Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

“Crimea is Autonomous and Russian”: Crimean Authorities Want Russian Protection and Assistance

00 Sevastopol. KPU militants. 11.02.14

Sevastopol is NOT Ukrainian… let’s get that straight…


The leadership of the Supreme Soviet of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea (VS ARK) initiated amendments to the Republic’s Constitution, tasking a committee to “explore” the details involved in seeking Russian aid, to involve the Russian Federation as a guarantor of the Crimea’s special status as an autonomous entity. A meeting of the Presidium of the VS ARK passed the relevant resolutions today, 4 February. In particular, during a discussion on the political situation in the country, Party of Regions People’s Deputy Vladimir Klychnikov said, “In the face of a political crisis, and a ravening grasp for power by nationalist-fascist blocs that seek to end the Crimea’s autonomous status, local authorities must show the political will to protect our rights and freedoms”. He proposed that the Supreme Soviet establish a working group that’d map out changes and amendments to the Constitutions of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea and of the Ukraine, to start an inclusive poll on the status of the Crimea, and to appeal to the President and Government of the Russian Federation to act as guarantors of the Crimea’s special autonomous status.

In turn, VS ARK People’s Deputy Sergei Tsekov proposed the idea that the ARK should appeal to Russia for help and protection. UNIAN quoted him as saying, “Simply put, we must appeal to the Russian Federation, taking into account that the Crimea is a Russian autonomy… its Russian by nationality, culture, and language … the Russian Federation is our only possible protector”. VS ARK Chairman Vladimir Konstantinov gave instructions to lawyers to work out the formalities of such an appeal. A VS ARK session will consider the initiative on 19 February.

Meanwhile, today, ultra-nationalist leader Oleg Tyagnibok said in the Rada that it’s important that the Rada shouldn’t only involve itself in finding a solution to the present Ukrainian crisis, but to solve it quickly, saying, “Otherwise, we’ll lose national integrity and sovereignty. Fact is, the Supreme Soviet of the Crimea wants to be part of Russia”.

4 February 2014

IA Regnum


Editor’s Note:

If “the Supreme Soviet of the Crimea wants to be part of Russia” and if “the Crimea is a Russian autonomy… its Russian by nationality, culture, and language”, why is no one in the West speaking up for the rights of the Crimean people to chart their own future? Where are Kerry, Ashton, Obama, Harper, McCain, Palin, Limbaugh, Merkel, Hollande, Cameron, and Van Rompuy? They’re conspicuous by their silence and absence. There’s only ONE conclusion that decent people can come to after viewing the facts… the people named above are nasty hypocritical liars, who don’t give a damn for ordinary people in their own countries, let alone the suffering people of the “Ukraine”. I’ve gotten to the point that zapadniki lies no longer “register”… the zapadniki are hubristic, cruel, greedy, and arrogant. Don’t argue with them… oppose them.

Don’t forget that the Teutonic Knights of 1242, the Polish papists of 1612the Swedish invaders of 1709, the Napoleonic Grand Armée of 1812, and fascists of 1941 were all confident that Russia would crumble before their might. I seem to see that nothing of the sort happened. When will they EVER learn?



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Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Shooter Admits Guilt

00 Resurrection Cathedral. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. 09.02.14


On Monday, investigators said that a gunman who killed two people and wounded six in an Orthodox church in the Russian Far East over the weekend confessed to the crime. Officials say that the man was drunk when he burst into the Cathedral of the Resurrection on Sunday in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on Sakhalin, firing gunshots. A nun and a member of the congregation died at the scene, whilst six other people went to hospital. The shooter is a local man born in 1989; cops arrested him at the scene. He worked as a guard with a private security company. The authorities opened a criminal case on charges of multiple murder, a crime that carries a maximum punishment of life imprisonment. The suspect is due to undergo psychiatric evaluation. Oblast authorities said that they’d pay 2,000,000 roubles (57,600 USD. 63,650 CAD. 63,800 AUD. 42,150 Euros. 35,050 UK Pounds) in compensation to the families of those killed in the attack, and 1,000,000 roubles (28,800 USD. 31,825 CAD. 31,900 AUD. 21,075 Euros. 17,525 UK Pounds) to those of the injured.

10 February 2014




On 9 February, at about 14.00 local time, a gunman burst into the Cathedral of the Resurrection in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, firing wildly. Nun Lyudmila Pryashnikova and parishioner Vladimir Zaporozhets (born 1979) died on the scene. The gunman wounded six other people. According to eyewitnesses, Zaporozhets was near the church. When he heard shots, he ran into the church. Surveillance camera video showed that he forcibly tried to stop the gunman. When the attacker opened fire on his legs, Vladimir went at him again, trying to stop the shooting. The gunman hit Vladimir in four places in the chest and head, killing him on the spot. According to verified testimony, Nun Lyudmila had time to flee the scene, but she stayed behind in the shop, managing to call the parish centre onsite to report the shooting. Law enforcement officials commended Mother Lyudmila’s courage; she refused to cower before the shooter, even at gunpoint. The gunman shot the nun dead at point-blank range.

