Voices from Russia

Saturday, 25 July 2015

25 July 2015. Translated Russian Demot… Inspire People to Make Compote!

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This demot “lives” on several levels. Firstly, of course, it promotes happy sustainable living off the land at one’s dacha (it’s why the Russian government gives people free plots for dachas, dontcha know). Secondly, it’s arguing for a healthy society with a clear and emphatic defence of REAL family values. Thirdly, and most importantly, it’s calling Russian people to return to their roots in the Russian land, to embrace a healthy form of “blood and soil”… without any racist elements (that is, it’s open to everybody, of all nationalities and creeds). What’s not to like? Besides, dacha food is awesome… as one friend put it, “the best in the world!”

BMD

Monday, 20 July 2015

Russian Dacha Smallholdings Produced 40 Percent of the Country’s Food In 2011

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In 2011, either dacha communities (40 percent) or peasant farmers (11 percent) grew 51 percent of food in Russia, leaving the rest (49 percent) of production to large agricultural enterprises. However, when you dig down into the earthy data from the Russian Statistics Service you discover some impressive details. Again, in 2011, dacha gardens produced over 80 percent of fruit and berries, over 66 percent of vegetables, almost 80 percent of potatoes, and nearly 50 percent of milk, much of it consumed raw. Whilst many European governments make living on a smallholding very difficult, in Russia, the opposite is the case. In the UK, one councillor‘s opinion regarding living on the land was, “Nobody would subject themselves to that way of life. You might as well be in prison”; tell that to a nation of gardeners living off the land.

During the communist period, schoolchildren had to work on their local farms to get hands-on experience harvesting food at a time when about 90 percent of Soviet food came from dacha gardens. During the same period, every child would be expected to play their part in growing the family’s food from their small patch of Russia. Whilst the percentage of food grown at Russian dachas has fallen since then, it’s still a massive contribution to the nation’s food and forms an important part of their rural heritage. Take a walk through the streets of Russia’s cities, like St Petersburg… you’d find people selling herbs, fruit, berries, and vegetables from their dacha gardens. Unlike many cities in Europe and the USA, Russian cities have small corner shops selling locally grown food in all shapes, colours, and sizes still carrying their native Russian soil. If you were to visit a typical Russian dacha you’re likely to be greeted with a welcoming dish called okroshka, a refreshing cold soup made from home-grown cucumber, radish, spring onion, fresh dill, and parsley all swimming in kvas (a homemade rye bread drink) with sour cream or kefir.

Food sovereignty puts the people who produce, distribute, and eat food at the centre of decisions about food production and policy and not corporations and market institutions that have come to dominate the global food system. In Havana, in Cuba, 90 percent of the city’s fresh produce comes from local urban farms and gardens. In 2003, the Russian government signed the Private Garden Plot Act into law, entitling citizens to free private plots of land. These plots range from 0.89 hectares to 2.75 hectares. Industrial agricultural practices tend to be extremely resource-intensive and can damage the environment. 70 percent of global water use goes to farming, and soil erodes 10 to 40 times faster.

July 2015

Natural Homes.org

http://naturalhomes.org/naturalliving/russian-dacha.htm

Editor:

In the West, “conservative” filth champion the rights of corporations over the people’s use of the land. Even Church figures support corporations over the people… just look at Potapov, Paffhausen, Dreher, and Reardon… crackbrained rightwing cranks all. Just look at how they support godless Republican greedsters, who are champions of total corporate domination (that’s what “small government”, “economic freedom”, and “individualism” mean… it’s “might makes right” writ large, and its apologists take home fat pay-packets (like Potapov and Dreher do)). Need I say more? Take all of their rants about “persecution” with a great deal of scepticism… they’re conscienceless whores for “conservatism”… in the West, that means the dominance of money over people. “Conservatism” is Satan’s own ideology… “I worked for it, it’s MINE”. Do ponder that one… the fate of your immortal soul does depend on your answer…

BMD

Monday, 6 July 2015

6 July 2015. URA! Baba Came to Visit!

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Can you think of a bigger thing for a little one than a visit from Baba? I didn’t think so! That’s something the same throughout the world… grandkids LOVE their Babi and Dedi… you can put that in the bank…

BMD

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Plotnitsky Urged Our Youth to be Russian in Their Very Souls

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LNR Chairman of the Government I V Plotnitsky urged our youth not to forget their traditions and to remain mindful of belonging to the larger Russian World at the opening of the Youth Forum “The Future of the Luganskshchina*“, which began on Friday evening on the shores of Lutugino Reservoir. The NGO World of Lugansk is sponsoring the event, which expects to attract about 500 youth activists from all over the Republic. Plotnitsky said, “You should all know and understand that all of us are part of the larger Russian World. Times change and young people change, but the goals and objectives do not. You must understand the essence of what we all are… we’re Russian in nature and in soul; we’re Russians in understanding and language. That’s the most important thing. This unites all of us. That’s why we’re able to solve any problem facing us. Russia has never lost a war of national liberation, and we aren’t losing one now. The Ukraine can’t understand how such a small region (from their perspective) can face more than twenty oblasts and not give up. That’s because we, together with Russia, are 150 million. Don’t forget that! This youth forum will lay new traditions for the future of our young Republic”. Also in attendance at the opening ceremony was famous Russian rock musician V R Samoilov {of Agata Kristi: editor}, who played favourite songs for the crowd on the acoustic guitar. This youth forum, which aims at improving youth work through skills training, will run until 8 July. During this time, youth activists will interact with many in the political and administrative apparats.

  • Luganskshchina: the areas under the social, cultural, and economic influence of Lugansk, not a political unit, rather, it reflects a sociocultural/economic reality

4 July 2015

LITs Lugansk Information Centre

http://lug-info.com/news/one/glava-lnr-prizval-molodezh-respubliki-byt-russkimi-po-dukhu-4542

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