Maybe it’s a degree of desensitisation that creeps in after a few months here, but while recognising the fetishisation of the Second World War and its (ab)use for political purposes (yes, Park Pobedy, I’m looking at you), there are some expressions of this I find rather charming. After all, the Great Patriotic War undoubtedly was a very big deal, and Russians do have reason to be proud of their role in defeating Nazism. One such expression is the theming of some metro trains, trams and buses, like the one I rode in today, dedicated to the Hero-City of Minsk. Kiev and Odessa were also named as Hero-Cities then (and are still remembered in the memorials by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier). I wonder if they have their own metro trains?