Voices from Russia

Monday, 1 September 2014

Junta Takes Leave of Reality… It’s Time for Diaspora Russian Orthodox to Break ALL Ties with “Ukrainian Orthodox” and “Ukrainian Catholics” Immediately and Completely

00 The Night of the Lving Dead. Kiev. 10.05.14

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Junta strongman Poroshenko is a gibbering idiot… read this. Novorossiya didn’t invade the Ukraine… the Ukraine invaded Novorossiya. Novorossiya didn’t deliberately target civilian neighbourhoods in the Ukraine… the Ukraine deliberately targeted civilian neighbourhoods in Novorossiya. Novorossiya didn’t bomb civilians in the Ukraine… the Ukraine bombed civilians in Novorossiya. The Ukrainian government is the result of an illegal and violent coup against the legitimate president and his cabinet. The Novorossiya government is the result of a peaceful referendum amongst the people, who voted to leave the Ukraine. I seem to think that if there’s any accusation of “terrorism”, it lies at the feet of the Ukrainian putschist junta, NOT the popularly elected Novorossiyan people’s government.

Furthermore, a putschist leader ranted that there would be tens of thousands of casualties in a coming war. At present, the junta forces are on the run… its soldiers don’t want to fight, there are growing protests in the Western Ukraine, Rusin soldiers left the front and went home to Podkarpatskaya. With what means is the junta going to wage such a war with? It doesn’t have the trained manpower… its army melts away via desertion, casualties, and “Order Nr 1″-style disobedience. It doesn’t have the resources… adulterated bread is on sale in Kiev and there’s no hot water in working-class districts. It doesn’t have popular support… most men dodge the draft and most people openly are against the war (there are pockets of “support” in Kiev and the Lvovshchina, but friends inform me that most of that is insincere… “When the fascists roam the streets with clubs, normal people repeat what the fascists want to hear”).

There has been NO condemnation of this from the UGKTs and the schismatical conventicles of “Ukrainian Orthodox”. It’s time for all good Russian Orthodox in the diaspora (ROCOR, MP, and OCA) to break all ties with the UGKTs and all “Ukrainian Orthodox” groups. They refuse to condemn evil… indeed, through their support of the junta, they give overt and willing support to evil. Unfortunately, the hierarchy and clergy of so-called “Byzantine Catholics” in the USA support the junta. A friend of mine in Pittsburgh PA tells me that the ordinary believers are for Holy Rus… the priests and bishops kiss the junta’s ass… openly and without reservation (my contact was especially bitter about a married priest from Eastern Europe who wouldn’t stand up for Rusin people and their rights). We should break all ties, official and unofficial, formal and informal, institutional and personal, with the UGKTs and with all “Ukrainian Orthodox”… they support those who literally attack the canonical Church, kill and brutalise its clergy, and destroy our parishes and monasteries. We should break all such ties with the Byzantine Catholic hierarchy, its clergy, and all of its institutions… they should know that supporting evil has its consequences. The only innocents are most of the Byzantine Catholic believers… whom we should encourage to “come home”.

Evil is evil… well, the UGKTs hasn’t changed its spots, has it? Slipy blessed the SS murderers… Shevchuk blesses the Natsgadi murderers. They’ll do what they’ll do… but we needn’t applaud it by having anything to do with them. It’s time to show our stand. Whom do you stand with? Do you stand with our persecuted brethren in Novorossiya or do you stand with the fascist Uniate/schismatical murderers? That’s the choice on offer. Choose well.

BMD

1 September 2014. #NoToNATO and #StopNATO… Stop the NATO Warmongers NOW!

00 StopNATONow! 01.09.14

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It’s time to speak up. NATO is an “alliance” without a purpose, without a soul, and without any humanity. It’s outlived what little “usefulness” that it once had. There’s no need of it, so, the USA could save BILLIONS by rolling it up, closing down its HQ, making its well-paid minions redundant, and pulling American forces back to the homeland and to the defensive perimeter (that is, off the Eurasian mainland to the UK, Azores, Guam, and Australia). There is no need to waste money on this bootless “alliance”… unless one wants to make the world safe for the rapacious Koch brothers and their ilk. Look at the murders occurring now in Novorossiya… if you support NATO (and its Republican/Conservative (UK/Canada)/Liberal (Australia) backers), you support evil and chaos… you support the blackness of Amoral Capitalist Nihilism. Today, Rightwing Nihilism often claims to be “Pro-Life” (they’re anti-abortion, which isn’t the same thing)… have a care… the times are crank and without pity…

That’s the real choice… a sane defence policy or an aggressive drive to conquer the world. That’s what the Affluent Effluent and the GOP want. Don’t give it to them… now, THAT’S Pro-Life!

