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Friday, 28 August 2015

Donetsk Noted 80th Anniversary of Stakhanovite Movement

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Donetsk noted the 80th anniversary of the Stakhanovite movement with a retrospective exhibition entitled, A Great Beginning for the Donbass. The exhibition, which includes about 60 paintings, sculptures, and commemorative medals, opened today at the all-Republic Art Museum. DNR Minister of Culture Aleksandr Paretsky attended the gala event, along with figures from industry, politics, and celebrities, alongside ordinary people. Paretsky observed, “These canvases evoke images of Alexei Stakhanov and his colleagues… railwayman Pyotr Krivonos, steelworker Makar Mazaya, traktorist* Praskovya Angelina. Their names are a legitimate source of pride; they help our young republic today to return to working people their deserved honour and glory. Despite wartime conditions, we’re getting ready to celebrate one of the most favourite holidays in the Donbas… Miner’s Day… we should be sure to remember one of the most famous miners who ever lived… Aleksei Stakhanov”.

  • Traktorist: “tractor-driver”, actually a rural jack-of-all-trades, driver, mechanic, harvest apparatus operator, general “fix-it man”

The exhibition presents the work of 35 artists, most of them being local Donetsk homies. The list includes Pyotr Vasyukov, Polina Shakalo, Ivan Lisov, and others. Vladimir Sarbash, technical director of the Donetsk Coal Energy Company, who was at the exhibition, said, “It excited and thrilled me to see these canvases at the museum. We learned about some of these folks in books; we worked with some of these people. They were real heroes of labour, the bedrock of the working class of the Donbass”. The exhibition will be on display and run until the end of October, being completely open to the public.

The Stakhanovite mass movement followed the example of Soviet Donbass coalminer Aleksei Stakhanov, who worked at the Central-Irmino Mine. Stakhanov mined 102 tonnes of coal during the night shift of 30-31 August 1935, when the norm for a shift was 7 tonnes. Subsequently, on 19 September, he set a new record by bringing 227 tonnes of black gold to the surface. The all-Union Communist Party encouraged and promoted the Stakhanovite movement, as a new form of socialist competition and as a way of increasing labour productivity.

27 August 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


Thursday, 27 August 2015

27 August 2015. Translated Russian Demot… Be Strong!

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27 August 2015. “It’s Istanbul, Not Constantinople”…

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Got this from a friend:

An acquaintance of mine sent a letter to a friend in Volgograd BUT addressed it rather to Stalingrad! It arrived two days quicker than usual! :-)

Is God telling us something?


Wednesday, 26 August 2015

DNR Minster of Culture Suggested that Dnepropetrovsk be Renamed “Novorossiysk” by Kiev as the Fascists are “Renaming” Artemovsk

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DNR Minister of Culture Aleksandr Paretsky mocked the junta’s moves toward “decommunisation” by saying that they’re restoring symbols of the Russian Empire. He was commenting on the junta’s attempt to rename Artemovsk in the temporarily occupied DNR.  Earlier reports alleged that the public wanted to return the city to its tsarist-era name of Bakhmut. Besides this, junta fanatics destroyed a monument to a prominent Old Bolshevik, “Comrade Artyom”. Paretsky said:

If Artemovsk returns to its pre-revolutionary name, it sets a precedent. If so, then, it makes sense to return the old names to a number of “Ukrainian” cities, such as Yelisavetgrad for Kirovograd and Yekaterinoslav or Novorossiysk for Dnepropetrovsk, built as the ‘third capital’ of the Russian Empire. Of course, the public has the right to decide on what name it’ll have, but they did this under Kiev’s coercion. The current junta doesn’t allow any freedom to the residents of the occupied regions of the Donbass. Amongst the cities of the Donbass, Artemovsk is far from being ‘the first swallow’ in this shameful rush to so-called ‘decommunisation’ in the Ukraine. Don’t forget how they wantonly destroyed monuments to Lenin and other Soviet leaders in Slavyansk, Konstantinovka, and Kramatorsk. At the same time, such acts of destruction of cultural and historical heritage are impossible and unthinkable in the DNR. I hope that common sense would prevail and that we’d reverse similar shameful actions in the fascist-occupied Donbass.

26 August 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency



I’ll be short and simple… you can stand for the socialist Orthodox patriots who wish to preserve the FULL historical legacy of Russia, or, you can stand for the Galician Uniate fascist nationalists, who wish to destroy the Russian legacy, not only in their backward backwater, but in areas that never were “Ukrainian”. It’s clear where all decent Orthodox people must stand. We must oppose the Uniatisation of the Ukraine, for that is what the Galician fascists want to do. You may stand for Orthodox Holy Rus or you may stand for the demonic Uniate “Ukraine”… those are the only choices. If you support the junta in any way, you support objective evil… what does that tell you, Orthodox people, about Victor Potapov, Vassa Larina, Jonas Paffhausen, John Jillions, Rod Dreher, and John Whiteford, all supporters of the Unia or of the Republican opponents of Holy Rus (or both). Nasty, isn’t it? Remember that not all Uniates are evil… their institution is… however, most of the people were simply born into it and innocent.

This is a new act in the long sparring match between the pretensions of Papist Rome and the defence of Orthodoxy by Holy Mother Russia. They wanted to subsume us in the time of St Aleksandr Nevsky… they want to do so today. Isn’t it sad that some of our own are traitors? They’re far worse than any of the so-called “Ukrainian Catholics” or “Ukrainian Orthodox” are… mainly, the Uniates and schismos are just brainwashed dupes (don’t argue with them… leave them be… it wouldn’t do any good to engage them). The people I named are traitors… no one likes a traitor, even those who use them… fancy that…


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