work with young people.”

Putin really went out of his way to help prove that President Obama was right to mock Mitt Romney for Cold War-era thinking on Russia:

The president arrived at Kubinka by helicopter and spoke in front of a military choir and balalaika orchestra, who belted out a patriotic number. Putin said in a short speech that the Russian military was developing several new pieces of hardware that had “no equivalents in the world”, including the next-generation Armata tank, first displayed publicly during a military parade in Moscow last month.

He said the 40 new nuclear missiles that Russia’s strategic forces would receive this year were “capable of overcoming even the most technically advanced missile defence systems”.

Russia’s deputy defence minister, Anatoly Antonov, said at the conference that the west was “provoking an arms race” with Russia. Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of NATO, responded by accusing Moscow of unjustified scare mongering. “This nuclear sabre-rattling of Russia is unjustified,” he said. “It’s destabilising and it’s dangerous.”

This particular theatrical ceremony at the park’s opening was called “transmitting the information to Vladimir”:

Future attractions at Putin Park include the “Clinton Foundation Uranium Mine Ride,” but the admission is a bit pricey and you need to present a pre-approved reset button for entrance.

**Written by Doug Powers

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