Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

As Seen by Vitaly Podvitsky… “I Speak for Great Russia”



Churkin had a chat with Hamad, the representative of Qatar in the UN Security Council. Vitaly Ivanovich stood up, letting him understand that the conversation was over, put his hand on his shoulder, and said:

I have a meeting with Jafari, the Syrian representative, about this resolution. However, I’d like to remind you that your state didn’t even exist when the Russian fleet sailed in the Persian Gulf two centuries ago. Sometimes, history plays out as farce, so don’t become a hero in a farce at a time when laughter is inappropriate. What’s happening today is a tragedy.

France24 TV showed this confrontation, during which Churkin reminded the Qatari representative:

You’re only a guest in the Security Council. Therefore, show some respect. Any road, I don’t grovel to you. I speak in the name of Great Russia, and I speak only with other Great Powers.

Another one who fell at his post…

We mourn Churkin.

20 February 2017

Vitaly Podvitsky Masterskaya Karikatury



I met Vitaly Ivanovich once… it was nine years ago in New York City at St Nick’s Cathedral. A priest-friend introduced us. Trust me, it was a short affair, about a minute or two. We exchanged pleasantries and he encouraged me to continue supporting the Rodina. That was all… no more. He had more important fish to fry, of course.

Remember the Servant of God Vitaly in your prayers if you would… we’re Christians; that’s what we do…

We know neither the time nor the hour

Вечная ему память



21 February 2017. The Passing of One of the Greats… Archimandrite Kirill Pavlov Dies



The most important thing is to preserve love. Don’t fall into animosity; don’t fall into disputes. The enemy hates harmony. Discord is one of his most ancient wiles. Therefore, I wish that you had brotherhood and unity. Restrain yourself; forgive one another.

Archimandrite Kirill Pavlov


On 20 February, in the 98th year of life, Fr Archimandrite Kirill Pavlov departed this life. Today, 21 February, his body will lie in state at the St Sergei-Troitsa Lavra in Sergeyev Posad. He was one of the greatest elders of our time. Always remember that their numbers are few… and that we have none here in the USA. Kirill Dmitryevich was the elder to three patriarchs and people called him the “all-Russian Confessor”

The memory of the righteous will be eternal

Вечная ему память


21 February 2017. Update on Constantine’s Condition

00 Alla Dobroskikh. Grandma's Prayer. 2008


I have good news to report. Nicky’s brother Gregory (who’s a deacon at the famous St John the Baptist parish in Mayfield PA) told us that Constantine is now out of hospital and is recovering at home. He’s not completely well yet and still needs your prayers… we’re Christians; that’s what we do.

Remember, to pray for those “of the house” isn’t only a duty, it’s a positive good, not only for those we pray for but for us, too.

Your yoke is easy and your burthen is light


Listen Liberals: Russia Isn’t Our Enemy

00 Vitaly Podvitsky. What Fine Targets! 2014


I must say that it simply baffles me what appears to be the prevailing view in this country (especially among liberals) that Russia is somehow a threat to the USA. In truth, one of the only redeeming qualities of a Trump presidency that I saw was the possibility that his administration would repair ties with Russia and work with that country in trying to solve issues of mutual concern, particularly in the Middle East. Yet, that’s one goal of the new White House that the Establishment, both in Washington and in the media, seem hell-bent on preventing. Indeed, I agree with some commentators’ assessments, including Dennis Kucinich who is breaking ranks with fellow liberals over this issue, that the motivation behind the US intelligence community’s successful attempt to remove Mike Flynn as National Security Adviser was the desire to keep the new Cold War going.

While I certainly understand it is in the interest of the military-industrial complex, again as Kucinich explains, to continue to vilify Russia to justify our already-bloated military spending, I’m a bit taken aback at how eager most liberals are to embrace and even stoke this demonisation. Given the poor historical knowledge of most Americans, a little refresher on past and current affairs is in order. Russia was our ally in World War II in defeating the Nazis. Moreover, contrary to what most Americans learned in school, Russia truly won the war in Europe, losing over 20 million people in the process and being responsible for 80 percent of the Allies’ Nazi kills.

In addition, while many of us might not like the messenger, Donald Trump was correct when asked about Putin being a killer, he suggested that the USA was less than innocent in this respect. Indeed, although such a moment of candour by a US President horrified many, Trump engaged in gross understatement. Let me be so bold as to say that, certainly since 1960 and up to the present time, the USA was much more brutal and bloodthirsty than Russia. It isn’t even a close call here. For example, as Noam Chomsky (no lover of the USSR he) explained:

It isn’t seriously in question, as John Coatsworth writes in the recently published Cambridge University History of the Cold War, that from 1960 to “the Soviet collapse in 1990, the numbers of political prisoners, torture victims, and executions of nonviolent political dissenters in Latin America vastly exceeded those in the USSR and its East European satellites”. Amongst the executed were many religious martyrs, and there were mass slaughters as well, consistently supported or initiated by Washington.

Chomsky went on to detail the millions killed by the USA in Indochina during its shameful war on Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, and Reagan’s support of apartheid South Africa’s rampage through Southern Africa, which led to the deaths of 1.5 million people. Moreover, what about today? While many are up in arms about Russia’s annexation of the Crimea (although this was with the approval of the majority of Crimeans who are happy to return to Russia) as well as Russia’s intervention in the war in Syria, these actions pale in comparison to the USA’s own intervention in Syria, its recent destruction of Libya, its destruction of Iraq and Afghanistan, its continued support for the Saudi rape of Yemen, and the USA’s support for the pillaging of The Democratic Republic of the Congo which cost the lives of around 6 million innocents. These US wars, along with the USA’s over 800 military bases in more than 70 countries (Russia has bases in only one country (Syria) outside the former USSR) have led to the USA rightly being viewed in a poll of people in 65 countries as by far the greatest threat to world peace.

Meanwhile, at the USA’s urging, and despite its promises to Russia in return for the USSR relinquishing any hold over Eastern Europe, NATO now has troops on the Russian border and the USA just sold extended-range missiles to Poland that’d surely be pointed at Russia. Russia isn’t similarly postured along the USA’s boundaries, and it’s unthinkable that it ever would be. In other words, Russia should be afraid of us, not the other way around. In addition, we should welcome President Trump’s expressed desire to stop antagonising Russia and to work with it in defeating ISIS in places like Syria as eminently reasonable and indeed necessary to avoid a possible nuclear confrontation. The American public should also welcome this, as the greatest military spending spree by far on the planet drains its resources. Certainly, liberals, who at least once stood for peace and for greater social spending, should be in the lead in cheering such overtures instead of drumming up anti-Russian hatred which can only lead to more war and more impoverishment of our society.

15 February 2017

Dan Kovalik

Huffington Post


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