Voices from Russia

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Monument to World War I Heroes Dedicated in Krasnodar

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Today, In Krasnodar, we dedicated a monument to the Cossacks and Caucasian mountaineers who fought in and were heroes in the First World War. Exactly 102 years ago, on 28 July 1914, Russia entered the conflict on the side of the Entente. From the Kuban and the North Caucasus, over 100,000 Cossack and Caucasian volunteers went off to the war and about 30,000 of them died. Two local Kuban homeboy sculptors, Valery Pchelin and Alan Kornaev, fabricated the monument to the war-heroes. It depicts a Cossack and a Caucasian Muslim in traditional national costume, standing side by side, hand in hand. The sculpture symbolises the friendship and mutual support of all the peoples of the Caucasus, even in the face of deadly threats. Governor of Kuban Krai Veniamin Kondratyev, Head of Adygea Aslan Tkhakushinov, chairman of the Kuban Legislative Assembly Vladimir Beketov, Chairman of the Parliament of the Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia Aleksandr Ivanov, Ataman of the Kuban Cossack Host Nikolai Doluda, along with other public figures and Cossacks attended the ceremony. Governor Kondratyev said:

This monument is a symbol of our nation, multinational, but united. In our history, one can see many things, but never cowardice and betrayal. In the First World War, Cossacks and mountaineers fought together, slept under the same tents, and ate from the same pot. We must keep alive this memory of this and of their heroic deeds. We shouldn’t allow anyone to drive wedge between the peoples of the Caucasus.

In the First World War, Cossacks and Caucasian Muslims formed a special combat unit… the Caucasian Native Volunteer Mounted Division. Its officers and men were famous for their battlefield heroism. They earned over 30,000 orders and medals, including 4,000 Crosses of St George, one of the highest awards of the Russian Empire. Ataman Doluda said:

After the war, we unjustly forgot the podvigof the Cossacks and the mountaineers in the First World War. Today, we partly correct the situation. The Caucasian Mounted Division had the nickname the “Wild Division”… it terrified the enemy. At the same time, it was an example of the heroism of the Russian army. I’m sure that our children and grandchildren will come to this monument.

At the end of the ceremony, the Cossack honour guard paraded, and all participants laid flowers at the monument.

  • Podvig: Should NEVER be “Englished”… one of the most powerful words in the Russian language. There are literally no English equivalents strong enough. Podvig has overtones of “epic”, “heroic”, “bravery”, “self-sacrifice”, “victory”, “effort”, and “triumph”. It’s best to leave it as is, and admit that English lacks the necessary material to give meaning to this word.

28 July 2016

Yuri Gen

Rossiskaya Gazeta



Wednesday, 16 December 2015

16 December 2015. Take a LOOK… Now, THIS is Russia… SUPER!!

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For those who fear about the coming generation, look at this. Healthy culture is still amongst us. Keep it focused…


Tuesday, 15 December 2015

15 December 2015. Some of My Favourite Things… The Kuban Cossack Chorus

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You’ll often see “Ukrainian Catholics” and “Ukrainian Orthodox” prance about in Cossack outfits. This is a disgusting and false imposture. These groups are Galicians, who have NOTHING in common with the Cossacks of the Don and the Kuban. Galicians are backwoods hillbillies, who lived under Polish overlordship, with no ties whatsoever to the eastern steppelands. Galicians speak an odd-bod semi-Polish creole, which they arrogantly call “Ukrainian”. They have nothing in common with the peoples of Novorossiya and the Ukraine proper (that is, the lands that were never under the bootheel of the Habsburgs). In any case, no Cossack EVER kissed the Pope of Rome’s ass… so, for Uniates to dress in Cossack finery isn’t only a lie, it’s a lie that all parties know to be false and without any grounding in reality at all.

Have a care… there be rapscallions out there… they have NO regard for the truth…


Thursday, 26 November 2015

26 November 2015. “How the Cossacks Beat the Turks”… Cossack Bravery Still Lives

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The Cossacks LIVE… and they have NOT forgotten their history…


How the Cossacks Beat the Turks… by the Kuban Cossack Choir


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Cossack bravery lives on… this time, in the fight against the Uniate nationalists in Novorossiya. The Cossacks hated the Unia in the Polish times… they hate it today (if you see “Ukrainian Catholics” in Cossack dress, they’re lying and acting out a historical imposture… no Cossack EVER kissed the Pope of Rome’s ass, nor did any Cossack come from Galicia).


When We Were at War… sung by the Pyatnitsky Folk Chorus… the film clip is Cossacks riding down the Habsburg cowards in Galicia in World War I


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Blessing of Cossack banners by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias in the Assumption Cathedral in the Moscow Kremlin. There are NO Uniate Cossacks… never have been… are none now… will never be.


Cossacks of the Donsky Voiska marching through Perevalsk last year on their way to the front… they not only stopped the bestial pro-Anglo American Uniate aggressors, they threw them back and destroyed many of them in the Debaltsevo and Ilovaisk Pockets


The Cossacks won many battles against the Turks (such as the Shipki Pass and Kars (actually, only of the many battles fought against the Turks for this fortress point))… it appears that modern Turkey has forgotten that. It may be in for a reminder…


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