BMD

Feinstein Sez Sanctions Won’t Bite

00 Goodbye America. 29.05.14

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US Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said in an interview with NBC that Western sanctions against Russia due to the situation in Novorossiya would be ineffective, saying, “People say, ‘Well, just wait till the sanctions bite and the economy slips’. I don’t think so. The Russians are very brave and very long-suffering, and they’d tough out any economic difficulty”. She said that Russians support President V V Putin, so the Western sanctions won’t affect popular attitudes towards government policy. Her solution for settling the crisis in Novorossiya would be direct talks with the Russian leadership. The relations between Russia and the West deteriorated due to the Ukrainian situation. In late July, the EU and the USA introduced sanctions against entire sectors of the Russian economy. In response, Russia restricted food imports from countries that imposed sanctions against it, namely, the USA, the EU, Canada, Australia, and Norway. The ban included beef, pork, poultry, sausages, fish, vegetables, fruits, dairy, and some other products.

1 September 2014

Rossiya Segodnya

http://en.ria.ru/politics/20140901/192513402/US-Senator-Says-Anti-Russian-Sanctions-Not-Going-to-Work.html

Dr A A Brish: “I Wasn’t Afraid to Create the First Atomic Bomb”

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Editor:

There is much irresponsible talk, especially by rightwing nutters, that the USSR “stole” the atomic bomb. That’s ludicrous. Russia’s always been one of the scientific and mathematical powerhouses in the world. It took the Americans 44 months to develop an A-bomb (December 1941 to July 1945); the USSR took 50 months (June 1945 to August 1949)… the timeframes are similar… the urgency behind both were similar… the two countries had equal prowess in mathematics, physics, and engineering. Bear this in mind… the USSR could copy the B-29 for series production without blueprints (and converting from American measurements to metric, to boot) in less than two years, a feat possible only because the USSR had engineers equal in skill to their American colleagues. It was likewise with “the bomb”. Anglo Americans are spoilt juvenile brats who think themselves the crème de la crème of the world. Such isn’t so…

By the way, during the VOV, A A Brish was a partizan fighting the fascist occupiers in Minsk… he was NOT a coward like Willy Romney, Rush Limbaugh, Paul Ryan, or Bill O’Reilly… he served, and served with honour. A man well-worth attending to, I’d say…

BMD

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On 29 August 1949, the USSR exploded its first atomic bomb in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan. It was code-named “First Lightning” by Soviet scientists and “Joe 1” (after Joseph Stalin) by the Americans. To test the bomb’s destructive capacity, engineers built houses, bridges, and even a metro line. The explosion was 50 percent more destructive than initially planned. This took the world by surprise, because the Soviet nuclear development programme was a well-kept secret for nearly 10 years. The USA reacted with President Truman’s announcement that he was aware of the nuclear explosion in the USSR. From that moment on, the Cold War shifted towards a balance of power. On the eve of the 65th anniversary of “First Lightning”, Rossiya Segodnya met with one of the bomb’s creators, Dr A А Brish, a renowned Russian nuclear weapons engineer. Brish told us about Stalin, nuclear myths, and why you can’t steal a bomb.

Rossiya Segodnya

Arkady Adamovich, what significance does 29 August 1949 actually have in world history?

A A Brish

On that very day, we proved that we had the ability to create our own nuclear weapons and were able to break the monopoly of the USA, which was planning to attack our country with atomic bombs. Thus, we excluded the mere possibility of a unilateral and punitive nuclear war. Because of that, we’re still able to preserve the postwar peace. However, I should specify that it was an atomic detonation with an automatic control, put on a tower, without the body of a bomb. Therefore, it wasn’t a full-bodied nuclear weapon.

RS

Our first atomic explosive was made in the shortest time-frame, in a country left half-ruined after the war. How on Earth was it possible?

Brish

It was really a surprise. It was a real miracle, as our industry was devastated. Millions of people were killed. Our leadership displayed true courage, will, and talent, gathering outstanding experts and leaders who were able to develop an atomic bomb in the shortest time-frame possible, as they gave us all the necessary resources. We were really pressed for time. If we were late, the Americans could’ve used their nuclear weapons against us. (By the time of the First Lightning test, the USA had already dropped two bombs on Japan: Rossiya Segodnya) It was really a stroke of luck that Stalin appointed the then-young I V Kurchatov as scientific research director. Kurchatov was the one who recruited all the scientific staff for the atomic bomb project. He also suggested Yu B Khariton for the post of chief designer of the first Soviet atomic bomb. The development of its own nuclear weapons was undoubtedly a great feat for Russia.

