Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Putin Slams Junta… Junta Pulls Raid in Gorlovka… Opolchenie Capture APCs from Junta Forces

00 Donetsk Peoples Republic. 16.04.14

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On Wednesday, the Kremlin press service reported that President Vladimir Putin stated in a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that the sharp aggravation of the Ukrainian crisis was the outcome of the irresponsible policy pursued by Kiev, which ignores the legitimate rights and interests of the country’s Russian-speaking population, saying, “The use of armed forces by the present régime to suppress protest actions by civilians in the southeast Ukraine is inadmissible”. Putin gave his analysis of the current Ukrainian situation at Netanyahu’s request. During the conversation, held on the initiative of the Israeli side, Putin and Netanyahu discussed matters of current importance on bilateral coöperation and the international agenda, including the course of talks on Iran’s nuclear programme. Putin and Netanyahu agreed to hold regular exchanges of views on matters of mutual interest.

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The Gorlovka Gorsoviet reported that unidentified pro-junta attackers struck the town, saying that the incident happened “on 15 April after 21.00 local time (11.00 PDT. 14.00 EDT. 19.00 BST. 22.00 MSK. 08.00 16 April AEST). Five masked men forced their way into the social maintenance office building. Eyewitnesses said that the men had guns. They broke down the doors and smashed all the phone sets. Supposedly, the attackers were looking for weapons. The person on duty in the building wasn’t hurt, but she’s stressed”. Cops came to the scene. On 14 April, patriot elements took over the Gorsoviet building, appointed Aleksandr Sapunov as People’s Mayor, and hoisted the flag of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

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On Wednesday, patriots continue to control government offices in eight cities of Donetsk Oblast. The flag of the Donetsk People’s Republic waved over the Zhdanovka Gorsoviet building. Patriots stated that local authorities “are on their side.” The Makeyevka Gorsoviet, the Mariupol mayor’s office, the Kramatorsk Gorsoviet, an office in Khartsyzsk, a police building in Gorlovka, and the Gorsoviet and police building in Yenakiyevo remain in patriot hands. Police and SBU buildings remain occupied by patriots in Slavyansk. The Donetsk People’s Republic Opolchenie placed seven checkpoints in the city.

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On Wednesday, patriot Opolchenie seized six Ukrainian Army armoured vehicles that entered Kramatorsk in Donetsk Oblast as part of a task force to conduct an “anti-terrorist operation” (sic). The Opolchenie surrounded the vehicles and blocked their movement. Then, they disarmed the troops and drove the APCs towards Ivanovka.

16 April 2014

ITAR-TASS

http://en.itar-tass.com/russia/728157

http://en.itar-tass.com/world/728154

http://en.itar-tass.com/world/728180

http://en.itar-tass.com/world/728188

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You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This: The Ukraine to Issue Two-Year War Bonds… Tell Me, Who’d be STOOPID Enough to Buy ‘Em?

01 Art of Money Getting

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The Ukrainian Ministry of Finance will issue two-year war bonds worth 1.1 billion gryvnia (3.344 billion Roubles. 92.8 million USD. 102.3 million CAD. 99 million AUD. 67.1 million Euros. 55 million UK Pounds), according to Decision of the Cabinet of Ministers Nr 100-101 dated 1 April, but released only this week. It said, “This proposal is a call to the community to join forces, desires, and intentions to take part in solving national problems and to give financial assistance to the Ukraine’s armed forces, enhancing their combat readiness and strengthening the state’s defence”. The securities are book-entry war bonds with a 7 percent coupon for 1 billion gryvnia (3.04 billion Roubles. 84 million USD. 93 million CAD. 90 million AUD. 61 million Euros. 50 million UK Pounds), and certificated treasury bonds with a face value of 100 million gryvnia (304 million Roubles. 8.4 million USD. 9.3 million CAD. 9 million AUD. 6.1 million Euros. 5 million UK Pounds). The government will pay the yield on each security with a face value of 1,000 gryvnia (3,040 Roubles. 84 USD. 93 CAD. 90 AUD. 61 Euros. 50 UK Pounds) every 6 months. The Ukraine has been in serious financial trouble since February, with extremely high arrears for Russian gas and a military that needs funding, Kiev struggles to make ends meet. Kiev can’t raise funds independently as it is in a stand-by agreement with the IMF to receive rescue money. The only alternative left for the junta is to appeal to patriotism and issue so-called war bonds, with yields exempt from tax, should the government not default before the first payment is due.

