Voices from Russia

Monday, 23 December 2013

Putin Names Russia’s Top Political Figures

00 28.09.12. KPRF on religion

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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

 

Friday, 18 October 2013

18 October 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin: 16-20 September 2013

00 Sergei Yolkin. Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin. 16-20 September 2013. 2013

Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin: 16-20 September 2013

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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The “Lake” Co-op is a real estate scandal involving Vladimir Yakunin, the head of Russian Railways, a close friend of Vladimir Putin. It involves a chi-chi upscale dacha settlement for siloviki in Priozersky Raion of Leningrad Oblast. All of the owners are big wigs in the government and business. Of course, Yakunin’s spinning the situation like mad, but some of the mud’s sticking, especially, after Navalny picked up the story.

Yolkin uses one of his patented plays on words in the McCain entry. И это чистая правда.ru can mean, “That’s really in Pravda.ru”, or, “That’s absolutely true”… you pays your money and you takes your pick.

BMD

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Sergei Yolkin ogles the revelations of the week: an article by John McCain in the online edition of Pravda.Ru , Putin’s possible candidacy in the 2018 Russian presidential election, and the story behind the creation of the Cooperative Озеро (Ozero: Lake) by Vladimir Yakunin.

20 September 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20130920/964753483.html

18 October 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin: 14-18 October 2013

00 Sergei Yolkin. Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin. 14-18 October 2013. 2013

Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin: 14-18 October 2013

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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Sergei Yolkin looks at some of the events of the week: the USA teetered on the verge of a financial precipice, the court sentenced Navalny to probation, and burglars nicked stuff from a Russian diplomat’s home in The Hague.

18 October 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20131018/971061836.html

Monday, 16 September 2013

16 September 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin: 9-13 September 2013

00 Sergei Yolkin. Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin. 9-13 September 2013

Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin: 9-13 September 2013

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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In the above cartoon, in the original title, Yolkin used a non-standard word, триумфаторы (triumfatory), which isn’t the standard word for “victor”, which is победитель (pobeditel), or for “champion”, which is защитник (zashchitnik). Ergo, to keep the somewhat tongue-in-cheek pompous flavour of the title, I chose a similarly non-standard English word, “overcomer” to translate it. After all, “triumpher” doesn’t sound good at all, and I don’t think that it’s good English in any case.

The American righties are going to make much of Roizman’s victory, as he’s a political ally of the greedster slug Prokhorov (thank God, the Civic Platform pro-West collaborators won NO seats in the RF Gosduma, and they only have six seats in regional dumas out of 3,787 available seats). Let’s tell the truth… he only got 30 percent of the vote in a multi-candidate race… yet, Navalny’s pukes aren’t calling for a second round in this election! The zapadniki are charlatans and fraudsters… just like their Western Corporate sponsors and paymasters, I’d say…

By the way, the so-called “Ig Nobel Prizes” are a product of Harvard, Radcliffe, and MIT… all bastions of the American Establishment. As I say, shitbirds of a feather flock together. That is, it’s a not-so-subtle attack on Aleksandr Grigoryevich… take it with a BLOCK of salt… caveat lector!

BMD

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Sergei Yolkin looked at the “champions” of the week… Mayor Sobyanin won re-election in Moscow and Yekaterinburg elected Yevgeni Roizman as Mayor, and Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko received the Ig Nobel Peace Prize.

13 September 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20130913/963035554.html

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