RS

Quite often, one hears that our intelligence agents simply “stole” the bomb from the USA and thus the major role in the development of our atomic weapons belongs to intelligence agents and not to scientists.

Brish

This isn’t true. People who simply don’t understand what they’re talking about say that. What could it possibly mean to “steal” a bomb? One might get some documents, which would be meaningless in and of themselves. You need high-profile experts, technology, and a separate branch of industry to implement them, and it involves much work. Experts, who understand how complicated technical systems are developed, have no doubt about it. By the way, the claim that we only developed our atomic weapon thanks to our intelligence agents first emerged in the USA in 1950, shortly after the exposure of Klaus Fuchs… a participant in the American nuclear programme, who voluntarily supplied our intelligence community with information about his work. Later, American journalists and some American scientists claimed that, with the help of its intelligence agents, the USSR not only obtained the secret of atomic bomb development, but the hydrogen bomb as well. Thus, the USA could provide an easy explanation for the outstanding success of Soviet scientists.

However, our scientists do give credit to our intelligence community. The information they provided was of particular importance at the initial stage of our atomic project, up to 1945. That data forced the leadership of our country to give special attention to the development of the atomic bomb for the nation and inspired scientists such as N N Semyonov, Yu B Khariton, and Ya B Zeldovich, who had already achieved substantial success in nuclear research before the war. In 1945, however, the USA published a book, Atomic Energy for Military Purposes, where it openly described the process of how the USA developed the atomic bomb. The people who made the decision to publish that book were absolutely convinced that we wouldn’t be able to develop our own atomic bomb quickly. Nevertheless, they were wrong. They didn’t take into account that we had outstanding scientists. Regardless of all the military losses, our country managed to preserve its powerful scientific and technological potential.         

Those who talk about the alleged “theft” of the bomb don’t take into account the historic and political connotations. We needed to demonstrate as soon as possible that we also possessed atomic weapons. It was all about the safety of our motherland and not a question of technical priorities. One can’t say that our first atomic detonation was a full copy of the American one. Thanks to the intelligence, we only knew its scheme, which didn’t need a blueprint. Our experts worked out all the engineering and technical documentation for the development of an atomic charge using that scheme. By mid-1949, we had conducted our own scientific and technical engineering studies for the development of our own innovative atomic bomb, but the leadership made the decision to use a charge developed using the American scheme for its first test. It was justified… at that time, a war with the USA could have broken out at any moment. To test our own innovative construction would’ve meant we increased the risk of an unsuccessful test. We couldn’t afford that. However, already by 1951, during the second test, we used a charge for an atomic bomb fully developed by our scientists. It was twice as powerful and twice as light as the one developed using the American scheme.  Soviet scientists placed the utmost priority on the development of the first transportable hydrogen bomb, which we successfully tested in the USSR on 12 August 1953. At that time, the US didn’t have anything even remotely similar, and American scientists admitted that.

RS

There is a myth (which, like any myth, does not have any documented confirmation), that the Soviet scientists who worked on the bomb received honours for their achievement based on the penalties they would’ve suffered had the test failed. Those who would have faced the death penalty if the bomb failed to detonate received the order of Heroes of Socialist Labour and those who would’ve merely been imprisoned received different orders and slightly less prestigious awards. Allegedly, that was the decision of L P Beriya, who oversaw the atomic project, who struck fear in the hearts of the scientists.

Brish

There was no fear! Rather, there was an extreme sense of responsibility and an urge to defend the Motherland. As for Beriya, he was an outstanding organiser, and he did a lot for the development of our nuclear weapons. We should always keep this in mind when talking about that work.

RS

Work… is it the most important aspect of your life?

Brish

When you develop new nuclear weapons with unique characteristics, it captivates you; you need to prove that it’s going to work. I’m a devoted person who’s easily carried away, but my most important occupation has been the development of a weapon that would defend our country. This inspired me to devote my whole life to all the issues that I’ve worked on. We couldn’t let any country use nuclear weapons with total impunity. Now, I’m eager to live on, to be able to pass the knowledge I have to younger generations, and the feeling of personal responsibility for the results of this work, which was always a hallmark of the atomic scientists of my generation.

29 August 2014

Rossiya Segodnya

http://en.ria.ru/interview/20140829/192449869/Dr-Arkady-Brish-I-Was-Not-Afraid-to-Create-the-First-Atomic-Bomb.html

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