Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

7 November 2017. From the KPRF Website: The Light of October Guides Us to the Future!

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I saw something like this on the KPRF website’s homepage. I looked up the original image, edited it to be somewhat like the image on the website, and “Englished” the text. I may not have much free time, but I’m not forgetting the Great October. I AM translating Comrade Zyuganov’s message, I’ll have it up this evening or tomorrow.

The Light of October WILL guide us to the future!

BMD

Aleksei Zhuravko: “What Kind of Country Do We Want to Leave Our Children and Grandchildren?”

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Dear Friends!

I offer my sincere congratulations today as Russians celebrate the Day of National Unity! Some say it’s a new and made-up holiday, but I think it’s a wonderful holiday; Russia needs it. Moreover, it’s a pity that there’s no such celebration in the Ukraine. Some say that we have a Day of Unity*, but it’s a very different thing.

  • A V Zhuravko uses two different Russian words for “unity”. Firstly, he uses “едиснтва”, the derivation from the Russian word for “one” is apparent. That is, unity as a singularity. Secondly, he uses “соборности”, which is a trickier word to “English”. It comes from the Russian word that denotes an “assembly”, or a “cathedral”, or a “collection”. It implies “togetherness” or “collected”, but not necessarily “oneness” (it can mean that, but it depends on the context… here, it’s obvious that it doesn’t). In addition, he uses Россияне, not Русский, for “Russian”. The first connotes a citizen of the Russian state (who needn’t be ethnic Russian); the second designates an ethnic Russian (who needn’t be a citizen of the Russian state).

Judge for yourself… the Ukrainian day celebrates the country. That is, a piece of land. We drew some boundaries on a map; it involves the people living within these borders. Because of this approach, we now have a civil war. We kill former Ukrainian citizens in the Donbass and try (extremely unsuccessfully) to starve the Crimeans because the land and marks on a map are more important to us than the people living on these lands are. Often, people accuse Russia of imperialism, but “empire” is when we value territories and lands more than the peoples who live there… in this sense, the Ukraine has far more imperial issues than Russia does.

The day of National Unity isn’t about the land… it’s about people and about the nationalities who live in Russia. Over 190 different nationalities live together in Russia! They create and develop what is Russia. Russia has 22 republics with 37 official languages. Besides these, 15 more languages have official status in Russia! Friends, imagine this number of different ethnicities and cultures working together to build a common future… there’s nothing else like it anywhere else in the world! By the way, I’d like to point up something about the Crimea. Under the Russian Federation, the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar languages have official status. On the other hand, the Ukraine, where more than half of people speak and think in Russian, couldn’t give Russian official status in 25 years, whereas in the Crimea, where (at most) 10 percent speak Ukrainian, the Russian Federation resolved the issue of the official status of the Ukrainian language immediately upon the Crimea’s accession to the Russian state. The unity of different peoples, ethnicities, religions, and languages for the sake of a common cause is the foundation of a federal system of statehood. E Pluribus Unum… “out of many one”… we love this motto from the USA. However, that’s why some are afraid of a federal system.

My Friends!

Fellow Ukrainians!

On this Russian Day of National Unity, I encourage all of us to think about what kind of country we want to leave our children and grandchildren. Do we want a country where the state values its territory above all, prepared to kill its own citizens by the thousands to preserve this territory? On the other hand, do we want a country where different peoples, different faiths, different religions, and different subgroups come together to form a Ukrainian Federation and work for the common good? For me, the choice is obvious. It’s clear that no matter how much the authorities try to demonise Russia, we’ll always be brothers and one people.

Guys, let’s live together!

In respect,

Aleksei Zhuravko

7 November 2017. The Spirit of the Great October Still Lives… “Invincible and Legendary” in 1943 and in 2017

The October Spirit still lives on in the Donbass Peoples Republics… that’s why the oligarch-misruled USA hates them and tries to destroy them. Christianity and Socialism march together… a match made in heaven. In the USA (and in its Uniate junta in the Ukraine) false “religion” and crapitalism march together…  a match made in hell. You can choose the Reds or you can choose the crapitalists… choose wisely.

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The October Spirit lives on… especially, in the Army, which still considers itself the Red Army (it refuses to give up the Red Star and the Victory Banner). If you ask most real Russian people, they’d tell you that they respect I V Stalin. No… none of them (except for a few goofy nutters) believe him a saint. However, most Russians will tell you that Stalin was a great leader and that he was the man for that hour. No… people do know what he did. Yes… people do compare his accomplishments to his barbarities and conclude that he was, on balance, a great leader. No… not a good man… not a saint… perhaps, not an exemplar… but a strong man who got the country through one of the most-trying crises in Russian history. Remember this… Stalin passed that test… Tsar St Nikolai didn’t. Most Russians want Volgograd to revert to “Stalingrad”… as one told me:

We won the war at Stalingrad, not Volgograd. It’s time to undo that drunken Ukrainian’s [Khrushchyov’s] vandalism and historical revisionism.

Russia embraces ALL of its history… which includes the Great October. That’s healthy. The USA refuses to acknowledge its history. That isn’t healthy. I know which one I’d consider the more worthy… I confide that I’m not alone in thinking that…

BMD

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