Voices from Russia

Thursday, 2 November 2017

2 November 2017. VVP to Students: “Don’t Forget the Moral Component of Work”

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V V Putin said the following to young people gathered in Sochi for the World Youth and Student Congress:

Don’t forget the moral component of work… of any job. We spoke about biology and medicine here. Undoubtedly, genetic engineering will open up incredible opportunities in pharmacology, new medicines, and by altering the human genome if a person suffers from genetic diseases. All right, that’s good. However, there’s another part to this process. What does it mean? It means that mankind can acquire the ability to get into the genetic code created by nature… or as religious people say… by Our Lord. What practical consequences can this entail? It means that it’s possible to create an individual with desired features. This may be a mathematical genius, this may be a talented musician, but it can also be a soldier, who can fight without fear or compassion, mercy, or pain. What I’ve just said may be more terrifying than a nuclear bomb. When we do something, whatever we may be doing… we should never forget about the moral and ethical foundations of our work. Whatever we do should benefit people, make them stronger… not destroy them.

That’s good. Note well that rightwing filth in our country (including Orthodox) are attempting to hijack VVP’s words. These words are against the essence of Anglo “conservatism”… a life-denying and self-serving ideology. These words are against “religion”… yes, they’re against “religion”. There’s a real faith in the Living God and there’s “religion”… a made-up simulacrum of Faith composed of rules, ritual, and repression (the Three R’s of Evil). Yes… the Church has rules… but it often relaxes them for this or that individual. Yes… the Church has ritual… but it isn’t the essence of what She IS. However, the Church NEVER represses… it frees us… it’s the freest form of religious expression there is. Reflect on that when you hear spiritual midgets bloviate on inconsequential points of liturgy or theology… reflect on that when you hear religious bigots pontificate on some minor point of the canons and rules.

VVP isn’t an American-style “conservative”… if he were, the American Establishment wouldn’t hate him so. Take the ranting of certain elements in the American Right (and amongst we Orthodox) with a great deal of scepticism…

BMD

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Friday, 20 October 2017

20 October 2017. V V Putin on Russian Statehood

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Both material and spiritual factors determine the viability of a state. What does that tell us about “conservatives” and their ideology? I’d say that their ideology isn’t only effectually godless; it’s not even well-grounded in materialism. It’s all greed… ME… ME… ME. “Winning is the only thing”… that’s the “conservative” mantra. I find that disgusting and beyond the pale… I’m not alone in thinking that…

V V Putin isn’t an American-style “conservative”… despite what idiots like Damick and Dreher may post. Students at university still receive stipends (and don’t pay tuition), the state-run public multiclinics still operate, and the government keeps business on a short leash (for “biznessmen” are deceitful and grasping greedsters). Most of all, VVP doesn’t allow American multinationals to rape his country… the real reason why the USA demonises him and his government. He won’t kiss the ass of the Anglo toddlers… that angers them beyond all measure. Vladimir Vladimirovich trusts in God and the RVSN in equal measure. May God preserve him and any of his possible successors (it won’t be the CIA-backed whore Mariya Vladimirovna or the rest of the layabout Romanov slugs).

BMD

Saturday, 26 August 2017

26 August 2017. VVP’s Wry Comment on the Anglos

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VVP has no illusions about the Anglos. He finds them violent, dishonest, self-centred, and brutal. Therefore, he believes that Russia must build strong defences to deter American aggression (which they deliver with smarmy self-righteousness and pseudo-piety). Russia is defending its interests… as are China and Iran. If you listen to the Western MSM narrative and believe it, you’re stupid, and I’m not ashamed to put it that way…

BMD

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

From February to October

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In his Annual Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly, President Putin placed special emphasis on the anniversaries of the February Revolution and the October Revolution:

This is a good moment for looking back on the causes and nature of these revolutions in Russia. Not just historians and scholars should do this; Russian society in general needs an objective, honest, and deep-reaching analysis of these events.

Indeed, history is a great teacher giving us a variety of cases and making us draw numerous lessons. However, we need to learn from our experience and apply our knowledge to specific circumstances and particular landscape for these lessons to be more than just a tribute to the memory of the events. We must learn from our historical, political, and social errors and contribute to the state’s development. The available data shows clear evidence that the February Revolution and the October Revolution had roots in a complex mix of internal and external factors. We should particularly emphasise that problems leading to a coup or a revolution aren’t exclusively domestic ones. Still, A M Gorchakov, an outstanding diplomat and Foreign Minister of the Russian Empire, who studied the French revolutions that broke out in 1789, 1830, 1848, and 1871, quite rightly noted:

Unless the government has made an error, a revolution won’t break out; the government is to blame for every revolution.