Since the deaths, they’ve read the Psalms for the repose of the dead in the lower church of the cathedral. On the day of the tragedy, many believers attended the evening service. The gunman shot at several icons:

That evening, diocesan clergy cleaned the upper church, where the tragedy occurred. At 07.45 on Monday, they started the small rite of consecration of a church, then, served Liturgy and Pannikhida for the dead. Immediately after services, Archbishop Tikhon Dorovskikh of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and the Kurils went to the hospital to visit the victims, and talked with each of them. At 16.00, there was a ceremony to lay flowers at the Cathedral of the Resurrection in memory of the innocent victims, Nun Lyudmila and the Servant of God Vladimir. Archbishop Tikhon, K M Stroganov, the First Deputy Governor of Sakhalin Oblast, and representatives from Oblast and local authorities attended the event, along with delegations from organisations and national groups, local clergy, and ordinary believers.

10 February 2014


MP official website


Editor’s Note:

Have your priest say Pannikhida for the Nun Lyudmila and the Servant of God Vladimir. Don’t forget to light a candle next Sunday for them… we’re Christians… that’s what we do…



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København Zoo Kills Healthy Giraffe to “Prevent Inbreeding”… Moscow Zoopark Slams Danish Action

00 Marius the giraffe. 11.02.14


On Sunday, the København Zoo killed a perfectly healthy young giraffe despite an online petition to save it signed by thousands of animal lovers. København Zoo spokesman Tobias Stenbaek Bro confirmed that the zoo put down Marius, an 18-month-old giraffe, with a bolt gun. Keepers chopped up the body of the giraffe, which they killed in a bid to prevent inbreeding, and fed it to carnivores at the zoo. Stenbaek Bro told AFP, “It was put down at 09.20. It went as planned. It’s always people’s right to protest, but of course we’ve been surprised”. The zoo explained that it had no choice other than to prevent the animal attaining adulthood. Under European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) rules, one should avoid inbreeding between giraffes.

Although Marius was healthy, his genes were already well represented at the zoo; none of the other 300 EAZA-affiliated zoos could take him in under the rules. The zoo considered castration cruel with “undesirable effects”, whilst they thought releasing him in the wild unlikely to succeed. The giraffe’s impending death sparked outrage online, with more than 5,000 people signing a “Save Marius” Facebook petition. More than 3,000 people signed a similar Danish-language online petition and nearly 24,000 an English-language version. There were reportedly several attempts made to save Marius. Expressen reported that a Swedish zoo not part of EAZA tried in vain to get Marius transferred. Another newspaper, Ekstra Bladet, quoted Claus Hjelmbak, a Danish promoter living in Los Angeles CA, as saying he found a buyer for the animal. He said, “One of my close friends, a billionaire, said that he wanted to transfer a few million so we could save the giraffe. He could easily have lived in his garden in Beverly Hills, but the zoo director wasn’t interested in a sale. I’m angry”. The zoo made clear from the beginning of the protest that it’s against its policy to sell animals.

9 February 2014


A Moscow Zoopark statement said, “They shot Marius dead and, for educational purposes, dismembered him in the sight of visitors, and they gave the giraffe’s meat to lions. We don’t share this attitude to treating animals”. It slammed the København Zoo for ignoring many protests from environmentalists and offers from other zoos to take Marius in. The Moscow Zoopark also expressed concern that children saw the animal’s killing. København Zoo officials said that they warned visitors about the killing and they could’ve decided for themselves whether to bring their children with them, saying, “We offered children an excellent opportunity to see the anatomy of a giraffe, a better opportunity than if they’d studied a giraffe from photos”.

The Moscow Zoopark said that it admitted the need to make sure of the genetic purity of rare species, but it said, “However, we consider this method of selection extremely brutal. Moreover, we don’t believe it promising to let a baby animal be born when its plight is known in advance”. They went on to say that  there are less brutal, if costlier, ways of dealing with such situations, noting, “Moscow Zoopark seeks to avoid breeding animals if it’s impossible to keep them, or to hand them over to other zoos. Although, as everyone else does, we love puppies, we have to sterilise animals or keep them apart. Nor do we think it possible to kill an animal because of old age. We often receive complaints that we have ‘old animals’ in our cages, but such is our principle. When there’s a choice, we do our best to keep an animal alive even if it doesn’t look the way one would like it to”.

The København Zoo stated on its website that the killing complied with European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) rules on preventing inbreeding. The statement said EAZA supported Marius’ killing and that it believed that the genetic management of animals in zoos was essential. The zoo said that it had no other option because it considered castration too brutal whilst there are no programmes for the release of giraffes into the wild.

11 February 2014

Voice of Russia World Service



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