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Friday, 28 February 2014

Bill in RF Gosduma Aims to Simplify Annexing New Territories

00 Viktor Ivanov. Glory to the Russian People! A Nation of Epic Heroism... A Nation of Inventive Creativity! 1946

Glory to the Russian People! A Nation of Epic Heroism… A Nation of Inventive Creativity! 

Viktor Ivanov

1946

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On Friday, A Just Russia introduced a bill in the RF Gosduma to simplify the procedure for incorporating new territories into the Russian Federation. Some interpret this as a signal that Moscow plans to take control of the mainly ethnic Russian Crimea. The bill came as acting Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs Arseny Avakov alleged that Russian troops blockaded an airport in Sevastopol, calling it an armed invasion. The bill provides for a territory to join the Russian Federation via the means of a popular referendum. Its sponsors said, “There’ve been cases when part of a state joined another state without an international treaty being signed. Moreover, international law doesn’t require the conclusion of such a treaty with a foreign state”. Its authors said that the impetus for the bill is Russia’s obligations under a friendship agreement signed in 1997. Under the deal, Russia and the Ukraine agreed to take measures to prevent actions inciting violence against people based on national, ethnic, or religious intolerance. A Just Russia also introduced another bill easing the procedure for granting Russian citizenship to Ukrainian citizens. Vladimir Pligin, chairman of the Gosduma Constitution and State Affairs Committee, said that the Gosduma would consider the bills on 11 March.

In recent days, a series of pro-Russia rallies took place across the Crimea. At those gatherings, Crimean citizens said that they don’t recognise the Timoshenko junta, and they called for Russian intervention. Crimea was part of the RSFSR until 1954, when Khrushchyov transferred it to the Ukrainian SSR within the USSR. Russia has a large naval base there; recently, it extended its lease until 2042.

28 February 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20140228/187971656/Russia-Lawmakers-Push-to-Simplify-Annexing-New-Territories.html

Editor’s Note:

The Black Sea Fleet denied that any of its units blockaded the airport. This is belly talk of the highest (and best) order. The spokesman WAS telling the truth. Of course, Russian “volunteers” could be blocking the airport… who aren’t part of the Black Sea Fleet… so, the Russian statement wasn’t only truthful, it was faultless (you can hear Vova telling America, “Assume the position!” Delicious, ain’t it?).

There was nothing new of interest in Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich‘s press conference, but there are two important takeaways from it. Firstly, Russia isn’t handing over Yanukovich to anyone, least of all, the impudent Timoshenko junta in Kiev. Secondly, Russia blames the USA for the putsch in Kiev and puts the Americans on notice that they’re going to follow their national interest, and that the Americans don’t have the oomph or cred to intervene. In addition, Yanukovich’s presence in Russia is a not-so-subtle hint that the Timoshenko putschists don’t control their own country… popular scuttlebutt has it, “Vova will ride into Kiev on a white horse after Easter, to be greeted as a liberator by all decent people”.

Do note that Avakov makes his announcements via his Facebook page. You see, the governmental apparat in Kiev is in a shambles, as the junta kicked out many of the career bureaucrats. Like ‘em or love ‘em, modern society needs ‘em… and the junta plotters now have to try to improvise a working state apparat without adequate funds. This is where their disunity is mucking up the gears. The junta isn’t united… it has three or four major factions, and no decision can move forward without complex parleys. On top of that, their ill-conceived grandstand move to abolish the Berkut means that they lack a trained and disciplined anti-coup force. They’ll have to rely on Svoboda bravos for muscle… and being undisciplined louts, it’ll lead to REAL bloodshed.

In short, Vova’s taking the classic patient Russian approach. Withdraw, conserve one’s forces, build up for a counterpunch, and, at the proper time, strike with overwhelming force. It worked in 1812… it worked in 1941… it’ll work now. Vova will “eat bear gall” for the moment… he’ll make the West “eat crow” soon enough…

BMD

 

