Russian Armchair Warriors Meme

Russian armchair warriors (divannye voiska, диванные войска, couch/sofa troops) is a humorous and  pejorative term that refers to fighting from the comfort of one’s living room. It describes activities such as speaking out in support of a war, battle, or fight by someone with little or no military experience.” Urban Dictionary describes the armchair warriors, as “those who ferociously post insane arguments from their armchairs.”

There is no direct link between the official trolls hired by the Government (web brigades, used to promote pro-Russian propaganda in political blogs and Internet forums) and Russian armchair warriors. The weaponry and equipment the Armchair Warriors use is mostly associated with the Vatniks (Vata). Most of them are doing propaganda for free, in disorganized order, on their own terms and because of their patriotic beliefs.

Allegedly, the first “battles” of Russian Armchair Warriors had started, were in February of 2014, during the civil unrest in Ukraine, which led to Crimea annexation and war in Donetsk. Since then, reportedly, Russia’s arm chair warriors started their fight on the Internet and provoked a series of humorous memes.

"Military" insignia of Russian Armchair warriors. It reads "Slow deployment force"

“Military” insignia of Russian Armchair warriors. It reads “Slow deployment force”

Ukrainian Armchair Warriors' insignia reads #Eurocouch

Ukrainian Armchair Warriors’ insignia reads #Eurocouch (Unofficial)

The confrontation

The confrontation

The "secret" weapon of Russia's armchair warriors

The “secret” weapon of Russia’s armchair warriors – the couch

The hand grenade is used for the maximum damage to enemy troops in the close proximity

The hand grenade is used to inflict the maximum damage to enemy troops in close proximity

The rifle used by the Armchair warriors

The rifle used by the Armchair warriors

A service pistol

A service pistol

Deployment of Russia's armchair warriors

Deployment of Russia’s armchair warriors

Airborne forces

Airborne forces

Special Forces?

Special Forces?

Joint Light Tactical Vehicle

Joint Light Tactical Vehicle

The latest development

The latest development

Recently, Yekaterinburg furniture store decided to join the battle and equip the warriors with proper armor. The store has started monetizing on the meme and started selling Armata” couch designed for Armchair Warriors.

Armata couch

Armata couch

Insignia

Insignia

Backpack

Tactical Backpack

The Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor

But you probably have nothing to worry about. As the Guardian notes, neither Russian trolls, nor armchair warriors can cause much damage to the Westerners. “So far, Russian trolls are not very effective in the west. True, they can disrupt the debate, but they cannot win over an argument and in many cases they do not try to, after all, they are only trolls.”

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