Voices from Russia

Sunday, 2 March 2014

VOR Presents… The Mansions of the Euromaidan Plutocrat Junta

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The family of Yuliya Timoshenko owns an entire collection of mansions, used by her daughter Yevgeniya (lower left), her mother and sister (upper right), and her cousin Tatyana (lower right). Yuliya Timoshenko lives in the Koncha Zaspa luxury housing development, near Silver Bay, on the banks of the Dnepr (upper left).


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The mansion of Yuliya Timoshenko’s cousin Tatyana.


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A photo of Yuliya Timoshenko’s Koncha Zaspa mansion.


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The new junta’s “Prime Minister” Arseny Yatsenyuk, lives in a two-storied “cottage” in the Novo Petrovtsy district, a mere 100 metres away from Yanukovich’s house. Yatenyuk’s estate also includes a separate house for his bodyguards, a swimming pool, a children’s playground, a decorated bridge, and a guesthouse.


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The mansions of Arseny Yatsenyuk (left) and Viktor Yanukovich (right).


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UDAR Party chieftain Vitaly Klichko, lives in an old three-floor building on Bogdan Khmelnitsky Street. The flat has a floor area of 225 square metres (2,420 square feet). It has six living rooms, as well as four bathrooms. A library with a transparent floor area of tempered glass was built over one of the living rooms.


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However, his luxury Kiev flat isn’t the only property that Klichko owns. He owns five more flats in Kiev and a mansion in Hamburg (the above photo).


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The mansion of Ukrainian oligarch Pyotr Poroshenko is near that of Yuliya Timoshenko. The grounds also include a bathhouse, alcoves, and a guesthouse. The huge palace is a neoclassical mansion, suggestive of the American White House.


1 March 2014

Voice of Russia World Service


Editor’s Note:

These jabronies aren’t tribunes of the people or shining knights against corruption. Indeed, they’re the very opposite! The USA supports these creepo supremos because they’re the Ukrainian equivalents of Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter… soulless ignorant overpaid mercenaries for the Corporatist World Order. They’re not AS corrupt as Viktor Yanukovich is… they’re FAR MORE corrupt than he is! That’s why the Ukrainian people voted against them when they could, in an open election (which the Timoshenko cabal lost). What kinda weed is Obama smokin’? I want some! It’s ass-kicking shit… look at the wild hallucinations he’s getting…

Ain’t disinterested service grand…



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Monday, 2 September 2013

2 September 2013. It’s LABOUR Day… NOT “Management” Day!

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The globe indicates that Labour (like Capital) is international. Subservient journalists such as Rod Dreher and Ann Coulter often call Unions “un-American” and “foreign-influenced”, but Capital receives praise from the Corporate Media and its running-dog Prostitute Press for exploiting poor countries and exporting jobs internationally to the lowest bidder. That’s interesting, it makes multinational Corporations scofflaws… they profit from wages that are illegal under the laws of developed countries and from regulatory climates abroad similar to that of the so-called “Gilded Age” (again, in obvious and deliberate flouting of laws in their home countries). That’s to say, most Republicans (and their analogues abroad) are criminal gangsters at heart… they advocate a business environment that does its damnedest to break every labour, safety, and regulatory standard on the statute books. They have NO part in Labour Day… it isn’t “Executives’ Day”, after all.

The Stars on the logo stand for:

  • Education
  • Agitation
  • Emancipation

At one time, in some areas of the USA, these words were considered “subversive” and illegal; the bosses used them as a pretext to jail union organisers. Indeed, today, the Southern USA is known for its hostility to organised labour (and coddling of mendacious business enterprises… Wal-Mart’s not in Bentonville AR for no reason, after all)… the Sectarian Evangelicals there teach that labour must grovel before Capital (for, you see, if you’re rich, you have God’s favour… if you’re not, you aren’t in God’s good graces, dontcha know). The letters IWW (besides the obvious!), have another coded meaning:


Labour Day is for us to remember that the goodness that workers enjoyed in North America and Europe was FOUGHT FOR… the Affluent Effluent bosses didn’t give us anything without a bitter fight. All you have to do is to look at Wal-Mart… their reaction to the revelations of massive scheming on their part (which they call “outsourcing” and “right to work”) was an expensive ad campaign on TV… not an effort to put things right. The Golden Age of Labour was between 1933 and 1981… we’ve lived in a rapacious Dark Age since then. However, it looks as though things are looking up. We’ve tried voodoo economics for thirty-odd years… and they’ve failed. I only hope that its end won’t be overly bloody.

Again, this is LABOUR DAY… not BOSSES DAY. Let’s not dishonour our ancestors by forgetting that (that’s especially salient for us Russian Orthodox people, by the way). Keep it focused.

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Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Labour Day

Albany NY

Sunday, 16 December 2012

16 December 2012. A Point to Ponder. THIS is What the Republican Party Wants… DO YOU?

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John Boehner speaks of “reforming” Social Security. That’s rightwing-speak for “reducing benefits to ordinary people so that the Affluent Effluent can party on without a care”. Quite frankly, Jim DeMint, Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Grover Norquist, Paul Ryan, Willard Romney, et al are all unpatriotic self-centred pigs at the trough who want to kick the weakest amongst us so that they have more swag in their sacks (so that they can stash it offshore and spend it here). THIS is what they want. Take a GOOD look. They want to kick your parents and grandparents in the teeth so that the idle rich can continue to enjoy the lowest tax levels in the developed world. That’s EVIL.