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Monday, 23 December 2013

Putin Names Russia’s Top Political Figures

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President Vladimir Putin listed Gennady Zyuganov, the First Secretary of the KPRF, and Vladimir Zhironovsky, a firebrand nationalist, as Russia’s most influential politicians. When asked Thursday at his annual press conference marathon who he deemed Russia’s No. 2 politician, Putin first named KPRF head Zyuganov, raising giggles among the 1,300 reporters assembled. He then named populist LDPR leader Zhirinovsky, who first came to prominence in the 1990s, but whom pro-Westerners dismissed as a clownish presence on the political scene. Next, Putin named the leftist leader of A Just Russia, Sergei Mironov. Only then did Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, head of the ruling United Russia bloc receive a relatively cursory reference. Medvedev served as President from 2008 to 2012, during which time some thought that he had a liberalising, if ultimately minor, impact on public life. Putin has since rolled back some of his “reforms”. All the first three figures named by Putin are mainstays of the Russian political scene, but pro-Westerners in Moscow accuse them of working with the Kremlin. Putin didn’t mention any leaders of the mass protests that erupted in 2011-12, including Aleksei Navalny, a popular Kremlin-basher and runner-up in last September’s mayoral elections in Moscow. Putin refused to state whether he’s picked a successor, saying, “I say nothing because there’s nothing to say”.

18 December 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/politics/20131219/185724067/Putin-Names-Russias-Top-Leaders-But-Appears-to-Snub-PM.html

Editor’s Note:

The reporters giggled because most of them are neoliberal sorts from Moscow. VVP knows better. He knows that in the REAL Russia… the Russia outside the two capitals… the zapadniki have no cred whatsoever. A spectre haunts the neoliberals in contemporary Russia… the only real organised political force in the country is the KPRF, especially, in the provinces. VVP knows this… he knows that the days of the oligarchs are numbered… the country is returning to its roots. Look at the 2013 Victory Day parade… and look at any Red October or Victory Day parade from the ‘80s. Russia has embraced Christianity and rejected the West’s godless capitalism. The Church has picked up the Red Banner (HH just gave the second-highest church decoration to Soviet icon Iosif Kobzon) and it EMBRACES socialism. After all, socialism is Christian, whereas American-style crapitalism is the vilest anti-Christian rot out there.

This development discombobulated the woollier elements in the ROCOR. They’re in communion with the MP… but they don’t want to give up their Far Right notions. Ergo, there’s all sort of wild stuff circulating from the First Families. Some actually pump up Maria Vladimirovna Romanova (the disgusting pretender who calls herself the “Grand Duchess of Russia”… what a maroon!)… she has about as much chance of attaining real power as I do! Therefore, most priests are hunkering down and repeating Potapov’s silly drivel. No one knows what they really believe, but they’re not crackbrained John Birchers, that’s for sure! Cut ‘em some slack… if they don’t parrot the Party Line, the First Family apparat would dump on them, and the First Families make Stalinists look like choirboys (in fact, the First Families are the last of that noxious breed… don’t let their “niceness” and smarmy pious exteriors fool you).

A new world is dawning… both in Russia and in the Russian Orthodox diaspora. There are those who don’t want it… oppose them. Don’t argue with them… oppose them. You can’t dialogue with those who’ve sold out to Mammon (and, thusly, to Satan). After all, Christ was a WORKER… NOT an oligarch… NOT an official… NOT a salesman… NOT a clergyman… reflect on that, if you will…

BMD

 

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Left Front’s Udaltsov Supports Idea of Leftist “Mega-Party”

The Red Rose… the international symbol of Social Democracy throughout the world

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Sergei Udaltsov, the coordinator of the Left Front movement, said that he supports the idea of uniting all Russian leftist forces into a Social-Democratic “mega-party”. On Sunday, Dmitri Gudkov, a lawmaker from the A Just Russia Party said that his party may merge with other social-democratic forces, such as the Communists and the unregistered Left Front. Udaltsov told RIA-Novosti, “The Left Front and I personally have called for all leftist organisations, parties, and movements to unite into a new leftist mega-party… modern, with fresh faces included in the leadership. However, of course, our veterans and experienced politicians would also be present. There’d be a place for everyone”. He said that such a party would gather more votes in any election than all the leftist parties could garner individually, adding, “I won’t get ahead of myself and guarantee that we’d be able to unite everyone. Consultations are underway, but we must intensify them and speed them up, and discuss the issue with tangible results already in mind”.

