Voices from Russia

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Russia to Honour Horwich World War Two Veteran Canon Colin Craston for Arctic Convoy Service

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Canon Craston in World War II as a Royal Navy rating

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Canon Craston today

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A 91-year-old World War II veteran will be honoured for his bravery… by the Russians. Canon Colin Craston, of Lever Park Avenue, Horwich, will receive a medal from the Russian Federation for his service in Arctic convoys. The medal, with the presentation at Manchester Town Hall on 13 October, is to recognise his work as a wireless telegraphist on HMS Eclipse, an E-class destroyer of the Royal Navy, from March 1942 to March 1943. Canon Craston, a great-grandfather, received eight medals over the years recognising his Navy service, but next month’s event will mark the first time he’s ever personally received a medal. He said, “I’m very, very pleased to be receiving this medal… it’s a great privilege. I’ve heard for a long time that the Russians wanted to honour those who served in the convoys and I look forward to being given a medal in person. I remember my war years well. There were dreadful weather conditions along the way… ice, gale storms, you name it. I appreciated the experience… it was very interesting”.

Canon Craston sailed from Iceland to Russia in the destroyer, but his captain sent him ashore, as he’d been selected for a commission. Seven months after he left the destroyer, it sank in the Aegean Sea east of Kalymnos, Greece, killing 119 of the 145 crew members on-board. Canon Craston said, “My life was absolutely dependent on coming off that ship… my friends and colleagues were all on it. I’m 91 years old, yet I could’ve died aged 20. I didn’t even have to come off it. I didn’t find out it had sunk until seven months after it happened”. Canon Craston went to America to repair an aircraft carrier and went on to serve in the Far East, along the Indian Ocean, from 1943 to 1945. Originally, he’s from Preston, but moved to Bolton in 1954, where he served as priest of St Paul’s Church in Deansgate until 1966, and of St Paul’s with Emmanuel Church in Vicarage Street, Daubhill, until 1993. Canon Craston has two children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He’ll attend the ceremony with his wife Brenda and daughter Carolyn Edmunds.

 2 October 2014

Neil Robertson

The Bolton (Lancashire. ENGLAND. UK) News

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/11509106.Horwich_World_War_Two_veteran_to_be_honoured_by_Russia/?ref=rss

Junta Forces Only Control Underground Bunkers at Donetsk Airport… Video of Operations

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This is 23 minutes in length… I offer it as documentary evidence.

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These are the latest video reports of the VSN actions at the Donetsk airport, taken 3-4 October. VSN spetsnaz continue to sweep the area and conduct defensive actions to prevent the return of junta forces. We see the Motorolovtsy in the battle for the airport… VSN tanks, troops, and Georgian POWs who fought on the enemy side. The battle for the airport continued with renewed vigour on the morning of 4 October. The legendary VSN spetsnaz commander “Motorola” noted that junta forces only controlled underground facilities at the airport. Now, they only hold a sliver within the perimeter, it appears that they may not last out the day. All above-ground facilities at Donetsk airport are completely under VSN control, as enemy troops abandoned their positions. However, junta bands still shell the Donetsk outskirts using MLRSs, self-propelled artillery, and heavy mortars.

4 October 2014

Politikus.ru

http://politikus.ru/video/31799-motorolovcy-v-boyah-za-aeroport-tanki-specnaz-dnr.html

Naryshkin: The Discovery of Mass Graves in the DNR Points to Genocide on the Part of the Kiev Junta, Lavrov Demands International Investigation

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This is a memorial for innocent Polish civilians murdered by UPA terrorists in the VOV. That is, the Galician Uniates always harboured and honoured terrorist elements. Bear that in mind if you deal with “Ukrainian Catholics” or “Ukrainian Orthodox”. As institutions, they refuse to condemn the murders of Ukrainian nationalist bandits. After all, “A knife for the Moskals”, “The Ukraine for Ukrainians only”, “Glory to the Heroes (the UPA murderers referenced above)”… it makes me sick to my stomach. Why do we tolerate such liars amongst us?

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On Friday, S Ye Naryshkin, the Chairman of the RF Gosduma, said that the discovery of mass graves in the DNR points to genocide on the part of the Kiev junta. On 23 September, the VSN found several mass graves near Donetsk. Locals told them that junta armed bands buried [civilian victims of repressions] there. On Wednesday, Foreign Minister S V Lavrov stated that more than 400 bodies were in the graves. Sergei Viktorovich informed the OSCE, the Council of Europe, and the UN of the discovery, and demanded an international investigation. Naryshkin said, “In areas recently occupied by Kiev forces, we found many brutally tortured and killed civilians, and we keep finding more and more clandestine graves. This doesn’t only inflate the number of victims… increasingly, one sees menacing signs of genocide, an extermination of regional Russian-speakers only for the fact of belonging to this group”.

3 October 2014

Rossiya Segodnya

http://ria.ru/world/20141003/1026821391.html

Council of Europe Report Includes Data on Destruction of Heritage in Kosovo

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In Strasbourg, Marija Obradović, member of National Assembly delegation and of the Culture Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (CoE) (PACE), said that Serbia couldn’t allow the adoption of a CoE resolution that doesn’t include data on a decade that saw more than 150 Serbian Orthodox churches destroyed in Kosovo. She noted, according to a release from the Serbian National Assembly, “We insisted that the draft report include facts about the destruction of Serbian cultural heritage, especially of those buildings not damaged in the pogrom in Kosovo from March 2004. I informed the members of the committee that 34 Orthodox churches and other cultural and religious buildings were damaged in that event alone”. Obradović remarked that Serbia’s opinion was received well by the other members of the committee, and by the rapporteur, especially considering that more than a few of those buildings had UNESCO protection, and that many were constructed in the Middle Ages, concluding, “The adoption of a resolution on this is expected early next year, and we’ll monitor closely its creation until then”. On Friday, the Committee on Culture, Science, Education, and Media of the PACE discussed a preliminary report on cultural heritage in crisis and post-conflict situations, included in the fourth part of the plenary session.

3 October 2014

B92

http://www.b92.net/eng/news/society.php?yyyy=2014&mm=10&dd=03&nav_id=91790

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