We’re Christians… that means that we believe in a communitarian religion. We’re not Evangelicals or Mormons, who’re nothing but apologists for power and  money. You can have Christian sharing n’ caring or you can have Evangelical greed and hypocrisy. God or Mammon? You can’t have both…



Thursday, 22 November 2012

President Obama Pardons Turkeys as the USA Marks Thanksgiving


As millions of Americans sit down to turkey dinner today, US President Barack Obama pardoned two birds in an annual White House Thanksgiving ceremony to mark the national holiday. Now, the birds will live at George Washington’s restored Mount Vernon estate. Two 40-pound turkeys, named Cobbler and Gobbler, came from Virginia. Gobbler’s role was to replace Cobbler, should the latter be unable to fulfil his duties. Obama pardoned both birds. Whilst granting his ‘presidential’ pardon, Obama joked about his recent re-election, saying, “You know, they say that life is all about second chances. This November, I couldn’t agree more. So, in the spirit of the season, I have one more gift to give. It goes to a pair of turkeys named Cobbler and Gobbler. The American people have spoken, and these birds are moving forward”. Americans chose the turkeys through an online vote.

According to the White House website, the traditional pardon dates back to President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln’s son Tad begged his father to write out a presidential pardon for the bird meant to be the main dish in the First Family’s Christmas feast. The young boy argued that the turkey had as much right to live as anyone. However, not all US Presidents followed this tradition. Some didn’t pardon their gift turkeys; they ate them. In November 1963, just four days before his assassination, President John F Kennedy spontaneously spared a turkey. The bird he was presented wore a sign reading, “Good Eatin’, Mr President”. Kennedy responded, “Let’s just keep him”. Since 1989, the tradition was formalised.

The estimated number of turkeys that Americans will eat on Thanksgiving 2012 exceeds 46 million. Some 13 percent of Americans won’t be feasting on turkeys this Thanksgiving season, as they’re dependent of food stamps. Officials say the figure will only increase, given the economic slump and the devastation in the Northeastern USA caused by the recent Hurricane Sandy. According to a new report by the Sunlight Foundation, a non-profit government watchdog group, today, as many as 42.2 million Americans, which equal the population of California and Connecticut combined, are in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). According to the report, SNAP estimates that a meal costs 1.00 to 1.25 USD (31 to 38 Roubles. 0.80 to 1.00 Euros. 0.65 to 0.80 UK Pounds) per person.

The number of Americans dependent on SNAP has increased by 70 percent since 2007. Last year, it involved approximately 44.7 million Americans and cost the US government a record 72 billion USD (2.25 trillion Roubles. 56 billion Euros. 45 billion UK Pounds). Meanwhile, due to past summer’s drought food prices have skyrocketed while supplies remain low. For some low-income families, a turkey for Thanksgiving is an unaffordable luxury.

22 November 2012

Voice of Russia World Service


Editor’s Note:

The main cause of the increase in SNAP cases is the meltdown caused by Republican deregulation and crackbrained giveaways to the Affluent Effluent (coupled with inordinate spending on unnecessary warfare in foreign parts). Another reason is the “givebacks” demanded by management as they increase their own pay and bonuses (case in point being Hostess, where the management gave themselves an 80 percent pay hike and demanded “concessions” of the workers). Many of those “employed” at Wal-Mart are on SNAP… bear that in mind as you hear fatcat investors bleat about the cost of the ACA. I find that reprehensible and vile. Yet, they’re going to sit down to Thanksgiving Dinner without a care and with the lunatic notion that they’re the oppressed in this nation. If nothing’s done, there’ll be an explosion… and they’ll have no one else to blame but themselves (the same was true in 1917… ponder that).

By the way, the cost of SNAP is only some 10 percent of the bloated war budget. If there are 42.2 million people on SNAP, and the entire programme costs 72 billion USD, that means, if all monies were spent on benefits (and they’re not, for there’s administrative overhead in that figure), each individual on SNAP would receive 1,707 USD (53,300 Roubles. 1,325 Euros. 1,070 UK Pounds) a year, which works out to 142.25 USD (4.440 Roubles. 110 Euros. 90 UK Pounds) a month. That’s not a princely sum; all the bloviating that you hear about “welfare queens” and “welfare Cadillacs” is lies, and what’s more, those who spread such falsehood, do so knowingly. That’s called evil, kids.

The cost to taxpayers is 240 USD (7,500 Roubles. 186 Euros. 150 UK Pounds) a year per person… the US war budget eats up 2,500 USD (78,000 Roubles. 1,941 Euros. 1,566 UK Pounds) per person per year (much of that is kickbacks to corrupt pols and bloated management compensation)… now, can you tell me where the fat in the budget is? It’s NOT in “entitlements!” It’s not quite what the rightwing fanatics are telling you, is it? Reflect on that as you hear such unrepentant greedy cretins as Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Sarah Palin, Bill O’Reilly, and Sean Hannity scream about “entitlements”. They spend more than that on their country club dues or on one meal out. Let God see and judge…


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