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Sunday, 20 January 2013

20 January 2013. From the Russian Web… Here’s What Those Nasty Ol’ Russkies Are Up To… They’re Saving Cats!

00 cats. kittens. Totoshka Rehabilitation Centre. Rostov on Don. Russia. 20.01.13


The Totoshka Rehabilitation Centre in Rostov-on-Don treats stray cats and dogs so that new owners can adopt them. The centre prioritises treatment of stray animals that can’t survive on the streets… injured animals, those hit by a car, and kittens/puppies. Aren’t you ashamed of having listened to the crank pro-Western pabulum served up by Serge Schmemann, Sophia Kishkovsky, and Victor Potapov? Russia’s not full of ogres… they even like cats and dogs! Remember, the people I named have an agenda and they have corporate paymasters that they follow slavishly. Lies and distortions come easily to such sorts… after all, it’s well-compensated…



20 January 2013. Here’s the Real Deal on Stalin in the Ukraine… They Put Up a New Memorial to Him in Zaporozhye

00 Stalin memorial in Zaporozhye in the Ukraine 2011. 20.01.13


Here’s a new monument to Stalin in the Ukrainian industrial centre of Zaporozhye (Zaporozhye Oblast). Like all the East Bank Ukraine, the city is pro-Russian and pro-Soviet in orientation. This statue was erected using private donations, only… need I say that Zaporozhye is a stronghold of the KPU? The city is virtually monolingual in Russian, with 96 percent of the population being “Russian” (Great Russian, Ukrainian, Byelorussian). You’ll never hear of this on RFE/RL (their motto should be “All the shit that ain’t fit to print”)…



Patriarch Ilya of Georgia to Meet Putin in Moscow



According to sources in the Georgian Apostolic Autocephalous Orthodox Church, the First Hierarch of the Church of Georgia, Catholicos Patriarch Ilya Ghudushauri-Shiolashvili, will meet President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on 23 January. Patriarch Ilya, who left for Moscow on Sunday, is visiting Russia to receive an award from International Foundation for the Unity of Orthodox Christian Nations (IFUOCN) {editor: a paper “rotten borough” organisation with no real existence). IFUOCN grants awards annually to political and religious leaders, as well as public figures, for contribution to “strengthening the unity of the Orthodox Christian nations”. The award ceremony will be at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow on 22 January.

Archpriest Giorgi Zviadadze, a Church of Georgia spokesman, told journalists in Tbilisi on Sunday before the Georgian Church delegation left for Moscow, “A meeting of the Georgian Patriarch and the Russian Patriarch [Kirill] with President Vladimir Putin is scheduled for 23 January”. President Putin sent greetings to Patriarch Ilya, who marked his 80th birthday this month and the 35th anniversary of his enthronement in December, and said in his message that Patriarch Ilya’s leadership of the Church of Georgia was “exemplary” and his contribution to strengthening of Orthodoxy in Georgia “invaluable”. Putin went on to say, “We highly appreciate your warm relations with Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church (sic). Your personal efforts, your calls for peace, love, creativity, accord, and unity have largely contributed to maintaining multi-century ties of friendship and mutual understanding between our peoples during a difficult stage of history. I’m sure that fruitful spiritual, cultural, and humanitarian dialogue will become a reliable foundation for further development of relations between Russia and Georgia”. Mikhail Shvydkoy, Putin’s special envoy for international cultural relations, conveyed Putin’s greetings during his visit to Tbilisi on 11 January, when he attended events in the Georgian capital marking Patriarch Ilya’s birthday and enthronement anniversaries.

21 January 2013 (MSK)

Civil Georgia


Editor’s Note:

Here’s the 64,000 Dollar Question… is Ilya going to meet Nino Burdzhanadze in Moscow? If he meets with her, shall it be open or covert? Now, that’s something worth knowing. The so-called Georgian Dream coalition only agrees on one thing… the toppling of Saakashvili. Ivanishvili has no political experience… he’s a rich “empty suit”. Georgian Dream includes factions that range from former communists to pro-Western Free Market lickspittles such as Ivanishvili. It simply is too amorphous to last… that’s why I believe that Ilya’s going to meet with Burdzhanadze in Moscow. She’s the only Georgian leader with any real ability and cred. This trip is proof that Langley’s efforts to make Georgia a reliable American lapdog have failed. Remember, Fathausen went to Georgia a while back… it appears that his mission was in vain (after all, he’s in thrall to the worst Russophobic elements in the US Republican Party).

We’ll see… Georgia’s in flux… and the USA is about to lose its only reliable ally in the former Soviet space. Shall Saakashvili survive? On the other hand, shall he end as an embittered second-rate émigré professor at a third-rate American college (with a “fellowship” at one of the K Street stink-tanks)? Time will tell us… I’d bet on the latter outcome…


Patriarch Ilya of Georgia to Discuss Reconciliation in Moscow

00 Patriarch Ilie of Georgia. 20.01.13


On Sunday, Catholicos Patriarch Ilya Ghudushauri-Shiolashvili of all Georgia will arrive in Moscow on a visit that could create a general background for progress in bilateral relations that have been almost non-existent since the two countries fought a brief war in August 2008. On Saturday, after Epiphany services at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi, Patriarch Ilya said, “I’m going to Moscow to discuss issues that are vital for Georgia”. During his six-day visit, Ilya’s expected to meet Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias and with the Russian leadership. On Monday, he’ll receive an award from the International Fund for the Unity of the Orthodox Peoples {editor: a non-existent “paper” organisation} in recognition of his contribution to strengthening ties between Orthodox believers and Local Churches worldwide. The Georgian patriarch, a known strong advocate of normalising relations with Russia, maintains active ties with the MP.

On 11 January, President Vladimir Putin sent greetings to Ilya on his 80th birthday and on the 35th anniversary of his enthronement, saying, “We greatly value your warm attitude toward Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church (sic). Your personal efforts … greatly helped in maintaining the centuries-long ties of friendship and mutual understanding between our peoples during a difficult phase of history”. Georgia broke off diplomatic relations with Russia after its August 2008 war over Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Georgia lost one-fifth of its territory after the two republics broke away. Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, whose Georgian Dream coalition won the 1 October parliamentary election, said in November that Tbilisi is restarting its ties with Moscow “from a clean slate”, but that restoration of diplomatic relations will be linked to the issue of Georgia’s territorial integrity. Moscow, however, rules out any negotiations on the status of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which Russia recognised as independent states. Russian and Georgian official representatives held a meeting on 14 December in Genève in a first attempt to launch the reconciliation process.

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