Voices from Russia

Saturday, 21 February 2015

21 February 2015. A Map Well-Worth Pondering

00 languages spoken at home. Ukraine. 21.02.15

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Linguistic Map of the post-Soviet successor-state Ukraine based on 2009 information from the Kiev National Linguistic University and 2001 Ukrainian census data. Note, one only finds concentrations of “Ukrainian” (Galician-Polish dialectical pidgin) speakers only in the yellow areas. The Russian-Ukrainian creole Surzhik is in orange, Russian is in red, and Rusin (spoken in Podkarpatskaya) is in red-violet. The map also highlights the Bulgarian, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Crimean Tatar, and Belarusian minorities. In short… there’s NO “Ukrainian” nationality. After all, the main distinguishing point of a “people” is a distinct and specific language. Today is International Mother Language Day… the “Ukraine” doesn’t have a “mother language”… therefore, it doesn’t go bump in the night, and never did.

BMD

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Is VVP Signalling a Change in Russian Policy Towards LGBT?

00 Putin in Sochi w China TV reporter. 19.01.14

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Read this. Here’s the relevant quote:

President V V Putin called Russians to rid themselves of aggression toward sexual minorities, sparking discussion of a possible softening of the country’s official stance on homosexuality. In a film about the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi broadcast by Rossiya-24 TV in early February, Putin said, “It’s each person’s business” to choose what kind of sexual life to have, emphasising that there isn’t criminal prosecution of homosexuality in Russia. “Now about the law on sexual minorities […] Both straight people and non-traditionally-oriented people should rid themselves of aggression and treat each other in a more straightforward way”.

Take this for what its worth. It’s a good sign. By the way… VVP is simply echoing the Church’s stance. HH said, “We respect all human choices, including those of sexual orientation. We reserve the right to call a sin ‘sin'”. The Church does NOT condone homophobia or violence against gay people as an institution. That being said, there are individuals who ARE homophobic or who preach intolerance of gay people. We aren’t fundies… VVP simply reflects that. No, the Church does NOT “bless” homosexuality… but it doesn’t teach hatred of gays either. It’s nuanced…

BMD

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Poll Shows 80 Percent of Russians Ready to Give Up Western Food

00 Russian Party. Three Generations at Table. The Evil Empire! 09.07.13

Russia can do without Western food imports… it did for many years in the Cold War, didn’t it? Russians are TOUGH NUTS… that’s something that the West’s forgot. I seem to think that they’re going to get a reminder right smartly… 

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On Wednesday, according to an all-Russian poll presented by the RAN Sociology Institute, about 80 percent of Russians are ready to give up Western foodstuffs for the sake of strengthening the state. Meanwhile, only about 10 percent of respondents agreed to a wage and pension freeze in coming years and only 12 percent agreed to tax hikes. As many as 64 percent of those polled agreed to giving up Western manufactured goods, 55 percent said that they could give up tourist and business trips to the USA and Europe, and 51 percent said that they wouldn’t keep savings in foreign currency. Meanwhile, 37 percent of respondents said that they could give up the Internet and social networks.

The researchers said, “In assessing the direction of social changes in the country over the past year, Russians divided into two numerically comparable groups, one noting changes for the better (45 percent); another noting changes for the worse (43 percent)”. 54 percent of respondents assessed their general emotional and psychological state positively, compared with 63 percent in 2013, whilst 46 percent perceived it negatively, compared with 37 percent in 2013. The respondents also assessed different aspects of their life. Specifically, 41 percent of those polled said they had no problems with nutrition, while 5 percent assessed it as bad. About a third of the respondents said everything was fine with their clothes, housing, and work, whilst 61 percent of those polled noted good family relations. As many as 36 percent of Russians assessed their life as good and only 5 percent thought it was bad.

The poll revealed a high degree of social stratification. The poorest 10 percent of Russians have a monthly income of less than 5,000 Roubles per person (460 Renminbi. 4,500 INR. 74 USD. 92 CAD. 93 AUD. 66 Euros. 49 UK Pounds), whilst affluent Russians earn 43,500 Roubles per person (4,000 Renminbi. 39,200 INR. 640 USD. 800 CAD. 805 AUD. 565 Euros. 425 UK Pounds), excluding the wealthiest 3-5 percent, who the researchers said ignore polling. The RAN conducted the poll in November 2014, asking 4,000 adult Russians representing all economic regions in Russia, and all types of communities and demographic groups.

28 January 2015

ITAR-TASS

http://itar-tass.com/en/russia/773896

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Fr V A Chaplin Presented Economic Proposals for a Crisis-Free Russian Economy

00 Politics. Cash Cow. 02.01.14

Republican Economics 101… the most anti-Christian Ponzi scheme in the world… 

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Today, at a press conference at TASS, Archpriest V A Chaplin, the Chairman of the MP Synodal Department for the Coordination of Church and Society (OVTsO), said that one way to protect the Russian economy would be a new Orthodox financial system, which some financiers are ready to create. He said, “We need to increase the role in the world of mechanisms not based on usury. Otherwise, the financial bubble will inevitably pop, and we’d find that basing ourselves on the principle of ‘money makes money’ led us to catastrophic consequences, or even a major war, which would wipe out all of us”. Nevertheless, Fr Vsevolod said that a group of Russian financiers doped out a specific plan. In particular, this project involves the allocation of funds not as a percentage of future profits of the enterprise, as well as forgoing revenues from producing tobacco and alcohol products, gambling, exploiting illegal migrant labour, and other things not approved by Christianity.

22 December 2014

Yelena Dorofeyeva

Antonina Maga

ITAR-TASS

http://itar-tass.com/ekonomika/1664741

Editor:

You can see why the Republican swine hate Russia. The Church’s economic vision is at utter variance with the Laissez-Faire Economic Anarchy of the GOP. After all, why shouldn’t Anglo Americans profit off “illegal migrant labour?” The true motto of Anglo Americans is “Pecunia non olet”… “Money doesn’t stink”… that is, “Money is good, no matter how one gets it”.

Anglo Americans have no morality… they never did. Ask the Native Americans…

BMD

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