Voices from Russia

Monday, 2 July 2012

Tall Ship “Kruzenshtern” won’t go to London for the Olympics because of a Threat that the Westerners may Detain the Ship as Retaliation for Russia “Keeping” the So-Called Schneerson Collection

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Aleksandr Saveliev, a Russian spokesman, said that the tall ship Kruzenshtern wouldn’t anchor at the port of London during the Olympic Games in 2012, as previously assumed, because of the possibility of detention of the vessel, saying, “We’ve received notification from the British authorities that there’s a chance that they could detain the ship. We’re not allowing the ship to go to the port of London, because we don’t want to risk our property, which is estimated at 120 million USD, or its crew and the cadets”. According to him, the threat of detention is associated with the litigation surrounding the so-called Schneerson Library. Earlier, reports indicated that the sailing ship Sedov, now on an around-the-world journey, wouldn’t be able to enter US ports for the same reason. It hasn’t yet received appropriate assurances from the American authorities that they wouldn’t detain it at the 200th anniversary of Fort Ross. According to Andrei Krainy, the head of the RF Fisheries Agency, “American authorities failed to give us guarantees about our ship, which has nothing to do with those events”.

In late July 2011, an American court decided to order the “return” of approximately 12,000 books and 50,000 rare documents from the so-called Schneerson Collection held in Russia to the Jewish religious organisation Chabad Lubavitch. Because of this, Russian cultural organisations, in particular, a number of major museums such as the Tretyakov Gallery, the Kremlin museums, and the Hermitage had to refuse to participate in exhibitions in the USA, as any art work sent to the USA could be “seized” as compensation, or detained until the Collection was “returned”. An ad hoc intergovernmental agreement could resolve the situation, but when this might happen isn’t clear. Last year, the Russian sailing ship Nadezhda didn’t make landfall in US ports because of the threat of detention in re the so-called Schneerson Collection.

2 July 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/society/20120702/690046674.html

Editor’s Note:

Goofy legal stunts like this are grist for the anti-Semites’ mill. The Chabad never owned the collection in question… therefore, they have NO right to it whatsoever, full stop. However, this shows one how stories of Jews “owning the courts and media” stay alive. People with money chose to use that money in a harassing law suit against Russia because they believe oddbod stories about how Zaydeh was chased by “Cossacks” (not completely true… but myths, once implanted, are damnably hard to uproot). Chabad’s suit should have been thrown out on its ear… instead, because “money talks and bullshit walks”, the suit proceeded, as local pols didn’t want to upset an affluent set in their district. President Obama will set it right, but he has to wait until after he wins the election… and the Russians know this, thankfully. As for Chabad, their sinful greed is on display for all to see… and I’m NOT anti-Semitic for pointing that fact up. It does take all kinds… including the terminally-greedy. Pass me the jug…

BMD

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Monday, 28 May 2012

Prohibition Ordered For Russian Olympic Village in London

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The organisers of the Russian House hospitality centre in London will have to entertain Olympics guests minus vodka at every event where Russian athletes are present. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Kozak, who’s the head of the Russian delegation to London, made the decision at an official meeting. The government decree concerns events run by the Russian Olympic Committee, the Sochi-2014 Organisation Committee, the all-Russia Summer Sports Association, and Bosco di Ciliegi, the company that provides Team Russia’s sports kits. Kozak’s spokesman Ilya Dzhus confirmed the new rules to Kommersant, saying, “Olympic values are incompatible with drinking alcohol”.

Four Houses, No Alcohol

Four Russian hospitality houses will be open in London. The Russian Olympics Committee and Sochi-2014 will be in Russia’s Sochi Park opposite Royal Albert Hall close to Hyde Park. The Russian Olympics Committee will toast Russian winners at their headquarters in Sochi Park, but the committee doesn’t plan on buying an alcohol license for the headquarters, a spokesman told Kommersant. The Sochi-2014 Organisation Committee’s venue will host presentations of Sochi as Winter Olympics Capital, and they won’t sell any alcohol either. Bosco di Ciliegi will be working with Russia’s Sochi Park, and no one knows yet whether they’ll sell liquor at events where there are no athletes present. Sources said told us that the all-Russia Summer Sports Association, headed by Novolipetsk Steel owner Vladimir Lisin, could set up camp at 50 St James Street, one of London’s most luxurious restaurants.

No Drinks For Athletes

However, one of the federal officials who took part in Dmitri Kozak’s meeting argued that Russian House organisers could hold parties with alcohol for corporate sponsors, but without the participation of athletes and members of official delegations. The Sport Ministry develops a set of rules for athletes and coaches before every Olympics, and usually there’s a directive about abstaining from night-time parties and alcohol. An unnamed source at the Ministry told Kommersant, “The athletes themselves are keen on this, but sometimes there are sponsors that insist that the athletes follow their conditions to the letter, including being present at parties with alcohol”.

Former Glories

The authorities took this on-the-wagon approach after Russia received much criticism at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, where its failure in the competition was framed by reports of loud parties in the Russian House hospitality centre. At that competition, Russia won a total of 15 medals instead of expected 30-50, and the head of the Russian Olympics Committee, Leonid Tyagachyov, was fired after then-prime minister Vladimir Putin demanded that measures be taken. For example, Rosneft’s parties had two mock gas pumps dispensing vodka and whiskey. In Vancouver, Russian Standard vodka was available to all the guests, participants and organisers of the Olympics in the Russian House, the company’s press-release said at the time. Russian House at the Vancouver Olympics attracted long queues, and the Prince of Monaco and “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky visited it. At the time, The Wall Street Journal reported, “Where else in Vancouver can you go to see a human jump-rope, taste-test five varieties of Ukrainian vodka, and schmooze with the Prince of Monaco?”

21 May 2012

Yevgeniya Chaykovskaya

The Moscow News

http://themoscownews.com/sports/20120521/189750048.html

Editor’s Note:

“Dry” and “Russian”… one of these things is NOT like the other… none of these things is kinda the same! The WORD came down from above, and like all good Russians, they’re all QUITE obedient to the Centre. However… if they can get away with it… we’re talkin’ about the original artful dodgers (The Inspector General and Ostap Bender, anyone?)… there’s going to be some creative “manipulation” and “interpretation” of the rules when VVP ain’t around. Trust me, VVP IS going to go to London, and he’s going to be the host at some of the events. No doubt, they’ll be “dry” (at least officially and publicly) when he’s present. As for the other times, “Russians aren’t Germans”… need I say more?

BMD

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