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Saturday, 28 October 2017

Fr Vsevolod Chaplin: The Western Élites are Moral Savages

Catalunya says “yes” to independence… the Western oligarchs say “no”… which side are YOU on?


The Western ruling élites are heirs of barbarians; they’re nothing but savages… moral savages. They’re solid supporters of “morality?” What Hottentots! If Kosovo proclaims independence, they call it “good”. If Catalonia proclaims the same thing, why, they call it “bad!”

28 October 2017

Fr Vsevolod Chaplin



A Day of High Drama: What Do We Know So Far About the Catalan Push for Independence?


The Spanish-Catalan crisis seems to be escalating to the point-of-no-return. Supporters of independence called for a “campaign of disobedience” following Madrid’s move to dissolve the region’s parliament and impose direct rule. Here’s a short summary of what happened in Spain on Friday.

Catalonia seems dauntless in its efforts to break away from Spain. Secessionists called on fellow Catalonians to disobey the decision of the Spanish central government to impose direct rule over the rebellious region. The Catalan National Assembly, which hopes to achieve political independence for the region, urged civil servants not to follow orders from the Spanish government and opt for “peaceful resistance”. Antonio Barroso, Managing Director and Deputy Director of Research at Teneo Intelligence (advisory firm focusing on Eurozone and political and economic developments in Southern Europe and France) suggested in a note to Reuters:

Demonstrators might try to prevent the police from removing Catalan ministers from their offices if the central government decides to do so. This increases the risk of violent clashes with the police.

The Saddest Day in Spain’s History

Friday, 27 October 2017, went down as one of the saddest days in Spain’s modern history. Just hours after the Catalan parliament declared the region an independent nation from Spain in a secret ballot, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy dissolved the regional legislative body, sacked its President Carles Puigdemont as well as its police chief, and stripped the province of its autonomy. In a televised address, Rajoy stated that Madrid would take over the Catalan administration and that central government ministries would directly assume its powers until snap regional elections on 21 December. Central administrators will take control of the regional police force, Mossos d‘Esquadra. If deemed necessary, national police would replace local elements. They’re already on site, as Madrid deployed them there for the 1 October independence referendum. According to reports, the Spanish Economy Ministry has already increased its control over regional finances in an attempt to prevent the use of state funds for a possible secession bid. Madrid will try to maintain full financial control over the region; reportedly, it’s started paying directly for essential services.

Following the decision of its parliament, thousands of Catalans gathered in Sant Jaume Square in front of  Catalan regional headquarters in Barcelona, celebrating their independence and shouting “liberty”. Judging by the mood of the crowd, many media sources suggested that there’d “almost certainly be resistance in Catalonia to any move to impose Madrid’s rule over the province”. Ousted Catalan President Puigdemont tweeted:

Catalonia is and will be a land of freedom. In times of difficulty and in times of celebration. Now more than ever.

On Sunday, the Barcelona-based newspaper El Periodico published the results of an opinion poll, which revealed that a snap regional election would probably have results similar to those of 2015. In that election, a coalition of pro-independence parties formed a minority government.

Reaction to Catalan Independence Push

Many Twitter users have already suggested that Catalonia will eventually gain independence, as the USA, Ireland, and a number of other countries once did. Meanwhile, the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said:

The independence vote changed nothing and the EU would only deal with the central government.

As for other world’s powers, the UK also voiced its reluctance to recognise the region’s sovereignty. The USA, Germany, France, Cyprus, Turkey, and Mexico said they backed the unity of Spain. However, Željka Cvijanović, Prime Minister of Republika Srpska, suggested that her region could become the first to recognise Catalan independence. On the other hand, Serbia said it supported the territorial integrity of Spain. The South Ossetian Foreign Minister Dmitri Medoev echoed the decision of Republika Srpska.  He told Sputnik on Saturday that South Ossetia is ready to consider recognising Catalonia’s secession from Spain if it receives a corresponding request from the region’s authorities.

28 October 2017

Sputnik International


Sunday, 23 November 2014

23 November 2014. RIA Infographics. Results of the Independence Poll in Catalonia

00 Catalan referendum. 23.11.14


00 RIA Infographics. Catalan Independence Results. 2014


On Sunday, Catalunya held a survey of its population on whether it should be independent or autonomous. Earlier, the Spanish government and some Catalan political factions declared the vote illegal and urged citizens not to participate in it. Nevertheless, more than two million people turned out to vote. Catalans were asked two questions:

  • “Do you want to Catalunya became a state?”
  • “If so, do you want it to be an independent state?”

After counting all the ballots, for complete independence from Spain in favour. 1,861,753 voters (80.76 percent) answered “yes” to the first question, 232,182 voters (10.07 percent) answered “no”. 104,772 (4.54 percent) voters were against Catalan independence. Another 22,466 voters (0.97 percent) wanted Catalunya to be a state, but didn’t answer the second question. The rest of ballots were invalid. The authorities will announce the final results in a few weeks. Some sites will remain open until 25 November, and those who couldn’t vote on Sunday, will have a chance to vote later. Spanish authorities declared the poll in Catalunya illegal, so, it’ll have no legal force.

10 November 2014

Rossiya Segodnya



Thursday, 29 July 2010

29 July 2010. Sergei Yolkin’s World. The Corrida is No More in Cataluña

The Corrida is No More in Cataluña

Sergei Yolkin



On July 28, Cataluña became the first region in Spain to outlaw bullfighting because it is cruel and outdated, according to the newspaper El País. The parliament voted 68 to 55, along with 9 abstentions, to adopt a complete ban on the traditional Spanish entertainment In the autonomous region of Cataluña. Local animal rights group activists, who collected 180,000 signatures in favour of the ban, introduced the draft ban on the organisation of “barbaric spectacles”. However, supporters of bullfighting are not going to give up and have declared that they are appealing the decision of the Parliament of Cataluña to the Constitutional Court. In turn, many workers employed in the bullfighting industry would require government compensation for lost work, which may exceed 300 million Euros (11.834 billion Roubles 391.901 million USD 251.012 million UK Pounds).

29 July 2010

Sergei Yolkin



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