Voices from Russia

Saturday, 8 March 2014

8 March 2014. A Multimedia Presentation: It’s International Women’s Day…Ura! (with music by the famous Belarusian ensemble Syabry)

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00 International Women's Day card 03. Vladimir Zarubin. 08.03.14

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Why Syabry? It’s one of my faves, that’s why. Besides, they’re from the EVIL EMPIRE… from Belarus (shudder). In short, they’re the anti-Ted Nugents of music… that,  and they’re a “Honoured Group of Belarus”… they’ve been around since 1974 and still smokin’… 

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00 International Women's Day card 01. Yu Ryakhovsky 1961. 08.03.14

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00 International Women's Day card 01. I Semyonov 1961. 08.03.14

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00 International Women's Day card 01. T Girshberg 1959. 08.03.14

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A Happy 8 March holiday to all of you out there! Give your man a kiss today…

BMD

KPU First Secretary Pyotr Simonenko Gives His Greetings for the 8 March Holiday

00 Gena and Cheburashka. 8 March holiday

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Our dear beautiful women!

I greet all women on the 8 March holiday… you who have loved, do love, and will keep on loving us. You love your children; you laugh and cry with us from birth, you protect the love and hope in our souls. All the languages of the world have the same word for you… “MAMA”. I hope that the tragedy that our political situation dragged our country into will dissipate quickly… so that you’d feel relaxed and confident at work and in your home, so that you’re not afraid to go out, and so you’re not anxious for the future of your children and grandchildren, the whole country, and all our people. Let the start of spring bring you peace and rest, joy and luck, and hope for good fortune… and may your feminine charm never leave you.

You love us… and we love you back!

7 March 2014

Pyotr Simonenko

First Secretary of the Central Committee of the KPU (TsK KPU)

Chairman of the KPU faction in the Verkhovnaya Rada of the Ukraine   

http://www.kpu.ua/pozdravlenie-petra-simonenko-po-sluchayu-prazdnika-8-marta/

 

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G A Zyuganov: Our Dear Mothers, Wives, and Sisters! Happy Holiday! May You Always Keep Your Pecker Up!

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00 International Women's Day 02. Cat Leopold. 08.03.14

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Editor’s Note:

“Keep your pecker up” is simply Britspeak for a cheerful and optimistic attitude, which is what Gennady Andreyevich had in mind with “keep a spring attitude” (literal translation)… you filthy-minded gutter dwellers thought that I had something else in mind… as Tom Lehrer put it, “When correctly viewed, everything is lewd”. Let’s smile and have a wonderful 8 March holiday, girls… we DO make the world go ‘round…

BMD

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With all my soul, I give all women my wholehearted greetings on the 8 March holiday… International Women’s Day! This lovely spring festival is entirely devoted to you… our most loved, selfless, and cherished sisters. We all owe you thanks not only for your nurturing and gentleness, but also for your persistence and your grit. After all, this holiday commemorates your struggle to gain your rights. You inspire us men to achieve great podvigs and triumphs. Despite all the difficulties and hardships, you always manage to stay attractive, but always a little bit enigmatic. On this day, let the drops outside your window sound like music! Let the sunlight put a spark in your beautiful eyes! Let the warmth of spring wake up your soul! May you have a happy holiday! I wish that you received care and comfort from your family and friends! Remember… always keep your pecker up!

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Gennady Zyuganov

Chairman of the KPRF Central Committee (TsK KPRF)

Leader of the KRPF faction in the RF Gosduma

KPRF.ru

KPRF official website

http://kprf.ru/party-live/cknews/129091.html

 

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Friday, 30 August 2013

Nadezhda Popova, World War II “Night Witch” Dies at 91

00 Dmitri Medvedev. Nadezhda Popova. Night Witch. 2009. 30.08.13

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The Wehrmacht called them “Night Witches” because the whooshing noise their plywood and canvas airplanes made reminded the Germans of the sound of a witch‘s broomstick. The Russian women pilots of those planes, onetime-crop-dusters, took it as a compliment. In 30,000 missions over four years, they dumped 23,000 tons of bombs on the German invaders, ultimately helping to chase them back to Berlin. Any German pilot who downed a “witch” received an Iron Cross.

These young heroines, all volunteers, most in their teens and early 20s, became legends in World War II, but they’re largely forgotten now. Flying only in the dark, they had no parachutes, guns, radios, or radar, only maps and compasses. If tracer bullets hit them, their planes would burn like sheets of paper. Their uniforms were hand-me-downs from male pilots. Their faces froze in the open cockpits. Each night, the 40 or so two-woman crews flew eight or more missions… sometimes, as many as 18. Nadezhda Popova, one of the first volunteers… who herself flew 852 missions… said in an interview for David Stahel’s book Operation Typhoon: Hitler’s March on Moscow, October 1941, published this year, “Almost every time we had to sail through a wall of enemy fire”.

