Voices from Russia

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Poll Sez About 60 percent of Russians See Communism as Good System

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An opinion poll suggests that about 60 percent of Russians believe there were more positive than negative aspects to life in the former USSR. Of the 1,000 people whom Russia‘s Public Opinion Foundation (FOM) interviewed by telephone in a survey last month, 14 percent said the word communism had “very pleasant”, “positive”, or “wonderful” connotations for them, and 12 percent said they were nostalgic about the Soviet era. Communism was just outdated for 11 percent, but the same proportion believed communism meant a good and stable life. To 7 percent, the word communism gave a sense of “disgust” or “sad associations”, or meant “something negative” generally. For 5 percent, it stood for dreams of a “radiant future” that never came true (“it’s a great pity that we never came to see it”).

Asked by pollsters to explain the meaning of the word communism, 23 percent said that for them it meant a just society where everyone’s equal and all property is common. For 9 percent, the word primarily stood for a specific economic and social system, whilst for 8 percent it represented a life better than today’s (“we were better off, people were taken better care of”, and “people were plainer, and life was plainer as well”). Six percent said that communism represented a good and stable life for them, and praised the official Soviet era principle, “From each according to their abilities, to each according to their needs”. Five percent dismissed communism as a utopia or fairytale.

Respondents were also asked to explain what they might see as positive and negative aspects of the Soviet system. In response, 33 percent credited it with good social security guarantees, stability, and good care of people, 14 percent said it that it was a system of justice and social equality, 9 percent said the USSR was a land of rule of law and discipline, 7 percent praised the country’s guaranteed employment, and another 7 percent claimed that people were more willing to help each other then than they are today. On the other hand, 9 percent criticised Soviet-era restrictions on rights and liberties, 7 percent accused the Soviet system of suppressing personal individuality, another 7 percent said shortages of basic consumer goods were that system’s main defect, 6 percent slammed abuse of authority in that period, and 5% condemned the USSR’s repressive rule.

Overall, 59 percent of respondents believed that there were more positive than negative aspects to communism. In that category, 69 percent were people aged 60 or more and 47 percent people aged between 18 and 30. Moreover, 43 percent would welcome Russia’s re-adopting communist ideology, 38 percent weren’t happy with the idea, and 19 percent were undecided on this point.

12 October 2013

Russia Behind the Headlines

http://rbth.ru/news/2013/10/12/about_60_percent_of_russians_see_communism_as_good_system_-_poll_30755.html

Editor’s Note:

The important point is in the last paragraph. 47 percent of all respondents 18 to 30 said that there were more positive than negative aspects to communism. Couple that with the fact that the only real political party in Russia is the KPRF, one understands why Gennady Andreyevich decided to “eat bear gall” after Yeltsin stole the 1996 election. He understands that the future belongs to a reformed Communist Party. A Party of patriots… a Party of workers… and a Party of BELIEVERS. The Church and the Party are very cosy, indeed (they see eye-to-eye on traditional morality, for instance). Need I mention that HH and Gennady Andreyevich are personal friends? I didn’t think so…

BMD

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Brezhnev Pips Lenin as Russia’s Favourite 20th Century Ruler

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THIS is what the people want… any questions?

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In an opinion poll released on Wednesday, Russians viewed Leonid Brezhnev as the most positive of all Soviet and Russian leaders in the 20th century, but Vladimir Lenin and Iosif Stalin were close behind. 56 percent of respondents in the Levada Centre survey viewed Brezhnev (who ruled the USSR in 1964-82) positively. Often mocked in jokes for his increasingly-visible senility at the end of his life, people still respect Brezhnev for maintaining stability and increasing living standards among millions of ordinary Soviet citizens during his time in office as General Secretary of the Communist Party. 55 percent of respondents saw Lenin, (who led the Bolsheviks into power in 1917) positively. Stalin, whose almost-three-decade rule saw many of his fellow countrymen perish in GULag labour camps, was judged to have been a positive influence by 50 percent of respondents. Just 21 percent of respondents viewed Perestroika-era leader Mikhail Gorbachyov’s rule positively, whilst only 22 percent were positive about Boris Yeltsin, post-Soviet Russia’s first president. 48 percent of respondents saw Tsar Nikolai Aleksandrovich, deposed and executed by the Bolsheviks, as a positive influence. Levada carried out the poll on 19-22 April, with 1,600 respondents from all over Russia.

