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Sunday, 5 November 2017

5 November 2017. “Hedgehog in the Fog”: The Best Multifilm Ever Made

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Many animators consider Ёжик в тумане (Hedgehog in the Fog) one of the best-made multifilms ever. The plot is simple… a little hedgehog is on his way to visit his friend the bear cub. The two would meet every night to drink tea from the cub’s samovar. As they drank their tea, the hedgehog and the bear would chat and count the stars together. The 10-minute film is about Hedgehog’s misadventures on one of his trips to visit the Bear Cub. This is one of the most-loved Sov-era multifilms, and people still view it today.

As for the quote from the film, I’ll simply say that the only kind of friendship that I extend is the real kind. I don’t deal in alliances or temporary setups. If I extend friendship to you, trust me, you can expect me to treat your confidences as sacred. Have people betrayed me, with people that I thought friends being otherwise? Certainly… that’s why I only offer real friendship. I don’t offer it lightly. Most people aren’t worth it. The most-untrustworthy lot are clergy… I’ve never met so many phonies and poseurs in my life as I have amongst this cohort. That’s why I find honest clergy a real find. To say that such are rare finds is an understatement…

BMD

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Saturday, 30 September 2017

30 September 2017. As Seen by Vitaly Podvitsky… Yet Another Invader in the Dustbin

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The Anglo Americans are fond of shouting about how “powerful” and “exceptional” they are. I’d note that Russia has a history of defeating “stronger” states. 1242 was the defeat of the Teutonic Knights… 1612 was the defeat of the Poles in Moscow… 1709 was the defeat of King Karl of Sweden at Poltava… 1812 was the defeat of Napoleon and his disastrous retreat from Russia… 1945 was the defeat of the German fascists. Russia (and the USSR before it) always prepared for an American sneak attack. Firstly, this is how all Western attacks on Holy Rus started. Secondly, Russians are close students of history and they note that Anglo Americans are brazen and mendacious liars who never keep their word (as the Anglo history of dealing with Native Americans showed).

What held true in 1242 still holds true… “Those who march on Russia with sword in hand, by that sword shall they die”. I hope that Anglo hubris doesn’t lead to war… God alone knows if we’d survive.

BMD

Friday, 24 March 2017

24 March 2017. As Seen by Vitaly Podvitsky… I Only Wanted You to Simulate Sabotage!

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Near Kharkov, the largest Ukrainian military warehouse complex burned to the ground; 138,000 tonnes of ammunition exploded. No one saw who did it… no one knows how much is left. However, Kiev already announced that the warehouse catastrophe occurred due to sabotage.

23 March 2017

Vitaly Podvitsky Masterskaya Karikatury

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

15 March 2017. As Seen by Vitaly Podvitsky… The Future of the EU

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EU member-states are gradually coming to the idea that any future union wouldn’t be a monolithic organisation, with all members equally integrated into one common European space. The ending of the latest EU summit showed that although most European leaders aren’t pleased with the distinction, almost all understand that the only possible future EU is “a Europe on different levels” or “a variable-geometry Europe”. Behind those beautiful expressions is a simple principle… each EU country would determine how far each country integrates into the larger community, with participation or non-participation in any EU programme or entity based on how far it coincides with their particular national interests.

14 March 2017

Vitaly Podvitsky Masterskaya Karikatury

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