Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

1.7 Million People to Take Part in May Day Trades Union Gatherings in Russia

00g KPU May Day 2012

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On Wednesday, Mikhail Shmakov, chairman of the Federation of Independent Trades Unions of Russia (FNPR), said that 1.7 million people would take part in May Day trades union gatherings in Russia. He pointed up that more than 1,000 cities and towns across Russia would hold rallies and marches to mark International Workers’ Day. Shmakov told us that the holiday began in 1889, to pay tribute to Chicago workers striking for an eight-hour day. He said that more than 80,000 people would take part in May Day celebrations in Moscow, which will include a large-scale rally of the FNPR, which will include members of United Russia and the all-Russia People’s Front. The KPRF, LDPR, A Just Russia, and various public organisations will hold their own May Day actions.

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Kamchatka Krai will hold the first Spring and Labour Day celebrations in Russia. The central square of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia’s easternmost city, will be the open-air venue for the festivities. A festive holiday programme will feature performances of amateur art groups and the city’s brass band. Moscow will host a large-scale procession of the FNPR, with participation by United Russia members, along with the all-Russia People’s Front. The KPRF, LDPR, A Just Russia, and various social movements will hold similar Labour Day events. Over a million and a half people intend to participate in May Day trades union events in Russia.

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Today, President Vladimir Putin will award the first people with the re-established Hero of Labour order. The ceremony will be at the Constantine Palace near St Petersburg. He will grant this distinction to five Russians “for outstanding performance in state, public, and economic activities”. Valery Gergiev, the outstanding conductor and art-director of the Mariinsky Theatre is one of the recipients. The Maestro trained a galaxy of world-class artists; much of his work is dedicated to supporting music ensembles and talented Russian artists. Vladimir Putin signed the decree on the re-establishment of this award on 29 March 2013. Now, the Hero of Labour is the second-highest mark of state recognition, after the Hero of Russia.

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Today, in St Petersburg, President Vladimir Putin said, “We need to make good work respected again, as this is the only way we can make Russia great”. He said this when he congratulated the first recipients of the reinstated Soviet-era title of Hero of Labour. Putin told the first five winners of the much-coveted award, “This country is proud to have people like you”. Amongst the first recipients were Valery Gergiev, artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre, tractor driver Vladimir Melnik, prominent neurosurgeon Alexander Konovalov, and Rosatom metal worker Konstantin Chumanov. Chumanov said that Rosatom was now one of the world’s very best such companies, boasting a full portfolio of nuclear reactor orders. Mentioning the post-Fukushima safety level at existing nuclear power plants everywhere, President Putin said nuclear safety at Russian NPPs was second to none.

1 May 2013

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_05_01/1-7-mln-people-to-take-part-in-May-Day-trade-union-demonstrations-in-Russia/

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_05_01/Spring-and-Labor-Day-in-Russia/

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_05_01/Russia-s-President-Putin-awards-honorable-distinctions-to-Heroes-of-Labor/

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_05_01/Putin-awards-insignia-of-distinction-to-the-first-Heroes-of-Labor/

Editor’s Note:

The title Hero of Labour is a Stalin-era title. You can have President Putin’s attitude to the Stalin era or you can have Victor Potapov’s attitude to the Stalin era. Most Russians (both at home and here in the diaspora) agree with President Putin, NOT Langley’s stooge Potapov… I wonder why…

BMD

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Putin Promotes New Movement with Old Values

00 28.09.12. KPRF on religion

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President Vladimir Putin spent Friday morning on live television, promoting a fledgling political movement and cataloguing prospective initiatives reminiscent of the USSR in their values, traditions, and emphasis on social benefits. Presiding over a two-and-half-hour question-and-answer session in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, Putin breathed new life into his all-Russian People’s Front (Общероссийский народный фронт: ONF) movement, revived a Soviet-era decoration, the Hero of Socialist Labour, and, uncharacteristically, joked about his time as a KGB officer.

The president also pushed for a number of measures likely to find favour in Russia’s conservative, far-from-wealthy heartland, including free healthcare, protecting parents’ rights to raise their children as they see fit, and curbing generous “golden parachutes” for resigning executives. He likewise called for a standardised approach to schooling, particularly the teaching of history and the reintroduction of school uniforms… a proposal that won him a round of applause from the 500 or so ONF supporters in attendance. In June, the ONF is due to hold a founding congress meant to cement its legal status as a “public movement”.

29 March 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20130329/180333032/Russias-Putin-Promotes-New-ish-Movement-Old-ish-Values-.html

Editor’s Note:

It’s now clear why the Church has dragged its feet in re Paffhausen. Russia’s moving left… THANK GOD. It’s rejecting oligarch crapitalist excess and returning to Soviet communalist sobriety. After all, VVP revived an award created by Iosif Stalin… that means that those who favoured the American greedster assault on Russian civilisational values since 1991 aren’t welcome anymore. I wonder if that means that Fatso (who’s a confirmed Far Right nutter) is out for good (there’s no joy in Mudville for Potapov et al either… his attack on Stalin was premature and unfounded, wasn’t it)? If so, God IS good…

BMD

Friday, 29 March 2013

Putin to Revive Soviet-era Title “Hero of Socialist Labour” in Russia

00 Hero of Socialist Labour. 29.03.13

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President Putin met with activists who served in his presidential campaign a year ago and promised to revive a Soviet-era award by the end of Friday. On Friday morning, in Rostov-on-Don, Putin said, “In the USSR, we had the title ‘Hero of Socialist Labour’, and in my opinion, it was reasonable”. He said this whilst meeting with staffers of the all-Russia People’s Front, who successfully campaigned for his re-election for a third term. He said that the necessary orders would be in place by the end of the day to revive the title, which became defunct almost two decades ago. The Soviets widely-used the award, established under the rule of Iosif Stalin, used to honour civilian workers for their labour achievements and to encourage them to increase their output. The initiative to resurrect the title Hero of Socialist Labour came out of a previous meeting of the People’s Front with Putin in December.

29 March 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20130329/180318899/Putin-to-Revive-Soviet-era-Title-in-Russia.html

Editor’s Note:

I wonder how everyone’s favourite US government lackey in the District, Victor Potapov, is going to react to this? I’d say this to Hilarion Kapral:

Watch your back around Potapov and his clique. They’re sell-outs of the worst sort; they’d knife the ROCOR in the back to preserve their positions with Foggy Bottom, the Pentagon, Langley, and K Street (they’d do it to ingratiate themselves with those who keep them in jobs with the American apparat… they’d make it sound like YOU were the scoundrel). In short, they’d be a new set of Denisenkos… do have a care.

The Hero of Socialist Labour is back… what’s next? Hear that noise? That’s Potapov, Paffhausen, Webster, and Dreher scuttling out the back door to get their orders from their American sugar-daddies. Hmm… they’re listening to “Their Master’s Voice”… and it’s NOT coming from the Centre. As I said, I hope that Vladyki Hilarion takes a care…

BMD

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