There are several thousand posts on Russian speaking Instagram tagged #будущийзащитник (youngsoldier). Those are pictures of kids of different ages often dressed up as soldiers, from amateur snapshots to professional photo sessions. The ever-growing militarism in today’s Russia and the still flourishing myth of the Great Victory of the Soviet people in 1945 are powerful political instruments. The instruments that use even those who can barely speak yet — some of the kids in the pictures are 2-3 years old. Right now there are peaceful mass protests, which are brutally suppressed by the police and special forces in Belarus, my home country. Hundreds of the demonstrators that were detained reported that they were tortured and severely beaten. Despite multiple evidence that seems impossible to ignore, the government refuses to admit any violence. I’m working with this contemporary on-line archive and try to understand if the violence we see today has its roots in childhood. And who is to blame: parents that give their child a machine gun to pose for a picture or the social media, that encouraged them to post those pictures, get likes and approval. Violence is the theme of several projects I’m working on.