12 March 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20120312/172112241.html

Editor’s Note:

This initiative has the support not only of young people, but the older generation as well. To put it bluntly, Russians have rejected godless American Neoliberalism (“conservatism” in Anglosphere terms) and its worship of the Almighty Dollar and its empowerment of the Affluent Effluent. The Orthosphere sez, “Socialism is good!” I think that they’re on to something there. Oh, yes… His Holiness supports the Left, NOT the looney Right-wing… He embraces Gennady ZyuganovFidel Castro Ruz and Robert Fico, NOT Rick Santorum, Anne Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, and Sarah Palin. Remember how the Komsomoltsy in the Ukraine stood tall for and defended Christ’s Church from American-sponsored schismatic and Uniate attackers in the Nasty ’90s! That tells you who’s right and who’s wrong, doesn’t it? His Holiness and the Mother Church support Social Justice… Paffhausen and the OCA apparat support the Affluent Effluent (such as Darrell Issa)… one of these things is NOT like the other!

BMD

Saturday, 3 March 2012

3 March 2012. Reflections on the Upcoming Election: Putin Goes “All-Out”… Zyuganov “Turns Pink”

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“Power and Property to the People! On 4 March, vote for Zyuganov!”

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Experts said that the presidential election campaign due to finish on 2 March has become one of the most vigorous and interesting of the last decade. In their opinion, Putin made an all-out effort, whilst his opponents put up a real fight, supplementing their usual arsenals with tougher rhetoric and high quality video commercials. They utilised not only PR experts but also psychologists in their campaigns. The Russian presidential election will take place on 4 March. The following candidates are vying for the presidential chair, for a six-year term:

Political scientist Vladimir Slatinov said, “This campaign has obviously been much more interesting than previous ones. In 2004, nobody opposed Putin. Let’s be honest about it… he didn’t have a serious contender. Unlike previous years, this time, we’ve actually seen a real campaign”. He emphasised that, this time around, Putin’s opponents really fought a hard campaign.

Putin’s Three Pillars

Political analysts praised Putin’s election campaign, noting a substantial change in his style of conduct compared to 2004. Political scientist Nikolai Zlobin said, “[Putin’s] making an all-out effort in the election campaign for the first time, working in a Western style, working really hard. He’s developed a certain Western style, and we should give him credit for this. I didn’t expect him to work so flat-out. [Putin] changed the style of his election campaign and started conducting it personally, not delegating to anyone”. Western experts agree that, during this campaign, Putin’s come across as quite a different leader than he usually does in his meetings with officials and opted for an informal style of communicating with his audience, as they do in Europe and the United States. They noted that the days of sullen Russians monotonously reading out texts written in advance are long gone.

Yevgeni Minchenko, Director of the International Institute for Political Analysis, said that Putin’s weekly articles on his programme helped him stay in the public spotlight, saying, “Putin’s articles came out at the beginning of every week, helping him command the agenda”. Slatinov noted that the prime minister’s campaign relied on three pillars, noting, “The first pillar is spoon-feeding the paternalistic strata and making them ever more lavish promises. The second is the rhetoric of intimidating people with the chaos and instability of the 1990s, and the third is his, I believe, quite skilful use of a lack of a viable alternative. There’s no doubt, this campaign was a success… he’s pulled off playing the role of the father of the nation who listens to everyone and makes promises to one and all”. He emphasised that the campaign was “designed to show that there are sparring partners engaged in noisy debates and, then, there’s the father of the nation who cares about everyone, hears everyone, and is ready to do even more”.

Political commentators believe Putin made a good choice in his election agents, many of whom are authorities in their fields. Although this provoked extensive negative coverage in social networks and blogs, Putin managed to score points with it, thereby resolving one of the main problems that emerged during the protests in the wake of the December elections. Minchenko commented, “There’s a stereotype that all celebrities are opposed to the government. When the public saw Putin’s election agents and videos coming out in support of him, it turned out many people working in culture and the arts were actually on his side”.

Experts believed that the debates were the weak point of his campaign. They noted that the election agents who acted on Putin’s behalf during verbal duels couldn’t compare with the “usual crowd” and looked quite unconvincing. At the same time, they thought that Putin never intended the debates to play a serious role in his campaign. Slatinov noted that people who represented Putin at the debates found it hard to compete with seasoned politicians. He observed, “Take Narochnitskaya [political scientist Natalia Narochnitskaya], she’s a smart person, but it was obviously a mistake on her part to oppose Zhirinovsky because politically they’re light years apart”. Zlobin believed that Putin needed a “strong intellectual sparring partner” to point out the most acute and pressing issues for him.