Therefore, let’s consider the contemporary internal political situation in the Russian Empire. 1917 became a turning point in the period of Russian history that started with the 1861 Emancipation Reform abolishing serfdom. Although it was the most important of the “Great Reforms”, however, it laid a foundation for future social upheavals. In fact, the emancipation of the serfs impoverished them. The reform took 20 percent of land away from serfs, and the size of land allotment almost halved, shrinking by 43 to 50 percent (5.24 hectares per person earlier against 2.84 after the reform). Meanwhile, those people had trouble assimilating into urban life, so numerous serfs were on the edge of survival. In retrospect, one can justifiably state that the events of 1917 were the direct continuation of the events of 1905 and completed earlier processes.

Secondly, the integration of largely agrarian Russia into the world capitalist system, which started in the 1850s, adversely affected most of the population. The country experienced two opposite trends. On the one hand, foreign investment allowed introducing new technologies and constructing plants, factories, and roads, with foreigners owning 90 percent of Russian mines, 50 percent of chemical enterprises, 40 percent of metallurgical and machine-building plants, and 30 percent of textile mills. On the other hand, the rising export of resources, including capital, needed to support economic development, stood in the way of the emerging Russian bourgeoisie. To put it differently, foreign capital was both an engine and a brake on domestic savings, and the country gradually gave up its financial and resource independence. As a result, industrialisation was in its initial stages up until World War I. Industry earned 6 billion roubles, whilst agriculture remained the major source of national wealth, earning 24 billion roubles, accounting for 75-80 percent of GDP. Meanwhile, 70 percent of the population worked in agriculture, and the rural population constituted 87 percent of the total.

Thirdly, the state’s growing dependence on foreign loans provoked revolutionary upheavals. Russia accounted for 1.998 billion USD, or 31.2%, of the total external debt accumulated by all countries, and amounted to 6.317 billion USD by early 1914. However, the state remained the largest landowner, factory-owner, wholesale merchant, creditor, and so on. Naturally, capital-owners strongly opposed the situation, which fuelled tension between wealthy capitalists and the state. The big bourgeoisie mainly aimed to reduce the role of the state in the economy and limit it as much as possible; their idea was to transform capital into power. The fourth reason translating into large-scale demonstrations across the country was a logical extension of the above-mentioned causes. On the one hand, the difficult socioeconomic situation aggravated by the war provoked political disgruntlement. On the other hand, wealthy capitalists actively backing workers’ councils and establishing an extensive network of organisations fuelled popular resentment. Since 1916, prices rose four- or fivefold, and Russia saw a four-time increase in cash, with gold, in fact, withdrawn from circulation. Strike movements, unrest in villages, and rebellions on the periphery were exhausting and destabilising the state.

Weak government enjoying little popular support constituted a fifth, and perhaps most important, cause of the February Revolution, with the enrichment of the few accompanied by the impoverishment of the many. Specifically, Carl Fabergé received an unprecedentedly high number of orders in the crisis year of 1916. Thus, the paralysis of the state, mostly of the national security agencies, gripped the country. Already at war, Russia had a systemic crisis, resulting in the élite’s inability to perform its basic functions, infrastructure disruptions, and ultimately overt sabotage. As such, the revolution didn’t break out until the Tsar’s abdication, specifically until Nikolai II left his people and army to their own devices. Until then, one could see events as a plot or a rebellion, quite reversible phenomena. However, the Emperor’s abdication unleashed irreversible, and at the same time, most radical, processes, with the February Revolution followed by the October Revolution.

Finally, one should again point up that the internal factors of the February Revolution emerged full blown in the context of the world political game. The February Revolution came to be of crucial importance in the struggle for European and global primacy waged by Great Britain and its allies. Specifically, the fight aimed at erasing Russia from the geopolitical map and reducing it to a resource source, which was impossible to accomplish without the deposition of Nikolai II. At the Tsar’s abdication, Lloyd George actually said in Parliament:

[Through this], Britain achieved one of its major war aims.

Finally, yet importantly, the February events have a special meaning amid more frequent coups, more broadly known as “colour revolutions”. Current seizures of power fit into the structural pattern of the 1917 February Revolution, as they tend to capitalise on popular discontent to cause political destabilisation and breed opposition groups. Globalisation-shaped technological innovations also affect this. Whilst anti-monarchy propaganda circulated via newspapers and leaflets, today’s new mass media network takes the place of the press, revolutionary clubs, and strike committees. At the same time, the “Februarists” and contemporary “revolutionaries” share similar tasks and objectives, namely the overthrow of the state. Moreover, the February events and putsches have another important aspect in common, particularly their essential requirement to neutralise, even liquidate, the political leader. His or her deposition (or assassination) presages chaos, civil wars, and economic and political devastation, rather than the triumph of freedom and law.

8 April 2017

Yelena Ponomareva

Professor MGIMO

Rethinking Russia

http://rethinkingrussia.ru/en/2017/04/from-february-to-october/

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