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Saturday, 6 August 2016

The Legend of G S Titov: First Man to Take a Nap in Space

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G S Titov was a big-time Orthodox Christian… I thought that you’d like to know that… he also liked fast cars, fast women, and a bottle or two (he chugged a full bottle of pivo right after landing)… typical Russian, no?



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6 August 1961… 55 years ago…

Soviet cosmonaut G S Titov made the second space flight in history. On 6 August 1961, at 09.00 MSK, Titov blasted into orbit aboard the spacecraft Vostok-2 and stayed there for 25 hours 11 minutes, circling the Earth 17 times. German Titov proved that people could live and work in space. He took the first pictures of Earth from space, ate the first lunch and dinner in weightlessness, and even managed to get some sleep. It was the second manned space flight, but it was the full first day spent in space. At the time of the flight, Titov was only a month short of being 26-years-old, making him the youngest of all cosmonauts who’ve flown in space. After the flight, Titov took part in various space programmes; he was still active as of 1992. Colleagues noted the extraordinary breadth of Titov’s professional interests, ranging from constructing schools and kindergartens for the children of astronauts to the creation of complex spacecraft. Titov was an academician at the K E Tsiolkovsky Academy of Astronautics and the International Academy of Informatisation. His books Семнадцать космических зорь (Seventeen Cosmic Dawns), Первый космонавт планеты (The First Cosmonaut of the Planet), Голубая моя планета (Blue is My Planet), and На звездных и земных орбитах (On Stellar and Terrestrial Orbits) became handbooks for many generations of cosmonauts.

6 August 2016




Zakharchenko Sez Attempted Assassination of Plotnitsky Confirms Junta is Preparing for Active Combat Operations in the Donbass

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Today, during a visit to Lugansk, DNR Head of State A V Zakharchenko told reporters:

The explosion that damaged the car carrying LNR Head of State I V Plotnitsky confirms that the Ukrainian side is preparing for active hostilities in the Donbass. Everybody was waiting for something like this. A month ago, the Ukraine stated it’d try to assassinate top officials… me… Plotnitsky… our ministers. Therefore, we expected it. Thank God, everything turned out OK; he’s in stable condition. The fact is, the Ukraine is preparing for military action… it’s true. This tragic event, which injured some of his bodyguards, and Igor Venediktovich himself… well, it’s just more proof of what’s out there. I support the people and government of our sister Republic and I wish a speedy recovery to my colleague. I’m sure that he’ll pull through; he has that old-school Donbass spirit. For my part, I want to say that we’re like brothers, I’m always happy to lend a hand. We Donbass homies stand as one.

6 August 2016

DAN Donetsk News Agency



Galician Uniate nationalists have a history of mayhem, murder, and violence. No one expects otherwise from them. Look at how they provoked and slandered the marchers in the all-Ukrainian March for Peace and National Reconciliation. Look at how the Uniate “clergy” egged people on to violence and how they whipped up hatred… up to and including the Uniate chieftain Shevchuk. This proves that Galician Uniate nationalists aren’t Christians… no way, no how. They view murder, the killing of children and old folks, and torture as licit. No decent person can support such. What does that tell you about the American and Canadian governments who do support them?

Evil is evil… NEVER support it…


DNR Ministry of Labour and Social Policy Announced that Pensions would Increase by 10 Percent

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Today, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy announced that the competent DNR government agencies completed indexation of pensions. The size of payments would increase 10 percent, effective 1 August 2016. It said:

We budgeted for the pensions of both civilian pensioners and retired security personnel, taking into account an increase in pension payments by 10 percent, to comply with a decree from the DNR Head of State.

The minimum DNR pension is 2,087 Roubles/month (212 Renminbi. 2,128 INR. 32 USD. 42 CAD. 42 AUD. 29 Euros. 25 UK Pounds). In a talk with journalists on 16 July, DNR Head of State A V Zakharchenko stated that the relevant DNR government agencies would carry out indexation of pensions this quarter. Later, Zakharchenko said that pensioners should receive an increased payment in August. On 15 March 2015, DNR Head of State Zakharchenko signed the Decree “On the Appointment and Payment of Pensions in the DNR”. Payments under this law started in April 2015.

4 August 2016

DAN Donetsk News Agency



The pension appears miniscule, but the prices are different in the DNR, and many items are cheaper due to state subsidies (just like the old USSR did). On the other hand, in the Ukraine, pensions and wages are falling (if paid at all) and prices are sharply increasing (just as the USA does… the junta copies its American puppeteers slavishly).

One of these things is not like the other. The DNR builds, using the healthy legacy of Soviet social policy… the Ukraine destroys, following the diktats of its American neoliberal “conservative” bosses. You may choose to support one or the other, but not both… choose wisely…


DNR Head of State A V Zakharchenko Visited His Colleague Plotnitsky in Hospital in Lugansk After This Morning’s Assassination Attempt

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DNR Head of State A V Zakharchenko visited his colleague I V Plotnitsky in hospital. Plotnitsky is in hospital in Lugansk due to injuries received in an assassination attempt this morning. With no further detail, one of Zakharchenko’s media representatives told us:

DNR Head of State A V Zakharchenko just visited his colleague in hospital.

6 August 2016

DAN Donetsk News Agency


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