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Thursday, 24 March 2016

24 March 2016. As Seen by Vitaly Podvitsky… Bruxelles… We’re With You…

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Bruxelles… We’re With You…

Vitaly Podvitsky



Explosions in Brussels… Europe is on fire. This is the fruit of unreal and ill-conceived policies. All those who pointed the finger at Russia, now find themselves in worse straits. Europe couldn’t and didn’t see the fruits of those black seeds that it planted with its own hands. The policies of the USA and the EU towards the Middle East will long resonate in our airports, concert halls, and football stadiums… giving in to ISIS, trading with terrorists, attempting to “domesticate” these animals to use them for their own purposes, have only led to self-destruction. However, not only Hollande, Merkel, and Obama feel the ill effects… ordinary people, everyday Europeans, also experience that black reality today…

22 March 2016

Vitaly Podvitsky Masterskaya Karikatury



Thursday, 25 December 2014

Sputnik International Presents… Christmas Market Spree: Top Seasonal Haunts to Enjoy

00 Christmas Market 01. Strasbourg FRANCE. 25.12.14

The Christmas Market gate in Place Broglie, Strasbourg (Département Bas-Rhin. Région Alsace) FRANCE


00 Christmas Market 02. Edinburgh Scotland. 25.12.14

The Edinburgh Christmas Market at Princes Street, Edinburgh (City of Edinburgh Council Area. Edinburgh Lieutenancy Area) SCOTLAND UK


00 Christmas Market 03. Liseberg SWITZERLAND. 25.12.14

The Christmas Market in Liesberg (Bezirk Laufen/District de Laufon. Canton Basel-Landschaft/Bâle-Campagne) SWITZERLAND


00 Christmas Market 04. Seville SPAIN. 25.12.14

Christmas Market and lights in Sevilla (Sevilla Province. Autonomous Community of Andalucía) SPAIN


00 Christmas Market 05. Moscow RUSSIA. 25.12.14

Entertainers at the opening of the GUM ice skating rink on Red Square in Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal Region) RF


00 Christmas Market 06. Köln GERMANY. 25.12.14

The Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) of Köln (Bezirk Köln. Metropolitan Region Rhein-Ruhr. Bundesland Nordrhein-Westfalen) GERMANY


00 Christmas Market 07. Copenhagen DENMARK. 25.12.14

Christmas in København (Region Hovedstaden) DENMARK


00 Christmas Market 08. Jena GERMANY. 25.12.14

Traditional Christmas Market in Jena (Bezirk Jena. Freistaat Thüringen) GERMANY


00 Christmas Market 09. London ENGLAND UK. 25.12.14

Spitalfields London Market, London (Greater London. London Region) ENGLAND UK


00 Christmas Market 10. Brussels BELGIUM. 25.12.14

An overview of the Christmas Market, Place Sainte-Catherine, Bruxelles/Brussel (Brussels-Capital Region) BELGIUM


16 December 2014

Sputnik International



Friday, 4 April 2014

Police Disperse Anti-Austerity Protesters with Water Cannons in Brussels

00 trades union rally in Brussel. 04.04.14


Around 15,000 people participated in a European Trade Union Confederation anti-austerity rally in Brussels. Activists threw oranges and cobblestones at police, who closed off the area to traffic and fired water cannons at demonstrators. Bernadette Segol, the General Secretary of ETUC, said, “Our message is simple; it’s one which EU leaders don’t want to hear… that their policies for dealing with the financial crisis aren’t enough, they’ve caused a mounting social and economic crisis. Our message is that austerity isn’t working”. She pointed up that although EU leaders acted as if the crisis was over, “they haven’t yet tackled the crisis of unemployment and poverty”.


The Belgian police acted more harshly than the Ukrainian police did… does that mean that the EU will demand that the Belgian government resign and depose the King and Prime Minister in a CIA-fomented coup? Will the EU call the Belgian government “illegitimate” for using force against peaceful protestors (in its “home city”, no less!)? Methinks that not only do double standards exist in the West; in particular, they’re remarkably blatant and corrosive in the USA. After all, Rick Perry puts more people to death in a year than Yanukovich did in his entire term (in fact, his cosiness to tycoons and his reputation for corruption exceeds that of “The Family” in the Ukraine… fancy that)… I’d ask, “Why isn’t Mr Perry deposed for his callous disregard of human rights? Why isn’t Texas invaded for its tolerance and fostering of a culture of violence, both in the private and the state sphere?” Yes, indeed…

None dare call it hypocrisy…


4 April 2014

Voice of Russia World Service


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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Is the EU Capitulating on the Ukraine?

00 TImoshenko cartoon. 25.02.14


Jon Hellevig, Managing Partner of the Moscow-based Awara Group and a long-time observer of Russia’s development, said that the EU, especially, its leading countries, in essence, caved on their Ukrainian policies and the hostility towards Russia connected with them, saying, “They’re defeated on all fronts and had to admit their miscalculations. The EU was wrong from the beginning in its operation to bring about régime change in the Ukraine. The USA took the lead in the operation to topple Yanukovich through violent street riots using radical, even neo-Nazi, storm troopers, but the EU leadership and some of their countries were also strongly involved in this (Germany, Poland, Sweden). Despite strong propaganda in the Western mainstream media, many people in Europe understood that the events in the Ukraine demonstrated a Western régime change operation. This miscalculation even brought the fascist neo-Nazi Svoboda bloc into the government. The EU lost the moral high ground. Opposition parties in all the EU countries gain on this, so they have a problem with their own electorate. On top of that, big business opposes sanctions”.

Last week, German CEO’s strongly criticised Merkel and the EU for pushing Russia into a corner with the threat of sanctions. Hellevig said, “Business understands, and have now explained it to the political leadership, that sanctions would hurt European economies very severely, much more so than they’d hurt Russia itself. European leaders also miscalculated China’s role and its strong commitment to support Russia in this crisis. China didn’t let Russia be isolated. Considering all this, the EU had no choice but to try to cool down the crisis and try to get back to business as usual”. On Tuesday, European Commission Vice President Olli Rehn said that the EU should refrain from introducing broad economic sanctions against Russia if the situation in the Ukraine doesn’t deteriorate. Rehn believed that no sensible European wants to see economic sanctions or any other escalation to the crisis. However, NATO kept an anti-Russian line, vowing support to the Ukraine and Eastern European states. On Tuesday, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said to the alliance’s foreign ministers in Brussels that the alliance was re-evaluating its coöperation with Russia.

In the meantime, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that he didn’t see a way to NATO membership for the Ukraine. Instead, Steinmeier renewed a push for internationally-backed direct talks between Russia and the Ukraine. At a meeting with his French and Polish counterparts in Weimar before heading to Brussels he said, “What’s important in the coming days is getting Russia and the Ukraine around a table together”. The joint statement of the ministers said that the Ukrainian junta should shun extremists; they urged it to reach out to all Ukrainian regions, to ensure that governmental structures are representative and inclusive, and to issue a timetable for constitutional reform. Hellevig expressed hope that this statement signals that the EU shall back Lavrov’s proposal to set up a federalised Ukraine.

31 March 2014

Darya Chernyshova



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