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  Vladimir Poutine offre de mystérieux anneaux à huit dirigeants étrangers © Konstantin Zavrazhin / Sputnik / AFP

V Ladimir Putin brought together the leaders of the Community of Independent States (CEI) for the traditional annual meeting on December 26 in Saint -Petersburg, and offered them a gift that marked the finest observers. The Russian leader organized the delivery to each head of state (including him) a gold ring, on which the symbol of the CEI is engraved, "Happy New Year 2023" and "Russia" in Russian. This group of nine countries under strong political influence of Moscow includes the Belarus of Loukachenko (the most faithful ally of the Russia ) but also the Armenia , the Azerbaijan , Kazakhstan, Kirghizistan , Moldova, Uzbekistan and Tadjikistan, all former Soviet republics.

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Nine rings? The image quickly became, for many, an obvious reference to the Lord of the Rings saga and its fantasy universe, imagined by J. R. R. Tolkien, a real cultural phenomenon since the 1960s which gave rise to cult adaptations to the cinema and in series . In his mythology, Tolkien brings about an enemy of the free world, Sauron, who forges a magic ring for each of the nine kings of men and thus bind them to his destiny, by the force of his witchcraft.

The creation of these rings is also the subject of a series produced by Amazon , decreed apocryphal by the members of the Tolkien family, whose first season was released in December 2022.

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he presented the participants of the infmmal summit of the commonwealth of independent states with rings with the symbol of the "commonwealth". pic.twitter.com/vqzarg5uha

? Oleksiy Goncharenko (@goncharenkoua) December 27, 2022 Mythology

even taken up by certain Ukrainian officials, theory has enough to make you smile, but is part of a form of coherence: since the beginning of the conflict, the supporters of the Ukraine like to compare the conflict to an epic war between the good and the evil that Tolkien could have written, Vladimir Putin constituting the perfect Sauron. Ukrainian fighters often designate Russian soldiers like the "Orcs" , these brutal servants of evil in fantasy. Some have even created cards in the style of Tolkien, taking up the toponyms of his universe to adapt them to Eastern Europe.

The gift offers what to speculate to Internet users, who ironically wonder if the Russian president will hold the unity of the CEI thanks to the black magic he has instilled in the rings, like. It is not the first time that magic has been intervened in the conflict since the Russian state media has regularly compared the conflict to a war against demonic forces in Ukraine, the Ukrainian president being described as the Antichrist, even Satan even.

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The present, however, long since lasts since observers, only Alexandre Loukachenko, the CEI leader closest to Putin, carried him. It should be noted that most of the other leaders are Muslim, and their religion prohibits the wearing of gold jewelry for men. This facade of unity is not enough to hide the strong dissensions which animate the community, which does not have the status of international organization: Armenia and Azerbaijan are for example in almost open border conflict since the war Haut-Karabakh who opposed the two countries in 2020. Ukraine was a member of the CEI until it left it in 2018, following the Russian Crimean invasion in 2015. Georgia has also Leaving the organization in 2008 after the invasion of part of its territory by Russia.

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