Ms Popova, who died at 91 on 8 July in Moscow, was inspired both by patriotism and by a desire for revenge. Her brother was killed shortly after the Germans swept into the USSR in June 1941; the Nazis commandeered their home as a Gestapo police station. In Flying for Her Country: The American and Soviet Women Military Pilots of World War II (2007), Amy Goodpaster Strebe quotes Ms Popova as recalling the “smiling faces of the Nazi pilots” as they strafed crowds, gunning down fleeing women and children. However, Ms Popova, who rose to become deputy commander of what was formally known as the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, said she was mostly just doing a job that needed doing. She said in a 2010 interview with RIA-Novosti, “We bombed, we killed; it was all a part of war. We had an enemy in front of us, and we had to prove that we were stronger and more prepared”.

As the war began, Moscow barred women from combat, and Ms Popova was turned down when she first tried to enlist as a pilot. She told Albert Axell, the author of Russia’s Heroes: 1941-45 (2001). “No one in the armed services wanted to give women the freedom to die”. In spite of this, on 8 October 1941, Stalin issued an order to deploy three regiments of female pilots, one of which became the Night Witches. Clearly, the ranks of Russian pilots needed bolstering; in addition, some pointed up, heroic women made good propaganda. The lobbying of Marina Raskova, who set several flying records, who became the first commander of the women’s units, helped greatly.

Nadezhda Vasilyevna Popova was born in Shabanovka in the RSFSR on 27 December 1921. The daughter of a railwayman, she grew up near Donetsk in the Ukraine, so, Ukrainian President Yanukovich announced her death. Growing up, Ms Popova told Ms Strebe, “I was a very lively, energetic, wild kind of person. I loved to tango, fox trot, but I was bored. I wanted something different”. At 15, Ms Popova joined a flying club, of which there were as many as 150 in the USSR. More than one-quarter of the pilots trained in the clubs were women. After graduating from pilot school, she became a flight instructor.

Her delight at her acceptance into the 588th Night Bomber Regiment gave way to steely seriousness after her first sortie, in which a Soviet plane was destroyed, killing two friends. She dropped her bombs on the dots of light below. She told Russian Life magazine in 2003, “I was ordered to fly another mission immediately. It was the best thing to keep me from thinking about it”. Ms Popova became adept at her unit’s tactics. Planes flew in formations of three. Two would go in as decoys to attract searchlights, and then separate in opposite directions and twist wildly to avoid the antiaircraft guns. The third would sneak to the target through the darkness. Then, they’d switch places until each of the three dropped the single bomb carried beneath each wing.

Ms Popova told Mr Axell that the pilots’ skill prompted the Germans to spread rumours that the Russian women were given special injections and pills to “give us a feline’s perfect vision at night. Of course, this was nonsense”. The Po-2 biplanes flown by the Night Witches had an advantage over the faster, deadlier German Messerschmitts… their maximum speed was lower than the German planes’ stall speed, making them hard to shoot down. The Po-2s were also exceptionally manoeuvrable. Still, Ms Popova was shot down several times, although she was never hurt badly.

Once, after being downed, she found herself in a horde of retreating troops and civilians. In the crowd was a wounded fighter pilot, Semyon Kharlamov, reading Quietly Flows the Don, Mikhail Sholokhov‘s epic Soviet novel. They struck up a conversation, and she read him some poetry. They eventually separated, but saw each other again several times during the war. At war’s end, they met at the Reichstag in Berlin and scribbled their names on its wall. They soon married. Mr Kharlamov died in 1990. Ms Popova, who lived in Moscow and worked as a flight instructor after World War II, is survived by her son, Aleksandr, a general in the Belarusian Air Force. Ms Popova was a Hero of the Soviet Union, the nation’s highest honour. She received the Gold Star {the author is confused here… the Gold Star is merely the medal for the title Hero of the Soviet Union: editor}, the Order of Lenin, and the Order of the Red Star. Ms Popova said in 2010, “I sometimes stare into the blackness and close my eyes. I can still imagine myself as a young girl, up there in my little bomber. I ask myself, ‘Nadia, how did you do it?’”

14 July 2013

Douglas Martin

New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/15/world/europe/nadezhda-popova-ww-ii-night-witch-dies-at-91.html?ref=todayspaper&_r=3& 

Editor’s Note:

Let the above put all naysayers to shame. Women can fight in war as well as men can… history proves it. Ask the Germans attacked by the Night Witches and those harassed by female partisans and snipers… they’ll tell you the truth. As for the “Family Values” sorts and their closed-minded bloviations, the less said the better…

BMD

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