This winter, consolation and pleasure really feel in brief provide in Chita. However there’s patriotism aplenty. Exterior the native live performance corridor, a stylised steel snowman is holding a Russian tricolour. On Lenin Sq., the embellished fir tree shares centre stage with massive indicators bearing the letter “Z” – the image of the Kremlin’s “particular navy operation” in Ukraine. Watch the information on Chita TV, and you will see stories about native schoolchildren writing festive letters – to not Father Christmas, however to Russian troopers in Ukraine.