22 May 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20130522/181291682/Brezhnev-Pips-Lenin-as-Russias-Favorite-20th-Century-Ruler.html

Editor’s Note:

This confirms something that I’ve suspected for quite some time. Amongst ordinary folk, there’s much regard for both Tsarist and Communist rulers, as they see them as respectful of the common people. Neither Yeltsin nor Gorbachyov got positive reviews, as the people see them as bum-kissers of the pseudo-intellectual pro-Westerners who hold ordinary Russians in contempt and of greedy Free Market buccaneers who raped the working class. Let’s keep it simple… the people who voted for Lyonyo, voted for Koba, Ilyich, and Good Tsar Nikolai, too. They didn’t vote for Gorbachyov and Yeltsin. The people want a Red Tsar… not the Free Market… not the oligarchs… not the pro-Westerners… not the White Liberal Phonies of February (remember, had not Kerensky imprisoned the tsar, he might have survived… the righties are silent about that)… not the Nazi collaborators who fled to the West (and who sold themselves into the service of Western intel agencies against the Orthosphere). That pisses off the likes of Victor Potapov (which led to his vile, revolting, and hypocritical tantrum on the ROCOR official website… after all, he’s a well-known Langley operative). Will he leave the canonical Church if Russia continues to move leftward? Do stay tuned… this show ain’t over yet, kids…

BMD

Saturday, 11 May 2013

11 May 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Events of the Week in Cartoons: 5 to 10 May 2013

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Events of the Week in Cartoons: 5 to 10 May 2013

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Vladislav Surkov claims that he’s “resigning” as Deputy Prime Minister… VVP‘s spokesman Dmitri Peskov says that Surkov was booted because he failed to carry out VVP’s orders. I believe Peskov, not Surkov… after all, Surkov is a stinking “biznesman” (VERY pejorative in Russian) who worked for Khodorkovsky and was part of Yeltsin‘s wrecking crew in the ’90s. Good riddance to bad rubbish (this means that VVP’s cleaning house of all “liberal” pro-Western trash). Sir Alex Ferguson is known all over the world… except for the navel-gazing and clueless USA. He’s managed Man United since 1986… he’s one of the most-recognisable figures in the footie world. His obscurity in the USA is proof that America‘s cut off from the mainstream of world events and that Americans are self-absorbed and brattish dweebs. Gilles Jacob has been associated with the Cannes Film Festival and is a prominent French intellectual, but he’s unknown in the Anglosphere. Just shows to go ya that the WASPs are isolationist and chowderheaded duds… but they’ve got money, that’s what important to them, for they’re nothing but ignorant moneygrubbing buccaneers.

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Sergei Yolkin summed up the opening events of the week… Surkov’s “resignation”, Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, yes, even Gilles Jacob plans to quit as the head of the Cannes Film Festival.

8 May 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20130508/936519956.html

11 May 2013. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… “The March of the Immortal Regiment” on Victory Day

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The above image shows young people carrying placards with the portraits of their grandparents who took part in the VOV. It’s called the “March of the Immortal Regiment, and it’s a new aspect of Victory Day… it’s become very popular, very fast. That’s because it’s not “glorifying war”… it’s rendering honour to one’s elders… that hasn’t gone out of style in Russia. Do note that many of the marchers are wearing Red Army pilotkas. Most of the sentiment for the restoration of the USSR in one form or another is found in the working class and peasantry, that is, amongst common people. VVP‘s responded to that… shall the noxious legacy of Yeltsin be undone in its entirety (let the oligarchs go to New York with their looted boodle… they’ll fit right in with the Rockefellers and Whitneys)? God willing it shall…

BMD

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