The Outrageous Zhirinovsky

Expert opinions on Zhirinovsky’s campaign varied. Slatinov called it one of the most boisterous. He noted that Zhirinovsky acted in his usual scandalous manner and stuck to his tough rhetoric in criticising the current government. However, Minchenko didn’t see anything new in this. He said, “There’s no point in performing the same trick twice. Zhirinovsky was his usual self… aggressive and, at times, downright rude. I think he turned out to be Putin’s main opponent in this campaign. At least, he lashed out at the current government as nobody else did. He made the most accusations, and these accusations were the most harsh and biting”. He noted that Zhirinovsky “described the mechanism of fraud in minute detail and raised the issue of the role of administrating the elections”. His campaign videos, including the one with the donkey, which provoked widespread discussion, “were in the same scandalous vein. Although his age is showing, his campaign was very bright. Of course, he made the most of his talents as a speaker and his customary image”. He suggested that this might be Zhirinovsky’s last presidential campaign and that his main purpose was to show that “over the next five years his party will be a serious political force to be reckoned with”.

According to Minchenko, Zhirinovsky conducted the campaign in his traditional style and didn’t make any new moves, saying, “Zhirinovsky reminds me of old Russian movies like The Straw Hat, The Carnival Night, or The Irony of Fate… it seems we know everything by heart and won’t see anything new, but we’ve gotten used to watching them… just like we feel we have to watch The Irony of Fate again every New Year’s Eve, we think that we have to take another look at Zhirinovsky during the election campaign”. Minchenko said that his slogans, “Vote for Zhirinovsky, and life will be better”, or, “Vote for Zhirinovsky, or life will be worse”, are similar to those that accompanied Boris Yeltsin’s campaign in 1996… “Vote or lose” and “Vote and win”.

Zyuganov Turns Pink… Mironov Shows Restraint

Slatinov said, “Zyuganov conducted an impressive campaign. I liked his promotional videos… they were excellent and convincing. They showed Zyuganov as a respectable statesman”. He observed that the Communist leader changed his rhetoric during this election campaign, “It was more moderate, not so hard-line left-wing. Zyuganov turned ‘pink’. After all, the KPRF’s increasingly moving toward the centre. Zyuganov understands that the only way that he can get additional votes isn’t from his core constituency, but from other sections of society that are dissatisfied with the government. These are people who are less communist in their views and more middle-of-the-road”. At the same time, there was some inertia in Zyuganov’s campaign because he’s been in politics for too long and “couldn’t avoid making some repetitions”. Minchenko thought that Zyuganov was very traditional during the debates and that his duels with opponents were some of the dullest.

Experts called Mironov’s campaign weak. They said it was even less convincing than his party’s campaign during the elections for the Gosduma. They believed that Mironov failed in his bid to become a serious centre-left opponent to the current government. Slatinov noted, “It’s clear that something was holding Mironov back. Although he seemed to criticise the government, there was something that prevented him from going all-out”. Minchenko believed that Mironov was relying primarily on his low disapproval ratings and the hope that undecided voters would support the least-repulsive candidate. He summed it up by saying, “Mironov’s campaign was very conservative”.

Prokhorov… A Fresh Face

Experts were generally positive about Prokhorov’s campaign although they had earlier criticised it for its weak start… he didn’t have a meaningful agenda and was not open enough with his potential constituents. Experts said that Prokhorov, who came to politics less than a year ago and had some negative experience in party-building with the Right Cause Party (PD), still had one indisputable advantage… he presented a fresh face. Slatinov said, “He’s the only new man out of the five, and this gives him an advantage… not just among the middle-class, but amongst all those who’re tired of the same old players”. He suggested that the primary aim of Prokhorov’s sharp criticism of opposition leaders in the Gosduma, whom Prokhorov repeatedly called “Duma seniors” and accused of having ties with the Kremlin, was to emphasise that he’s a new man, and to win the votes of a tired electorate.

Minchenko agreed with assessment, saying, “Debates with Prokhorov had the highest ratings because all the others are so familiar. He’s a new man and people watched him with interest”. Slatinov pointed up that the billionaire proclaimed himself as “the chief anti-Putin” opponent, but “didn’t dare criticise the current government too much. Prokhorov was obviously trying to curry favour with voters from the angry middle-class. I think he looked quite convincing to the middle-class. However, he was more eager to present himself and his programme than to oppose the government”. In Minchenko’s opinion, Prokhorov’s campaign commercials were weak and his campaign lacked a creative approach. At the same time, he noted Prokhorov’s progress since the start of his political activities, noting, “Prokhorov made progress. It’s obvious that his psychologists and specialists have done a good job”.

2 March 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20120302/171695773.html

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