Editor:

Now, I’ve seen it all! Come and get it! Big-time Ukrainian bond sale! Who’s going to be STOOPID enough to buy these? Watch ‘em get foisted on two groups:

  • Uniate and “Ukrainian Orthodox” parishes in the diaspora will force members to buy this useless paper
  • the Ukrainian government will force civil service employees, soldiers, pensioners, and wage-earners to buy them through wage/pension holdbacks

The junta’s grasping at straws. This is fuckin’ pitiful… the people suffer under a double-the-trouble combination of pay cuts and price increases, and, now, this. McCain, Nuland, and Zbig cackle with glee…

I believe that the junta’s glomming up “getaway cash”… this isn’t enough to fight a modern war with for even a month. Note this… the oligarchs aren’t buying into this shit. Darlin’ Yuliya the Landshark ain’t buying… neither is Yatsenyuk, Turchinov, Avakov, or Klichko. Shitbirds of a feather DO flock together…

BMD

16 April 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20140416/189240342/Ukraine-to-Issue-Two-Year-War-Bonds.html

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The Catering Staff of the RF Presidential Administration will Prepare 17,500 Kulichi and more than 5,000 Paskhas

00b Easter 2012. foods

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On Tuesday, Viktor Khrekov, a government spokesman, told Interfax-Religion that the catering staff of the RF Presidential Administration would prepare a range of foods for Easter in their own facilities. In particular, they plan to bake kulichi weighing from 500 grammes (1.1 pounds) to 1.3 kilos (2.9 pounds), make tvorog-based paskhas from 100 grammes (4.5 ounces) to 1 kilo (2.2 pounds), and dye chicken and quail eggs and apply Easter appliques to them. The plans call for them to produce and distribute about 17,500 kulichi, more than 5,000 paskhas, and 22,400 dyed eggs. According to size, kulichi will cost 35-600 Roubles (1.00-16.50 USD. 1.10-18.20 CAD. 1.07-17.75 AUD. 0.70-12 Euros. 0.60-9.90 UK Pounds) and paskhas will cost 55-560 Roubles (1.50-15.50 USD. 1.65-17 CAD. 1.60-16.50 AUD. 1.10-11.20 Euros. 0.90-9.25 UK Pounds). In addition, the catering staff is taking orders for kulichi; they’ve arranged a tradeshow of Easter products. Besides this, culinary experts offer advice on how to prepare kulichi, paskhas, and Easter eggs, and teach classes on how to set an “Easter table”. This affects all catering facilities in the Kremlin, the RF Government, the RF Gosduma, the Federation Council, and the Chamber of Accounts. Daily, these dining rooms feed about 15,000 people.

Editor:

A Christian society requires practical preparation as well as spiritual preparation. It ain’t easy getting all the details nailed down. The above indicates that there’s gonna be a whole lot of celebratin’ going on. We’re Christians… that’s what we do. Stand up and cheer! It’s the high point of the Christian Year!

BMD

15 April 2014

Interfax-Religion

http://interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=55022

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Poll sez Only 3% of Russians Strictly Observed Lent

01 Great Lent Calendar 2011

This appeared in the mass-market tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda in 2011. “The revival WILL be live…”

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An all-Russian survey conducted in late March in 130 localities in 45 RF federal subjects by the Levada Centre found that the majority of Russians (73 percent) didn’t restrict food intake during the Great Lent. For Orthodox believers, Great Lent began on 3 March. It lasts seven weeks and ends on the preeminent Christian feastday… Easter, which is 20 April this year. Only 3 percent of respondents, mostly pensioners, women, those over 55, kept Lent in full strictness. 11 percent of respondents kept the fast partially (giving up meat or alcohol), whilst another 10 percent said that they’d fast during Holy Week.

The Great Lent is one of the oldest Church seasons, along with Holy Week before Easter, when believers relive the suffering and crucifixion of Christ, which preceded His resurrection. Its 40-day length recalls Our Lord Christ’s 40-day fast in the wilderness. Traditional exemptions from fasting apply to the elderly, the sick, young children, pregnant and nursing women, travellers, soldiers on active service in the field, and prisoners. Before the season began, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias reminded believers that, in its truest sense, the Great Lent is a very special time for Christians. His Holiness thinks that Lent should profoundly change our perceptions and our general outlook on life. He said on Forgiveness Sunday (2 March), “We don’t fast from food to go on a diet to lose weight, nor for reasons of good health, as some believe, although, sometimes, that does happen when we fast physically. Primarily, we fast to change our attitude; our spiritual nature has deep links to the physical”.

Editor:

In the years since 1985 (the effectual start of the end of the restrictions against the Church), the number of those keeping the Lents (even partially) skyrocketed. It’s gone from less than 1 percent of the population (monastics, clergy, and their families) to 27 percent. Yes, there’s a long way to go… but we’ve also travelled a long way down the road, too. Reflect on this… Lutherans, Catholics, and traditional Baptists (not the American-influenced idiots) in Russia all keep the fast in the same way, too. Holy Rus influences all on its territory. It shapes non-Orthodox and non-Christian (and decent secularist!) behaviour. Russian Orthodox Civilisation is profoundly different from Western Me First Individualism (including “Evangelicalism”… that’s nothing more than a pseudo-religious expression of Western Egotism)… it’s why the West can’t understand the unfolding events in the Ukraine correctly.

“We’ve come a long way, baby!” There’s a LOONG road still ahead, but we’re nowhere near the beginning anymore. Let’s not forget that.

BMD

14 April 2014

Interfax-Religion

http://interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=54999

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