Voices from Russia

Saturday, 18 November 2017

18 November 2017. Heroes of the Russian Land


Today is the 118th birthday of my grandfather, the famous polar aviator, Hero of the Soviet Union Mikhail Vasilyevich Vodopyanov. He was a self-motivated man… he dreamed, worked selflessly, and so achieved his dreams. He made numerous difficult flights in the Far North, including being the first pilot in the world to land directly on the North Pole. He not only made pioneering flights on far-flung air-routes, he participated in one of the first long-range bombing raids on Berlin in August 1941. He was sincere! He was genuine and driven, a pilot with a burning heart! Eternal memory and glory to Mikhail Vasilyevich!

18 November 2017

Svetlana Boldyrev



Sunday, 28 April 2013

28 April 2013. A Quote to Live By…

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00 Adrienne Bolland. 27.04.13


This is glory? It’s nothing. Glory isn’t worth anything compared to the inner joy of accomplishing something.

Adrienne Bolland


Pioneer Female Aviator

Thursday, 7 March 2013

7 March 2013. RIA-Novosti Video. Sky Dancing with Svetlana Kapanina: World’s Top Female Aerobatic Pilot

00 Svetlana Kapanina. Russian pilot. 07.03.13


Svetlana Kapanina has 25 years of experience as an aerobatic pilot. They call her the Queen of the Sky owing to her success in competitions, outmanoeuvring her male competitors on many occasions. Kapanina has won about forty gold medals.

Click here for a 2-minute video in English

Click here for her personal website

7 March 2013




Saturday, 23 February 2013

23 February 2013. “Women in Combat?” We’ve “Been There” and “Done That”… End of Story

00 Marina Raskova. 23.02.13

Marina Raskova (1912-43), Hero of the Soviet Union, she commanded the 125th Guards Bomber Aviation Regiment… her ashes were buried in the Moscow Kremlin wall in a state funeral.


The Second World War.

Mariya Dolina (1922-2010), Hero of the Soviet Union, she also served in the 125th Guards Bomber Regiment (which received the title “Borisov named after M M Raskova” after Marina Raskova died in an air crash). 


Today, some rightwing nutters are trying to say that women are unfit to be at the front in combat positions. That’s utter baloney and horseshit. Women proved their mettle in World War II. Indeed, they more than proved it. I’ll bet you any amount of money that the loudmouthed cretins who oppose women at the front are the same people who voted for the warmongering draft-dodging coward Willard Romney. I’m just sayin’…



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